Vision: Ships and Boats

Vision: Ships and Boats

22nd July 2018

I saw large ships fishing not too far off from the shore-line.

Those in nearby small boats were told to deliver a message to these huge ships.

The message was , “ Venture out”.

So those seated in small boats obeyed and rowed to the ships and delivered the word.

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VISION: EAGLES ADVISE

VISION: EAGLES ADVISE

20th July 2018

I saw some leaders who had found rapid success in their ministries. These had gained some fame amongst the people. Now cash rich, they stood in various architects’ offices seeking advice. All these offices were on the top-most floor of the skyscrapers and the views were spectacular.

These ‘flush-with-recent-success’ leaders, had ambitions for the biggest. The architects were advising them to commit all their assets into building big.

They paused and thought on all the glory, ‘building big’ would bring them.

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Vision: White Eagles

I have seen several visions about WHITE EAGLES for the past many years. At present, I would like to share this particular vision with you.

VISION: WHITE EAGLES

18th July 2018

I saw a convocation of white eagles, in the sky. They descended with great speed and with their beaks tapped the ground, tapped on caves, tapped on windows of secluded houses in the woods, and tapped on other such hidden places.

The white eagles also tapped on the abodes of those who lived in obscurity.

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Haddon Robinson: Preaching Into the Wind

“(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee )” (Romans 4:17)

INSPIRED PARENTHESES (12)

“(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee )” (Romans 4:17)

WHEN God changed His servant’s name from Abram (High Father) to Abraham (Father of a Multitude), He committed Himself to the apparently impossible task of forming a people for His name from all the nations of the earth.

At that time Abraham himself still hankered for the recognition of his non-covenant son, Ishmael (Genesis 17:18), and Sarah laughed at the very notion of becoming a mother (Genesis 18:12). Isaac, however, was duly born, but he had to wait until he was sixty before his twins were born and when they grew up there was talk of fratricide among them.

The family survived and a nation was formed from them, but Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Haman and many lesser tyrants set out to destroy it, but in vain. Herod did his utmost to destroy the Infant, through whom worldwide enlargement was to come, and when Jesus was a Man the rulers actually did have Him killed. That was a black day for the rest of Abraham’s descendants, but not for Abraham’s God who is able to raise from the dead, as the old patriarch himself came to believe.

GOD’S answer of resurrection disposed of the threat to Christ, but then the Jewish believers in the Church tried to hinder Christ from making this Church supranational. They were happy enough to have Abraham as the father of believers in their own nation, but it took much disputation and heart-searching before they could agree to other nations being given their rightful place in the Church. In its turn the “Gentile” Church later adopted an exclusive attitude both to Jews and to vast unevangelised areas of the world. It was as though they decided that Abraham might be the father of believers in a few exclusive nations, but not the father of those many nations of whom God had originally spoken to His servant. Everybody seemed to be against God in this matter!

NOW, however, we are in a position to appreciate the marvellous success of the divine prophecy that Abraham would become the spiritual father of people from all the nations. God said that He would do it. Being God, He even affirmed that He had already done it! Unbelief, genocidal plots, imperial edicts, bigoted Jews and slothful non-Jews — all have had to yield to the determined purpose of the One who calls Himself God Almighty, “El-Shaddai” (Genesis 17:1).

John the Baptist scornfully reminded the Pharisees who came to him at Jordan that God was able of the very stones there to “raise up children unto Abraham” (Matthew 3:9). That would certainly have been a sensational miracle. Even more marvellous, though perhaps not so sensational to men, is the fact that out of such unpromising material as us He has provided the fulfilment of Abraham’s name. By His infinite grace we are among the multitude that no man can number who have found the same justification by the same faith as did Abraham. It is quite a thrill to identify ourselves as having a place in this inspired parenthesis.

 

How Demons Can Cause Negative Thinking

A part of a Derek Prince Video “How to be delivered from demons and demonic oppression “

Worthy is the Lamb- Brooklyn Tabernacle

THIS IS ASAPH SPEAKING

THIS IS ASAPH SPEAKING

(Another look at Psalm 73)

William MacDonald

THIS is Asaph speaking. And let me make one point clear at the outset. I know for a fact that God is good to Israel, to the upright and the pure in heart. The truth is so obvious that you’d think no one would ever question it.

But there was a time when I actually began to wonder. My stance on the subject became very wobbly, and my faith almost took a temporary tumble. You see, I began to think how well off the wicked are — lots of money, plenty of pleasures, no troubles — and soon I was wishing that I were like them.

