and has in His own time revealed His message in the proclamation that I was entrusted with by the command of God our Savior:Titus 1:3(HCSB)
“God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”—“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”—And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.—“A ransom for many.”
“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.”—I will love them freely.—The Son of God… loved me and gave himself for me.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.—He has blessed us in the Beloved.
Blessed is the one who is not offended by Me. (Matthew 11:6 ESV)
The Word of God does take account of the possibility of our being offended with Him. It does not say anywhere that that possibility should never arise and will never arise. The Lord has no where said that we shall never have any occasion for being offended with Him. He HAS indicated that there will be PLENTY of opportunities for so stumbling at Him, falling over Him, coming down because of Him – if you like: crashing because of Him. There will be plenty of occasion or opportunities for doing so. He has never said that it will never be so. It is as well for us to recognize that.
The Lord sent no word of rebuke to poor John the Baptist in the prison when he was perilously near to being offended with the Lord because of his situation. The Lord was not hard on John because of his question. He might, had He been another, have said, “But John, did you not point Me out as the Lamb of God? Did you not proclaim Me as the One, the Messiah? Haven’t you preached about Me to multitudes? Have you not made the strongest declarations and affirmations as to what you believed about Me? And here you’re asking a fundamental question about Me. John, what’s gone wrong with you?” No, nothing like that. The Lord knows our frame, that we are dust. And the Lord, I’m saying, takes account of this ever present possibility, in our weakness, of being offended with Him. But He does attach to this matter a particular blessedness if we don’t crash over the Stumbling Block of His ways with us, “AND in addition, blessed is he whoever shall not be offended in Me.”
Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine… I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior… I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. § Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him—for the redemption of their souls is costly. § I have found a ransom. § God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
If ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under bondage of effort to please God by works of the law" (Gal. 5:18).
The motivating principle of the old life is the law; the motivating principle of the new life is "the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus." The one produces "the works of the flesh"; the other, "the fruit of the Spirit."
"To be guided by the Holy Spirit is to be moved through the most delicate relationships the heart can know. The bit and bridle' of the law must give way to the glance of the eye of grace (Ps. 32:8, 9). At this point Satan, appearing as an angel of light,' will seek to misdirect the believer's life by making use of a morbid conscience, a mistaken impression as to duty, or a lack of understanding as to the exact teaching of God's Word. However, Satan's leadings are to be detected since they are irksome, painful, and disagreeable. The leading of the Holy Spirit is sweet and satisfying to the heart of the one who is yielded to God. We must remember that the will of God is said to be good,'acceptable,' and perfect' (Rom. 12:2)." -L.S.C.
"The believer has an all-engaging responsibility of continuing in an attitude of reliance by means of the Spirit be walking') upon the Holy Spirit. This is the believer's divinely appointed task and place of cooperation in the mighty undertakings of God. Thus, and only thus, can the Holy Spirit possess and vitalize every human faculty, emotion, and choice." -L.S.C.
"If we are living in the Spirit's power, let our conduct also be governed by the Spirit's power" (Gal. 5:25, Wey.).
“We all with open face beholding … the glory of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone. In the first phases of Christian life disheartenments come, people who used to be lights flicker out, and those who used to stand with us pass away. We have to get so used to it that we never know we are standing alone. Paul wrote, "all men forsook me . . notwithstanding the Lord stood with me" (2 Tim. 4:16-17). We must build our faith, not on the fading light, but on the light that never fails. When "big" men go we are sad, until we see that they are meant to go, the one thing that remains is looking in the face of God for ourselves.
Allow nothing to keep you from looking God sternly in the face about yourself and about your doctrine, and every time you preach see that you look God in the face about things first, then the glory will remain all through. A Christian worker is one who perpetually looks in the face of God and then goes forth to talk to people. The characteristic of the ministry of Christ is that of unconscious glory that abides. "Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with God."
We are never called to parade our doubts or to express the hidden ecstasies of our life with God. The secret of the worker's life is that he keeps in tune with God all the time.
Without faith it is impossible to please Him..
There is much confusion about Biblical faith and much that is considered to be faith that is unscriptural. Faith is not a religion or moral system. It is not a belief, an ideology or a denomination. Faith is not problem solving, positive thinking or repetitive praying. Faith is not hoping against hope that something is going to happen, nor is it hiding behind an ‘airy-fairy’ belief system. Faith is the objective act of trusting God and believing His word.
Faith is objectively saying, I trust God’s word of truth implicitly. Faith it believing that the word of God as fact and not fable. Faith is believing God’s word, trusting His word and reckoning His word to be true for:- without faith it is impossible to please Him. Hebrews 11:6, How important therefore, to know what faith actually is, what it means and how we can objectively act in our Christian life, by faith.
In the Old Testament there are many examples of faith – people objectively trusting God’s word. There are a number of different words in the Bible that exemplify what faith is and how faith is applied in the life of the great men and women of faith that are listed in Hebrews 11.
AMAN – Abraham was given a promise and he trusted God: he BELIEVED.. (aman) which means that Abraham was propped up, supported or carried by God. Abraham rested on God’s character. Abraham trusted God’s word.
OMAN – Isaiah exalts and praises the Lord because: He is faithful and TRUE.. (oman) and just as God was faithful and true for Abraham, He is faithful and true to all His children and we can trust Him and put our faith in His word.
YAHAL – Job was able to proclaim: though He slay me, yet will I TRUST.. (yahal) which refers to lengthy waiting, where no matter what pressures reign down uponread more
In Galatians 5:6 we read that: in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.. while in Romans 5:16 we read: therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace. And in 1 Corinthians 13:2 we read that Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
There are some qualities in life that we can afford to be without, but without faith we are not even able to begin the Christian life. Without faith we are not in a position to continue the Christian life, and without faith – without trust, it is impossible to please God. Faith the essential key – the key to unlock our hearts to His grace.
Faith is necessary for the initial (salvation of the spirit). We are saved by grace.. God’s wonderful grace – but it is through faith. God so loves that whosoever believes shall be saved… Faith is the key to unlock our hearts to His love. Faith is required for holiness and for sanctification (the salvation of the soul). Faith is needed for a life that is being conformed into the image of Jesus, for though it is by the power of the Holy Spirit – it is accessed through faith. Yes, faith is the key to unlock our hearts to growth in grace.
Faith is critical in averting our sight away from our current circumstances, and faith is equally critical in recognising our present position “in Christ,” where we are seated together with Him in heavenly places… where life’s earthly conditions have no influence on our heavenly position, in Him. But we must reckon it to be so and we must yield to the Spirit’s leading, and so faith is the key – the key to unlock our hearts to pleasing God.
Faith does not shrink back through a furtive imagination or unfounded worry. Trust is not an intellectual exercise or mentally acceptingread more