Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.John 13:38(NASB)
One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see. (John 9:25)
What is the beginning of the Christian life? It is a seeing. It must be a seeing. The very logic of things demands that it shall be a seeing; for this reason – that the whole of the Christian life is to be a progressive movement along one line, to one end. That line and that end is Christ. That was the issue with the man born blind in John 9. You will remember how, after they cast him out, Jesus found him, and said to him, "Dost thou believe on the Son of God?" and the man answered and said, "And who is He, Lord, that I may believe on Him?" Jesus said unto him, "Thou hast both seen Him and He it is That speaketh with thee." And he said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped Him. The issue of spiritual sight is the recognition of the Lord Jesus, and it is going to be that all the way through from start to finish.
We may say that our salvation was a matter of seeing ourselves as sinners. But had it been left there it would have been a poor lookout for us. No, the whole matter is summed up into seeing Jesus; and when you really see Jesus, what happens? What happened to Saul of Tarsus? Well, a whole lot of things happened, and mighty things which nothing else would have accomplished. You would never have argued Saul of Tarsus into Christianity; you would never have frightened him into Christianity; you would never have either reasoned or emotionalized him into being a Christian. To get that man out of Judaism needed something more than could have been found on this earth. But he saw Jesus of Nazareth, and that did it. He is out, he is an emancipated man, he has seen.
God … has in these last days spoken to us by His Son … who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. § He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold … but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. § The love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” § If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. § That servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. § He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. § Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
For we worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh" (Phil. 3:3).
Contrary to general opinion, there is no place for self-confidence in the Christian life. Confidence is essential, but not from the source of self. The awakened believer is so keenly aware of the sinful self-life that, for him, self-confidence is out of the question. In time, his "O wretched man" complex is replaced by "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 7:24, 25). Christ-confidence is the basis for the healthy Christian's walk. Sinful self-confidence is the basis for the sickly Christian's defeat."Our Father takes all things from under our feet until we have nothing left but Him. God has always the highest goal in view, namely, to lead us into the denial of self. Everything is directed toward teaching us to entrust ourselves to Him. Therefore we must often suffer defeat.
You fight with all your might against sin and find yourself surrounded by failure. You pray fervently and sincerely: O God, help me and stay by me.' But it seems that He does not hear. You cry yet more earnestly for help, but He seems to have no concern for you. Is He then really merciless? No! Just because He is merciful, He cannot help you. If He did, you would not be free from your self-confidence; you would not learn to fight the good fight of faith and thus obtain the victory which the Master has won; you would not learn to say the Lord Jesus only,' but you would still continue to say Jesus and I.'"
"For the Lord shall be thy confidence" (Prov. 3.26).
“Take no thought for your life.” Matthew 6:25
A warning which needs to be reiterated is that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, will choke all that God puts in. We are never free from the recurring tides of this encroachment. If it does not come on the line of clothes and food, it will come on the lines of money or lack of money; of friends or lack of friends; or on the line of difficult circumstances. It is one steady encroachment all the time, and unless we allow the Spirit of God to raise up the standard against it, these things will come in like a flood.
"Take no thought for your life." "Be careful about one thing only," says our Lord - "your relationship to Me." Common sense shouts loud and says - "That is absurd, I must consider how I am going to live, I must consider what I am going to eat and drink." Jesus says you must not. Beware of allowing the thought that this statement is made by One Who does not understand our particular circumstances. Jesus Christ knows our circumstances better than we do, and He says we must not think about these things so as to make them the one concern of our life. Whenever there is competition, be sure that you put your relationship to God first.
"Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." How much evil has begun to threaten you to-day? What kind of mean little imps have been looking in and saying - Now what are you going to do next month - this summer? "Be anxious for nothing," Jesus says. Look again and think. Keep your mind on the "much more" of your heavenly Father.
Satan had proclaimed : “…He will curse Thee to Thy face” but we read that “Job humbled himself under the mighty hand of God…” and then Job worshiped and said, ”Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord.” Job 1:21 AGAIN….. Satan Smote Job… AGAIN Job 2:7
As soon as Job cried in his bitter anguish, “Blessed be the name of the Lord..,” Satan’s first attempt to shipwreck, “My bond-slave Job,” ended in defeat.. Satan’s first deadly plan to cause Job to err against God’s way, was defeated. Satan …was defeated through Job. The first time the evil one moved against Job, it was to afflict him in spirit and soul. The second time Satan ‘smote’ him, he smote him in the physical realm as well. The enemy was seeking to devour the plan and purpose God had for his servant Job – just as today, the enemy seeks to overthrow God’s plans in the life committed to Him.
Again Satan came…to present himself before the Lord. Again Satan was summoned by the Eternal One, to give an account of himself. Again the Sovereign Lord Who is always progressing towards His perfect plan, permitted Satan to again afflict His servant – in order to accomplish HIS eternal purposes that Christ should be all in all – the focus of God’s plan from eternity past. And so we read again Satan smote Job.”
From start to finish, Job is a wonderful type – of God’s whole plan for Man. James tells us Job is “for an example of suffering affliction, and of patient endurance” – and so for a second time we are told that again Satan smote Job. In some of scriptures most intense spiritual struggles – we find this word ‘smote‘. Time and again God divides Satan against his own evil self – to smite himself, for Jesus asks is if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? Luke 11:18
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LOVE as I have loved you.
If I speak in the tongues of men
or if I speak in the tongues and of angels
but have not LOVE
I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal
And if I have prophetic powers,
and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge
but have not LOVE, I am nothing
And if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains
but have not LOVE – I am nothing
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned
but have not LOVE – I gain nothing.
LOVE is very patient
LOVE is kind
LOVE is not jealous
LOVE does not boast
LOVE is not arrogant or proud
LOVE does not insist on its own was.
LOVE is not rude
LOVE is not selfish or self-seeking
LOVE in not easily angered, irritable or touchy
LOVE keeps no record of wrongs.
LOVE does not rejoice at wrongdoing
LOVE rejoices with the truth
LOVE bears all things
LOVE believes all things
LOVE endures all things
LOVE hopes all things.
LOVE never ends.
As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease
As for knowledge, it will pass away
For we know in part and we prophesy in part
but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child
I spoke like a child
I thought like a child
I reasoned like a child
When I became a man, I gave up childish ways
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face
Now I know in part
Then I shall know fully,
even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three..
but the greatest of these……..
Greater LOVE hath no man than this.. that a man lay down his life for his friends
Are you able to give Love like this?
Are you able to receive Love like this?