You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.2 Timothy 1:15(NASB)
You desire truth in the inner being. (Psalm 51:6)
In the course of our spiritual history God deals with us in ever-deepening ways. Down, down, down, He goes, until He touches bottom to have things true at our very depth. He undercuts all our professions, doctrines, assumptions, pretensions, illusions, and customs.... There is no mere formalisation about this; no mere Jewish ritual in this; no mere outward observance of rites and ceremonies in this! No! This has got to go right into the inmost being, in the inward parts. God works toward that. God is ever working toward the most inward parts. Do you recognize that? Do you understand what He is doing with us? Oh, He will meet us with blessing on a certain level, as we walk before Him, like the man in Psalm 1. He will meet us with His gracious provision when we transgress and trespass and fail, and do wrong – He will meet us there in grace. But God is going to pursue this matter to the most inward place of our being, and register there His work of grace and redemption.
The Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are characterized by this one feature – truth! And God desires and has set His heart upon having people who are partakers of the Divine nature, and so He is working ever more deeply toward this end: what is true of Himself shall be true of His people – those begotten of Him – that they should be true sons of God in this sense.
My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
The Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever. § The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. § If they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. § He who endures to the end shall be saved. § Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. § Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. § He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
[He] made peace through the blood of His cross. And, you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and abore reproach in His sight. § In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
He comforts us in our every affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction by means of the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God" (2 Cor. 1:4, Wey.).
It is a great comfort to know that everything our Father takes us through - much of which may be hard and heartbreaking - has a dual purpose. That which He utilizes to cause us to grow spiritually is at the same time designed to prepare us for His service. He does nothing in vain; He wastes nothing.
"In the very service itself God makes the servant fit to carry it out. A person is first disciplined for service, and then in the service he is made fit by it for the character of it. God has not servants ready made. He makes them fit for His own service in connection with the race they have to run. The word 'chasten' is the same as that used in Ephesians with respect to bringing up the children: it is nurture. We attach too much the idea of severity, or retribution, to it." -J.B.S.
"Why does God take some through such deep and trying experiences? Why is it that He does not allow some of His children to have an easy way and to be satisfied and gratified with elementary things? The needs of others - that is why.
"We know quite well if any have been able really to help others, it is because they have gone through deep experience, they have pioneered this way, they have paid a great price for this freedom. It has been costly, but worthwhile if others can be really helped."
"But to God be the thanks who in Christ ever heads our triumphal procession, and by our hands waves in every place that sweet incense, the knowledge of Him" (2 Cor. 2:14, Wey.).
“Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip?” John 14:9
Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us - astounded at how un-simple we are. It is opinions of our own which make us stupid, when we are simple we are never stupid, we discern all the time. Philip expected the revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in the One Whom he knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be, it is now; we look for it presently, in some cataclysmic event. We have no reluctance in obeying Jesus, but it is probable that we are hurting Him by the questions we ask. "Lord, show us the Father." His answer comes straight back - "There He is, always here or nowhere." We look to God to manifest Himself to His children: God only manifests Himself in His children. Other people see the manifestation, the child of God does not. We want to be conscious of God; we cannot be conscious of our consciousness and remain sane. If we are asking God to give us experiences, or if conscious experience is in the road, we hurt the Lord. The very questions we ask hurt Jesus because they are not the questions of a child.
"Let not your heart be troubled" - then am I hurting Jesus by allowing my heart to be troubled? If I believe the character of Jesus, am I living up to my belief? Am I allowing anything to perturb my heart, any morbid questions to come in? I have to get to the implicit relationship that takes everything as it comes from Him. God never guides presently, but always now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the emancipation is immediate.
My grace is sufficient..
2 Corinthians 12:9
‘My grace is sufficient”, is the truth of the Scripture, given to all believers. “My grace is sufficient”, may be accepted intellectually or rejected in reality. But Scripture must become a heart-belief. If scripture is not trusted as God’s word, His grace will not be sufficient, for God requires us to trust Him, and to just take Him at His work: for by grace you are saved, by means of exercising faith.
But Scripture is the most illogical, outrageous bizarre book ever to be written. Scripture is the singular most irrational, radical book that has ever been read. It does not sit comfortably, because it conflicts with all human reasoning. To trust in God’s Word is the most unreasonable thing for a thinking man to do. Were this book written by man, it would never proclaim the things contains.
Grace for salvation; grace for sufficiency and the grace of Scripture is perfect. It was written by a holy God:- perfect in knowledge; wisdom; mercy; justice and love. It was written by an eternally holy, perfect God, to unholy, imperfect man:- imperfect in knowledge and wisdom; imperfect in mercy, justice and love.
It contains the thoughts of the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-sufficient eternal God.. thoughts that convey perfect God to imperfect man, who is grossly limited – limited in knowledge and power, limited in all attributes bestowed on him by God. This infinite, changeless perfect God is Spirit, but man was created in the physical and God chose to reveal His eternal perfection to man, through His Word. Our thoughts of God are imperfect. There is no possible way to understand Him. Oh, we were created in God’s image and likeness – yes, but God is Spirit and man is a physical being and there is a big difference.
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God has called you to peace.
1 Corinthians 7:15
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that Day.
2 Timothy 1:12
What a wonderful and coveted grace is God’s perfect, unshakable peace. His is a deep peace, an inner peace. It is a perfect peace that surpasses all human understanding. His peace is a grace that only God supplies as we gaze upon His beauty. His peace is a gift that only God supplies as we submit our all to Him.
Sin introduced strife and conflict, friction and hostility into the deepest part of man. The root of discord was sown into the human heart of our first parents in Eden: “The woman gave me… ” “The serpent deceived me…” And they both hid themselves from the presence of the Lord. What anguish of soul has torn at the heart of man since that excruciating estrangement. Disunity and division was the consequence of sin; disunity and divorce, between man and his fellow man; disunity and disconnection between man and His Creator God.
The Gospel is the good news that peace is possible and may be restored. The Gospel is the wonderful announcement, that disunity can be dissolved. It is the first glorious announcement of the replacement of the broken relationship with God. The sin that once estranged and antagonised, is beauteously removed through faith, The God-Man became the Days-Man that Job so yearned for: his living Redeemer.
He was the Arm of the Lord to Isaiah: his Counsellor, Lawgiver, Leader, Lord of Hosts. He was Shepherd and Refuge, Light and Salvation to King David. He became Captain of the Lord’s hosts to Joshua, and to Zechariah He was God’s Fellow; He was King – the Branch and theread more