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2017

27 августа

Christians’ weariness

On August 27 at morning service in “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk Konstantin Gogolev preached about inner peace, how to achieve it, how to maintain it and how to abide in it. Konstantin started with defining inner peace as an ability to be concentrated and calm irrespective of surrounding circumstances. We can achieve inner peace only in Jesus Christ, other peace can soon be lost. Sin can often be the reason of absence of peace, that is why the first step to achieving inner peace is repentance (1 John 1:9). To achieve peace God also calls us not to be anxious about anything, but by prayer and thanksgiving to present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6-7). It is thanksgiving that helps us to shift our gaze from problems to God. To maintain this peace we need to spend less time on anything that can steal it, and find more time for spiritual habits. In conclusion Konstantin said that we can abide in peace only in close relationships with God.

Youth pastor Vladimir Batalov continued the service. He spoke about Christians’ weariness. Everybody faces crisis, fatigue, depressions, that is why God calls us to come and ask Him for help, He fights for every soul (Isaiah 40:26-31). Pastor preached about several possible reasons for burnout. Firstly, we very soon get weary if we take responsibility for something that God did not give us (2 Timothy 2:5). Secondly, we can take too much. We should take into account that our strength is limited (2 Peter 1:5). We can also take not too many responsibilities, but do them without love (Corinthians 13:3) or we can do them with love, but competing with others (Luke 10:40). And finally we can forget the Giver, when we fulfill assignment out of religious duty. Vladimir thinks that this is the most dangerous reason. In revelation 2:19 John writes that now we should be doing more than we did at first, it means that throughout life we should not slow down because of weariness, but force the pace.

 

Irina Konovalova

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