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God’s Character: Our Assurance Of Salvation

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

God’s Character: Our Assurance

   God’s nature doesn’t necessitate His forgiveness of sin, as if that were His job.  Nor is forgiveness the suspension of God’s justice, as if His justice were severe and harsh.  Doubts about our eternal security are rooted in a misconception of God’s character—in our failure to grasp the wondrous blend of His justice and mercy, as revealed by God to Moses in Exodus 34:6,7.  It was this harmony of God’s attributes that Israel’s prophets and psalmists praised, as can be seen in Joel 2:13; Nehemiah 9:31; Jonah 4:2; Psalms 85:10, 86:15; 103:8; 145:8.   God intended that the society of His covenant people reflect His divine character by placing justice and mercy on equal terms (see Exodus. 22:25-27).

No psalm reflects more accurately the tension repentant believers feel about their standing before God than does Psalm 130:1-8 .  Here the psalmist cries “out of the depths” to the God of Israel.  And here he receives assurance:

 

If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with

you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared… O Israel, put your

hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full

redemption.  He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. Psalms 130:3,4,7,8.

 

A troubled conscience can hear no greater assurance than these inspired words of comfort.  Many believers have divorced mercy from justice.  But in the biblical revelation of God’s nature—for example, in Exodus 34:6,7 and Psalm 85:10—“God’s love has been expressed in His justice no less than in His mercy.  Justice is the foundation of His throne, and the fruit of His love.”  This insight does not mean that mercy destroys justice; instead, it means that both are the fruits of God’s holy love.  Such a harmony of God’s attributes exceeds all human comprehension!  God doesn’t bestow His mercy on repentant sinners reluctantly but with delight and with “full redemption” Isa. 55:7,  Ps. 130:7.

 

Charles H. Spurgeon unfolds this mercy in its great variety:

“Here is mercy that receives sinners, mercy that restores backsliders, mercy that keeps believers.  Here is mercy that pardons sin, that introduces to the enjoyment of all gospel privileges, and that blesses the praying soul far beyond its expectations.  With the Lord there is mercy, and he loves to display it, he is ready to impart it, he has determined to exalt and to glorify it”.

 

Leslie C. Allen explains the basis of Christian assurance of salvation as follows; “For the Christian this grace is grounded not only in a heart of love but in its disclosure through the death of Jesus as the objective basis of divine deliverance.”  Jesus demonstrated this holy love and mercy of His Father in His own life and death.  He showed that God does not demand justice without mercy, or no one would be saved (see Ps. 143.2).  He assured every repentant believer that His self-sacrifice was an all-sufficient ransom for all humankind (Mark 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:6).

GOD IS LOVE ALL THE TIME!! 1 John 4:8,15,16

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

The Relinquished Life—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7

 

 

 

 

 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 8th

“I am crucified with Christ.”

Galatians 2:20

No one is ever united with Jesus Christ until he is willing to relinquish not sin only, but his whole way of looking at things. To be born from above of the Spirit of God means that we must let go before we lay hold, and in the first stages it is the relinquishing of all pretence. What Our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavour, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us. And what does He give in exchange for our sin? Real solid righteousness. But we must relinquish all pretence of being any thing, all claim of being worthy of God’s consideration.

Then the Spirit of God will show us what further there is to relinquish. There will have to be the relinquishing of my claim to my right to myself in every phase. Am I willing to relinquish my hold on all I possess, my hold on my affections, and on everything, and to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?

There is always a sharp painful disillusionment to go through before we do relinquish. When a man really sees himself as the Lord sees him, it is not the abominable sins of the flesh that shock him, but the awful nature of the pride of his own heart against Jesus Christ. When he sees himself in the light of the Lord, the shame and the horror and the desperate conviction come home.

If you are up against the question of relinquishing, go through the crisis, relinquish all, and God will make you fit for all that He requires of you.

Revelation 14:6-13: A Biblical Study On God’s Final Message To The World!!

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What follows is over 200 Bible Texts contained in 13 Bible Studies all related to Revelation 14:6-13. Please use these powerful studies to draw close to God and He will draw close to you!! James 4:8. It is my deep conviction that Jesus is about to come!!

