Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him.John 19:1(NASB)
Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My Name, claiming I am the Christ, and will deceive many. (Matthew 24:4,5 NIV)
In a somewhat extended life and ministry, again and again I have seen dear people of God who were out in the open going on with the Lord in the liberty of the Spirit with great promise and then they’ve been caught in some “ism.” They simply are helpless to escape themselves from the tenets of that “ism.” Again and again I’ve seen it! Tragedy.... There’s a great “ism” sweeping right over America and over Europe in these last years. I can dare to mention this one, well I’m going to at any rate: Universalism. It’s an “ism” which has captured multitudes! And you just can’t get anywhere with these people once they’ve got it. But I have known them, oh so promising... so promising and then this thing has come subtly along their way, attractive and fascinating.... So appealing: everybody, ultimately, including the devil himself, will be saved. What are you going to do with that? Willy-nilly they’ll be saved... undercutting so many of the very vitals of the Gospel.
You may call these things gross errors, but there are things that are not such errors. Not such errors, indeed in themselves they’re quite true, but they have become the beginning of all and the end of all to the people who have taken them on. You can get no further, no further. They have lost the great ground, the vast ground of God’s full purpose for this dispensation and become stuck on some thing that is only partial at best. Arrested... like Judaism; come to a standstill, or going round and round in a circle, the circle of this particular thing. It should be a warning to us because, you see, this is the thing that has been the enemy of the fullness of Christ all through the centuries - this sort of thing.... There are many antichrists in the world and an antichrist is not a spurious, fearful creature, you know, with a tail and a pitchfork. No, an antichrist is something that assumes the place of Christ.... And with the natural judgment, natural powers, you are not able to distinguish between the true and the false. The Christ and the antichrist seem to be so much alike. You can’t discern the difference, but the Anointing will tell you! The Anointing which you have received, when you come into touch with something false, will tell you if the Anointing is really governing, saying, “Be careful,” not in words, but inside. You have a feeling there’s something not quite clear here, not transparent here, not safe enough... “I don’t feel happy about this, I can’t tell you why but I just don’t feel quite happy about this... there’s something in me that says: beware.” I am convinced that in a day like this of deceptions and misleadings and all that, the great need is our spiritual discernment; of knowing the Holy Spirit in this way, that He’s able to warn you.
[Jesus], because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. § [He] is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory.
Seeing … that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.
The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, who shelters him all the day long; and he shall dwell between His shoulders.
You hold my eyelids open. § Who is like the Lord our God, … who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. § Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, and Your footsteps were not known. § The wrath of man shall praise You; with the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself.
The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. § We know that all things work together for good to those who love God.
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
For it is God who works in you both will and deed" (Phil. 2:13, Cony.)
As we mature we come to see more and more clearly that our Father just as fully controls our lives as He does the universe. As C.A. Fox said, "Climb on, and you will find the correcting, the chastening, the cleansing, the calming of the deep affection of God."
"All the testing and trying is to first deal with, by the Cross, that which can never stand the stress and which must be forever failure to the Lord, and then to develop that which is Christ within us. That is the spiritual life - Christ in us in all His fulness. I will make him a pillar.' I will write upon him the name of my God.' He is going to do it. All the striving will never bring that end about, but He will do it.
"The great majority of us would say, If it all depends on me, then it is a bad lookout!' Well, of course, that is true, but let us look at the blessing of Joseph - 'The arms of his hands were made strong, by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob . . . even by the God of thy father' (Gen. 49:24, 25)." -C.O.
"Let a man renounce himself, and see himself as crucified with Christ, and soon another Himself - the Lord Jesus Christ - will take the central place in the heart, and quietly bring all things under His sway."
"It is a great thing to offer the Lord Jesus Christ as the Saviour to sinful man, but it is still greater to express Him in a world where He is rejected." -J.B.S.
"According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness" (2 Pet. 1:3).
“Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; ` nor yet for your body what ye shall put on.” Matthew 6:25
Jesus sums up common-sense carefulness in a disciple as infidelity. If we have received the Spirit of God, He will press through and say - Now where does God come in in this relationship, in this mapped out holiday, in these new books? He always presses the point until we learn to make Him our first consideration. Whenever we put other things first, there is confusion.
"Take no thought . . ." don't take the pressure of forethought upon yourself. It is not only wrong to worry, it is infidelity, because worrying means that we do not think that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never any thing else that worries us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke the word He puts in? The devil? No, the cares of this world. It is the little worries always. I will not trust where I cannot see, that is where infidelity begins. The only cure for infidelity is obedience to the Spirit. The great word of Jesus to His disciples is abandonment.
The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, but he who is spiritual judges all things, but I speak to you as carnal. 1 Cor.2:14-3:1
If born in the west, you may be considered upper class, middle class, or lower class. If born in the east, you may be of the princely caste, or possibly an out-caste. Wherever you were born you will have a label, a number, a brand, a classification! Privileges or restrictions will be your lot in life as you ‘bow’ to the system!
But scripture teaches that there are three classes of men in the world today. Scripture gives a threefold categorisation of this triplet of mankind. Scriptures relate an all-comprehensive classification of everyman, and Scripture alone is the plumb-line that unfolds this amazing truth. In four short verses Paul outlines the truth of these three men:- 1) the Natural Man ……..unsaved 2) the Spiritual Man…….saved 3) the Carnal Man……….saved.
In one small section of Scripture we are given this vital information. Particulars that influence the life and future of everyone born of woman. Information that affects every person born into the old creation in Adam. The natural man is the state into which all of humanity is born: for the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The natural man is made up of the old creation in Adam and the old Creation in Jacob. The natural man by birth is an A-theist – a nonbeliever in the Son of Man. The natural man by origin is born into the kingdom of darkness.. The natural man by lineage is dead in trespasses and sins. The natural man by heritage is a child of Satan. The natural man is condemned already – because he has not believed in the only begotten Son of God.
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I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
The story is not over until is has the final full-stop in position.. but how easy it is to arrive at the conclusion too early. How quick we are to reach a final verdict on insufficient evidence. How easy it is for us to make a mistake about a situation that we are going through. How often we commit foolish blunders in falsely assuming an outcome in our daily walk. How many times do we falter thus in our everyday lives and relationships? How routinely do we discover this to be our experience, in our walk with the Lord?
Remember the Word of God is true and He has heard our supplications. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, and He has graven us on the palms of His hands – in love. It is indeed a comfort to know that our foolish faults have been a common flaw down through the centuries. The Psalms are replete with examples where false assumptions were made.
David the shepherd, the king.. David the man after God’s own heart.. cried in anguish and alarm:- I am cut off from your sight.. but God heard the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cried to You for help.” Psa.31:22. Remember the Word of God is true. He hears our pleas for mercy. He understands our silent entreaties, when words fail. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, and He has graven us on the palms of His hands – IN LOVE.
Also Asaph in his moment of torment and trial questioned the steadfastness of God. He questioned His own standing in the eyes of the Lord:- Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favourable? Has His steadfast love forever ceased? Are His promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He inread more