The Best Knowledge

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 29, 2008

Knowledge about the contents of the Bible is not the same as knowing the Lord Jesus intimately.

Knowledge about theology (doctrine) is not the same as close personal fellowship with the Lord Jesus.

Knowledge about all the Biblical principles for Christian living is not the same as knowing the Lord Jesus with the fullness of one’s soul.

Knowledge of how to serve in ministry is not the same as privately gazing with wonder and awe on the Lord in His beauty.

Knowledge about the Lord’s supernatural working through the gifts of the Spirit is not the same as knowing in one’s inner being the reality of the Lord’s presence through faith.

To know Jesus Christ—to know Him ever more intimately—to see Him with eyes of heart ever more clearly—to enjoy His near presence with ever increasing spiritual reality—this is the goal, and all knowledge should point to this as the ultimate goal for life and eternity. Deep intimate knowledge of the Lord Jesus brings heart satisfaction like nothing else, and this is what our Heavenly Father longs to give us. This kind of knowledge is what we must set our heart upon to seek. Here is where our soul finds rest. Then we are prepared to tell others, both lost and saved, the wonders of Jesus Christ with experiential authority.

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:3 (ESV)
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)

Christ Requires All

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 27, 2008

“What is Christ’s claim upon us if we want to be His disciples? First of all, a supreme love. We cannot follow Christ unless we love Him better than anyone else. He puts Himself alongside the dearest relationships of earth, and says in unforgettable words, ‘You must hate all these, or you cannot be my disciple.’…The word ‘hate’ is a relative word, it is not absolute….
He demands from you and me a love greater than the earliest love—the love to father and mother, greater than the dearest love—the love to wife and child, greater than the nearest love—the love of our own life.”
W. Y. Fullerton, quoted by J. Oswald Sanders
Enjoying Intimacy With God, p. 120

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:26 (ESV)

The Lord Jesus plainly says that He must have our supreme allegiance if we are going to be His. Anything less and we cannot be His, even if we have professed Him as Savior and think we are Christians. How shocking Judgment Day will be for those who professed Christ but never yielded all to Him. These are tough and searching words by the Lord Jesus in this age of easy “believism” that often does not affect changes in lifestyle. He who gave His all demands my all, or I am not His at all. He who gave His all deserves my all, and He will receive not one particle less. There is one reason: The Lord Jesus as Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Sovereign Ruler, and Judge is worthy. He alone is worthy! The Kingdom of Heaven is His, and He possesses all authority to set the standard for entrance into it.

Posted in Total Surrender

Pure For Gazing On The Lord

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 23, 2008

“High thoughts of his [Christ’s] love can’t live in the same mind with sewer-dwelling thoughts any more than a mouse can live in the same cage with a boa constrictor. Just as the serpent devours the rodent, a mind mesmerized by worldliness eats up the first feeble attempt to gaze on the Son.”
Kris Lundgaard
Through the Looking Glass, p. 67

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart.

Psalm 24:3-4a (ESV)

“I will not love a world that crucified him,
neither cherish nor endure the sin that put Him to grief,
nor suffer Him to be wounded by others.”
Valley of Vision
p. 115

Oh, that our greatest fear would be that we might grieve the Lord Jesus who loves us so!
Oh, that we might sincerely desire to be pure as He is pure!
Oh, that our strongest thirst would be to know Him more intimately!

Posted in Worship

Delight In God

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 12, 2008

“God’s quest to be glorified and our quest to be satisfied reach their goal in this one experience: our delight in God which overflows in praise. For God, praise is the sweet echo of his own excellence in the hearts of his people. For us, praise is the summit of satisfaction that comes from living in fellowship with God.”
John Piper
Desiring God, p. 41

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1 (ESV)

Can we behold with our hearts the beauty of the Lord Jesus and not praise Him?
Can we experience His mercy and grace as undeserving ones and not praise Him?
Can we know the wonderful truths of salvation’s freedom from His Word and not praise Him?
One of the ways we continue in the Spirit’s fullness is to praise the Lord (Ephesians 5:18-19). Thanksgiving and praise expressed in our daily walk helps us to live with sharp awareness of our Lord’s presence, and to enjoy fellowship with Him throughout the day.
Today, praise the Lord Jesus and thank Him every time you think of Him. Enjoy His presence with you through speaking praise and thanksgiving to Him. This pleases Him!

