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23rd December 2020 - The Culmination Of The Journey



WELCOME TO THY WORD IS TRUTH CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES!



I am today launching a new section on both Sylvia Darling.com and Words For You .Online called ‘Thy Word Is Truth Christian Ministries’ for which I hold both the .com and .co.za Domains. (Please note: neither of these domains is in anyway linked or affiliated to any other group anywhere in the World with the same or similar name.

Thy Word Is Truth Christian Ministries is an Outreach specifically for Christians who are seriously committed to following God, those who are led by His Holy Spirit and adhere to the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not for those who are ‘respecters of persons’ or anyone who puts their own political beliefs and worldly values and objectives BEFORE their service to God.


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Few people would dispute that our World is in a perilous state today: from the devastating effects of climate change to the horrendous toll of deadly viruses, from potentially disastrous Worldwide Economic Downturns to the inherent dangers posed to all of us by the increasing number of dangerous, despotic dictators emerging as Leaders in so many Nations across the Globe the future looks increasingly grim for each and every one of us, no matter who we are, no matter where we live. Only God can help us now, only God can stop such a colossally fraught situation from spinning catastrophically out of control and potentially resulting in the Biblical ‘End Times’ coming upon us far earlier than they should.

God is Good and God is Gracious but He Will not intervene if man is knowingly, willingly and with evil motivation and intent causing the desecration of this Planet and ultimately the destruction of his own World. Freedom of choice and consistently making the wrong choices has resulted in the appalling state of our World today; a great many people will have to ARISE and DEFEND our Planet, stand UP against oppression and bad choices and GENUINELY turn to God with humility and repentance for their own sins and the parts they too have played, whether through oversight or neglect, in the destruction of the wonderful World He Created for us BEFORE He will intervene in this horrific situation. The choice lies with us - as indeed it always has - will man choose God or mammon?


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“Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt 7:1) has become the favourite Scripture of sinning Christians the World over, many of whom would seemingly far rather bring the Name Of Our Lord into disrepute than acknowledge the blatant sin in their lives. If cornered they quote this Scripture triumphantly as if it were some kind of Biblical “Get Out Of Hell Free” Card they can produce that ‘excuses’ them for their sins and prejudices, however, Christ was speaking to people who were neither CONVERTS nor SAVED, nor members of any ‘Christian Church’ since no such thing existed in those days. The Apostle Paul, who wrote three-quarters of the New Testament, makes it abundantly clear in all his teachings but particularly in
1 Corinthians that whilst we cannot judge people outside the Church, we are certainly EXPECTED to judge those inside the Church who flagrantly and sometimes even contemptuously flout Biblical teachings.

I earnestly seek the Face of God before I put anything on these websites and whilst writing this introduction to Thy Word Is Truth Christian Ministries a prophetic Word from The Lord has come through to me and I am going to share it with you now in accordance with His Will: it is for those who describe themselves as ‘Conservative’ Christians in America and some other parts of the World. Thus saith The Lord:

“Instead of calling themselves ‘Conservative’ Christians why don’t they just admit they are not real Christians at all? Their hearts are full of bitterness and hate and no follower of Christ can harbour such feelings in his heart. They believe such ‘faith’ in Me as they have will save them from the fires of Hell but it will not…many will cry unto me Lord, Lord!

Do they think I do not see the hatred in their hearts saith God? Do they think I do not understand how very much more they are serving their own agendas and not Mine, and answering their own wants and needs that are entirely contrary to the teachings of My Word? These people do not KNOW ME at all!

People are FREE under My New Dispensation to decide what they do to themselves and their bodies – who are YOU to deny them the CHOICE I have not denied them! All will answer to ME for ALL their decisions at the End, including you. Do not think you will escape My Judgement for all the wrongs that you do, many of which you have done in My Name. You will see where My Judgement falls saith God, My Ways are not your ways, neither are My thoughts your thoughts as you will soon discover.”


