Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of the people,Acts 4:8(NASB)
Get out of your country to a land that I will show you. I will bless you. (Genesis 12:1,2)
The call of God contains both grace and truth. Truth is the separating instrument. "Get thee out." Grace is the promise. "I will bless and make a blessing." Man often grasps at the grace, the "I will bless" of God, and fails to comply with the demand thereof - "Get thee out." Now, this does not only apply in the matter of our salvation in its first steps, but it comes in new revelations and calls at different times in the Christian life. The call of God to some fuller and higher acceptance of truth and ministry; of testimony and witness; of surrender and experience, will undoubtedly come by one or another of the Divine forms of visitation to such as the Lord wishes to lead in grace. This will be timed, definite, and challenging. A messenger may come as out from nowhere; the nowhere of reputation, recognition, worldly fame or honor. He will deliver a message, only staying long enough to leave its essential implications with those who hear. Then, having passed on, things can never be the same for them again.
The "call" has sounded. The crisis has been precipitated. The issue is between the life which has been with its limitations known or unrecognized, and that which God offers. But, as usually is the case, this truth is going to call for a "getting out." Getting out, it may be, of a certain popularity, a comparative easy going. There may be a risking of reputation, a loss of prestige, a disfavor among men, a being labeled "singular," "peculiar," "extreme," "unsafe." It may mean a head-on impact of all the prejudice, tradition, and disfavor of the religious world. It may involve exclusion, ostracism, and suspicion. These are the accompaniments of all calls of God to advance with Him beyond accepted standards. This is the cost of path-finding for souls. This is the price to be paid for the higher serviceableness to God and men.
In his strength he struggled with God. Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept, and sought favor from Him. § [Abraham] did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.
Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them § If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes. § Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.
Increase our faith.
He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. … for let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another… Even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace … You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me… If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. § For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
But now in Christ Jesus ye who once were far off are made near by the blood of Christ" (Eph 2:13).
Until we know our position in the risen Lord Jesus, we can never really face up to the sinfulness of our old nature. But "hidden with Christ in God," we can both face up to and face away from the old, "looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter [marg.] of our faith" (Heb. 12:2).
"God sets me in nearness to Himself in the Lord Jesus; and as I learn my nearness to Him, I am prepared for the exposure of my natural distance from Him, and I am, through grace, morally apart and sheltered from it (Rom. 8:9), at the very moment when I see it. The greater my height, the greater the enormity of the depth appears; but I am safe from it. As a consequence I rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh' (Phil. 3:3)."
"Two things mark spiritual growth; one is a deeper sense of the sinful old nature, the other is a greater longing after the Lord Jesus Christ. The sinfulness is discovered and felt as the power of the Holy Spirit increases; for many a thought and act passes without pain to the conscience where the Lord Jesus is less before the soul, which will be refused and condemned as the knowledge of the Lord increases in spiritual power within." -J.B.S.
"When the Lord Jesus Christ is enjoyed, things unlike Him drop off like fading leaves."
"For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Heb. 4:12).
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world – never. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn you – no, but so that the world through Him might be saved. Is this the heart of an angry God.. a God that is trying to get even with you? Is this the mind of a cruel deity that enjoys seeing you squirm and squeal? Is this the action the Almighty God having sport with His children? Never, but this is often the perception that many have of God’s child-training. This is the assumption of many that are going through difficult and trying times.
God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die for you, that you might live. This is that greatest love that is imaginable. This is a love that can scarcely be comprehended. This is a love that chose you before the foundation of the world: Father, I will that they also, whom You hast given Me, be with Me where I am – and Jesus means you.
This God loves you so much that He has chosen you to reign with Him in glory. I have loved you with an everlasting love: with loving- kindness have I drawn you. Jer.31:3 I will make those of the synagogue of Satan to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Rev.3:9 Christ loves you!
This God will continue to love you to the very depth of His being. From eternity past and into eternity future – forever loved, forever: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Eph.1:11 The Lord your God and Father chose you.
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Not only is our life positioned in Him and complete in Him, but He has given us all that we need to live a holy and godly life. We read in 2Peter 3:3 according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue. If we believe that our life truly is complete is Him then we need to act upon it..
Miles Stamford puts it this way: “When you fight to get victory, then you have lost the battle at the very outset. Suppose the Enemy assaults you in your home or in your business, he creates a situation with which you cannot possibly deal with, so what do you do? Well your first instinct is to prepare yourself for a big battle and then pray to God to give you the victory in it. But if you do so defeat is sure, for you have given up the ground that is yours in Christ. By the attitude you have taken you have relinquished it to the enemy.”
Miles Stamford continues: “What then should you do when he attacks? You should simply look up and praise the Lord and say: ‘Lord, I am faced with a situation that I cannot possibly meet. My enemy the devil has brought it about to compass my downfall, but I praise You that Your victory is an all-inclusive victory. It covers this situation, too. I praise You that I have already full victory in this matter”
Remember.. His teaching principle is based on an essential truth: the ‘source’ rule – that is everything after its own kind; flesh after flesh – spiritual after spiritual. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, they are not of the flesh. They are spiritual weapons designed for a spiritual battle. The weapons are are not of the flesh, but mighty through God to the pulling down of spiritual strongholds. 2Cor.10:4 The enemyread more