Verse of the day — 2 Corinthians 2:15

For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

2 Corinthians 2:15(NASB)
Open Windows by T. Austin-Sparks

The Lord's Burden

The Lord said to him, o, 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 out 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 these 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.

Bible verses: Acts 9:15
Morning Daily Light by Samuel Bagster

Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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.

Rom. 6:11;  John 5:24;  Gal. 2:19,20;  John 14:19;  John 10:28–29;  John 10:30;  Col. 3:1, 3
Evening Daily Light by Samuel Bagster

God … gives … liberally and without reproach.

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?

James 1:5;  John 8:10,11;  Rom. 5:15,16;  Eph. 2:4,7;  Rom. 8:32
None but the Hungry Heart by Miles Stanford

Factual Freedom

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).

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

The Impoverished Ministry Of Jesus

“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.

Bible verses: John 4:11
Topics: Jesus Ministry
Devotional Studies by Elizabeth Haworth

God, My Reason (Study In God - All I Need-13)

Study - GOD, All I Need

I desire to REASON with God…
Job 13:3

I applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom and by REASON of things.
Ecclesiastes 7:25

Come now, let us REASON together… says the Lord.
Isaiah 1:18

Capacity to Think!

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.

Empty Reason

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. 1 Corinthians 1:19  God has made foolish the reason, the wisdom.. and the philosophies of this world.

Reason of God

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.   Isaiah 1:18

Mind of Christ

So, first, we must be born again. 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 himself discovered

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Knowing Jesus Devotional by Elizabeth Haworth

Know Me – Reflect ME

  

Strangers and Pilgrims

Dearly beloved, writes Peter: I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul, for you are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Gods, while Jesus Himself implores us  abide in Me. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  That I may know Him.
1 Peter 2:11  John 15:4 Psalm 91:1 Philippians 3:10

Children of the Father

Little children, I am your Father. I am walking beside you and behind you, for I am the Way. This is the way, walk in it. I am with you when you sit, when you stand, when you lie in your bed. I will never leave you nor will I forsake you, for you are Mine.
1 John 2:14 Isaiah 30:21 John 14:6 Isaiah 30:21 John 13:33 Hebrews 13:5

Bought With a Price

You are bought with  a price for I have loved you. I live in you. Your mortal body has become the temple of my Presence.. the abode of the Holy One. Your life is hidden  with My beloved Son. Your life is hid with the Son on My love – in Me. You are Mine.
1 Corinthians 6:20  John 15:9  1 Corinthians 3:16   Colossians 3:3  Isaiah 43:1

Breath of Your Soul

Shut out the distraction of the world.. the lust of the flesh and the pride of life, for I am your life. I am the very breath of your soul. I am your way. I am the only route to My eternal rest.

Secret Place

Learn precious child to shut yourself into the secret place of your being, with Me – for that is my secret place too. There My love will come upon you and overshadow you. There My joy will intercourse with you, to strengthen you. There the Angel of my Presence with encamp around you and I will give you rest.

Holy Union

But how few retire into that inner secret

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