"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."Ecclesiastes 1:2(NASB)
I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief! (Mark 9:24 NLT)
Here is something that you and I must dwell upon. Personally, I am constantly brought to this: I have not yet learnt thoroughly to believe what I believe in! I believe in the finished work of Christ, yet sometimes I am just as miserable about myself as any man could be. I am often almost at the point of giving up because of what a wretched kind of thing I am. If there is anything in this world that would cause me to give up the Christian ministry, it is myself. Do you understand what I mean? Oh, how we are discouraged by what we find in ourselves! And so, we don't believe what we believe in. We believe in the finished work of Christ, and that God puts all that finished work to our account. God does not see us in ourselves He sees us in Christ. He does not see us, He sees Christ in us. We don't believe that! If we really did we would be delivered from ourselves and would indeed be triumphant Christians.
Of course, that does not mean that we can just behave anyhow. We may speak and act wrongly, but for every Christian there is a refuge a mercy seat. It has not to be made; it is there with the precious Blood. That has not to be shed; it is shed. There is a High Priest making intercession for us. There is everything that we need. The work is finished, completed. Oh, we Christians must believe our beliefs! We must take hold, with both hands, of the things which are of our Christian faith.
God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. § 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? § The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
We love Him because He first loved us.
Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality … Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being. § Having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty.
He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him. . . take up his Cross daily" (Luke 9:23).
We go all the way to Calvary in faith and there find ourselves identified with the Lord Jesus in His death and resurrection. And Calvary comes all the way to us in experience as the Holy Spirit applies that finished work to our lives.
"In the Reformation there was, through grace, a great deliverance. The groundwork of Christianity was recovered; namely, justification by faith. But though this was recovered, it was not maintained that the old man was crucified on the Cross, and hence they only refused the exactions of popery, but recognized the flesh as still before God. Refusing the exaction was right; but the retention of that in which the exaction could be made, the old man, was the weakness of the Reformation."
"I do not see the Cross truly if I only see it as opening a way of escape for me, and yet allowing that in me to escape which has incurred the judgment of the Cross."
"In the present day (1867) the truth is lowered to the measure of man's need; hence if the need is met, which grace does, the convert makes little or no advance; he rests in the satisfaction of his need, instead of being directed to the scope of God's thought, which only begins with his need.
"Where would souls be put if they were simply and definitely instructed in Christ Jesus and Him crucified and risen; connected by faith with the living One, who was crucified, and whose death terminated man in the flesh?" -J.B.S.
"Whosoever doth not bear his Cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:27).
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places – in Christ
The Word of God is a jewelled casket.. filled with the most precious gemstones. The Word of God is a love-letter, that is bursting with treasures of promises. Perhaps the epistle containing the most priceless pledges is Ephesians. Perhaps the most precious promise there, is that we are "accepted in the Beloved." Nowhere in Scripture is His glorious grace more evident than in this little book – or we are like Mary "highly favoured".
It was His grace that was given to the Lord’s human mother and it is the same grace – given to us who believe on His name – His body, His church, His darling, His beloved bride.
Nowhere in scripture is there such a climax of superlatives. And these superlatives describe our position in Christ. In a few short verses, we are bedecked with the highest of heavenly favours. In one brief chapter, we glimpse our heavenly treasures and distinguished standing.
We are blessed with all spiritual blessings. We are seated with Him – now, in heavenly places. We are chosen- before the world began, to overthrow the world. We are predestined to adoption – that we should be God’s Sons.. that we should be holy, without blame, before Him in love – in Christ and in love.
This is indeed a highly favoured position; an honour bestowed; a high and holy calling. Not so much a distinctive character of the calling, the mystery, which is His body – but a special feature and fact of the overwhelming nature and purpose of grace - That we should be holy.. That we should be without blame before Him – in love – in grace.
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My soul wait though only upon God. My soul be thou silent unto God. My soul be though watchful unto God.
God is a Tri-unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Likewise, man.. created in God’s image is a trinity of spirit, soul and body. But since Adam’s fall his progeny are fallen creatures, born into a fallen world, and the only hope for mankind is to be reborn, as a new a creation in Christ.
Man’s spirit is dead in trespasses and sins until made a new creation and born again. Man’s body is dying and diseased until we meet Him at His soon return. Man’s soul is born in the image and likeness of sinful Adam’s old-sin nature, and for the believer, there is a choice – either a spiritual walk or carnal concerns. A willingness to permit the Spirit to lead and guide and conduct child-training, OR.. a rebellious nature that resists the Spirit, Who will need to deliver chastisement.
It is predominantly in the areas of the soul that we should 'wait' on Him. It is the new man in Christ, not our body or spirit that should wait in silence on Him. The spirit is saved, the body will be saved at the rapture and the soul is being saved. The whole of our life is a process of sanctification.. being made into the image of Jesus.
It is in the sphere of the soul that the main work of the Spirit is undertaken today. The personal ME - my reason; my will; my thoughts; my decisions; my emotions. I have the ability and choice to muster my person to concentrate on God or to focus on me, but only concentration on Him will result in a willing transformation of my soul – while concentration on my will results in self-will over-riding the Spirit’s will.
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