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.  Revelation 22:17,20

I entreat you to remain in God’s Word and let Him share His Steadfast Love with you—a love that will change you making you more like Him!!  2Corinthians 3:18     2Corinthians 5:14,17

Why not open the door and let Jesus in right now!! Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

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Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—

saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,

10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the     presence of the Lamb.

11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

EXPOSITION

What is The Purpose of Prophecy?

The precise future events on earth are known only to God before they actually take place. Prophetic predictions are given in the Bible not to make people speculate about the future, but rather to build faith after they have come to pass (see Jesus’ words in John 14:29). Prophecy has a function in our hearts until its fulfillment arrives. It should make Jesus—“the morning star” and “light” of hope—shine in our everyday lives. Our relationship with Jesus is what saves us with Eternal Life 2Peter 1:19,John 17:3

  Revelation 14:6–13 The three last messages to be preached to the earth by the end-time remnant before the Son of Man arrives in the clouds (Rev 14:14). These are the messages that were commissioned in Revelation 10:11. For more on the mission of the REMNANT, see Revelation 18:1–4.

THE REMNANT
Closely related to the topic of the church is that of remnant. In the Bible a remnant is that part of God’s people that remains faithful to Him, especially in times of crisis and apostasy.

Isaiah 10:20–34
Rom. 11:5
2 Pet. 3:11–14
Rev. 12:17
Rev. 14:6–13
Rev. 18:4
    Revelation 14:6 gospel. Fulfills Matt. 24:14. The first of three angels who proclaim God’s final message to the world. In the context of Revelation, the gospel includes the good news of Christ’s Second Coming, in which He rescues His people.

Matthew 24:14 The great call—or commission—to proclaim the gospel to the world is given repeatedly in the NT (see Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21). This worldwide proclamation is a clear sign that the coming of the Lord is about to occur. All humanity will be given an opportunity to respond to Christ. Only then will the cosmic conflict come to an end. On the Great Commission, see also Matt. 28:19–20; Acts 1:8; Rev. 10:11; 14:7.

 SALVATION
Romans 6:23 tells us that sin leads to death. And the rest of the Bible describes a shattered world in the wake of ongoing human sin and its results. Is there no hope for us and our world? The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes, there is!” Salvation is the divine act of delivering believers from the curse and power of sin and then restoring them to fellowship with God.

Mark 10:45
Rom. 3:21–26*
Rom. 4:6
Rom. 5:10
Rom. 6:23
2 Cor. 5:17
2 Cor. 5:19
2 Cor. 5:21
Gal. 2:16
Gal. 3:10–13
Gal. 3:13
Eph. 1:7
Eph. 2:4–10*
Col. 1:15–20
Heb. 9:13–14
1 John 2:2
1 John 4:10

RESURRECTION
   To be resurrected means to rise from the dead. The Bible teaches that Christ won the victory over death and the grave through His resurrection, and that He wants to pass on His resurrection blessings to each of His followers. As such, the Bible’s teachings on the resurrection are among the happiest of any found in Holy Scripture.

Job 19:25–27
Isaiah 26:19
Dan. 12:2
Matt. 24:31
John 5:28–29
John 11:25
Acts 24:15
1 Cor. 15:51–55
Phil. 3:21
1 Thess. 4:14
1 Thess. 4:16
Rev. 20:4–5

THE SECOND COMING
 The Second Coming of Jesus is one of the most widespread teachings in the Bible. It is the hope of the ages. It is at the Second Coming that Jesus brings to completion the work that He began at His incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. It is only at the Second Coming that human beings will be fully saved from sin and its influence.

Matt. 24:3
Matt. 24:21–22
Matt. 24:26–27
Matt. 24:32–33
Matt. 24:37–39
Matt. 25:31–46
Mark 13:1–37
Luke 21:5–36
Luke 21:25–28
John 14:1–3
Acts 1:11
1 Thess. 4:13–18
1 Thess. 4:17
1 Thess. 5:1–11
2 Thess. 1:8
2 Tim. 3:1–7
Titus 2:13–14
2 Pet. 3:3
2 Pet. 3:10
Rev. 1:7
THE MILLENNIUM
What happens after Jesus comes again? Where will the saved be? The wicked? God and the angels? Those topics have been asked by Christians down through the ages. The Millennium refers to the 1,000 years immediately following Christ’s return.

