Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.James 5:13(NASB)
You are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life. (Colossians 2:10 AMP)
The Cross is a full and final principle, although it has many aspects. It is a full and final principle. We are going to see that the Cross in its fullness and finality was right there at the beginning of the Bible. As a principle, it was absolute then. It is just in so far as you and I bring our lives at this time of the day back to God fullness in the Cross that we are going to know this progressive development and increase of Life - so far and no more.
The Cross is a great divide. It divides people into three categories. Firstly, it makes a broad division between those who never get into Life, and those who do. Whether men and women get into Life at all depends entirely upon their acceptance of the Cross. But it divides further. It divides between those who do get into Life, and those who go right through to fullness of Life, and there is quite a real division there. Whether you like the theory or not, it is a fact. There are many Christians who are in the way of Life, that is, who have entered the way of Life, but are not going right on to fullness of Life. That is really what the New Testament is about - trying to get Christians who have entered into Life to go on to fullness of Life. The Cross divides between those, because, while we come into the way of Life by the Cross, we also only come into the fullness of Life by the Cross, and that is another thing - a fuller, deeper application of the Cross. So the Cross makes three categories, those not in Life, those in Life, and those in Life going on to fullness of Life.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. § Inasmuch … as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. § Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. § I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We finish our years like a sigh. The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. § Here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. § I am the Lord, I do not change. § Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. § The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. § Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!
I, the Lord, search the heart" (Jeremiah 17:10).
During the early, carnal years we are afraid to face up to the sinful nature within, not fully realizing that it was dealt with in condemnation to God’s full satisfaction at Calvary. When we come to see that all the old nature was taken down into the death of the Cross, and in Christ Jesus we are completely clear of its penalty and power, it is then that we begin to welcome the work of the Cross upon all that of which the Holy Spirit convicts us.
"The natural man cannot bear the thought of being searched by God; he cannot stand to think of being found out in his true condition and character. But to the truly hungry believer it is a positive comfort to be assured that God knows everything about us; He knows the very worst that can be discovered. He has searched out all that we are, and in spite of all He has thoughts of blessing concerning us. There is, therefore, no fear of anything coming to light that might cause Him to change or reverse His thought of blessing and acceptance." -C.A.C.
"Our acceptance with God in Christ is perfect, and therefore unimprovable. It never alters; never varies. And it is very important for us not to mix the acceptance itself with our enjoyment of it. Our acceptance is in Christ,' and therefore eternal; the enjoyment is by the Spirit,' and therefore (because of the working of the flesh) often hindered." -J.B.S.
"The sense of His goodness removes the guile of heart that seeks to conceal its sin." -J.N.D.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end" (Jeremiah 29:11).
“Add to your faith virtue…” 2 Peter 1:5
"Add" means there is something we have to do. We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God does that; but God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do all that ourselves, we have to work out the salvation God has worked in. "Add" means to get into the habit of doing things, and in the initial stages it is difficult. To take the initiative is to make a beginning, to instruct yourself the way you have to go.
Beware of the tendency of asking the way when you know it perfectly well. Take the initiative, stop hesitating, and take the first step. Be resolute when God speaks, act in faith immediately on what He says, and never revise your decisions. If you hesitate when God tells you to do a thing, you endanger your standing in grace. Take the initiative, take it yourself, take the step with your will now, make it impossible to go back. Burn your bridges behind you - "I will write that letter"; "I will pay that debt." Make the thing inevitable.
We have to get into the habit of hearkening to God about everything, to form the habit of finding out what God says. If when a crisis comes, we instinctively turn to God, we know that the habit has been formed. We have to take the initiative where we are, not where we are not.
May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless…
1 Thessalonians 5:23
God is the great Trinity. A tri-unity of Persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. And so we read that Jesus said: I and the Father are One. Believe Me, that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me. The Lord our God is One... One in unity, One in attributes, One in power, One in love. It was Philip who said to Jesus: Lord, show us the Father, but Jesus had to remind him yet again, he who has seen Me has seen the Father. John 14:8-9
The mystery of the triune Godhead is revealed in the person of the Son, for no man comes to the Father except by means of the Son... no one. We read in Genesis that: God made man in His own image, in the image of God created He him – male and female created He them, to have dominion – to rule over the works of God’s hand.
The triune God created the triune man in the image and likeness of Himself. This is one of the great mysteries of life – a mystery that man needs to explore – a mystery that is revealed in the face of the Lord Jesus. And God created man out of the dust of the earth: BODY. And God breathed into man the breath of (God’s) life: SPIRIT. And man became a living being, a unique individual: SOUL.
The mystery of the trinity is baffling, but the mystery of His love for me, is staggering. It staggers every jot of human comprehension. Meditate for a day on the mystery of the all-powerful, omnipotent God. Ponder for a day on the wonder of the all-knowing, omniscient God. Muse for a day on the marvel of the infinite omnipresent God. Think about the eternal, faithful, righteous, gracious, holy God of love. Surely an eternity of such deliberations would leave theread more
For He bruises, but He binds up. He wounds, but His hands make whole.
Count it all joy when you fall into various troubles.. it increases your faith. So let your endurance have a chance to grow.. through those daily trials. Be wise.. ask God for the wisdom you need. Remember, God gives generously to all those that ask. But don’t pray for wisdom with a doubting mind – that exhibits a lack of faith.. and remember – faith is increased through the various troubles and trials of life.
So let your patient endurance have a chance to grow through those fiery trials.. and count it all joy when you fall into various trials – it increases your faith! If you truly desire wisdom and the other godly attributes.. be careful, God may give you what you desire. But He will carve a deep gaping wound, before He binds it up. He will set you in a ministry of sorrow – before He ministers to you His joy. He will drive His furrows deep into your bleeding heart. He will plough your life up, with an earth-splitting quake. He will carve a deep gaping hole into your soul – with a raging hurricane’s blast. He will convulse your very being – with the trial designed to increase your faith – as you pray for cherished wisdom, that is bestowed through believing trust.
So be careful what you pray for. God is in the business of answering prayer. But the answer often runs counter to the way that we would suppose or desire.. and the answers rarely come at the time that you expect – but at a time ye think not. The furrows of heartache and disappointments expose virgin territory. The earthquake holds a precious secret – in the bowels of its strength; the tornado sweeps clean a perfect path – in the eye of its power, but only in the wake of the tsunami’s flood-waters, do pools of refreshment appear. Only beneath the destructive shards – lie perfumed lilies and mossyread more