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Calvary


When You hung there on that Cross at Calvary
It was the generations ahead that You could see,
Men and women, girls and boys,
All deceived by Satan’s ploys
And crying out, alone with their misery.

When You hung there on that Cross You Bled for me,
Your Heart ached for the pain that You could see.
You saw my desperate need,
And with Your Death You sowed a seed
That would lead me straight to God through Calvary.

Despite the blackness of our hearts that You saw then,
You still cried “Abba Father – I’ll die for them!
In Your Compassion for man’s loss
You went so meekly to the Cross
And gladly paid the price at Calvary!

Oh My Saviour! What a joy should fill our hearts,
For in Your Master Plan we each have parts!
We all can play a role!
We too can help men to be whole,
Through the Victory won for us at Calvary!


© Sylvia Darling 2017


“An oasis for believers in need of encouragement and support; those who love Me and follow Me, those who need to pause for a few moments by the Well and drink once more of the water that brings Eternal Life, water that refreshes them and enables them to continue along the path I have set out before them. Create for them a resting-place where they can dwell with like-minded people and know that those people understand the journey, and will pray for them and lift them up before The Lord Their God, Who Will See, Hear and Answer their prayers.”

This is the vision God gave me for founding Thy Word Is Truth Christian Ministries. It is the aim of this ministry to not only offer support and encouragement to those who are already on the path but also to act as guides for those who are earnestly seeking it, for as the Bible warns us Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matt 7:14 (KJV)


An oasis to rest a while

An Oasis


I believe there is an aching need in the World today for a SERIOUS Reformation Movement within the Body Of Christ - we need to go back to basics, BACK to New Testament style ‘Churches’ which consisted of small groups of believers in every area who stood together, uplifted one another and each individually functioned as THE BODY OF CHRIST within their communities - dedicated people, people with callings and spiritual gifts, people who were led by the Holy Spirit and didn’t demand money from others to support them and their grandiose ideas but earned their OWN money and used it to support OTHERS and spread the word of God.

Far too many serious, committed Christians now find themselves OUTSIDE todays ‘trendy’ new Ministries, OSTRACISED by fellow ‘believers’ because of their ‘unfashionably’ strong beliefs and strict adherence to the teachings of Our Lord and Saviour, excluded because they won’t bow down to dictatorial pastors who alone decide who is ‘called’ and who is not, who can work for the Lord and who can’t, but what is their criteria? The most important point always seems to be whether the individuals in question are TITHERS, whether they are WEALTHY, INFLUENTIAL or have some sort of SOCIAL STANDING in the community, whether they are suitably ‘qualified’ - which mostly means whether they have been suitably INDOCTRINATED into that particular pastors’ ways and beliefs: indeed too many such pastors are, in quite a LITERAL sense, already their own ‘Gods’ in their own very fleshly Empires.

As Believers we are CALLED to serve CHRIST, who was HUMBLE, UNASSUMING and COMPASSIONATE, we are CALLED to take care of the POOR AND NEEDY in our communities - we are NOT CALLED to place ourselves in bondage to Pastors and Ministers intent on building edifices that bring far more glory to themselves and their Ministries than they ever do to God, nor were we EVER meant to place ourselves back under bondage to OLD TESTAMENT and therefore OLD COVENENT tithing to provide them with the funds with which to do so!

Far from being used to meet the needs of the poor and underprivileged within their communities the vast proportion of tithing money is used to finance large ‘Church’ buildings with huge state-of-the-art auditoriums, enormous stages, horrifically expensive Studio Lights, microphones and cameras AS WELL AS to satisfy the decidedly UNSCRIPTURAL and VERY WORDLY DEMANDS of todays’ Ministers for extravagant homes, ‘film star’ wardrobes, expensive jewellery, personal aircraft and flashy cars!