John 14:3
1 Cor. 6:3
Rev. 20:1–15
Rev. 20:4–5
Rev. 21:2

THE NEW EARTH
God tells us that after the Millennium He will create a New Earth that will not have the problems of this one. This is where the saved will spend eternity.

Isaiah 11:6–9
Isaiah 35:5–10
Isaiah 65:17–25
Isaiah 66:23
2 Pet. 3:13
Rev. 7:15–17
Rev. 21:1

   Revelation 14:7 Fear God. Means “revere, respect, hold in awe” (Ps. 111:10; Prov. 3:7; 9:10). But it can also mean “Be afraid” for those who do not take Him seriously (Rev. 6:15–17). hour … has come. The final judgment begins before the Second Coming. It is the context for the final proclamation of the gospel. For the various stages of God’s JUDGMENT, see note on Rom. 14:10, 12. worship … sea. This language makes an unmistakable allusion to the SABBATH command with reference to CREATION (Ex. 20:8–11), thus indicating that the Sabbath has particular relevance in end-time gospel proclamation. To rest from one’s works is the ideal response to the gospel (see Heb. 4:1–11). The admonitions to “fear” and to “worship” in this verse are placed directly in the larger immediate context of keeping God’s commandments (see Rev. 12:17; 14:12), with obvious references to the Decalogue.

JUDGMENT
Just what is judgment? How does God carry it out? Should Christians fear or rejoice that they are to be judged by God? These and other questions are central to this important Bible theme. The good news about God’s judgment is that it is always in favor of believers. Christians have nothing to fear from God’s judgment. Rather, they have everything to gain.

Ex. 32:33
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14
Dan. 7:10
Dan. 7:22
Dan. 7:26–27
Dan. 8:14
Matt. 7:24–27
Matt. 16:27
Matt. 25:31–46
Luke 10:20
John 5:22
John 5:24
Acts 17:22–31
Rom. 2:6
Rom. 14:10, 12
2 Cor. 5:10
Phil. 4:3
James 2:12
Rev. 3:5
Rev. 6:10
Rev. 11:18
Rev. 14:7
Rev. 19:2
Rev. 20:4–5
Rev. 20:12

CREATION
One of the great mysteries of life is that our world exists in all of its complexity and order. How did it come about and what does God’s work in creation mean for our lives? These are questions that people from all cultures and times have asked. The first words of the Bible treat this important topic.

Gen. 1:1
Gen. 1:2
Gen. 1:3
Gen. 1:26
Gen. 1:27
Gen. 1:31
Gen. 2:2–3
Gen. 2:7
Ex. 20:8–11
Ps. 19
Ps. 33:6–9
Ps. 95:1–6
Ps. 104
John 1:3
Rom. 1:20
Eph. 3:9
Col. 1:15–20
Heb. 1:2
Heb. 11:3
Rev. 14:7

THE SABBATH
Closely related to the creation of the world, and in fact the last aspect of the Genesis creation story, is the reality that God Himself rested on the Sabbath. Thus the seventh-day Sabbath predated by many centuries the origin of the Hebrew people. Jesus asserted that at creation the Sabbath was made for “man” (i.e., all human beings; Mark 2:27); thus, it was not limited to the Jews. Because of the Sabbath’s role in symbolizing allegiance to the God of the universe, Satan and his allies have worked hard to obliterate the Sabbath, or substitute it with something else, in order to turn minds away from the Creator God.