Everything seems to be going their way. They don’t have as much physical suffering as believers do. Their bodies are healthy and sleek (naturally — they can afford the best of everything). They escape many of the troubles and tragedies of decent people like ourselves. And even if trouble should strike them, they are heavily insured against every conceivable form of loss. No wonder they are so self-confident. They are as proud as a peacock and ruthless as a tiger. Just as their bodies seem to overflow with fatness, so their minds are spilling over with crooked schemes. And are they ever arrogant! They scoff and curse at their underlings and treat them as if they were dirt, threatening them continually. Even God Himself does not escape their malice. Their speech is punctuated with profanity, and they brazenly blaspheme Him. Their tongue swaggers and struts through the earth, as if to say: “Here I come: get out of my way.”

Most of the ordinary people think that they are great. They bow and scrape and show utmost respect. No matter what the wicked do, the people find no fault with them. And this only confirms the oppressors in their arrogance. They figure that if there is a God, He certainly doesn’t know what’s going on. So they feel safe in pursuing their careers of crookedness. And there they are — cushioned in luxury and getting richer all the time.

Well, I began to think, What good has it done me to live a decent, honest, respectable life? The hours I’ve spent in prayer. The time spent in the Word. The distribution of funds to the work of the Lord. The active testimony for the Lord, both public and private. All I’ve got from it has been a daily dose of suffering and punishment. I wondered if the life of faith was worth the cost.

Of course, I never shared my doubts and misgivings with other believers. I knew better than to do that. I often thought of the man who said: “Tell me of your certainties; I have doubts enough of my own.” So I kept all my doubts to myself, lest I should offend or stumble some simple, trusting soul.

But still the whole business was a riddle to me: the wicked prosper while the righteous suffer. It seemed so hard to understand. In fact, it wore me out trying to solve the problem.

Then something wonderful happened. One day I entered into the sanctuary of the Lord — not the literal Temple in Jerusalem, but the heavenly sanctuary. I entered there by faith. As I was complaining to the Lord about the prosperity of the wicked in this life, the question suddenly flashed across my mind: “Yes, but what about the life to come?” The more I thought about their eternal destiny, the more everything came into focus.

So I spoke to the Lord, something like this: Lord, now I realise that, despite all appearances, the life of the wicked is a precarious existence. They are walking on the slippery edge of a vast precipice. Sooner or later they fall over to their doom. In a moment they are cut off — swept away by a wave of terrors too horrible to contemplate. They are to me like a dream when one awakens in the morning — the things that disturbed the dreamer are seen to be nothing but phantoms.

I see now that the things that were causing me to be envious were phantoms. It was stupid of me to become bitter and agitated over the seeming prosperity of the ungodly. In questioning Your justice I was acting more like an animal than a man (Excuse me for acting as I did).

Yet in spite of my ignorant behaviour, You have not forsaken me. I am continually with [8/9] You, and You hold on to me, like a father holds his child by the hand. Throughout all my life, You guide me with Your counsel, and then at last You will receive me into glory.

It is enough that I have You in heaven; that makes me fabulously wealthy. And now I have no desire for anything on earth apart from Yourself. Let the ungodly have their wealth. I am satisfied with You and find my all-sufficiency in You. My body may waste away and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my life and I’ll never need or want throughout eternity.

Those who try to keep as far away from You as possible will perish without You. And those who have forsaken You for false gods will be destroyed. As far as I am concerned, I want to be as near to You as possible. I have committed myself to You for protection, and I want to proclaim Your wonderful works to all who will listen.

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A PILGRIM’S PRAYER

A PILGRIM’S PRAYER

Harry Foster

1. A PILGRIM WHOSE HEART IS AFLAME

Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness
(Psalm 119:36)

THE sinner does not really start his pilgrimage by turning to Christ. This first movement is simply an urgent action of fleeing to Jesus for refuge. Having done this, however, and discovered something of the greatness of the love of Christ, he finds his own heart moved in an eager quest for the will of God. He becomes a pilgrim, then, because he is a man of a captured heart. As he sets out on his spiritual journey, he finds that he can only do so with the Word of God ever near at hand. It is a wonderful day when a person who has hitherto found the Bible a boring book suddenly meets Christ in the Word and so discovers it to be a source of endless delight.

