AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, 'THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.'"Hebrews 3:11(NASB)
To him who overcomes I will give the privilege of sitting down with Me on My throne, as I also have overcome and have sat down with My Father on His throne. (Revelation 3:21 WNT)
We all have resurrection Life if we are joined to Christ as the Resurrection, but there is something more than that; there is resurrection power, which carries us eventually (if it has its full outworking) to the Throne, and not all will come to the Throne. It is: “to him that overcomes.” Caleb, like Paul, and Paul, like Caleb, stood against the more general course of things amongst the Lord’s people. The majority were content with going so far as to the inheritance, possessing so much, and there staying and settling down. An unfinished course, a curtailed spiritual advance, an accepting of something less than what God had appointed and intended. The majority took that course, but Caleb was never content and he stood against the majority just as he had always stood against a majority that did not represent God’s full mind....
Spiritual leadership always involves loneliness. That is the cost of it. The overcomers will always be, so far as the larger Christian world is concerned, a lonely company, having to go on, with few able to follow. Caleb could not accept the popular voice, his heart was too set upon the Lord. He wholly followed the Lord, not the popular and general standard of Christian life. We must say that Caleb was the very embodiment of all that God meant the whole people to be. When you see Caleb you see what God wished all Israel to be, but all Israel did not come to the standard of Caleb. But the Lord gets in a Caleb the satisfaction of His heart. The Lord realizes His full thought in a Caleb, in the same way as He does in a Paul.
The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. § God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. § [He is] far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. § By Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. § And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. § Of His fullness we have all received.
Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. § That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
“Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. § He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.
We did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. § Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
That ye may know what is the hope of His calling and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints" (Eph. 1:18).
In order to share effectively with needy believers it is essential to know what the Father has purposed for His own. And this understanding results from personal growth in the Lord Jesus. Those who are merely well-versed may be able to teach, but they cannot truly share; their understanding of the needs of the heart is deficient, and this becomes all too evident to the hearers. Head-knowledge (study) must be integrated with heart-knowledge (experience) in order for there to be Spirit-motivated sharing.
"The true hope makes all the difference to us in our ministry. Our expectations have been personally proven. It makes possible joy in the midst of sorrow, confidence in the midst of defeat. It changes our attitude toward those to whom we minister. We see them not as they are at the moment but as we know the Lord is going to make them. Then patience and forgiveness are easy, for we already see the Lord's finished work. It changes our prayer for them. We ask not for some little progress or partial blessing for them but for the Lord's complete victory. It changes our teaching ministry to them. Instead of fearfully giving a little more of God's truth, we confidently declare all the counsel of God. There is ever before us the joy of the finished work which we know the Lord is going to accomplish." -A.M.
"Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6).
“I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send?” Isaiah 6:8
When we speak of the call of God, we are apt to forget the most important feature, i.e., the nature of the One Who calls. There is the call of the sea, the call of the mountain, the call of the great ice barriers, but these calls are only heard by the few. The call is the expression of the nature from which it comes, and we can only record the call if the same nature is in us. The call of God is the expression of God's nature, not our nature. There are strands of the call of God providentially at work for us which we recognize and no one else does. It is the threading of God's voice to us in some particular matter, and it is no use consulting anyone else about it. We have to keep that profound relationship between our souls and God.
The call of God is not the echo of my nature; my affinities and personal temperament are not considered. As long as I consider my personal temperament and think about what I am fitted for, I shall never hear the call of God. But when I am brought into relationship with God, I am in the condition Isaiah was in. Isaiah's soul was so attuned to God by the tremendous crisis he had gone through that he recorded the call of God to his amazed soul. The majority of us have no ear for anything but ourselves, we cannot hear a thing God says. To be brought into the zone of the call of God is to be profoundly altered.
And Jesus must needs go through Samaria.. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well:
Are you weary and languid? Are you exhausted and sore distressed? Are pressures, problems, pace and predicaments of life, heavy on your shoulders? This tiny, tenderly suggestive snapshot of the Lord, shows Him thus to be. This picture is a poignant reminder that Jesus became wearied by life’s demands.
Having travelled all day in blisteringly hot sun, He sits down at the curb of a well. He is weary and way-worn, hungry and thirsty from His long and difficult journey. Elsewhere in Scripture there are encouraging pictures for those tempted, bereft, or sorrowing.We see Him minister to men and women, children and those in need of shepherding. We see Him care for the deaf, the blind, the lame, the persecuted, the outcast.. but here we have such a comforting picture for those that are weary.
As we reflect on this incredibly weak, human side of our Lord’s earthly walk, we see Him as one Who empathises with our human frailty, our doubts, disappointments.. for He was in all points tested like as we are, yet without sin. Heb.4:15. And as we trace His earthly path, here is one of His experiences that we can understand – Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, rested on the well. But the glorious truth is that He not only is able to understand and empathise.. He is able and willing to bear the daily burden that taxes our strength – able and willing to carry the wearying cares that weigh so heavily upon our hurting hearts. Jesus said: My grace is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness – your weakness…2Cor.4:9.
He was footsore, dust-covered and fatigued by the stresses of the journey. He reached Jacob’s Well and sank in sheer exhaustion on its stone slab.. but His tender heart reached out to the distressed sinner.. a lostread more
And God IS able to make all Grace abound towards you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
GRACE – which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Do we at times question why the Lord seems to contend; to strive against us? – to struggle against us, as we agonisingly inquire – as did Job? “Show me why you contend with me, Job 10:2 But what of the graces that would never bloom.. except in the dark night of adversity? What of the faith that would remain fallow, but for the deep, chill of life’s bitterest waters ?
Did you not cry out to Him:- “Give me grace?” Did you never seek Him for a deeper faith? If this is what you truly desire. Should you not consider how the jewels of grace are cut and polished? Should you not contemplate how the gold of faith is refined and purified?
Are these nothing but unconscious cries, to be tried in His refining fire..? an inner longing be honed to His perfection – under the great Craftsman’s ‘tool’? Is not GRACE discovered through the crushings of life’s journey? Is not FAITH exercised as the storms of life assault our very foundations? Does not Faith flourish and Grace grow through the Master’s sanctifying trials?
Grace when the sun is shining Lord,
Grace when the sky is black.
Grace when I get the unkind word,
Grace then to answer back,
Grace when I’m pushed into a nook,
Grace when I get my turn.
Grace when the dinner will not cook,
Grace when I let it burn.
Grace when my duties all go wrong,
Grace when they seem alright.
Grace when it’s praise and grace through song,
Grace when I have to fight.
Grace when my dress is fresh and new,
Grace when it’s worn and old.
Grace when my purse is empty too,
Grace if it’s full of gold!
Grace when theread more