Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD.Genesis 12:8(NASB)
We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:9)
You know that those who are not the Lord’s people are not alive to the fact that they are dead. Death is not the great reality to them until they come to their body dying. But in the ordinary life when things are going on and there is health and provision, death is no reality to them. But death is brought home to the child of God. Immediately we get into God’s hands this thing begins to be brought home to us – that we are not much good, we cannot stand up to things, we cannot go through. Our natural life and resources do not count here. The course of a true Christian life in the hands of God is that of being more and more brought to the experience of helplessness. Is that not true? Yes, of helplessness, of impossibility of everything. Do not think things have gone wrong if that is becoming your consciousness. You may take it that you are in an immature spiritual stage if you have not come to that realization that in the realm into which you have been introduced in your relationship with God, you have no resource. You are as a dead man. The death fact is brought home to you, is made real.
Ah, but on the other side, resurrection is taking a certain form over against that. With that background and with that basis, more and more the child of God is being brought into the position where he or she has to say: "This was the Lord, it is the Lord; I cannot account for that, I am not the one who accounts for that, it is all of God," and you know quite well that resurrection is all of God. You can go a long way in many clever things and inventions, but you have not got as far as raising the dead yet. That is God’s prerogative. It is only God’s prerogative. And so in the hands of God the child of God is being brought progressively more and more, and still more, to the place where they have to say, "It is of God, it is all of God" and that is the testimony coming out. The Lord did that, the Lord is doing this. Is that not in Israel’s history in the wilderness? See how again and again they were brought to an end, which did seem to be an end... nothing beyond this, and then they had to come out with a new song – The Lord did it! It is victory over death, it is the power of resurrection Life.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. § Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. § I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.
A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. § For so He gives His beloved sleep.
They stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. § Absent from the body . . . present with the Lord.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him" (Ps. 37:7).
In times of crisis, we are prone to question His care; in times of calm, we tend to forget our need of His care.
"Don't look at earthly difficulties. Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not. . . therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me' (1 Sam. 13:11, 12). It is fatal to look around and at consequences, especially in times of crisis, for it will be impossible to be still, and wait God's time for deliverance. Jesus came to them in the fourth watch of the night (Matt. 14:25). It is always His way. God is never behind time! However dark the path may be, wait; do not go before Him, don't force yourself, like Saul. The crisis demands action,' we say! Nay, dwell in stillness and wait for clearness' - wait until you are sure of the will of God, and leave the Philistines' to Him." -T. A-S.
"Victory comes through the reckoning of faith and not through struggling and striving. But,' it may be asked, are we not exhorted to fight the good fight'? Yes, that is so, but you must please finish the text, Fight the good fight of faith,' and faith never struggles for victory. Faith stands in victory."
"The unbelieving heart looks at the circumstances, and leaves God out. Faith, on the contrary, looks only at God, and leaves circumstances out. Faith delights in man's extremity, simply because it is God's opportunity. It delights in being shut up' to God - in having the platform thoroughly cleared of the creature, in order that God may display His glory."
"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him" (Ps. 62:5).
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10
Tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire. Tenacity is more than hanging on, which may be but the weakness of being too afraid to fall off. Tenacity is the supreme effort of a man refusing to believe that his hero is going to be conquered. The greatest fear a man has is not that he will be damned, but that Jesus Christ will be worsted, and the things He stood for - love and justice and forgiveness and kindness among men - will not win out in the end; the things He stands for look like will-o'-the-wisps. Then comes the call to spiritual tenacity, not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately on the certainty that God is not going to be worsted.
If our hopes are being disappointed just now, it means that they are being purified. There is nothing noble the human mind has ever hoped for or dreamed of that will not be fulfilled. One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God. Jesus said, "because thou hast kept the word of my patience."
Sirs, what must I do to be SAVED? And they said, BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ – and thou shalt be saved.
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.
God so loved the world that when man sinned He put into effect the plan of salvation, that He had purposed before the world was created. God did not love the world system that is currently under Satan’s rule for Jesus plainly tells us, My kingdom is not of this world… It was man for whom God set about implementing His glorious plan of Salvation.
It was man – sin-ridden, rebellious human-kind that God loved so much. It was mutinous man who desired to be as God – fallen man who was riddled through with rebellion, and sin-sick to the core, that God loved so deeply, that He sent His Son to die for our sins. God loved man.. and that love was so deep and compassionate – so all-embracing that He sent His Son to die as the sacrifice for sin, so that man might live. And the only thing that is required of man is to believe…. believe on Jesus – believe that He died and was buried and rose the third day to pay the price for our sin.
There is only one place in scripture where the question is actually asked, What must I do to be saved..? and the answer is given clearly and simply: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. The spirit of man which was born dead in trespasses and sins is saved simply by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as our sacrifice for sin. But our initial salvation (our salvation of the spirit) is of course the first step on a life journey for the salvation of the soul of man – for once we have been eternally saved we are told by Paul in Philippians 2:12, that we must work outread more
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is there whom a father does not chasten” But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
How easy it is for us to misrepresent the Christian life. How easy to imply that life is filled with joy with no place for sorrow. How easy to sing, Through the day of joy and sunshine, rather than, Through the night of doubt and sorrow.. but sorrow is the indispensable lot of the believer, and pain is the essential ingredient of the child of God.
The process of sorrow and pain and disappointments and grievings, effects the sanctifying, sweetening, ennobling grace upon grace upon grace. Grace that transforms us body, soul and spirit into His likeness: That you may be wholly sanctified. 1Thes.5:23. The purposes of Christian suffering are manifold. The process of Christian suffering is the refining of the soul. The product of Christian suffering is a likeness to Jesus:- that Christ be formed in you.. that Christ be formed in me.
If the understanding love of the Lord is to be shed abroad through your mean life.. if you long for patience of spirit and humility of heart, you must needs be tried in the fires of suffering. If you desire to be fruitful.. to bestow on others His gentleness and grace; His compassion and mercy; His long-suffering and goodness; His love.. you must learn through tribulation and trial – you must learn through pressures of circumstances.
But the purposes of your suffering and the process of your refining, reach ever upward and ever higher.. from fruit to more fruit to much fruit, until purity of heart and godly righteousness become the inner clothing of your heart – and the outward garment of your being. And still the firesread more