This pilgrim’s enthusiasm is due to the fact that every aspect of the Word is made intensely personal by the possessive pronoun, “Thy”, which provides a personal link with the Lord Himself. There are only four verses of this long psalm in which this is not so. The speaker insists that he does not just deal with commandments or testimonies, but with “Thy commandments” and “Thy testimonies”. His heart love, then, is not just for a book (even though that be the most wonderful Book in the world) but it is concentrated directly on the person of its Author. What is so precious to him — more than all riches — is not just the law, but “the law of Thy mouth” (72), coming warm, as it were, from the lips of [99/100] Him who is so dear. The happy pilgrim, then, is the man or woman who has Christ as first love and is learning all the time to give glad priority to His ways and His wishes: “O how I love Thy Law!” (97).

So important is this love that it keeps him pressing on when otherwise affliction might have caused him to despair: “Unless thy law had been my delight, I should have perished in mine affliction” (92). Even in his darkest hour the Word gives him sweet compensation: “Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me; yet thy commandments are my delight” (143). His delight at communion with his Lord bears very favourable contrast with the self-indulgence of his proud neighbours: “Their heart is as fat as grease”, he comments, but I delight in thy law (72). The Christian neither envies nor condemns. In Christ he has something better.

Full of love as his heart is, he feels that it is all too small, so he cries out: “I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart” (32). It is a good thing when we are impatient with our own slow progress in the path of holiness, but growth will come not by self-effort but by the Lord’s giving us a larger heart. Such enlargement can only come by means of the Word of God. Fresh love to Christ can only be flooded into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and He always uses the Word for His gracious activities. So warm is this pilgrim’s devotion that it makes him fiercely intolerant of any other will than that of his Lord: “I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (128). To him Christ is the only One who is always right.

It is striking that one of the predictions of the Lord Jesus about the period immediately before His coming is that “because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). This cooling off of love seems to be due not so much to some special iniquity but to the general atmosphere of what we call the permissive society. There is only one answer to it, and that is a new devotion to the Word of God, not in a mere doctrinal sense but as spiritual food: “How sweet are thy words unto my taste!” (103). Doctrine is not unimportant, as is indicated by the pilgrim’s constant quest for understanding; but the first essential for an eager walk in the way of holiness is a heart aflame with personal love for Christ.

Love to the Lord must include love to those who are His. In this matter the pilgrim presents us with a most challenging statement: “I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that observe thy precepts” (63). It is not so difficult for us to invite fellow believers to meet us on our own ground, but this goes far beyond that. The psalmist says that he will gladly offer companionship to all other true pilgrims; in other words that he will join others on their ground, giving them sympathy and support if they are lovers of the Word. “I am a companion …”. Am I?

The apostle John was one of God’s great pilgrims. He spoke of the matters which occupy our psalmist. He was also very strong in his challenge about fellowship. He pressed hard the close relationship between love for God and love for our brother. So it is that the Old Testament is confirmed by the New in this call for loving unity among the pilgrims on the heavenly way. How the men of the world would open their eyes with surprise and envy if they saw God’s people tramping along their pilgrim way, both delighting themselves in God’s commandments and happily united in seeking Him with their whole hearts!

What is this psalm from pitiable places

  Glad where the messengers of peace have trod?

Whose are these beautiful and holy faces

  Lit with their loving, and aflame with God?

(To be continued) [100/ibc]
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The Watchword of the Son of Man

Austin Sparks

The Watchword of the Son of Man

We are to consider briefly that solemn watchword of our Lord’s life on earth by which the stages of His advance toward His ultimate purpose were governed and marked: for He went toward that ultimate purpose by stages governed by a consciousness which found its expression in a familiar phrase, “Mine hour.” That was the solemn watchword of our Lord’s life and progressive movement into and unto His ultimate purpose, and we shall look at some of those movements as defined by that expression.

1. The Sign of the Ultimate Purpose.

In the first place let us turn to John 2. You know this is the account of the miracle of turning water into wine at the marriage in Cana of Galilee, and the thing upon which everything turned was this utterance, “Mine hour is not yet.” Mary, His mother in the flesh, had come to Him saying, “They have no wine.” Whether she was anticipat­ing a miracle on His part or not, we need not stay to discuss. Probably not, for His answer is illuminating. It is very harsh in our English language, which does not convey a certain softness that really was in His own words. Our language simply bluntly puts it this way, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet.” Literally He said this, “What is there in common between you and Me,” which being expounded means this, you are thinking of one thing and I am thinking of another. Your mind is in one realm, My mind is working in another. You are wanting one thing, I am after another. What is there in common between thee and Me? We are in two different realms of thought, of inclination, of intention, of desire. That, I say, is very significant and very suggestive, as the original language makes it perfectly clear that that is what He said, and therefore you come to this conclusion, that He had a mind, a very clear mind, a made-up mind, a settled mind as to what He would do.

What He was after and the thing that was going to happen had a significance in His mind which far transcended anything that was in the mind of anyone else: there was really no com­parison or relationship between these other thoughts and His. He had something in mind which they did not discern or perceive. When you realise that this was the beginning of His ministry, and that this was the first manifestation of that Divine Sonship in its sovereignty, then you have a clue; you recognise that He is making this first thing a very, very significant thing indeed; that in His mind this is full of eternal significance, and no one else saw that, but He knew, and He was moving in a definite and deliberate act and stage toward that ultimate thing which He was now projecting in this positive and definite way. Now you break the thing up, and you find that the key-words are, “Mine hour,” and the last word, “manifested His glory.” Then the miracle, or the sign, as you notice, had wine as its occasion and basis. Wine is a symbol in the Word for blood and life, very often interchangeable words, and very often synonymous terms. As we gather around the Lord’s Table we recognise that the wine is the symbol of the blood which contains the Life, and this symbol was the basis and the occasion of this sign, or act, which issued in His glory relative to His hour, and marked a definite stage toward an ultimate purpose.

Here He ceases to be a private person, and crosses the line into public life, and from this moment He was a marked man. On the one hand, sought after because of certain benefits which He was considered capable of bestowing; on the other hand, sought after for His destruction; but from this moment He was out in the open, and it was this deliberate stepping across the line with this thing which was in His mind relative to “the hour” that committed Him to the battle which had its consummation in the last declaration of this watchword: “The hour is come that the Son of Man should be delivered into the hands of wicked men and should be crucified.” He crossed the line in Cana of Galilee and related this to the first expression “Mine hour,” “the hour,” and in between you mark the stages, the progress toward that.

Now what is the thing that is in His mind? Everything that the Master did was deliberate. There was nothing casual; there were no side-shows in the Master’s life; there was nothing that was merely incidental. Everything was in the direct line of His ultimate purpose, and He would not accept an invitation to a marriage festivity just on sentimental grounds. This thing was not a social incident in His life, it was brought right into direct line with His ultimate purpose, and that is why the whole thing was made to centre in this “Mine hour.” This beginning of signs related to His glory. Then if He takes hold of this thing and turns it thus to be a sign, the meaning of this is that He projects, as it were, upon the screen, all the purpose of His coming, a marriage relationship upon a basis of Life, and that Life as found in His blood, and the ultimate Purpose looms into view.

The hour in which He is glorified is that when He gets that which stands in relationship to Him as a bride, and it throws you right on into that unveiling through Paul, “Husbands love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her.” That is the end of this. His hour is related to that, and His glory is related to that. In simple words, it is this that the Son of Man requires for the manifestation of His glory, that church which stands in this relationship to Him upon a basis of One Life for which He gave Himself. He takes hold of this which other­wise would have been an ordinary occasion of social festivity, He turns it to account and makes of it the occasion of the sign of His ultimate Purpose. “This beginning of signs” – that is what it signifies here, and the miracle of death and resurrection by which He gets His church, is foreshadowed, fore­seen in this – the Life poured out, the basis of a union. “Mine hour.” That is “the hour,” and He has, as we have pointed out, deliberately stepped out to that.

As we pass on, let us take with us this central thought. It is a Life which is in question which is to be shared by a corporate company in a marital union with the Lord Jesus in His Resurrection; a Life, a triumphant Life, by which the church is secured triumphantly over death. Now we cannot stay for anything more about that, but we take up the clue and pass on with that in our hands.

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Eric Ludy-Be Immovable

What’s the Relationship Between Law and Gospel

What Seminary Didn’t Teach John Piper

What Seminary Didn’t Teach Russell Moore

Coming to Zion

 

Coming to Zion 
by T. Austin-Sparks

Reading: Psalm 122, 125:1-2; Isaiah 25:6-9; Hebrews 12:22; Galatians 4:25-26; Hebrews 11:28, 12:23.

