Dear Church Family,
Are you spiritually hungry?
Last Sunday night we had the privilege of Paul Manwaring speaking at The Belfrey (from the senior leadership team of Bethel Church, Redding, California). Paul challenged us with these words, "In the kingdom the more you eat, the hungrier you get, the less you eat the less hungry you are." One of the paradoxes of the kingdom is that spiritual hunger is a sign of health, whereas a lack of spiritual hunger is an indicator that things are not as they should be. A lack of spiritual hunger can manifest as complacency, apathy and indifference - in more extreme cases cynicism to spiritual things. The psalmists say, (Psalm 63:1), "Oh God, you are my God, I shall seek you earnestly. My soul thirsts for you my flesh yearns for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water."
Are you seeking God earnestly? Is there a thirst in your soul for the things of God? Or do you feel complacent, indifferent, apathetic, or even cynical?
August is a quieter time in the life of the church when many of us are away and we also have the privilege of welcoming many visitors to St Michael le Belfrey. I am heading off this afternoon to do a seminar at New Wine in Shepton Mallet, many of our young people are at Soul Survivor this summer and a number of us are booked in to attend the New Wine gathering at Thirsk in a couple of weeks. Whether we are attending these Christian festivals or not, may I encourage each of us to take the opportunity this summer amidst our time to relax, go on holiday and recharge with our loved ones to seek the living God and pray for that insatiable thirst, which will propel us individually and corporately to seek first His kingdom.
With love in Christ,
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
O God, you declare your almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity: mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace, that we, running the way of your commandments, may receive your gracious promises, and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen