Always Draw Upon Christ

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 29, 2014

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
John 15:4 (ESV)

“Never let an hour pass without drawing upon the bank of heaven. If all your needs seem satisfied, look steadfastly until the next moment brings another need; and then do not delay, but with this proof of necessity, hurry again to your treasury. Your needs are so numerous that you will never lack a reason for petitioning the fullness of Jesus. However, if such an occasion should ever arise, enlarge your heart, and then love will fill the void.

Do not allow any supposed riches of your own to suspend your daily blessings from the Lord Jesus. You have constant need of Him. You need His intercession, His upholding, His sanctification; you need Him to carry out all your works in you and to preserve you until the Day when He appears again. There is not one moment of your life in which you can do without Christ. Therefore, be always at His door, and the needs that you complain of will be reminders to turn your heart toward your Savior.

Thirst makes a person pant for water, and pain reminds man of the physician. Let your needs likewise lead you to Jesus, and may the blessed Spirit reveal Him to you while He lovingly gives you the rich supplies of His love! Go, poor Christian, let your poverty be the rope that pulls you to your rich Brother. Rejoice that your weaknesses make room for grace to rest upon you, and be glad that you have constant needs that perpetually compel you to have fellowship with your Redeemer—-who is worthy to be adored.”
Charles Spurgeon
Joy in Christ’s Presence, 90-91

The branch must draw its life from the vine or it cannot bear fruit. Conscious dependence on the Spirit of Christ within you is the way for His life to be revealed through you. This deliberate inner trusting in any situation or relationship you encounter is abiding in Christ. Quietly relying on His indwelling life in the quietness of your heart allows His Spirit to be in charge so that rivers of living water flow from you, and often this happens without you being conscious of it.

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God’s Purpose

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 22, 2014

“When God has a plan for an individual, He often begins with discipline in the form of affliction and sorrow. Just as a good farmer cuts down the trees and clears the land before planting, God cuts down our trees of pleasure and pride, that our hearts may be plowed, broken, raked, and prepared to receive the good seed of the word.

Sometimes a storm brings people to their senses and arouses their consciences until they cry to the Lord. At other times, serious business losses bring such distress that people are driven to seek riches that are more enduring than gold, a competence that is more reliable than profits, and a comfort that is more genuine and lasting than wealth. Yes, and without these the Holy Spirit has frequently been pleased to convict of sin and reduce individuals to total despondency and abject self-abhorrence.

Submit cheerfully. there is no affliction that comes by chance. We are not left to the misery of believing that things happen independent of a divinely controlling power. Not a drop of bitter ever falls into our cup unless the heavenly Father’s wisdom places it there. We dwell where everything is ordered by God. Whenever adversity must come, it is alway with a purpose. And if it is God’s purpose, should I wish to escape it?

We have this blessed assurance. ‘All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose’ (Rom. 8:28). Adversity is a healing medicine and not a deadly poison. Thus without a murmur, drink it all and say with your Savior, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will’ (Matt. 26:39).”
C. H. Spurgeon
Beside Still Waters, 244
Roy H. Clarke, Editor

“Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him.
Oswald Chambers
My Utmost for His Highest, May 8

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Posted by Jerry White on Jun 15, 2014

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

“During our second term in Japan, rents were very, very high. We waited upon the Lord and believed we should build. We found an acceptable spot 70 miles north of Tokyo where I could be satisfied that my wife and children were safe while I traveled. We needed 3,200 dollars.

We put the government upon the Lord’s shoulder. How would He provide? We had very little support, so we were shut up to the Lord’s provision.

For many years, I traveled to a very small church in Louisville, Kentucky. People in this church prayed. There was a widowed woman who cleaned offices. When she died, she left a will that included the location of a chest where she had saved bills and spare change to be given to a missionary. How much do you think was in that chest? 3,200 dollars! He only does wondrous things!