We have on our hearts to say a little more along the line of the city of God. In this message we are to be occupied with “Coming to Zion”. May I just at the outset make this inclusive statement that the Lord has His heart set upon securing for Himself a people in whom all the Divine features of Jerusalem in the Old Testament are represented. One stresses, of course, the Divine features. There are a good many features in Jerusalem in the Old Testament that the Lord does not want to see reproduced, but He has His heart set upon having for Himself a people in whom all the Divine features of Jerusalem are represented.

We have recently said that the history of the Jerusalem beneath, the historic Jerusalem, the literal Jerusalem, that history contains spiritual principles, and which spiritual principles are the components, the elements, the features, the characteristics of the Heavenly Jerusalem – the heavenly and spiritual counterpart, the New Jerusalem, or in other words, the church, the Bride.

Now, that is a general statement and gives us a good sphere in which to move round, and we are able, therefore, to come with a certain amount of spiritual awakening and enlightenment as to much that is said concerning Jerusalem in the Old Testament. We are in the advantageous position of having the New Testament as our interpreter of the Old, and if the Lord’s people would only use their Bibles in that way and really get down to the New Testament to explain their Old, they would be full of spiritual riches. That is, of course, of necessity by the enablement of the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment.

Now in these Psalms which we read; as you noticed they are called “Songs of ascent” or “Goings up” and some of these songs or Psalms of ascent were sung by the returning remnant coming back from captivity, moving back into the land which had been desolated and the city which was in ruins, and yet as they came within a certain range of the beloved city and began to make the ascent towards Jerusalem, their hearts welled up in song and they gave these poetic expressions, these sublime expressions to their heart conception of, and feeling for, their beloved city. The state of things was anything but in keeping with what they said about Jerusalem, but they had in their hearts their ideal, that which they had seen, that which they yet believed to see in a day of ruin. And so although Jerusalem was very much in ruin, you have these bursts of praise about the glory and splendour and perfection of Jerusalem. They go up singing their songs of ascent. And that represents something in the nature of a spiritual principle that we must lay hold of. It is a thing of tremendous importance and significance for us.

We, beloved, are going upwards to Zion – I hope we are. I hope you are marching upwards to Zion, really in the ascent, Zionward, going up. You will understand that one is not speaking literally, but spiritually. We are moving higher and higher in that upward calling unto the end, the object which God has in view as a state, a condition to be reached, to be arrived at. Surely it can be said with truth today that it is but a remnant of the Lord’s people who are in that state, who are in that attitude, who are so definitely, positively, strongly and exultantly full of faith amidst many discouragements, disappointments, and set­backs, yet definitely with set purpose of heart aflame moving upwards with the Lord towards His ultimate object and end. Only a remnant comparatively, and we are in a day of small things. We are in a day of remnant movements and I am quite sure before we are through this message you will agree with that statement more than perhaps you are able to do just at the moment. But the object in view is Zion.

What is Zion?

Well, we know historically concerning the Jerusalem that was and is below, that Zion was that last, final stronghold to be captured in Jerusalem. Zion and Jerusalem are not identical or synonymous terms although very often it looks as though they are used for the same thing, but truly they are not the same.

Jerusalem is the chief and the all embracing and all-inclusive, Jerusalem is the city in its full expanse and whole content, but Zion is the uppermost place and the stronghold.

As we were covering this ground in a recent message, you will remember we spoke of David and his mighty men. We referred to the tribe of Judah and Benjamin in the days of Judges trying to take Jerusalem and they could only take the lower city. The Jebusites held the upper stronghold against every attempt at their dislodgment and so it remained until David’s time. Although the lower city had been captured, this stronghold was still in the hands of the Jebusites who considered it to be so impregnable that they fortified it with the blind and the lame and sneered at David.

Now, David being such a one as he was, with all the Divine counsels and assurances and sovereign activities behind him, determined that the stronghold should not be kept in the hands of the enemy and he challenged his mighty men who made their attack. And Joab first scaled that height and wall and was made captain of the host. Then David took possession of the stronghold of Zion and it became known as the city of David – a city within a city, a stronghold within Jerusalem, a fortress, the city of the great King, so that Zion represented the uppermost stronghold, the place of supreme ascendancy in the city of God – that ultimate place of authority out of which the enemy has got to be hurled, in which the people of God have got to prove their testimony to the full. That is Zion in brief.

