"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.Deuteronomy 6:5(NASB)
I endure all things for the elect's sake" (2 Tim. 2:10).
Our Father's mercy is all-encompassing. It includes our salvation - " . . . according to His mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5); and our service - " . . . by the mercies of God, present your bodies a living sacrifice. . . which is your reasonable service" (Rom. 12:1).
Reasonable service is based upon sacrifice: "I, Paul. . . rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body's sake, which is the church" (Col. 1:23, 24).
"To truly minister to others is always to accept new happiness and new distress, both of them forever deepening and entering into closer and more inseparable union with each other, the more profound and spiritual the ministry becomes. The one who gives himself to others can never be a wholly sad person; but no more can he be one of unclouded gladness." -G.M.
"The fuller the service, the greater the surrender and sacrifice. It is not giving what one can spare without feeling it, for I will not offer the Lord that which doth cost me nothing' (2 Sam. 24:24).
"The service declares its virtue and aim by the suffering which is endured in rendering it, for what can be done at one's ease is generally done without much concern for the one to whom it is rendered, and thus the true quality is lost."
"I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved" (2 Cor. 12:15).
I am able to do nothing from Myself. (John 5:30 AMP)
You get to the heart of everything in the case of the Lord Jesus when you recognize that the one question which constituted the testing ground of His life was: "Will this Man act alone, speak alone, choose alone, decide alone, move alone?" And His answer was always, "Not out from Myself!" "The Son can do nothing out from Himself." "The words that I speak unto you I speak not out from Myself." Every kind of appeal was made to Him to persuade Him on the impulse of the moment, or in response to an entreaty that seemed to promise success, or by an argument that appeared to be the truest wisdom, to move, act, speak, do something as out from Himself....
At times the suggestion wouldbe influenced by necessity of circumstances, at times by thepromise of effectiveness in His service, or again byrepresentation of the utter un-wisdom of the line that He wastaking, as when His own brethren, who did not believe in Him,chided Him for delay, saying, "Go up to Jerusalem and showyourself!" To them He said, "I go not yet up to this feast!" Andthen, so quickly after, when His brethren were gone up He went upalso. But He would not go up at the persuasion of popular reason;He would not do this merely because it was the thing whicheverybody else was doing, or because it was urged upon Him that,since everybody was going to the feast, He ought to go too. Thatninety-nine people do a thing is no argument for the hundredth todo it. We are not to be led by the appeals that decide theactions of the many "It is the popular thing! Everybody else isdoing it! It is the recognized thing to do!" No! Does my Fatherwant me to do this thing? That is the question that must everrule our steps. In the case of the Lord Jesus there was all thetime an underworking to get Him to adopt the contrary course, toact without inquiry of His Father, without direct leading fromHis Father; to act in His individual capacity as though He wereHis own Master, as though He had not to make appeal elsewhere. InHim there was none of that which was personal, independent. Weare not speaking merely of such things as are sinfully personal,positively personal, but simply of independent action, actiontaken for the best ends, for a good motive, with quite a properintention. Yes, all this may be done, but apart from the positiveword from the Father. That creates an independent thought,however good may be the motive.
Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is … And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch! § The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. § The coming of the Lord is at hand … The Judge is standing at the door! § Surely I am coming quickly.
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. § Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him … And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up … Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
[Pray] always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers. § Always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
“Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us … sanctification.” 1 Corinthians 1:30
The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfections of Jesus Christ are imparted to me, not gradually, but instantly when by faith I enter into the realization that Jesus Christ is made unto me sanctification. Sanctification does not mean anything less than the holiness of Jesus being made mine manifestly.
The one marvellous secret of a holy life lies not in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfections of Jesus manifest themselves in my mortal flesh. Sanctification is "Christ in you." It is His wonderful life that is imparted to me in sanctification, and imparted by faith as a sovereign gift of God's grace. Am I willing for God to make sanctification as real in me as it is in His word?
Sanctification means the impartation of the Holy qualities of Jesus Christ. It is His patience, His love, His holiness, His faith, His purity, His goodness, that is manifested in and through every sanctified soul. Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy; it is drawing from Jesus the holiness that was manifested in Him, and He manifests it in me. Sanctification is an impartation, not an imitation. Imitation is on a different line. In Jesus Christ is the perfection of everything, and the mystery of sanctification is that all the perfections of Jesus are at my disposal, and slowly and surely I begin to live a life of ineffable order and sanity and holiness: "Kept by the power of God."
How astonishing that the incomprehensible God chose to communicate with man. The Bible is a progressive revelation of God’s inexpressible nature. His Word is a gradual unveiling of God’s indescribable character. Scripture is an unhurried disclosure of His inconceivable relationship with man.. demonstrating His ineffable love for you and me – in time and through eternity. His Word proclaims Him and all we have to do is to believe.
God’s Word silences the fool who in His heart announces, there is no God.. for, in the beginning God……” And for those that trust Him, there is one God, in whom are all things... and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 1Cor.8:6
The heavens proclaim God’s glory to men of faith, and to opinionated fools alike, because what may be known of God is clearly manifest in them.. for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:19. And God graciously continues to speak to us today through His Word of Truth.
Who is God that He is answerable to man!!! Scripture announces these facts. God will not try to argue the truth with deluded man. God will not seek to prove His reality to those that are dull of hearing. He speaks in His Word of truth – to all who will hear and trust His Word.
Words cannot begin to define or describe God, for He is indescribable. Scripture refuses to limit the inexpressibly limitless nature and glory of God. God defies description. He simply states I AM that I AM. His name is indicative of His nature – for He is indescribable – unending. The limitless God cannot be boxed into our limited human perspective.
I Am the LORD, that is My name, He proclaims to Isaiah… YHVH, YHVH, that is My name, My glory I will not give to another. And this is the God Who has chosen to communicate with us through His Word.
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Jesus said, ” I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life..
Jesus said, “Abide in ME..
Jesus said, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while..”
No bread that is grown on earth will furnish food for the human heart. No nourishment for the body can suffice the deep need of the believer’s soul. Jesus alone can satisfy the longings and desires of the hungry man, for He is the Bread of LIFE. Worldly strivings and fleshly ambitions may briefly sustain an earthly body, while the inner man dies of hunger, for lack of spiritual food that is eternal.
The Manna that fed the Israelites was food for bodies – not for the spirit. The Bread that truly came down from heaven – satisfies man’s deepest need. Spiritual bread is no bland wafer or tasteless slice of food. It tastes of mercy and forgiveness, grace and divine love. It is the living God that satisfies the gaping emptiness of the hungry soul. “I Am that Bread of Life” said Jesus, “come to Me and you will never hunger.” How is Christ the Bread of Life? What in the soul corresponds to the desperate cravings of a starving man?
The deepest and most intense craving of the stained sinner is FORGIVENESS. The world has no power to still the troubled conscience of the scarlet sinner, but the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world bore our sins: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18. He alone forgives our sins – He forgave ALL our sins at Calvary’s Cross,read more