His Life Within

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 28, 2010

“Hear the Savior’s promise as though you had never heard it before. He, the Holy Spirit, the Other Comforter, the Higher Mode in which Christ Himself is present, ‘shall be with you and shall be within you!’ You have not known spiritual reality because you have not used the way of inwardness.
It appears to me that the way of inwardness implies three things. There must first of all be an opening of the understanding to comprehend the mystery of God’s Indwelling. Seeing that your quest must end in failure unless there is clear thinking and sincere response at this point, may I urge that, now and often, you kneel and offer a prayer such as this: ‘Most Holy God, in adoring wonder I bow before Thee in the presence of this wondrous mystery of grace; my spirit, soul and body Thy temple. In deep silence and worship I accept the blessed revelation, that in me, too, there is a Holiest of all, and that there Thy hidden Glory has its abode. O my God, forgive me that I have so little known it. I do now tremblingly accept the blessed truth: God the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, who is God Almighty, dwells in me.’ [Prayer from Andrew Murray’s The Spirit of Christ]
G. H. Morling
The Quest for Serenity, 72-73
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And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you [emphasis mine].
John 14:16-17 (ESV)
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Do you believe the Lord’s words? Oh, He cannot lie! Are these comforting and instructive words real to you? Surely they can be! These are solid facts and promises from the lips of the Lord Jesus. He spoke them to all His followers. You can live out of His life within you and enjoy His constant presence and strength when you believe what He said and trust Him to make it real in your life.




A Heart To Praise God

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 26, 2010

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

Psalm 145:1-3 (ESV)
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Oh for a heart to praise my God
A heart from sin set free,
A heart that’s sprinkled with the blood
So freely shed for me.

A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
My dear Redeemer’s throne;
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
Where Jesus reigns alone.

A humble, lowly, contrite heart,
Believing, true, and clean,
Which neither death nor life can part
From Him that dwells within.

A heart in every thought renewed
And filled with love divine;
Perfect and right, and pure and good,
A copy, Lord, of Thine.

Thy nature, gracious Lord, impart,
Come quickly from above;
Write Thy new name upon my heart,
Thy new, best name of Love.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
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While sitting quietly at the feet of the Lord Jesus, your soul is nurtured if you pray over the Scriptures you meditate upon. The same is true with  significant hymns from the ages.




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Power For Holiness

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 22, 2010

“Holiness does not depend upon your effort at all. Holiness simply depends upon your abandoning yourself to the indwelling Spirit of God, that He may maintain in health the life which He has Himself communicated. The power for holiness is not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. The way in which man can live the Christ-life in health and strength, and ever-increasing strength, is simply that of answering the call of the life within him.
It is true there are responsibilities. What are they? Briefly stated they include—First, a renunciation of all things of which the life God disapproves; second, an abandonment of the whole being to God, that He may possess the territory, and realize it according to His will, and for His glory; third, the maintaining of simple quiet trust in Him, which expresses itself in obedience and patient waiting for His guidance.”
G. Campbell Morgan
Simple Things Of The Christian Life, 36
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And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Galatians 5:24-25 (ESV)
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Early in my Christian life I read Dr. Morgan’s words (quoted above), and for the first time my hungry heart understood my responsibilities if I wanted to walk by the Spirit. In prayer I made deliberate choices to walk this way and my life was changed. Soon afterward I learned that I must continue fulfilling these responsibilities if I would walk this way. It is not enough to understand Biblical truth, but one must act upon the truth for it to become incarnate in heart and conduct. God keeps His Word as we do our part to cooperate with Him.




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Joyful Thankfulness

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 19, 2010

“Christians joyfully give thanks to the Father. Thanksgiving, too, pleases Jesus Christ. Not to give thanks would be mute testimony to a catastrophic loss of perspective; to give thanks, to give thanks with joy, is to remember that the Father has ‘qualified [us] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins’ (Colossians 1:12-14).
If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior.
What Paul is saying is that to live a life worthy of Jesus Christ is to overflow with joyful thanksgiving in the light of the salvation we have received at his hand. If we have been transferred out of the dominion of darkness and into the kingdom of the Son beloved by God, our only appropriate response is joyful gratitude.”
D. A. Carson
A Call To Spiritual Reformation, 109
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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 (ESV)
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Continual thanksgiving is vital for maintaining the fullness of the Holy Spirit.




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Lowliness Glorifies Christ

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 15, 2010

“Maybe you have thought of the glory that Christ receives from brilliant genius and profound talent, from splendid gifts and glowing zeal, from costly sacrifices, and even extensive usefulness. But have you ever thought of the glory, the far greater, richer glory, that flows to Him from a contrite spirit, a broken heart, a lowly mind, a humble walk; from the tear of godly repentance that falls when seen by no human eye, and the sigh of godly sorrow that is breathed when heard by no human ear; from the abhorrence of sin and loathing of self, the deep sense of vileness, poverty, and infirmity that takes you to Jesus with the prayer, ‘Lord, here I am. I have brought to Thee my rebellious will, my wandering heart, my worldly affections, my peculiar infirmity, my besetting and constantly overpowering sin. Receive me graciously; put forth the mighty power of Thy grace in my soul, subdue all, rule all, and subjugate all to Thyself. Will it not be for Thy glory and the glory of Thy great name if this strong corruption were subdued by Thy grace; if this powerful sin were nailed to Thy cross; if this temper so sensitive, this heart so impure, these affections so truant, this mind so dark, these desires so earthly, these pursuits so carnal, and these aims so selfish, were all entirely renewed by Thy Spirit, sanctified by Thy grace, and made each to reflect Thine image? Lord, it would be for Thy glory, through time and through eternity.’ ”
Octavius Winslow
Morning Thoughts, 451
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For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
Psalm 51: 16-17
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Any believer can offer to the Lord a broken and contrite heart for His glory. Lowliness of heart is like the Lord Jesus and pleases the Father. God resists all others because of pride (1Peter 5:5; James 4:6).




