Pauline Turner - Second Testimony - Palmerston Library, Darwin, Australia Special Meeting - September 2, 2007

Hymn 338

My thoughts this afternoon have been on clinging, holding fast to what God has given us. We know to hold something that is precious, we carry it close to ourselves, hold it fast with both hands lest we would drop it; and for something that’s heavy, we hold it close to us. These things God has given us, He wants us to hold fast; no one can take from us. We are conscious of the enemy on every side but if these things are hidden in our hearts, no one can take from us.

I was looking at different places in the Bible and the first one was in Thessalonians 5:21, “Hold fast that which is good” – that which will profit us eternally, which will satisfy, something which will feed our soul and keep us. Then Hebrews 10:23-25, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised); and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; nor forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” It’s been that holding fast the profession of our faith without wavering; having our roots down deep in the will of God, in the storms that would come so we could withstand.

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,” the times we come together - Sunday morning fellowship and the study meetings. It’s a time of feeding and feasting. I enjoyed looking at that word "exhorting." Paul often spoke about exhorting, edifying, comforting. Exhorting is to stir up and to edify is to build up and to comfort is to cheer up. These times of fellowship are when we come together to encourage one another, to build up and to stir up the love and desire that’s within our own hearts.

I got a picture of a fire; and maybe when a fire gets a bit dim, you get out the poker and give it a stir, a bit of movement so that it makes it come alive. If you keep adding wood, it’s stirred up and burns up. These times of fellowship stirs up these things in our hearts: a love for truth, a love for fellowship that we would have an everlasting flame for these things – edifying, building up, and a time of stirring up. We can all be helpers together and it’s in holding fast to what we have and keeping that which we have without wavering.

We read in Revelation 2:25, “But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come.” We know that Christ will come but we don’t know when He will come, but there’s that surety He is coming again and we want to hold fast to what we have and to keep holding. Then 3:11, “Behold, I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” It’s standing fast and holding fast that we will stand in eternity.

I was thinking of a new born baby - when we hold a little one in our arms, so precious, the beginning of new life. Sometimes it feels so fragile, holding a little one close to us and nestling it. Maybe we feel a little frightened; we need to have a firm hold. God has given us Jesus, His only Son; and this life of Jesus as a babe in our hearts. If we can let Him grow and dwell there, the life of Jesus can be seen, it’s fragile. But we want to hold fast and care for the Christ child. A new born baby needs constant feeding, lots of attention. These things God has given us: Jesus in our hearts, we need to keep feeding and maintaining that we can hold these things precious to us. I long that we could keep holding fast, not loosing our hold but holding fast to the end.