When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?Mark 6:2(NASB)
Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. (2 Timothy 4:2 GW)
Even good people who have been blessed of the Lord, to whom He has shown His favor and whom He has used very greatly, may in the end be involved in spiritual tragedy if for some reason compromise has entered in. It may have come in because of policy. What a snare policy is! We tell ourselves we must be very careful that we do not do this or that because it may have such and such a result. It is all policy and diplomacy. "We must be careful to avoid..." - what? Just what we seek to avoid betrays the whole case. Are we afraid of losing prestige with men, support, friends, position, opportunity? Do these things weigh with us as over against implicit obedience to the Lord? If so, there is divided loyalty; and if we allow it, we may at the end pass into terrible tragedy; the tragedy that always follows compromise....
If spiritual fullness is to be reached, we have to be governed by Divine and heavenly principles, and not by human considerations. Divine principles; not, "What will the consequences be?" not, "What shall we lose?" not even, "What will the Lord lose?" because that is a very subtle argument. The Lord does not ask us to reason this thing out on that level at all. He says, "What is the Divine principle? Let that principle govern and guide." You may not see at all how it is going to work out. If you are governed by Divine principles you may seem to lose a lot here; you may, for a time, have to go out with David and wait. But in the end the principles will be vindicated. You have to recognize that compromise on principle only brings disaster. You see it everywhere.... We must say, "What has the Lord revealed? It will mean this, it will cost that, it will involve me thus; but that is not the point. I am not going to be influenced or governed by consequences at all. Policy must have no place with me. What God has revealed - that is the only argument for me."
Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly. § If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head; therefore my heart fails me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me!
So you, by the help of your God, return; observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— these, O God, You will not despise. § He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. § He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
We have the same spirit of faith.
As chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. § We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body … Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
I determine not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified " (1 Cor. 2:2).
The harvest can be no better than the sowing and cultivating. The burden over the need of others develops our hunger of heart to be a "vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work" (2 Tim. 2:21). "It is a universal law that everything possessing productive power brings forth after its kind.' This is no less true in sharing. Religious ministry may be psychic, orthodox, heretical, social, humanitarian, educational, political, or spiritual. In each case it produces results after its kind.' But are outward results' (as such) the main objective of evangelism? God forbid! By those initiated in the art, results' of a kind can be easily and cheaply produced. But the true end of evangelism is the establishment of the Lord Jesus' sovereignty in hearts. This is the work of the Holy Spirit, and it cannot be measured by statistics." -R.W. "How much there is that is called spiritual that is but flesh! How many of the Lord's people are seeking to touch the living God and fail to find Him and satisfy their heart-hunger for true fellowship with Him. Theoretically we believe in His presence, but we find only a mere stirring of emotions. We are told of the Spirit's power, but we see results produced by showmanship, oratory, and emotionalism. We are counseled to depend upon the Spirit, but in practice dependence is really on human wisdom, ability, personality and programs. We do not get through, behind all that is of man, to touch the living God." -A.H. "Ten thousand tutors! Not many fathers!' How true it is today! Many teachers, but not many willing to suffer, and to bear others on their hearts, until they are borne through their babyhood stage to maturity." "Preach the Gospel: not with words of wisdom, lest the Cross of Christ be made of none effect" (1 Cor. 1:17).
“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
What idea have you of the salvation of your soul? The experience of salvation means that in your actual life things are really altered, you no longer look at things as you used to; your desires are new, old things have lost their power. One of the touchstones of experience is - Has God altered the thing that matters? If you still hanker after the old things, it is absurd to talk about being born from above, you are juggling with yourself. If you are born again, the Spirit of God makes the alteration manifest in your actual life and reasoning, and when the crisis comes you are the most amazed person on earth at the wonderful difference there is in you. There is no possibility of imagining that you did it. It is this complete and amazing alteration that is the evidence that you are a saved soul.
What difference has my salvation and sanctification made? For instance, can I stand in the light of 1 Corinthians 13, or do I have to shuffle? The salvation that is worked out in me by the Holy Ghost emancipates me entirely, and as long as I walk in the light as God is in the light, He sees nothing to censure because His life is working out in every particular, not to my consciousness, but deeper than my consciousness.
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us looking to Jesus…
Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness
For those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles.. they shall run and not be weary – they shall walk and not faint.
We all have our own idea of patience and what it means to be a patient man or a patient woman. Sometimes we see an uncomplaining person lying on a couch of sickness – as patient. Patience can also be a teacher.. willingly explaining a difficult concept for the “n’th” time.
Often we see the farmer as patient, who unhurriedly waits for the harvest to ripen – and being quiet and calm under the stroke of adverse fortune, can demonstrate a patient spirit. There are also elements of patience seen in the ongoing grind of daily duties. All such demonstrations of patience are worthy examples of long-suffering.
When patience is teamed up with distance running it has a different connotation – endurance linked with patience can mean to keep on going, with the utmost of effort.The distance runner exhibits this sort of patient endurance in his marathon race… running with endurance is to press on to the end – to be earnest in our endeavour.
The world exemplifies this through mind over matter – carried out in the flesh, but such patience always falls short of the godly patience that we are to exhibit. It falls far short of the One true exemplification of godly patience. – the Lord Jesus.
The Lord Jesus is our pattern and example of patience – our model and our standard. His life is a true example of perseverance, tolerance, long-suffering – and patience. Throughout youth and childhood He submitted to His parents – learning obedience, For 30 years He worked patiently at the carpenter’s lathe until God’s call on His life. Heread more
Jesus said during His earthly walk “take My yoke upon you and learn of Me.” Paul later challenged us when he was sharing about the risen Lord to “learn Christ”The indwelling Spirit of Christ is to be our life in everything that we do. There is an enormous change and challenge between these two instructions. It is important to know about Christ but for a victorious life we must learn Him.
During His earthly walk the disciples were encouraged to learn about Jesus. They were to watch His walk; to witness His character; to observe His attitude. They were to obey in His commands, abide by His teachings and they were to hear Him. During Christ’s earthly walk His followers were challenged to learn about Jesus.
But through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Paul challenges each of us to learn Christ… an outward, objective observance was to become an inward, subjective service. It was no longer to be an imitation of His life but an identification with Himself.. not just know about Him but know Him – not just learn about Him but learn Him. The permanently indwelling Spirit of Christ is to be our life in all that we are.
What a tremendous shift from objective learning to its subjective counterpart. Before they could learn Christ they first needed to learn about the Lord Jesus. Before being commissioned as apostles, His followers must first be His disciples. Early in Christ’s ministry the disciples believed the Lord because of His signs, but to develop into mature believers, they were to be participators of His life.
Today, objectively imitating Christ will result in a stunted Christian life. Today, subjective participation in Christ’s life will avail a victorious Christian life, – we are to identify with the indwelling Spirit of Christ, Who is our life.
Christ’s earthly life was a pre-cross life of humiliation – a life of learned obedience. In His humanity He was a man of sorrows – acquaintedread more