'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'Revelation 2:7(NASB)
In the morning, long before sunrise, Jesus went to a place where He could be alone to pray. (Mark 1:35 GW)
I am quite sure that I have the agreement of most of the Lord's people when I say that one of the most difficult things, if not the most difficult thing, is to be able to get to prayer and give ourselves to prayer. When we contemplate prayer we meet a host of unsuspected and unforeseen difficulties which suddenly rise up as ambush forces breaking out upon us. Anything to prevent prayer! I am not saying something that you do not know, but I am saying it in order that you may recognize it clearly, definitely and deliberately, and face the fact that it is not just ordinary circumstances, but a designed, well-laid scheme of the enemy to prevent prayer. The enemy, instead of objecting, will promote occupation with a thousand and one things for the Lord if thereby he can crowd out prayer. He does not mind how busy we are in the Lord's work, nor how often we are found preaching, conducting meetings, and doing the many-sided work of the Lord, as we may call it. He knows quite well that all the work for the Lord which is not founded upon triumphant spiritual prayer will count for little or nothing in the long run and will break down. I say that he does not mind you working. Work for the Lord as hard as you can, but if you leave out prayer you will not accomplish very much. One of the subtleties of the enemy is to get us so busy, so occupied, so much on the go and on the rush with as we think things for the Lord and the work of the Lord, that our prayer is cramped and pushed up into a corner and limited, if not almost entirely ruled out; and the Lord will never accept the excuse: "Lord, I am too much engaged in Your interests to pray." The Lord never favors an attitude like that....
Immediately you begin to contemplate or purpose a fuller prayer-life, the enemy launches a new scheme for keeping you more busy and occupied, heaping up the work and crowding in demands so that you will have no time or opportunity for prayer.... But we must recognize this: that the enemy will construct his best arguments about responsibility, duty and conscience to stop us praying, and there is a place where, if we see prayer is utterly ruled out, or brought down to such a limited place that it is completely inadequate for a life of spiritual ascendancy and victory, we have to say: "Lord, I am going to trust the responsibility with You while I pray, that You will not allow my breaking away for this time to have detrimental results, and that You will protect this prayer-time which I seek for Your glory from the inroads of the enemy."
Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God. § Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. § The commandment is a lamp, and the law a light.
Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way. § We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses.
Then they brought little children to Him … And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant. § The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. § You were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. § “I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God.
I, through the law, am dead to the law" (Gal. 2:19).
The law will not touch us if we do not touch it.
"We were born in the first Adam. He was responsible before God to stand in righteousness. He failed. We were responsible in him and we failed. We sinned in Adam (Rom. 5:12, 19). What did God do about it? He gathered us up into the Last Adam, and we died in Him. God allowed His holy law to condemn us utterly and the law, seeking to slay us, found us in Christ on the Cross and set upon us and slew us." -W.R.N.
"Law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth' (Rom. 7:1), but when it has cursed him and killed him the law has no more to say to him; and we are become dead to the law by the body of Christ' (Rom. 7:4), for we have died judicially with Christ on the Cross. The new life which we have in Him comes to us from Him in heaven, the risen and glorified Man before the Father." -H.F.W.
"There prevails a notion that the Lord Jesus was keeping the law for us and establishing our righteousness when He was here below. Now His life was necessary to vindicate the Father and His holy law, as well as to manifest Himself and His love; but the righteousness that we are made in Christ is another thought altogether - not the law fulfilled by Him, but the justifying righteousness of the Father founded on the Lord Jesus' death, displayed in His resurrection, and crowned by His glory in heaven." -W.K.
"The Ten Commandments require no life of prayer, no Christian service, no evangelism, no missionary outreach, no Gospel preaching, no life and walk in the Spirit, no union with the Lord Jesus Christ, no fellowship of saints, no hope of salvation, and no hope of heaven." -L.S.C.
"Now we are delivered from the law" (Rom. 7:6).
“I came not to send peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
Never be sympathetic with the soul whose case makes you come to the conclusion that God is hard. God is more tender than we can conceive, and every now and again He gives us the chance of being the rugged one that He may be the tender One. If a man cannot get through to God it is because there is a secret thing he does not intend to give up - I will admit I have done wrong, but I no more intend to give up that thing than fly. It is impossible to deal sympathetically with a case like that: we have to get right deep down to the root until there is antagonism and resentment against the message. People want the blessing of God, but they will not stand the thing that goes straight to the quick.
If God has had His way with you, your message as His servant is merciless insistence on the one line, cut down to the very root, otherwise there will be no healing. Drive home the message until there is no possible refuge from its application. Begin to get at people where they are until you get them to realize what they lack, and then erect the standard of Jesus Christ for their lives -they may say, "We never can be that." Then drive it home - "Jesus Christ says you must." "But how can that be?" "You cannot, unless you have a new Spirit." (Luke 11:13.)
There must be a sense of need before your message is of any use. Thousands of people are happy without God in this world. If I was happy and moral till Jesus came, why did He come? Because that kind of happiness and peace is on a wrong level; Jesus Christ came to send a sword through every peace that is not based on a personal relationship to Himself.
Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.
There is a well-known saying in the world that, “blood is thicker than water ..” There are certain special ties that are much stronger than many other relationships. How quickly we rush to aid a sibling or other family member when sling-shots fly. How much more protective we are of our own kith and kin when push comes to shove – but if this is the case in Adam’s fallen race – how much more in the family of God.
This was the heart-cry of our Lord – as He prepared to return to His heavenly home. "Holy Father, keep through Your own name those whom Thou hast given Me that they may be one, as We are – that they will be united just as We are". John 17:11 If this was the inner yearning of our Lord – 'that they may be one' – what about us? Should it not be our own heart-hunger – that the body of Christ be united as one? If this was Christ’s prayer to the Father, should this be our earnest prayer as well?
Oh, I do not mean the ecumenical agenda that touts that all religions lead to God. Nor do I mean uniting with false teachers or those that spout doctrine of demons. I do not mean uniting to defend a political agenda or those that deny Christ’s deity, but we should recognise the relationships we have with all that are born from above.
We should love and protect all those that are brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. As members of Christ’s body, we are joined to the Head and united together in Him. We are the workmanship of the Spirit – created in Christ to do good works through Him. We are citizens of heaven; ambassadors of God and Christ’s representatives on earth. Is it not our responsibility as His children to live inread more
In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, (KJV)
In Christ also we were made a heritage, (RSV)
In Christ we have obtained an inheritance and look forward to a glorious future. This is no trifling legacy but one that we have been promised by God Himself. This is no ordinary heritage but one that is bountiful in both quality and quantity.
We have been bestowed breathtaking rights and honour as children of the Father. As members of God’s family, we are heirs of riches beyond our power to estimate, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order… that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:17
We have been appointed joint-heirs with Christ – and all that is His is ours also.. for all things belong to You, whether the world or life or death, or things present or things to come; all things belong to You, 1 Corinthians 3:21
The glories that await us are nothing to do with our merit – but all to do with Christ, and He Himself prayed to the Father that we might share in the riches of His glory. He desires everything connected with His glorified life to be our portion as well. He who is to sit on the eternal throne of David has chosen us to share in His rule. He has appointed us a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and we will reign with Him on the earth. Revelation 5:10
In Christ, we have obtained a glorious heritage and anticipate a glorious future.. but in Christ we are also made to be His precious heritage – for we are His trophies – for Christ Himself is to receive His own special reward, as promised of the Father.
We are His precious purchased possession; His very own heritage; His rare jewels. But we are also made to be His heritage so that He will be glorified in all Hisread more