Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
give me understanding according to your word!
Let my plea come before you;
deliver me according to your word.
My lips will pour forth praise,
for you teach me your statutes.
My tongue will sing of your word,
for all your commandments are right.
Let your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
and your law is my delight.
Let my soul live and praise you,
and let your rules help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.
(Psalm 119:169-176 ESV)
Due to the peculiar blindness of our time, few people spot the reconciling of good and evil, and have difficulty verbalizing it when they do…
This reconciliation of good and evil arise out of the psychological reductionism accompanying our materialism, whereby the spiritual and moral dimension of the human soul are not recognized and thereby remain invisible. These dimensions are in effect obliterated. Sin and evil are given other names. They are tagged with sociological and psychological labels. In this way good and evil are synthesized, made one, reconciled. The evilness of evil, and our responsibility to repent of it, is denied. It goes without saying that the goodness of God, and the way He imparts His righteousness to us, the fallen, is in no way considered.
Christians, along with their culture, have by and large reconciled good and evil — synthesizing the virtues and the vices by giving sin an exclusively psychological definition. In this way, we reconcile good and evil at the deepest level of our being — and therefore fail to confess and turn from our sins.
Indeed, we are under a tragically effective assault. In the minds of many who identify as Christians today, pride is celebrated as a virtue and the word conversion has become synonymous with abuse. Even so, our God does not forsake us. Jesus longs to restore His truth within us and deliver us from evil. He calls us as fellow workers in His mission of mercy, to learn from Him and then teach others the difference between the clean and the unclean, that all might have life abundant.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Have mercy on Your Church, and on this world around us. Thank you Lord for creating me and every other human being with a spiritual nature and a deep moral sensitivity. Come and restore me Lord, come and restore us. Seek me and find me Lord, cleanse any synthesis of good and evil from my heart, and replace it with Your luminous word.
 Leanne Payne, Listening Prayer (Grand Rapids, Hamewith Books, 1994), p. 228.
Painting: Albert Edelfelt, 1898, Jesus Washing the Feet of His Disciples, [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
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We are mythic beings: we live by and in our symbols. Reality is simply far too great to be contained in propositions. That is why man needs gestures, pictures, images, rhythms, metaphor, symbol and myth.
~Leanne Payne, Healing Presence, 119 and 125
By Uwe Buß
In June, we had a MPC-school in Hungary. Actually, it was the first conference we carried out in Eastern Europe. For almost every participant it was the first time they got in touch with Leanne Payne’s teaching, especially as Leanne’s books are not translated into Hungarian yet.
Most Protestant Christians in Hungary belong to the reformed Church. Many symbols, that are common in other denominations, are unfamiliar and unusual here. So I wondered how we could do the procession of the cross, what vestments I should wear und how we could introduce the Holy Water. Of course, we didn’t want to disturb the attendees right at the beginning of the conference. However, all my fears were unnecessary. The Holy Spirit has already made the way and gave an enormous openness. The meaning of these healing symbols have descended deeply into the hearts. I will never forget, when the Cross and the open Bible were carried into the conference hall. I sensed so much reverence. You could almost touch God’s presence.
After the procession, Sarah’s first lecture was about “Holiness”. This deepened what we just had experienced and prepared the way for more.
The Lord led us, in these days, in an impressive way. Many people opened their hearts in short counselling conversations or in ministry times. There was a growing sense, a deep longing for the healing presence of our Lord. Therefore, we have many reasons to praise and give thanks.
For myself it has been moving that my testimony is so encouraging for so many people. I have been involved with the PCM/MPC-ministry for about 30 years now, and have belonged to the team since last year, with the privilege of ministering at MPC schools internationally. I say thank you to Jesus, who brings people like me from the depths, gives healing and uses them as ambassadors of his salvation.
Please, pray for all the attendees of the Hungarian conference. The sown seed shall come up and bear fruit. Therefore, even more people shall get in touch with the Healing Presence of our God.