According to Our Faith
Mary Fletcher (1739-1815) was the wife of John Fletcher, one of the most influential figures of early Methodism. Although Mary is little known today, she was regarded as a paragon of female spirituality during her lifetime.
She wrote in her journal that she had not been brought fully into the state of love that she desired. Three days later she was thinking about her desire for this fullness of love and a thought came to her mind. You wait and plead to be brought into another state: Abide in Jesus! That is the way to love.
Mary weighed it over in her mind and saw that it was true. She realized, "I have Jesus!" and so she had all she needed in Him. She thought of 1 Corinthians 1:30: "You are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God; that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption."
Mary recognized that if she did not grow in love, it was "because I do not abide every moment in a quiet peaceable confidence, believing the Lord."
Her husband encouraged her to believe God saying, "You cannot expect or believe too much; for Christ is always ready to set His hand to every bill that faith draws."
Jesus does for us moment by moment all we trust Him to do.
Thank You, Jesus, that when I abide in You, You provide all I need. I claim You as my wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption
"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you" (John 15:7).
Yes, the Come to the Fire was the best event that I have ever attended, and I have attended some really great events. I had been dealing with a little depression and discouragement, and the Holy Spirit showed me that it was not necessary to hang on to that or be defeated by it. He showed me that it was Satan's way of getting me down and making me less effective. I gave the burden to the Lord, and He gave me a new joy and perspective. The presence of the Holy Spirit was so awesome and powerful in each service. I am so thankful that this was available in our city.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14, 15).