"I have heard the taunting of Moab And the revilings of the sons of Ammon, With which they have taunted My people And become arrogant against their territory.Zephaniah 2:8(NASB)
Called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
The chosen vessel becomes the instrument of a Divine wisdom which surprises the vessel itself. Sooner or later that chosen vessel is full of one question: "Why did God choose me? Why did He call me to this work? He ought to have chosen anyone but me! I am the most unsuited for this kind of life and this kind of work." That was true of Moses. When God would send him into Egypt, he said: "Oh, if you can send by anybody, do so, but not by me." When God chose Jeremiah, the latter said: "I cannot speak: for I am a child" (Jeremiah 1:6). A prophet, whose one business it was to speak, felt that it was the one thing he could not do. Divine choice is a very extraordinary thing, and it is not always the thing that we would like or would choose that God calls us to. When we are young we have perhaps a great idea of being in the Lord's work, and we leap to it very eagerly as though we can do it, but when we get older we feel more acutely our dependence. It is then that we discover that naturally we are not fit for it, and many of God's chosen vessels have had to be kept in the work by the very power of God itself.
You see, it is God's own sovereignty in His choice, and the point is this: It is not the vessel, but the purpose for which the vessel has been chosen. What is it that unites us as Christians? Now listen to this: It is not salvation, nor redemption, but it is God's power in salvation and redemption that unites us. It is the common consciousness of all believers that they exist for a purpose and that God has saved them with a great purpose in view. This is a very important thing to remember. We may be saved, and yet we may all be divided. We may all be redeemed by the precious Blood of Jesus and yet remain just individual units. But see what a uniting power there is in everybody feeling that they are called to a purpose! They are united by one common vision.
Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighted down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
The day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected … I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
§ We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Jesus spoke these words: . . . “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one.”
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts" (1 Pet. 3:15).
Many sincere believers are apt to put up an insincere front in order to "protect the Gospel," so as not to "let the Lord down." But He will increase, if we but decrease. There is nothing like being nothing!
"It is true that there is the hunger to be devoted, and to be like the Lord Jesus, long before one's acts and manner corroborate the hunger, and make it a fact; but the more the hungers which grace has generated in your heart are given a place, the sooner will they become experiential facts; and the more the Lord Jesus has His throne within you, the more you will rejoice in Him, and have no confidence in the flesh'" (Phil. 3:3).
"I know so little of the Lord Jesus,' one may say, and this may be true; but every grace that is in Him is in every saint, though not developed. If I am a babe in Christ, where there is true lowliness of heart, I display God, as a babe manifesting Him; but if, as a babe, I am attempting to manifest Him as a man, there will be frustration and failure.
"My wisdom will be, not to set myself up above that which I really am. If walking in true lowliness and manifesting that measure of the Lord Jesus in which we have grown, there will be certain progress." -W.K.
"Perhaps there is nothing so hard as not to appear anything but what you are. If you do so to your advantage, you will be some day found out, but if to your disadvantage, there is no doubt that He who searcheth the heart and trieth the reins will one day vindicate you."
"But now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me" (2 Cor. 12:6).
“The secret (friendship R.V.) of the Lord is with them that fear Him.” Psalms 25:14
What is the sign of a friend? That he tells you secret Sorrows? No, that he tells you secret joys. Many will confide to you their secret sorrows, but the last mark of intimacy is to confide secret joys. Have we ever let God tell us any of His joys, or are we telling God our secrets so continually that we leave no room for Him to talk to us? At the beginning of our Christian life we are full of requests to God, then we find that God wants to get us into relationship with Himself, to get us in touch with His purposes. Are we so wedded to Jesus Christ's idea of prayer - "Thy will be done" - that we catch the secrets of God? The things that make God dear to us are not so much His great big blessings as the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us; He knows every detail of our individual lives.
". . . him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose." At first we want the consciousness of being guided by God, then as we go on we live so much in the consciousness of God that we do not need to ask what His will is, because the thought of choosing any other will never occur to us. If we are saved and sanctified God guides us by our ordinary choices, and if we are going to choose what He does not want, He will check, and we must heed. Whenever there is doubt, Stop at once. Never reason it out and say - "I wonder why I shouldn't?" God instructs us in what we choose, that is, He guides our common sense, and we no longer hinder His Spirit by continually saying - "Now, Lord, what is Thy will?"
Faith is the substance of things hoped for – the evidence of things not seen.
Throughout the pages of Scripture we are been pointed towards the need for faith. Faith in the threefold work of the Holy Spirit in us and through us:-1) Saving our spirits. 2) Sanctifying our souls. 3) Serving through our bodies.
Faith is necessary for the initial salvation of the spirit. We are saved by grace, God’s wonderful grace – but it is through faith. God so loves… that whosoever believes shall be saved… John 3:16, for salvation is being born of the Holy Spirit and is accessed through faith.
Once a man is saved, faith must grow and develop through child-training. Faith is needed for salvation, for sanctification and for service and faith is essential if we are to please God in our daily living. Faith is necessary for the continuing salvation of the soul. Faith is required for holiness.. sanctification – for growing in grace. Faith is needed for a life that is being conformed into the image of Jesus, for maturing and sanctification is by the power of the Holy Spirit.. and is accessed through faith:-
Faith is necessary for living the Christian life. Faith is critical in averting our sight away from current circumstances and faith is equally critical in recognising our present position “in Christ,” – for we are seated together with Him in heavenly places. We must believe this truth – by faith. The writer to the Hebrews climaxed the great need for faith in his eleventh chapter, reminding us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Heb.11:6
All the prophets of old pointed to the One that was promised to come, and a remnant believed and passed the baton of faith down through the generations. Habakkuk put into words what others had expressed in prophecy: the just shall live by his faith. Hab.2:4. Habakkuk put into words what Abraham demonstrated in his life:read more
Let him sit alone and keep silence, because he hath laid it upon him. Let him put his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope..
Lamentations 3:28, 29.
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet sits in solitude, sits in silence – sits in submission. Anguish of heart has caused this man to react in grief – in humble submission of self. There are times in each of our lives when we need to fly to the secret place of God. There are seasons when no speech can be uttered – only moanings and tears. There are periods when life crushes so deeply, that solitude of soul is sought.
It is at such times that we need to bow low in the dust, before His divine majesty.. and in extremity of sorrow, prostrate ourselves before His throne of grace. It is at such times we need to examine the latitude and longitude of our inner being. Under pressure of life and burden of sin, the troubled soul seeks holy solitude. So sit silently under the eye of God and let Him examine the depths of your heart. Sit silently under the scrutiny of the Spirit and allow the Word to reveal the extent of your need.
The true Shepherd of the sheep will lead you beside still waters to restore you, but His rod of correction is never far from the silent, seeking solitary soul. “Sit Still my daughter,” “Keep silence my son” and examine your heart – and then “Arise and go to the Father…” and say “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son .. Thy daughter….”
Get alone with God and dare to truthfully tell Him your grief. Get alone with God and dare to honestly ask Him to examine your heart. Do not imagine that you can hide anything from His inscrutable knowledge. Do not pretend that you can camouflage any of the roarings of your soul from Him. Do not fail to rememberread more