Posted in Worship

Losing First Love For Christ

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 9, 2008

“The danger of falling out of love with Christ is no less present in our times, and it occasions our Lord as much grief now as then. Intimacy with God is a fragile thing that must be carefully guarded.
M. Basilea Schlink tells of her own experience of waning love.
‘I came to see that my relationship to my Lord Jesus Christ, with the passing years had eroded away, something like a marriage gone humdrum. What did I do when I found a little pocket of spare time, on a Sunday or a holiday? I couldn’t wait to get together with other people—people I liked, people with whom I had something in common—so that we could share ideas and experiences. Or I read a stimulating book. Or I went out to enjoy nature. I even plunged further into my work, doing things that I normally didn’t have time for. But to go to Jesus—to give Him first claim on my spare time, that I did not do.’
J. Oswald Sanders
Enjoying Intimacy With God, p.43

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

Revelation 2:4 (ESV)
Supreme love for the Lord Jesus can be lost. The Lord Jesus takes it personally when this happens. This is not because He needs your love, but it is because He loves you with all of His being, and He does not want to see you lose the fullness you have when you love Him supremely and passionately. When our first love wanes, the Lord Jesus waits, like the Father for his prodigal son, longing for our return.  His love never ever wanes. We must carefully guard our hearts so that our love for Him does not wane—and quickly repent if it does. Like the Father of the prodigal, He lovingly embraces us when we return and is glad.

Posted in Love for God

All You Need

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 5, 2008

“Lift up your heads, ye poor, ye needy, ye disconsolate!
Lift up your heads and rejoice that Christ is all to you,
all you need in this vale of tears,
all you need in the deepest sorrow,
all you need under the heaviest affliction,
all you need in sickness,
all you will need in the hour of death
and in the day of judgment.
Yea, and Christ is in all, too.
He is in all your salvation;
He is in all your mercies;
He is in all your trials;
He is in all your consolations
and in all your afflictions.
What more can you want?
What more do you desire?”
Octavius Winslow
Morning Thoughts
July 10
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1 (ESV)
Psalm 23 is David’s testimony about his relationship with the Lord, which he wrote in his personal devotions. These were not merely nice words, or a bit of poetry, or a doctrinal statement, or wishful thinking. He wrote what He had experienced through difficult circumstances and deeply knew to be true. For us these can be just familiar words of comfort, or a teaching we listen to in a message, but as we learn how to turn to the Lord Jesus in every circumstance and experience it becomes our own personal and real testimony. Peace and security that passes all understanding then becomes ours.

Christ Is All

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 2, 2008

“What a witness, then, the Eternal Spirit bears for Jesus! He assures the believer
that all he can possibly want is treasured up in Christ,
that he has no cross but Christ can bear it,
no sorrow but Christ can alleviate it,
no guilt but Christ can remove it,
no sin but Christ can pardon it,
no want but Christ can supply it.”
Octavius Winslow
Morning Thoughts
July 10

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:19-20 (ESV)

Is the Lord Jesus all we need, or should we look to someone else, or something else, to meet our needs? Is the Lord Jesus alone enough for every need of our lives? Does He not promise to shepherd us so that we will not want?  (Psalm 23) Whatever your need is, or may become, He is pleased when your heart turns to Him with steadfast confidence because you trust Him to supply your every need according to His riches. It is impossible for Him to be faithless to the one who has faith. He cannot deny the trusting child whom He purchased with His own blood. His compassionate heart of love is waiting to meet you with His riches in Christ when you turn to Him with steadfast faith.