Friday, July 7, 2017

Never Alone 7/7/2017

From: Francis Harper

Never Alone 7/7/2017

Dear Ones,

Our fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Whitney Ronk, came to me in early December, 2011. She shared a dream she thought might be of spiritual significance. In the dream, she and some of her friends were together at a shopping mall, enjoying each other’s companionship. A person dressed in white was noticed at some distance from them. I encouraged Whitney to pray for the interpretation of her dream.

A few weeks later, at a Yuletide Retreat, Whitney was given another dream. In the second dream she was at the same mall as in the previous dream. This time she was alone, except for the person dressed in white and other shoppers. Her friends were no longer with her. I was pleased with the interpretation Whitney was given. She feels the second dream was a prophecy of her future. She was given notice that she might be losing some of her friends as she endeavored to walk in the footsteps of Jesus; but the Lord will never forsake her. He will always be her friend.

The possibility of losing friends will tempt some whose resolve to follow Jesus is not strong. I recall a testimony shared by a young lady years ago. She had suffered great emotional pain when she lost a boyfriend, due to her strong Christian values. She decided to begin attending some of the weekend parties. She even began to drink with the party crowd. Then one day one of her friends who had noticed the change in her lifestyle, came to her and expressed disappointment in the changes she had noticed. She said, “We have always looked up to you.” This was enough to cause the young lady to return to the lifestyle she had previously embraced.

Those who walk with God often find themselves walking without the company of their fellowmen. There are many notable examples of this recorded in the Scriptures. Enoch asked the Lord, “Why is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me . . . And it came to pass that Enoch went forth in the land, among the people, . . . and all men were offended because of him . . . and they said: there is a strange thing in the land, a wild man hath come among us” (Genesis 6:32-42 IV).

Noah was not a popular preacher. Neither was Jeremiah: “Then they took Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon . . . that was in the court of the prison; and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire; so Jeremiah sunk in the mire” (Jeremiah 38:6).

The Saints of God are called to be a “holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9). I had the privilege of meeting A. W. Tozer when I was young man. He wrote, “The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself, but to promote the interests of Another . . . He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, . . . so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens” (The Saint Must Walk Alone, A. W. Tozer).

We need more “wild men” on the earth today; men who walk and talk with God, as did Enoch.

My love to each and every one,
Francis Harper

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