THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST, 2016
|"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. " (2 Corinthians 7:1)
Our hope in the promises of God strengthens us to persevere to the end, motivating us to set our eyes firmly upon the goal. Hope revigorates and empowers us to purify ourselves from all iniquity and imperfection, so that we may live worthy of God's calling. His promises are inspiring!
It takes daily endeavor and determination to cleanse our minds and our hearts from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and to draw near to Him so that He is capable to work in us to conform our life to the life of Christ. It is a life of obedience, of active faith, of walking step-by-step in the light and in fellowship with Him. Disciplining our lives, resisting all evil and being watchful to transpose the beauty of the vision of God's righteousness to each and every detail of our ordinary life is one of the most important lessons we need to grasp as we follow our Lord Jesus. Behold with eyes of faith the hope of the high calling and be transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus! Learn to "perfect holiness, in the fear of God"!
Holiness is God's miraculous work in us, but it is also dependant on how ready and willing we are to submit and obey. Let us focus our mind upon God and His wonderful promises, and our thinking will be renewed, our strength increased, and the calling of heaven will grow more imperious in our hearts. The battle is tough, the road is narrow, but the prize of this calling is worth all sacrifices, even the sacrifice of our own lives. For the prize is not some material treasure or some worldly honor; it is not something that perishes or fades away. The prize promised to us is the Lord Himself, and there is no greater joy or reward than being allowed to enter His presence and to enjoy the glorious light of His face for eternity!
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We are encouraged to see the word of God bearing fruit for salvation in the churches in the Republic of Moldova we are ministering to. Eight young brothers and sisters from Ciuciueni and a brother and sister from Dorotcaia testified in the water of baptism the faith they have in the Lord Jesus. There were many unbelieving friends, neighbors and relatives who attended and had the opportunity to listen to the living message of the Gospel.
We continue the evangelistic meetings in Hartop, a village in the Republic of Moldova where there is not even an Orthodox church. There are many adults and children who attend the Thursday and Sunday gatherings and who can listen to the words of the Scriptures and to learn about our Lord Jesus and His plan of salvation. There are several men and women who have come to the Lord since we started this work and in September, 2015, we were able to begin meeting in what is now the first church building in this villagea. We are praying that many people will open their hearts and find salvation and new life by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We rejoice for the opportunity God gives us every day to comfort and encourage elderly brothers and sisters who are in suffering or in need, and to share the Gospel with friends, neighbors and relatives we meet during our visits.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)