But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.2 Thessalonians 3:3(NASB)
To you who believe, He is precious. (1 Peter 2:7)
If you or I claim to have more light, more revelation – God forbid that we should ever make claims like that! – but if we should think that it is so, the proof of the value is – do people see more of Christ in us than others? For God never moves beyond His Son, He never moves to theories or teaching or doctrine or things that we call revelations. He only keeps within the compass of His living Son in manifestation.... Let us ask the Lord to create in us a passionate ambition to express the Lord Jesus more than anything else. Not to preach great truths, to be preachers, teachers, or anything like that as such, but to express the Lord Jesus, that out of Himself, His own presence, His own measure, His own nature, our opportunities for preaching, if we are going to preach at all, will come, not because we can talk, but because it is known that we have something of the Lord.
Do not let us live too much in the upper stories of the house of God. The house of God is one, and it has a basement and it has a kitchen. We do not want to always live up on the top flat, so heavenly, so spiritual, so abstract, so high up in truth that the practical things of the kitchen are left unattended to. What would you say if you went into a house and were taken upstairs and shown a very glorious, wonderfully adorned upper flat, and then somehow you managed to get down to the kitchen and found the most awful filthy mess, out of all consistency with what you found upstairs? You’d say, “There is something wrong here, this does not tally.” There is the kitchen aspect of the spiritual life: all those practical, everyday, humdrum things where the beauty of the Lord must be seen, just as much as up there in the heavenlies in Christ. Do not let us live exclusively up there. We must live down here. That is what the Word of God does. That is what Paul did in his Ephesian letter. He wrote half of it about the heavenlies, then, without breaking it into chapters, he went straight on with his letter: “I... beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called,” and then – husbands, wives, children, parents, masters, mistresses, servants – that is coming down to the kitchen, bringing the glory of heaven with you. It is a very important side of things. Precious things must be found down here. “As in heaven, so on earth.”
Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation. § The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Two things I request of You (deprive me not before I die): remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches– feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. § I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible. § He who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. § The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations.
They had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” § Be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who … made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men … Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord" (2 Pet. 1:2).
We cannot too highly value and appreciate heart-hunger for the Word. It is of the Spirit of Truth. We may have been born again without knowing much of the Bible, but we certainly are not going to grow to any extent apart from a careful and persistent study of the Word of God. Yes, the maturing believer is a Spirit-dependent student of the Scriptures, "whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature" (2 Pet. 1.4).
"Christian progress is not a question of attaining to some abstract standard, or of pressing through to some far-off goal. It is wholly a question of seeing God's standard in God's Word. You advance spiritually by finding out what you really are (in Christ), not by trying to become what you hope to be. That goal you will never reach, however earnestly you may strive.
"It is when you see you are dead unto sin that you die to it (daily); it is when you see you are risen that you arise; it is when you see you are a new creation' in Him that you (progressively) grow. Seeing the accomplished fact in the Word determines the pathway to the realizing of that fact. The end is reached by seeing, not by desiring or working. The only possibility of spiritual progress lies in our discovering the truth as God sees it; the truth concerning Christ, the truth concerning ourselves in Christ." -W.N.
"Come and see the works of God" (Ps. 66:5).
“Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16
Beware of stopping your ears to the call of God. Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact; but that is not the call to preach, it is merely an illustration in preaching. Paul is referring to the pangs produced in him by the constraint to preach the Gospel. Never apply what Paul says in this connection to souls coming in contact with God for salvation. There is nothing easier than getting saved because it is God's sovereign work - Come unto Me and I will save you. Our Lord never lays down the conditions of discipleship as the conditions of salvation. We are condemned to salvation through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Discipleship has an option with it - "IF any man. . . '
Paul's words have to do with being made a servant of Jesus Christ, and our permission is never asked as to what we will do or where we will go. God makes us broken bread and poured-out wine to please Himself. To be "separated unto the gospel" means to hear the call of God; and when a man begins to overhear that call, then begins agony that is worthy of the name. Every ambition is nipped in the bud, every desire of life is quenched, every outlook completely extinguished and blotted out, saving one thing only - "separated unto the gospel." Woe be to the soul who tries to put his foot in any other direction when once that call has come to him. This College exists for you, and you - to see whether God has a man or woman here who cares about proclaiming His Gospel; to see whether God grips you. And be ware of competitors when God does grip you.
Will you also annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me so that you can be righteous?
After an unspecified length of time and a great deal of God-searching questions, the final words of the Lord to Job, summed up God’s astonishing soliloquy…The Lord beholdeth all high things. He is a king over all the children of pride. Job 41:34. Job trusted and held to the truth of the Lord that he knew, and Job spoke rightly of God. Job upheld his correct understanding of the Lord, but it wasn’t fully complete. Job held the rough, ‘uncut diamond’ of God’s truth and understanding in his heart – but it took much time and heart-searching for its full-cut brilliance to be revealed.
The ‘uncut jewel’ of God’s Word is the possession of all God’s children – as with Job, but it must be expertly cut into different facets and faces, to reveal its hidden beauty. It must be cut and polished and become more complex, to display its deeper truth. It is still the same Word of Truth, but skilfully managed by the Spirit of Truth. God is willing to reveal the Word’s deep brilliance to all His children – as with Job. Truth laid bare by the Master Jeweller – if you are willing to patiently endure it. Acceptance of the truth in its simplest form leaves much to be learned. Unless you permit the Spirit to develop the simple truth through circumstances – you will one day realise that your initial understanding of God is limited– and you will one day discover your relationship with the Lord is insufficient.
Faith does indeed come by hearing, and hearing by the Word of truth.. but trust can remain in infancy for years, even decades, if not allowed to develop. Faith grows by experience. Faith grows by your own “Job Experience – as it did in the life of Job. Job held to his initial truth about God, but was willing to learn theread more
Wait on the Lord…….and He shall strengthen thine heart.
They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.
In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.
How often we are brought face to face with our own weakness. How often do we reach the extremity of our own inability. How often, through the stresses and strains of the day… through the monotony of our daily rounds.. through the spiritual conflicts that encircle us every hour.. through demands made by others on our wisdom and patience.. through demands made on our own long-suffering and gentleness – how often are we made aware of our own frailty of nature?
Which of us do not faint and who is never weary? Which of us does not understand the ways of God? Which of us has not prayed to a closed heaven of brass or heard nothing but the clamour of God’s silence?
Sickness calls for a doctor…
Hunger commands food…
Thirst demands water….
Weakness bids us cast our burden upon the Lord.
We do not seek renewal of human strength, but a divine strength and wisdom that He alone imparts. We seek the Mighty God Who fainteth not, neither is weary. We look for the Everlasting Father, Whose understanding is infinite. We long for the Wonderful Counsellor, Who heals all hurts. We ache for the Prince of Peace, that brings rest to our thirsty souls.
His strength is enough for the infinite demands that are made of Him, and His grace is sufficient for the few demands He asks of us. We must not be careless in seeking His grace and His strength. We must not be discouraged when His answer is delayed. We must WAIT – even though heaven itself seems closed to our calls. Time is required – our times are in His hands. Quietness of spirit is needed.. for in quietness and in confidence is my strength.
Are you trying to put forth more than you are receiving? Is your output greater than yourread more