God Loves Me

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 29, 2008

If you should ask me how it is possible that one day
that I shall stand glorified with my Lord,
The answer is that I am justified.
If you should ask how it is possible that I should be justified,
I would answer you that I was called.
And if you ask me why I should be called,
the answer is that I was predestined.
And if you ask me why I should be predestined,
the answer is that he loved me.
And if you were to ask me why He loved me…
I have no answer.
My words give way to worship.
Author unknown

I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

Jeremiah 31:3 (ESV)

Clear heart vision of the Lord in all of His wondrous beauty, and heart understanding of what He has done for you because of His everlasting love, cannot help but bring a deep heartfelt response of gratitude, adoration, and worship. It is all too easy to lose sight of Him because of the world’s distractions. Regular private worship helps keep focus on the Lord Jesus and distils refreshment upon one’s soul by His presence.

Posted in God's Love

Failure To Worship

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 25, 2008

“I say the greatest tragedy in the world today is that God has made man in His image and made him to worship Him, made him to play the harp of worship before the face of God day and night, but he has failed God and dropped the harp. It lies voiceless at his feet.”
A. W. Tozer
Worship: The Missing Jewel of the Evangelical Church, pp. 12-13

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
John 4:23-24 (ESV)

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
Psalm 96:9 (ESV)

To worship is
to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God,
to feed the mind with the truth of God,
to purge the imagination by the beauty of God,
to open the heart to the love of God,
to devote the will to the purpose of God.

William Temple
Source unknown

Posted in Worship

The Attitude of Worship

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 21, 2008

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
Psalm 29:2 (ESV)
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.

Psalm 95:6 (ESV)
The attitude of worship
is the attitude of a subject bent before the King.

[True worship requires a humble heart before the reigning Lord.]

The attitude of worship
is the attitude of a child yielding all its love to its Father.

[True worship requires total submission before the sovereign Lord]

The attitude of worship
is the attitude of the sheep that follows the leading of the Shepherd,
and is content in all that pasturage which He appoints.

[True worship is obedience to whatever the Lord’s Word commands.]

It is the attitude
of saying Yes to everything that God says.

[True worship is a bondservant obeying all his Master’s will.]

Source unknown
True worshippers worship in private as well as corporately. They take time to be alone for personal worship of the Lord Jesus because they love Him so much. Their heart longs to focus on Him without distraction. They find the time to be with Him alone regardless of the demands of life.

Posted in Worship

Oneness With Christ

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 18, 2008

“The believer is said to be in Christ, as the element or atmosphere which surrounds him with its perpetual presence and which constitutes his vital breath.
Christ and the believer have the same life. They are not separate persons linked together by some temporary bond of friendship, — they are united by a tie as close and indissoluble as if the same blood ran in their veins.”
A. H. Strong
Systematic Theology, pp. 797, 802

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (ESV)

But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
1 Corinthians 6:17 (ESV)

Our Lord Jesus, by His life’s blood poured out, purchased for us complete cleansing from all of sin’s defilement before Holy God. Not even one faint stain remains. His atoning sacrifice cleanses completely. This perfect cleansing by His perfect sacrifice prepares believers to become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, their bodies becoming the very temple of God. The Holy Spirit, who is the living third person of the Trinity, and One who is exactly like the Lord Jesus, invades the believer’s inner being at conversion and joins Himself to the spirit of that person. This incomprehensible result is the Spirit of Christ and the spirit of the believer actually become one so that Christ is in the believer and the believer is in Christ, like the Son is in His Father and the Father is in His Son. This means that wherever you go today, and whatever you do, Christ with all of His beauty and power is in you wanting to express His life through you for the Father’s glory. What difference would it make if you and I lived with this powerful awareness, “I and the Lord Jesus Christ are one in this frail human body?”

Dependence Plus Discipline

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 15, 2008

“Dependence is critical, but there is no growth in the Christian life apart from discipline and self-control…. Spirituality is not instantaneous or haphazard; it is developed and refined. The Epistles are full of commands to believe, obey, walk, present, fight, reckon, hold fast, pursue, draw near, and love. The spiritual life is progressively cultivated in the disciplines of faith; you and I will not wake up one morning to find ourselves suddenly spiritual. This is why Paul uses the metaphors of an athlete, a soldier, and a farmer to illustrate the discipline of the Christian life…. We grow in godliness as we hear and obediently respond to the Word.”
Kenneth Boa
Conformed to His Image, p. 76

Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.
1 Timothy 4:7 (NASB)

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
1 Corinthians 9:25 (ESV)

Love is the compelling motive, and choices for discipline is love’s expression. Love for the Lord Jesus prevents discipline from becoming drudgery and obedience legalism. Rather, love enables right choices to be made with joy and delight. Our Lord Jesus loves His Father with His whole being. Therefore, while on earth it was His food to do the Father’s will regardless of how hard the choice might have been (John 4:34).
His yoke for us is easy because it is a love relationship of intimacy and pleasure with one another. It is a double yoke, which requires nearness and pulling together. Loving the Lord Jesus with all of one’s being, and living in His fullness, motivates one to exercise discipline and self-control in order to become like Him.

