A life of pure and holy sacrifice “He who believes in Me … out of his heart will flow …” (John 7:38). Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him.” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person-His purpose is to make a person exactl..
The theology of resting in God “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26). When we are afraid, the least we can do is pray to God. But our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His name have an underlying confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable. Yet our trust is only in God up to a certain point, then we turn back to..
Prayer in the Father’s honor “… that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). If the Son of God has been born into my human flesh, then am I allowing His holy innocence, simplicity, and oneness with the Father the opportunity to exhibit itself in me? What was true of the Virgin Mary in the history of the Son of God’s birth on earth is true of every saint. God’s Son is born into me through the d..
The brave friendship of God “He took the twelve aside …” (Luke 18:31). Oh, the bravery of God in trusting us! Do you say, “But He has been unwise to choose me, because there is nothing good in me and I have no value”? That is exactly why He chose you. As long as you think that you are of value to Him He cannot choose you, because you have purposes of your own to serve. But if you will allow Him to take you to the end of yo..
“I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians …” (Romans 1:14)....< My life’s spiritual honor and duty> My life’s spiritual honor and duty “I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians …” (Romans 1:14). Paul was overwhelmed with the sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent his life to express it. The greatest inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his spiritual creditor. Do I feel that same sense of indebtedness to Christ regarding every unsaved soul? As a sain..
All efforts of worth and excellence are difficult “Enter by the narrow gate …. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life …” (Matthew 7:13-14). If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in-it stirs us up to overcome. Do we appreciate the mirac..
Do you see Jesus in your clouds? “Behold, He is coming with clouds …” (Revelation 1:7). In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. “The clouds are the dust of His ..
The ministry of the inner life “You are … a royal priesthood …” (1 Peter 2:9) By what right have we become “a royal priesthood”? It is by the right of the atonement by the Cross of Christ that this has been accomplished. Are we prepared to purposely disregard ourselves and to launch out into the priestly work of prayer? The continual inner-searching we do in an effort to see if we are what we ought to be generates a self-cent..
Beware of criticizing others “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.” The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one bei..
Getting there Where our self-interest sleeps and the real interest is awakened. “They … remained with Him that day …” That is about all some of us ever do. We stay with Him a short time, only to wake up to our own realities of life. Our self-interest rises up and our abiding with Him is past. Yet there is no circumstance of life in which we cannot abide in Jesus. “You are Simon … You shall be called Cephas” (..