Posted by Jerry White on Feb 22, 2015
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Colossians 2:9-10 (ESV)
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (ESV)
Everything I need to live a triumphant life in this sinful, polluted world is in Jesus Christ, and He is in me. His Spirit and my spirit have become one so that He can be the source of my words, thoughts and decisions (1 Corinthians 6:17). I need look no where else but Him for every situation, circumstance and relationship (Hebrews 12:2). I can rest in His sovereign tender care and know that He is in absolute control of all that comes to me (Colossians 3:3; Psalms 27:5). Worry, fretfulness, and stress should have no place in me. Fear, doubt, and unbelief are my bitter enemies, and if found in me are an affront to my Lord who has given His all for me and given all He is to me.
Faith pleases Him, and so I can please Him today by trusting Him to be my all in every relationship and circumstance (Hebrews 11:6). More than able is He.
For me to live is Christ—-Christ for me—-Christ with me—-Christ in me—-and Christ through me (Philippians 1:21). The Lord Jesus is my abundant Life (John 10:10; 4:13-14).
He responds to do what He alone can do when I consciously and deliberately trust Him.
Posted by Jerry White on Feb 15, 2015
Reflecting upon and praying over God’s truth is most beneficial. Quickly reading a Bible passage with only a mental understanding does not allow the truth to soak deep into your soul. The Holy Spirit needs time while you meditate to inscribe it in your heart. Why would the Scriptures speak repeatedly about meditation? God’s Word emphasizes meditating day and night (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; 63:6). Jesus spoke about His Word abiding in you (John 15:7). James spoke about receiving the Word implanted in you (James 1:21). Implanting takes time.
Biblically based hymns and poems are useful means to help us think about what is true and to pray for it to become real in one’s life experientially. I often use hymns and poems to quietly reflect on truth.
Samuel Medley (1739-1799) wrote the following:
O, could I speak the matchless worth,
O, could I sound the glories forth
Which in my Savior shine,
I ‘d soar and touch the heavenly strings
And vie with Gabriel while he sings
In notes almost divine.
I’d sing the precious blood he spilt,
My ransom from the dreadful guilt
of sin and wrath divine!
I’d sing his glorious righteousness,
In which all perfect heavenly dress
My soul shall ever shine.
Soon the delightful day will come
When my dear Lord will bring me home,
And I shall see his face;
Then with my Saviour, Brother, Friend,
A blest eternity I’ll spend,
Triumphant in his grace.
Posted by Jerry White on Feb 9, 2015
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good.
Isaiah 1:16 -17a (ESV)
“Clean hands are indicative of a holy character and are the first condition for prayer. The Psalmist would stand before God with his arms outstretched and his plans lifted to visibly represent a holy character and clean hands. You must come to prayer with the same testimony.
John Stott made a striking statement: ‘There is no happiness without holiness.’ Do not be indifferent to sin. Sin grieves the Spirit of God, and when the Spirit is grieved, you cannot prevail in prayer. You are rendered helpless, for the Spirit alone knows the will of God.
You walk with a holy God. In yourself you are unholy, but in Christ, you are holy. You contribute nothing to this holiness. Appropriating Christ’s holiness as your own is God’s provision. You begin as perfect in Christ and aim at perfection in your experience. It is a paradox. You are sanctified in Christ, but you are also being sanctified. You are holy, and you are also to become holy. Knowing that you are apt to stray should not destroy your confidence. Concentrate on your Savior, not your sinfulness. You enter God’s presence with Christ’s holy character to pray and to prevail in prayer.”
Joseph S. Carroll
Reflections on Faith & Prayer, 90
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
Hebrews 10:14 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Feb 1, 2015
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 (ESV)
“God reveals Himself most to His people when they have been in secret prayer. O the sweet meetings, the heavenly warmings, the blessed cheerings, and the choice communions with God, that Christians have found when they have been alone with God in a closet. God loves to load the wings of private prayer with the sweetest and choicest blessings. Ah! How often has God kissed a poor Christian at the beginning of private prayer, and spoken peace to him in the midst of private prayer, and filled him with light and joy and assurance upon the close of private prayer. Private prayer is a golden key to unlock the mysteries of God’s Word to us. The knowledge of many choice and blessed truths are but the returns of private prayers. God delights to make known His truth and faithfulness. His grace and goodness, His mercy and bounty, His beauty and glory to poor souls in their private prayers. God crowns private prayer with a discovery of those blessed weighty truths to His servants that are a sealed book to others. Private prayer crowns God with the honor and Glory due His Name, and the soul enjoys most communion with God in secret. When a Christian is in a wilderness, which is a very solitary place, then God delights to speak friendly and comfortably to him. A husband imparts his mind most freely and fully to his wife when they are alone, and Christ also to the believing soul. O the secret embraces, visits, whispers, cheering, and discoveries that God gives His people when alone. Ambrose often said, ‘I am never less alone than when I am alone, for then I can enjoy the Presence of my God most freely, fully, and sweetly, without interruption. Christ loves to embrace us not so much in the open street, as in a closet. Christ gives his richest gifts in secret when we are alone.’”
Thomas Brooks (1608-1680), Works, II: 174, 177
Mrs. Larry K. from Wisconsin sent this encouraging article to me last year. Thank you, Linda.
Some readers of this blog I have never met, but in God’s plan they have become encouragers.