Sacred Possibilities

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 25, 2010

“It is possible, I dare say, for those who will indeed draw on their Lord’s power for deliverance and victory, to live a life—how shall I describe it?—a life which His promises are taken as they stand, and found to be true. It is possible to cast every care on Him daily, and to be at peace amidst the pressure. It is possible to have affections and imaginations purified through faith, in a profound and practical sense. It is possible to see the will of God in everything, and to find it, as one has said, no longer a sigh but a song. It is possible, in the world of inner act and motion, to put away, to get put away, all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and evil speaking, daily and hourly (Eph. 4:31). It is possible, by unreserved resort to divine power, under divine conditions, to become strongest through and through at our weakest point; to find the thing which yesterday upset all our obligations to patience, or to purity, or to humility, an occasion today, through Him who loveth us, and worketh in us, for joyful consent to His will, and a delightful sense of His presence and sin-annulling power. These are things divinely possible. And because they are His work, the genuine experience of them will lay us, must lay us, only lower at His feet, and leave us only more athirst for more.”
H. C. G. Moule
Thoughts on Christian Sanctity, 17-19
With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26 (ESV)
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desires.
2 Peter 1-3-4 (ESV)

Sacred possibilities become realities in your life when you trust the Lord’s character, believe His promises, depend on His Spirit, and obey His Word.

Sorrow And Faith

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 22, 2010

“Sorrow is a refiner’s crucible. It may be caused by the neglect or cruelty of another, by circumstances over which the sufferer has no control, or as the direct result of some dark hour in the long past. But inasmuch as God has permitted it to happen, it must be accepted as His appointment and considered to be the furnace by which He is searching, testing, probing, and purifying the soul. Suffering searches us as fire does metals. We think we are fully for God until we are exposed to the cleansing fire of pain. Then we discover, as Job did, how much dross there is in us and how little real patience, resignation, and faith.
During sorrow the Comforter is near, ‘a stronghold in the day of trouble’ (Nahum 1:7). He sits by the crucible, as a refiner of silver, regulating the heat, noting every change, waiting patiently for the scum to float away, and His own face to be mirrored in clear, translucent metal. No earthly friend may tread the winepress with you, but the Savior is there. His garments stained with the blood of the grapes of your sorrow. Dare to repeat it often, though you do not feel it, and though Satan insists otherwise, ‘Jesus, you are with me.’ Say this again and again, and you will become conscious that He is indeed with you.”
F. B. Meyer
The Best of F. B. Meyer, 60
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
The Lord Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU” (Hebrews 13:5, NASB). Faith is strengthened when the objective, fully reliable Word of God is claimed, believed, and confessed with thanksgiving. “No distrust made him [Abraham] waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:20-21, ESV). Confess what God says until it becomes real in your heart by the Holy Spirit. This glorifies God.

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Unworthy But Loved

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 17, 2010

God’s love for you has nothing to do with your behavior. Nothing in you causes God to love you more, and nothing in you causes God to love you less. He is love like light is transparent and the sun is hot. It is His unchanging nature, which nothing about you can alter. God loves you with His entire being, and never does He cease loving you. Knowing perfectly everything about you, He steadfastly loves you. Heart revelation of God’s magnificent love for you ushers in deeper joy, peace, and love for others. Believe this profound Biblical truth that God loves you with infinite unchanging love and ask your Heavenly Father to make it real to your heart by His Spirit. Repeatedly thank Him for His steadfast love for you. Deep assurance may not come to you like a flash of lightning but rather like a rising flood. Nevertheless because the Lord Jesus is absolutely faithful it will surely come with deep awareness and bathe your needy soul.

“Two things about God’s love are repeatedly emphasized: it is constant, and it is exercised despite the fact that the people God loves are so unworthy. This is great comfort to God’s people. Of course, they must be constantly vigilant in their efforts to avoid evil and to do things that please God. But they need not fear that when they slip into sin God will cease to love them. He will not. His love never wavers, never ceases.”
Leon Morris
Testaments of Love, 100

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Jeremiah 31:3 (ESV)

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Dependence Plus Discipline

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 15, 2010

“Dependence is critical, but there is no growth in the Christian life apart from discipline and self-control (‘discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness’ [1 Timothy 4:7]). 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 the 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 (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Timothy 2:3-60). We grow in godliness as we hear and obediently respond to the Word. Spiritual maturity is characterized by the ability to recognize and apply the principles of Scripture to daily experience (Hebrews 5:11-14). The Bible comes alive when its precepts are put into practice, but this does not happen apart from human choice. We must choose to have our minds and emotions guided and strengthened by the Holy Spirit.”
Kenneth Boa
Conformed to His Image, 76
Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 (ESV)
Every Olympic athlete’s goal is to win. For this he trains diligently through persistent discipline. A lazy one will not qualify, much less win. Every Christian’s goal should be to know the Lord Jesus Christ with deeper intimacy and progressively become like Him. This will not happen if a believer will not “make every effort” through discipline. So teaches God’s Word quite clearly. Desire plus discipline plus dependence equals fulfillment. The sheer delight of discovering the Lord Jesus more intimately fuels the fire of desire. The reward exceedingly outweighs the investment. Jesus walked this way. His yoke is easy.

