Will You restrain Yourself at these things, O LORD? Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?Isaiah 64:12(NASB)
You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life. (John 5:39-40 NIV)
The value of everything is its livingness. The value of the Scriptures is not that we know our Bibles and can handle our Bibles and can give addresses, wonderful addresses, from our Bibles, and that we can quote Scripture fully and accurately and all that sort of thing. It is not that we bear the name of associates of Christ, Christians, not that we have this great inheritance and tradition. It is the livingness of it all which is proving itself in all ways, that this risen Life of Christ should prove itself.... That is a strong thing to say, it is a searching thing to say. You have the Christian tradition and a great deal of Christian teaching, perhaps you know your Bibles very well, or think you do, perhaps you have many advantages in your associations, but the question arises. Not do you know it all, have you got it all, all the teaching, the truth, the Bible knowledge, the association, and that you are at all the meetings and you have heard it for years and years past and your association with it has been very close. That is not it. You can have all that and yet you yourself not be marked by this vital something that you become a vital factor in the whole thing. You are still a passenger, perhaps a parasite; not really in the good of it yourself. Let us be frank about it. We must face this as a personal matter.
The answer is in the resurrection.... Resurrection is not to be only something that happened with Jesus, but it is something that has happened in us and taken place inside of us. There is a counterpart of that by His risen Life imparted, that we have been raised together with Him. And that is not just doctrine either. That is real, that is vital truth and something to happen in us as well as in Jerusalem so many years ago. It is not just history and tradition, it is experience.... We have not only to believe that Jesus rose from the dead, but we have got to be alive ourselves with Him in that resurrection and on that ground.
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. § Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them. § That through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. § In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. § Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. And take … the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. § Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. § He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. § As the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will … For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself.
To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. § In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Happy is the man who finds wisdom … Length of days is in her right hand … She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her. § Christ Jesus … became for us wisdom.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Heb. 10:19).
After years of reckoning with little or no deliverance from the dominion of sin, when you are just about to sink under the futility of it all, the Holy Spirit will turn your attention to the One who is your Deliverer. And by the Word, He will also begin to call your attention to the fact that where the Deliverer is, you are. "Hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6).
˜. . . our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him' (1 Thess. 5:10). Can anything affect your heart so much as the way the man in Christ is received in the new position? What I press now is the right that we have to be in the place, and that it is not only that I delight to be there, but the ineffable thought is that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ delights to have me in His place, sharing His joys." -J.B.S.
"We are not according to our Father's pleasure, nor are we in simple restfulness as to our acceptance, if we do not enter by faith into the new position to which He in His grace has placed us. A further fact is, that we have no place but that; and when we get even a glimpse of it, it alters immensely this place; this world through which we are passing, and all things in it, appear in another color altogether." -J.B.S.
"If I only think of my position in Him above and do not study Him and His ways while here, then, though there may be a sense of power, there is no direction given to it. It is only in the combination of both that there can be a true study of the Lord Jesus, and conformity to Him. The eye of the soul must be open and receptive to learn of His ways and walk here."
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who once were far off are made near by the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13).
It is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve that life or nourish it. Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for our selves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.
"Ask and ye shall receive." We grouse before God, we are apologetic or apathetic, but we ask very few things. Yet what a splendid audacity a childlike child has! Our Lord says - "Except ye become as little children." Ask, and God will do. Give Jesus Christ a chance, give Him elbow room, and no man will ever do this unless he is at his wits' end. When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get into touch with Reality. Be yourself before God and present your problems, the things you know you have come to your wits' end over. As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.
It is not so true that "prayer changes things" as that prayer changes me and I change things. God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man's disposition.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.
The glory of the Lord, Which led His people safely through the wilderness by pillars of fire and smoke departed from the disobedient nation of Israel and God’s presence left the holy temple in Jerusalem, which was to be a house of prayer for all the nations – but which had become a den of thieves for the unscrupulous religious leaders of the day.
But something wonderful happened in the little town of Bethlehem one glorious night.. as shepherd’s tended their flocks and Jewish men and women scurried to the town of their ancestry – for an imposed census, required by their Roman conquerors – a census ordained by God, so that the glory of the Lord could once again return to His people.
It was Moses who beseeched the Lord to: show me Your glory, and the radiance of the Lord was reflected in the face of Moses, so that the skin of his face would shine. The priests of the Lord were unable to enter the Tabernacle of God for the glory of the Lord filled the Temple, so that they fell down with their faces to the ground, worshiping and praising the Lord, saying, “He is good! He is faithful and His love endures forever.“
The glory of the Lord that thundered in Mount Sinai was the same glory from which Isaiah hid his face – for in the presence of God he knew he was a sinful man with unclean lips dwelling in the midst of a sinful race of people. The glory of the Lord that had filled the Temple of Solomon was the same glory that Ezekiel witnessed as it hovered over the cherubim – before reluctantly departing from the people of God and His holy Temple…
But something amazing happened in the little town of Bethlehem, while shepherds watched their flocks that glorious night. The glory of God, which had been absent from His peopleread more
– not in your strength but in His.
– remember “It is God that worketh in us….”
– not for your glory, but for His.
- both to will and to do of His good pleasure”
This is the foundation of happiness,
This is the superstructure of joy.
This is the bedrock of blessedness,
This is the core of communion with Him.
Complete surrender – surrendered absolutely.
Absolute yielding – yielded completely.
Full submission – entirely devoted.
Humble obedience – obedient humility.
Only the one that lays down ALL ego, ALL self, ALL of the flesh
Will receive the fullness of Who He really is
But it requires:-
– absolute surrender;
– complete yielding;
– full submission;
– entire devoted;
– humble obedience.