The Word Of God however, tells us to behave SOMEWHAT DIFFERENTLY! 1 John 2:15/16 says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

1 John 2:4+6 “He that saith I KNOW Him and keepeth not His commandments IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM. He that saith he ABIDETH in Him, OUGHT HIMSELF ALSO SO TO WALK, EVEN AS HE WALKED”




Consecration


Oh Lord, it hurts to deny the flesh,
Those things that are part of me,
But beckon me down a different path
From the one You would have me see,
But as Your Flesh was Crucified,
So crucify I mine,
That I may in some way give my thanks
For Your Sacrifice sublime.

© Sylvia Darling 2017


Needless to say, it is always these particular “men and women of God” who vehemently INSIST that we ARE all still bound to Old Testament TITHING and were not FREED by Christs Sacrificial Death to be able to freely operate in generous, ungrudged New Testament GIVING, which was always so strongly advocated by the Apostle Paul! Never ONCE in all his writings on the subject of GIVING did Paul in any way imply that Old Testament tithing was still an ‘obligation’…neither by the way did any of the other Apostles! A strange OVERSIGHT for those who walked and talked daily with Christ who would surely have broached the subject had He Himself believed that such a legalistic requirement WOULD and SHOULD live on after His Death! We can only assume then that these fervent advocates of Tithing genuinely BELIEVE that not even the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour could redeem us from that particular Old Covenant requirement – a belief which is most certainly sacrilegious in itself! Matt 7:21/23 “Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven: but he doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven: many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU, DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.”

None of us were put on this Earth to gain “Followers” for ourselves and our Ministries! WE ARE HERE TO POINT THE WAY TO GOD, to enable man, through our Spirit-led works and good deeds to truly FIND HIM and to once again become reconciled with his Creator. We are meant to live humbly, not glorify OURSELVES! Matt 18:4 “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”



His Way


Father, we seek to be spectacular
Yet You need us to be ordinary,
For it is through the works
Of ordinary Christians
That people are drawn to You.
Help us Oh God to be satisfied
With what You have for us,
And not strive in our own might
To achieve that which You
Never purposed for us to do!

Sylvia Darling


© Sylvia Darling 2017



If Christians today would only STOP pouring money into high-profile ‘SELF’ idolising Ministries and STOP glorifying people who CLEARLY SELDOM IF EVER hear from God and RARELY share any recognizable teachings from the Bible, we could all INDIVIDUALLY achieve so much more FOR OUR HEAVENLY FATHER and VASTLY REDUCE the number of homeless and hungry people on our city streets!

As Believers we must actively REJECT the lies and deceptive teachings pouring out of so many of our Churches today and show the World what it REALLY means TO FOLLOW CHRIST and actually MERIT the name ‘Christian’! 2 Tim 3:7 “The Lord knoweth them that are His. And let everyone who nameth the name of Christ DEPART FROM INIQUITY!We need to create our own NEW TESTAMENT OUTREACHES, based on New Testament teachings…the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Apostles, not FAKE CHRISTIANITY based on Humanism, Greed and the worship of ‘The Self’!


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We can start changing our World TODAY, each one of us operating our own New Testament style outreaches from our own homes, a small group of fellow-believers reaching out to those in need in our own communities. The poor are NOT hard to find, it is NOT hard to TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE in ordinary peoples’ lives! That is the way hearts are touched and lives changed, that is the way people are genuinely inspired to reach out and search for God for themselves.

“Thy Word Is Truth Christian Ministries” is not just about my ministry, and my calling BUT YOURS TOO! I believe that as support for this vision for a New Testament Church grows THOUSANDS of us all over the World will eventually be able to UNITE under this banner. Through this unique ministry we will be able to pray for one another daily, SUPPORT one another daily, OUR PRAYERS can make the difference between LIFE and DEATH, SUCCESS OR FAILURE, FOR SOMEONE WE DON’T EVEN KNOW and ALL OF IT achieved by Gods Holy Spirit directing OUR PRAYERS OF FAITH to specific areas of need all over the World and utilizing modern technology to do it!