God’s Embrace

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 11, 2010

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
James 4:9

How does one draw near to God so this stunning promise will be fulfilled? Is it possible for us to really know the nearness of God? Can He really be incredibly real to me in this world of a million distractions that flood my soul with images through my senses? God says, if we will, He will, and He cannot lie.
What is required for drawing near the Lord Jesus? Humility — because He gives grace to the humble  (James 4:6). Submission—because He is worthy of supremacy in your life (James 4:7). Repentance-–because He is holy and must be approached with clean hands and a pure heart (James 4:8-10; Psalm 24:3-5).
His presence near you brings comfort and peace and renewal and refreshing and increased desire to stay close to Him always, although full satisfaction for your longing soul He reserves for heaven. Nothing else does what His nearness does.

“Yes, it is true our Lord dwells with us now. He is in us, here present, embracing us and enclosing us in Himself, never to leave us, nearer than we can say in failing human words. Yet our soul will never cease from mourning, from this journey of seeking and longing, until that day when we emerge fully into Light and behold Him fully…and feel His embrace, with our face pressed against the face of our Lord.
In that moment, even the tiniest wisp of sadness will vanish in His risen light…”
Julian of Norwich (1342-1413)
I Promise You A Crown, 149
Edited by David Hazard

Unbelief Hinders Fullness

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 8, 2010

“Everything needed for continual growth, for perpetual freshness, and for abundant fruitfulness are found in Him [Lord Jesus]. All power, all grace, all purity, and all fullness, absolutely everything to make all grace abound towards us, in us, and through us, are stored up in Him who verily dwells with us.
Since this is so, what then is needed? Shall we try to help Christ to live in us? shall we try to make Christ more living? shall we help Him to put forth His own power in us? shall we try, in other words, to grow—to produce fruit? Surely not. And yet is not this the grand mistake multitudes are making? Something however has to be done. Something is needed to deepen our spiritual life. All Christians have Christ, and possess therefore all the resources of spiritual power and abundant fruitfulness; and yet all Christians are not abounding in fruit unto God. What is the reason of this?
It is here: though we cannot make Christ more living, though we cannot add to His infinite fullness of life and purity and power, we may be hindering the manifestation of that life.
One of the most serious hindrances is unbelief. This lies at the root of every other hindrance.”
Evan H. Hopkins
The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, 77
Your body is literally the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Dwelling in your body as a Christian is not only your unique personality but also the Spirit of Jesus Christ who is a living Person. What God wants you to be only the Lord Jesus in you can be. He merely asks for you to be wholly available to Him with complete submission and to trust Him without any doubting. This way He can shine through you! Trust Him!

Without faith it is impossible to please him.
Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

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Morning Confession

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 4, 2010

The value of renewing your intimate relationship with and commitment to the Lord Jesus day by day cannot be overestimated. The enemy waits like a crouching lion looking for any opportunity to pounce upon you when he senses you are in a weakened spiritual state. When you neglect renewing regularly your heart devotion and desire for the Lord, it gives the enemy an opening to devour your spiritual well being. The devil knows your every weakness and therefore knows exactly where he should attack to rob you of God’s best for you. He is always stalking you, and this is why God says we must be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Nearness to the Shepherd is the only safe place for His sheep to be protected from the stalking lion. A morning confession is very helpful, not as a thoughtless ritual, but rather as a genuine heart expression of your desire to live dead to your self-life and totally under the Holy Spirit’s control.
I have my own confession that expresses my inward longing for the Lord Jesus to be glorified in me.
HCG. Moule (1841-1920) used the following Morning Confession:

I believe on the Son of God, therefore I am in Him, having redemption through His blood and life by His Spirit.
He is in me and all fullness is in Him.
To Him I belong by creation, purchase, conquest and self-surrender;
To me He belongs for all my hourly need.
There is no cloud between my Lord and me.
There is no difficulty inward or outward which he is not ready to meet in me today.
I believe I have received not the spirit of fearfulness, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. The Lord is my Keeper. Amen.
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

Psalm 18: 1-3 (ESV)

Spirit’s Fullness Daily

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 1, 2010

“The filling of God’s Spirit is not a one-time experience, but rather an ongoing relationship. This fullness flows from a love relationship with Jesus. It is maintained by keeping a clean conscience, continuing wholly yielded to Him as Lord, drinking regularly from the Fountain of His Life by intimate and personal communion with Him through prayer and meditation in His Word, and asking for His fullness. The longer you walk this way the greater your desire and capacity for His fullness becomes within you. Then the more His lovely character becomes visible through your unique personality. Not only does this fullness in your life glorify God, it also deeply satisfies your own heart.
Any Christian life not filled with the Holy Spirit is like a rosebud that never blooms, wheat that never becomes bread, and fruit that never ripens in sweetness. It is indeed a rosebud and wheat and fruit, but never does it fulfill its destiny for the pleasure of God and the enjoyment growth of others.”
The Spirit and Presence of Christ, 111
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:6
God intends for every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to remain continuously full of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). This is His plan so that every one of His children will be under His control instead of their self-life in its selfishness and independence. The Lord Jesus revealed through you brings glory to His Name. The treasure in your earthen vessel [body] is what should be seen more than the clay pot that contains it. Rivers [plural] of living water are supposed to flow from you. Abundant fruit of the Spirit is supposed to laden the branches of your life (Galatians 5:22-23). Saints through the ages, whose names we recognize, could not be satisfied until they knew they were filled with God’s Spirit just as He promised. Can we be satisfied with less if we want the Lord Jesus to be glorified through us. Do you know that you know His fullness?

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