Do you expect Him to do wonderful things? He will when you determine that the events and circumstances of life are going to be ordered by Him. Pray, ‘Lord, I am going to put the government upon Your shoulders. The authority for my life is in Your hands. The responsibility is Yours.’ Then begin each morning with ‘I am Yours today. I am trusting You to lead me step by step.’

I had previously lived by faith, but this concept of authority crystallized my experience. You simply put the government upon the Lord’s shoulder. The authority is His; the responsibility is His; the ordering of every detail is His.”

Joseph S. Carroll
Reflections on Faith & Prayer, 41-42

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The Enemy’s Schemes

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 8, 2014

The whole world system, skillfully controlled by the prince of this world, is designed to obliterate from your mind the truths necessary for you to remember in order to live a Christ-honoring life. Please read this first statement again and think about it.

God’s Word urges us by command to set our minds on things above rather than things on the earth (Colossians 3:2). He also instructs and commands, Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4:8, ESV). Romans 8:5 reminds us, For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit (Romans 5:8, ESV). [all emphases mine]

With all the electronic communications, entertainment, and media surrounding us all the time, how easy it is to live occupied with the stimuli outside of ourselves. We are forcefully and relentlessly bombarded from without, unless we take definite measures to counteract it with moments of reminding ourselves of what is truly real and really true. As long as the enemy can distract us by worldly means and worldly messages, he knows he cripples our walk in the Spirit and dulls our spiritual sensitivity to the Spirit of Christ within us. This delights the devil.

Even in Biblical times there were visual reminders of God’s truth, and those days were not so complicated and intense with external stimuli as our generation. A pure gold plate hung from Aaron’s turban on his forehead, Holy to the LORD (Exodus 28:36-37). Early church symbols were used to remind believers of Biblical truth. Truth in our heart is stirred up like embers in a simmering fire when we read, ponder, reflect, and pray over it. This can happen on a coffee break, a brief walk, at lunch, or a drive home, but it should never take the place of our regular times alone with the Lord. This would be like letting vitamins replace your regular meals.

Each must find his or her own way to keep setting one’s mind on God’s honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent truth of Jesus Christ. If you will stay spiritually sensitive, you must counteract the world’s flood against you by deciding the best means to keep setting your mind on things above during your busy days. It is essential if you will live from within.

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Not Left Alone

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 2, 2014

I will not leave you as orphans.
John 14:18

“One of the greatest sorrows that an orphan has springing out of the death of his parent is that he is left alone. He cannot now make appeals to the wisdom of the parent who could direct him, He cannot run, when he is weary, to climb on his father’s knee as he once did. He cannot lean his aching head against his parent’s chest. ‘Father,’ he may say, but no voice answers him. ‘Mother,’ he may cry, but that fond title, which would awaken the mother if she slept, cannot arouse her from the bed of death. The child is alone, far from those two hearts which were his best companions. The parents are gone. Such little ones know what it is to be deserted and forsaken.

But we are not so; we are not orphans. It is true that Jesus is not here in body, but His spiritual presence is quite as blessed as His bodily presence would have been. Actually, it is better, for if Jesus Christ were here in person, we could not all come and touch the hem of His garment—-not all at once, at any rate. There might be thousands waiting all over the world to speak with Him. but how could they all reach Him if He were merely here in body? Everyone might be waiting to tell Him something, but in body He could only receive one or two at a time.

But there is no need for you to say a word; Jesus hears your thoughts and attends to all your needs in the same moment. There is no need to press to get at Him because the crowd is large, for He is as near to me as He is to you, and as near to you as to believers all over the world. He is present everywhere, and all HIs beloved may talk with Him. You can tell Him at this moment the sorrows that you dare not open up to anyone else. In declaring them to Him, you will feel that you have hardly breathed them into the air before He has heard you. He is a real person, one so real that it is as if you could grip His hand and see the loving sparkle of His eye and the sympathetic look of His countenance.”
Charles Spurgeon
Joy in Christ’s Presence, 173-174

Today enjoy His presence with you by speaking often with Him as you go through your day—-words of thankfulness, expressing your needs, and speaking of your trust in Him.

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