For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you."Ephesians 5:14(NASB)
It pleased God… to reveal His Son in me.
If Christ, the Son of God’s love, is central and supreme in the heart of the believer so much else goes down, it must go down. Controversies with God will divide, but those artificial things, those things resultant from man’s activity and his projecting of himself, insinuating of himself into the interests of God, those things cannot abide where there is an adequate inward revelation of the Lord Jesus; they cannot be. These two things are before us: on the one hand, because we have the revelation of Jesus Christ in our hearts we have a passion for Him; on the other hand, because of the absence of a sufficient revelation of Christ in our hearts we are out for other things which we would say are in His interests, and for Him, but which can never, never satisfy God’s heart. It is the satisfaction of the heart of the Father, which is in view.
Beloved I am speaking about the individual. I am not justified, and you are not justified, in claiming to be a Christian except in the measure in which Christ is manifested in me, in you; and all the ingenuity of hell is out against that. Believers have far more to provoke them to un-Christ-likeness than anyone else in the world. Believers have far more assaults to churn them up and to make them betray Christ than anyone else. Hell is dead set against the revelation of Jesus Christ. Everything begins with this, the revelation of Jesus Christ within.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? § He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. § My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
If God is for us, who can be against us? § The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? § Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. § We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Arise and begin working, and the Lord be with you.
I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished… But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
When all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, … the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying: … “Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm… These stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” § This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. § Witnesses chosen before by God … who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Eph. 5:17).
Prayer to God must come from God. There can be no prayer in the full assurance of faith apart from the known will of God in the matter. "The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know His will" (Acts 22:14).
"I do not think that a petition that misses the mind of God will ever be answered (1 John 5:14). Personally, I feel the need of trusting Him to lead me in prayer as well as in other matters. I find it well to preface prayer not only by meditation but by the definite request that I may be directed into the channels of prayer to which the Holy Spirit is beckoning me (Rom. 8:26, 27)." -J.O.F.
"When we once have the deep, calm assurance of His will in the matter, we put in our claim, just as a child before his father. A simple request and nothing more. No crying, no beseeching, no wrestling. No second asking, either." -J.O.F.
"The Lord may see it needful, for the trial (development) of faith, to seem for a season not to regard our supplications; yet, if we patiently and believingly continue to wait upon Him, it will be manifest in His own time, and way, that we did not call upon Him in vain." -G.M.
"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him" (Ps. 62:5).
“Let us go into Judea. His disciples say unto Him … Goest Thou thither again?” John 11:7-8
I may not understand what Jesus Christ says, but it is dangerous to say that therefore He was mistaken in what He said. It is never right to think that my obedience to a word of God will bring dishonour to Jesus. The only thing that will dishonour Him is not obeying Him. To put my view of His honour in place of what He is plainly impelling me to do is never right, although it may arise from a real desire to prevent Him being put to open shame. I know when the proposition comes from God because of its quiet persistence: When I have to weigh the pros and cons, and doubt and debate comes in, I am bringing in an element that is not of God, and I come to the conclusion that the suggestion was not a right one. Many of us are loyal to our notions of Jesus Christ, but how many of us are loyal to Him? Loyalty to Jesus means I have to step out where I do not see anything (cf. Matt. 14:29); loyalty to my notions means that I clear the ground first by my intelligence. Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.
Are you debating whether to take a step in faith in Jesus or to wait until you can see how to do the thing yourself? Obey Him with glad reckless joy. When He says something and you begin to debate, it is because you have a conception of His honour which is not His honour. Are you loyal to Jesus or loyal to your notion of Him? Are you loyal to what He says, or are you trying to compromise with conceptions which never came from Him? "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it."
There is only one basis of acceptance by God.. and that is “accepted in the Beloved”. Seeking and striving to please God is of no effect to Him. He cannot accept that. His satisfaction rests entirely and only upon His satisfaction in His Son, Jesus Christ. He looks at you and sees Jesus in you.. and is satisfied with you for no other reason, He looks at me and sees Jesus in me.. and accepts me for no other reason. God is fully satisfied and accepts both of us – on behalf of His well-beloved Son – for there is no righteousness in us except that which comes from Him.
This is a two-way process. His satisfaction in us, reflects in our satisfaction too. And it is futile to try to research ways to please God, as there is no way. Once a soul can truly rest in this truth.. he can rest in God’s gracious love and acceptance. But too often much time is wasted, seeking ways to get God’s acceptance.. and peace and joy, and rest of the soul is forfeited, as one labours to find ways to please a God, considered to be unapproachable. But He is approachable – BUT approachable ONLY through Christ, for we are accepted in the Beloved.
One saint of God puts it this way:- “When the Holy Spirit reasons with man, He does not reason from what man is for God, but from what God is to man. Souls reason from what they are in themselves as to whether God can accept them. But He cannot accept you thus; You are looking for righteousness in yourself as a grounds of acceptance with Him. You cannot get peace whilst reasoning this way.”
He continues:- “The Holy Spirit always reasons down from what God is, and this produces a total change in my soul. It is not that I abhor my sins; indeed I may have been walking very well; but it is ‘I abhorread more
God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory, – in Christ Jesus.
So seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Matt.6:33; He who did not spare his own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Rom.8:32 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, all are yours, and you are Christ’s – and Christ is God’s. 1Cor.3:21-23. As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. As poor, yet making many rich. As having nothing, yet possessing all things. 2Cor.6:10. As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with all thing to enjoy. 1Tim.6:17
Oh what marvellous scriptures.”All Things !” “ALL Things ! ! ” “ALL THINGS ! ! !” This superlative little phrase “all things” recurs in Scripture. It is not one thing or some things or many things or most things. He gives us ALL things and it is done for us to richly enjoy. And lest we missed the first and second mention of “ALL” He sprinkles that little word throughout Scripture – in so many precious promises.
What special reassurance this is to you as it is to me! What satisfying assurance He bestows on us in these – “All Things.” What wonderful confidence He confers on us in these – “All Things.” What a great guarantee He gives Us with His remarkable – “All THINGS !” Nothing is overlooked and nothing is excluded in the Father provision for His children. Therefore as His children we shall want for nothing.
God’s pledge to provide all.. and touches all temporal as well as spiritual things. His assurance is first to provide all physical and bodily needs.. and too many of us look at the overwhelming circumstances in our teetering lives.read more