Blessed be God, our Greater David already occupies that place. I believe that that is the meaning spiritually, the meaning of those very familiar words in the Ephesian letter, “The exceeding greatness of His power which is to us-ward who believe, according to that energy of His might which He energised in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and set Him at His own right hand far above all rule and authority”. That is the far above place of Divine ascendancy in the exceeding great power of God, and David’s Greater Son occupies that place. He speaks of His occupation of that place to the church at Laodicea, “To him that overcometh will I give to sit with Me in My throne even as I overcame and sit with My Father in His throne.” It is a place of ascendancy through the tremendous conflict in virtue of a Divine calling and appointment now held by the Lord Jesus but, as we shall see, to which position He desires to bring His people. They also shall share that position with Him, far above all rule and authority. That is Zion spiritually. That is something more than the, shall we say, lower ranges, even of Jerusalem. It is the ultimate end of sovereignty, spiritual ascendancy, and authority. And let us go back to our first statement – He is seeking to bring a people into that position in whom the features of Zion are developed; not only of Jerusalem in general, but of Zion in particular, in whom, through the mighty exaltation of the Lord Jesus, is displayed His conquering power, made manifest against all His foes who occupy high or heavenly places, even principalities and powers and world rulers of this darkness and so on.

That being the object in view, the end that God has in His eye, that being the end He is seeking to bring about in us His people, that being the desire of His heart concerning at least a company, what is coming to Zion? We are come, says the apostle.

We Are Come to Zion

How are we come? Well, we are come in the Person of the Lord Jesus, and spiritually we are there in Him, but as we have so often put it here, the necessity for us is to come where we are, to get to the place where we are, and it is just that, that while positionally in Christ we are in the heavenlies, we are there far above all rule and authority. Experimentally, and so far as state is concerned, we may have a long way to go. We may have yet some ascending to do. Some going up, some journey. We may have yet some mount of discouragement, you may have many set-backs and difficulties, conflicts, and find the way hard, but the Lord is seeking to bring us to the place where we are. You understand that language by now.

Now, coming to the place to which we have come is a spiritual movement and development within our own hearts, and that is the meaning of these songs of ascent. You see, these people were in one sense already there, they were already in the city, they had already come to Zion in spirit, their hearts were there – I can imagine that when they literally got there, in their case they were disappointed. Blessed be God, we shall never be disappointed. They found what they did not expect to find. Their vision of Jerusalem being intact such as they had known, was destroyed after they had been carried away. Their mental pictures, their chambers of imagery disappointed them very much, but their hearts were already there, or Zion was in their hearts before they were in Zion.

What the Lord has got to do with us is to get Zion into us; to get the spirit of ascendancy into us, to get a spirit of elevation into us, the Spirit of Divine sovereignty into us, the Spirit of rising above and taking a place of triumph in Christ. We shall never come to Zion literally until Zion has come to us spiritually. So long, before they reached Zion, their hearts were full of Zion. That is, the spirit of going up was in them. They go up and their going up was in the strength of Zion having already come into their hearts and taking its place there.

Now, believe me, if I understand aright, if I am not mistaken as to the Lord’s dealings with His people and the meaning of our experiences – it is just this: that every difficulty, adversity, opposition, trial, provocation, every bit of pressure, every bit of down-pull and down-press is permitted of the Lord in order to develop in us the Spirit of Zion, to develop the spirit of ascent, the spirit of going up, taking the upper position. And every day that we live we have a hundred opportunities of either coming under or coming over and yielding to the pressure down, or to resisting it and taking the overcomer position in spirit. Every day we have that opportunity, and the nearer you approximate to the ultimate truth, to the ultimate revelation, the full supreme purpose of God, the more you will find the continuous, insistent necessity for exercising this spirit of ascendancy.

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Service Of Passionate Devotion By Oswald Chambers



 ‘Lovest thou Me? … Feed My sheep.’
John 21:16


      Jesus did not say – Make converts to your way of thinking, but look after My sheep, see that they get nourished in the knowledge of Me. We count as service what we do in the way of Christian work; Jesus Christ calls service what we are to Him, not what we do for Him. Discipleship is based on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on adherence to a belief or a creed. “If any man come to Me and hate not…, he cannot be My disciple.” 

There is no argument and no compulsion, but simply – If you would be My disciple, you must be devoted to Me. A man touched by the Spirit of God suddenly says – “Now I see Who Jesus is,” and that is the source of devotion.