I have FAITH that this can happen and that it is Gods’ Appointed Time for such an Outreach! IF YOU AGREE, JOIN ME!
Just send me an email stating the initials you wish to use to uniquely identify yourself (bearing in mind there may be others with the same basic initials as yours) add your country of origin and I will include you on the list of participants shown at the bottom of the page. (Please be assured that as soon as your individual initials have been registered your e-mail will be permanently deleted to ensure complete privacy NO personal information of any kind, other than those initials will be retained by us.)

YOU and your own individual outreach can benefit from our mutual WORLDWIDE prayers for one another and the sincere and earnest exercising of our faith! Your part is just to visit this new section on either of my websites each day and PRAY over the list of participants AS YOU FEEL LED. It may well be that the Holy Spirit will call upon you to pray over a particular set of initials on that page and that your obedience to such a leading will play a crucial role in enabling Gods Holy Spirit to operate freely in that persons’ life and situation that very same day, and REMEMBER that as you are praying for OTHERS, others will also be praying for YOU! Let us all UNITE and achieve something WONDERFUL for our Heavenly Father and make A REAL DIFFERENCE in our World today and let this Psalm of Praise be our Unifying, Joyous Battle-Song, our declaration of our service to Him!

A Life Of Praise

I place my heart between Your Hands in humble offering,
And sacrifice my will at the foot of Your Throne.
I cast aside all worldly aims and proud ambition
That I might live my life to bring glory to Your Name!
Let it be a sweet savour unto Your Lord!
Let my heart beat on with Yours in one accord!
Let my lips cry out to all, my God is Worthy!
Let my life enable others to hear Your Call!
Let my heart lie next to Yours in adoration!
Let my mouth sing out anew with Songs of Praise!
Let Christians all around bring acclamation
To their God By Whom The Universe was made!

Sylvia Darling



©Sylvia Darling 2016


May God Bless and Guide you all as you faithfully follow your own individual callings!





Sylvia Darling




© Sylvia Darling 2020



Please take advantage of my new downloads which I pray with all sincerity will be a
Blessing and a help to you as you travel your own particular path and draw ever closer to Him.





This is available as a free download here.



Matt 7:13/14 KJV
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”


Part of my own journey along the ‘narrow’ road.

The Narrow Road


To be human Father sometimes seems more of a Curse than a Blessing: there is a constant war between my spirit and my flesh and I’m never sure which side is winning this never-ending Battle! Lord, nothing in me is GOOD! My natural inclinations take me FAR from the road You would have me travel so I struggle along it - waging war more with MYSELF than with Supernatural foes! Can I really be of any benefit to You when even my smallest ‘triumph’ can be seen as yet another defeat when viewed through more ‘enlightened’ eyes? Impure motives in an impure heart strive to pay tribute to Thee!

I see now that NOTHING can come from my OWN striving. Even the humblest progress can be made only when I have seen myself as YOU see me – not simply with Love but with YOUR eyes of penetrating CLARITY and TRUTH…TRUTH that seeks out every impure thought and endeavour! How vain it is to seek to elevate ourselves when we KNOW our imperfections and weaknesses and have viewed them through YOUR Eyes! Only by Your Precious Holy Spirit can we dare to serve, else it is a tainted offering, besmirched with ego and self-love.

Help me Father find the TRUE PATH, leaving behind the flesh, heeding the voice of the Spirit and turning deaf ears to the cries of my wayward heart. For Father, I now KNOW I have a wayward heart, it seethes with anger and resentment, and glorifies ‘self’ at the expense of others. How then may I serve You, for even if I hide my faults You see them still?

Only through the Righteous Blood of Christ may I approach You. Through the ministry of The Holy Spirit I might come to know how it is that I can please You. For by Your Grace, I can still serve, my human frailty does not discount it, but only through Your Holy Spirit can I be a blessing to You and to those to whom You would have me speak!

How Patient and Gentle is Thy Spirit! He ever wars with man, not with rage but with reason, not with accusations but through awakening our own remorse, for He puts His Holy Finger on the pulse of our wrong-doing til we see it as You see it and cry as You Cry.

