Wednesday, March 1
We are deeply grateful to the Lord for continuing to so richly bless the meeting in Steinbach! Words really fail to describe how wonderful it really is to worship the Lord “in spirit and in truth” together with His saints. The saints had a good time in congregational singing once again this evening as we sang “A Song of Joy” followed by “Salvation Is the Sweetest Thing.” The next song, “My Savior’s Love,” moved the congregation, and the majority were on their feet with uplifted hands as we sang the words, “How marvellous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!”
Following a season of prayer, the special singers sang “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone.”
Bro. Hargrave then once again took the pulpit and brought forth a heart-searching, Holy Ghost-filled message titled Being Turned Into Another Man. We must remain definable, consistent, and predictable in a sense. People of this world need to know what you are going to do in regard to serving the Lord. We must endeavor to live in such a way that it can be said of us, “I know them; they will be faithful.”
He then read his text from 1 Samuel 10:6. We have weaknesses that make us predictable as to what we will do in certain situations. There are areas in your life where you need to become another man, become unrecognizable, so you can no longer be identified by that weak point. Be intolerant of your needs. By the Holy Ghost, you need to become another man, not another person, but a more glorious, new you. Become unrecognizable in your testifying, in your praying, in raising your hands in song. We need noticeable Holy Ghost improvements. Students, become less of what you have been and become more cooperative, uplifting, and spiritual. Parents should not be able to recognize their children anymore because they are becoming more gentle with their siblings, more uplifting in the home, more obedient and sweet. You can determine to stop being a certain way. We do not want the world to be hindered by seeing the same needs in us that we had two years ago. The world needs to see victory. You must have convictions of your own more than just following rules.
Hebrews 12:12-13. It says lift up those hands that hang down. YOU do it. We have a cloud of witnesses showing us this can be done because it has been done over and over again. There is enough glory to change you into the very thing you are looking at. We get New Testament messages to turn us into the messages we receive. It is not a matter of what you say but a matter of what you become. I have come too far to not get everything that God wants me to have! If you believe, it will be seen by what you become; the world will see it in your new behavior. As you grow in God, you become ruined for the world.
The message deeply stirred the saints, and the prayer bench was flooded after the message. A number of songs were sung while many lifted up their voices in prayer for higher ground. At the end of the service, a young brother got up and testified of having prayed through to salvation. Thank the Lord!
Tuesday, February 28
Thank the Lord for blessing us with another good service. In congregational singing the saints were much encouraged about going to heaven as we sang the songs, “That Verdant Summer Land,” “When We All Get to Heaven,” “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder,” and “The Last Amen.” The saints rejoiced as we repeatedly sang the words, “’Twill all be gladness at the last amen.” Several saints testified about how glorious it will be to reach heaven.
Bro. Stanley took prayer requests. He said how much he looked forward to being where there would be no more “doubtings or despair.” The special singers got up to sing after prayer. They sang, “Just to Hear the Trumpet Sound,” and “That’s When Faith Steps In.”
Bro. Hargrave got up and preached an excellent message titled Drawing Virtue. He started with the scripture in Mark 5:25-30. The woman knew that her physical connection with Jesus would be the guarantee of her victory and her relief. The virtue, strength, wealth, and valor of Jesus belonged to her because she chose to press through. Someone that is desperate in the perfect will of God cannot be stopped. If you are serious, God will cause an opportunity to arise for you to be able to execute your plan.
Christ Himself is in the midst of His people. You cannot separate Jesus and the church. (Zechariah 8:20-23) The scripture is speaking of someone taking hold of someone who has taken hold of Someone to get their help. When the people see the people “taking hold of the skirts…” and getting their help, they will do it too. No one can go to heaven alone. We need the saints. “You can be what you want to be” is a gross error of the day that drags people into the sea of independence. You cannot just be whatever you dream up to be. You cannot even be what you should be without someone helping you reach your full potential. We need to grab hold of the skirts of the saints and get a hold of the virtue in their lives. No one will ever be strong in everything by themselves. There are certain things you will never be able to do without the saints.
