Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;Philippians 3:2(NASB)
Of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16)
It is a grand thing and a source of tremendous strength to come to the same position as that of Christ as Man, where we know that boundless heavenly resources are available. I think we only come there progressively, and not all at once. We only come there by the way of discipline - discipline which takes the form of bringing us to an utter dependence, but which is not yet an emptying and a breaking down as an end in itself, but one which is accompanied by that grace of God - that graciousness of God - which, when we are empty, makes His fullness to abound.
There is a positive as well as a negative side. God is no believer in negatives as being an ultimate goal; but when He breaks and when He empties, He does something on the positive side which ever causes us to marvel, and we have to say every time: "Well, that was the Lord, not ourselves." We come progressively by that way of discipline to know that there are heavenly resources which far outstrip all human possibilities, and these resources are operative. This is what constitutes spirituality - this is what makes a life or service spiritual: it is the drawing upon heavenly resources, living the life as out from heaven. That is spirituality. That constitutes a spiritual life and a spiritual walk. The resources are not drawn from self or from the world; they are drawn from above. The government is not that here of men or of the world, but that which is from above. Everything is so utterly from above - and so utterly not from man - that the life or work becomes spiritual as a consequence.
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. § No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You.
I want you to be without care. § Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to 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. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. § Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? § Have faith in God.
As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. § There will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand… The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. § The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
You were set free from the tyranny of Sin, and became the bondservants of Righteousness" (Rom. 6:18 Wey.).
The principle underlying resurrection life is, of all things, death. "For since we have become one with Him by sharing in His death, we shall also be one with Him by sharing in His resurrection. Surrender your very selves to God as living men who have risen from the dead" (Rom. 6:5, 13, Wey.). Let the facts of your position overwhelm the feelings of your condition.
"By exercising faith in the Word, apart from any feelings, be planted together with Him in the likeness of His death' (Rom. 6:5). Only by thus standing in your position will you begin to experience the likeness of His resurrection.' Reckon on your life-union with Him. Reject the old life on the basis of your death in Christ on the Cross, and count yourself alive in Him until He makes experiential your resurrection position. Do not forget that you must stand firmly upon the specific truths: dead indeed unto sin - alive unto God in Christ Jesus' (Rom. 6:11).
"The sharing of His life is our blessed experience just in the measure in which we share His death. So many of us are content merely that the Cross should be the power to save us from the penalty of sin, but death was not the end of the manifestation of Christ. It was resurrection, and it is the risen life, shining forth in the believer, that alone can carry out the purpose of God in redemption. The believer, in whose daily attitude the mark of resurrection is seen, becomes what the world is looking for, a convincing witness to the power of the Living Redeemer." -G.W.
"That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection" (Phil. 3:10).
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” 1 Peter 4:17
The Christian worker must never forget that salvation is God's thought, not man's; therefore it is an unfathomable abyss. Salvation is the great thought of God, not an experience. Experience is only a gateway by which salvation comes into our conscious lives. Never preach the experience; preach the great thought of God behind. When we preach we are not proclaiming how man can be saved from hell and be made moral and pure; we are conveying good news about God.
In the teachings of Jesus Christ the element of judgment is always brought out, it is the sign of God's love. Never sympathize with a soul who finds it difficult to get to God, God is not to blame. It is not for us to find out the reason why it is difficult, but to present the truth of God that the Spirit of God will show what is wrong. The great sterling test in preaching is that it brings everyone to judgment. The Spirit of God locates each one to himself.
If Jesus ever gave us a command He could not enable us to fulfill, He would be a liar; and if we make our inability a barrier to obedience, it means we are telling God there is something He has not taken into account. Every element of self-reliance must be slain by the power of God. Complete weakness and dependence will always be the occasion for the Spirit of God to manifest His power.
This is love for God: to obey His commands – and His commands are not burdensome.
Why was Paul so insistent that believers did not return from grace to law? Wasn’t the Law of Moses given by God? Wasn’t it good and didn’t it point to Christ? What is wrong with trying to keep the Law of God? And what is so important about the age of grace for Christians today? Well God has established a divine program for the whole of human history and God has scheduled certain events within a series of set time-periods, (or dispensations).
God set a time for Israel’s Messiah to come to earth and to die as Saviour of the world. We read: when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son. He has set a time for Israel’s restoration, when Christ will set up His kingdom on earth: Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, Jude 1:14. and God chose to reveal certain events on His ‘calendar’ through His Word. At first, God spoke through the prophets: but hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son. Hebrews 1:2. How vital it is, to know the things on God’s prophetic ‘timeline’ that are relevant to us.
God scheduled certain events to take place in different time-periods or dispensations, and unless we identify our place in His program, we miss His plan. One time-period was in Eden. Another epoch was during the Patriarch period. Next was the era of Law, followed by Grace – with the Millennial period yet to come. Every time period, epoch or era has its own code for living; its own ‘laws’; its own indigenous rules, requirements and regulations. The Hebrew word for ‘Law’ is “Torah” and ‘directions’ or ‘instructions’ for the nation of Israel were given to Moses in the Torah.
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Change and decay in all around I see..
Oh Thou Who changes not..
Abide with me.
In all the changing scenes and situations of life that overtake you.. be serene and unperturbed. Do not fret or fume. Am I not with you – sailing in the same little barque in which you are traveling?
Be patient. Endure patiently.. and let patience have her perfect work in you. This is My desire – for this pleases Me. Though the nations rage and the seas roar.. do not be overwhelmed by troubles. Am I not with you? How can life overwhelm you.. when I am at the helm of your craft? Remember my three faithful children.. Dan.3:19ff.
Though they walked in the midst of the furious fire.. no harm could befall them. I am with you in your storms and will guide you through life’s flames. With them you must cry… our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king…. but if not….” Also, consider my servant Job.. Job:1-2..He was perfect in his way and yet he had much to learn of Me, as do you. And through his travail.. he discovered an intimacy with Me, that few discover.
Shall you learn these secrets in the easy places of life or in deep troubles? Job confessed: Though he slay me …YET… will I trust Him. Job 13:15. My rod and staff are designed to correct as well as to comfort. Those I love I chasten – so that you will grow in grace and mature in the faith. Learn of me in the trials of life. Trust me through the pains and disappointments.
In all the changing scenes and situations of life that overtake you.. be serene and unperturbed. Endure patiently.. and let patience have her perfect work in you. And one day you will here those words. well done good and faithful servant.. enter thou into theread more