Crucifixion with Christ

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 29, 2015

That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 3:10-11 (ESV)
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“This was the noble prayer of this holy man; he desired crucifixion with Christ, a crucifixion to indwelling sin, to sin in its every shape—to sin in principle, in temper, in worldly conformity, in conversation, in thought, in the very glance of the eye. He desired not only a crucifixion of one particular sin, but of all sin; not only the sin that most easily beset him, the sin that he daily saw and felt and mourned over, but the sin that no eye saw but God’s, the sin of the indwelling principle, the root of all sin, the sin of his nature.
This is to have fellowship with Christ in His sufferings. Jesus suffered as much for the subduing of the indwelling principle of sin as for the pardon of the outbreaking of that sin in daily practice. Have we fellowship with Him in these sufferings? There must be a crucifixion of the indwelling power of sin.”
Octavius Winslow
Morning Thoughts, 650-651
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Sin causes suffering. It inflicts pain from guilt and shame. It defiles and separates from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). It viciously destroys love, joy and peace. It ushers in death. Tolerating sin is like permitting a venomous snake to live in your house. Either kill the snake or be poisoned by it.

The Lord Jesus accomplished everything necessary for us to utterly slay sin. By steadfast faith in Him and His finished work, and by the power of His Holy Spirit, we do not have to continue as slaves to wrong attitudes, or selfish thought patterns, or careless damaging words, or ungodly deeds, or neglect of doing what He has commanded. Through Christ we are more than conquerors. We can declare war against the enemy of our souls and triumphantly win—in His Name, at His Word, by His Spirit.




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Unbelief Prevents Reality

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 23, 2015

“To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. For millions of Christians God is no more real than He is to the non-Christians.

Over against all this cloudy vagueness stands the clear Scriptural doctrine that God can be known in personal experience. A loving Personality dominates the Bible.

But why do the very ransomed children of God know so little of that habitual conscious communion with God which the Scriptures seem to offer? The answer is our chronic unbelief. God and the spiritual world are real. But sin has so clouded the lenses of our hearts that we cannot see. The great unseen Reality is God.

As we begin to focus upon God the things of the spirit will take shape before your inner eyes. Obedience to the word of Christ will bring an inward revelation of the Godhead (John 14:21-23). A new God-consciousness will seize upon us and we shall begin to taste and hear and inwardly feel the God who is our life and our all. God will become to us the great All, and His presence the glory and wonder of our lives.”
A. W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God
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“Look around in your life, in your church. How many Christians do you see bent with all their powers to know God more and more — more truly, more clearly, more sweetly? Or, rather, do you see thousands fighting graduate school sins with a grammar school knowledge of God?
Some of you might say, ‘Wait, there are as many PhDs in theology who commit adultery as less-educated people.’ To which I would say, ‘Probably more.’ Why is it that people with PhDs in theology commit adultery? They don’t know God
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You can read theology ten hours a day for forty years and not know God as beautiful and all-satisfying — as the highest treasure of your life….

They don’t know God for who he is — infinitely valuable, infinitely beautiful, infinitely satisfying — why your soul was made.”

John Piper, desiringGod.org




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The Blood of Christ

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 16, 2015

God has no other way of dealing with sin, or the sinner, save through the blood.

For victory over sin and the deliverance of the sinner God has no other means or thought than ‘THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.’ Yes, it is indeed something that surpasses all understanding.
All the wonders of grace are focussed here—-the Incarnation, by which He took upon Himself our flesh and blood; the love, that spared not itself but surrendered itself to death; the righteousness, which could not forgive sin till the penalty was borne; the substitution, by which He the Righteous One, atoned for us the unrighteous; the atonement for sin, and the justification of the sinner, thus made possible; renewed fellowship with God; together with the cleansing, and sanctification, to fit us for the enjoyment of that fellowship; the true oneness in life with the Lord Jesus, as He gives us His blood to drink; the eternal joy of the hymn of praise, ‘Thou has redeemed us to God’; all these are by rays of the wondrous light which are reflected upon us from ‘THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS.’

The blood must have the same place in our hearts which it has with God.

From the beginning of God’s dealings with man, yes, from before the foundation of the world, the heart of God has rejoiced in that blood. Our heart will never rest, nor find salvation, till we too learn to walk and glory in the power of that blood.

It is not only the penitent sinner, longing for pardon, who must thus value it. No!—-the redeemed will experience that just as God in His temple sits upon a throne of grace, where the blood is ever in evidence, so there is nothing that draws our hearts nearer to God, filling them with God’s love, and joy, and glory, as living in constant, spiritual view of that blood.

Let us take time and trouble to learn the full blessing and power of that blood.

Andrew Murray
The Power of the Blood of Jesus, 12-13 (1963 edition)
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Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (ESV)




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Believe and Trust

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 9, 2015

Faith pleases God and doubt displeases Him. Faith honors God and doubt dishonors Him.
For in it [the Gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
And without faith it is impossible to please him…. (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith believes what God says and trusts Him to do exactly what He says.
In hope he [Abraham] believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” (Romans 4:17)

Faith is not only for justification (initial salvation) but for all things in daily living. We either live by self’-effort throughout our days or by the Spirit’s enabling through faith. We either trust ourselves or we trust our indwelling Savior. The former is a clanging cymbal; the latter is His life flowing through us.

Faith depends on God specifically. It takes hold of His promises with trust like a soldier grasps his weapon or a carpenter his hammer. With simple prayer we declare to our faithful Lord that we are trusting Him for His promise to be kept. “This You promised and this I receive.”

God commands that we keep being filled with His Spirit. Be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18) He declares in Colossians 2:9-10, 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. This is an astonishing statement of fact. Either it is true, or it is false and merely make believe. I can either trust Him to make it a wonderful reality in my life today, or I can depend on my self-life to get me through. The difference is that people around me will see me only or they will catch a glimpse of my Savior through me. Oh, they may not know what to call it, but they will sense there is something different. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

Taking God’s Word seriously reveals that it is His will for each believer to be filled with His Spirit, and He has fully provided His fullness so we live out of His life in us and not our self-life. Therefore, you can begin your day by trusting for God’s fullness in Christ to be your overflowing fullness as you walk through your day in each relationship and circumstance.
JRW




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A Disciple’s Notebook

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 2, 2015

The book of selected postings from this website continues to make its way into people’s hands. Response has been most affirming, and because of this we are considering how to make it available to a wider audience. A seasoned pastor said to me recently that he thought every pastor should have a copy.

Some have encouraged that there be a volume 2. Work on a second volume has begun.
We intend to list the book on this website soon. It can also be ordered from spiritofelijah.com .

Since some may have missed the previous posting about the book, the details are listed again.

A Disciple’s Notebook</strong> (213 page book) is available for $14.00 plus shipping and handling.

Shipping and handling charges are as follows:
1 book – $3.95
2 – 9 books – add $1.00 for each book
10 – 14 books – exact postage determined at the post office
15 – or more books is free shipping

Books may be ordered from adisciplesnotebook@gmail.com
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JRW




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