The Very Words of God

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 28, 2014

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
“The Word, then, brings us into the most intimate fellowship with God—-unity of will and life. In the Word, God has revealed His whole heart and all His will. In His law and precepts He reveals what He wills us to do; in His redemption and His promises He reveals what He desires to do for us. As we accept that will in the Word as from God himself and yield ourselves to its effect, we learn to know God in His will. We learn to know Him in the power with which He works in us, the power in which His condescending love is known. And the word fulfills His richest purpose when it fills us with the reverence and dependence that come from the divine presence. We must aim for and experience nothing less in all our Bible study….
1 In the Holy Scripture we have the very words God has spoken and by which He speaks to us.
2. These words are full of the life of God. God is in them and makes His presence and power known to those who seek Him in the Word.
3. To those who ask and wait for the teaching of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, the Spirit will reveal the spiritual meaning and power of the Word.
4. The Word is meant to be the daily means of God’s revelation of himself and of fellowship with Him.
Have we learned to apply these truths? Do we understand that the Word tells us to seek God, to wait for Him, and to listen to His voice? We must be people who never separate the Word from the living God himself and who will teach others this truth.”
Andrew Murray
The Believer’s Daily Renewal, 82-83
The enemy—-the devil—- is resolved to do all he can in his schemes and power to distract you from meditating on God’s Word regularly. God’s Word received is necessary for robust spiritual health.

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His Abiding Presence

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 20, 2014

“The lesson is a deep and most needed one for all who long for Jesus to manifest himself to them. The knowledge of Jesus, fellowship with Him and the experience of His power, is not possible without the sacrifice of all there is in us of the world and its spirit. The disciples experienced this from Christ’s first ordination charge (reported in Matt. 10:37-39). He spoke about forsaking father and mother, about taking up the cross, about losing our life for His sake; down to the days before His death when He said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life’ (John 12:24, 25). Christ made this the one great charge: Deny self; bear the cross, and follow me.

We are seeking to find out the secret of getting into touch with the Lord Jesus Christ so His abiding presence shall be our portion every day. Let us accept the lesson: through death to life. In the power of Christ Jesus (with whom we have been crucified, and whose death now works in us, if we will yield ourselves to it), death to sin and to the world with all its self-pleasing and self-exaltation must be the deepest law of our spiritual life. Peter said to Christ, ‘Spare thyself’ (marginal note, Matt. 16:22, KJV). Jesus said to him, ‘Deny yourself.’ The disciples followed Christ even to the cross; therefore, they were prepared to receive their Master’s word: ‘And surely I will be with you always.’”
Andrew Murray
The Believer’s Secret of the Abiding Presence, 68
Compiled by Louis Gifford Parkhurst, Jr.

The Holy Spirit from the Lord Jesus is always present with us and in us (John 14:16-17). His presence is constant and accessible every moment. He is nearer to us than He was to the disciples when Jesus walked the dusty roads with them. His resurrection presence is true so we can enjoy His company, rely upon Him, and most of all, give Him pleasure and delight. He said that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). You can cultivate this awareness so that throughout your day you enjoy His company and have moments of sweet fellowship with this incomparable Lord.

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Trusting When Tempted

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 13, 2014

“Many Christians wonder: Why does God allow us to be tempted at all? Or why let temptation continue throughout our lives—-why not just deliver us totally from the desires that become twisted and wrong and lead us into sin?
For some, temptation is greatest at the beginning of their conversion. For others, it is far greater the longer they have been Christians. Some are troubled with certain temptations all their lives, while others are barely stirred by the wisp of an evil thought.

God is not the author of evil, sin, or temptation, yet in His divine providence He ordains things in this way. Why He does so—-allowing some to wrestle with sin and others to easily live good lives—-is a mystery that lies deep in His own heart. We only know that He chooses the path that will lead each one of His children to the greatest strength in spirit, the deepest experience of His Spirit’s saving might.

This much we can say for sure: When we feel ourselves weakening, we may cast our souls on the mercy and strength of God. And in His infinite love, from the fatherly pity in His heart, it will please Him to draw our souls to himself and take care of our every need. And at the same time, He will go before us in power and grace to defeat the overwhelming odds against us. For He will always rescue those who come to Him and admit they are powerless.

This, too, we know: How a man or woman responds when they are tempted proves where they stand in faith. For some blithely run to sin, and say, ‘God will forgive me anyway.’ Others resist sin and secretly become self-righteous, forgetting it is only the Lord’s strength that makes them strong.

And others run to the Lord, showing their simple trust in Him.”

Thomas `a Kempis (c. 1380-1471)
Come, Lord Jesus, 51-53
Edited by David Hazard
Let us the with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)

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Jesus—Always Present

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 6, 2014

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:20 (ESV)
“When I think of all the struggles and difficulties and failures of which many complain, knowing that many are trying to make a new effort to begin a holy life, their hearts fearing all the time that they would fail again owing to so many difficulties and temptations and the natural weakness of their character, my heart longs to be able to tell them, in words so simple that a little child could understand, the secret of the Christian life.

It is simply the presence of the Lord Jesus. That is the secret of the Christian’s strength and joy. You know that when He was upon earth, He was present in bodily form with His disciples.They walked about together all day, and at night they went into the same house and sometimes slept together. It was the presence of Jesus that was the training school of His disciples. They were bound to Him by that wonderful intercourse of love during three long years. In that intercourse they learned to know Christ, and Christ instructed and corrected them and prepared them for what they were afterward to receive. And when He is about to go away, He says to them, ‘Lo, I am with you alway [all the days], even unto the end of the world’ (Matthew 28:20).

What a promise! Just as really as Christ was with Peter in the boat, just as Christ sat with John at the table, as really can I have Christ with me—-and more really, for they had their Christ in the body and He was to them a man, an individual separate from them, but I may have the glorified Christ in the power of the throne of God, the omnipotent Christ, the omnipresent Christ.

How can that be? Because Christ is God and because Christ, after having been made man, went up into the throne and the life of God. And now that blessed Christ Jesus, with His loving, pierced heart; that blessed Jesus Christ, who lived upon earth; that same Christ glorified into the glory of God can be in me and can be with me all the days….

When Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Lo, I am with you alway,’ He meant it in the fullness of the divine omnipresence, in the fullness of the divine love, and He longs to reveal Himself to you and to me as we have never seen Him before.”

Andrew Murray
Jesus Himself: A Call to Spiritual Intimacy, 18-20 (a pamphlet)
Wherever you go and whatever you must do today, the Lord Jesus is with you, closer than your own breath and with love incomprehensible. Receive and enjoy His presence with simple trust.

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