"I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords;Ezekiel 38:4(NASB)
Whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. (John 6:35 ESV)
“I am the bread of life” (John 6:35).“I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:14). “I am the true vine” (John 15:1). “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Here is the great I AM saying what He is. And then you notice how frequently He links with that a ‘shall’. The ‘shalls’ of the ‘I am's’ in John’s Gospel are tremendously impressive – not always using the exact words, but in context you will find the same conclusion. But here are some of the ‘shalls’. “I am the bread of life... he that eats this bread shall live for ever” (John 6:58). “I am the light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness” (John 8:12). The link between what He is and ourselves is this, “he that believeth on Me.” What I AM shall become true of him. “He that believeth on Me shall never die” (John 11:26), “...shall not hunger” (John 6:35), shall never wander like sheep without a shepherd, he shall have a governing, controlling reality like a shepherd in his life. “Shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” What I AM shall become true. “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth on Me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever lives and believes on Me shall never die.” What I AM is made good when you believe.
Now it is not what we are. I am dead; He is alive. I can never be other than dead, but He as the Life can become Life in me in my death, if only I believe. I am hungry, spiritually starved; He is Bread, and I need never hunger; although I shall always hunger in myself, yet He will become the Bread to supply me. Think of it! I need never hunger, I am down there in the country, isolated, getting no fellowship, no food; I am away in some place where there is no spiritual bread, and He says, “He that eats Me shall never hunger.” Is it dependent upon where I am, what my situation and circumstances are as to available spiritual meat? No, it is Himself, not a place; it is Himself, not circumstances. But how can it be? – “He that believes.” - SHALL.
God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering. Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. § The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. § Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death.
My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. § He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” § The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. § If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits. § I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey. § The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. § Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. § [Be] filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (2 Pet. 1:3).
It is necessary for our Father to utilize very firm means in order to separate us from the ingrained idea that sanctification is produced by our work, plus His help.
"A superficial acquaintance with God's plan leads to the view that while justification is God's work, by faith in Christ, sanctification is our work, to be performed under the influence of the gratitude we feel for the deliverance we have experienced and by the aid of the Holy Spirit. But the earnest Christian soon finds how little gratitude can supply the power. When he thinks more prayer will bring it, he finds that, indispensable as prayer is, it is not enough. Often the believer struggles hopelessly for years, until he listens to the teaching of the Spirit, as He glorifies Christ again, and reveals Christ, our Sanctification, to be appropriated by faith alone." -A.M.
"Look not upon a life of holiness as a strain and an effort, but as the natural outgrowth of the life of Christ within you. And let ever again a quiet, hopeful, gladsome faith hold itself assured that all you need for a holy life will most assuredly be given you out of the holiness of the Lord Jesus. Thus will you understand and prove what it is to abide in Christ our Sanctification. -A.M.
"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).
“Preach the word.” 2 Timothy 4:2
We are not saved to be "channels only," but to be sons and daughters of God. We are not turned into spiritual mediums, but into spiritual messengers; the message must be part of ourselves. The Son of God was His own message, His words were spirit and life; and as His disciples our lives must be the sacrament of our message. The natural heart will do any amount of serving, but it takes the heart broken by conviction of sin, and baptized by the Holy Ghost, and crumpled into the purpose of God before the life becomes the sacrament of its message.
There is a difference between giving a testimony and preaching. A preacher is one who has realized the call of God and is determined to use his every power to proclaim God's truth. God takes us out of our own ideas for our lives and we are "batter'd to shape and use," as the disciples were after Pentecost. Pentecost did not teach the disciples any thing; it made them the incarnation of what they preached - "Ye shall be witnesses unto Me."
Let God have perfect liberty when you speak. Before God's message can liberate other souls, the liberation must be real in you. Gather your material, and set it alight when you speak.
These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, so that your joy might be full.
How often is being hip-hip ‘happy’ mistakenly equated with real joy. Something unpleasant enters our portals and we say, I have lost my joy. A friend upsets us and we complain, you have taken away my joy. How often that inner peace is replaced with turmoil; confusion; frustration. All because we exchanged the joy of the Lord with circumstances and people. Joy is not an airy-fairy feeling that rises and falls with my emotional tides. Joy is a steadfast, permanent resident, when we invite the Lord to lead in all things.
In Nehemiah we read that: the joy of the Lord is my strength. The joy of the Lord is my daily strength and stay – but how often the joy that He provides is replaced with failure and defeat. In many places in scripture, joy is expressed is great symphonies of song and we are encouraged to: make a joyful noise – for, my servants shall sing for joy. But deeper and more expressive, spiritual overtones of joy, are also discovered, where Christ demonstrates that: for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross… and He endured the cross so that: no one will take your joy away from you….
And in His approaching moments of acute agony, He reassured His little flock: These things I speak so that they may have My joy in themselves. These astonishing words were spoken at a time of deepest grief and intense loss, but they contained a promise that joy would come in the ‘morning’. Christ establishes here a deep spiritual truth about joy – true joy – inner joy – that even in sorrow, pain, longing, bereavement.. in all things, His joy is secure. His joy remains our strength – as we remain in Him and He in us.
All of me and none of Him,
Part of me and part of Him,
Less of me and more of Him,
None of me and all of Him.
Before I knew the Lord myself,
Before I took His name,
I thought life was so exciting,
That it was just a game.
Myself and none of Jesus,
I couldn’t see my sight was dim,
My thoughts were just of me myself,
Myself and none of Him.
Then I became acquainted,
With this man of Galilee,
He came into my heart that day,
And said these words to me.
“I’d like to live inside you,
Don’t listen to your every whim,”
That day I made Him my partner,
Part of me and part of Him.
Then I began to feel a need,
I was no baby any more,
So just like in the natural,
I threw that bottle out the door.
I wanted more of Jesus,
My spiritual man was much too slim,
So I put away more of my flesh,
Less of me and more of Him.
Then one day my eyes were opened,
I got a vision of the Bible,
I knew no matter what the cost,
That day I would decide.
To take on more of Jesus,
For when He removed the film,
My eyes then saw the Glory,