Now when the builders had laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD according to the directions of King David of Israel.Ezra 3:10(NASB)
To me, to live is Christ. (Philippians 1:21 NIV)
In the wilderness the whole of our natural life is brought out, and we come to know our weakness and emptiness; that we have nothing. Thus it is that we now find everything in Christ and so can go over and possess. What is the secret of possession, of coming into our inheritance? It is that we have come to the place where all things are "in Christ" and He is everything - our very Life and being. Our flesh is cut off and we know as the deepest thing in our being, that unless God does everything in us by His Spirit, all is of no value. We must come to an end of our own working in order to come into His fullness. It is so easy to sit down in our weakness and nurse ourselves, but the Lord says at that point, "Arise and possess." Your inheritance is not here on earth, it is in Christ in the heavenlies; not in yourself, your fullness is in Him. It is ever His Fullness over against your emptiness; His Strength over against your weakness; your inheritance is all He is, as typified to Israel by the land flowing with milk and honey.
Paul says of Timothy, "he worketh the work of the Lord" (1 Cor. 16:10). There is to be an end of our works so far as we are concerned, nothing of us, as out from ourselves; but God says, in effect: "with your nothingness I will possess the heavens and the earth." Oh, to be such a people, chastened and emptied of self, for the Holy Spirit by His energies to display the moral glories of the Lord Jesus in us and so through us. "To the intent that now unto principalities and powers might be made known through the Church the manifold wisdom of God" (Eph. 3:10,11). "That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace... for we are His workmanship" (Eph. 2:7,10).
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. § As you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. § Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around… This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. § It has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore. § They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.
If, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God" (1 Pet. 2:20).
Affliction and suffering are the lot of all men, the privilege of all believers. Our sufferings bring forth need, and our need brings forth His comfort and consolation. Blessed need! "As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation" (2 Cor. 1:7). Blessed promise!"If you aspire to be a son of consolation; if you would partake of the priestly gift of sympathy; if you would pour something beyond commonplace consolation into a tempted heart; if you would pass through the intercourse of daily life with the delicate tact that never inflicts pain; you must be content to pay the price of a costly education - like Him, you must suffer."
"There are blessings which we cannot obtain if we cannot accept and endure suffering. There are joys that can come to us only through sorrow. There are revealings of divine truth which we can get only when earth's lights have gone out. There are harvests which can flow only after the plowshare has done its work."
"Comfort does not come to the light-hearted and merry. We must go down into depths' if we would experience this most precious of God's gifts - comfort, and thus be prepared to be coworkers together with Him."
"I take... pleasure in weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecution, and difficulties, which I endure for Christ's sake, for it is when I am consciously weak that I am really strong" (2 Cor. 12:10, Wms.).
“If God so clothe the grass of the field … ` shall He not much more clothe you?” Matthew 6:30
A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us if we are not simple. How are we going to be simple with the simplicity of Jesus? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, obeying Him as He brings the word of God, and life will become amazingly simple. "Consider.." says Jesus, " consider how much more your Father Who clothes the grass of the field will clothe you, if you keep your relationship right with Him." Every time we have gone back in spiritual communion it has been because we have impertinently known better than Jesus Christ. We have allowed the cares of the world to come in, and have forgotten the "much more" of our Heavenly Father.
"Behold the fowls of the air" - their main aim is to obey the principle of life that is in them and God looks after them. Jesus says that if you are rightly related to Him and obey His Spirit that is in you, God will look after your 'feathers.'
"Consider the lilies of the field" - they grow where they are put. Many of us refuse to grow where we are put, consequently we take root nowhere. Jesus says that if we obey the life God has given us, He will look after all the other things. Has Jesus Christ told us a lie? If we are not experiencing the "much more," it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us, we are taken up with confusing considerations. How much time have we taken up worrying God with questions when we should have been absolutely free to concentrate on His work? Consecration means the continual separating of myself to one particular thing. We cannot consecrate once and for all. Am I continually separating myself to consider God every day of my life?
Job had an ‘experience‘ of God which gave him a fuller and deeper understanding. When Job reached the ‘end’ of himself, he understood God in a new light. God will take each of His faithful bond-slaves to the end of themselves, to give each of them a depth of understanding that He desires from each one.
God’s working in each life is unique. He will never mirror the workings in your life, with those He undertakes in mine – but both will be equally effective, for it will bring both of us, to the fullness of Him. But His working in your life will complete the life-long work He desires for you – just as His workings in my life will complete the life-long work He desires for me. He will take your life’s circumstances; your hurts; your disappointments; your joys… and He will take your life-span and your life-situation to complete His good work in you – and you know what – He will do the same for me.
When you cease from all your striving, and know you are accepted in Him you will find rest for your soul. When you refrain from your personal struggles, abide in His love and move your focus from past rejection to His consummate acceptance of you – then He will show Himself to you, in a new and deeper way. He’ll reveal Himself in a way you have never experienced or understood before. When you permit Him to remove all the safety-features of your personal life and when you dare to listen to His voice and dare to trust His Word implicitly – even when you don’t understand or when the very circumstances of life seem to thunder the opposite – then He’ll reveal His nearer presence to you – in a different way than ever before.
When through the workings out of His purpose in the depth of your inner being, He takes you to an end of yourself, and gives you yourread more
Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad, moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope.
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.
Do not get tense. Have no fear. All is for the best. How can you fear change when your life is “hid with Christ in God.” Hid with Him Who “changes not.” Hid with Him Who is “the same, yesterday, today and forever.” You must learn poise O soul – balance and composure, in an evil and vacillating world.
Claim My power – the same power that healed the leper; the same power that raised the dead; the same power that cast out demons – the same power that saved your soul. I can do all things through Christ, Who gives me the strength, but without Me, ye can do nothing. So claim My power – through Christ.
Ask My wisdom – and you will receive. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, Who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him. Use it – for if not it will be withdrawn, and use it ceaselessly. In all things by prayer and supplication – with thanksgiving.
Rest in the Lord. Never think that you are too busy to rest. Come to Me to replenish your weariness. Come to me at the start and end of each and every task. No work can be too much if you rest in the Lord. No work is too little to rest in the Lord.
My joy I give to you, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.. so live in it. My peace I give to you. My peace I leave with you – liveread more