Posted by Jerry White on Jun 29, 2011
“Some years ago one of our ministers went to the foreign mission field to do deputation work. Before he left, there was a little gathering for prayer, where he asked what his message should be. The thought was expressed that in speaking to Christians, he should press home to them a message of a full salvation, and rouse their hearts to believe in and accept an indwelling Christ. On his return he told with what deep interest the presentation of this truth had been received, many saying that they had never before understood this rightly.
Dr. Maclaren said years ago that it seemed as if the Church had lost the truth of the indwelling Christ. We speak of Paul’s missionary methods, but is there not a greater need of Paul’s missionary message, as it culminates in these supreme words: ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’? Paul felt the need of much prayer to enable him to give the message rightly. Is there not a call to all intercessors, and to our beloved ministers and missionaries themselves, to make it a matter of first importance to obtain the power, and from a living experience to lead Christians into the enjoyment of their rightful heritage? ‘Jesus replied, If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him’ (John 14:23).”
The Believer’s Secret of the Abiding Presence, 99-100
Compiled by Louis Gifford Parkhurst, Jr.
Union with Christ is fundamental truth every Christian must know in their heart if they are to live a Christ-like life. Even a casual reading of the New Testament reveals that Christ in the believer, living through the believer, is a Christian’s only hope for a God pleasing life. Every attempt without this heart knowledge is hopeless and vain. There is absolutely no other way. If this truth is taught consistently, meditated upon regularly and believed tenaciously, then its reality will take root and all of your life becomes opportunity to allow Christ to be who He is through your unique personality. Abiding in Christ so He can abide in you in all of His fullness is God’s glorious way for your daily living. Your part is to believe God’s Word steadfastly, and trust Him to do it. Do you?
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 27, 2011
“He who was eternally God, who was as much a divine person as the Father and the Spirit, who has to humble himself just to look at the things in heaven and earth (Psalm 113:6), took the nature of man to be his own. From then on he was no less man than he was God. To multiply the wonder of this mystery, he humbled himself to the point that he became a man who was despised and rejected(Isaiah 53:3; John 1:11)….
Here we find our sanctuary, our certain refuge. What do the distressed look for in a sanctuary? A supply to meet their needs, deliverance from all their fears, and a defense against all danger. Sin-hunted souls that flee their own guilt and God’s wrath, who can’t shake the shackles of sin, find their supplier, deliverer, and protector in Christ coming down to be their sanctuary (Hebrews 6:18). Do you feel the heavy load of sin on your shoulders? Are you confounded by temptation? Are you bent low under the oppression of any spiritual adversary? One glimpse of the glory of Christ coming down for you can support and relieve you.
Any time we look for someone to help us, we need to know two things: Is he willing to help me? Is he able to help me? One without the other might be impressive or sweet, but won’t bring relief. But we find both in Christ. What will he not do for us? He emptied and humbled himself, infinitely stepped down from the prerogative of his glory in his being and self-sufficiency. Won’t he relieve us in all our distress? Won’t he do for us everything we need? Won’t he be a sanctuary for us? And we have no reason to doubt his power to help us, because by coming down to be a suffering man, he gave up nothing of his power as God, nothing of his wisdom or grace. He could still do all that he could do as God from eternity. So as we see his glory as the One who came down for us, we worship him—and we find our sanctuary. We’re ‘filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy’ (1 Peter 1:8).”
Through The Looking Glass, 53-54
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Psalm 62:6-7 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 23, 2011
“Three men, all engaged at the same employment, were asked what they were doing. One said he was making five dollars a day. Another replied he was cutting stone. The third said he was building a cathedral. The difference was not in what they were actually doing, although, the spirit of the third might quite possibly have made him the more expert at his task. They were all earning the same wage; they were all cutting stone; but only one held it in his mind that he was helping build a great edifice. Life meant more to him than to his mates; he saw further and clearly. He had a vision of hope in his task.
The farmer may be only planting seed, but if he opens his eyes, he is feeding the world. The railroad man, the factory hand, the clerk in the store, likewise, are building their cathedrals. The investors in stocks and bonds, the executives of great corporations—they are building cathedrals likewise, if only they can catch the vision. The homemaker does not count the dollars she receives for her exertions. If she did, her life might be unhappy indeed.
The rest of us, the great and the humble, are thinking too much about such things as cutting stone and making profits. Stop! Realize the beauty of life. Stir up the hope that lies with you.”
