The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.2 Corinthians 13:14(NASB)
Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:9)
We shall not be able to raise ourselves any more than we can crucify ourselves, but we must recognize that the Lord's dealings with us are with that in view. In order to display the power of His resurrection, He will very often have to take the attitude toward us of letting things get well beyond all human power to remedy or save, of allowing things to go so far that there is no other power in all the universe that can do anything whatever to save the situation. He will allow death, disintegration to work, so that nothing, nothing in the universe is of any avail, except the power of His resurrection.
We shall come to the place where Abraham came, who became the great type of faith which moved right into resurrection: "He considered his own body now as good as dead" (Rom. 4:19). That is the phrase used by the apostle about Abraham: "as good as dead." And Paul came into that: "We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead" (2 Cor. 1:9). Whatever else men may be able to do in the realm of creation, they stop short when death has actually taken place; they can do no more. Resurrection is God's act, and God's alone. Men can do very many things when they have got life, but when there is no life it is only God who can do anything. And God will allow His Church and its members oft-times to get into such situations as are altogether beyond human help, in order that He may give the display, which is His own display, in which no man has any place to glory.
Be imitators of God as dear children. § Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. § Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.
When the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. § The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. § He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
I was brought low, and He saved me. § Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. § Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. § He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place. § Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.
“When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.” § Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
I have learned, in whatever state I am, in this to be content" (Phil. 4:11).
All we have to do is love the Lord Jesus - that will take us through all the fire necessary to conform us to His image.
"Hopes have precarious life; They are oft blighted, withered, snapped sheer off In vigorous youth, and turned to rottenness; But faithfulness can feed on suffering, And knows no disappointment."
"Adam might defy the will of God, Elijah might doubt it, but John would glory in it - even on Patmos. This is the way of certain triumph; to accept God's will, however painful it may be, and to trust Him in the certain faith that His will must triumph in the end. John stood his ground, maintaining his testimony in the face of every foe, and as a consequence has exercised a mighty ministry of life down through the centuries." -T. A-S.
"Much depends on the way great eras of our life are entered on. The germ of faith will outlive the sternest winds and roughest seas. We enter on them enthusiastically or stoically. Nature or disposition may have much to do with our external manner, but it is faith in our Father which stands the wear of years, and the sorrows of life."
"One does not feel the pain of the Cross when his mind is on heavenly things."
"Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ" (2 Tim. 2:3)."
“Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the uttermost farthing.” Matthew 5:26
There is no heaven with a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure and holy and right; He will not allow you to escape for one moment from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit. He urged you to come to judgment right away when He convicted you, but you did not; the inevitable process began to work and now you are in prison, and you will only get out when you have paid the uttermost farthing. "Is this a God of mercy, and of love?" you say. Seen from God's side, it is a glorious ministry of love. God is going to bring you out pure and spotless and undefiled; but He wants you to recognize the disposition you were showing - the disposition of your right to yourself. The moment you are willing that God should alter your disposition, His recreating forces will begin to work. The moment you realize God's purpose, which is to get you rightly related to Himself and then to your fellow men, He will tax the last limit of the universe to help you take the right road. Decide it now - "Yes, Lord, I will write that letter to-night"; "I will be reconciled to that man now."
The messages of Jesus Christ are for the will and the conscience, not for the head. If you dispute the Sermon on the Mount with your head, you will blunt the appeal to your heart.
"I wonder why I don't go on with God?" Are you paying your debt from God's standpoint? Do now what you will have to do some day. Every moral call has an "ought" behind it.
I am the Almighty God, walk before Me and be perfect.
Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these things, be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish – at His presence.
Be Perfect! What does this phrase "Be Perfect" bring to your mind? It is a word that can attract or repel. We can be repelled by the very distance between ourselves and God’s perfection. We can shrink and back, away from the impossibility of its achievement. We can gasp at how inconceivable this pure state is in our poor human frame.
To be perfect means to be whole, to be healthy, to be mature, to be complete. God is perfect, and fits the complete description of perfection. There is no lack in Him and there is no excess in Him either. There is no failure in Him due to ignorance or inexperience. There is nothing in Him that spoils His glorious nature. There is nothing in Him that impairs His gracious actions. God is indeed perfect and requires perfection of those who trust in Him.
But I am not perfect! I cannot be perfect! I have too many imperfections to countenance this demand! How can God make demands on man, that are so impossible to achieve? How can God require perfection from one that by nature is so imperfect?
The more His perfection shines forth from Him – the greater I discover my flaws! The more goodness He displays – the deeper my inadequacies are exposed! The closer I move towards His pure light – the blacker my evil soul is painted.
It is the perfect God Who has called His disciples to be perfect! It is the almighty Creator Who requires from His own a holy calling! It is the perfect One that commands us to be perfect, as He is perfect! He requires us to be perfect in our humanity – asread more
I don’t think there is anything more destructive to the human soul than disinterest. I don’t think anything hurts a human heart more than a 'couldn’t care less' attitude. This grieved the Lord so deeply as He knocked Laodicea’s door.
They were not hot, with enthusiasm about the Lord that bought them.. nor were they hot with anger.. incited with argument.. and anger and animosity towards Him. They were not icy cold…with deep contempt for something, they don’t understand. No, they were neither hot nor cold… they were just disinterested in Him. Interested in their own wretched life that was poor, miserable, blind and naked. But the Christ and Saviour of their soul, was kept outside the door of their heart. What disinterest in the One that loves and cares so deeply as to give His all.
As I look back on the birth of the Saviour… that too was a time of disinterest – a disinterest and impartiality towards the Anointed One of Israel: Emmanuel. It is an indifference, and cool detachment, that continues to this day.. apathy that reaches back to another 'Dark Night of Disinterest' …and this shall be a sign unto you, ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
What a strange sign to identify the King of Glory and Prince of Peace. No jewelled, purple-robe or smooth silken sheets. No fanfare of trumpets – no costly cradle or perfumed boudoir, but a cow’s old, splintered, eating-trough, and torn strips of cloth, from a discarded garment.
How strange! The tokens of His legitimacy were a woman, pregnant before her wedding. The marks of His Messianic authentication were tokens of humiliating poverty.. but this was the eternal plan of the Almighty God, from the foundation of the world, and these bitter identification insignias were His credentials and proof of His worth.
Has the world got it wrong, in the areas and arenas that they value and pursue? Has man missed the point, as heread more