For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.Philippians 2:21(NASB)
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore. (Psalm 125:1,2 NIV)
Mountains? And the Lord like the mountains? What is that? It is fortification, it is strength, it is protection. And what is the point of fortification if there is nothing against which to be fortified? Away back in Old Testament times, when the people came into the land, the remarkable thing is that they occupied the higher places more than the lower. You will find that their towns, cities and villages are almost all of them upon some high place; the reason being that their enemies, who had chariots and horses, had their strength on the level, in the plain, but they could do nothing with chariots and horses against mountains. And therefore the safety, security and fortification of the Lord people was by being on high places.
That is a parable. If the enemy can get you on to his level he has beaten you. So he must pull you down, he must get you down, he must get you to accept something less than God full place and mind for you, and then he will undo you. That is what he has done with the church, speaking of the church now in very general terms. He has pulled it down to this world level; he has reduced it to the level of things here, and he has absolutely disintegrated it, broken it up and divided it and robbed it of its power. The church which is revealed to us in the New Testament is always on high ground.... In Ephesians, it is n the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.It is a great power to be on high ground, it is a great defensive, protective factor; the enemy can do little with you if you keep up there and refuse to come down. Nehemiah found that to be so, when they said, ome down and let us confer and he said, am doing a great work so that I cannot come down(Neh. 6:3). It is a principle operating.
I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. § I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. § Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost.
The Lord takes pleasure in His people. § My delight was with the sons of men. § His great love with which He loved us. § Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. § If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
Lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. § This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. § By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer. § Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
We have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. § That we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor. 3:18).
As the plant to the sun, we look to the Son for growth!
"What is the good of a man being ennobled, made a prince of, if he feels he has gained no more or sensible acquisition by it? This is the disappointment which souls feel without being able to account for it; and they are subject to nights of wrestling, because they have rested in their grand title, instead of in the means of supporting their titles, which is dependence on, and ever deepening acquaintance with, the One who has conferred them." -J.B.S.
"I cannot conceive anything more satisfying or cheering to the heart than the consciousness that I may not only draw near, but that I draw near in answer to the thought and interest that the Lord Jesus has about me, and that I draw nigh to enjoy myself in His presence where there is so much thought and interest about me. It is there my heart goes out in acknowledgment of Him in answer to His deep, gracious, and everlasting love."
"By means of the Word, look to the Lord Jesus in faith. Exercise the blessed trust that He is yours, and that He has given Himself to you, and that you have a claim to all that is in Him. It is His purpose to work out His image in you. Behold Him with the joyful and certain expectation: the glory that I behold in Him is destined for me!" -A.M.
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6).
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord.” Isaiah 6:1
Our soul's history with God is frequently the history of the "passing of the hero." Over and over again God has to remove our friends in order to bring Himself in their place, and that is where we faint and fail and get discouraged. Take it personally: In the year that the one who stood for me for all that God was, died - I gave up everything? I became ill? I got disheartened? or - I saw the Lord?
My vision of God depends upon the state of my character. Character determines revelation. Before I can say "I saw also the Lord," there must be something corresponding to God in my character. Until I am born again and begin to see the Kingdom of God, I see along the line of my prejudices only; I need the surgical operation of external events and an internal purification.
It must be God first, God second, and God third, until the life is faced steadily with God and no one else is of any account whatever. "In all the world there is none but thee, my God, there is none but thee." Keep paying the price. Let God see that you are willing to live up to the vision.
How astonishing to mortal minds is the eternity of God, Who Was and Who is and Who is to come – forever, amen. He is beyond reason because He is the unreasonable Ancient of Days. He is the everlasting Father, Whose day has no start and Whose year has no end. He is the Son.. begotten of love, Whose light burst into time from eternity. He is the eternal Spirit of goodness and truth – comfort, love and grace.
From everlasting to everlasting He is and was and ever shall remain God. From vanishing point to vanishing point He inhabits eternity. He alone can say I AM that I AM and there is none like unto Me.. declaring the end from the beginning Isa.46:10. For He links up the Start with the finish in a sphere of eternity. He knits together each genesis with its revelation in His timeless unknowing. He will bring to fruition all that He declared from before the earth’s foundation.
Only created words in a created time can describe this uncreated eternal One. And writers scrape their dregs of understanding to find a Word that befits this God. Painters dig to the depths of their imagination, to represent this unbelievable Being. Music rises to the heights of euphoria in an attempt to capture a fraction of His essence.
Heaven is His star-jewelled throne and earth His emerald-strewn footstool. The heaven of heavens cannot contain the wonder of His unique personage, and yet… my body is the temple of His majesty, His glory and His compassion.
A body of believers is the fragile dwelling place in which He chose to reside: forever loved forever. Dreams and delights of eternity with the eternal One ooze from scripture’s pages.. as prophets and poets alike searched to pen words that described this eternal One. Eye has not seen, ear has not heard and heart has not searched out His majesty, for God inhabits eternity.. yet time nestles deep within theread more
For nearly two years God has been showing me some astonishing truths.. Oh! not a voice in the night nor an angelic visitation. Not a great vision of light.. but step by step, He has given me a deeper understanding of health and wholeness.
It seems that just as God has set laws in the universe – like laws of motion or gravity. God has openly set in the scripture very specific ‘laws’ that relate to the believer. Oh! not the Law of Moses, for though perfect, the Law given to Moses kills. Perfection can never be reached by the efforts of sinful man, that Law points to Christ, for the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
It seems more and more that the one thing than God requires, more than anything is a full concentration on Christ.. a mind that is set on Christ and Christ alone:- a single mind, for a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.. a submissive mind – wherein lowliness of heart we esteem the other better.. a spiritual mind – where we look away from earthly things to things above.. a secure mind – which is the only recipient of the peace of the Lord – a surrendered mind – where each thought is captured and given over to Him.
I have for many years contrasted Mary of Bethany with her sister.. desiring to reflect the former rather than the bothering, worried, fractious Martha.. for Mary had discovered the secret of a mind that is stayed on the Lord. She had uncovered the path to perfect peace – the ‘law’ of health and healing. "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things." Luke 10:41. "Let not your heart be troubled…. Neither let it be afraid." John 14:1 "One thing is necessary, Mary has chosen the good portion, which will NOT be taken away from her." Luke 10:41. My peace I give… a peace that only I can give… John 14:1