just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:Romans 4:6(NASB)
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him" (Ps. 37:7).
Lincoln said that “a short speech requires great preparation; a long speech can be given anytime on short notice.” Now, are we going to “spend our years as a tale that is told” (Ps. 90:9); or are we going to settle down and grow in the image of our eternal Lord?
"In our spiritual experience we often find that not least of our trials is the fact that God seems so slow to respond; sometimes it would appear that He is careless or indifferent - and that just when our needs are most acute. Two of the major elements in the spiritual life and experience of His own are the seemingly slow and hidden ways of God, and the demand for persistent faith in His servants." -T. A-S.
"The work of God in the lives of His people is designed to make them partakers of His holiness.' He undertakes their training in His school with the intention that, however difficult in practice the course may be, it will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness' in the lives of those who undergo it.
"This evidently represents His norm - no shortcuts and no exceptions. At least, He did not make an exception of Abraham, or Joseph, or Moses, or any of the great men and women whose names are listed in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. Their training lasted for decades and led them into painful situations and difficult places. But their lives, as a result, were incomparably fruitful." -J.P.
"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him" (Ps. 62:5).
God, who… made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV)
We stand by revelation, "God who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." "God... called me through grace to reveal His Son in me." - Gal. 1:16. How are we going to be made to stand, to be established? How is this endurance going to be put in us? By knowing the Lord Jesus in this inward way, by revelation. The people who are going to stand are those in whom this thing has become a living revelation; "God hath shined in our hearts," this is one side. The other is, "pressed on every side, perplexed, pursued, smitten down... yet not unto despair" - 2 Cor. 4:6-10. We are troubled and pressed down... why? "That the LIFE of JESUS might be made manifest in our mortal bodies" - 2 Cor. 4:11.
Is not that endurance? Pressed on every side yet not strangled! "In pressure Thou hast enlarged me" - Ps. 4:1. What was meant to be "pressed down," God has made for enlargement. Cast down, yet a wonderful rising up. Why? How? It is "God who hath shined in our hearts... in the face of Jesus Christ," therefore you can go through and survive. Nothing can carry us through but the revelation of the Lord Jesus by the Holy Spirit in our hearts; an inside knowledge of Him - not a mental assent to a creed or a doctrine, but a living, vital reality in our very being.
The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.
Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love. § Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. § The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. § Love suffers long and is kind.
In due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. § Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. § The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. § Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh.
God … has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.
The first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, … Jesus came and stood in the midst … Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord … After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them … Then [ Jesus] said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” … Thomas … said … “My Lord and my God!” § Unto us a Son is given, … called … Mighty God.
“Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel 37:3
Can that sinner be turned into a saint? Can that twisted life be put right? There is only one answer: "O Lord, Thou knowest, I don't." Never trample in with religious common sense and say - "Oh, yes, with a little more Bible reading and devotion and prayer, I see how it can be done."
It is much easier to do something than to trust in God; we mistake panic for inspiration. That is why there are so few fellow workers with God and so many workers for Him. We would far rather work for God than believe in Him. Am I quite sure that God will do what I cannot do? I despair of men in the degree in which I have never realized that God has done anything for me. Is my experience such a wonderful realization of God's power and might that I can never despair of anyone I see? Have I had any spiritual work done in me at all? The degree of panic is the degree of the lack of personal spiritual experience.
"Behold, 0 my people, I will open your graves." When God wants to show you what human nature is like apart from Himself, He has to show it you in yourself. If the Spirit of God has given you a vision of what you are apart from the grace of God (and He only does it when His Spirit is at work), you know there is no criminal who is half so bad in actuality as you know yourself to be in possibility. My "grave" has been opened by God and "I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing." God's Spirit continually reveals what human nature is like apart from His grace.
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 an 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 chose 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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take every thought captive to obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
As my own daughter searched frantically for her lost keys one day – she heard: Mummy you will find your keys now.. I have prayed to Jesus… and she did. Those were the words of a child – not yet three years of age, but a child that trusted God. Simple, trusting, child-like faith means having a true and correct perspective of God.
A right concept of God makes for right theology and righteous practical living. Simple isn’t it, and yet how difficult when we have built up false perceptions of Him. Right thinking about God is the bedrock of belief. Right thinking about God is the foundation of faith: for no other foundation can be laid than that which is laid – which is Jesus Christ. 1Cor.3:11
Any false notions we have allowed to develop in our minds must be laid aside. Any incorrect attitudes we have allowed to dull our vision of God must be banished.. but His true identity often lies buried beneath the rubbish of religious indoctrination. His perfect attributes are often distorted by the emotional damage we have sustained – or His character is all too often superimposed over the destructive actions of others. But such a God is one birthed out of the shadow of a bruised and bloodied heart.
Wrong thoughts toward God and imperfect attitudes about Him are a death knoll, for all doctrinal error has its roots in a wrong perception of God and His Christ. Such thoughts must be banished and such attitudes must be corrected. The curious thing is that we are warned in scripture of this very problem: for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. This incredibly simple text is heavily pregnant with meaning and truth: for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
Have you ever stopped to consider your thoughts – and what you think? For as a man thinks in his heart, so isread more