"Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against himEzekiel 38:2(NASB)
While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.—“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”—My fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thanksgiving in your hearts to God.—But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”—Behold, it is written before me.
The law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. (Galatians 3:25 NIV)
Sometimes revelation will bring to us the fact that things have been but tentative, provisional.... As Paul puts it: "a schoolmaster," to bring us to Christ, to lead us to Christ. The test for Saul of Tarsus is as to whether he will adjust to the light of the fact that, while he has been right, up to a point, that was only intended to lead him to sometwhere else. The Lord, in His sovereignty, allows us to come into something which is only tentative, but not in His final and full thought. That should lead us to a certain point, and at that given point something else is coming in. At that point a revelation will be given to us which will make us say, "Well, that has served its purpose, but it has come to an end now, unto the greater fullness." It depends upon whether we cling to the thing that we say the Lord led us to and make it the final thing, when the Lord has only meant that to lead us to another thing. So often in looking back upon a thing that has been used of Lord, and perhaps blessed of God, people say, "Well, if that is the case then we should cling to that way, should stay with that, or in that." Not necessarily. For Paul the challenge was whether now, with the fuller revelation in the light of which he saw that this first thing while not wrong was only provisional, he was prepared to leave that and come into the fullness and adjust to the fuller revelation.
In all these connections you see that it is a matter of obedience to the heavenly vision, because this obedience to the heavenly vision is marked by cost. There is a price attached. In every case mentioned we see there was a cost. It meant that a price had to be paid, or, in other words, it meant that difficulties had to be faced. There would be a great deal of misunderstanding, a great deal of having to go on alone. Others who had not seen would not be able to follow on. There would be loneliness, a misunderstanding, and in many other ways difficulties would arise in relation to obedience to the heavenly vision.
I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon. His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon. § Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
I, the Lord, have brought down the high tree and exalted the low tree, dried up the green tree and made the dry tree flourish.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.
Heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ - sharing His inheritance with Him; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory" (Rom. 8:17, Amp.).
The term "profit and loss" is reversed in the Christian life to "loss and profit." The principle never varies: our losses are all in the realm of the old, never the new. Every loss in the life of self brings greater gain and profit in the new - our life in Christ. And, conversely, every gain for the self-life is loss for our growth and His glory. "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ" (Phil. 3:7).
"It is not the design of God to deprive His children of happiness, but only to pour the cup of bitterness into the happiness which the believer has in anything outside of Christ." -F.F.
"Everything that tries us, that is a check upon us, that causes exercise of heart, and makes us sensible of weakness in ourselves, is of the nature of chastisement (child-training). It may come in the way of difficulties in the path of faith; or in the shape of such trials and sorrows as are common to all men - loss of property, loss of health, or bereavement; or it may be as the governmental consequences of sin; but in one way or other all have it. It is for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness' (Heb. 12:10). That is, it serves to break down that which is not of God in us, that the life of the Lord Jesus might be made manifest." -C.A.C.
"When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10).
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose imagination is stayed on Thee.” Isaiah 26:3
Is your imagination stayed on God or is it starved? The starvation of the imagination is one of the most fruitful sources of exhaustion and sapping in a worker's life. If you have never used your imagination to put yourself before God, begin to do it now. It is no use waiting for God to come; you must put your imagination away from the face of idols and look unto Him and be saved. Imagination is the greatest gift God has given us and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. If you have been bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, it will be one of the greatest assets to faith when the time of trial comes, because your faith and the Spirit of God will work together. Learn to associate ideas worthy of God with all that happens in Nature - the sunrises and the sunsets, the sun and the stars, the changing seasons, and your imagination will never be at the mercy of your impulses, but will always be at the service of God.
"We have sinned with our fathers; . . . and have forgotten" - then put a stiletto in the place where you have gone to sleep. "God is not talking to me just now," but He ought to be. Remember Whose you are and Whom you serve. Provoke yourself by recollection, and your affection for God will increase tenfold; your imagination will not be starved any longer, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.
Like all Scripture the book of Job is the God-Breathed Word of God: It is profitable for doctrine; reproof; correction; and instruction in righteousness. 2Timothy 3:16 The Word of Truth is the ‘Incorruptible Seed’ – an incorruptible seed “which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1Peter 1:23. One seed -was planted in the book of Job… this seed that was planted and rooted in the book of Job, by the move of the Spirit of God.
Job’s ‘Seed of Travail‘ – is growing, living and developing throughout all Scripture, until God’s fullest understanding that is hidden in these pages of Job, are fully realised. Only the Living Word has a creative, productive and enduring power to speak to all. First in Job – then it increased and multiplied through subsequent ‘holy men of God.’ – men who unveil the Word of Truth, until it becomes a living reality to all God’s sons.
The deep travail of Job is experienced and developed by David, and many prophets. The chastening lessons of Job are expanded and increased by Paul, James, Peter and John. As the Holy Spirit dealt with the innermost being of Job – through his arduous trials.. you too may discover the chastening benefits, deep within your inner being – if you are truly willing to “humble yourself under the mighty hand of God.” 1 Pet.5:6
David’s “Job experience” – caused him to cry: How long will the wicked triumph?…Psa.94:3 but David’s Job experience – blossomed a few verses later when he proclaimed: Blessed is the man whom the Lord chasteneth. Psa.94:12 Yes.. Job’s seed of travail – became a living expression in the innermost being of David. But the seed that was growing in David’s experience is recorded for our learning. The agonies in the early part of Psalm 94 – displaying God’s training within His child explodes into joyous understanding, as God chastens ‘the man after His own heart’. David recognises the Lord’s mercy andread more
I pray your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
What a wonderful thought…. your whole being preserved blameless! your spirit: that innermost part of your being.. that deepest dimension of your nature; that was once alienated from fellowship with the Lord; that was once dead in trespasses and sins – that was once enslaved by Satan’s accusations.. blameless.
Your soul: the very essence of all that is you.. that intimate core, where is hid the very warp and woof of your hidden self. That secret abode that houses all the deepest desires of your longing heart, with its affections and emotions; its passion and plans – that private place that buries all the deepest lacerations that life can throw at it; its failures and disappointments – its wounds and its pains – blameless. (note – the new life in Christ and not the old sinful Adamic nature).
Your body: with all its faculties.. its sight and sounds, its touch, taste, feel and smell. Its link to time and its roots in eternity, with its ever-constant inward connection to the very thoughts of the heart. With its ever-present outward link to this sin-sick world, that tramps the tempting dust and the seductive grime of earth’s pathways – with its deepest lusts through eye; or flesh; or pride of life – blameless.
1) Past: that once for all salvation of the spirit: I am born again – blameless. 2) Present: that ongoing, lifelong salvation of the soul (our new live in Christ and not the old sinful Adamic nature):read more