Be miserable and mourn and weep. Your laughter must change to mourning and your joy to sorrow.James 4:9(HCSB)
Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
What does this mean? Not that I come before God saying, “I have had pure motives; I have been very honest, earnest and conscientious, and my intentions have all been of the best.” Let us stop talking nonsense. It is utter folly to talk like that. We do not know ourselves. Only God knows the truth about us, and none of that finds a place with Him or counts with Him for a moment. The point is, have I recognized that the Cross of the Lord Jesus was the smashing and ending of me, good and bad, so that I am not holding up before the Lord anything? I am as capable of the worst as any being in God’s creation is. For anybody to take the attitude that they are not capable of the worst is an attitude of deep deception. We do not know the power in our beings until we are put to it. If we have never committed the worst, it is because we have never been put to it in the mercy of God, but it is all there. The Lord puts His finger upon it in principle when He says, “He that hates his brother is a murderer.” It is the same spirit. You have only to extend that, provoke that anger enough, put that nature into certain circumstances, and you will discover that you are capable of things of which you would have stood in utmost horror at one time.
You and I have got to come down before God and admit that we are capable of the worst, not standing on the ground of our right. The only right one is Christ from God’s standpoint. The only safe one is Christ, and therefore the only one who stands in God’s eyes is Christ, and it is as you and I, in all the brokenness, frailty, conscious weakness and humility of our own beings, by faith cling to Christ that we shall find the way out, the deliverance, the salvation. We must look behind God’s words to see bigger things than words on the surface indicate. “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembles at My word.” That statement embodies all that we are saying. To what one will He look? To the one who never says, “I am right!” but to the one who says, “I may be as wrong as ever a man or woman was wrong, there is nothing of which I am not capable; my only ground is Christ; so help me God, Christ is my ground!” To stand on Christ is to stand always in the consciousness and recognition that this other ground, ourselves at any point, is dangerous ground. He is so Other, and there is the great divide, there is no overlapping. Between Christ and us there is a gaping chasm. God never sees that bridged, but thank God He will put Christ into us by the Holy Spirit, and while the two will ever remain apart, the old creation will go one day and that which is of Christ, as wrought into us, will abide.
Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand. § I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. § “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. § As a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you. § Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. § Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
She did not know that I gave her grain, new wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold … Therefore I will return and take away My grain in its time and My new wine in its season, and will take back My wool and My linen.
All things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. For we are aliens and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers; our days on earth are as a shadow, and without hope. O Lord our God, all this abundance … is from Your hand, and is all Your own. § Of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
The living God … gives us richly all things to enjoy. § Every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Gal. 5:16).
As we walk in the Spirit, worship in the Spirit, and pray in the Spirit, we shall come to know, not the Spirit, but the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus explicitly said, "He (the Comforter) shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine; therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you" (John 16:14, 15)
"What is it to walk in the Spirit' (Gal. 5:16)? It is to walk in communion with the Father, in dependence upon the Spirit, having the Lord Jesus as my one object. What held the attention of Stephen, full of faith and of the Holy Spirit' (Acts 6:5)? Two things: the Word of God on earth, and the Christ of God in heaven (Acts 7:55)."
"To walk in the Spirit is not self-occupation, nor even occupation with the Spirit. Walking according to the Spirit is occupation with the Lord Jesus. When the believer looks to the Lord Jesus, depends upon Him, draws all he needs from Him - if the Lord Jesus is his all, then the believer walks in the Spirit." -A.C.G.
"To be Spirit-controlled does not mean the loss of free-agency. A free agent acts as he pleases, and the Spirit-controlled individual pleases to act in accordance with the mind and will of the Spirit." -A.McC.
I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not (in no way) fulfill the lust of the flesh' (Gal. 5:16). It might be objected, if a Christian were not under the restraint of the law that his life might be careless. The no way' of our verse forbids such a notion." -H.F.W.
