"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.Matthew 7:14(NASB)
The words that I speak to you are Spirit, and they are Life. (John 6:63)
This Life is a very vast Life. It reaches into God's great purpose, and we are a part of it; we are "the called according to His purpose." We want to know the purpose; we want to know our place in the purpose; we want to know our faculties, our functions. How shall this be? Not by studying up what they are, but by being in Life. It may be very interesting to have a scientific knowledge of the workings of our human bodies, but it is not necessary in order to live. Live, and the thing happens. You never have to consider whether you will take your next breath, to sit down and make a mental problem of it. You just do it, and everything else is bound up with it, and follows in proper order. Breathing properly has a great deal bound up with it. Well then, live and everything else will follow. That is only saying, in other words: move, and you have life in the Holy Spirit, and all the plan and order of God will follow. You are bound to come into it, you cannot help yourself.
Thus the object is to get the Lord's people to a place where they walk with the Lord, and are so open to Him that they are prepared for all that walking with Him means. Sometimes it will mean that they will have to leave a great deal that is of a secondary nature; perhaps forsake many things, even religious things, the accepted things, to walk with the Lord. There may be a price attached to it; misunderstanding, and loneliness, and much besides; but if you are so open to the Lord that nothing else matters, and you mean to walk with God whatever the cost, no matter what people say you ought to do as (in their thought) a part of a great Christian order or religious machine, you will come into all God's secret thought as naturally as a flower opens to the sun, and you will be making discoveries and finding that there is a vast realm of meaning and possibility and capacity and power that you never dreamed of. The Lord is not going to stretch it out before us, and show us it. We shall discover it as we walk in the Spirit.
This is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life. § Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
My yoke is easy and My burden is light. § If you love Me, keep My commandments. § He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. § Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. § Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble. § I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
This is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another. § Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. § I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. § “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” § I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more. § You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back. § Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. § To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood … to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort" (2 Cor. 1:3).
We have all cringed at the sad spectacle of the "nouveau riche." And yet many of us as believers present the same failure - flaunting and mishandling our spiritual riches in Christ Jesus.
"The Lord deals with us in order that we might be able to minister in an apt way. His stewards are to be men of understanding, who can touch the various needs, who can reach the heart, so that the Lord's children are saying: That just fits me! That touches my case! That person must know! That one must have been through it! Yes, the Lord knows, and He would take you and me through experiences such as will make us sharers in a living way - and that is what He is doing." -T. A-S.
"It is a new day to your soul when you realize that Christ is the Source of everything, and that it is from Him you must draw, and not from ministry about Him. Many can explain Scripture and even apply it, who are not under the effect of it themselves. They have not come from Him, and are not themselves imbued with that which they are trying to convey.
"There is much wise counsel and good teaching which is not applicable to the moment and to the need. It does not effect what is the Lord's desire as the end of the ministry, which is to lead the soul to Himself, because it is not spoken in communion with Himself. You must first get to where He is, and then you are brought into harmony with the scene where He is."
"Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them who are in any trouble, by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God" (2 Cor. 1:4).
“And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matthew 5:30
Jesus did not say that everyone must cut off the right hand, but - If your right hand offend you in your walk with Me, cut it off. There are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going to concentrate on God you cannot do them. Your right hand is one of the best things you have, but, says Jesus, if it hinders you in following His precepts, cut it off. This line of discipline is the sternest one that ever struck mankind.
When God alters a man by regeneration, the characteristic of the life to begin with is that it is maimed. There are a hundred and one things you dare not do, things that you and in the eyes of the world that knows you are as your right hand and your eye, and the unspiritual person says - Whatever is wrong in that? How absurd you are! There never has been a saint yet who did not have to live a maimed life to start with. But it is better to enter into life maimed and lovely in God's sight than to be lovely in man's sight and lame in God's. In the beginning Jesus Christ by His Spirit has to check you from doing a great many things that may be perfectly right for everyone else but not right for you. See that you do not use your limitations to criticize someone else.
It is a maimed life to begin with, but in v.48 Jesus gives the picture of a perfectly full-orbed life - "Ye shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Thou God seest me…
Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God. We also read that Cain went out from the presence of the Lord. To Moses He said My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. The psalmist tells us, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The Father shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever. Oh yes: My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest..
God is God and being God He knows no limits, for He is Infinite. God is God and being God there is not limit to His presence.. He is omnipresent in time and eternity – in space and throughout creation. Yet His omnipresence takes on a new and unsurpassed dimensions in the Christian, for He takes up permanent residence within the being of the believer in Christ.
God is God and being God He chooses to make us the Temple of His Presence. The indwelling presence of God within the Christian is no myth or folk-legend. This is no speculative nicety.. no theoretical yen – no considered spiritual opinion. The indwelling Christ is a reality.. a scriptural fact proclaimed by God’s Word. The presence of God takes up eternal residence in the spirit of a believer at rebirth.. baptised into the body of Christ – one with Him and one in Him and He in us.
But many choose to confine His presence to the realm of conscious feelings.. or seek after a plethora of spiritual experiences to ‘prove’ God speaks the truth. Some even erroneously bemoan that God has withdrawn His presence from them.. often seeking out some personal sin or deficiency that caused God’s withdrawal – refusing to believe His Word, unless God proves Himself to their satisfaction.
But we live by factual faith in God’s Word and not by sensual sight. We live by factual faithread more
In the roulette wheel of life, does your head sometimes spin out of control? Do you look at your present life and wonder how you are going to make it through.. as you watch the merry-go-round of life leave you struggling in the mire? Do you sometimes feel that life has dealt you a really duff hand of cards.. a full-hand of jokers, where you see yourself as the chief clown – a failure in your own eyes, and a thing of scorn to pitying onlookers?
Do you look back on your life and bemoan what you have left or lost? Do you look forward and see nothing but pain for the rest of your life on earth? Remember, that in the midst of all life’s pains and disappointments, God can deal you the winning hand, though to others it may appear mean.. if you will remain in faithful obedience in the place where He has planted you.. if you will just open your ears and listen to all that He has to say to you – if you will just open the eyes of your heart to the promises He has to give you.
This is what happen to a motley group of despised shepherds. Theirs was no enviable position and yet they were a group of faithful watchers, who in humility of heart and faithful obedience to their calling saw God’s glory.
They were engulfed in the glory of God, in the midst of their mean lowly calling: and in the same region there were shepherds out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were filled with fear. We see that while these shepherd were at their common, humble work.. they received this wonderful vision.
The heavenly visitor came to this little band as they were fulfilling their given task. The angelic host visited these men that were faithfully remainingread more