NEVER HEARD OF THIS BOOK BEFORE BUT WILL LOOK FOR IT AND READ IT, BUT DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS CHECK THIS OUT AND GIVE ME YOUR FEEDBACK,FROM WHERE I STAND THIS IS SO TRUE EVEN FOR MYSELF A LOT OF TIME PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOU THOUGHT FROM WHAT YOU SEE IN YOUR DAILY WALK IN CHRIST JESUS.I quote some lovely words from that wonderful book, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis:
Many thoughts have risen up against me, and great terrors which afflict my soul. How shall I pass through them without hurt? How shall I break them in pieces before me? I will go before Thee, 0 Lord, and I will bring low the proud boasters of the earth and I will open the gates of the prison and reveal to Thee the hidden secret. Do, Lord, as thou saidst and let all wicked thoughts flee from before Thy face. This is my hope and only consolation—to put my trust in Thee, to call on Thee from my inmost heart, and to wait patiently for Thy help and for thy strength."
Yes, truly, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; and they cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ. That is the principle upon which the church was founded; that is the principle that was followed by the Master when He stepped from the throne to the manger and from the manger to the cross. That is the obedience He expects from each of His followers. But let us confess with shame, today in the realm of the intellect, the mind, the thought-life, the church—that is, you and I as believers in Christ—has followed the carnal method, and therefore she has divested herself of spiritual power.
God grant that you and I everyday may go into our personal robing room alone with Him, and put on all the armor of God which is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds of the enemy.
Apart from a mighty awakening and revival in the church, we are fighting a losing battle because we are resisting on carnal levels. This is not something you settle a denominational headquarters or in the high courts of the ecclesiastical world. It is something you begin to settle here and now that causes the tide of the Holy Spirit power and life to flow once again in the church, which has been blocked because we as individual believers have rejected God's principles. (Redpath, Alan: Blessings out of Buffetings. Studies in Second Corinthians. 1984. Revell).
To put him into context, he lived from 1380 to 1471.
Another quote from "The Imitation of Christ" is, “For a man to make real spiritual progress, he must deny himself; a man who has made this renunciation enjoys great freedom and security.”
I look forward to hearing how this book impacts you.
Thomas Hemerken was born in Kempis, Germany towards the end of 1379. He spent his entire life in devotion and study for the priesthood. He studied first as a Brethren at Deventer and then joined his brother as a member of the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine at Mount St. Agnes. It was then that he was given the name Thomas a Kempis which is Latin for 'Thomas of Kempis'. He was ordained in 1414 and, among other positions, twice held the post of sub prior of the community. It was in this role that he wrote the seminal work 'The Imitation of the Christ' as a catechism of sorts for the novice brethren.
Just be sure to get the original Catholic edition and not an 'edited' later version.