Gen. 2:2–3
Ex. 16:22–30
Ex. 20:8–11
Ex. 31:13
Lev. 23:32
Deut. 5:12–15
Neh. 13:4–22
Isaiah 58:13
Isaiah 66:23
Ezek. 20:12, 20
Dan. 7:25
Matt. 12:8
Matt. 12:12
Mark 1:32
Mark 2:27–28
Luke 4:16
Luke 23:56
Acts 4:23–24
Acts 13:14
Acts 14:14–18
Acts 16:13
Acts 17:2
Acts 18:4
Acts 20:7
Heb. 4:4
Heb. 4:9
Rev. 1:10
Rev. 14:7

 Revelation 14:8 Babylon … great city. The first mention of Babylon, the focus of God’s judgments in Rev. 16–18. See note on Rev.11:7–8. This is a condemnation of corporate opposition to God. Gospel and judgment are closely related in Scripture (see John 3:18–21). all nations. End-time Babylon precipitates worldwide opposition to God. Babylon in the OT also represented the oppressor of God’s people and “confusion” (see Gen. 11:1–9).

  Revelation 14:9–11 If anyone. The focus shifts to individual responsibility in the final crisis. See note on v. 8. worships … hand. Recalls Revelation 13:12–18. wrath of God. The seven bowl plagues of Revelation 16 (see Revelation 11:18; Revelation 15:1). cup … indignation. Allusion to Isaiah 51:17–23. brimstone. Sulphur. See also Rev. 19:20; Gen. 19:24. forever. An obvious allusion to Isaiah 34:8–10. In the Hebrew context, forever is not necessarily absolute; it is long enough to accomplish God’s purpose. For more on HELL and the punishment of the wicked, see Rev. 20:10; Matt. 10:28.

 HELL
Here is another topic that people have a special interest in. Hell is generally thought of as the place where the wicked will spend eternity. But how will that time be spent? Different understandings about hell have made the topic a controversial teaching down through Christian history. Some have taught that the wicked will consciously suffer in hellfire throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. Others claim that the Bible says that the wicked will be burned up in the fires of hell and will cease to exist. What does the Bible teach on this topic?

Isaiah 34:9–10
Mal. 4:1
Matt. 3:12
Matt. 10:28
Matt. 13:42
Matt. 25:41
Matt. 25:46
Mark 9:43
Luke 16:23
Rom. 6:23
2 Thess. 1:9
2 Pet. 3:12–13
Jude 7
Rev. 14:9–11
Rev. 20:10
Rev. 20:14

Revelation 14:12 patience. Endurance in the context of suffering (Revelation 13:9–10). Might also imply patiently waiting for Christ’s return. keep the commandments of God. Obedience to God’s law is an essential characteristic of God’s people in the end time. faith of Jesus. Can mean “faith in Jesus” or “Jesus’ faith,” meaning what Jesus believed—the doctrines held and taught by Jesus. Revelation 14:12 has a contextual relation to Revelation 12:17 and the conflict pictured in chap. Revelation 13. For more on obedience to God’s LAW, see Revelation 12:17; Ex. 20:1–17; Matt. 5:17–19; 1 John 2:3–6.

 THE COVENANT
A covenant is a binding agreement made by two parties. It is a legal contract, but it is also a relationship. The topic of covenant undergirds an understanding of both Bible testaments. God’s everlasting covenant made with Abraham and his descendants through Christ has always been based on faith.

Gen. 6:18
Gen. 9:8–17
Gen. 12:1–3
Gen. 15:17–18
Gen. 17:7
Ex. 2:24
Ex. 19:5–8
Ex. 24:3–8
Lev. 26:44
Deut. 28:1–2
Deut. 28:15
Jer. 31:31
Jer. 32:40
Ezek. 36:27
Ezek. 37:26
Matt. 26:28
Luke 22:20
1 Cor. 11:25
2 Cor. 3:3
2 Cor. 3:6
Eph. 2:12–13
Heb. 8:10
Heb. 13:20

 LAW
Closely connected with the theme of covenant is that of law. Just as there are laws that guide life and relationships in the physical world, so there are also laws in the spiritual realm. Jesus tells us that the basic law is love (Matt. 22:36–40). How is that law of love related to the Ten Commandments and other facets of God’s law?

