'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.Revelation 3:15(NASB)
From the time of John the Baptizer until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful people have been seizing it. (Matthew 11:12 GW)
The Kingdom is so much bigger than conversion. Of course, if you are going to be saved at all I mean saved initially you will have to mean business for that. You will have to make it a desperate matter, because there will be everything to stop you. But the Kingdom means a very great deal more than merely getting into it, far more than being converted. There is a great deal more in the purpose of God for our lives than we have ever imagined, and if we are to enter into that, violence has to characterize us. We must desperately mean business, and come to the place where we say: "Lord, I am set upon all that Thou dost mean in Christ. I am set upon that, and I am not going to allow other people's prejudices or suspicions or criticisms to get in the way; I am not going to allow any man-made system to hinder me; I am going right on with Thee for all Thy purpose. I am going to do violence to everything that would get in the way." It calls for violence, and we have to do a lot of violence to get all that God wills for us.
Oh, how easily many lives are side-tracked, simply because they are not desperate enough! They are caught in things which limit things which may be good, that may have something of God in them, but which none the less are limiting things, and do not represent a wide open way to all God's purpose. The only way for us to come into all that the Lord means not only into what we have seen but into all that He has purposed is to be desperate, to be men of violence; to be men who say, "By God's grace, nothing and no one, however good, is going to stand in my way; I am going on with God." Have that position with the Lord, and you will find that God meets you on that ground. No men not even Paul himself knew all that they were going to know. Paul was constantly getting fuller unveilings of that unto which he was called. He received something fairly strong and rich at the beginning; then, later, he was shown unspeakable things (2 Corinthians 12:4). He was growing in apprehension. But why? Because he was a man of violence. God meets us like that. "With the perverse Thou wilt show Thyself froward" (Psalm 18:26). That, in principle, means that God will be to you what you are to Him. He will mean business if you mean business. There is a vast amount in the Kingdom that we have never suspected. Do believe that.
Peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come. § The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” § Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The Helper … the Spirit of truth. § The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace. § The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us?”
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. § Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! § They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. § The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. § Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Ye were once darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord" (Eph. 5:8).
It takes a long time for us to realize that we have been in the light above since we first saw the Light below.
"Let the realization of the soul be compared to the condition of men groping about in the dense, dark fog; still we know that it is clear daylight above the fog, and all we want is to get high enough. Now, the fact is, we are risen with Him. Then may we set our affection on the things above where the Lord Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father; and though the secret power is unseen, faith in Him will lift our spirit into the clear light where He is." -H.F.W.
"The first question is, where the believer walks; the next, how he walks. Is he in the golden palace, the Holiest of All, where the full blaze of the divine light shines, or is he still outside the palace and walking in the darkness of the world? The believer's walk may often be faulty as he grows, but he is in the light." -H.F.W.
"Here it is that the child of God is to walk: If we walk in the light as He is in the light.' How he walks is a question to be settled after it is determined where he walks. And walking in the light, fellowship follows, not as an attainment, but as a consequence."
"We are never called outside the camp till we are inside the veil. We have title to our home in the Father's presence; we are to come forth from that abiding place and let the world know that we are strangers to it." -J.G.B.
"As a Christian I am now in Him before the Father, as He is in me before men; and the Holy Spirit has been given as enablement to enjoy the privileges above and to make good the responsibilities below."
"Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light" (Col. 1:12).
I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord” (Phil. 3:8).
Truth is acquired in fellowship with His Word; truth is shared in fellowship with His heart. “It is feared that when we speak of being here for Christ it is often the thought of our service or conduct that is prominent, and therefore it is well to be reminded that there is something over which the Lord Jesus is more concerned than He is over our conduct or our service. It is that ‘garden closed,’ that ‘spring shut up,’ that ‘fountain sealed,’ from which all others but Himself are excluded-the hidden spring of those affections which alone satisfy His heart, or render conduct and service acceptable to Him.” -C.A.C.
