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Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth

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Circumstances have caused me to recall a book written in the eighties entitled "Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth", author David Wilkerson. I had gotten saved in 1982 and was still afloat in "first-love" when this commentary reached Christian circles. I thought it alarmingly harsh. I know differently now.

There were chapters hammering down on the fallacy of the prosperity message, the sad state of embattled marriage and fidelity, the encroachment of entertainments into Church culture, the proliferation of fun programs with no redeeming purpose, the seductions of the the occult, the prayerlessness of our gatherings, the split motives of the shepherds, the formulaic strategies for church growth with no regard for the move of the Spirit.

Wilkerson's foundation  scripture came from Hosea 8: 1-4.

It would be profitable here for readers to give attention to a parallel and more current message from Wilkerson entitled  "A Call to Anguish". Brace yourselves.

Pure and Holy Sacrifice

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(Taken from the messages of Oswald Chambers)

Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person— His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what He pours through us that really counts. God’s purpose is not simply to make us beautiful, plump grapes, but to make us grapes so that He may squeeze the sweetness out of us. Our spiritual life cannot be measured by success as the world measures it, but only by what God pours through us— and we cannot measure that at all.
When Mary of Bethany “broke the flask . . . of very costly oil . . . and poured it on [Jesus’] head,” it was an act for which no one else saw any special occasion; in fac…