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Times of Refreshing                                        by  J. Kirkpatrick
The Comforters                                              by  J. Kirkpatrick
Can You Fill My Shoes                                  by  J. Kirkpatrick

TIMES OF REFRESHING

In last month's newsletter, we found that weariness can be overcome by the refreshment of God's Word when we come apart and rest in Him. The Lord knows what we are going through. He knows the path He has chosen for us to tread. He knows and has chosen this path for us to strengthen our walk. He has chosen this path so we may encourage those who must also walk this way.

In a recent newsletter, we asked the question "Why me Lord? Why am I being put through so many trials and testings?" And we found it is because...

"The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits." *** II Timothy 2:6

You have been put through the fires. You have endured much. Now it is time to become   refreshers.  Refreshers are those who help another to cease from their labour in order to recover and collect their strength. As you have been helped, you can also help another. To refresh and comfort someone is to call them near, to call them aside, to listen, to encourage, to pray with and sustain them through their need. Have you experienced this refreshing? Do you remember when you have been called aside by another with words of comfort? Do you recall how your inner spirit was made joyful?

To refresh another is to help them stop and take a breather, to come apart and rest in the cool, refreshing breath and breeze of the Holy Spirit. What can you do for others to help them learn to come apart and rest in God?

Many times someone just needs to let everything out by sharing their hurts and tears with someone. When we are a refresher, many times we just need to listen.

Have you found refreshment in your time of need by reading God's Word precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little, *** Isaiah 28:12-13? Then you can encourage others who are in need, to find the answers they are crying out for in God's Word.

Have you discovered that soft, quiet music heals your troubled mind? Have you found comfort when someone has invited you to their home and met your every need? You, too, can release this cool, refreshing breeze of the Holy Spirit when others are going through what you have been through.

Have you found that repentance leads to the cool breeze of the Holy Spirit returning to, and reviving your soul? You can lead others to these cool, refreshing waters of God's Word.

Have you found that gathering together in fellowship with true friends who are sustainers, supporters, and comforters has helped you through your sufferings? Comforters spread comfort. It is contagious! When you become a refresher it is because you have found you cannot come up and out of your problem by remaining alone in your problem.

When you become a "Refresher" you are as the cold of snow in the time of harvest. You are God's faithful messenger. In your acts of kindness and mercy to others you have also refreshed the soul of your Master, *** Proverbs 25:13. Paul, perhaps, endured more than any of us. He knew this principle when he said, "But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state," *** Philippians 2:19. Timotheus was a "Refresher". He was a faithful messenger, and because he was a faithful messenger to Paul, Paul was greatly comforted during his own time of trouble.

Be encouraged in the Lord. You have been put through much so that you may help others. The trials and testings you have endured have prepared you to become God's Comforters. God is about to reveal Himself through His people. You have been prepared to become God's body, ministering His comfort to His people. You are about to become...

The Comforters

by J. Kirkpatrick

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." *** II Corinthians 1:3,4

God has prepared a people who are to go forth and comfort the oppressed and the afflicted. The Day of the Lord, the Wrath of God, lies directly ahead of us. God's comforters will be sent forth to those who are in despair with no hope.

David cried out, "Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none." *** Psalm 69:20

Jesus, the first Comforter implores us: "Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?" *** Matthew 18:33

We must become as our example if we are to become the "Comforters to Come". "But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longusffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth," *** Psalm 86:15. We need to follow in His steps, for, "The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy." *** Psalm 145:8

The "Comforters to Come" have a great calling in God's Kingdom to free the captives. Many today are without true shepherds. The hireling has fled the sheep, and because of this God's sheep are in great despair and without hope. We need to become the "Comforters" to comfort these with the compassion wherewith we have been comforted, for they have fainted in the way and have been scattered abroad, *** Matthew 9:36.

As Jesus we need to have compassion on the multitudes who need a healing touch of comfort, kindness and mercy, *** Matthew 14:14. Matthew tells us the multitude has nothing to eat. God's life-giving Word has not been given to them and they are perishing. Matthew also tells us many have lost their Spiritual eyesight. Will you become the Master's extended hand to touch others eyes and bring them the understanding of God's Word?

You have been put through much. But as Job, you can declare:

"The Lord knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." *** Job 23:10     Be encouraged in the Lord!

Can I Fill Your Shoes ?

by Jeannie Kirkpatrick

Can I fill your shoes, Lord?
Can I walk the paths you have trod?
Can I go in compassion to a world that is lost?

Will I say, "I will go wherever?"
Will I travel the dusty road?
Will I run the race that's set before me?

Am I worthy to wear your sandles, Lord?
Am I willing to follow your steps?
Am I willing to walk your ancient pathways?

Give me courage, O Lord, to go the extra mile.
Give me strength to follow on.
Give me a lamp to light my pathway.

Send me, O Lord, wherever.
Send me over your proven paths.
Send me ever to my knees in prayer.

Go before my every step, Lord.
Go ahead! And lead me through.
Go! And I will follow.
I will to fill your shoes.

Will you walk through the angry crowds, My Child?
Will you travel the last mile I trod?
Will you follow me to Gethsemane?
Will you endure My heavy cross?

Do you know what I have walked through?
Do you know the steps I've trod?
Do you know the paths I've willingly taken
That led me to the cross?

Follow my every foot step.
Follow me all the way.
Follow closely My child
Never look away.

Go, My child, in obedience.
Go through the paths I've trod.

Go, and I will lead you.


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