"Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.Luke 6:30(NASB)
From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. (John 1:16 NIV)
When the Lord has blessed and prospered, how many people have not themselves become something? Here is a successful movement! Here is my chance! There is a laying hold of that work, and a turning of it to personal account. That is the history of things. The most dangerous time for the work of God is the time of blessing. You will always find people coming in when there is blessing, not because they have God's end in view, but because a realm of blessing means personal good.... The Lord is calling us on to the fullness of Christ, and sometimes on the way He may let us see the working of His power, that He is with us. The world may be against us, the devil may be withstanding, and the Lord lets us see in some little way that He is with us. And then alongside of that there comes the most awful peril, in that we snap our fingers at everything and everybody, and at the devil himself. We are supported by the Lord in the position we have taken! We are vindicated! That is a perilous position. The Lord may have to say, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven! Do not find any personal gratification in the fact that the demons are subject unto you!" It is all in the same realm as glorying in a wrong way in the blessings of the Lord. We have to go on steadily, and take our encouragements when they come, thank the Lord quietly for them, and get on with the main business, not staying to gloat over the fruits of the Lord's blessing in a personal way.
There is a great deal of ground covered by that. It is often a source of so much gratification if only you can tell people of the success that is coming to you in the work of the Lord, how many people are coming, how many souls are being saved, how you are being used, how the Lord's seal is upon you. All unconsciously we take hold of the honor for our own flesh. The Lord has to hide so much from us, because it is dangerous for us; our flesh makes it dangerous. We shall be tried by blessing as well as by adversity. The keenest fires of trial are often those of success or prosperity. Such tests discover whether our hearts are fixed upon the Lord or upon things.
One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. § He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. § I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? … Faith … , if it does not have works, is dead.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son … concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead. § Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? … You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
He who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
By their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. § If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
The God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered awhile, make you mature, establish, strengthen, settle you" (1 Pet. 5:10).
The type of plow employed has much to do with the resultant harvest. The primitive stick-plow places quite a limitation upon what will be harvested - if anything. But if the Husbandman's plow is cutting deep into our lives, we can expect a rich harvest. As Samuel Rutherford said, "Why should I start at the plow of my Lord, that maketh deep furrows on my soul? He purposeth a crop!"
"Doth he that ploweth to sow plow continually? Doth he continually open and harrow his ground?' (Isa. 28:24). No, of course not! It is a job that has got to be done - the breaking up, the turning over, the exposing to the elements, the harrowing. The Lord is speaking to His faithful people who are feeling that they are under the plow; furrows are being cut deep into their souls; they are being turned up and turned over, laid bare, exposed, broken, harrowed. The Father says, even to faithful people, This is necessary, we are looking ahead to a harvest, to real values; this is an essential aspect of the work. But. . . take comfort - this is not going on forever.'"
"No matter what we may encounter in this life, we who belong to the Lord Jesus have this definite knowledge - our Father will use it all in love as an instrument in the carrying out of the glorious purpose to which He has destined us. If that purpose is to be wrought by delivering us from a trial, He will do so. But if it is to be accomplished by means of the trial, He, in His perfect love, will not free us from it but strengthen us to go through it and be victorious over it." -A.M.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time" (1 Pet. 5:6).
“He shall glorify Me.” John 16:14
The pietistic movements of to-day have nothing of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them; there is nothing about them that needs the Death of Jesus Christ; all that is required is a pious atmosphere, and prayer and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous, it did not cost the passion of God, it is not dyed in the blood of the Lamb, not stamped with the hall-mark of the Holy Ghost; it has not that mark on it which makes men say, as they look in awe and wonder - "That is the work of God Almighty." That and nothing else is what the New Testament talks about.
The type of Christian experience in the New Testament is that of personal passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ. Every other type of Christian experience, so called, is detached from the Person of Jesus. There is no regeneration, no being born again into the Kingdom in which Christ lives, but only the idea that He is our Pattern. In the New Testament Jesus Christ is 'Saviour' long before He is 'Pattern'. To-day He is being despatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere Example. He is that, but He is infinitely more; He is salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God.
Jesus said, "When He the Spirit of truth is come . . . He shall glorify Me." When I commit myself to the revelation made in the New Testament, I receive from God the gift of the Holy Spirit Who begins to interpret to me what Jesus did and does in me subjectively all that Jesus Christ did for me objectively.
Jesus answered, “The most important thing is, ‘HEAR, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’"
Israel were commanded to HEAR their faithful God and to LOVE Him. Likewise, the Church are to LISTEN to our Lord and LOVE Him with our whole being. The Church is to hear all that the Spirit says to us, and not to wax cold towards Him. As Christians, we need to return to our first love – the One who first loved us.
The God of Israel was utterly faithful – and kept covenant with His people, and our God of faithfulness and truth is the same yesterday, today and forever. Never let us be those that forget that our God is truly faithful. He can be trusted. Great is God’s faithfulness, and great is Christ’s love for His Church.
These vital truths are for our learning and were played out in the time of Nehemiah. They are still true today and need to be fastened in our hearts and secured in our mind. Let us without reservation listen and love… listen to His voice and to hear His word – encourage each other to fall in love with our Lord, all over again.
Let us seek to remain in direct unity in the bond of love and fellowship.. despite satanic oppression. To be clothed in the armour of our warfare, which means to be covered in Christ for we live in dark days. To recognise our sins and humble ourselves before God, and to intercede on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Let us not be afraid. Don’t be afraid to pray. Don’t be afraid to humble yourself before the Lord. Remember, the devil will lie to you and about you. He will tell us what we are doing for the Lord will come to nothing. Heread more
Adam was created to rule and reign and he blew it.. but Adam didn’t thwart God’s plan, for God uses all things to forward His purpose. God uses all things, (both good or evil) – to move forward His ultimate goal – that Christ is all in all. All things, in heaven and all things on earth are moving towards this goal.. an objective God planned in eternity past.. even the problems and difficulties that you are now facing in your life.. even the decisions and unscrupulous plans of men, made behind closed doors – even the violence and wickedness, evil and filth that is swamping the world today.
The plan of God is the millennial rule of Christ (followed by the eternal ages). The time when all things are brought under His feet and returned to God, – so that Christ will be all in all. God is using all things to move towards His goal – that Christ is all in all.
He used Adam’s fall; the pre-flood wickedness; the tower of Babel for His purposes. He used Israel’s rejection of Christ and all Gentile kingdoms to achieve His plans. He is using the Church and the evils of this time to bring about His planned design, and He will work Satan’s schemes and the coming tribulation together – for His good. All things are moving towards the kingdom rule of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth. Israel has been promised an earthly kingdom and the Church a heavenly rule. Israel will be given her land inheritance and the Church her heavenly Jerusalem.
In Revelation, we read: the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our God and His Christ – so why did Jesus say His kingdom was not of this world. In John, we read: My kingdom is not of this world – not of this world system. John 18:36,
At His first coming, the heavenly part of His kingdom was under a usurper’s power. The heavenly part of theread more