      To-day we have substituted credal belief for personal belief, and that is why so many are devoted to causes and so few devoted to Jesus Christ. People do not want to be devoted to Jesus, but only to the cause He started. Jesus Christ is a source of deep offence to the educated mind of to-day that does not want Him in any other way than as a Comrade. Our Lord’s first obedience was to the will of His Father, not to the needs of men; the saving of men was the natural outcome of His obedience to the Father. If I am devoted to the cause of humanity only, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve humanity though men treat me as a door-mat. 

The secret of a disciple’s life is devotion to Jesus Christ, and the characteristic of the life is its unobtrusiveness. It is like a corn of wheat, which falls into the ground and dies, but presently it will spring up and alter the whole landscape (John 12:24).

Dead Orthodoxy- Tim Keller Sermon Jam

To Obey is Better than Sacrifice- Keith Green (live)

Trust and obey for there’s no other way

  1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

    • Refrain:
      Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
      To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
  2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.
  3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.
  4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
  5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

Ezekiel 3:27

27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.

Open Wide Your Mouth-and I Will Fill It

David Wilkerson- “Out of the Prison House” (very rare!!) 2/10/1987

behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation)” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

INSPIRED PARENTHESES (15)

“(for he saith, At an acceptable time I hearkened unto thee, and in a day of salvation did I succour thee; behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation)” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

THIS quotation and comment are marked off by double brackets because they are not an essential part of Paul’s argument. This does not mean that they are unimportant: Far from it. They accentuate the importance of timing in our dealings with God. It is essential that those who hear His message should eagerly grasp its offer while there is time. It is also necessary that God’s messenger should be in harmony with God’s acceptable time if he is to be truly successful.

THE apostle was clearly concerned for his hearers and readers that they should give prompt heed to the gospel message. God’s grace is full and free, but it must be received without delay, or it may be “in vain”. In this connection we notice that the apostle will not tolerate delay. He reminds us once again that the Spirit’s day for obedience is always Today. Now is God’s acceptable time for us to call upon Him. He eagerly awaits our appeal to Him. The word “acceptable” which is found in the Isaiah quotation carries the idea of what is well-pleasing. In other words, God enjoys hearkening to our prayers. It is wonderfully true that today can be a day of salvation. “It is now,” urges the apostle, “there is no need to wait. Indeed it may be perilous to do so. This is God’s day of favour. It may not always be so.”

THE main context of the verse shows, however, that the apostle is dealing with the experiences of those who have been honoured by Christ to be His ambassadors. The Scripture quoted is from Isaiah 49:8 and refers first of all to the Lord Jesus Himself. Through the prophet the Father spoke these words of encouragement to His Servant-Son. The circumstances are most notable in that God’s holy Servant seems to be under pressure and even to feel that His labour had been in vain (Isaiah 49:4). The following verses are full of reassurance, with promises of success far beyond the limited sphere of Israel. It is as though the Father calls for just a little patience. His “acceptable time” will soon come, and then it will be seen that the delay was not due to lack of love or of power but just to this one perfect feature of the perfect God, which is perfect timing.

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THE SILVER TRUMPETS OF REDEMPTION

THE SILVER TRUMPETS OF REDEMPTION

T. Austin-Sparks

Reading: Numbers 10:1-10

THERE is a great deal about trumpets in the Bible: indeed the word occurs about a hundred times. This suggests that God has something to say to us on this subject, especially to His servants. This is our privilege as ministers of Christ, to sound forth the clear message of salvation like silver trumpets.

We notice that the material used for these trumpets was silver which, in Old Testament symbolism, denotes redemption. This suggests that God’s message to man is about redemption, but it also means that no one can be God’s trumpet unless he himself is redeemed. The trumpets were made of solid silver, which means that they were the embodiment of the spiritual reality of redemption. So it is that before we can proclaim the message of God we must know redemption in the very constitution of our being. What is more, they are described as being “of [116/117] beaten work”. They have to be hammered out in such a way that redemption is wrought into their very experience. It is not just that God gives us words to say, but that our message must have a background of some real and thorough-going experience in the matter of which we speak.

These things, then, should characterise every one who would be a messenger of God to others. It is better to have a small experience but a very real one, and to witness of that, than to speak empty words which have no solid background in the life and cannot therefore serve God in the trumpet call of His grace. The process will go on if we allow God to pursue it and He will work our redemption into us, making us like those silver trumpets which were “of beaten work”. Redemption does not begin and end just with our being saved from judgment and hell and being assured of heaven. This is an important part of our Christian experience, but it is only a part, for redemption begins to apply to and touch every part of our lives until we are wholly on that ground.