The Omaha Bee Newspaper
Fill Me With Hope, August 1
Compiled by Paul M. Miller
The Lord Jesus worked as a carpenter and cared for His mother and brothers and sisters until His Heavenly Father showed Him at His baptism to begin His public ministry. Even His ordinary obscure days in Nazareth as a carpenter and Mary’s eldest son, where no one knew who He really was except His mother, pleased His Father. God spoke this at His baptism. His purpose as a human being was to please and glorify His Father in all things no matter how mundane. This clear vision of purpose may be your joy also.
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 19, 2011
“Some years ago, I heard a Chinese Christian leader testify to God’s goodness under persecution. Arrested because of his faith, he was taken daily from his prison cell to his assigned task—cleaning out a large cesspool in a rural area. Prisoners on other assignments would be closely watched by the Red Guard, but not this one. The foul smell was too much for them and they stayed far away.
And so it was that each morning, as he arrived at the cesspool, he would lift up his eyes and voice to heaven and start singing in Chinese:
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
The special intimacy he had cultivated with God was so strong that he no longer noticed the vile smell. Even the cesspool had become a fragrant garden. H then proceeded to do his work as unto God. And nobody lost out!
So it is with us. The more intimate the communion, the less conscious we become of circumstances, hardships or even the passing of time. It is possible to cultivate this by means of an increasingly rich time with God each day. We can then carry the sense of His presence with us to transform the secular into the sacred.”
Thirsting After God, 45-46
“Make the worship of God and prayer to God as much your business all day long as at your appointed times of prayer and worship. You must have periods of time when you can drive away from your mind everything that is capable of interrupting your thoughts of God. Even in the heights of some labors, you can be conscious of praising God.”
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 16, 2011
“Since your soul’s Spouse, who walks and lives within you, is omnipotent, He gives you omnipotence as He loves you with all His might! And since He is Wisdom, you perceive that He is loving you in the highest and best ways—knowing His ways are above those of mere men. Since He is holy, He loves you with a love that is at work to set you apart for himself. Since He is righteous, He will love you in a way that leads you in His paths of righteousness.
And more—He that loves you is merciful, compassionate, meek. He is altogether strong, sublime, and delicate. He is a Lover who is clean, pure, and forever true. He loves you liberally, without self-interest, and with every intention to do good to you.
The One who loves you is humility itself. He thinks of you and cares for you with the highest esteem. He even makes himself your equal, and joyfully shows you every expression of His grace.
This One who revealed himself to Moses says to you: ‘I am yours. I am for you. It gives me the greatest delight to bring all that is in my name—I AM—and give it all to you. My desire is to be yours.’
How can anyone give words to the sheer delight of knowing you are so loved, so lifted up by the Lover, and held in such tender esteem?”
John Of The Cross
You Set My Spirit Free, 140-141
Arranged and Paraphrased by David Hazard
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Jeremiah 31:3 (ESV)
Jesus , lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly.
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 13, 2011
“When the abiding in Christ becomes close and unbroken, so that the soul lives from moment to moment in the perfect union with the Lord its keeper, He does, indeed, keep down the power of the old nature, so that it does not regain dominion over the soul. We have seen that there are degrees in the abiding. With most Christians the abiding is so feeble and intermittent, that sin continually obtains the ascendency, and brings the soul into subjection. The Divine promise given to faith is, ‘Sin shall not have dominion over you.’ But with the promise is the command, ‘Let not sin reign in your mortal body.’ The believer who claims the promise in full faith has the power to obey the command, and sin is kept from asserting its supremacy. Ignorance of the promise, or unbelief, or unwatchfulness, opens the door for sin to reign. And so the life of many believers is a course of continual stumbling and sinning. But when the believer seeks full admission into, and a permanent abode in Jesus, the Sinless One, then the life of Christ keeps from actual transgression. ‘In Him is no sin. He that abideth in Him sinneth not.’ Jesus does indeed save him from his sin—not by the removal of his sinful nature, but by keeping him from yielding to it….
The evil nature, the flesh is unchanged in its enmity against God, but the abiding presence of Jesus keeps it down. In faith the believer entrusts himself to the keeping, to the indwelling, of the Son of God; he abides in Him, and counts on Jesus to abide in Him, too. The union and fellowship is the secret of a holy life.”
Abide In Christ, 201-203
He who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
1 Corinthians 6:17 (ESV)
A believer must be fully convinced that he or she is one with Jesus Christ. This oneness is like two glasses of water poured together into the same container. Perfectly one!
A believer must be fully convinced that intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ is the most satisfying blessing that he or she can know on earth. Nothing else comes even close.
Heart conviction about oneness with Christ plus abiding in Him leads to triumph over sin.
