Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons:Philippians 1:1(NASB)
I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away.—The heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.—“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed.”
We have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.—We are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? (Habakkuk 1:3)
The word ''burden'' here just does mean a load or weight, as much as a man can carry. Thus the Prophets felt what the Lord had shown them to be something that weighed heavily upon them and often overwhelmed them.
The prophetic function is brought into operation at a time when things are not well with the people and work of God, when declension has set in; when things have lost their distinctive Divine character; when there is a falling short of features which were never intended by God. The Prophet in principle is one who represents – in himself and his vision – God's reaction to either a dangerous tendency or a positive deviation. He stands on God's full ground and the trend breaks on him. That which constitutes this prophetic function is spiritual perception, discernment, and insight. The Prophet sees, and he sees what others are not seeing. It is vision, and this vision is not just of an enterprise, a ''work,'' a venture; it is a state, a condition. It is not for the work as such that he is concerned, but for the spiritual state that dishonors and grieves the Lord.
This faculty of spiritual discernment makes the Prophet a very lonely man, and brings upon him all the charges of being singular, extreme, idealistic, unbalanced, spiritually proud, and even schismatic. He makes many enemies for himself. Sometimes he is not vindicated until after he has left the earthly scene of his testimony. Nevertheless, the Prophet is the instrument of keeping the Lord's full thought alive, and of maintaining vision without which the people are doomed to disintegration.... The Lord needs that which really does represent His fullest possible thought, and not those who are just doing a good work. But it costs; and this is the ''burden of the valley of vision'."
If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. § He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.
“Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” … “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shone in our hearts" (2 Cor. 4:6a).
The Father tolerates our side of things until we learn to value His side of things.
"Make your Father's side of things your interest and concern, and your side will be fully ensured; but turn your eye to your own side, and, with much apparent effort and work, you will look for much and bring in little. This explains the small progress in many souls in this day, notwithstanding the amount of truth and light they have received. May the Lord Jesus in His Word be more simply the Object of our hearts in this evil day." -J.B.S.
"Love really does not think of anyone but its Object until it is quite sure of its place with Him, and then when at rest about itself it studies the mind and heart of the Object. I find that the Lord Jesus loved me and gave Himself for me when I was in a most unattractive state; but He makes me suitable to Himself, and I am so assured of the permanency of His love and of my association with Him that my heart is free to study Him. The more I am in His company, the more I grow in the characteristics which answer to His mind and nature." -J.B.S.
"All here comes to me from one spring, and that source is the heart of my Father. You must connect your heart with the love and not with the benefit otherwise you are not yet established. I am not only clear of everything that was against me, but I am brought into a new kind of love - the love of the Father. It is not merely His gifts, His power, His greatness, but it is the knowledge of what He is in Himself to me."
"The law demands, love God; grace declares, God so loved!"
"To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6b).
“I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
A Christian worker has to learn how to be God's noble man or woman amid a crowd of ignoble things. Never make this plea - If only I were somewhere else! All God's men are ordinary men made extraordinary by the matter He has given them. Unless we have the right matter in our minds intellectually and in our hearts affectionately, we will be hustled out of usefulness to God. We are not workers for God by choice. Many people deliberately choose to be workers, but they have no matter in them of God's almighty grace, no matter of His mighty word. Paul's whole heart and mind and soul were taken up with the great matter of what Jesus Christ came to do, he never lost sight of that one thing. We have to face ourselves with the one central fact - Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Jesus said, "I have chosen you." Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you. Here, in this College, God is at work, bending, breaking, moulding, doing just as He chooses. Why He is doing it, we do not know; He is doing it for one purpose only - that He may be able to say, This is My man, My woman. We have to be in God's hand so that He can plant men on the Rock as He has planted us.
Never choose to be a worker, but when God has put His call on you, woe be to you if you turn to the right hand or to the left. He will do with you what He never did with you before the call came He will do with you what He is not doing with other people. Let Him have His way.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.
Jesus had been with the disciples for three wonderful years, but He was leaving. He was to return to heaven after He had paid the full price for the sin of the world. The disciples knew He was their Messiah. They knew of His coming kingdom, but they were anxious and worried.. for something was afoot and they didn’t understand. Imagine being told that one of their little company of 12 would betray their Lord. Imagine hearing as Peter did, that in a few short hours he would deny God’s Son.
Their expectation was that He would shortly set up the kingdom, which had been promised of old. They had witnessed many signs, wonders and miracles that had authenticated His Messianic credentials and they even saw their friend Lazarus raised from the dead. Without a doubt this was the Messiah, promised of God, to save His people – Israel.
But now they discovered that Jesus is about to leave them and had talked of His death. He had told them He would be betrayed and crucified and that He would rise again, This was not the expectation that this little band of followers had of their Master.
They had left all to follow Him and were expecting to receive their promised reward immediately. Jesus said that they would sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.. they rather liked this idea, and the few years of discomfort more than compensated! But how could their Messiah leave them when He should be setting up the kingdom?
For three years the coming kingdom had been the wonderful gospel Jesus had taught. John the Baptist had witness to the truth that He was the Messiah – the Son of God, They had heard God’s audible voice three times saying: This is My beloved Son. The gospel of the kingdom was here – how could Jesus say He was going away?
A time is coming (in time) – when the Church will be completed.. a time when the fullness of the Gentiles will have come in.. a time when the Lord Jesus comes for His bride – at the rapture… time when the 2000-year long Christian dispensation is completed.
A time is coming when God will once again turn His attention back to Israel.. time of prophesied tribulation; a time of judgment; the time of Jacob’s trouble.. time when the gospel of the kingdom will have been taught worldwide – time when the veil over the heart of the Jewish nation – is lifted.
The millennial rule of Christ will be ushered in. The mystery of God will be accomplished and completed. The finished, finalised house of the Lord will be built up of living stones. The 6000-year long dispensation of man under Satan’s rule will be over – and Satan will be bound for 1000 years in the bottomless pit.
But while Satan is still active, believers overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb. The way to overcome Satan in any dispensation is described in Revelation ch. 12. – “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb ……,” Rev.2:11
No-one who isn’t covered, cleaned, redeemed, forgiven, born again can overcome. Forgiveness through faith, is the first crucial step to being an overcomer. For without the blood of Jesus there is no forgiveness of sin, and without the blood of Christ there is no communion with God.
Without the blood of Jesus, no one can defeat Satan, sin and death. Without the blood of Christ, no one can overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. The blood of Jesus is often only seen in the context of forgiveness of sins, but there is more that this cleansing flood has achieved in a believer’s life. It includes His indwelling; sanctification; glorification; overcoming the enemy.
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