from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.Ephesians 4:16(NASB)
We, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
We are part of a Body. Many of our sufferings are not on our own account at all. Many of the sufferings of the children of God have nothing whatever to do with their own faults or their own failings. They are suffering in a related way, they are suffering for the Body’s sake, they are entering into the battle; the conflict of this one great testimony. Sometimes it is almost uncanny when the Lord has something in view in relation to His testimony of Life, how for no reason whatsoever, on no account at all, we discover that we are involved and ours is not an isolated experience. All sorts of people all over the place are having the same kind of experience – a terrific sense of pressure, upset, annoyance, anything to frustrate it – is happening all round, testifying that in the spiritual realm, in the realm of the Spirit, there is a fine, sensitive oneness which matters to the Lord, and therefore matters to the enemy.
Do not always take your sufferings as some controversy that the Lord has with you. That is the twist the enemy often gives. Be open to the Lord to be checked up on anything, but do not always take it that the things which are happening to you and causing you trouble and suffering are due to your own failure or wrong. You are involved in something very much more than that.
Inasmuch … as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same.
Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. § In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace. § With His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption… And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. § He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. § He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has He hidden His face from Him; but when He cried to Him, He heard. § Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. § Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on… Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? § Do not be unbelieving, but believing. § Lo, I am with you always.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free" (Rom. 8:2).
The more fully the Lord Jesus controls within, the less we will be influenced by externals. The more we are affected by externals, the less freedom He will have within.
"The Lord Jesus' miracles did not have a character changing effect upon the people who saw them or participated in them. They were but for a testimony to who He was. With all His miracles, in the end the principle of unbelief has not been rooted out of a single individual! Though they saw all that He did, the deep-rooted unbelief was untouched. The amazing thing - even with the disciples themselves - was that they were still capable of deep-seated unbelief. O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe....' He upbraided them with their unbelief....' With all they saw, it did not touch character, it did not touch their nature." -T. A-S.
"As in the apostolic days so now the desire exists for the manifestation of the Spirit in marvelous ways; but a life sober, righteous, holy, lived in the hope of the glory to come, is the more excellent way of the Spirit's manifestation and undeniable proof of His indwelling. The prayer should not be so much for this or that gift, or this or that result, as for Christ Himself to be made manifest to us and through us. The Apostle who was most filled with the Spirit sums all up in that one great word, For to me to live is Christ.'" -W.F.E.
"It is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20).
“God so loved the world that He gave…” John 3:16
Salvation is not merely deliverance from sin, nor the experience of personal holiness; the salvation of God is deliverance out of self entirely into union with Himself. My experimental knowledge of salvation will be along the line of deliverance from sin and of personal holiness; but salvation means the Spirit of God has brought me into touch with God's personality, and I am thrilled with something infinitely greater than myself, I am caught up into the abandonment of God.
To say that we are called to preach holiness or sanctification, is to get into a side eddy. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ. The fact that He saves from sin and makes us holy is part of the effect of the wonderful abandonment of God.
Abandonment never produces the consciousness of its own effort, because the whole life is taken up with the One to Whom we abandon. Beware of talking about abandonment if you know nothing about it, and you will never know anything about it until you have realized that John 3:16 means that God gave Himself absolutely. In our abandonment we give ourselves over to God just as God gave Himself for us, without any calculation. The consequence of abandonment never enters into our outlook because our life is taken up with Him.
It is not how much Faith you have that counts – but in Whom you place your trust. These are wise words my mother taught me as a child – words we all need to heed. We can be discouraged by the tremendously deep faith of a friend or acquaintance. We can think that our meagre faith counts little against certain spiritual giants. Ahhh – but it is not how much Faith that counts but in Whom you place your trust.
There is but one foundation on which true faith can be built.. “Examine yourself,” Paul encourages, “examine yourself to see if you be in the faith…” Faith is the substance of the hope set before us in Christ…. the truth of His Word. Faith is the evidence of things not seen – that is trusting the Word of our faithful God.
Faith stands firm on the Word of our Father.. and accepts His words as fulfilled facts. Faith just believes unquestioningly what God has promised as a realised reality. Faith is firmly anchored on the facts of Scripture. Faith simply believes God. Faith believes His God-breathed Word. Faith trusts in His irreversible Word. Faith accepts God’s promises as truth. Faith takes God at His Word – Faith acts on His inerrant Word.
Faith is the substance of the hope set before us in Christ.. that is the truth of His Word. Faith is the evidence of things not seen.. that is trusting the Word of our faithful God. Faith stands firm on the Word of the Father.. that means that it accepts them as fulfilled facts. Faith just believes unquestioningly what God has promised as a realised reality.
We must be like those ‘great men of faith’ .. who simply accept His Word by faith. We too must ditch the false foundations of impression, logic, probabilities, and fancies. Because.. it is not how much faith that counts, but the One in Whom you place yourread more
Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
Faith believes what God said. Faith has nothing to do with impressions. Faith has nothing to do with inward feelings. Faith has nothing to do with the outward appearances. Faith has nothing to do with miracles, wonders or signs. Faith has nothing to do with probabilities or improbabilities. Faith has nothing to do with humanistic philosophies. Faith has nothing to do with calculations. Faith has nothing to do with speculations.
If you desire to couple any one of these things with faith – it is no longer faith. Faith plus anything extra, however noble is no faith at all..and without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith rests on the naked Word of God. Faith begins and ends with the promises of Christ. When you take Him at His Word you are demonstrating faith..and will find rest for your soul, even when the circumstances surrounding you may scream to the contrary.
God delights to exercise faith in you, just as He did with his servants of old. Moses told the Israelites to “Stand Still”, in Ex.14:13 – but the Egyptians were bearing down on them and they wanted to run. The desert was behind them – where could they flee to? The sea was before – they had nowhere to hide. They could neither go on, nor could they retreat. They were trapped and afraid. They were in the midst of extraordinary difficulties… and their hearts must have been failing in them for fear of what was coming. But Moses told the Israelites to stand still– Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Do not be afraid. Moses told the terrified Israelites… “Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD– which He will accomplish for you today.” Our Lord tells us this very same truth. Stand still, Christian and see the salvation of the Lord.
Despair whispers: “Give up –read more