02 Sep 2018

Thirsty for God

The summer is over and it means that a new academic year has started; and at last Sunday’s service at “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk, on September, 2, the congregation blessed school boys and girls, students of colleges and universities, as well as those kids who attend Sunday school. The congregation also prayed for the teachers of Sunday school and teachers of secular education.

Pastor of youth ministry Vladimir Batalov said that the Church of God has always come across various difficulties both inside and those that come from outside. When we study the book of Revelation, we may see what qualities of the Church are important to God: “I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.” (Revelation 2:19). Despite all the difficulties, the church in Thyatira had kept faith and multiplied the deeds that were pleasant to the Lord. We can also be successful in what God has commissioned us to do despite all circumstances, for the Church does not belong to the world: The Lord is the One who created it is the Head of it.

Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov suggested thinking about what thirst is in relationships with God. In the Holy Bible God mentions thirst and says what to do to quench it: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” (John 7:37). God is calling us into relationship with Him, for He is the One who created us with this quality and it means He knows how to help us. Unfortunately not all people come to God to cope with this feeling and search for other “springs” to quench their thirst. “They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13). We can be mistaken if we think that we do not have thirst for relationship with God, and ask ourselves how to develop this thirst. But actually we were created with this inner desire for His presence and fellowship with Him, but we need to be honest and answer if we have started substituting God with other sources, changing one after another, trying to find the right one.


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