Holiness of Jesus

Posted by Jerry White on Aug 31, 2014

“You know, the great work of Jesus is to take away sin. And how does He take it away? Many Christians just look upon Him as taking it away on the Cross. Others get a step beyond that, and say: He takes it way from heaven; He cleanses and keeps me. But the true taking away of sin is this: if the light comes in, the darkness is expelled. It is the presence of Jesus, indwelling by the Holy Spirit, that can make us holy. And the disciples—-what a change came over them! See now how boldly, time after time, they can speak in the presence of those who threaten them with death. ‘We must obey God rather than men,’ they said. They go to prison, and there they can sing praises to God at midnight. Oh, the wonderful change in their life that the Holy Spirit wrought!

And what does that teach us? We very often speak about the self-life, and the life of the Holy Spirit. Have you said to God—-perhaps you have said it often—-‘Lord, how can I be rid of this self-life?’ Well, has it been discovered to you? Has God’s finger reached the deep place of your heart, and have you been brought to say: O God, my failure is all my self-confidence, self-will, self-pleasing? There is that accursed self that will have its say in everything, and there is no power that can expel that but the power of the presence of Jesus.

You may get troubled about some theological definition, as to how it is all done, as to how much sin there remains, and how much there is cast out, but the all important thing to believe is this: that though you cannot explain and expound all, the Spirit of holiness which will be given is the holiness of Jesus in your heart—-and be content with that. Filled with the Spirit, you have within you the power of the holiness of God to do the blessed work of sanctification.”
Andrew Murray (1828-1917)
Absolute Surrender (1962 edition)
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Progress on Book of Postings
Our plan to print a book of 104 postings is progressing well. The postings are ready, having been carefully proofed. My wife and I have almost completed obtaining necessary copyright permissions. As soon as this task is done, we will arrange the postings and extra pages, obtain our own copyright, plus ISBN, and go to press. Printing will not take long. I will announce on this site the book’s availability as soon as possible and explain how copies may be purchased.




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Divine Love Filling You

Posted by Jerry White on Aug 25, 2014

“Seek to grasp the glorious fact that you may have Christ as Divine love filling your soul. Just as the alabaster box was in the house, and its presence may not have been known, so Christ has been a long time with many of His disciples, and they have not known Him; that is, they have been comparatively ignorant of His glorious fulness. But no sooner was the box broken, and the ointment shed abroad, than the odor filled the house. So when the love of God is poured forth by the Holy Ghost—-when the infinite treasures of Divine love stored up in Christ are disclosed, revealed in us, shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost—-their subduing, liberating, and transforming influences begin at once to be seen and felt. Their cleaning and purifying effect on our thoughts and desires are realized. We begin to learn then what our blessed Lord meant when He said, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God’ (Matt. 5:8).

But do you ask, How am I to get this love? ‘Love,’ one has said, ‘cannot be produced by a direct action of the soul upon itself. A man in a boat cannot move it by pressing it from within.’ It is not by straining and struggling that this blessed condition is brought about: it comes by a very real dedication of ourselves to God for this very purpose, and with this as the special end and aim in view. Just lie quietly before Him. Open all the avenues of your being, and let Him come in and take possession of every chamber. Especially give Him your heart—-the very seat of your desires, the throne of your affections. Yield all up to Him, and the Lord will enter, bringing with Him all the riches of His grace and glory, turning your life of duty into a life of liberty and love.”
Evan H. Hopkins (1837-1918)
The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, 60-61
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Motivation for the Christian life must be the love of God saturating one’s heart. Paul wrote, “the love of Christ controls us” (2 Corinthians 5:14). Jesus prayed in the priestly prayer of John 17 that the love the Father has for the Son might be in us (v. 26). What would your life look like if this was real to your heart—-the very love of God for the Son overflowing your soul in devotion to Him and others? Opening one’s heart completely to Him, and trusting Him for the Father’s answer to His Son’s request, will bring you true liberty in your daily walk in Christ.




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Discipline for Godliness

Posted by Jerry White on Aug 18, 2014

Spiritual growth requires active cooperation with God. This involves effort and discipline for the believer. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “train yourself for godliness” (1Timothy 4:7, ESV). The NASB translates it, “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” The original word means to exercise vigorously.

James, the brother of Jesus, wrote:
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:22-25, ESV).

