To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,Ephesians 3:8(NASB)
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. (Colossians 3:1 NLT)
You never have to say to one whose heart is wholly set upon God: "You must give up this and give up that." Leave such a one with the Lord, and you will find those things go. It is a very blessed thing to see a heart set upon the Lord. You need have no worries in that direction. All the anxiety lies in the realm where the heart is not wholly for the Lord. The apostle’s two letters to the Thessalonians are full of joy. He thanked the Lord on every remembrance of them. He could not speak too highly of them or in terms too glowing, simply because they turned from the world unto God, “to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven,” and he had no anxiety about them. When you turn to the Corinthians... there is a good deal of trouble. It is the wilderness situation again – a divided heart.
A resurrection basis gives God a chance that is right out to the Lord from the world. All that that means is we have to learn. We shall come to things we never expected if we are going on with the Lord. Things on which we were so clearly settled as being of God, and never for one moment expected to have a question about, become challenged. Not that they were not of God, but they were only of God up to a point, and now there is something more beyond them. And unless we go on to the something more, the good becomes the enemy of the best. And so, because of comparative values, we have to leave what is good for the better; and then later the better for the best. It can only come about as we are really going on with the Lord. But that requires, first of all, that we have made a clean cut and have said: "I am out on resurrection ground. I am out with the Lord utterly."
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. § Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. § Christ Jesus … became for us wisdom from God– and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. § Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.
Jesus . . . lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father … Holy Father … O righteous Father!” § He said, “Abba, Father.” § Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” § For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
Doubtless You are our Father … You, O Lord, are our Father; our Redeemer from Everlasting.
“I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.’” And he arose and came to his father.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace" (1 Cor. 14:33).
The day we were saved, total war was declared between sinful self and the Holy Spirit. Lasting peace will come when we rest in Calvary's conquest of sin and self, and allow that victory to be applied by the faithful Spirit of God."The Holy Spirit does not reason from what man is for God, but from what God is to man. Souls reason from what they are in themselves as to whether God can accept them. He does not accept you thus; you are looking for righteousness in yourself as a ground of acceptance with Him. You cannot get peace in this way. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us' (Rom 5:8).
"The Holy Spirit always reasons down from what God is, and this produces a total change in my soul. It is not that I abhor my sins; indeed I may have been walking very well; but it is I abhor myself.' The Holy Spirit shows us what we are, and that is one reason why He often seems to be very hard and does not give peace to the soul, as we are not relieved until we frankly, from our hearts, acknowledge what we are. Until the soul comes to that point He does not give it peace - He could not; it would be healing the wound slightly. The soul has to go on until it finds there is nothing to rest on but the Cross-proved goodness of God; and then if God be for us, who can be against us?'' -J.N.D.
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7)
“But when it pleased God…” Galatians 1:15
As workers for God we have to learn to make room for God - to give God "elbow room." We calculate and estimate, and say that this and that will happen, and we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never looked for Him to come? Do not look for God to come in any particular way, but look for Him. That is the way to make room for Him. Expect Him to come, but do not expect Him only in a certain way. However much we may know God, the great lesson to learn is that at any minute He may break in. We are apt to over look this element of surprise, yet God never works in any other way. All of a sudden God meets the life - "When it was the good pleasure of God. . ."
Keep your life so constant in its contact with God that His surprising power may break out on the right hand and on the left. Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as He likes.
The story of Job has been a great comfort to Jew, Gentile, and Christian alike. Some take comfort that, 'bad things happen to good men', and this is so.. but in the church dispensation, the depth of teachings are ofttimes overlooked. In the life of a Christian, the profundity of the lessons of Job, are immense. In the life of His people, God’s eternal purpose in Christ is its clear, central message. The story of Job is an 'ensample'. The story of Job is the tale of two types of believers. From start to finish, it typifies the spiritual man and the carnal believer.
From beginning to end, it exemplifies two choices for the 'One New Man In Christ'. The story of Job is emblematic of believers. It contrasts the spiritual walk with a religious life. There are only two choices, for the one that has been born again. 1) either to live the Christ-life, or 2) to live the Self-life – there is no alternative. There are some in the Body of Christ, in the front lines of intense spiritual conflict - a spiritual conflict that is intensifying in these last days.. a spiritual conflict that is directed against those committed to intercessory prayer. It is an intense and bloody spiritual warfare, which is exemplified throughout Job; a fierce offensive, that has raged for 2000 years. This is the way for those that are in Christ to live. This is His Way. It has one purpose; one motive; one intent; one end; one way. It is a way that sets its face, like a flint, to accomplish His end – His way.
Such intercession becomes a progressive reality in the life of the man-of-faith. Such prevailing prayer is the power behind the life that is 'hid in Christ'. Job lived by faith, and demonstrated his trust in the Lord through his intercession, and thus, from the start of Job’s walk with the Lord – Job interceded. Weread more
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come, but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For this our light and transitory burden of suffering – is achieving for us a weight of glory”
2 Corinthians 4:17
Life is filled with many clouds of sorrow. New life comes through travail and pain. Many kinds of storms gather overhead. The floodgates of pain or sorrow, of rejection or fear, are let loose… and they drench us with despair.
But like the rising of the sun which brings a change in the forecast, a new dawn of joy follows the long night of doubt and sorrow. Sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
If you are in the midst of the flood, grab hold of God and hang on. The end is in sight. Joy will come. Through a woman’s agony, the miracle of life is birthed. Through the Lord’s travail, the miracle of new life can be gained.
Admit your pain and fear to the Father. He desires to carry you through your anguish of soul. He desires to quiet the current storm-clouds in your heart. Look to Him Who will bear you through this painful, evil sin-sick world. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning,