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totally overwhelmed – a letter

June 9, 2010

I received this email from a man I respect deeply for his love of the Lord and his desperation to live in the fullness of the promise this relationship holds.

So is he a perfect example of Christianity? Sure, in the same way David was, he gets things wrong but when he does it breaks his heart… and isn’t this what God wants? Not external penances but broken hearts and repentant spirits?

What he shared is worth reading and meditating on…


To all my beloved brethren in Christ.

Are we totally overwhelmed by our beloved Christ and His call? Here are a few quotes I found that present some real food for thought. (Read them consecutively as to make one text).

“You must pray with all of your might. That does not mean saying your prayers, or sitting gazing about in church or chapel with eyes wide open while someone else says them for you. It means fervent effectual, untiring wrestling with God… This kind of prayer; be sure the devil and this world and your own indolent nature will oppose. They will pour water on this flame” – William Booth

“Revival is nothing else than a new obedience to God” – Charles Finney

“As long as we are content to live without revival, we will” – Leonard Ravenhill

“Oh, for the closest communion with God, till soul and body, head, face and heart shine with divine brilliancy! But oh, for a holy ignorance of our shining!”

“Live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities.” – Robert Murray

“If your heart takes mere pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God, and embracing Him, then how are you gonna handle forever and ever in His presence? You’d be bored to tears in Heaven if you are not ecstatic about God now!” – Keith Green

“The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and by the man who is fully consecrated to Him. I will try my utmost to be that man.” – D.L. Moody

God has begun challenging me – how about you. Please read these quotes again and take to heart what they mean.

Imagine if this could be said about you and your relationship with God:

“I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all of the assembled armies of Europe.” – Mary, Queen of Scots

My God is no respecter of persons, what He has done for one man He can do for another, but will we carry our weight to the same degree of the others.

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Sean van der Merwe
Face 2 Face Family Church

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