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The Extravagant Love of Christ

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The last rays of light that will fall on this darkened earth just before the end comes will be a revelation of God’s character of love. This is Bible teaching:

 

That last “revelation” will obviously be the same as the light of that “another angel” who comes down from heaven having great power. The “earth is lightened with his glory” (Rev. 18:1, 2). It’s not legalism gone wild, nor soft-soap emotionalism; it’s love (agape).

 

That “glory” in turn will obviously be the same as the message Jesus describes in John 12:32, 33: “‘I, if I am lifted up, will draw all to Myself.’ This He said, signifying by what death He should die.” That “love” which will “reveal the character of God” must be the same love that “holds together,” “controls” and “compels,” or motivates the ones who believe in Jesus. They are moved henceforth to live only for Him, “no longer for themselves” (2 Cor. 5:14, 15. There is tremendous power locked away in that “love” known as agape. Jesus longs to put His character in every believer! John 3:16

 

Again, that revelation of love in the last days must be what Paul meant when he said that he “determined not to know anything among [the Corinthians] except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). That was not extremism; it was only a “reasonable service” that Paul saw as appropriate to the extravagant love Christ had shown for him  ( Rom. 12:1). It was agape, not ordinary human love. Paul saw what we have not yet seen clearly.

 

In these last days when sin and selfishness will become so rampant, the Lord Jesus will be honored by those who “follow the Lamb [the crucified, risen Christ] wherever He goes. … They are without fault before the throne of God” (cf, Rev, 14:1-5). Whoever they are, there WILL be such a people who will glorify Christ! We might eventually be surprised who will end up in that group; let’s walk humbly before Him.

God has done this to demonstrate his righteousness both by the wiping out of the sins of the past and by showing in the present time that he is a just God and that He justifies everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ.  Romans 3:26 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Jesus longs for you to come to Him so He can change you into His image and likeness thus  ready for Heaven!! 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2Corinthians 5:14-15,17,20, 1John 3:2

 

What If I Have Grieved The Holy Spirit–What Next?

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I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:26

 

 

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There are things we can do that will grieve the Spirit.  If we do not daily seek Him and cooperate in following where He leads us, our Christian experience will weaken.

God doesn’t force.  When we receive the baptism of the Spirit, He will have a greater impact in our life.  We will feel His prompting more strongly.  He will be daily putting the desire in our heart to obey God.  He will call us to study God’s Word and to pray more.  The Spirit will cause us to begin loving righteousness and hating sin.  However, we are always free to disregard His prompting.  When we do this we begin the process of “grieving,” or “quenching,” the Spirit.  Paul gives practical advice in many portions of Scripture on how to avoid doing this.  These practical counsels to the believer on living the Christian life are intended to help us maintain the fullness of the Spirit in our lives.  Two examples of such counsel are found in the following Bible verses:

“And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.  Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.  ‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:24-32).

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.  See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:14-19).

Paul knew that the Spirit of God dwelling in believers would be prompting them to do the things listed in these verses.  If we refuse to yield to His prompting, though, we will be in danger of grieving and quenching the Spirit.

If you find that you have grieved the Spirit, don’t become discouraged!  Ask God to forgive you, and He will (1 John 1:9).  Then ask God in faith to fill you anew with His Spirit, and He will do that, too (Luke 11:13).

David knew God’s mercy.  He had committed the sins of adultery and murder.  He had walked away from the prompting of God’s Spirit in his life when he committed these terrible acts.  Yet when he was convicted of his sin by the Spirit, he turned to God in prayer.  Note especially these words:

“Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous Spirit” (Ps. 51:9-12).

When we find that we’ve been slipping away from God we must not let another moment go by without confessing our sin, accepting God’s forgiveness, and claiming the promise of the renewing of the Spirit in our lives just as David did.  Then we will be strengthened once again in the “inner” man to be victorious over Satan:

“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:16-19).

We serve a wonderful God.  When we have failed Him, let us remember:

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.  He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him” (Ps. 103:8-13).

He Will Manifest His Victory In And Through Us!! Praise God!!

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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

 

 

 

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Be Enlightened

 

In short, whatever attitudes or behavior the Lord asks us to exhibit He will manifest in and through us if we choose to let Him and believe He will.  This requires us to be aware of the attitudes and behaviors God wants us to exhibit.  We find this instruction in the Word of God. Such sections as Christ’s Sermon on the Mount clearly reveals to us God’s will for us in many situations of life.

