Dear brother Blaine:
This is an encouraging and sobering word. I am thankful to the Father that you have shared these burdens with His people.
I was fellowshipping today with a brother and we discussed the following verse: "For pure and holy ministry before God The Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their affliction, and for a man to keep his soul without defilement from the world" (James 1:27). Recently, I have looked at this verse as it applies to the many saints who are scattered throughout the world who are alone, being persecuted, shunned, beaten, and rejected by the world because of the faith in their Messiah. Also, I thought of the many saints who are widows indeed and meet the qualification for a godly widow who are so lonely, estranged, persecuted, rejected and hated by society because of their faith in Christ.
Also, the apostle writes: "What good is it my brethren, if a man says, 'I have faith', and he does not have deeds? Can his faith save him? And if a brother or sister is naked and lacking daily food, And any of you will say to them, “Go in peace, be warm, be full”, and he would not give them the bodily necessities, what good is that? So also faith alone without works is dead." These verses breaks my heart that saints would be so cold and dead as to reject their own members of 'their' body who are in need of prayers, petitions, intercessions, spiritual food, encouragement, nourishment from the water of the word, healing, clothing, etc., etc. I cannot imagine what this is doing to the heart of our Lord and the Father. How can we not take care of and pray for those of our own body?
May the Lord break us and bring us to the end of ourselves and may we learn to lay down our life (psuche, natural life) for the saints.
"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36).
What time is the con call tonight?
Earnestly seeking Him,