and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold.Daniel 2:38(NASB)
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways,” declares the Lord. “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8,9 GW)
God's thoughts about things are very different from ours. We would often allow what God would never allow. He has an altogether different point of view about things. We judge in one way about things, and God judges in another. It is necessary for us to come to God's standpoint. "Oh," we would say, "There is no harm in such-and-such a thing. Oh, there is no wrong in that; look at So-and-so and So-and-so," and we take our standard, perhaps, from other people. We have known people to do that; point to some outstanding figure in the work of God, in whose life was a certain thing - that one has been taken as the model, to be copied, and so the thing has been taken on. "Oh, there is no harm in it; look at So-and-so." And I have known lives and ministries to be ruined on that very excuse.
The question is: What does the Lord say about it? God says, "Walk before Me!" Not before any human model; not before any human standard; "There is no harm in it; So-and-so does it; it is quite a common practice." No, no! "Walk before Me," says the Lord. We have got to get this in the spirit, in the inward man. It is deeper than our best moral standards. Otherwise there is no point in it being in the Bible at all, if our moral standards can rise to God's satisfaction - why must we be so handled and reconstituted? It is deeper than our intellect, than our reason. You cannot, by reason or intellect, arrive at God's standard at all. Not at all! Oh, do not think that by any other method of reasoning, you are ever going to reach God's standard. You never will., it is only by revelation of the Holy Spirit. Christ has got to be revealed in our hearts by the Spirit. There is no point in Jesus saying: "When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He shall guide you into all the truth," if we could get there by our own intelligence. Not at all. It must come by the revelation of Christ in our hearts, in the inward parts. This is something spiritual. "God is Spirit; they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" - spirit and truth go together. Only what is spiritual, what is of God, is truth - only that!
A just God and a Savior. § The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable.
God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them. § God set [Him] forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. § He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. § Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. § To him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. § As we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
The Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, . . . 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.
Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. § He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once.
If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
If [since] ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Col. 3:1).
The growth truths seem complicated and difficult to understand on first encounter. However, with progress in grace we find them to be as clear and logical as the truth of justification. For both time and eternity, all is summed up in John 17:3: "And this is life eternal. . . [to] know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ." Study on!
"The marvel of divine grace is that not only has everything according to the heart of God been secured for me through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, but that I, a child of Adam, should be, not only in peace with God where I was under His judgment, but that I am transferred from Adam to Christ, and I am to have Christ formed in me now.
"I am born of God - of new and divine origin - a new creation to be here on earth now where I was a child of Adam, in the grace and beauty of Christ, led by His own power to stand for Him; daily more and more transformed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord' (2 Cor. 3:18)."
"I used to study this passage and that passage to obtain guidance and light. I see now that if I were really near Him beholding His glory (2 Cor. 3:18), I should be transformed, should come from Him so impressed with Himself that His interests would, as it were, naturally control me." -J.B.S.
"When the heart has found its rest and satisfaction in Him, it can turn to Him naturally and continually in every circumstance."
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Col. 3:2).
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.” Galatians 5:1
A spiritually minded man will never come to you with the demand - "Believe this and that;" but with the demand that you square your life with the standards of Jesus. We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the One Whom the Bible reveals (cf. John 5:39-40). We are called to present liberty of conscience, not liberty of view. If we are free with the liberty of Christ, others will be brought into that same liberty - the liberty of realizing the dominance of Jesus Christ.
Always keep your life measured by the standard of Jesus. Bow your neck to His yoke alone, and to no other yoke whatever; and be careful to see that you never bind a yoke on others that is not placed by Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us out of the way of thinking that unless everyone sees as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God's view. There is only one liberty, the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right.
Don't get impatient, remember how God dealt with you - with patience and with gentleness; but never water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, "Go and make disciples," not "make converts to your opinions."
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
The Law, with its 625 dictums was given to Moses for Israel and is indivisible. It was a law of condemnation, and to fail in one part was to fail in the whole. But the purpose of the Law is to point us to Christ, Who fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law on our behalf. And through Christ we have receive the law of the Spirit of life, which has freed us from the power of sin that leads to death. Christians today, in the church age should know, understand and apply this royal law of Christ, as we abide in Him and He in us, for: it is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
We should know, understand and apply the law of life in Christ Jesus, and Romans 6 is a vital passage, which describes this victorious Christian life, but is founded on an understanding of the previous chapters. Chapter 1: all men are sinners; accountable to God and guilty before Him. Chapter 2: God is righteous and His laws are good, while man is unrighteous and his heart is evil. Chapter 3: all men are guilty before God and righteousness only comes by grace, through faith in Christ. Chapter 4: gives examples of men of faith and God’s promises to those who live by faith. Chapter 5: the glories of trusting Christ, contrasting the old life under law with the new life under grace, and Chapter 6: as slaves of Christ we are no longer slaves to sin and death.
And a crescendo of hope and excitement builds as we pass from the ministration of Law and death to the ministration of life, freedom and grace. And although chapter 6 rejoices in the victorious Christian life, chapter 7 bringsread more
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness, but a faithful man – who can find?
What does God require of you – and what does He require of me? It appears to revolve around one things of great import to the Lord : faithfulness. God does not require great things.. He requires faithfulness. God does not require big ministries.. He requires faithfulness. God does not require important works.. He requires faithfulness. God does not demand spectacular feats or impossible tasks.
Faithfulness in the ordinary duties to which He calls us. He desires simple faithfulness, in the daily, commonplace tasks that He gives us to do. Faithfulness is one of the most blessed characteristics of our God. In Deuteronomy chapter 7 we read, Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him, for without His faithfulness, His eternal omniscience would be of little worth – and without His faithfulness His infinite power would leave man adrift. But the Lord is faithful, Who will establish you and keep you from evil.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
The names of God’s faithful servants are scattered across the pages of scripture and stand in clear contradistinction with a myriad of proud, unfaithful, adulterous ones. We read about God’s servant and friend Moses, who is faithful in all My house. Num.12:17. And so too of David the man after God’s own heart, for who is so faithful among all thy servants as David, 1 Sam.22:14. The foolish failures and foul faults of such faithful men were forgotten and forgiven.. and the Word recalls their faithfulness as the characteristic in which God delights.
Mine eyes shallread more