Gen. 26:5
Ex. 16:27–28
Ex. 20:1–17
Deut. 5:1–21
Ps. 19:7–11
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14
Matt. 5:17–19
Matt. 22:36–40
John 14:15
Rom. 3:20
Rom. 3:31
Rom. 7:12
Rom. 13:8–10
Gal. 5:14
Eph. 2:10
1 Tim. 1:8
Heb. 8:10*
James 2:10
James 2:12
1 John 2:3
1 John 5:1–5
Rev. 12:17
Rev. 14:12

   Revelation 14:13 Blessed. See note on 1:3. from now on. Those who die in this context (Revelation 14:6–12) will not have to experience the trials of the final events. But this may be a reflection of the persecution of 13:15. their works follow them. Their salvation is secure. See 1 Timothy. 5:24–25.

This Heart Felt Appeal Is By Your Very Best Friend  Jesus Who Died For You Because He Couldn’t Live Without You!!!! He Wants To Save You If You Will Just Come To Him Now!!!!

 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17

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Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ Philippians 1:6

 EXPOSITION

John 6:35,51

John 6:35  And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

 

   John 6:35 I am. The unique expression in Greek recalls Ex. 3:14–15. It is used in three ways in John: (1) simple self-identification at a human level (see note on 6:20); (2) with metaphors that point to the spiritual life Jesus offers (e.g., I am the bread of life, or the light, door, Good Shepherd, etc.); and (3) as a direct claim to deity (8:28, 58; 13:19). bread of life. A revelation of who Jesus is (6:35–50) and a reference to the Lord’s Supper in vv. 50–59. Jesus is the “bread” that leads to eternal life (see 17:3). For more on the LORD’S SUPPER, see Matt. 26:26–29; John 13:1–17.

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world!

John 6:53 flesh … blood. The cross is the basis for eternal life. Jesus uses Lord’s Supper language in  John 6:50–59 to describe the benefits of His sacrifice.

There is Plenty of Assurance for our Salvation!! Be Very Encouraged As You Read About:

1Thessalonians 1:5  1John 2:28  ASSURANCE OF SALVATION   1John 5:11-13
Many of us are insecure in our Christian walk. We know that there are things in our lives that are less than perfect. Must we live in insecurity, or can we have peace of mind in our daily walk with God? The Bible tells us that we can have assurance, the divinely given confidence of believers that they are truly saved in Jesus.

John 3:36
John 5:24
Rom. 8:16
Rom. 8:31–39
Eph. 2:8
Heb. 4:16
Heb. 6:19
Heb. 11:1
1 Pet. 1:3–5
1 John 4:17
1 John 5:10–13

Christ “The Reaper”

And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. Revelation 14:15-16

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 I Am Coming Quickly

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.Amen. Revelation 22:20-21

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Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear
Isaiah 59:1

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

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Treasures From The Vine–Except You Abide!

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.  And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love, and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

Let me learn the lesson.  Abiding is to be an act of the will and the whole heart.  Just as there are degrees in seeking and serving God, “not with a perfect heart,” or “with the whole heart,” so there may be degrees in abiding.  In regeneration the divine life enters us, but it does not all at once master and fill our whole being.  This comes as a matter of command and obedience.

There is unspeakable danger of our not giving ourselves with our whole heart to abide.  There is unspeakable danger of our giving ourselves to work for God and to bear fruit, with but little of the true abiding, the wholehearted losing of ourselves in Christ and His life.  There is unspeakable danger of much work with but little fruit, for lack of this vital relationship.  We must allow the words “not of itself” and “except it abide” to do their work of searching and exposing, of pruning and cleansing, all that there is of self-will and self-confidence in our life; this will deliver us from this great evil, and so prepare us for His teaching, giving the full meaning of the word in in us: “Abide in me, and I in you.”

Our blessed Lord desires to call us away from ourselves and our own strength, to Himself and His strength.  Let us accept the warning and turn with great fear and self-distrust to Him to do His work.  Our life is “hid with Christ in God”!  That life is a heavenly mystery, hid from the wise even among Christians, and revealed unto babes.  The childlike spirit learns that life is given from heaven every day and every moment to the soul that accepts the teaching: “not of itself,” “except it abide,” and seeks its all in the Vine.  Abiding in the Vine then comes to be nothing more or less than the restful surrender of the soul to let Christ have all and work all, as completely as in nature the branch knows and seeks nothing but the vine.

