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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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March 1, 2013 - Clinging Fingers

By Alice R. Flower

Have you ever heard of what well-seasoned saints in earlier days called "living the detached life"? It is a very real thing, particularly after one has had "clinging fingers" for various earthly objects; and God has tenderly but firmly loosened the grasp from those very objects however dear to the heart. Perhaps you still hold them, but more loosely now, with a heart centered on Him, remembering those words of Paul, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above. ... Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God" (Galatians 3:1-3, KJV).

Did you ever hold an object so tightly that you left the impress of your fingernails in the palm of your hand? This very thing can happen to your heart also. You can hold a treasure — friend or object — so closely that you will only hurt yourself. You will become blinded to the real value of living, and the balance of true consecration to God. Pressing the natural so closely will cut the sweetness and closeness of communion with the only One who ever loved you enough to die in your stead — Jesus.

If you really give Him first place, hold precious those quiet times with Him in prayer and His Word and honor His claim on time and strength above any other — you will find yourself more perfectly adjusted to the other relationships of life. You will be a better friend, employee, and family member. Like discovering the key to a puzzle, perplexing combinations will be simplified and adjusted when He is considered first.

No more worry lest you lose the treasure, for it is in His keeping; no more divided heart and double vision, for He is first; no more grieving over idols torn from your clinging fingers, for whatever comes is His appointment and there is no disappointment in His precious will.

— Adapted from "Clinging Fingers" by Alice R. Flower, originally published in the February 13, 1937, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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