Passivity is always dangerous. One can attend church, serve in some capacity, give money, and yet not discipline himself daily for the purpose of godliness. One can attend Bible study, be very knowledgeable in Scripture, and yet not train himself daily in godliness. Knowing truth can deceive us into thinking we are what we know. What we are is proven by what we do.

One can know the truths about prayer, but in reality pray very little. One can know about worship but not worship privately during the week thinking it is only for Sunday church. One can know about the importance of meditating in God’s Word, but neglect it because of many distractions. In the words of James, this one is deceived because he or she hears the Word but does not do it, knows the truth but does not practice it.

Certain disciplines are necessary if one is going to grow towards spiritual maturity. Without deliberate cooperation with God’s Spirit transformation cannot take place. Hearing sermons, listening to Bible studies, reading good spiritual books, and discussing God’s truth is no substitute for putting into practice the disciplines necessary for reformation of character. A believer needs regular time for fellowship with God the Father. Meditating in God’s Word day by day, worshiping Him regularly with praise, adoration, and thanksgiving, obeying in little things, and keeping short sin accounts with God demonstrates faithfulness. It is a simple choice of love.
JRW




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Rest and Work

Posted by Jerry White on Aug 10, 2014

“There is never a choice between rest and work, but there is a choice between how to accomplish our work for God with a peaceful heart having come to rest in God, or serving the Lord with a troubled heart filled with anxieties and frustrations.

How is the work of God being done? The disciples at the time of Jesus were taken up with this question. This is what they wanted to know from Jesus.

Then they said to Him: ‘What shall we do,that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them,‘This is the work of God,
that you believe in Him whom He sent
.’” (John 6:28-29)

It might appear to be a rather strange answer by Jesus to a very straight question from His disciples. The disciples wanted, of course, practical instruction about how they could do the works of God. Instead Jesus points out that the way God’s work is carried out is through having an intimate relationship with the Son of God. It is through such an ongoing close communion with the Lord that the direction, the motivation and the empowerment to serve the Lord and do His works flows. Corrie ten Boom, also called God’s Globetrotter, once said: ‘If you want to work for God, don’t hesitate to establish a committee. But if you should desire to work with God, don’t hesitate to form a prayer group.’ This really tells the difference between the way of Mary and that of Martha. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus listening to His words, and she was motivated, empowered and directed to serve the Lord in close fellowship with Him. Martha was serving, basically, out of her own initiative and according to her own plan. God’s work can only be done God’s way and under the specific guidance of His Holy Spirit. Knowing this truth could save us from a lot of our own self-appointed effort which would lead to much trouble and anxiety and ultimately could have us ending up burnt out.”

Johannes Facius
Sitting at the feet of JESUS, 15-16
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For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
Hebrews 4:10 (NASB)




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Honesty

Posted by Jerry White on Aug 3, 2014

Dear God,
I know You created me for Your pleasure, but I’m so busy I really don’t have time to be alone with You. I know You love me, and I love You, but the truth is, I’d rather do other things I enjoy because spending time with someone I cannot see is not easy. It’s easier for me to read the newspaper or Facebook than to meditate in Your Word. And talking with someone I cannot see feels strange. It’s like I’m talking out loud to myself. Besides that, I’m not sure I’m even heard.

I know You gave Your only Son to die that horrible, excruciating death for me, but for me to get up early enough to be with You is so hard. I really need my rest; I’m sure You understand. I read where Jesus spent a lot of time with You, and prayed a lot, but He was a perfect man who doesn’t understand my struggles in this modern day. There’s alway so much to do that the day just gets away from me, and I’m always too tired in the evening to concentrate. You understand, don’t You?

Of course, if something bad happens, you know I will call on You, because You are always there for me, and I’m grateful. I don’t know what I’d do without You. How does anyone make it without God?

I’m glad I know that when I die I’m going to heaven. Heaven must be a beautiful place, but right now I must live my life. Maybe when I get older I’ll have more time to be alone with You for Bible reading and prayer. I hope so.

Please forgive me my sins and help me with my problems.
Amen.
~~~
To treat the Heavenly Father as displayed in the pretend prayer above is inexcusable. God is a Person who delights in us. He is worthy of our first and best devotion, not leftovers of our time and resources. He can be the supreme desire and pleasure of your soul so that with child-like anticipation, like seeing daddy come home from a war, you can meet with Him in a quiet place. Trying to use God is ungodly; Enjoying, adoring, and worshiping Him daily is true love for Him.
JRW




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