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Abide in me.  I have heard, my Lord, that with every command, You also give the power to obey.  With Your “Rise and walk,” the lame man leaped.  I accept Your word, “Abide in me,” as a word of power, that gives power, and even now I say, “Yea, Lord, I will, I do abide in You.”

The Spirit Gives To You!!

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Call it what you wish. A talent…a skill set…a gift. The terms are different, but the truth is the same. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others.”

You aren’t the only person with your skill. But you are the only person with your version of your skill. You entered the world uniquely equipped. Psalm 139:13-15 describes it as “knit together, woven together in the dark of the womb, intricately and curiously wrought.”

Each of us! Not some of us, a few of us, or the elite among us. Each of us has a beauty that longs to be revealed and released. It is you at your best! When you stand at the intersection of your skill and God’s call, you are standing at the corner of Promised Land Avenue and Glory Days Boulevard.

The Sabbath Is A Gift From Jesus

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 The Sabbath Is A Symbol That We Have Ceased From Trying To Save Ourselves! Jesus Is Our Savior!!

Luke 2:10-11, Ezekiel 20:12,20;36:26-27, 1Thessalonians 5:23-24, 2Corinthians 3:18, Hebrews 3:12,19;4:1-4,10-12,15-16

 

 

 

The Sabbath is a true gift of God to humanity (Mark 2:27).  It was the first complete day that Adam and Eve spent as children of God and their first day as a married couple (Gen. 2:1-3).  On Sabbath we stop worrying about our daily struggles (Ex. 20:8-11).  We do not just rest: any day of the week would do as a day of rest.  The difference between this day and any other day is that the Sabbath offers a rest not for inactivity but rather to undertake different activities similar to the first Sabbath in Eden.  Sabbath is the moment to catch our breath (Ex. 31:17) as we change activities.

Interestingly, Jesus criticizes the inactivity that the religious leaders of His time tried to impose on the Sabbath and affirmed: “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17).  He, of course, refers to Sabbath work as being redemptive and not the type of daily labor we normally engage in during the week (Matt. 12:7).  God’s idea of rest for us frees us from ourselves and our worries so that we can have time and space for different activities.  According to Jesus, Sabbath is the ideal day for blessing others (verses 9-14).  It’s a day of a change in activities centered on God meeting humanity – those He formed out of dust. It is a celebration of the relationship between God and humanity, the members of the family and our ties to all of creation.  Sabbath is an echo back to Eden.  Sabbath is God’s way of telling us that He wants to have an intimate relationship with us; that we are more important to Him than all the other things He made.

Sabbath is a necessity, not only an obligation.  Just as we need air, light, water, and food in order to survive, we need the Sabbath to truly live.  It is also a day of worship when we kneel before God and recognize that He is Lord.  “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves” (Ps. 100:3).  Sabbath puts us back in our proper place.  In the six other days of the week there is time for personal goals.  As we manage our time and activities, there is always the danger that we could begin to consider ourselves equal or even superior to God.  We need the Sabbath for this weekly reminder that everything we do, can do, and even all our ability to plan comes from our Creator.

Sabbath is also a day of re-creation.  When everything in life seems to be disintegrating, Sabbath calls us back to Eden.  And once again the Lord turns and creates everything from nothing.  Where we are weak, we can become strong.  Chaos turns into order; fear becomes joy; uncertainty is replaced by certainty and trust; God’s justice puts injustice and oppression into their corner; guilt is transformed into pardon.  This moment of redemption is reflected in Israel’s experience when God’s strong arm brought them out of Egypt (Deut. 5:12-15), and we recognize the Sabbath as our delight (Isa. 58:13).  We not only receive the blessings of this special day, but every Sabbath we renew our covenant with Him and publicly confirm that we want to be God’s children.

