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One Thing is Needed! part 4
If you really want to live life to its fullness, then "seek first His Kingdom” for when you do that, all the necessities of life will be added unto you. That is the only thing needed.
A Spiritual Relationship
Earlier in the week I stated that it’s much more difficult to be a Mary than one might think. Marthas are a dime a dozen, but true Marys, as in this incident, are rare. Mary appeared to be uninterested in Martha’s dilemma.
A right relationship with the spiritual world can come across as not really caring about this world and, for the most part, that is true. That’s what Martha thought of Mary at the time: "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?" The things of this world hold very little interest to those who have a relationship with the spiritual world.
A friend of mine who has written a few books shared an experience he had one time and I want to share a part of that with you today. He said to me,
I remember once being introduced to a ministry (Elder Brooks) and the guy bringing me to this ministry’s headquarters called me by name and said, “No one here is going to be impressed with anything you’ve done, or the books you’ve written.”
I said to him, “Well, I don’t care about that. I’m not going there to impress anybody.”
Then I was told, “You need to understand that they are only impressed with Jesus – not men.”
After I spent a day or two there I noticed on their guest registration that Leonard Ravenhill was the very first signature. I was impressed with that; but they weren’t.
How many of you have ever heard of John G. Lake? John Lake was an evangelist/healer. Well, he traveled extensively with a healing ministry back in the early 1900’s. At one time he wrote a letter to a man named Brooks. He was an elder in the Zion Faith Homes at the time. John was sharing with him a prayer request asking them to pray for him. In the midst of his letter he started sharing the things that God had been doing through his ministry. This was not that long after the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Azusa Street meetings in Los Angeles so much of what he had to say was about those who had been baptized in the Holy Spirit and of healings.
During the year 1915, 8030 persons were healed. In connection with our work we maintain healing rooms, open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day, where the sick and otherwise needy souls come for prayer.
Our work here has been characterized with wonderful healings. Usually we minister to 100 persons a day.
Those are just a couple excerpts from his letter. John Lake had such a powerful healing ministry that it is estimated that during his ministry around 80 people per day were miraculously healed. There are many books written about him and his ministry. Then he states his prayer request.
God wants to do something new in connection with my work. It is not clear to my soul yet just what it is. Finances have been tight lately. There has not been the usual flow of financial help. Healings have not been so powerful for some 3 weeks. My spirit is disturbed. I feel the need of your prayers.
Medication: A Merry Heart (REMINDER – I don’t write these, I just pass them along)
I LOVE MY JOB (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
I love my job, I love the pay, I love it more and more each day.
I love my boss and he’s the best. I love HIS boss and all the rest.
I love my office and it's location. I hate to have to take vacation.
I love my desk, drab and gray, and love those paper piles each day.
I love my chair in my padded cell; there’s nothing else I love so well.
I love to work among my peers. I love their leers ‘n jeers ‘n sneers.
I love my computer and all its ware; I hug it often to show I care.
I love each program and every file; I even try using it once in a while.
I'm happy to be here, I am, I am... I’m the happiest slave to my Uncle Sam.
I love this work; I love these chores; I love the meetings with deadly bores.
I love my job AND I’ll say it again, I even love these friendly men:
These men who’ve come to visit today, in lovely white coats to take me away!
God Bless, Press On!
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Philippians 4:8 ESV
Today’s readings: Matthew 11