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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 9, 2013 - A Meek and Quiet Spirit

By Mary E. Hitchcock

"I will lay mine hand upon my mouth," are the words of Job (Job 40:4, KJV). They were spoken after he had faced hard trials, and the many words he had with the friends who came to comfort him.

It is when we are truly in the presence of the Lord with a repentant heart that we can come to this sacred place of silence. It is written: "In his presence is fullness of joy." When our words are ended, when every thought has been brought into obedience to Christ, when the whole being has become as the hush of the midnight hour, then joy springs up within the heart, for God can speak, and we are blessed.

Habakkuk said, "I will stand upon my watch" (Habakkuk 2:1), thus teaching us the watchman is a silent man, waiting upon God before he will speak, resolving to say no words of his own, or what others might think he should say, but only God's words.

It is our own words that cause all the trouble; words of criticism, words of anger, faultfinding words, selfish words, foolish words, and the words of the "whisperer separateth chief friends" (Proverbs 16:28).

God hates all vain and idle words, and longs to send the fire from the altar that will cleanse, but He is waiting for the repentance that Isaiah had when he said, "I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips." He places himself first in the sin of "unclean lips." It is so easy to remember what others have said, forgetting our own sin.

"I will lay my hand upon my mouth." Job speaks with authority to himself, and as he bows before the Lord he receives God's blessing. Job could pray for his friends and receive the answer because his own words were ended (Job 31:40).

Brothers and sisters, we want the gifts of the Spirit in our assemblies; we pray for the gifts and wonder why they are not forthcoming. Perhaps our words are not honoring God. He honors them who honor Him. This should be our spiritual experience all along life's way.

— Adapted from "A Meek and Quiet Spirit" by Mary E. Hitchcock, originally published in the May 25, 1935, Pentecostal Evangel.



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