Truly understanding the Sabbath changed my life many decades ago – and millions all around the world experience this delight every Sabbath.  Can you imagine the incredible Sabbath celebrations in our new heavenly home – face to face with our Creator and Savior?

The beneficent Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation.  The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath.  The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another.  It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom.  The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people.  Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts.  (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Luke 4:16; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Matt. 12:1-12; Ex. 31:13-17; Eze. 20:12, 20; Deut. 5:12-15; Heb. 4:1-11; Lev. 23:32, Mark 1:32)

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Jesus Will Save You

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For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Corinthians 15:57

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ! Philippians 1:6

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me Galatians 2:20

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Galatians 5:4-6

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1Thessalonians 4:16-18, 1Corinthians 15:51-54

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 

that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:9-10

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

 

Treasures From The Vine—Abide In Jesus Alone!

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.  And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love, and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

Many believers pray and long very earnestly for the filling of the Spirit and the indwelling of Christ, and they wonder that they do not make more progress.  The reason is often this: the “I in you” cannot come because the “abide in me” is not maintained.  “There is one body, and one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4); before the Spirit can fill, there must be a body prepared.  The graft must have grown into the stem and be abiding in it before the sap can flow through to bring forth fruit.  It is as we follow Christ in lowly obedience, even in external things, denying ourselves, forsaking the world, and even in the body seeking to be conformable to Him, as we thus seek to abide in Him, that we shall be able to receive and enjoy the “I in you.”  The work enjoined on us:  “Abide in me,” will prepare us for the work undertaken by Him: “I in you.”

In.—The two parts of the injunction have their unity in that central deep-meaning word in.  There is no deeper word in Scripture.  God is in all.  God dwells in Christ.  Christ lives in God.  We are in Christ.  Christ is in us: our life taken up into His; His life received into ours; in a divine reality that words cannot express, we are in Him and He in us.  And the words, “Abide in me, and I in you,” tell us to believe in this divine mystery, and to count upon our God the Husbandman, and Christ the Vine, to make it divinely true.  No thinking or teaching or praying can grasp it; it is a divine mystery of love.  As little as we can affect the union can we understand it.  Let us just look upon this infinite, divine, omnipotent Vine loving us, holding us, working in us.  Let us in the faith of His working abide and rest in Him, ever turning heart and hope to Him alone.  And let us count upon Him to fulfill in us the mystery: “You in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).

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Blessed Lord, You bid me abide in You.  How can I, Lord, unless You show Yourself to me, waiting to receive and welcome and keep me?  I pray You will show me how You as Vine undertake to do all.  To be occupied with You is to abide in You.  Here I am, Lord, a branch, cleansed and abiding – resting in You, and awaiting the inflow of Your life and grace.

Praying God’s Promises In The Spirit

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 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.

John 12:32

 

 

 

 

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God has given us many promises in the Bible to meet our every need.  Both the Old and New Testaments have outstanding examples of God’s people claiming the promises of His Word when facing difficulties.

One of my first exposures to the Bible’s teaching on prayer was in The ABC’s of Bible Prayer; a book by Glenn Coon.  I learned the concept of claiming God’s promises in prayer as a young Christian, and it was proved to be a great blessing throughout my life and ministry.  The prayer formula is simple:

Ask – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  (Matt. 7:7)

Believe – “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”  (Mark 11:24)

Claim the promise with thanksgiving before any answer is seen – “And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’ Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’”  (John 11:41-43)

In these verses we see that Jesus thanked the Father for hearing and answering His prayer before there was evidence of it being answered.

God’s promises are sure.  We can be confident that God will do what He says:

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent.  Has He said, and will He not do it?  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”  (Num. 23:19)

And He can do what He promises:

“Ah, Lord God!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm.  There is nothing too hard for You.”  (Jer. 32:17)

Just as the oak tree is in the acorn, so is the fulfillment of God’s promise in the promise itself when claimed by faith.  Concerning the promises of God’s Word, Ellen White writes:

“In every command and in every promise of the Word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the Promise realized.”  (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 38)

God’s power and very life are contained in the promises of the Bible.  Nothing can stand in the way of His promises being fulfilled when we claim them by faith in persevering prayer.

