Satisfying God’s Heart

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 29, 2011

“It is easy to become more concerned with good causes than with knowing Christ. As Oswald Chambers notes in My Utmost for His Highest, ‘Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ…. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him…. We count as service what we do in the way of Christian work; Jesus Christ calls service what we are to Him, not what we do for Him…. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him.’ Our primary purpose is not to do something for Christ but to know him; our activities and abilities are useless for the kingdom unless he energizes them, and this will not happen if they take precedence over intimacy with him. We become weary when we attempt more public ministry than we can cover in private growth.

Even worthy causes—rearing godly children, building a company for Christ, knowing the Scriptures, leading people to the Lord, discipleship ministry—will not sustain us if we are not cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus. Many believers fall into the trap of striving for goals that are inferior to their purpose of knowing and enjoying God. When this happens, we attempt to do God’s work in our own power and get on the treadmill of outward activities without an interior life.

It is crucial for us to form the habit of holy leisure, of quiet places and times alone with the Lord, so that we will restore our passion and intimacy with Christ.”

Kenneth Boa

Conformed to His Image, 273-274

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“Beloved, while we do not neglect external things [service] which are good enough in themselves, we ought also to see to it that we enjoy living, personal fellowship with Jesus. See to it that sitting at the Saviour’s feet is not neglected, even though it be under the specious pretext of doing Him service. The first thing for our soul’s health, the first thing for His glory, and the first thing for our own usefulness, is to keep ourselves in perpetual communion with the Lord Jesus, and to see that the vital spirituality of our religion is maintained over and above everything else in the world.

Charles Spurgeon

Morning and Evening, January 24 P.M.




Do You Know?

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 25, 2011

In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

John 14:20 (ESV)

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“There is a world of difference between saying we believe in Him and knowing Him. All who read this without doubt believe that there is a Niagara Falls. Some of you know it, for you have seen it. Do you know that the Holy Spirit lives in you from personal experience?

There was a time when I did not know this, and when I did not really believe it. He meant nothing to me, and I thought nothing of Him, or His presence in me. Then one day I decided that I would believe the Book; I would believe that the Holy Spirit lived in me. One morning my believing became a conscious knowing, and to day I know He lives in me. Beloved, will you also enter into a covenant with your heart that you will actively believe God’s word, and begin to thank Him? Begin today to practice the presence of God. The best way is to thank Him that He lives in you, that your body is the temple of God. When you do so, many things which you today allow in your life will be seen to be hideous sins. Some will slough off, others you will cast away. The one thing that each Christian needs to know today is that the Holy Spirit lives in him.”

L. L. Legters

The Simplicity of the Spirit-Filled Life, 16 (1930)

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Knowledge for a believer can exist on different levels. First, there is knowledge that comes from mental understanding of a truth (Luke 24:45). Secondly, there is knowledge that comes through the Spirit’s revelation of a truth to the heart (Ephesians 2:16-18). Thirdly, there is knowledge that comes through experiencing the truth in life (Philippians 3:10-11). Meditate upon the truth regularly, receive it through simple faith like a new- born babe drinking his milk, and confess it often with thankfulness to the Lord. This prepares the way for God’s truth to become alive and real to you in the crucible of life.




The Master’s Voice

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 22, 2011

“As we walk by the Spirit, following His promptings, the voice of fleshly desire will lose its power to allure. In his book White Fang, Jack London told of an animal of that name who was half-wolf, half- dog. One day White Fang strayed into a hen-run and killed several hens. The owner was naturally very angry. White Fang’s trainer said to him, ‘I will guarantee that he will remain a whole afternoon in the hen-run and not kill a single chicken.’

The test began. Whenever the old lust to kill asserted itself, his master’s voice recalled White Fang again and again, until at last the force of the impulse had spent itself as he listened to that quietly restraining voice. He finally fell asleep in the midst of the hens. When he woke up, he yawned and jumped out of the hen-run. The temptation had no more power to allure. White Fang’s victory over his wolf-nature sprang from the restraining power of his loved master’s voice. So with us. Sensitive obedience to the restraining and empowering voice of the Spirit brings victory.”

J. Oswald Sanders

Enjoying Intimacy with God, 83

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My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

John10:27 (ESV)

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Hearing the Master’s voice requires stillness of soul and staying attuned to Him. Constant bombardment by the world’s noise can drown out the Spirit’s gentle whispers within. “What should I do?” you may ask. “I must live in this noisy world with my demanding schedule.” How would Jesus approach it? He would do exactly what He did when He walked those dusty roads of Galilee. He often went aside to be alone with His Father in order to share His heart and listen to His Father’s heart. This prepared Him to walk through His demanding days and noisy crowds while listening to His Father in the quiet sanctuary of His soul. He lived like we must live so we can live like He did. It is possible to learn how to listen to Him in the quietness of your soul while living in the clamor of the world around you. Your inner life can rule your outer life.