© Sylvia Darling 1986

Reflect upon these Scriptures when reviewing the actions of your leaders.

Matt 7:15/18 KJV
"Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit…Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”





This is available as a free download here.

A Journey of Discovery



Scaling The Peak

Each move I make is another step
Along your special path,
So many steps must still be made,
And sometimes the climbing seems hard,
But when I reach that shining peak
Where I will meet my Lord,
How tiny will those steps appear
When compared with my reward!

Sylvia Darling
© Sylvia Darling 2019


Those of us who have been Blessed with a wonderful, life-changing Revelation of God are very often filled with a burning desire to truly know Him and to learn all we possibly can about Him and His Ways, but in our enthusiasm to know and also to serve our Heavenly Father many of us, (both old and new believers alike) soon find ourselves completely immersed in “works”! Suddenly it seems to be more important to do things FOR Him than to spend time WITH HIM but this is a trap we MUST NOT fall into! RELATIONSHIP is SO much more important to God than service! He DELIGHTS in our loyal and loving hearts - He DELIGHTS in us – He sees us as INDIVIDUALS, not as ‘EMPLOYEES’ - our ‘work’, although important, will always be secondary to Him!



Awestruck


Oh Lord, I see Your Face in each glorious Sunrise,
Feel Your Breath in each warm Summers’ breeze,
And savour as Your Sweet Presence
The beauty and fragrance of the Rose!
To think we’re just a part of Your Creation,
Yet we’re all so special to You!
Though so numerous we are never faceless,
You see each individual come shining through!

Sylvia Darling


© Sylvia Darling 2017


There are very many occasions during our walk with God when we must give ourselves time to pause for a while, time to ‘rest’ in His Presence and ‘dwell’ in the moment. We have to learn to separate ourselves from the hurly-burly of life and give ourselves time to mentally and spiritually ‘digest’ everything He has shown us, His thoughts are so very different from our thoughts and His Ways so very different from our ways. We must ABSORB all His wonderful spiritual truths and allow them to BLOSSOM and GROW and bring forth fruit in our lives.

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True relationship with God cannot be achieved without spending time… genuine, unrushed time, earnestly seeking His Face and listening to Him. Unfortunately, the greatest pressure on us to ‘grow’ quickly and start ‘achieving’ for God “Building His Kingdom here on Earth” generally comes from our new friends and peers in the Church, people we respect and look up to, but we need to stop and think for a moment here: our spiritual growth and development must happen according to Gods’ Will and at His pace and time. Our enthusiastic and well-intentioned efforts as new believers to accommodate the requirements of man can actually become an enormous STUMBLING BLOCK for us very early in our Christian walk, our experiences can significantly delay and occasionally even prevent some of us from ever finding and following the path God intended us to take.

The following piece reflects some of the problems I experienced in the early days of my own Christian walk and I’m sure many of you will have had similar troubling setbacks, but NO experience, however upsetting, should be allowed TO DETER US from following the path upon which The Lord Himself has set our feet. We have only to keep our eyes on HIM and HE WILL see us through!




The Moulding Machine


It seemed to be so simple,
When I was first born again,
I only needed to love You,
Not meet the requirements of men!
Now they’ve kneaded and moulded my childlike faith
And taken what once was so real,
And pummelled in into their pattern and creed,
But now, Oh how empty I feel!
Where once I called to You naturally
I’ve adopted their ritual or form,
Where before I always had faith to believe,
“Practicality” must now be the norm.
My God what has man done to me
That my faith should sink so low,
That I no longer feel that You’re next to my heart
Yet my ‘knowledge’ continues to grow?
For Your disciples You chose the simplest of men
You wanted the pure in heart,
But instead of drawing us closer to You
Man is pushing us further apart.
Your Church now revolves around Courses and Marks,
“It’s the degree that maketh the man!”
But Lord – can I really not labour for You
Just doing the best that I can?
Can I really not draw on relationship and faith?
Am I worthless without a degree?
Your Word says that Your Holy Spirit
Will work all Your changes in me.
What I need in Your eyes is an open heart,
Not to go through a sausage machine
That religiously chops me to pieces
Yet leaves an outside that’s shiny and clean.
I really have lost my direction,
Must I try to conform if I can?
Or do I heed the cries of my aching heart,
“Where hast thou driven my God Oh man?”