The Sermon on the Mount sets the standard very high; impossibly high for us to attain by our own efforts no matter how hard we try.  This standard will be met only as Christ lives out this standard through us.  Paul actually points this out in his letter to the Romans.

 

“For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4 NIV

 

In these verses Paul tells us that it is impossible for sinful man to fulfill the righteous requirements of God’s law.  However, because Christ came in the flesh, obeyed the law perfectly and fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law He condemned sin breaking its power.  Therefore, through Christ the “righteous requirements of the law” can be “fully met in us” who do not yield to our sinful nature, but allow the Spirit to manifest obedience in us.

New Covenant Promise

 

What I am presenting in this chapter is how God fulfills the new covenant promise.  In the new covenant God says He will write His law on our hearts and minds (Hebrews 8:8-10).  Our part is to choose to allow Him to do it.  God foretold through the prophet Ezekiel that He would do this.

 

“Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:25-27

 

The New Testament confirms this promise in such texts as the following:

 

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

 

Note that it is God who “performs” this work.  Paul presents this same truth in his first letter to the Thessalonians.

 

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

Again Paul is clear; it is God who does the sanctifying.  Our part is to choose to allow Him to perform that work within our spirit, soul and body.

 

Lighten Up

 

Every Christian who is not experiencing deliverance from temptation through Christ, but is trying to do it through their own efforts asking God to add His power to their efforts is not experiencing the “light burden” Jesus is referring to in Matthew 11:28-29.  Instead, their life is weighed down with frustration, bewilderment, and feelings of defeat.  Jesus calls us to come to Him with this burden.  If you learn how to do that you will find “rest,” and your walk with the Lord will become much “easier” and “lighter.”  Why; because Jesus is giving you His victory and you are resting in Him.

Before I came to personally understand and experience the reality of abiding in Christ and allowing Him to manifest Himself in and through me I did not understand these words of Christ.  For me the Christian life was a burden and obedience was not easy.  Once I came to understand and experience Christ’s abiding presence then I found His words to be true – “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  He offers the same abiding experience to all who believe in Him.

 

Stay in Touch

 

This kind of victory in Christ requires us to be in moment-by-moment communion with Him.  Remember what David wrote, “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).  David knew the necessity of the Lord being “always before him.”  We must not let our communion with Jesus be broken.

We can also see that the victory Jesus is offering requires a moment-by-moment surrender to Him.  Whenever a temptation comes we must surrender it to Him no matter how much we have enjoyed yielding to it in the past.  Complete 100 percent surrender is the only way to complete 100 percent victory.

Chapters in Life

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Certain chapters in this life seem so unnecessary—like nostrils on the pre-born. Like suffering.  Loneliness.  Disease. Holocausts.  Martyrdom.  Hurricanes, earthquakes and monsoons.

If we assume this world exists just for pre-grave happiness, these atrocities disqualify it from doing so!  But what if this earth is the womb?  Might these challenges, severe as they may be, serve to prepare us, equip us for the world to come?

The apostle Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 4:17:  “These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing.”

Eternal glory?  I’d like a large cup of that,  wouldn’t you?

Everything in this life is preparing us for the next.

Are You A Struggling Christian? You Can Live In Victory!

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    By Pastor Dennis Smith

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The problem the struggling Christian has is not that he/she doesn’t want to obey God.  The problem is that he/she doesn’t know how to live a consistently obedient life.  That is what this book is all about; to help born again men and women find the simple yet elusive truth of how to let Christ live out His life in them.  When this truth is discovered there will no longer be a struggle with temptation.  The only struggle will be to decide if you want Christ to give you His victory over that particular sin.  You still have a free will.  Once that decision is made the victory will be gained through Christ living out His righteousness in the life.

Right now you might be thinking; “What, that can’t be true!”  Or you might be receiving hope that there really is an answer to the struggle you are having.  I pray that you are receiving hope.  After all, the Bible says that “as many as received him, to them gave him power to become the sons of God” (John 1:12).  The word translated power comes from the Greek word from which we get the English word “dynamite.”   There is no shortage of power with God.  The problem is that many or even most Christians don’t know how to let God manifest His “dynamite” power in their lives for victory over every temptation and sin.

