By Maria Attard-Malta
I have to say that being here in Harpenden doing a DTS is a great blessing. Iâ€™m enjoying myself, Iâ€™m being challenged and Iâ€™m in this for the challenge. Itâ€™s not easy for me to be away from my family and friends but it is such a great blessing to be with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Itâ€™s amazing. We are all physically different, we come from different backgrounds, we have diverse perspectives and cultures and languagesâ€¦ but there is one thing that unites us all. Itâ€™s the love of Christ. We love each other because He first loved us. We value each other because Christ has affirmed our great value by His willingness to die for us all.
DTS is the beginning of a process of transformation. There is a great gulf between knowing things in the mind and experiencing them in the heart. In some way or another we are all being transformed, restored and renewed daily by the truth that is setting us free. We listened to so many different lectures but it is our one true teacher â€˜the Holy Spiritâ€™ who daily brings to our remembrance that which He knows we need most. It is only He who brings a deeper revelation of the truth in our hearts in a way that we can not only know it but also receive it, contain it and keep it in our hearts.
This weeks speaker is Reona Joly. I admire her because she is a woman of truth. She spoke to us about the importance of listening to God. Very often we say too much, but how do we give God time to speak? How sensitive are we to His voice? We cannot say that we love God if we do not love His word, and we cannot say that we love God if we do not love His word, and we cannot say we are thirsty for God if we are not thirsty for His word. As much as we need the food to sustain us physically, even much more we need Godâ€™s word to sustain us and build us up spiritually.
As Reona rightfully said, â€œChristian life is not a playground but a battle ground.â€ We are in the Kingdom of God through Christ and automatically without having a choice in the matter we are at war with the kingdom of Satan. If we want to have the overcoming of life and life in abundance in Christ we need to understand the nature of the war and how it works. All of this is found in the word of God.
As Reona also said, â€œWe Christians are all called to be worshipers, witnesses and warriors.â€ This is the way and I am so encouraged to walk in it. I have a deep desire, by Godâ€™s grace, to be all that I can be in Christ and to walk in the victory and freedom that I already have in Him.
I am more than a conqueror in Christ. Alleluia. Thank you Jesus.
All Holy, all loving and all good
I bless You and praise You and thank You.
I give You all the glory and honour that is due to You alone.
Father, thank You so much for Your love for us
You know us all individually and by name
We are so precious to You
You know our hearts as no one else does
And You understand us more than we understand ourselves.