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Under The Spirit’s Dominion

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 12, 2010

“Paul says we should ‘be filled with the Spirit.’ He says, ‘But be filled with the Spirit’ (Eph. 5:18). Associated with the events of the day of Pentecost, we read that ‘they were all filled with the Spirit.’ The disciples received this experience as an answer to their great need of power. This passage has many times been misunderstood because the word ‘filled’ has been taken in the material sense. By using this word ‘filled,’ many have received the thought that the Spirit of God is somewhat like a liquid or fluid mass that can be received in various quantities. But this is a mistaken conception. The Holy Spirit is a person and cannot be measured by containers. And where it is suggested that we be filled with the Spirit, it simply means that one who experiences this blessing, has his entire life placed under the domination of the Holy Spirit.
It means that every little nook in our lives—the God-life, the business-life, the religious life, the intellectual life, the private life, the home-live, the economics of life—in fact all that belongs to our lives, be placed under His power and dominion. When a life is thus placed under the scepter of the Holy Spirit, that is what the Bible means by being ‘filled’ with the Holy Spirit. This is the experience that every Christian on earth should enjoy.”
Lewi Pethrus
The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth, 21-22
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And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:4 (ESV)
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To be drunk with wine is to be under its influence (Ephesians 5:18). To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be under the influence of this Person who is exactly like Jesus Christ. The way is simple enough for a child.




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The Lord’s Guidance

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 7, 2010

A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?
Proverbs 20:24 (ESV)
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“When your heart is absolutely surrendered, and you are depending on the Lord to guide you, then you can trust Him to put His thoughts into your thinking and infuse His desires into your desires or change them. Philippians 2:13 promises, ‘For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.’ Another translation says it well, ‘For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him’ (NLT). Believers should not wait passively for the Lord to tell them what they should do. He has given us a mind that He expects us to use. He has promised to direct our steps if we trust Him rather than ourselves, and seek Him in all we do (Proverbs 3:5-6). He declares quite clearly that He ordains our steps (Proverbs 20:24). In Acts 16:6-7 Paul had a plan but the Spirit directed his steps a different way than he had planned. In Romans 1:13 Paul said, ‘Often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far).’ As Christians we should plan for what we are responsible to do and faithfully do it with all our heart as to the Lord (Colossians 3:23). Ecclesiastes 9:10 instructs, ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.’ When God wants to redirect your steps in the midst of walking out your plan, He will. When we are wholly His and trust Him, we can rest with assurance that He is guiding us as we fulfill our responsibilities, doing the next thing we know to do.”
Author
The Spirit and Presence of Christ, 122
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More faithful is the Lord to guide than you are to follow. The Lord desires for you to be in His will more than you want to be. When you are wholly available to the Lord Jesus with a trusting heart you will find rest like a lamb in green pastures and beside still waters. The Good Shepherd is shepherding you even when you do not understand what He is doing.




Living Calmly

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 5, 2010

“How much greater than any of ours was Jesus’ responsibility—the responsibility of saving the world! If there was ever on this earth a being who could be tempted to bustle about, to hurry everywhere, to want to see everyone in order to fulfill His task, it was Jesus Christ. But what do we see? That wondrous calm that shines forth in the Gospels. Jesus had time to speak tranquilly with a woman whom he met at the well….He had time for children. He had time for those who came to Him. And His great mission, His mission for all the entire world, was fulfilled in that total giving of Himself to each person, in that calm and completely personal dialogue with each one.”
Paul Tournier
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“I’m just so busy!”, is a comment often made by believers, as if this is a badge of honor. What does such a statement communicate to others? Does it declare one’s lack of laziness, or a position of importance, or too much to do, or a lack of self-control over the affairs of one’s life?  Those who are overwhelmingly busy and speak of it with a strain of weariness do not communicate the sufficiency and presence of the Lord Jesus. Could this be a strategy of the devil in our culture to keep God’s people looking like the frantic, overactive, and busy world we live in rather than demonstrating the serenity and calmness of the Lord Jesus? No greater burden has any man carried so graciously, gently, and unhurriedly as did this beautiful Man from Nazareth. And if He lives within us and truly orders our days then what does it say about our Master if we live rushed, overly busy lives just like lost people? When we live in His calmness then His calmness will be the atmosphere surrounding us in our full days, and our fragrance will be peace and joy—like Him.
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Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
John 11:5-6




Longing For Living Water

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 1, 2010

“How many Christians look upon it as a burden and a duty and a difficulty to get much alone with God! That is the great hindrance to our Christian life everywhere. We want more quiet fellowship with God, and I tell you in the name of the heavenly Vine that you cannot be healthy branches, branches into which the heavenly sap can flow, unless you take plenty of time for communion with God. If you are not willing to sacrifice time to get alone with Him, and to keep up the link of connection between you and Himself, He cannot give you that blessing of His unbroken fellowship. Live in close communion with Him!”
Andrew Murray
Absolute Surrender, 138, 1962 edition
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“I want to deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.”
A. W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God
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Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 2:12-13

You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 29:13-14 (ESV)