 

You Can Live in Victory

 

I want to reassure you from God’s Word that the Christian can truly live a victorious life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  This book is dedicated to helping you under the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment discover that truth for yourself.

The first step in experiencing the complete deliverance Jesus wants you to have over sin is to recognize that you have no power within yourself to obtain the victory.  You must realize that you are absolutely helpless when it comes to overcoming the temptations in your life.  The natural born sinful nature is so strong in you that its power will make you a slave of it unless the power of God delivers you from this slavery.    This is the very point Paul was making in Romans chapter seven.

The natural response of every Christian to God’s commands it to put forth every effort with God’s help to try to obey.  What I want you to realize in this chapter is that your striving to obey will cause to you to fail every time.  You do not have it in you to obey no matter how hard you try.  You don’t have it in you to obey even if you think you can with God’s added power united with your effort to obey.  You must realize that you can do absolutely nothing to live an obedient life as far as putting forth effort is concerned.  This is because of the extremely powerful sinful nature that resides in you.  In stead of you struggling with the temptation you must depend 100 percent on Christ for victory.

In this book I will be emphasizing very strongly the fact that our victory over temptation and sin comes only as we allow Christ to live out His life in us; not by struggling with the temptation.  Our struggle is to maintain our hold on God and keep faith in His promises of victory.  Peter pointed this out when he wrote:

 

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  2Peter 1:4

 

Peter goes on to tell us that as we partake of the divine nature, which is Christ living in us, we will be growing more and more like Christ.  As we overcome our sinful natures effort to manifest sinful desires we will develop faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.  As Paul puts it:

 

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Corinthians 3:18

 

It is through Christ living in us by the Holy Spirit that we are moment-by-moment and day-by-day changed into Christ’s image.  Every temptation we overcome by allowing Christ to manifest Himself in that particular area of our life will lead us to be changed into the image of Christ in that area of our life.  That is why Paul writes that we are “changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Since the power of our sinful nature is overcome by Christ living in us, in the next chapter we will consider what Christ has done to break the power of this sinful nature, which wants to make us its slave.

Son Reflectors

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What does the moon do? She generates no light. Contrary to the lyrics of the song, this harvest moon cannot shine on. Apart from the sun, the moon is nothing more than a pitch-black, pockmarked rock. But properly positioned, the moon beams. Let her do what she was made to do, and a clod of dirt becomes a source of inspiration, yea, verily, romance. The moon reflects the greater light.

And she’s happy to do so! You never hear the moon complaining. She makes no waves about making waves. Let the cow jump over her or astronauts step on her; she never objects. Even though sunning is accepted while mooning is the butt of bad jokes, you won’t hear ol’ Cheeseface grumble. The moon is at peace in her place. And because she is, soft light touches a dark earth.

What would happen if we accepted our place as Son reflectors?

Such a shift comes so stubbornly, however. We’ve been demanding our way and stamping our feet since infancy. Aren’t we all born with a default drive set on selfishness? I want a spouse who makes me happy and coworkers who always ask my opinion. I want weather that suits me and traffic that helps me and a government that serves me. It is all about me. . . .

How can we be bumped off self-center? . . . We move from me-focus to God-focus by pondering him. Witnessing him. Following the counsel of the apostle Paul: “Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, [we] are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18 KJV).

Beholding him changes us.

—originally from It’s Not About Me

 

 

O Lord, change our focus from a me-focus to a God-focus. Work your will in our lives that we might be instruments to do your work and to tell others of your great love. Let our lives reflect your holiness through thick and thin. Help us live in pursuit of what you want rather than what we want. May we keep a firm grip on our faith no matter what hard times come our way. In all we do, may we honor you, amen. 

Sing praise to the Lord, . . . and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
Psalm 30:4

Spirit Baptism and Fellowship Groups

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The baptism of the Holy Spirit and fellowship groups go hand in hand.  Both are necessary for the Christian to grow into the fullness of Christ.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit is essential for the core members of a fellowship group in order for the group to function as God intends.  We see this clearly illustrated in the experience of Christ and the disciples.  The 12 disciples were in a very close personal, group relationship with Christ and one another for three and a half years.  Yet we find them bickering among themselves on the way to the Passover supper just before Christ was to be taken by the mob and ultimately crucified:

“But there was also rivalry among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest” (Luke 22:24).