Let God Be God

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 18, 2011

“God is perfectly capable of taking care of His own affairs, and the reason so little is being accomplished by the Church of Jesus Christ today is that we have all too often organized God out of business. Millions of man hours and countless millions of dollars are being misspent on man’s promotional activity, unasked, on God’s behalf.

This is not to challenge the sincerity of those who are thus employed, but we so often confuse bustle for business, and plant for power, and perspiration for inspiration. What an embarrassment it would be to you if you had a pair of hands that always tried to demonstrate how busy they were! Do you expect your fingers to tell you each morning what their program is for the day, and then demonstrate their enthusiasm by a vigorous show of uncontrolled activity? Do you think you would be successful in playing the piano on that basis? I would not like to ask a barber who had hands like that to shave me!

Surely, what the head demands of every member of the body is restful availability, and prompt response to every impulse of the head in instant obedience, producing the co-ordinated activity of the whole, and the orderly fulfillment of that purpose to which each, as a member of the team, has been committed in particular.

The challenge we hear so often today in the name of consecration is ‘Do more! Give more! Be more!’ Go! Go! Go! But God says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’! In other words, quit the panic! Just let God be God!”

Major W. Ian Thomas

The Saving Life of Christ, 64, (1962 edition)

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When the Lord Jesus prepared His disciples for His departure from earth He gave them simple instructions. “Stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke24:49, fulfilled on Pentecost). “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). “Love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34). “Abide in me, and I in you (John 15:4). Acts recounts how the Holy Spirit empowered them and faithfully led them to fulfill God’s agenda. It did not happen because of their astute planning and promotional activity. God’s agenda was accomplished because they learned how to abide in Christ and obey His Spirit’s promptings. Total availability to obey His every prompting is still His way.




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LORD of All

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 15, 2011

“Remember, Jesus must be Lord of all, or not Lord at all. No man ever works for two firms at the same time. No slave owns two masters at once. Beware lest when you give Him a secondary place as you think, you awaken some day when it is too late to discover that He is not there at all. For He must be Lord of all, or not Lord at all. ‘No man can serve two masters.’

‘Suffer me first,’ said the young man to Jesus. Oh no, not ‘me first’—God First! My interests must always come second to His; never first. ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.’

Dr. Graham Scroggie, of Edinburgh, was one time speaking along this line, and at the close of the service he was approached by a young woman, a professing Christian, who had been greatly stirred.

‘And why don’t you yield?’ inquired Dr. Scroggie. ‘I am afraid I would have to do two things if I did,’ responded the girl.

‘What are they?’ questioned the minister.

‘I play the piano in a concert hall, and I fear I would have to give it up,’ explained the inquirer.

‘And the other?’

‘I am afraid God would send me to China as a missionary.’

Dr. Scroggie was wise in his dealings with the anxious. Opening his Bible at Acts 10:14, he explained to the young woman the absurdity of Peter’s answer. A slave never dictates. And to say, ‘Not so,’ and then add the word ‘Lord’ is impossible.

‘Now,’ said Dr. Scroggie, I want you to cross out the two words Not so and leave the word Lord; or else cross out Lord and leave not so.’

Handing her his pencil he quietly walked away. Later he returned. Looking over her shoulder he saw a tear-stained page, but the words ‘Not so’ were crossed out. With a glad light in her eyes she left the church and went home repeating over and over the one word, ‘Lord.’ No longer would she dictate. She was now His disciple and He her Lord and Master. Henceforth it would be, ‘Even so, Father,’ and ‘Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?’”

Oswald J. Smith

The Man God Uses, 49-50




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Maturity In Suffering

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 11, 2011

“What then does it mean to be a mature Christian in suffering? It means to come, eventually, to see what Paul saw—that even in these experiences we can learn to be contented in Christ. He would boast of his weakness if only it meant that Christ’s power would be seen. Indeed, he delighted in it, for when he was weak in himself he was strong in Christ. He discovered, like Samuel Rutherford that ‘some graces grow best in winter’. And supremely he found in such trials his greatest ambition, fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ, fulfilled. Had he not once written, ‘All I care for is to know Christ…to share the fellowship of his sufferings, being made like him in his death? (Phil. 3:10). Here, now, he was most like him. Christ too had the thorn. He too had prayed three times for its removal. He too had seen God’s power flow from his weakness. The messenger of Satan sent to buffet him in the Cross became the instrument of God for man’s salvation. The stake on which Christ was impaled became the triumphal chariot of his conquest.

For Paul, as for us, it is under the shadow of Calvary that we find the mystery of our suffering transformed into a ministry. We do not yet understand, but we know that Christ’s greater suffering makes sense of our lesser suffering. We know too that it is in fellowship with that Great Sufferer that our own experience of suffering may lead us to a greater Christian maturity.”