Sylvia Darling
© Sylvia Darling 1986



Scripture clearly warns us that we cannot be pleasing both to God and man and this is a lesson we must learn VERY EARLY in our Christian walk! There comes a time when we have to start BELIEVING IN OURSELVES, believing that we ARE called of God and TRUSTING that we do indeed HEAR that “still small voice” within, steadfastly guiding us along the path He would have us take. THAT is the moment our ‘journey’ REALLY begins!

© Sylvia Darling 2021



This is available as a free download here.


Beyond The Moulding Machine



“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4/5 KJV)

Join me in the next leg of my journey as my period of separation from Churches, Ministries and ‘works’ brings forth wonderful ILLUMINATION from Gods’ Holy Spirit that sets me FREE and places my feet firmly on the path He had ORDAINED for me to follow.

© Sylvia Darling 2021


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God is Love and Strength and Beauty
He is Holy, Just and Kind
He is the Origin of all Virtue,
The Source of all we could desire.

Sylvia Darling
© Sylvia Darling 2017


Oh Father, how deceived I’ve been! I’ve tried to be ‘holy’ and ‘righteous’ as though either of these things could be achieved by my own efforts! In trying to please You I slipped into ‘works’ striving to do whatever I could to make myself more ‘acceptable’ to You and of course, I soon found myself at the end of my own resources, exhausted, bewildered and lost: further away from You then than I had been at the start. How foolish, when it really was SO SIMPLE! You called me to ‘BE’ not to ‘DO’! You called me to revel in YOUR Righteousness not fret about my own! We are saved by GRACE, never by works! You accept me as I am, not because of what I might become through striving: You accept me because of the Shed Blood of Jesus Christ, not because of any ‘Cloak’ of righteousness MAN would have me ‘assume’ - YOU ARE MY RIGHTEOUSNESS! Man puts on fine robes that speak of splendid things yet belie what lies in the soul.

In this difficult and perplexing time I have hesitated and sometimes even feared to call upon Your Name so great has my confusion been, yet all the while You have been Watching over me, Guiding me, Encouraging me, Willing me to find the way YOU want me to progress and grow, and warning me to be far less influenced by the opinions of others! Truly Thou Art Worthy to be Praised! You seek to release us from the burden our own foolishness puts upon us when we seek to win for ourselves what you have freely given by Your Grace! We strive to do what cannot be done by our own efforts but can only be worked in us by Your Precious Holy Spirit! Our part is merely to BELIEVE and to enter into FELLOWSHIP with You, we must let Your Word LIVE in us, for it is YOUR WORD operating in our lives and living in our hearts that brings forth righteous fruit, nothing good can ever come from our own fleshly efforts.



Oh what a foolish thing is man
Who will ever try to do in his own strength
What You would have him do in Yours,
Forever collapsing under a burden
You didn’t give him to carry!

© Sylvia Darling 2016



Help me Father to revel in the FREEDOM You have given me and not to assume burdens of my own. Help me delight myself in the pure, unselfish nature of Your Love, for You desire to release man into realizing the fullness of himself – his ultimate spiritual potential – whilst here in the flesh. Until then he cannot even glimpse the true wonder of Christs’ Great Redemption, its’ meaning has been watered down through the Ages ‘til we perceive but a fraction of Your intended Glorious Blessing. We kick and scream while You struggle to release us from bondages’ we didn’t know we had into realms we never dreamt existed! We attain all through the Fruit of Your Holy Spirit, nurtured in us by Your Holy and Forgiving Hand!

© Sylvia Darling 1986






Acknowledgement
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An oasis to rest a while