They had not yet attained the level of loving, committed fellowship with God or each other during those years.  Simply being a part of a fellowship group, of which Christ was the leader, was not enough to bring about the changes necessary for them to grow up into the fullness of Christ.  Later, we find that they were changed dramatically.  What made the difference?  Their receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost made the difference.  From that day forward they, and all others who were present, entered into the genuine Christian fellowship that God desires every believer to experience:

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).  “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (verses 46, 47).

The early church’s fellowship way of doing church cannot happen during the traditional Sabbath morning worship service because of the interrelational dynamics required between Spirit-filled believers.  The only way this kind of fellowship experience can happen is in small Christian fellowship groups.  The traditional Sabbath worship service is important.  The point is, that alone is not enough.

The importance of the Spirit-filled believers fellowshipping together in small groups is demonstrated by two illustrations.  Paul gives us one illustration of the necessity of a continued living connection between believers in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 12.  He uses the analogy of the human body to describe the church and its members.  He points out how necessary it is for each body part to minister to the body.  Spirit-filled believers need one another.  They are to minister to one another just as your heart, right hand, eyes, etc., minister to the other parts of your body.  From this analogy it is evident that it is necessary for each body part to remain in close, living connection with the other body parts.  It is the home fellowship groups that enable the Spirit-baptized believer to keep a close, living connection with the body of Christ, which enables members of the body to minister to one another.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as he wills.  For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ” (1 Cor. 12:7-12).

Paul also speaks about the body of Christ in Ephesians 4:11-16.

Another illustration of the importance of home fellowship groups can be seen around any campfire.  Think for a moment of a time when you were sitting around a campfire and watching the embers burn.  In order to keep the fire going it was important that you kept the embers close together and occasionally put on new wood.  If a burning ember became separated from the other burning embers it would soon lose its fire and go out.  This clearly illustrates the importance of close Christian fellowship.  In order for the Spirit-baptized believer to keep the “fire” from going out in his life, he needs not only to continually ask God for the Spirit’s infilling (Eph. 5:18), but he must also continually keep in fellowship with other Spirit-filled believers.

 

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The Christian’s Struggle

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power—Including death!!  Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

 

  Pastor Dennis Smith

The Christian’s Struggle

 

I titled today’s devotional, “The Christian’s Struggle,” because the nonbeliever doesn’t have the struggle that the Christian has.  The unconverted man doesn’t have the Spirit of God and is controlled only by his carnal mind.  According to Paul, the carnal mind is “enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).  The non-Christian obeys for personal, selfish reasons, because of social pressure, etc.  Or perhaps he was raised in a principled home and has a conscience that leads him to live a respectable life.

 

The Christian, on the other hand, obeys God because the Spirit of God has put the desire to obey in his heart:

 

“But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered” (Rom. 6:17).

 

The born-again individual very much wants to carry out God’s will in his life.  Paul calls this delighting “in the law of God according to the inward man” (Rom. 7:22).  Under the new covenant promise, the Holy Spirit begins writing God’s law in his heart and mind (Heb. 8:8-10 and 2 Cor. 3:3).

 

However, the new believer discovers very quickly that there is another very strong desire in him – the desire for sin.  Now that he has the Spirit of God, he is aware of his sinful desires, whereas before, many of those desires didn’t really concern him.  So the Christian discovers that there are now two natures residing in him: one that desires to follow sin, and the other that desires to obey God.  Paul very clearly describes this intense conflict, experienced by every Christian, in Romans 7:14-25:

 

“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.  For what I am doing, I do not understand.  For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.  If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.  But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.  For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.  Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.  For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?  I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”

 

Every Christian can identify with the struggle Paul describes.  Christians often experience this struggle day after day, month after month, and year after year, and never obtain the victory they want to have over sin.  Every Christian is well aware of the fact that there is a “law of sin” dwelling within them that is waging war against the God-given desire to obey His law.  As Paul states, he delighted in God’s law.  He very much wanted to obey God in all things; however, he found that it was impossible for him to do so.  His sinful nature constantly sought to make him a slave to the law of sin.