The Spirit-filled Life

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 11, 2008

“Satan has opposed the doctrine of the Spirit-filled life about as bitterly as any other doctrine there is. He has confused it, opposed it, surrounded it with false notions and fears. He has blocked every effort of the Church of Christ to receive from the Father her divine and blood-bought patrimony. The Church has tragically neglected this great liberating truth—that there is now for the child of God a full and wonderful and completely satisfying anointing with the Holy Ghost.
A. W. Tozer
How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit, p.18

“What is the fullness of the Holy Spirit?
What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
The fullness of the Holy Spirit is a relationship with the indwelling third Person of the Trinity whereby He is permitted to exercise His holy influence over every area of your life. The result is the fruit of Christ-likeness revealed through your personality. This beautiful effect increases as you mature spiritually. Fullness by the Spirit releases God’s power in you so that by His strength and energy you can live and minister. (Ministry includes every manner of service in the Name of Christ regardless of how insignificant it seems in the eyes of men.) Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control become descriptive of the kind of person you are (Galatians 5:22-23).”
The Spirit and Presence of Christ, p.66  (See author’s books)

With all of heaven’s love our Lord Jesus provided His Spirit’s fullness for you, and all His children, because this is how our Father can receive the glory He deserves. Your life filled with His Spirit pleases and honors Him.

Posted in Holy Spirit

Finding Rest in Christ

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 8, 2008

“Over the margins of life comes a whisper, a faint call, a premonition of richer living which we know we are passing by. Strained by the very mad pace of our daily outer burdens, we are further strained by an inward uneasiness, because we have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence, a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power.”
Thomas Kelly
A Testament of Devotion
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…
Matthew 6:25 (ESV)

Do not be anxious about anything.
Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (ESV)
The Lord Jesus says, Come to me. He does not say, “learn more doctrine,” although we should grow in our knowledge of the truth. He does not say, “go to church more,” although we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. He does not say, “try harder to be what you should be,” although there must be discipline for the purpose of godliness. With tenderness and gentleness the Lord Jesus invites you: Come to me. His simple invitation means that He is waiting for you to come. You do not have to wonder if He is present, or if He will accept you. You do not have to go find Him on some high mountain, or distant place, or difficult to reach secret place. The richer, deeper life of unhurried serenity and peace and power is a restful life in relationship with the Lord Jesus. He made it simple. It is a life of habitually coming to Him —quietly, trustfully, lovingly with your heart — anywhere at anytime. With Him there is always peace, joy and love.

A Copy of Christ

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 4, 2008

“I am never so much mine as when I am his,
or so much lost to myself until I am lost in him;
then I find my true manhood….
If traces of Christ’s love-artistry be upon me,
may he work on with his divine brush
until the  complete image be obtained
and I be made a perfect copy of him,
my Master.”
The Valley of Vision, pp.44-45
Do you long to be like the Lord Jesus? Of course, you and I know what the correct answer should be. However, the correct answer with one’s mind is not the same as the true answer from one’s heart. The sober question is: Does your heart long to be like the lovely Lord Jesus? How much?
Your heart is the core and compass of your personality. A compass always points due north. Even when shaken or disturbed it settles back down pointing to magnetic north. One who longs to be like the Lord Jesus endeavors to apply His Word in practical details of daily living so as to please Him in all things. This devoted lover of the Lord Jesus wakes up thinking about pleasing Him, habitually returns to God pleasing thoughts throughout the day, and ends the day with the same compelling desire. Captured and controlled by the love of God he or she craves conformity to the character of Christ.
Nothing else satisfies this longing soul but to press on to become a copy of Him.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:29 (ESV)

Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:49 (ESV)

Your Life Hidden

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 1, 2008

“There is nothing — no circumstance, no trouble, no testing — that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment.
But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will cause me to fret, for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is.”
Alan Redpath
Source Unknown
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:2-3 (ESV)
Is there any safer place to be than hidden with Christ in God? Even the Psalmist, who knew nothing about being hidden with Christ in God, could confess with utmost confidence, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1 (ESV). Fretfulness, worry, and anxiety on our part say to the Lord, “I don’t believe you are caring for me. I have no confidence that you are watching over me.” If the Lord Jesus gave all He could give for us, will He not faithfully watch over His little children whom He bought with His own life’s blood? He desires that we be at rest in the very safe place of being hidden with Him in God. In this blessed hidden place His love, joy, and peace rules.

Posted in Faith, Sovereign God