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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Talking Hold of Christ...Keeping Hold....Not Letting Go

For the last month or so I have earnestly been praying about several things going on in my life. Situations that I have no control over. A couple of weeks I was praying about these things and all of a sudden the verse- Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord came to my mind. I was sure that I would soon see a solution to two of the main things I had been praying about- if not at least one of them. I was sorely disappointed when it seemed that neither situation had improved.
This morning I again approached the throne with these thing that weigh heavy on my heart. I wondered that maybe I had misunderstand the message I had received. In all reality - it does not seem that things are improving in the areas of concern.
Then it was my devotional and I read the below devotional. It really touched my heart and I felt that it was the answer to my concern. Things may not seem as though these prayers are being answered - but I will not be going by what I see - I will continue to hold onto God's promise. He is going to take care of these things- I just need to stand still.
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are (James 5:17).

Thank God for that! He got under a juniper tree, as you and I have often done; he complained and murmured, as we have often done; was unbelieving, as we have often been. But that was not the case when he really got into touch with God. Though "a man subject to like passions as we are," "he prayed praying."  It is sublime in the original--not "earnestly," but "he prayed in prayer." He kept on praying. What is the lesson here? You must keep praying.
Come up on the top of Carmel, and see that remarkable parable of Faith and Sight. It was not the descent of the fire that now was necessary, but the descent of the flood; and the man that can command the fire can command the flood by the same means and methods. We are told that he bowed himself to the ground with his face between his knees; that is, shutting out all sights and sounds. He was putting himself in a position where, beneath his mantle, he could neither see nor hear what was going forward.
He said to his servant, "Go and take an observation." He went and came back, and said--how sublimely brief! one  word--"Nothing!"
What do we do under such circumstances?
We say, "It is just as I expected!" and we give up praying. Did Elijah? No, he said, "Go again." His servant again came back and said, "Nothing!" "Go again." "Nothing!"
By and by he came back, and said, "There is a little cloud like a man's hand." A man's hand had been raised in supplication, and presently down came the rain; and Ahab had not time to get back to the gate of Samaria with all his fast steeds. This is a parable of Faith and Sight--faith shutting itself up with God; sight taking observations and seeing nothing; faith going right on, and "praying in prayer," with utterly hopeless reports from sight.
Do you know how to pray that way, how to pray prevailingly? Let sight give as discouraging reports as it may, but pay no attention to these. The living God is still in the heavens and even to delay is part of His goodness.
--Arthur T. Pierson

Each of three boys gave a definition of faith which is an illustration of the tenacity of faith. The first boy said, "It is taking hold of Christ"; the second, "Keeping hold"; and the third, "Not letting go."

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