Recognizing the impossibility of obeying God because of the power of sin in his life, Paul cries out, “What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?”  He then declares that deliverance from the law of sin can happen “through Jesus Christ our Lord” (verses 24, 25, NIV).

 

In Romans 8:1-4, Paul gives the solution to this problem in the believer’s life.  The solution to the Christian’s dilemma is to allow Christ Jesus, through the law of the Spirit of life, to set us free from the law of sin and death.  Put another way, we must let Jesus live out His life in us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  This is what Paul calls “walking in the Spirit.”  He further elaborates on this in his letter to the Galatians:

 

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish” (Gal. 5:16, 17).

 

Paul tells us that the righteous requirements of the law will be fulfilled “in us” when we have Jesus living in us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit:

 

“That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:4).

 

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

Moral Divinity—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For April 11th 

“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.”

Romans 6:5

Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have been through crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a decided likeness to Him. The incoming of the Spirit of Jesus into me readjusts my personal life to God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him authority to impart the life of God to me, and my experimental life must be constructed on the basis of His life. I can have the resurrection life of Jesus now, and it will show itself in holiness.

The idea all through the apostle Paul’s writings is that after the moral decision to be identified with Jesus in His death has been made, the resurrection life of Jesus invades every bit of my human nature. It takes omnipotence to live the life of the Son of God in mortal flesh. The Holy Spirit cannot be located as a Guest in a house, He invades every thing. When once I decide that my “old man” (i.e., the heredity of sin) should be identified with the death of Jesus, then the Holy Spirit invades me. He takes charge of everything, my part is to walk in the light and to obey all that He reveals. When I have made the moral decision about sin, it is easy to reckon actually that I am dead unto sin, because I find the life of Jesus there all the time. Just as there is only one stamp of humanity, so there is only one stamp of holiness, the holiness of Jesus, and it is His holiness that is gifted to me. God puts the holiness of His Son into me, and I belong to a new order spiritually.

Moral Decision About Sin—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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  By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For April 10th  

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Romans 6:6

Co-Crucifixion. Have I made this decision about sin – that it must be killed right out in me? It takes a long time to come to a moral decision about sin, but it is the great moment in my life when I do decide that just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, so sin must die out in me, not be curbed or suppressed or counteracted, but crucified. No one can bring anyone else to this decision. We may be earnestly convinced, and religiously convinced, but what we need to do is to come to the decision which Paul forces here.

Haul yourself up, take a time alone with God, make the moral decision and say – “Lord, identify me with Thy death until I know that sin is dead in me.” Make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to death.

It was not a divine anticipation on the part of Paul, but a very radical and definite experience. Am I prepared to let the Spirit of God search me until I know what the disposition of sin is – the thing that lusts against the Spirit of God in me? Then if so, will I agree with God’s verdict on that disposition of sin – that it should be identified with the death of Jesus? I cannot reckon myself “dead indeed unto sin” unless I have been through this radical issue of will before God.

Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and blood? “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me.”

The Glory That Excels—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— Including death!!                                                Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

There Is Hope Only In Jesus!!

Acts 4:12, Acts 26:18, 2Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:21, 1Corinthians 2:9,         Revelation 22:1-4, 1John 5:11-13

 

 

 

 

 

  By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For April 2nd

“The Lord … hath sent me that thou mightest receive thy sight.”

Acts 9:17

When Paul received his sight, he received spiritually an insight into the Person of Jesus Christ, and the whole of his subsequent life and preaching was nothing but Jesus Christ – “I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” No attraction was ever allowed to hold the mind and soul of Paul save the face of Jesus Christ.

We have to learn to maintain an unimpaired state of character up to the last notch revealed in the vision of Jesus Christ.

The abiding characteristic of a spiritual man is the interpretation of the Lord Jesus Christ to himself, and the interpretation to others of the purposes of God. The one concentrated passion of the life is Jesus Christ. Whenever you meet this note in a man, you feel he is a man after God’s own heart.

Never allow anything to deflect you from insight into Jesus Christ. It is the test of whether you are spiritual or not. To be unspiritual means that other things have a growing fascination for you.

“Since mine eyes have looked on Jesus,
I’ve lost sight of all beside,
So enchained my spirit’s vision,
Gazing on the Crucified.”