When the Israelites were redeemed by God from their bondage in Egypt, the result was that not one ox was left in the land. God applied this matter of redemption to the last hoof of the last animal to leave Egypt. His idea was a very thorough-going redemption which left nothing outside. Now that illustrates our point. It was true in history, but it shows us that in our spiritual life everything has to be wrought and beaten into us, so that our lives can be silver trumpets for God.

The trumpets were two in number. This surely stresses their devotion to witnessing. In the Bible the legal position was that the evidence of one person alone was never accepted. It had to be confirmed and corroborated by a second reliable witness before it could be valid. “At the mouth of two witnesses … shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). Two is the irreducible minimum of God. As many more as you like, but no less than two. It was equally the case with the silver sockets of the tabernacle boards — there had to be two sockets for each board. God wishes to have everything ratified and confirmed in an unmistakable way where His testimony is concerned.

This matter is taken up by the apostle Paul in the passage about trumpets where he writes: “If the trumpet give an uncertain voice, who shall prepare himself for war?” (1 Corinthians 14:8). Unhappily there is far too much indefiniteness and uncertainty about some Christian witness today. It is essential that there should be nothing of the kind where redemption is concerned. The witness must be positive.

It is helpful to consider the purpose of these silver trumpets:

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A Cheerful Heart


A Cheerful Heart

By A.W. Tozer


The thankful Christian will turn with true delight to the expression of Joseph Addison in his Thanksgiving hymn, “When All Thy Mercies, 0 My God,” found in many of the better hymnals. Addison gives a mental image that requires music for its expression: Ten thousand thousand precious gifts My daily thanks employ; Nor is the least a cheerful heart That tastes these gifts with joy!

Here is the spirit of thanksgiving. Here is the understanding of what pleases God in our acceptance and use of His gifts. “A cheefful heart that tastes these gifts with joy” is the only kind of heart that can taste them safely. While Addison had in mind chiefly the gifts God showers upon us here below, he was too much of a Christian to think that God’s gifts would cease at death. So he sang: Through every period of my life Thy goodness I’ll pursue; And after death in distant worlds, The glorious theme renew!

Our Misgivings About Jesus by Oswald Chambers

By Oswald Chambers

 

Our Misgivings About Jesus

Our Misgivings About Jesus

By Oswald Chambers

Have you ever said to yourself, “I am impressed with the wonderful truths of God’s Word, but He can’t really expect me to live up to that and work all those details into my life!” When it comes to confronting Jesus Christ on the basis of His qualities and abilities, our attitudes reflect religious superiority. We think His ideals are lofty and they impress us, but we believe He is not in touch with reality— that what He says cannot actually be done. Each of us thinks this about Jesus in one area of our life or another.

These doubts or misgivings about Jesus begin as we consider questions that divert our focus away from God. While we talk of our dealings with Him, others ask us, “Where are you going to get enough money to live? How will you live and who will take care of you?” Or our misgivings begin within ourselves when we tell Jesus that our circumstances are just a little too difficult for Him. We say, “It’s easy to say, ‘Trust in the Lord,’ but a person has to live; and besides, Jesus has nothing with which to draw water— no means to be able to give us these things.” And beware of exhibiting religious deceit by saying, “Oh, I have no misgivings about Jesus, only misgivings about myself.” If we are honest, we will admit that we never have misgivings or doubts about ourselves, because we know exactly what we are capable or incapable of doing. But we do have misgivings about Jesus. And our pride is hurt even at the thought that He can do what we can’t.

My misgivings arise from the fact that I search within to find how He will do what He says. My doubts spring from the depths of my own inferiority. If I detect these misgivings in myself, I should bring them into the light and confess them openly— “Lord, I have had misgivings about You. I have not believed in Your abilities, but only my own. And I have not believed in Your almighty power apart from my finite understanding of it.”

Vision: The Building Site

 

Vision: The Building Site

24th March 2018

 

A few years ago, I had this Vision-Flash.

I saw a vast piece of land enclosed by a thick wall. Behind these walls was a building site. None could see what was being constructed there.

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Matthew 2: 19-23

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

 

MIRACULOUS HEALING FROM HYDROCEPHALUS of Famous Neurosurgeon Dr.George Kovoor

Please fast forward to 7 minutes to watch interview in English.

John 11:4

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

 

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