"I have heard the taunting of Moab And the revilings of the sons of Ammon, With which they have taunted My people And become arrogant against their territory.Zephaniah 2:8(NASB)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 NLT)
Some people seem to think that spirituality is some kind of mystical or mythical "something" – that spirituality is something remote from reality, a kind of frame of mind. Well, spirituality is certainly not a frame of mind in the first place. We speak of a calm and heavenly frame... and there may be something of this kind as a fruit of it... but spirituality is not a nebulous, mystical, or abstract thing. Spirituality is the most practical thing.
When men or women are called by God into some piece of Divine ministry and, in the face of the demand, are conscious to the last degree that they have no ability, no resource, no power to fulfill that ministry, that in themselves the thing is utterly impossible, that for them to attempt to do it would be the utmost folly and absurdity – when in such circumstances they recognize that they have a living Christ in whom are resources more than enough to meet that demand... and by faith lay hold of Him and go forward in the ministry with that consciousness... that is spirituality; and that is practical, tremendously practical. The issues prove that it is practical. It is in that way that heavenly things are done.
There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. § I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.
In my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.” … You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried out to You, O Lord; and to the Lord I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”
“For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer. § Sorrow will be turned into joy. § Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? § Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
Dead in trespasses and sins … by nature children of wrath, just as the others. § I am carnal, sold under sin … What I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do … For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells.
Through one man sin entered the world … by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners. § If by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love" (1 Thess. 1:3).
The Cross cost God all that He had, for us. That same Cross will cost us all that we are, for Him, for growth, for others. "For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you" (2 Cor. 4:11, 12).
"Devotion, utter devotion, to God's purpose concerning His people, is going to make the uttermost demand upon any servant of God. It is going to test and find out our spirit of service. And if we are going to be used of God in this utter way, it is going to bring us to the point where we have nothing left to fall back upon, either of personal interest, position, or blessing: it is simply a matter of God, and God only! If God does not do it, we are finished. We have no alternative; we have no second line; we are in this matter of the Lord's purpose to the last drop of blood. The purpose of God in His people will demand that. It is no use - we cannot have any alternatives; we cannot have a second course: it is everything or nothing." -T. A-S.
"There are those who would be more useful in the Lord's work if only they were more devoted. They are absorbed in something else, and this not only distracts them from their work, but when they do set themselves to it, there is not that maturity, that finished condition of soul, that knowledge of hearts, and of the way in which the Word suits itself to their needs, which gives lasting value to ministry." -J.N.D.
"They loved not their lives unto the death" (Rev. 12.11).
“Rise, let us be going.” Matthew 26:46
The disciples went to sleep when they should have kept awake, and when they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of the irreparable is apt to make us despair, and we say - "It is all up now, it is no use trying any more." If we imagine that this kind of despair is exceptional, we are mistaken, it is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize that we have not done that which we had a magnificent opportunity of doing, then we are apt to sink into despair; and Jesus Christ comes and says - "Sleep on now, that opportunity is lost for ever, you cannot alter it, but arise and go to the next thing." Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ, and go out into the irresistible future with Him.
There are experiences like this in each of our lives. We are in despair, the despair that comes from actualities, and we cannot lift ourselves out of it. The disciples in this instance had done a downright unforgivable thing; they had gone to sleep instead of watching with Jesus, but He came with a spiritual initiative against their despair and said - "Arise and do the next thing." If we are inspired of God, what is the next thing? To trust Him absolutely and to to pray on the ground of His Redemption.
Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.
Bless the Lord O my soul… and forget not all his benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth my life. Who crowns thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; Who renews my youth like the eagle’s.
I have the fullest and most complete assurance that God will supply all that I need. He will provide all my needs, in Christ – according to His great goodness. How can I be so sure and how can I say this with such assurance and such authority? Because God’s Word is true. God’s word has never failed in the past, God’s word has never failed in the present and God’s word will never fail in the future, for He is faithful and true.
A benefactor is one that supplies the means for a genius to do his work unhindered and a musician, master or artist is thus enabled to concentrate on his creativity. A virtuoso is equipped to centre unhindered on his inspirational work until the final stroke of the magnificent masterpiece is concluded. Like the musician, the master, the artist or the virtuoso we too have a heavenly Benefactor, and like them we too can be inspired to carry out the work He has for us to do. But God will equip us, in Christ, to do the particular work He has given us to do… so that the work and service He has prepared for us, will be well-pleasing to Him.
God is indeed the Benefactor of each of His own dear ones, and by means of His indwelling Spirit we too are enabled to carry out His plans and purposes. Oh yes, He has promised to provide all our earthly needs according to His riches in glory – indeed David so poetically pointed out – “I have been young, and now am old, and yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread”. Psa.37:25
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Why are you fearful Oh you of little faith? Matthew 8:26
Oh Lord, I believe – help my unbelief! Mark 9:24
I have not found such great faith – not even in Israel… Luke7:9
Oh woman, great is your faith. Let it be to you as you desire… Matthew 15:28
I sought Him but I could not find Him.. I called Him but He gave me no answer.. Song of Solomon 5:6
Christian, examine yourself to see if you be in the faith, for without faith it is impossible to please God. And remember, the Lord in His grace has dealt each one a measure of faith.
Faith, Beloved – Patiently Trust!
But faith is tried in the furnace of affliction, and deep faith is furthermore strained, as increasing pressure bears down. And as faith is tried, so faith is purified. And as faith is purified, so faith increases – and as as faith increases, so faith is tried again. Tried, and refined, and tried again. Tried, and refined and tried yet again – tried to the extremities of endurance.
Purified faith is often tried through the anguish of long delays. Deepening faith often hears the deafening clang of a silent reply. He sometimes permits our hammering on the golden gate of heaven,which remain shut fast – unmoving; unyielding; firmly closed, as though rusted upon their hinges. The Lord often suffers the cries of His precious ones, to echo and reecho in their ears – reverberating as from a brazen sky. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, after I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? Genesis.18:12
Faith Sarah – Patiently Trust
The brightness of the sun, is shrouded as by a thick cloud. The refreshing stream, is replaced by the dust of a parched earth. The true saints continues long in prayer. They wait and wait, with no reply. A shrouded blanket thickly hanging over a tear-stained visage. How long, the praying saint cries out in anguish. How long do you hide yourread more