For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;2 Corinthians 2:15(NASB)
We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him. (1 John 5:20 ESV)
It is of the greatest importance for the Lord's children to recognize fully that, above all other things, His object is that they should know Him. This is the all-governing end of all His dealings with us. This is the greatest of all our needs....
Our minds are so often occupied with service and work; we think that doing things for the Lord is the chief object of life. We are concerned about our lifework, our ministry. We think of equipment for it in terms of study and knowledge of things. Soul-winning, or teaching believers, or setting people to work, are so much in the foreground. Bible study and knowledge of the Scriptures, with efficiency in the matter of leading in Christian service as the end in view, are matters of pressing importance with all. All well and good, for these are important matters; but, back of everything the Lord is more concerned about our knowing Him than about anything else. It is very possible to have a wonderful grasp of the Scriptures, a comprehensive and intimate familiarity with doctrine; to stand for cardinal verities of the faith; to be an unceasing worker in Christian service; to have a great devotion to the salvation of men, and yet, alas, to have a very inadequate and limited personal knowledge of God within. So often the Lord has to take away our work that we may discover Him. The ultimate value of everything is not the information which we give, not the soundness of our doctrine, not the amount of work that we do, not the measure of truth that we possess, but just the fact that we know the Lord in a deep and mighty way.
You know that He was manifested to take away our sins. § That we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness. § He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed… The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. § Thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer . . . that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations. § He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance. § Through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. § Your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell. • Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. § Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation.
Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.
All things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
And the servant of the Lord must not strive" (2 Tim. 2:24).
Our one responsibility, that of concentrating upon the Lord Jesus, has a three-fold result: (1) fellowship with Him; (2) growth in His image; (3) ministry of life to others.
"The love of the Lord culminates in this, that we should be with Him. He died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him (1 Thess. 5:10). I find the one who is set on usefulness (Martha) does not advance like the one set on personal affection to Him (Mary). The Lord give us to be more personally attached to Himself; then we shall be useful according to His good pleasure."
"There is one thing that all can do - be meet for the Master's use' (2 Tim. 2:21); and this is the secret of usefulness. Usefulness is not activity; it is not merely being used, but it is fitness, cleanness, preparedness, and separation of heart, singleness of eye, the affections set on things above - all, in fact, that proceeds from the judgment and denial of self, and the manifestation of Christ in the life by faith."
"All my ability to act for the Lord Jesus here depends on my conscious identification with Him where He is, not where He was for me; though as I receive power from Him I walk here even as He walked; His life is manifested in me. -J.B.S.
"But be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient" (2 Tim. 2:24).
“Be instant in season, out of season.” 2 Timothy 4:2
Many of us suffer from the morbid tendency to be instant "out of season." The season does not refer to time, but to us - 'Be instant in season, out of season," whether we feel like it or not. If we do only what we feel inclined to do, some of us would do nothing for ever and ever. There are unemployables in the spiritual domain, spiritually decrepit people, who refuse to do anything unless they are supernaturally inspired. The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not.
One of the great snares of the Christian worker is to make a fetish of his rare moments. When the Spirit of God gives you a time of inspiration and insight, you can say - "Now I will always be like this for God." No, you will not, God will take care you are not. Those times are the gifts of God entirely. You cannot give them to yourself when you choose. If you say you will only be at your best, you become an intolerable drag on God; you will never do anything unless God keeps you consciously inspired. If you make a god of your best moments, you will find that God will fade out of your life and never come back until you do the duty that lies nearest, and have learned not to make a fetish of your rare moments.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.
Nothing is more important for a Christian than to know he is eternally secure, and until and unless you are fully assured of this biblical truth, you will always have a doubt in your mind as to your acceptance by God, and your final destination. This is no insignificant, little doctrinal issue, but one of the most important matters that face all believers today.
Eternal security is not a case of, let’s all believe what we think or hope is the case.. you believe what you want and let’s not rock the boat. This is division by a sword. It is cutting to the joints and marrow of God’s word. This significant issue is crucial to a believer's spiritual walk, for denial of our eternal security is a distortion of scripture, a denial of God’s plan of salvation and it defames God’s character.
Understanding eternal security is crucial to healthy Christian living, for doubting this truth causes instability in a believer’s life. Various verses are cited in an attempt to discredit this scriptural truth, but are inevitably taken out of context – thus wrongly dividing the word of truth.
The harmony in Scripture on the issue of eternal security is truly beautiful to behold, but when salvation passages for the unbeliever are confused with those on growing in grace and spiritual maturity, confusion is inevitable. And when passages relating to Israel are confused with those directed to the church, unavoidable distortions results.
Slight distortion about eternal security can have some serious repercussions. Prejudices on this issue can be summed with words like legalism, a distortion of the gospel of grace, carnality, and ignorance of dispensationalism.
A believer may backslide due to carnality or choose to place themselves back under the law, but union with Christ is eternal.read more
He knoweth the way I take
Life is full of cross-roads. You will meet many cross-roads on your own life. Each cross-road is today, and each ‘today‘ is on the continuum of your life’s journey. You stand on the apex of your life-journey and stare into an unpredictable way.. but I stand with you. The light of My Presence will go with you; before you; behind you.. in you... for My indwelling Holy Spirit is in you, forever.
The radiance of my charisma will light your path. if you listen to my voice you will hear me say “this is the way – walk in it…” Do not dwell on the past – though learn from it. Do not mull over the things that might have been – or regret things that never were. Learn from each happening and drink deeply each lesson learned. Do not yearn for your imaginings. Do not hanker for what might have been.
Remember, I scheduled each day of your life – as may be best for you. Do not fear the future. Do not fret or worry over poverty or loneliness – of suffering or loss. My store of blessings are sufficient for the needs of each day. I will NOT fail you nor forsake you. My grace IS sufficient for you. As you stand at the cross-roads of your life, you have a glorious assurance.. for He knowth the way you take. He promised to guide you with His eye.. and all His promises are ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ in Christ Jesus.. So fear not – fret not – for He whispers reassuringly… you are Mine. I have loved you with an everlasting love. I will never fail you nor forsake you.
When you stand at the cross-roads of your life.. hurting, dispirited, and lonely. When you wonder which way to take.. confused and numb with pain… take heart and remember – when we think He is far away, He is often theread more