Sinclair B. Ferguson

Taking the Christian Life Seriously, 126

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The Lord states very plainly His goal for His children, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son [emphasis mine], in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans 8:29, ESV). Jesus Christ was the image (same word) of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). As Father, God resolves for His child to become the representation and manifestation of Christ’s exact image. Whether peaceful blessing or painful suffering, all comes from the Father to conform us to the likeness of His Son. If our heart’s goal agrees with His goal for us, then we can learn to be content with whatever He brings to us, and joyfully thank Him.




Danger of Secret Sin

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 8, 2011

You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

Psalm 90:8 (ESV)

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“We need to remember that, like many sins, David’s were carried out secretly—at least for a while. One of the things that accompanies the promotion of individuals to higher positions of authority is an increase in privacy. This closed-door policy maintained by those in high office brings great temptation for things to be done in secret. Unaccountability is common among those in command. So it was with David. Unable to handle the privacy of the office over the long haul, David finally fell and rapidly went about covering his tragic tracks. It was done secretly.”

Charles Swindoll

David, 196

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And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:13 (ESV)

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O SPIRIT OF GOD,

If You see in me

Any wrong thing encouraged,

Any evil desire cherished,

Any delight that is not Your delight,

Any habit that grieves You,

Any nest of sin in my heart,

Then grant me the kiss of Your forgiveness,

and teach my feet to walk the way of Your commandments.

Adapted from The Valley Of Vision, 188




Our Privilege On Earth

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 5, 2011

“In answer to your question, ‘Why didn’t God take me to heaven the moment I trusted Jesus? Does He have a special work for me to accomplish for Him?’—I would turn your heart to a more foundational truth. God in His mercy does not keep us alive because of some mission we have to perform, but rather because He desires to reveal Himself to us on earth in ways impossible in heaven.

The benefits earth yields outstrip heaven in many ways. Take, for example, knowing God as our Sustainer through trouble. This is our privileged experience now rather than later, after all tears have been dried by His own hand. It’s here on earth that God unveils to us His priesthood and enters into our sufferings, rather than in Glory where no one suffers. Only on earth does God show Himself to us as our Fortress and Defender, for who opposes us in heaven? On earth He shows Himself as our Rock and the One who lifts up our heads.

Here, when we faint, His everlasting arms catch and support us. Here He is our Savior and Advocate and gentle Shepherd. Through the changing experiences of this life we are introduced to His hands, His eyes, His feet, His wings, and His heart.

We are not left here on earth because we have a job to do, but because we have a God to know. And because knowing Him is the purpose of our existence here, we need not frustrate ourselves trying to identify our slot of service or qualifying gifts.

Oh, dear friend, follow hard after Him! Sanctify Christ as Lord and thankfully receive everything that enters your life as preparation for beholding Him in fresh ways.

You remain on earth to know God. If your heart is set on knowing Him, all else will fall into place. As He has promised, all things are working together for the good of conforming us to Jesus. Every experience in our lives is necessary preparation for the revelation of the Lord. God will reveal Himself when we are ready. He waits only for our ability to receive the truth. That is why you are not in heaven this very moment.”

Edward Miller

Letters to the Thirsty, 8-9

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And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have you sent. John 17:3 (ESV)




Receive God’s Word

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 1, 2011

“Here is one of the deepest secrets of receiving the blessing of God’s Word: faith in its creative and quickening energy—faith that the Word will work in me the very thing it commands or promises, It effectually works in those who believe. Nothing can resist its power when received into the heart through the Holy Spirit. The voice of the Lord is powerful. Everything depends upon learning the art of receiving this Word into the heart. First, we must exercise faith in its living, omnipotent, creative power.

By His Word God ‘calls things that are not as though they were’ (Romans 4:17). As this is true of all God’s mighty deeds, from creation to the resurrection of the dead, it is true also of every word in His holy book. Two things keep us from believing this as we should. The first is the experience in the world around us, and perhaps in ourselves, of the Word being made ineffectual by human wisdom, unbelief, or worldliness. The other is neglect of the teaching of Scripture that the Word is a seed. Seeds are small; they may long be dormant; they have to be hidden; and once they sprout, they grow slowly. Because the effect of God’s Word is also hidden and unobserved, slow and weak by all appearances, we do not believe in its omnipotence. Let this be one of your first lessons: The Word I study is the power of God unto salvation; it will work in me all that I need and all that the Father requires.

What a prospect such faith opens up for our spiritual life. We would find all the treasures and blessings of God’s grace within our reach. The Word has power to enlighten our darkness, to bring the light of God, a sense of His love, and knowledge of His will. The Word can fill us with strength and courage to conquer every enemy and to do whatever God asks us to do. The Word can cleanse, sanctify, develop faith and obedience, and become in us the seed of every character trait of our Lord. Through the Word, the Spirit can lead us into all truth—make all that is in the Word true in us—and thus prepare our hearts to be the habitation of the Father and the Son.”

Andrew Murray

The Believers Daily Renewal, 34-35

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Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21




Posted in Word Of God