By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;1 John 4:2(NASB)
And the remnant... shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. (Isaiah 37:31)
The Lord must have something which cannot be carried away, which cannot be removed, cannot be shaken, and certainly something which cannot be rooted up. That is His remnant. That, He must have for His own glory, and, that being so, He will take every measure with His remnant to have them after that kind, with roots downward. Of course, unto fruit upward. We speak much about the upward side of things, life in the heavenlies, sitting in the heavenlies, and our warfare and work – the fruitfulness of our life is in union with the Lord. That is only possible as our roots are downward. In order that that might be so, we have to get into a place of unshakeableness where the roots have got such a grip that nothing can overthrow. And I believe that explains a very great deal of what the Lord is doing with His own spiritual people in these days.
It is true that the true children of God are going through a time of intense trial and testing spiritually in these days; everywhere it is so. Why? Because the Lord must have something against which hell is impotent and by which He demonstrates to the universe that strength of His might which causes to stand and withstand, and having done all to stand. If one were asked what the last issue for the Church in this age is, I would say that it stands, and that is saying a tremendous thing. Oh, you say, that is surely limiting things, are you not expecting much more than that? Progress, advance, sweeping movements? The Church will have all its work cut out in the end to stand, but its standing will be its victory. Just to be able, through testing, trial, when everything is blowing round you like a blizzard; when everything is dark, mysterious, and even God seems far away and unreal, and faith is tested and you are being assailed on the right hand and on the left, and there is every reason outwardly for your moving, giving up, falling down, surrendering, lowering your standard, just to stand and not be moved in your faith is the greatest possible victory.... We are passing through deep experiences, the enemy is doing it and the Lord is not preventing him, but we are coming to a fuller knowledge of the power of God and a deeper rooting beyond all previous shakeableness. And the Lord is seeking to have a people who cannot be shaken, against whom hell with all its demonstration of arrogance and pride, is impotent. “And the remnant... shall again take its root downward.” That is what the Lord needs.
They weary themselves to commit iniquity. § I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. § Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
He who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works. § 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. § “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “this is the refreshing.”
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? They rebelled against His Spirit, so that he spoke rashly with his lips.
Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.
A whisperer separates the best of friends. § There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. § No man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. § Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
Put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language … Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds. § For this is the will of God, your sanctification. § In their mouth was found no deceit.
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee" (Jer. 31:3).
God is the first and only Cause. He always makes the first move. "For God so loved. . . that He gave"; "Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you" (John 3:16; 15:16). Even the hunger of the heart necessary for our response to His love comes from Him. "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus" (I Pet. 5:10). He brought us to His Son; He will make us like His Son.
"If you feel the drawing of God within, cherish it as you would cherish a great treasure. If you are aware of a deep hunger, if you are entering into a closer walk with Him, do not look upon it carelessly, nor treat it lightly. But if you do not feel the divine drawing and hunger for God, cry to Him that He will give it you; and ever remember that the desire for hunger is the beginning of hunger, and that you cannot feed upon the Lord Jesus Christ until you are spiritually hungry." -H. McI.
"Our Lord is generous in His provision, but He is neither casual nor wasteful. There must be a real hunger and felt need. It is a fixed principle with the Lord that He does not move until something like desperation makes it evident that it is His move." -T. A-S.
"No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me" (John 6:44, Amp.).
“Whither I go, thou canst not follow Me now; but thou shalt follow Me afterwards.” John 13:36
"And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow Me." Three years before, Jesus had said - "Follow Me," and Peter had followed easily, the fascination of Jesus was upon him, he did not need the Holy Spirit to help him to do it. Then he came to the place where he denied Jesus, and his heart broke. Then he received the Holy Spirit, and now Christ says again - "Follow Me." There is no figure in front now saving the Lord Jesus Christ. The first "Follow Me" had nothing mystical in it, it was an external following; now it is a following in internal martyrdom (cf. John 21:18).
Between these times Peter had denied Jesus with oaths and curses, he had come to the end of himself and all his self-sufficiency, there was not one strand of himself he would ever rely upon again, and in his destitution he was in a fit condition to receive an impartation from the risen Lord. "He breathed on them, and said unto them, "Receive ye the Holy Spirit." No matter what changes God has wrought in you, never rely upon them, build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives.
All our vows and resolutions end in denial because we have no power to carry them out. When we have come to the end of ourselves, not in imagination but in reality, we are able to receive the Holy Spirit. "Receive ye the Holy Ghost" - the idea is that of invasion. There is only one lodestar in the life now, the Lord Jesus Christ.
When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple standing by, whom He loved, He saith unto His mother: “Woman, behold thy son!”
What bitter-sweet words, this third word from the cross. What words of extreme grace, were uttered to His dear mother. Not far away, in a quiet, grieving spot, stood a little group of His dearest friends. With few exceptions, most of them were broken-hearted women.. women who loved Him, oh so dearly.
And there standing amidst them was His own mother. What thoughts must have passed through her throbbing, aching heart. Surely her thoughts must have raced back to that penetrating prophecy – a prophecy of promised glory but a pledge of pain – from the aged Simeon: Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; Behold, this child is set for a sign which shall be spoken against. Luke 3:34.
As she stood in anguish and pain – gazing at her dying son.. a sword indeed pierced through her own aching soul, leaving her heart bloodied and bruised, and probably bereft of hope. Despite the sins of all humanity that weighed so heavily upon the shoulders of our blessed Lord.. despite the bitter pain, affliction and anguish He bore, for your transgressions and for mine – He saw His own dear mother, in her deep and gaping grief, and His own breaking heart of compassion reached out, in love, to her.
She who at His conception dimly glanced His future role, in her glorious song.. a glorious song of: This my Son.. is God my Saviour, Luke 1:47. She who bore Him in pain, nursed Him at her breast.. she who comforted and soothed him through infancy.. she who taught Him through His childhood with her simple gentleness.. she who bore, taught and trained Him in unforgettable, tenderness and love – she now beheld her Son!
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They that know Your name will put their trust in You. Psalm 9:10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower. Proverbs 18:10
The Lord is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid. Isaiah 12:2
Paul tells us in 1Corinthians 1:10 that:- God, in Whom we trust, He will still deliver us. I will not fail you nor forsake you. I will never leave you…. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you…. He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Joshua 1:5 / John 14:27 / Hebrews 13:5
What is in a name? A name is given as a reminder of who you are. Instinctively the name and character are inseparably intertwined. God’s name signifies God’s character and God can be trusted. You can, without fear, put your confidence in His character. You can trust in His NAME.
We trust Him because of Who He is. We love Him because He first loved us.
Learn of HIM
He tells us to take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly of heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. Nothing is more needful than that we know Him. Nothing is more important than to trust Him – to learn of His character… to trust in His love. Not just to know about Him, but to know Him – to know Him relationally; personally; intimately – even as He knows you.
Rest your whole being, for time and eternity in His perfect character. Retreat into the stronghold of His faithfulness, for underneath are His everlasting arms. His pledge is to support and uphold those that are His, even though He permits hardships and frustrations – sometimes to the point of death.
But He will vindicate you… and in the meantime, He will grant you His presence and His peace. So praise Him, Christian. Confidently testify to His unfailing love. Because He Who is true and trustworthy has promised thatread more