We only increase as we are connected, and we are to receive our help from the joints that God has connected us to. If the whole body were you, where would be your victory? 1 Corinthians 12:13-16. Where would you be alone? Lost, lost, lost! You can never make it to heaven on your own. You independently are not as special as you collectively.
Our help is not in theory but in pressing through and getting a hold of the saints. Anything to maintain my connection and my virtue! To be close to the Lord Jesus Christ is to be close to His people. Your personal devotional time will be better if you keep your connection to the saints live and vital. Some long-standing needs will never be met without this connection. “What affects one directly affects another indirectly.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. There are things in you that can only be brought out by your connection to the people of God. You cannot find yourself, you cannot know who you are without the saints.
The message came forth with much clarity and the saints were richly fed.
Monday, February 27
We are happy to report to you of a wonderful start to our meeting. The service began with the congregational song, “How Firm a Foundation.” The Holy Ghost took over in a wonderful way in the continuance of congregational singing, particularly while singing the song, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” After this song, Bro. Mikey Tinoco, a young minister, took the pulpit with a fervent testimony before prayer. Many young people and others were on their feet shouting as he testified about the day he made the BEST decision in his life. “Young people need all sorts of things to be ‘happy.’ But I found my true joy in salvation. This is not a joy that lasts for only a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days; but this joy has lasted me for three years already!”
Following a short season of prayer, the special singers sang “Over and Over, Again and Again God is Faithful” and “Jesus Never Fails.” There was much rejoicing as the singers sang, “You might as well get thee behind me, Satan, you cannot prevail, because Jesus never fails.”
At the beginning of the message, Bro. Stephen Hargrave asked the congregation to stand as he read his text to us from Matthew 9:35-38. He titled the message, Have Mercy on Me.
Jesus had been going about helping the people, healing the sick; and before He mentioned the plenteous harvest and need for labourers, He was moved with compassion. He was moved by the multitude, which means He was moved with compassion for us because we were a part of the multitude. He was moved even when we were not asking Him for mercy. Will we have mercy on others like He had mercy on us?
Mercy is an element that one can feel. People do not always ask for mercy, some do not think they even need mercy, but we need to hear the cry of their hearts – the cry, “Have mercy on me!” We must remember the compassion that it takes to reach out to them. Along with the judgment that needs to be laid, comes a mercy that people can feel. Judgment and mercy are inseparable. We cannot always fault people for the way that they are. We do not know what they have been through. People turn to atheism for a reason. Some faced tragedies that we are not aware of, and there was no one to help them; they decided to blame God. Others look at the mess in the religious world and decide there could be no God. We must have a disposition of heart that conveys a compassion to these souls. If we do not have mercy on these people, nobody will. Everyone deserves human dignity, but beyond that, they must feel God’s love. People must feel the love we have for them at the same time as the judgment against the sin in their lives. Some people feel or wonder whether they are too dirty to come to our services. Are they welcome just as they are? The answer, of course, is yes. But it must be more than a “theological yes”; it must be a compassionate YES! It was God who had mercy on us, and how can we not extend that same mercy to others?!
Bro. Hargrave then said he was going to go on to the second part of the message. You can have mercy on the person coming in, but can you have mercy on your brother? If you fear the Lord, you are a recipient of God’s love. “He knoweth our frame…”(Psalm 103:13–14). We are not here because we were so grand, so wonderful, so talented. The Lord remembered that we were dust. We must remember that our brother or sister is dust. Young people, can you have mercy on your parents? Students, have mercy on your teachers. They could be out there, but they are here, praying for you by name, giving their life for you.
If we can have mercy on each other, surely we can have mercy on the world. We want mercy, so let’s have mercy on one another. The congregation was moved by the message and it brought many to their knees at the end of the service.