In 2 Chronicles 20:6-12 we find a marvelous prayer model of claiming God’s promises.  Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was facing an imminent invasion by a confederacy of armies.  He had made preparation for such a crisis by building up Judah’s army and defenses.  He had more than 1 million well-trained men ready for battle.  However, when the threat became known to the king, his first response was not to look to his preparations for war, but rather look to the Lord.

When we face problems in life, our response should be the same – look to the Lord first.  This doesn’t mean that we don’t do what we can to meet whatever situation may arise.  The danger is that we have the tendency to go immediately to our human resources for help and deliverance.  Our mind often begins formulating ways to solve the problem rather than turning to God first.  Jehoshaphat’s response is a good example for us to follow.

This prayer reveals five steps for victoriously praying for the promises of God:

  1. The king began by praising God’s attributes, especially those related to the problem he was facing (verse 6).  He recalled that God rules over all the kingdoms of the nations, that “power and might” are in His hand, and that no one can withstand Him.
  2. The king recalled past victories, similar to the present victory Judah needed (verse 7). Recalling God’s provision in the past, as related to our present need, reminds us of God’s faithfulness and builds our faith.
  3. He stated in prayer a promise God had made to His people in the past – a promise related to the problem he was facing (verses 8, 9).
  4. Jehoshaphat then stated the problem (verses 10-12).
  5. He praised God before any evidence of victory was seen (verses 18, 19).

Authority And Independence–Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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“If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments.”

John 14:15

Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we ought to do, but He never takes means to make us do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit. That is why whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an IF – you do not need to unless you like. “If any man will be My disciple, let him deny himself,” let him give up his right to himself to Me. Our Lord is not talking of eternal positions, but of being of value to Himself in this order of things, that is why He sounds so stern (cf. Luke 14:26). Never interpret these words apart from the One Who uttered them.

The Lord does not give me rules, He makes His standard very clear, and if my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without any hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love some one else in competition with Him, viz., myself. Jesus Christ will not help me to obey Him, I must obey Him; and when I do obey Him, I fulfil my spiritual destiny. My personal life may be crowded with small petty incidents, altogether unnoticeable and mean; but if I obey Jesus Christ in the haphazard circumstances, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God, and when I stand face to face with God I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When once God’s Redemption comes to the point of obedience in a human soul, it always creates. If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God.

When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. Psalms 94:18

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1John 5:11-13

Treasures From The Vine—The Grapes

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away. – John 15:2

FRUIT.  This is the next great word we have: the Vine, the Husbandman, the branch, the fruit.  What has our Lord to say to us about fruit?  Simply this – that fruit is the one thing the branch is for, and that if it bear not fruit, the husbandman takes it away.  The vine is the glory of the husbandman; the branch is the glory of the vine; the fruit is the glory of the branch.  If the branch bring not forth fruit, there is no glory or worth in it; it is an offense and a hindrance; the husbandman takes it away. The one reason for the existence of a branch, the one mark of being a true branch of the heavenly Vine, the one condition of being allowed by the divine Husbandman to share the life of the Vine is bearing fruit.  And what is fruit?  Something that the branch bears, not for itself, but for its owner; something that is to be gathered and taken away.  The branch does indeed receive from the vine sap for its own life, by which it grows thicker and stronger.  But this supply for its own maintenance is entirely subordinate to its fulfillment of the purpose of its existence – bearing fruit.  It is because Christians do not understand or accept this truth that they so fail in their efforts and prayers to live the branch life.  They often desire it earnestly; they read and meditate and pray, and yet they fail, and they wonder why.  The reason is very simple:  They do not know that fruitbearing is the one thing they have been saved for.

Just as entirely as Christ became the true Vine with the one object, you have been made a branch, with the one object of bearing fruit for the salvation of men.  The Vine and the branch are equally under the unchangeable law of fruitbearing as the one reason of their being.  Christ and the believer, the heavenly Vine and the branch, have equally their place in the world exclusively for one purpose: to carry God’s saving love to men.  Hence the solemn word: Every branch that bears not fruit, He takes away.