Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.Psalm 51:10(NASB)
That which is born of the flesh is flesh. (John 3:6)
It is possible for a man to be marked by an analytical mind, so that he wants to argue out everything, reason out everything and subject everything to the microscope of his own brain, his own reason, and just see the whole thing right through in that way – not accept it until he can understand it like that. And so he becomes very analytical, very investigating in his mind over the thing, and until he can have the very best answer to all his questions from every side, he is not going to accept it. That man will make very slow progress. The same will apply to one who thinks that by getting a mighty wave of religious emotion he is going to enter into the things of God. That is one of the great snares of the devil today. Religious emotion is no criterion; it is no ground of true spirituality.
Our knowledge of the Lord, the very remotest bit of it and the very first rays of it, depends upon our spirit being awakened and illumined by the Holy Spirit. Progress in the things of God is simply growth of our inner man and not the acknowledgment of our intellectual capacity to grasp truth. We may have an increasing capacity, by reason of association and familiarity with truth, for grasping ideas and grasping truth and teaching. And that capacity may expand and expand until there is very little that is available to be grasped, and yet with such there may be the very smallest measure of real spirituality.... The child of God is one whose spirit has been renewed and who has, at the center of their being, a union and a communion with God which is not the possession of any man by nature, and which cannot come in any other realm but in the renewed spirit.
I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word … I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them …Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
I will come again and receive you to Myself. § He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe. § Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. § You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
It is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. § The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth … No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? § When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. § Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
I have been crucified with Christ" (Gal. 2:20, ASV).
The Cross is the height of paradox; it is at once God's greatest agony, and His eternal glory. For the growing believer it means daily crucifixion, and at the same time freedom from the penalty and the power of sin and self. "But may it never be mine to boast of anything but the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world!" (Gal. 6:14, Wms.).
"We need to enter deeply into the truth that Christ the Beloved Son of the Father could not return to the glory of Heaven until He had first given Himself over to death. As this great principle opens up to us, it will help us to understand how in our life, and in our fellowship with the Lord Jesus, it is impossible for us to share the fulness of His life until we have first in very deed surrendered ourselves every day as having died to sin and the world."
"Many believers appear to think that when once they have claimed Christ's death in the fellowship of the Cross, and have counted themselves crucified with Him, they may now consider it as past and done with. They do not as yet understand that it is in the crucified Christ, and in the fellowship of His death, that they are to abide daily and unceasingly. The fellowship of the Cross is to be the life of a daily walk - His taking the form of a servant, His humbling Himself and becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross; this mind that was in the Lord Jesus is to be the disposition that marks our daily life."
"Have this mind [attitude] in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5, ASV).
“And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” Exodus 20:19
We do not consciously disobey God, we simply do not heed Him. God has given us His commands; there they are, but we do not pay any attention to them, not because of wilful disobedience but because we do not love and respect Him. "If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments." When once we realize that we have been "disrespecting" God all the time, we are covered with shame and humiliation because we have not heeded Him.
"Speak thou with us…but let not God speak with us." We show how little we love God by preferring to listen to His servants only. We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we do not desire that God Himself should speak to us. Why are we so terrified lest God should speak to us? Because we know that if God does speak, either the thing must be done or we must tell God we will not obey Him. If it is only the servant's voice we hear, we feel it is not imperative, we can say, "Well, that is simply your idea, though I don't deny it is probably God's truth."
Am I putting God in the humiliating position of having treated me as a child of His whilst all the time I have been ignoring Him? When I do hear Him, the humiliation I have put on Him comes back on me - "Lord, why was I so dull and so obstinate?" This is always the result when once we do hear God. The real delight of hearing Him is tempered with shame in having been so long in hearing Him.
Jesus tells each of us not to fear the things of this life.. yet life and living is one of the most fearful experiences, and few would likely engage in this life from mere choice.
The responsibilities in life are crushing -its circumstances can be momentous – its risks are terrifying – its issues can be traumatic.. its relationships can be painful. The facts and realities of life can cause the stoutest heart to shrink back in horror. The Preacher observed that the dead and unborn are better off than the living.
Yes … life means a liability to pain and sorrow – to weariness and grief. To millions their life-story is one of pain and toil – hunger, hurt, crushing burdens. Job reminds us: man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Life ushers in poverty and its accompanying handmaidens – hunger; squalor; cold; nakedness; ruin; contempt; bondage; travail.
To multitudes life is a slog and slavery – as fraud and failures envelop life’s journey. Job also cried:- Let the day perish wherein I was born.. and a man-child conceived. Life similarly is accompanied by loneliness, rejection and failed friendships.. and as life slips past we discover ourselves in a world of strangers, bereft of love.
And Life is awash with temptations as trials pour though the floodgates of time. And sin, and the eternal ruin of our race, can cause man and woman to despair of life. Job further distresses:- would to God that I had never been born. To believer and heathen alike – it can appear that life is an unwanted gift. To both saint and sinner, God appears impotent, uncaring and incapable of help! But the Lord knows all these things and He understands our cares and concerns.. yet how is it that He can so confidently proclaim, Fear not – fear not this life?
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Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in You.
Cast your burdens on the LORD, and He shall sustain you, He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Grace to you and peace from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come. Grace to you and peace from the seven Spirits Who are before His throne. Grace to you and peace from Jesus Christ….
You are a precious child of God. He has promised to guard your heart.. and to keep you in restfulness and perfect serenity of mind, despite the cruel accusers vicious assaults, and despite his malicious attempts to rob you of your peaceful inheritance. Saints down through the ages have been promised this blessing of perfect peace and His faithfulness to perform stands fast today as it did in days long gone. He gives His beloved His peace and His rest and He will give you rest and peace.
His perfect peace is suited for all occasions. His precious tranquillity is embraced in life’s most difficult circumstances. His cherished calm is adequate for all the stresses and strains, that weight so heavily on your heart.
He not only bestows on us peace WITH God as we nestle in His forgiveness, that glorious ‘new birth’ peace with God the Father….and endows us with the peace OF God, which protects and guards our hearts and minds… but also by His grace He lavishly supplies us with His OWN peace… the peace of God that surpasses understanding – the peace of Jesus…. My peace I give you. My peace I leave with you. Rest under the shadow of His wings. Lie at His feet, like Ruth, and cover yourself with His robe