"I have heard the taunting of Moab And the revilings of the sons of Ammon, With which they have taunted My people And become arrogant against their territory.Zephaniah 2:8(NASB)
...That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You. (John 17:21)
What, then, is union with Christ? It is union with Him as the new creation, as the new creation Man; union with Him in the Life which is the life of the new creation by the Spirit of Life. What is the meaning of that union? It is that only by such union can God's works be done. What governed Him in relation to the Father governs us. Nothing can be done except on the ground of this union. It is not a matter of action, or of undertakings for God, however well intentioned. What we see as seeming necessary to be done for the Lord's glory is not the criterion of service. Many things are embarked upon by the mere simple, though honest and sincere, judgments of the heart, when confronted by what is judged as something to be done for God, something needing to be done. A tragic situation, for example, calls for action; we have the means to meet that situation, and so we embark upon it for the Lord. A vast variety of undertakings have been embarked upon in that way, from that basis, and the Lord Jesus in this chapter says, "No! Not so!" He is not governed by the apparent demand of a situation. He is not governed by the impact of things upon Himself, as calling for an undertaking.
With Him it is a question of what God is doing, and doing just at that particular time. With one object, God does different things at different times, and has a different emphasis from time to time, and those who are really in union with Christ have to be governed by that which Christ at that particular time is Himself undertaking, is giving Himself to: "...what things soever He doeth these the Son also doeth in like manner." It is a matter of what God is doing, and life-union with Him in Christ for the accomplishment of that.
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. § You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand … The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. § I, the Lord, keep it, I water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I keep it night and day.
Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me … While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept.
The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. § We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses. § It was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. § Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
How He loved him! § He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator" (1 Pet. 4:19).
Initially, all we are able to trust God for is our justification. During this stage we are usually satisfied to remain spectators in the battle of life. Later, when we know Him better and are thereby able to trust Him more fully, we become willing to let our Father take us down into the arena and make us participators. "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier" (2 Tim. 2:4).
"If you would know victory you must have conflict; it is ridiculous to talk about having a victorious life when you have never been in conflict. You must be prepared to enter the arena with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and He will give you lessons day by day. No one can enjoy freedom without paying the price, even in the ordinary values of life. If you would know what it is to triumph, you must certainly pass through tribulation. If you want patience, then it is tribulation; if you want victory there must be conflict."
"Does Paul regret the thorn in the flesh that drew forth words that have comforted countless millions? Do the men for whom the winds were contrary wish they had been spared the storm that brought their Lord to them, walking on the sea, and caused Him to speak that immortal It is I; be not afraid'?"
"The things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel" (Phil. 1:12).
“I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.” Acts 26:19
If we lose the vision, we alone are responsible, and the way we lose the vision is by spiritual leakage. If we do not run our belief about God into practical issues, it is all up with the vision God has given. The only way to be obedient to the heavenly vision is to give our utmost for God's highest, and this can only be done by continually and resolutely recalling the vision. The test is the sixty seconds of every minute, and the sixty minutes of every hour, not our time of prayer and devotional meetings.
"Though it tarry, wait for it." We cannot attain to a vision, we must live in the inspiration of it until it accomplishes itself. We get so practical that we forget the vision. At the beginning we saw it but did not wait for it; we rushed off into practical work, and when the vision was fulfilled, we did not see it. Waiting for the vision that tarries is the test of our loyalty to God. It is at the peril of our soul's welfare that we get caught up in practical work and miss the fulfilment of the vision.
Watch God's cyclones. The only way God sows His saints is by His whirlwind. Are you going to prove an empty pod? It will depend on whether or not you are actually living in the light of what you have seen. Let God fling you out, and do not go until He does. If you select your own spot, you will prove an empty pod. If God sows you, you will bring forth fruit.
It is essential to practice the walk for our feet in the light of the vision.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD
True wisdom and childlike understanding is a precious gift of God – not the wisdom of this world.. for that is like sounding brass and tinkling cymbals. The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God, but the wisdom of the wise is a tree of life and a flowing river. We read in Ecclesiastes 2:26 that God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight, and a man’s wisdom makes his face shine – the sternness of his face is changed.
We all know the lovely occasion when wisdom was granted to the young king Solomon. Oh but how I love the wisdom that was granted..to another man.. wisdom that was given to the young craftsman, Bezalel. We read about him in Exodus 31 – I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship. Bezalel was to design the Tabernacle’s artistic works, in gold, in silver, in bronze… in cutting jewels for setting and in carving wood.
Wisdom does not only come in words from God but in works of God, for all your work carried out in the Spirit of God – is the wisdom of God in you. Godly wisdom and reason is closely allied to humility and child-likeness. A willingness to learn and a childlike faith and trust in the steadfastness of God. Many humble people are wise and many learned people are foolish.. but the one with wisdom has a God-ward vision and is the one that looks to Jesus. The man with wise understanding relies on God’s Spirit as corrector and guide.
But what is the purpose if your desire and prayer for wisdom? Is it to demonstrate what aread more
Be holy, for I am holy
1 Peter 1:16
In 1Peter 1:16 we read Be holy, for I am holy and in John.17:17,19 Jesus prays: Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. For their sake I consecrate Myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. And in 1Thessalonians 5:23, Paul prays: Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our holiness is our being set apart by God. Set apart to God.. Set apart for His own possession, Set apart for His own glory. We are intentionally sanctified at the point where we are born from above. We were justified in Jesus the moment we believed and trusted Him as Saviour and Lord.
We are made righteousness in the sight of God, through Christ. We were taken from a position in Adam to being placed in Christ. We are removed from being part of the world to being part of Christ’s body. We are different from the world.. a separated people – children of God. We are positioned in Christ and seated together with Him in heavenly places. We are holy unto the Lord.
Our Motto is, “Holiness to the Lord.” His life is to be seen in every part of our new life in Him. But we also begin the process of holiness, by being practically sanctified. A process of daily living out intentional sanctification..by means of living a life of practical sanctification. A process where the new life in Christ is lived out as Christ’s life in us.
All believers enjoy a wonderful justified new life in Christ, but not all believers yield to the beautiful sanctified Christ life, in you – the life of Christ which is daily, being formed in you. You are on this sanctification journey through life.. a voyage from this world to the next.. a pilgrimage to be taken one step at aread more