Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,2 Peter 3:14(NASB)
Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David…. They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor.—To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.—To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.—Of Zebulun 50,000 seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war, to help David with singleness of purpose.—He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4:10 NLT)
There are values in Christrisen for our bodies now. His risen Life can now energize thesebodies; not, for the present, to change them into the likeness ofHis glorious body, but to quicken them for service. There isrisen Life for these mortal bodies now, but it has to bedeliberately appropriated, chosen, drawn upon. It is useless forme when I am feeling ill and weak to sit down and say, "Oh, Lord,come and pick me up, and put me on my feet, and make me well!" TheLord never does so.
I know this: that in such times of desperateweakness and physical discount, utter inability, any kind ofcoming in of the Lord has always been introduced by the Lordmaking me take hold of Him. The Lord has never come in and mademe suddenly to feel myself being filled, permeated with Life, andrising up. I have known the moment very often come when the Lord,not in an audible voice but in what is as good, a suggestion, aprompting, has said, "Lay hold of Life; lay hold of Me as yourLife!" There were no spoken words, but the intimation was to thiseffect: The time has come to repudiate this state and lay hold ofChrist for Life! And that has been unto a renewal for a furtherperiod of service. The Lord does not take us up like anautomaton; He causes us to cooperate with Himself on the basisof His risen Life. All the values of Christ risen are found byour deliberate and definite taking hold of His risen Life. Thatis but to say, repudiate Adam, whether it be in body, soul orspirit, and stand in Christ for whatever the need may be. Is itfor spirit? Is it for mind? Is it for heart? Is it for will? Isit for body? The one essential is to stand definitely in Christfor the situation.... The whole realm and range of Christ for experience is dependent upon His risen Life in us, and our laying hold of it, standing on it. The Lord show us more of what that means.
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory. § Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? § In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. § Be clothed with humility.
[Jesus] was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. § All who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at [Stephen], saw his face as the face of an angel. § The glory which You gave Me I have given them. § 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.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus" (Heb. 10:19).
We enter our Father's presence when we believe He has already positioned us there in His Son.
"The Lord Jesus' work on the Cross gave us present entrance into the Holiest of All. What removed our sins rent the veil; and those who believe are positioned in the innermost sanctuary even now. Boldness to enter there on any pretension of our love or holiness, or nature or even divine ordinance, would be shameless presumption. In Hebrews Ten it is calmly claimed for believers, who are exhorted in the strongest terms to approach by faith the Father's presence without a doubt or a cloud, now.
"Boldness to enter the Father's presence is due to the shed Blood of the Saviour. Only unbelief hinders. It is a new and living way which He dedicated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh; we honor Him by abiding there in the fullest confidence that pleases the Father. Being born of the Father we are abidingly His children. As such we have the right to take our place before Him. It is our privilege to think of ourselves according to what we are as being one spirit with the Lord Jesus; and this is ever maintained by Him.
"What we are by grace, as in Him before the Father, is unchangeable, and our interests are in His hands. Beloved, do our failures, our sins, in anywise alter what He is there before the face of our Father? What He is there is what we are, not of course in ourselves, but as being in the Lord Jesus who is our Life." -C.A.C.
"There are two basic things that the believer has to learn. One is, you are not to have the man here and the place where he is, the other is, you do have another Man, and the place where He is."
"By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us" (Heb. 10:20).
Be careful for nothing –
Be anxious for nothing –
Don’t be concerned about anything –
Don’t worry about anything whatsoever, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God
How often and how frequently our hearts are prone to worry and anxiety, fret or fear. How often our brow is furrowed with tension as the pains of life reflects in our face. How frequently fear of the future or personal problems divide or distract our hearts. How regrettable that cares and concerns of life should steal the Lord’s perfect peace.
Sometimes we allow the responsibilities of life and living – to rob us of the Lord’s rest. Sometimes our fears and failures, problems and pressure – weigh heavy on our heart. Sometimes our safety and security, health and finances rise up into mountainous difficulties as we fret and fear about the mounting tests and trials that we are facing.
But God instructs us not to worry about anything but to cast all our cares on Him and to place all the burdens that we carry onto His strong shoulders for He cares for us. He’s our Good Shepherd. He leads us on the best path and restores our soul. He is our heavenly Father. He pours in refreshing water and healing balm. If we have been brought into the family of God, should we not obey His voice? Let us not disobey our Father’s instructions -but by faith rest in His WORD.
Worry can also mean: I do not believe that God can keep His promises to care for me. It’s casting doubt on the truth of God’s word – it’s unbelief in His promised provision. When worry is taken to its final conclusion – worry is effectively calling God “a liar!!” But He is our strength and stay. He is our joy and hope and He is the lover of our soul. His word brings life and light – health and wholeness – grace and perfectread more
A servant in service to his master should have a servant-spirit. Servant-hood is far greater than busying oneself in religious service and activities. It is accomplishing the heavenly-will – the divine purpose in each life. Jesus said that He had glorified the Father by finishing the Fathers work… "I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do." John 17:4
Paul also said that he had concluded the work that God gave him to do. "I’ve fought a good fight, I’ve finished my course, I’ve kept the faith” 2Timothy 4:7 A man who can truly say, “I have finished my course,” is an entirely broken life. This is the force behind ‘obedience’ in a servant. This is the power of true service.. this is the servant-spirit - the servant-mind - the servant-life.
When a servant-slave in Israel ended his time of servitude, he could claim his liberty, but that servant-slave could also choose to remain in service. That servant-slave could leave his master or choose to remain a servant-slave forever. A blood-covenant was made and the ear of the servant was pierced with an awl. Blood dripped to the threshold, and master and servant stepped across that flood, – confirming a covenant of love – a service of love – a deep love for his master.
To have stepped upon the drops of blood would have been an unholy act. To have trodden under-foot the blood-covenant of love would have been shocking. But to “Pass-over” the blood together cemented a relationship of service forever. This is the service that our Lord desires from each of His own bond-servants, for we are not our own, we are bought with the price of Christ’s precious blood. Should this not awaken in us a servant-spirit, a servant-mind, a servant-heart?
We look to Isaiah as the one that exemplifies such a servant-heart… It was Isaiah who cried, “Woe is me, for I am undone - because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midstread more