And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2(NASB)
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25 ESV)
That which is called Christianity is essentially a spiritual thing, it is not an earthly order or system, and every fragment of it has to be entered into by a spiritual way, by the way of Life and Revelation. There is all the difference between imitation and Life. Oh, what a difference there is between seeing a thing in an objective way and coming into it in Life! It is just there that the wonder, the glory, the vitality, the energy, the power of things is found. You have perhaps talked for years about things in the Word of God, as in the Word of God, and you believed them and gave them out as truth, and after doing that for years suddenly you saw what they meant, and the whole thing came in another way. And your talking, and preaching, and believing before was quite true, quite right, correct as to doctrine, but what effect had it on you? Now that it has broken like this it is transfiguring, and has brought real joy and delight, life and ecstasy. This is what we mean by entering into things by Life and by Revelation. In other words, it is coming into things by the Spirit and seeing.... If we become spiritual in this sense, if the Holy Spirit is the commanding reality in our life, and we are walking by the Spirit, we are bound inevitably to come into all God's thought. The Lord wants a people to come into His full thought. It is only possible as they cease to be governed by some outward order of things, and learn what it is to move with God in the Holy Spirit.
After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, “Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.” His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? § The Lord has sworn and will not relent.
God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. § Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. § He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. § All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us" (2 Cor. 7:6).
All of us are going to have sorrow, and none of us should miss its spiritual benefits. "Godly sorrow worketh repentance...while the sorrow of the world worketh death (2 Cor. 7:10).
"God's purpose is to conform us to the image of the Lord Jesus. God had one Son, without sin, but not without sorrow." -A.S.
"Sorrow reveals unknown depths in the soul, and unknown capabilities of experience and service. God never uses anybody to a large degree, until after He breaks that one. It takes sorrow to widen the soul."
"We cannot do good to others save at a cost to ourselves, and our afflictions are the price we pay for our ability to sympathize. He who would be a helper must first be a sufferer. Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God' (2 Cor. 1:4). We cannot have the highest happiness of life in succoring others without tasting the cup which our Lord Jesus drank. The school of suffering graduates rare scholars."
"Well, it is but a little while and He will appear to answer all enquiries and to wipe away all tears. I would not wish, then, to be of those who had none to wipe away, would you?" -J.H.T.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes" (Rev. 7:17)
“Come up hither, and I will shew thee things.” Revelation 4:1
An elevated mood can only come out of an elevated habit of personal character. If in the externals of your life you live up to the highest you know, God will continually say - "Friend, go up higher." The golden rule in temptation is - Go higher. When you get higher, you face other temptations and characteristics. Satan uses the strategy of elevation in temptation, and God uses the same, but the effect is different. When the devil puts you into an elevated place, he makes you screw your idea of holiness beyond what flesh and blood could ever hear, it is a spiritual acrobatic performance, you are just poised and dare not move; but when God elevates you by His grace into the heavenly places, instead of finding a pinnacle to cling to, you find a great table-land where it is easy to move.
Compare this week in your spiritual history with the same week last year and see how God has called you higher. We have all been brought to see from a higher standpoint. Never let God give you one point of truth which you do not instantly live up to. Always work it out, keep in the light of it.
Growth in grace is measured not by the fact that we have not gone back, but that you have an in sight into where you are spiritually; you have heard God say "Come up higher," not to you personally, but to the insight of your character.
"Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?" God has to hide from us what He does until by personal character we get to the place where He can reveal it.
Our acceptance by God has no conditions. Our acceptance by God is unconditional. If this truth is not good enough for you, then you will never live victoriously, This truth was planed by God in eternity past and this fact was accomplished by the Son of God and is a forever given promise. So… I hear you ask – what does that verse in Romans mean? There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit? As always: Scripture alone provides the answers to all and every quandary and Paul tells what to do – walk in spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
And throughout his epistles, he gives countless instructions for a spiritual life. Throughout Paul’s writings, he instructs us how to live our life as God desires… to walk in the spirit: to live in the spirit: to pray in the spirit – and we are told that when we walk in spirit and truth we will bear the fruit of the Spirit. Ahhhhh they say… what of the one that walks and lives and prays in the flesh? Hmmm, they say… how does such one return to the sphere of the spirit? Well Paul again comes to the rescue and tells us what to do…. judge yourself. Scripture is always is it's own, best interpreter – because scripture is the Word of God.
Judge Yourself – Examine yourselves, to see whether ye be in the faith. Check your life to see if you are living by God’s standards or your own. Are you living and walking and praying in the spirit or in the flesh? Examine yourself, to be restored from the realm of the flesh into the sphere of the spirit – for if we would judge ourselves,read more
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6. And in Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. While Proverbs 12:11 tells us that::here is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing – and a gentle answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
The eyes are often considered as mirrors that reflects the depth of the soul, but words are the instrument that reveals the very spirit of a man – for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A heart that is filled with gracious love is likely to pour forth a healing foundation of gracious words. Speech can be seen like a valve on a geezer, which can be turned one way or another – where the external reading reveals the internal temperature. What streams out of the mouth can reveal a bright or a clouded heart. What pours forth from the lips can declare the inner atmosphere of the soul.
The sweet psalmist sang in Psalm 41, set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth. And this man after God’s own heart continued: keep watch over the door of my lips – for it is by the words of our mouths that the thoughts of the heart are judged. But how precious is that proper, timely word in due season.. that uplifting message of comfort; that encouraging word of praise; that heart-warming expression of commendation – that quiet voice which consoles the hurting or gently checks the fault. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Col.4:6
Purity of speech drops like sparkling dew onto a parched and thirsty land. It blessesread more