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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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April 29, 2014 - Cry for Rest

By Obie L. Harrup Sr.

"Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away, and be at rest" (Psalm 55:6, KJV).

This ancient cry of David, the Psalmist, expresses a quite modern feeling. For there is in all men a cry — not always loud, but deep — for more freedom from worry and care, for more release from sorrow, for more abiding calm. To escape from life's pressures, to be free from restraining powers of any description, to have rest, more rest, is what all men seek.

We cry, "Oh for the wings of a dove!" God replies, "You have wings, use them; but do not seek to fly away, fly up."

How can we soar up into this victorious life? "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31). God's own divine life, working in us, can make us soar.

Life is the only thing that really overcomes the gravitation of the earth. An arrow shot from a bow, or a bullet projected from a rifle, overcomes it only for a moment or two. Much of our Christian experience is of that sort, a spasmodic thing, due to some external impulse and not to an indwelling power.

The wings of a bird overcome the down-drag of gravitation because of the life that moves them; and it is Christ's own strong life within us that gives us our whole ability to soar. To rise at all we must have "life." To rise sufficiently high and to keep long upon the wing, we must have "life more abundant."

"Without me," Jesus said, "ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). But, "I can do all things," said Paul, "through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).

Do we long for rest? We can get it only if we learn to soar. Do we long to be able to soar? We get that power by letting Christ's strength be made perfect in our own weakness.

— "Man's Universal Cry for Rest" originally appeared in the January 7, 1962, Pentecostal Evangel.




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