Monday, 2 November 2015

Spiritual Training

Glory to God!

A couple Sundays ago, David Rowe shared a message from 2 Timothy 3, entitled Genuine Faith, which you can listen to here. Challenging us to examine ourselves in light of Paul's warning to Timothy concerning the last days, David showed us the danger of living as an imitation (a form of godliness) rather than living as genuine believers in the reality and power of Christ. The message was a clear call to return to authentic faith that moved many to repentance and a renewed desire to have a form of godliness that is the true expression of genuine faith in Jesus!

Two Sundays ago Richard Morschel, Elizabeth Nehring and David Smith participated in the Frankfurt Marathon. In conjunction with facing the challenge of running the race, our KLF team ran to raise money for Hermon Living Water Ministries and Kingdom Life Butuan. Both Richard and the relay team (Elizabeth and David), completed the Marathon and are grateful to all who sponsored them to be able to contribute toward these two ministries.

Yesterday's meeting was quite a happening as we encountered God in worship, celebrated communion together and prayed for one another, listened to Elizabeth's powerful and encouraging testimony about overcoming and finishing the race, were ministered to by Junior Robinson in song, and were taught the 9 principles for running a spiritual marathon.

From the 1 November to the 13 December, KLF is doing a 42.195 day spiritual marathon - a time devoted to seeking the Lord and training in godliness (1 Tim. 4:8). During this time we will have the following events available for the church to get together for prayer, worship and studying God's Word:

Tuesdays from 19:30 - 21:00: God's Reviving Word @ Leipziger Str.60
Fridays from 07:00 - 08:00: Praying in Power @ Leipziger Str.60
Friday 13.11 & 04.12 from 19:30 - 21:30: Stepping into the Glory - 2 nights of powerful worship, prayer and encounter @ Salzschlirferstr.15

In his message, entitled Spiritual Marathon, which you can listen to here, Richard explained the principles that apply both to physical training as well as to spiritual training from Hosea 10:12 where we read,

"Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unploughed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousess on you."

Richard showed us that in order to train well and to reach one's goal, the believer must understand the following principles:

Invest: to sow is to invest time and energy in what will benefit the believer and glorify God. We reap what we sow!
Support: sowing together helps believers be supported, by being accountable to one another and being encouraged by one another to reach the goal.
Goal: the believer must have a clear goal and must know what s/he wants to reap. The goal should determine the journey - the journey should not determine the goal!
Discipline: discipline is choosing to consistently do what is good for you. Only by regular, disciplined behaviour will unploughed ground be broken up.
Time: the best time to begin is now!
Focus: the believer must be focused as s/he seeks the Lord and presses on toward the goal.
Persevere: the believer will only reach his or her goal if she does not give up. We are encouraged to seek the Lord until He responds!
Reward: the result of persevering until the end should motivate us to keep going. God promises us that He will come and shower His righteousness/goodness over us.
Enjoy: spiritual training can be a lot of fun as one delights in small victories and in increasing strength that inspire one to press on until the end!

We are excited to see KLF move to another level as we run our spiritual marathon for the next 42,195 days!

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