Greetings again my Brethren. Karen, five other folks and I just returned from three weeks of ministry in Romania, Ukraine, and Bulgaria.  In  Ukraine alone we travelled over 2,300 miles, visited six cities, all in seven days at great peril for our lives all from the back seat of a nine passenger van. The ministry in Romania was rich and full as always, in Ukraine it was surprising, and in Bulgaria well . . . it was disappointing except for the times when we went to the villages. Now to be honest we did not visit Pastor Yanko’s church in Silistra where I always find the presence of the LORD. But, what a presence of God, what a love for the word of God in the villages. I would like a take a break for a month or two and share some thoughts I shared in Ukraine. Now open up your spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. “We must come to the word of God without a biased heart, no preconceived ideas a blank slate to write on our heart. In Psalms 42:7, David writes, “Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” A deep desire for knowing Him with us that reaches out to God.  And as we respond to God’s call to us we will come to know Him. Open your spirit!  Do you hear His call tonight?   One of the things that will drown out the call of God in our lives is a love for the world and ourself. In 1 John 2 John writes to his “little children,” 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. 16 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. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”  (1 John 2:15-17) The only reason John tells us not to love the world is because if we do then the love of the Father is not in us.  We cannot be saved. We cannot love the LORD and the world. We must hate one and love the other.  No neutral in God!  Either we are moving forward in Him or we are moving backwards. Either we are moving into God or we are moving out of God. Now it says love NOT the things in the world too.  Things like: technology, cell phones, TV, social media (Facebook etc.) even so-called Christian media on You Tube, etc.  Love not these things, but fall deeply in love with Christ and His word.  We are NOT to love the distractions of the world:  sports, cooking, work, hunting, fishing, fashion, movies, etc. Either we love them and give ourself, time, and resources to them or we give ourselves to God.  We cannot give ourself to both.  John knew this. To prevent these things and distractions of the world from overwhelming us spiritually we must allow God to silence these things in us through His dealings and judgements.  Silence our hungers and thirst which is best seen by our words, our desires, and our thoughts.  Do you know where the sea of glass is? In Revelations John writes, “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal:” (Revelations 4:6) Do you know where the sea of glass is?  It is a sea which is smooth; it is never disturbed by waves. We never see a storm on the sea of glass; it is calm.  This is the condition before the throne of God.  It is not in the world.  We can so relate to the rulership and dominion of God, so live in Him that we live in tranquillity, even through a storm. Now that is not denying the storm.  We can have peace in time of war and we can have war in a time of peace.  We can be in a storm when everything is calm or we can be calm when everything is stormy. We can even be alone in a crowd. It all depends upon where we are in the life of God.  It all depends upon which is gripping our heart, the storm or the faithfulness of God. There is a place of silence in God that brings us to nothingness.  A place where we have nothing to say.  There are three types of silence:  a silence of words, a silence of desires, and a silence of thoughts.  The first is perfect.  The second is even more perfect and the third is the most perfect. In the first, the silence of words, there is virtue (strength) that is acquired.  In the second, the silence of desires, quietness is obtained; and in the third, the silence of thoughts . . . this is our goal:  the internal recollection of all of our senses.  To lay hold of the silence of thought is to arrive and abide at the center of our being where Christ dwells. Not by speaking, desiring, nor reasoning do we reach the central place of our inward walk, that place where God speaks to our inward man.  It is there that God communicates Himself to our spirit; and there in the inner most depths of our being.  He teaches us Himself.  He guides us to this place where He alone speaks His most secret and hidden of His heart to us. We must enter into this through all silence if we would hear His divine voice within us. Forsaking the world will not accomplish this, nor will renouncing our desires.  No, not even if we should renounce all things created.  What then?  Rest is God’s major goal in our lives is found only in this threefold silence, only before an open door where God may communicate Himself to us.  It is in that place He can transform us into Himself. This transformation of our soul consists not in speaking to God nor in thinking on God, but in loving Him greatly.  And how is this love acquired?  By means of a perfect resignation to God faithfulness to us and this threefold silence. This tremendous truth of the faithfulness of God can carry us through a wilderness, even a war.  This anchor can hold us steady through life’s storms.  This enlightenment can take us safely through the darkness.  Written by David Stahl