'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"Revelation 3:22(NASB)
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
We speak about natural laws. What are natural laws? Take the law of nourishment. Provided that law is complied with, honored; and at the right time the body is given what it needs, not more, not less; the law of nourishment deals with that and quite spontaneously works out in development and growth, to express itself in various ways. It is the working of a natural law spontaneously. You do not sit down with the law, and watch it, and worry about it. What you do is to feed yourself, and leave all the rest to the law. If you violate the law you know all about it, but acting rightly in relation to the law you will not be fretting all day long about the law of nourishment, you will simply be taking your meals and getting on with your work. The result is that you are able to work, able to go on; you are nourished.
The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ is like that. It is a law of Life, and it works out in a practical way when respected and honored. It works out spontaneously in certain directions. It has its own results quite naturally. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ is that law by which we become aware. That is the simplest way of putting things. The Lord Jesus knew that at a certain time He could not act, could not speak; He had no movement of the Spirit in quickening, no Life to do so at that time; in His spirit there was no movement of Life; the law was not active in the positive way. But when the Father, Who knew what was required in speech or action, saw that the time had come, He did not bend down and speak with an audible voice in His ear, and say, "Now is the time! Say this! Do that!" He simply quickened Him inwardly. The law of Life becomes active in that direction, and Jesus knew by an inward quickening what the mind of God was. This is what Paul means when he says, "The mind of the Spirit is Life."
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. § I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’
Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? § Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. § In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.
The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness, and assurance forever. § Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. § Peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come.
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother … “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” § And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. § Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
I am a sinful man, O Lord" (Luke 5:8).
When the believer first becomes aware of the sinful self-life, he often makes the mistake of attempting to deal with its symptoms. He struggles to curb his sins and tries to live righteously. The resultant failure leads him to reliance upon the work of the Cross, which is effectively applied to the root of the matter by the Holy Spirit. The old life is crucified; the new life is manifested."We are apt to think that what we have done is very bad, but that we ourselves are not so bad. God is taking pains to show us that we ourselves are wrong, fundamentally wrong. The root trouble is the sinner; he must be dealt with. Our sins are dealt with by the Blood, but we ourselves are dealt with by the Cross. The Blood procures our pardon for what we have done; the Cross procures our deliverance from what we are." -W.N.
"It is for want of a complete or adequate realization of the meaning of the Cross, that so many Christians are carnal, or try to live for God out of themselves. This goes to the root of the everpresent weakness and poverty of spiritual life. There is much prayer for revival,' and much effort for the deepening of the spiritual life.' The only answer to this is a new knowing of the Cross, not only as to sins and a life of victory over them, but as to Christ as supplanting the natural man." -T. A-S.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jer. 17:9).
“When He was alone the twelve … they asked of Him …” Mark 4:10
His Solitude with Us. When God gets us alone by affliction, heartbreak, or temptation, by disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship, or by a new friendship - when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are dumbfounded, and cannot ask one question, then He begins to expound. Watch Jesus Christ's training of the twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were perplexed. They constantly asked Him questions, and He constantly expounded things to them; but they only understood after they had received the Holy Spirit (see John 14:26).
If you are going on with God, the only thing that is clear to you, and the only thing God intends to be clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. Your brother's sorrows and perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. We imagine we understand where the other person is, until God gives us a dose of the plague of our own hearts. There are whole tracts of stubbornness and ignorance to be revealed by the Holy Spirit in each one of us, and it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone. Are we alone with Him now, or are we taken up with little fussy notions, fussy comradeships in God's service, fussy ideas of our own bodies? Jesus can expound nothing until we get through all the noisy questions of the head and are alone with Him.
God’s amazing grace began in eternity past and will continue into eternity future, and for a few brief seasons, His grace is poured out over the entire human race. Six thousand years of amazing grace.. and His grace continually draws you and me: that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus – that the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church, to the principalities and powers in heavenly places. Eph.2:7
The death burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus demonstrates God’s amazing grace. It demonstrates God’s gift of SAVING, SANCTIFYING and GLORIFYING Grace. It shows what He has done, (by paying the price for sin and breaking the power of sin and death) And so, I want to I want share one more example of this Amazing Grace.. a demonstration of God’s amazing grace, working through one of His children.. a testimony of my close friend and sister in Christ – a testimony of the way God has worked in one life.. an assurance that God can work through every life… that comes to Him.
She writes, “Amazing Grace: This hymn is one of my favourites because it speaks of Father God’s amazing grace. It was written in times when slavery was commonplace and people were reaching out and crying out in their circumstances. I wanted to share with you what the truths written in this hymn means to me and how it reflects the Amazing Grace that has never failed to abound in my life.
how sweet the sound
How wonderful is Father God’s Grace. Without it where would we be?
Living in sin?
Feeling the effects of our sin?
No promise of eternal life?
It is music to my ears, there is no greater or sweeter sound than the assurance of Father God’s grace and the evidence of His grace in my life and the livesread more
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently. The LORD knows the days of the upright.
Show us Thy way, O Lord. Give us Thy rest. Let us walk in Thy paths, O Lord. Teach us Thy truth and teach us to wait. Teach us to wait in Thy presence, O Lord – to patiently endure Thy unfolding purposes in our lives.
How we impatiently cry to the Lord at times to show us the way.. so that we can plan our route and decide the better of two paths to follow. How we foolishly fret at the prospect of what the future holds.. depending on our limited understanding and our imperfect light.
How we limit God, by projecting our human perception on the enormity of the mountainous situations that confront us. How we misunderstand what God is doing in our lives.. even distorting His character by our own understandings of His love. How we often we get in the way of His leading. How often we obstruct His guiding.
But all is well. Wonderful things are happening. God has scheduled every day of your life.. and He cares and He provides. But we need to daily uproot our-self, in all its ugly forms of self.
Do not plan the way ahead. He will unfold your pathway step by step. And He will do it His way – one step at a time; line by line; little by little, precept upon precept.
Leave tomorrow’s burdens alone. Christ is the great burden-bearer. You cannot bear the load that He will carry. He only expects you to carry a little day-share. He only expects you to take one day at a time.
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom;
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene–one step enough for me.