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 8, 2011
“Understand that since you are Christ’s, the blessed Comforter is yours also. He is within you as He was within your Lord. In proportion as you live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, and open your entire nature to Him, you will find yourself illuminated with the light of His glory. And as you realize that He is in you, you will realize that you are always in Him. Thus the beloved apostle wrote, ‘By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit’ (1 John 4:13).
Perhaps you say, ‘I know rationally that the Spirit is within me, but I so infrequently experience His power, guidance, and comfort. Why?’
It is because your life is so hurried. You do not take time enough for meditation and prayer. The Spirit of God cannot be discerned while the heart is occupied with anxieties, the pulse beats quickly, or the brain is filled with troubling thoughts. It is when water stands still that it becomes translucent and reveals the pebbly beach below. Be still, and know that God is within you and around you. In the hush of the soul, the unseen becomes visible and the eternal real. Let no day pass without silently waiting before God and allowing His Spirit to reveal Himself to you.”
The Best of F. B. Meyer, 62-63
Edited and Compiled by Stephen W. Sorenson
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
Psalm 130:5-6 (ESV)
“He who rushes from his bed to his business and waiteth not to worship, is as foolish as though he had not put on his clothes, or cleansed his face and as unwise as though he dashed into battle without arms or armour.”
C. H. Spurgeon
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 6, 2011
“The story is told of a platoon of soldiers making their way through the Egyptian desert in World War II. The sun was merciless, the sand scorching and the water bottles bone dry.
Despite weariness and parched throats, they trudged on, assured by their guide of a nearby oasis. But the minutes turned into hours, until discouragement and desperation engulfed them.
Suddenly there was a shriek of delight. ‘Look!’ said a young soldier, pointing in a quite unexpected direction. ‘There’s water!’
They could scarcely believe their eyes, but sure enough, several miles away was a desert lake! With newfound energy, they made straight for the glistening water, despite the pleadings of their guide. After all, ‘seeing is believing.’
Nearing the body of water, they found it smaller than first assessed. What did it matter? But the nearer they got, the smaller it seemed, until on arrival they found nothing but glowing sand.
They had chased a mirage—appearance without reality! Only a journal recorded their dying hours.
Many of us live disappointed lives. We were told about the ‘rivers of living water,’ but all we have experienced is a mirage, or at most a dripping tap!
Some have accepted the mirage as the norm of the Christian life. They act as though the reality does not exist, as if it is only a mirage! Not wanting to lose face, they stick with the crowd of similarly disappointed church-goers. A few secretly hope that one day they will ‘be surprised by joy.’ In any case, they go on keeping up appearances.
Others, more openly disillusioned, pursue another mirage, then another, and yet another! Ever seeking, they never seem to find the satisfaction they crave.
In Isaiah 35 the prophet has uplifting words for still-thirsty people like this. ‘You’ve been chasing a mirage? Well, take heart,’ he seems to say. ‘The reality does exist. The rivers do flow. The parched soul will be satisfied. And ‘the mirage shall become a pool [v. 7]’”
Thirsting After God, 8-10
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 2, 2011
In that day, sing about the fruitful vineyard. I, the Lord, will watch over it, watering it carefully. Day and night I will watch so no one can harm it.
Isaiah 27:2-3 (ESV)
“Think no longer that the duties and the cares, that the sorrows and the sins of this life must succeed in hindering the abiding life of fellowship. Rather, take for the rule of thy daily experience the language of faith: I am persuaded that neither death with its fears, nor life with its cares, nor things present with their pressing claims, nor things to come with their dark shadows, nor height of joy, nor depth of sorrow, nor any other creature, shall be able. For one single moment, to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, and in which He is teaching me to abide. If things look dark and faith would fail, sing again the song of the vineyard: ‘I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it. I will keep; it night and day.’ And be assured that, if Jehovah keep the branch night and day, and water it every moment, a life of continuous and unbroken fellowship with Christ is indeed our privilege.”
Abide In Christ, 100-101
Learning to abide in Christ takes time, and this does not appeal to average Christians in our age of instant gratification. Our culture encourages us to think that anything we want can be ours quickly and easily. We want quick weight loss. We want simple formulas for success. We want short easy steps to spiritual maturity. Nowhere does the Bible lead us to believe that spiritual maturity comes quickly and easily. Rather every Biblical metaphor and teaching reveals that growth in Christ requires patience, persistence, practice and discipline—lifelong. Little by little we grow up in Him to become like Him. But oh, the fruit that comes is unsurpassed by any earthly blessing. Dear child of God, you can learn to abide in Him regardless of where you live and what your present circumstances may be. He who commands, Abide in Me, will gladly teach you how. Ask!