"I have heard the taunting of Moab And the revilings of the sons of Ammon, With which they have taunted My people And become arrogant against their territory.Zephaniah 2:8(NASB)
...That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ. (Ephesians 1:10)
There is one comprehensive and all-embodying truth which, if it really gained the complete mastery of our hearts and dominated our whole consciousness, capturing our will, our hearts, and our minds, would really revolutionize everything, just as the new covenant represents a revolution from the old covenant. The great truth which embodies everything is this: that God has determined that nothing which is not Christ shall remain, and He is working towards that end, on the one hand to rid this universe of everything that is not Christ; on the other hand to fill this universe with that which is Christ. That means that God does not accept or recognize anything whatever that is not Christ. Then again, it means that God puts His seal upon what is Christ, and it is all a matter of the measure of Christ. It is a tremendous thing when that really does come to our hearts with the force and the power which it really does represent. It explains everything of God's dealings with us. It gives us the key to our problems. It sets us at once upon the highway of God's own purpose.
I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. § Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. § If the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power known. § Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, and because of Your truth.
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. § That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. § Jesus spoke these words. . . . “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us.”
And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us" (1 John 5:14).
In order for us to pray according to His will, we must first know His will; not only that, but His blessed will must become our will. "If ye abide in Me . . . ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7). Prayer is the fellowship of an intimate, living union; as with all of the Christian life, it must be carried on in dependence upon the Holy Spirit. He is known as "the Spirit of grace and of supplications" (Zech. 12:10).
"If I ask anything of God, and have received His answer, I then act with assurance, with the conviction that I am in the path of His will; I am happy and contented. If I meet with some difficulty, this does not stop me; it is only an obstacle which faith has to surmount.
"But if I have not this certainty before I begin, I am in indecision, I know not what to do. There may be a trial of my faith, or it may be that I ought not to do what I am doing. I am in suspense, and I hesitate; even if I am doing the will of God, I am not sure about it, and I am not happy. I ought therefore to be assured that I am doing His will before I begin to act." -J.N.D.
"All flows from the soul being consciously in the place where it is set, in Christ risen. He can then trust us with the knowledge of His will; He can trust the sons of the family with the family affairs."
"And if we know that He hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him" (1 John 5:15).
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:35
God does not keep a man immune from trouble; He says - "I will be with him in trouble." It does not matter what actual troubles in the most extreme form get hold of a man's life, not one of them can separate him from his relationship to God. We are "more than conquerors in all these things." Paul is not talking of imaginary things, but of things that are desperately actual; and he says we are super-victors in the midst of them, not by our ingenuity, or by our courage, or by anything other than the fact that not one of them affects our relationship to God in Jesus Christ. Rightly or wrongly, we are where we are, exactly in the condition we are in. I am sorry for the Christian who has not something in his circumstances he wishes was not there.
"Shall tribulation…?" Tribulation is never a noble thing; but let tribulation be what it may - exhausting, galling, fatiguing, it is not able to separate us from the love of God. Never let cares or tribulations separate you from the fact that God loves you.
"Shall anguish…?" - can God's love hold when everything says that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?
"Shall famine…?" - can we not only believe in the love of God but be more than conquerors, even while we are being starved?
Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver and Paul is deluded, or some extraordinary thing happens to a man who holds on to the love of God when the odds are all against God's character. Logic is silenced in the face of every one of these things. Only one thing can account for it - the love of God in Christ Jesus. "Out of the wreck I rise" every time.
Ask a hundred people what they think of heaven and you get will get a hundred different replies. Many and varied are the false perceptions of this life after death – but check out the Word of God, and you’ll discover your answer. Read the Scriptures and you will understand the truth.
Jesus tells us: I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3. Heaven is where the Lord Jesus is and He reminds us of this many times. Jesus said: this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Him Whom Thou did send – even Jesus Christ, your Lord. John 17:3
The Christian life (the Christian faith) is having a relationship with a person. So too is the Christian heaven. It is continuing that relationship into completeness. And how the Lord yearns, with intense longing to be with those that He loves. Jesus said: Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24
This was His final, intensely personal prayer to the Father in heaven. This was the earnest will of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was His life-purpose, being translated in a resolution shared with the Father. And Paul clearly tells us of his dilemma: for I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better.. Phil.1:23
Paul longed to be with the Lord. Paul longed to go to his heavenly home, but Paul recognised the ministry to which he was called. Paul also scripts the blissful state of the believer’s future with his ownread more
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God..”
My soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.
My soul must thirst and cry out for the One that can quench the longing of the heart. It must not cry out for a doctrine or religion.. a theology or a philosophy. My soul must not crave an ideology, a principle or precept. My soul must thirst and cry out for a Person. My soul needs the living God – the One “Whom to KNOW is life eternal”. John 17:3
As the exhausted deer pants for cool, refreshing waters.. so must we yearn for Him, with deepest passionate longings – yearnings from the depth of our being. Until we truly KNOW Him, we wander wearily in a dry wilderness. Until we truly REST in Him, we falter and faint in a parched and dusty land, Until we truly TRUST Him, we falter in a fallen world. The human heart is created by God and for God. The inner need of man is sweet fellowship with God. He is my peace. He is my guide. He is my strength. He is my hope. He is my all in all. They who have never drawn close to Him, see no beauty that they should desire Him. Isaiah 53:2. Those who have never been enfolded in His embrace, seek fragile shelter elsewhere. Oh taste, weary wanderer… taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psa.34:8
In these hectic and hellish days.. ponder on the precious things of life. Meditate on Him, and His relationship with you. Consider your relationship with Him. Consider these things not casually or intermittently, but intensely, longingly, frequently. Translate your deepest desires and intense longings into the breath of prayer. Focus your heart on His beauty in spirit and in truth and rest in His love. As you ponder upon Him and all He is, you will be blessed. Just think about the riches of His loveread more