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death" (Rom. 8:2)
“At that day ye shall ask in My name.” John 16:26
We are too much given to thinking of the Cross as something we have to get through; we get through it only in order to get into it. The Cross stands for one thing only for us - a complete and entire and absolute identification with the Lord Jesus Christ, and there is nothing in which this identification is realized more than in prayer.
"Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him." Then why ask? The idea of prayer is not in order to get answers from God; prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God. If we pray because we want answers, we will get huffed with God. The answers come every time, but not always in the way we expect, and our spiritual huff shows a refusal to identify ourselves with Our Lord in prayer. We are not here to prove God answers prayer; we are here to be living monuments of God's grace.
"I say not that I will pray the Father for you: for the Father Himself loveth you." Have you reached such an intimacy with God that the Lord Jesus Christ's life of prayer is the only explanation of your life of prayer? Has Our Lord's vicarious life become your vital life? "At that day" you will be so identified with Jesus that there will be no distinction.
When prayer seems to be unanswered, beware of trying to fix the blame on someone else. That is always a snare of Satan. You will find there is a reason which is a deep instruction to you, not to anyone else.
By His death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way.
Praying always with All-Prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
But you, dearly beloved friends, must continue to build your most holy faith for your own benefit. Furthermore, continue to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit
When a man or woman is a willing vessel, God can do mighty exploits thru them, and for millennia the “All-Prayer” of such vessels advances God’s purposes. Spirit-guided intercession flows thru weak vessels of clay, who submit to Him. All such Spirit-led prayer fills up the incense bowl of “All-Prayer” on the golden alter.
Such Spirit-influenced prayer will be flung to earth to fulfil God’s purpose for man. All such Spirit-influenced pleas are prayed in spirit and truth – to the glory of God. All such “All-Prayer” as outlined in Ephesians 6 – is part of our spiritual weaponry. All such “All-Prayer” – is destined to bring about God’s eternal plan and purposes – a purpose outlined from Genesis to Revelation – that Christ is all and in all.
Such prayer is destined to DEFEAT the strategies of the enemy. Such prayer is designed to PREPARE the way for the salvation of the lost. Such prayer is designated to BUILD UP and edify the body of Christ in holy faith.
All such prayer will accomplish God’s ends and God’s way – in God’s time. All such prayer has been uttered down the centuries thru willing earthen vessels. Vessels – who mediate on God’s word and pray in the power of the Spirit. Earthen vessels – who intercede for others in accordance to the will of God.
Scripture is replete with intercessors – who fell on their face before the Lord.. intercessors who were guided by the hand of God – to offer prayers in the will of God.. names of beloved saints that pepper the pages of Scripture:- Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Esther, Nehemiah, Peter, James – are but a few…read more
God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5
John was a witness of the Light…”He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD.
Ye are the light of the world.
John the baptizer pointed away from self to the one true Light, and the mission of each believer, born from above, is to bear witness of the Light: for He is the true light that cometh into the world. John 1:9
Proverbs 20 tells us that the spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, but in our natural, unregenerate Adamic state, that candle is cold and unlighted. The candle of the Lord is set ablaze at rebirth-when touched with the heavenly flame. We are to be His candle-holders for we are His spiritual light light-bearers. We are to be witness of the glorious Light, of the gospel of light and truth.
No man has seen God at any time and lived, for His glory is beyond understanding. No searching in the heavens above or the earth beneath can discover Him, for He dwells in eternal light and infinite love that cannot be seen nor fathomed out. Yet the infinite light of God has been expressed in a revelation of His divine love, and since the fall of our first parents God has gradually unfolded His perfect plan.
And down through the centuries, His seed of Light was born by mortal flesh, until He took our flesh upon Him, and came in the likeness of earthly tissue. He took upon Himself our human nature – and tempered His brightness for a season -and everlasting light and love was Personified – and made manifest in a weak, human vessel.
The Eternal Son was translated into TIME. The Infinite God was contracted into a SPAN. The Immortal One was manifested in an EARTHLY FRAME. The Invisible One became a VULNERABLE BABE in theread more