"You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.Daniel 2:34(NASB)
The Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name....” (Acts 9:15 ESV)
The Lord must have an instrument, a Daniel instrument, whether personal or collective, that moves towards God for His testimony. He must have a Nehemiah with a heartache over the people because of the breakdown of the testimony. He must have an Ezra who is not for a moment compromising with anything contrary to the mind of God. He must have the Esther instrument who flings fear to the winds, and goes, taking life in hand, to besiege the throne for the life of her people, for the deliverance of the people of God from the threat of the enemy. Oh! What those prayers wrought! And, beloved, the burden of the Lord must come on our heart in like manner if we are to be effective instruments for the Lord in His end-time activities; we must be exercised in a very deep way with the interests of God. We must hold back nothing that will count for the Lord and His interests. You would be surprised how the Lord would come through if you gave Him a chance.
The whole thing begins with a recognition of the need, and the burden of these things upon our hearts. When we are really in it by the urge of the Holy Spirit, the common features found in the Old Testament instruments will be found inwrought in us; and we shall be found an abandoned people unto this ONE THING – the Lord's burden and heart concern for His testimony in His people.
He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life. § I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Because I live, you will live also. § I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God … For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
The grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many … The free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
You were set free from the tyranny of Sin" (Rom. 6:18, Wey.).
There are two extremes that keep many of us in bondage. The one is ignorance as to the possibility of freedom; the other, ignorance as to the extent of freedom. Careful attendance to the facts of the Word will solve both these crippling conditions.
"The New Testament teaches that the flesh is representatively dead in virtue of the Cross, but it nowhere says it will become actually dead by standing on that fact. What it does say is that, when reckoning the fact true, self will lose its governing power over me. In Romans Six we find that through the death of Christ, sin shall not have dominion over you - the idea is of bondage, ruling, governing, dominating. There is no such view presented as the annihilation of the thing, the exclusion of its presence, but the loss of its governing power. So you see if we are looking for the actual death of the old nature in us, we are looking for something that will never come to pass in this life." -N.D.
"Our Lord has never promised that we shall be able to look within, and say that self is gone. Whilst we really believe God's Word that we have died with Christ unto sin, and count upon Him as the Living One to manifest His life through us, others will see that self is inoperative, whilst we are occupied with Christ."
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free" (Gal. 5:1).
“From whence then hast Thou that living water?” John 4:11
"The well is deep" - and a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman knew! Think of the depths of human nature, of human life, think of the depths of the "wells" in you. Have you been impoverishing the ministry of Jesus so that He can not do anything? Suppose there is a well of fathomless trouble inside your heart, and Jesus comes and says - "Let not your heart be troubled"; and you shrug your shoulders and say, "But, Lord, the well is deep; You cannot draw up quietness and comfort out of it." No, He will bring them down from above. Jesus does not bring anything up from the wells of human nature. We limit the Holy One of Israel by remembering what we have allowed Him to do for us in the past, and by saying, "Of course I cannot expect God to do this thing." The thing that taxes almightiness is the very thing which we as disciples of Jesus ought to believe He will do. We impoverish His ministry the moment we forget He is Almighty; the impoverishment is in us, not in Him. We will come to Jesus as Comforter or as Sympathizer, but we will not come to Him as Almighty.
The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity is because we have no Almighty Christ. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying - "Of course He cannot do any thing," and we struggle down to the deeps and try to get the water for ourselves. Beware of the satisfaction of sinking back and saying - "It can't be done"; you know it can be done if you look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness is deep, but make the effort and look away to Him.
I desire to REASON with God…
I applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom and by REASON of things.
Come now, let us REASON together… says the Lord.
Oh how we delight in logic and reason and analysis and rationality… for reason is to have great powers of thought and a capacity for thinking. Oh! not just aimless thinking, but of thinking a matter right through. Reason is to weigh up an argument.. to have a right judgment.. to balance a situation.. to formulate a hypothesis.. to conceive a probability – to calculate a likely conclusion.
Though it was Jews that desired signs, it was the Greeks who sought after reason, yet God scoffs at the empty logic and purposeless philosophies of this fallen world. He laughs at sinful humanity’s foolish philosophical floundering.. for it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the reasoning of the clever. God has made foolish the reason, the wisdom.. and the philosophies of this world.
The only way to develop right thinking and balanced reasoning is through Him. My reasoning is to be salted with His season and purified through His fires. My own judgments err, unless they are hammered on the anvil of His correction – so how can God challenge us to reason with Him? He continues to tell us in the same verse, “…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.“ Isa.1:18
So, first we must be born again. We we must receive the breath of life, before we travel down the path of life.. so that we are enabled to face the torturous mountain paths of experience.. where we can say with Job, “I desire to reason with God…” Job 13:3. But it is not my reasoning that is of any value as a believer, as Job himselfread more
…..partakers of Christ’s suffering.
1 Peter 4:15
Being a believer in the Lord Jesus is not a popular calling. The true Christian soon discovers his lot is no easy option, for Christ was crucified by the world… and the world loves the Lord of Life no more today than it did 2000 years ago. His pure standards are different and shunned by the masses. His Godly objectives are counter to the self-seeking nature, and despised – despised and rejected of men, and so He became acquainted with grief. While men of the world serve themselves and please their selfish selves. Christ lived only to please God – to do the will of the Father Who sent Him – to heal the brokenhearted and to redeem all who would believe on His Name.
We too are called at such a time as this, to accept this self-same challenge. We too are called to such a place as this, to be despised of the world and rejected. We too are called to come out from among them and be separate. We too are called to obey His commandment, to love deeply and suffer long. Just as Christ obeyed the will of the Father and loved deeply and suffered long. This is the challenge for all who would live godly. This is the task of all who would follow in the footsteps of the Messiah… For all who live godly will suffer persecution.. 2Tim.3:12 and Jesus prayed: the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. John.17:14
Am I a true follower of the Lamb of God – the Son of Man? Examine yourself, beloved, to see if you be in the faith. Am I to accept as the norm a life that is set apart, holy and different. Different from neighbour, work colleague, former associates – even family? Am I to reject all former delights of sight and sound and touch and taste – and fully circumcise ear and eye, heart and lipsread more