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Hearing His Voice

Monday, June 21st, 2010
Last week I spent a few hours with a praying saint. It was a blessed experience and one where the Spirit was very present. We come from different backgrounds, attend different churches, and have different understandings in some cases. But there was a connection and respect that was beyond question. Why? A few things have come to mind.

We spent time praying together. They say one of the ways to tell if a person is a Christian is that He prays. A person who doesn’t pray cannot really be called a Christian. I know that seems harsh, but it is impossible to walk with Jesus and not pray. When Ananias was sent to find Paul, he was told he would recognize Paul because he was praying. Though it may have been coincidental, when I asked to pray as we began sharing time together, it may have been the first inkling that the Spirit was present.

There was a point when we also began sharing stories of answers to prayer. Any time I hear stories of answer to prayer, it speaks strongly to me of where a person is in their walk with Jesus. Many people pray, but I am not sure everyone is as concerned to learn how to prevail and get answers, since prevailing takes time, takes courage–not everyone wants God’s way in their lives, takes searching of our prayers–are we praying for something that is for our good as God sees things, and searching of our lives–checking to see if there are things we are cherishing that would hinder answers. I find sharing stories of answers to prayer is the easiest way to connect with other people, regardless of whether they are Christian or not.

Since spending time with him I have also wondered if my friend did not recognize the voice of Jesus echoing through my words. Jesus said: “and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” When Jesus lives in my heart, and He is communicating through me, another follower will hopefully hear the my Master’s voice coming through my voice. I’ve been thinking a lot about this. We often speak of people knowing us by our love, but might it not be true that believers will know that we are His followers because they recognize His voice in what we are saying.

If you would like to read more on interacting with others for Jesus, here is a reading by James McConkey at path2prayer.com. I have many readings from James McConkey on path2prayer.com. They are all wonderful and to be read!

A Brief Update

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I continue to travel in France and Switzerland, and am thoroughly enjoying the trip. Of notable significance, and of which I am grateful for God’s enabling and the many prayers of my friends, has been the opportunity to speak a few times in one of the churches in France, in the French language. I grew up speaking French at home, and try to read it as much as I can, but taking the Sabbath sermon, and speaking on prayer in the afternoon, went far beyond anything I had done before. I am also pleased to share, that though the weather had been cool and wet prior to our coming, the first ten days or so of the journey included good-sometimes perfect-weather. God is good. I haven’t been able to update path2prayer.com lately, but will do more soon.

Abiding in Christ

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

It isn’t easy posting updates while traveling, but I want to continue posting as I am able. By the way, I have always said New Zealand is beautiful, but traveling through the mountains of the South Island confirms it is among the most beautiful. Traveling through miles of unspoiled, bright green lush forests, surrounded by towering mountains on the one side and the ocean on the other, I don’t know how it could get much better. Then driving from the Glaciers inland to Queenstown and past the beautiful lakes-you have to see them to fully appreciate what I’m talking about-and you will know that NZ is a paradise. Be prepared, however, to drive on roads that are continually curving here and there as the contours of the mountains are negotiated. Sometime I will also post some pictures. 

Turning to spiritual matters, do you sometimes struggle even though you know Jesus, have surrendered to Him, and seek to live in a way that will yield the more abundant life?  Many do, and I also have my moments of struggle. The following quotation from Andrew Murray offers a valuable clue as to why we struggle. Perhaps it will help you.

“Abiding is to be an act of the will and the whole heart. Just as there are degrees in seeking and serving God, “not with a perfect heart,” or “with the whole heart,” so there may be degrees in abiding. In regeneration the divine life enters us, but does not all at once master and fill our whole being. This comes as matter of command and obedience. There is unspeakable danger of our not giving ourselves with our whole heart to abide. There is unspeakable danger of our giving ourselves to work for God, and to bear fruit, with but little of the true abiding, the wholehearted losing of ourselves in Christ and His life. There is unspeakable danger of much work with but little fruit, for lack of this one thing needful. We must allow the words, “not of itself,” “except it abide,” to do their work of searching and exposing, of pruning and cleansing, all that there is of self-will and self-confidence in our life; this will deliver us from this great evil, and so prepare us for His teaching, giving the full meaning of the word in us: “Abide in me, and I in you.” Andrew Murray Absolute Surrender

Learn more on this subject at path2prayer.com


 

Update From The South Pacific

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Greetings from Down Under…

I write from the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is winter here, but fortunately the weather is still fairly warm, and we have enjoyed several days of good weather prior to the rain that arrived yesterday. In case you don’t know, New Zealand is one of the really beautiful spots in the world. You fall in love with New Zealand before you ever get off the airplane. Unfortunately there isn’t much internet access where I am right now, so I can’t do much updating. However, I pray the resources already posted are proving a blessing!

Here is something I read yesterday:

“An evangelistic campaign or special meeting is not revival. In a successful evangelistic campaign or crusade, there will be hundreds or even thousands of people making decisions for Jesus Christ, but the community remains untouched, and the churches continue much the same as before the outreach. In revival, God moves in the district. Suddenly, the community becomes God conscious. The Spirit of God grips men and women in such a way that even work is given up as people give themselve to wating upon God. This presence of God is the supreme characteristic of a God-sent revival.” Jonathan Goforth

I hope you will join me in seeking and praying for revival! Learn more at path2prayer.com

God bless you, Dan

Notes Along The Way: Auckland

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

I have just arrived in Auckland after a good flight from the US. I’m here to speak in churches in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, before returning home July 9. To find more detail on my schedule, click on the Dan’s Seminars link at path2prayer.com

As usual the devil worked hard to make things difficult prior to coming: the last day before leaving a spring broke on the garage door opener, a CD player stopped working, and the computer’s hard drive had to be reformatted—luckily everything was backed up!!!! It was a bit trying, and tiring since I ended up staying up all night, then traveling which added to the feeling of fatigue.

God however provided some truly wonderful conversations along the way, He also got me into an empty row of seats on the plane, and gave me some blessed moments contemplating the work of God in the life of Elijah. I was sooooooo blessed.

Please pray for me, that all the demands of truth and duty will be met while here!

I am also adding four sermons from Helen Roseveare that are WONDERFUL!!! You must download and listen to them. She was a doctor to the Congo and went through some instructive, but terribly trying moments. Her series titles are “Stir Me,” Stir Me to Go,” Stir Me to Give,” and “Stir Me to Pray” are all about mission service and witnessing. These are great sermons to share with others. She has a wonderful sense of humor, is totally direct in what she shares, and you will find yourself inspired to work for Jesus in a greater way. Find them at http;//path2prayer.comI will post periodic updates as I travel.