Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.Psalm 136:1(NASB)
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ISV)
Remember – "In Him was life" (John 1:4). Is He different in nature from other men? Everyone can see that He is different from other men in His very nature, and the difference is made by this Life that is in Him. This Life brings with it a new and different consciousness. Look at the Lord Jesus! What was His real consciousness? This was a thing about which He was always speaking, and it was so very evident in His case. He said: "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30); "I do always the things that are pleasing to Him" (the Father) (John 8:29); "The works that I do in My Father's name" (John 10:25). Oh, this word "Father" in John's Gospel!
The consciousness of Jesus Christ every day was of His union with His Father, the oneness that existed between them: "As Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee" (John 17:21). The consciousness of the Lord Jesus was of the very closest union with God as His Father, and that was because the very life of God was in Him. His life was a God-conscious life; but God-consciousness in the sense of perfect oneness. And that is what it means to have this Life. Man never had that. Jesus came to bring it in His own person: not to talk about union with God, but to live out a life of union with God and to bring His disciples into the same union. Jesus said"I came that they might have life" – in other words: "I am come that they might have the same consciousness of God as Father that I have and that they may have the same Divine nature in them as I have."
I am the Lord … they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me. § Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. § You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength. § My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. § I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed.
God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus.
If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. § We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.
Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. § To you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”
God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. § I have been crucified with Christ. § Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. § If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
Mary . . . sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His Word. But Martha was encumbered about much serving" (Luke 10:39, 40).
A malingering student will make a poor servant; a diligent student will make a good servant. "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed" (2 Tim. 2:15)."Do not look for service, look for preparation for it. Everyone has to serve an apprenticeship. We do not know what we are to be fitted for, but if we keep at His feet He will prepare us for the very thing for which He has designed us. We hinder both ourselves and His work by attempting things to which we have not been called."
"If you begin with serving (as many do nowadays), you will never truly sit at His feet; whereas if you begin with looking unto Him you will soon serve well, wisely and acceptably. When the serving quiets the conscience, and the sitting is overlooked and neglected, the enemy gains an advantage, for it is at the sitting that the conscience is enlightened, and the pleasure and mind of the Lord become better known. I never met with anyone making his service prominent who knew what it was to sit at the Master's feet; but, thank God, I know indefatigable workers who enjoy sitting at His feet above any service. It is clear that those who abide in Him must be most competent to serve, and most in His confidence, which, after all, is the clue to all effective service" -J.B.S.
"Behold as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters... so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God" (Ps. 123:2).
“We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image.” 2 Corinthians 3:1
The outstanding characteristic of a Christian is this unveiled frankness before God so that the life becomes a mirror for other lives. By being filled with the Spirit we are transformed, and by beholding we become mirrors. You always know when a man has been beholding the glory of the Lord, you feel in your inner spirit that he is the mirror of the Lord's own character. Beware of anything which would sully that mirror in you; it is nearly always a good thing, the good that is not the best.
The golden rule for your life and mine is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God. Let everything else - work, clothes, food, everything on earth - go by the board, saving that one thing. The rush of other things always tends to obscure this concentration on God. We have to maintain ourselves in the place of beholding, keeping the life absolutely spiritual all through. Let other things come and go as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but never allow anything to obscure the life that is hid with Christ in God. Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to. The severest discipline of a Christian's life is to learn how to keep "beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord."
Adam and Eve were banned from Eden. They knew there was no return. Cain cried out that God’s punishment was more that he could bear.. but there was no going back. Esau wept with tears, “yet without repentance,” knowing his past was irreversible and Job, in the midst of his torment, can do nothing but bemoan the day of his birth; “Would to God, that I had never been born…” was his anguished cry. There are things in life that are irreparable and there is no going back … his children, his property, his reputation, his hope – all had evaporated. There seemed no point in continuing. And yet Job held fast to his faith in God.
Sometimes bitterness descends, and like Job’s wife they cry “curse God and die…” But Job’s sense of irrevocable loss brought him face to face with God… face to face with the One Who was slain… slain from the foundation of the world. It caused him to see the loss that God was facing – the loss of His beloved Son. It brought him to a point where he began to grasp the meaning of redemption. It brought him to the point where he could proclaim: I know that my Redeemer lives. Job 19:25
Man’s native wit shouts, “this is not right, my life is tragic and unbearable, what must I do to be saved..?” Common sense screams that life was not created to face such heartaches – until, like the Job’s of this world, they face the brutal cross of Christ. A head-knowledge of the cross is no protection from the assails of Satan. It is only in the depths of the heart that the Spirit speaks….
It is only the heart that has fully embraced the Cross that can withstand the attacks… vicious attacks of a vicious enemy that accuse the bedrock of a man’s belief in God. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb. And they overcame him becauseread more
In Psalm Psalm 86:11 we read: “Teach me Thy way, O LORD; I will walk in Thy truth. Unite my heart to fear Thy name”. In Psalm 25:4 we read: “Show me Thy ways, O LORD. Teach me Thy paths”, while in Proverbs 3:6 we read: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” and “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen” Matthew 6:13
Show us Thy way O Lord. Let us walk in Thy paths. Lead us into Thy truth and teach us Thy grace. All is well! God is doing wonderful things. But allow your eyes to be opened to see Him. Permit your ears to be unblocked to hear Him. Open your heart to understand His ways.
For 'Self' blocks the channel of grace, and Self attempts to take on the responsibilities that God alone can secure. Self clouds the sunshine rays of His blessings. Self must, therefore, be uprooted. Self must be nailed to the cross.
But He cares; He provides; He understands. and in His time and in His way He will avenge His own. Do not plan ahead what you must do, Don’t scheme ahead what you must say. Still you restlessness and hand Him the reins of your life. Steady your heart to rest in Him. Stay your mind and focus on Him.. “and let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”.
The way will open up as we hear the still small voice saying.. this is the path walk in it – these are the words speak them. No evil shall befall you for I AM your God, and I have scheduled every day of your life. Secure your mind on Him and He will keep you in perfect peace.. so that Peace like a flowing river cleanses and washes all irritants far away.