“All our trials in service only serve to lead us to know the Father, as we could not know Him otherwise, as ‘the Father of mercies, and the God of all consolation’ (2 Cor. 1:3). It is in this school that we acquire the ability to comfort others; so that our personal affliction or personal comfort work unto the same end, even the profit of others for we are their servants for Jesus’ sake.” -J.L.H. 221
“A preparedness is necessary for the Christian soldier who hears his Lord’s words. We have to learn that human energy cannot cross rivers of death, or break down walls of this world’s strongholds; and if we be aroused to follow the Lord, it must be in His own way. Impulse is not faith. Going forward in the mere strength of humanity-acquired knowledge of God’s truth-is not being led of the Spirit. The Father would not have His people act in the excitement of freshly-gained knowledge, and well would it often be, if instead of pushing on in the impulse of newly-acquired truth, there were first a tarrying, as it were, three days, to digest it, to make it, by the power of God’s Spirit, thoroughly part of the new man.” -H.F.W.
“Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1).
“His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain.” 1Corinthians 15:10
The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. The deploring of our own incompetence is a slander against God for having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining in the sight of God the things that sound humble before men, and you will be amazed at how staggeringly impertinent they are. "Oh, I shouldn't like to say I am sanctified; I'm not a saint." Say that before God; and it means - "No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are chances I have not had; so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn't possible." That may sound wonderfully humble before men, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.
Again, the things that sound humble before God 'may sound the opposite before men. To say Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified is in the sight of God the acme of humility, it means you have so completely abandoned yourself to God that you know He is true. Never bother your head as to whether what you say sounds humble before men or not, but always be humble before God, and let Him be all in all.
There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God's purposes, and yours may be that life.
Nehemiah, study (1)
the effective fervent prayer and intercession of the righteous man avails much.
Nehemiah was a man of resolve – a man of action – a man of God – a man of prayer. Nehemiah was a man who loved his God – obeyed His word and trusted His promises, and so God used this man of Israel to be an instrument in His purposes for His people.
Nehemiah had spent his life in Persian captivity- far away from his homeland in Israel, but he had proved himself trustworthy- having been appointed cupbearer to the king. He was also a man of action. Nehemiah was a man that set about getting things done.
We discover Nehemiah to be a man with a great heart-burden for the things of God. He loved his homeland – his city – his people, and he was a man that loved his Creator. And when news of the pitiable state of Israel reached his ears, his heart was grieved. The heavy burden he bore started in sorrow, and then progressed into prayer, The burden of his heart began in tears, which inspired his intense intercessions.
Nehemiah began his prayer declaring the faithfulness of his covenant-keeping God. He acknowledged God’s greatness, and His willingness to hear His peoples’ cry. Nehemiah prayed day and night in earnest trust that God would listen and hear him – and his intense intercession was for his own nation, the people of Israel. Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, Who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes be open to hear the prayer Your servant is praying before You day and night – for Your servants, the people of Israel. Nehemiah 1:5-6
Nehemiah pleaded the cause of Israel, based on God’s everlasting faithfulness. Nehemiah’s intercessions were rooted to trust in God, as a convent-keeping God. His prayer continued with penitential pleadings for hisread more
All scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3-16
All Scripture is written FOR us but not all Scripture is written TO us. Some has particular relevance for those in the dispensation of Israel. Some have specific importance for those that are to face the tribulation. Some has a definitive application to us, who are living in the Church age. Some tells us what the Millennial rule of Christ on earth will be like.. but all Scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.. that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Past history recorded in the Bible, gives encouragement and provides edification. The present application of God’s Word, enables us to live a godly life in Christ Jesus. Future prophecies, in Scripture, secures our hope in Christ and develops our faith. All Scripture is written FOR us but not all Scripture is written TOWARDs us, which is why we must correctly handle the truth contained in the Bible.. why we must accurately explain all that is contained in God’s Word – why we must and rightly divide the word of truth.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. How important to rightly divide the Word, if we are to understand God’s plan. We must rightly divide the Word of God:- to understand our heavenly future and Israel’s earthly inheritance.. to understand the gospel of the kingdom, and the gospel of the grace of God – to understand the old creations in Adam and Jacob and the new creation in Christ. And we must rightly divide the Word of God.. to understand Satan’s current rule – and the millennial reign of Christ.
The Old Testament tells why the created world is under the control of aread more