Posted by Jerry White on Jul 27, 2015
“The children of God, favored by divine grace, are permitted interviews with Jesus Christ. Like Enoch, we walk with God (Gen. 5:22), we walk as children, and we put our hand into our Father’s hand. We look up with loving eyes and walk in love, confidence, and familiarity. We talk to Him. We tell Him our anguish, and we hear His gracious words of love.
We are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones (Eph. 5:30). We shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch us from His hand (John 10:28). Fellowship with Jesus is richer than any gem that ever glittered in an imperial crown.
In addition to receiving complete justification, full assurance, and fellowship with Christ, God’s elect are favored with the Holy Spirit’s sanctification. No matter how humble our situation, God the Holy Spirit dwells in us and we in Him. The Spirit sanctifies the believer’s daily actions, so that everything we do is for God. If we live it is to Christ, if we die it is gain (Phil. 1:21). Beloved, when you feel the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit, it is to sit with princes.
My God, if I could always feel Your Spirit overcoming my corruption and constraining my soul to holiness, I would not even think of being a prince in comparison with my joy.
My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, I am sure you can testify that when you fall in sin it brings you low and that you again smell the vile ash heap and are ready to die in its dust. But when the Holy Spirit enables you to overcome sin and to live as Christ lived, you feel that you have a royal standing (Ps. 113:7-8), and you feel more than an imperial privilege in being sanctified in Christ Jesus.”
C. H. Spurgeon
Beside Still Waters, 276
“It is an incontrovertible fact that some Christians seem to experience a much closer intimacy with God than others. they appear to enjoy a reverent familiarity with Him that is foreign to us.”
J. Oswald Sanders
But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Psalm 73:28 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 19, 2015
“I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.
Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all….
When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself. The evil habit of seeking God-and effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. In the “and” lies our great woe. If we omit the “and” we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing….
The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.”
The Pursuit of God, (Chapter 1)
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 12, 2015
“There never can be absolute peace in the bosom of a believer, so long as we dwell on earth. There certainly is peace with God, but constant war with sin. This law in the members has an army of lusts under him, and he wages war against the law of God. Sometimes, indeed, an army is lying in ambush, and the enemies lie quiet until a favorable moment comes. Likewise, in the heart, lusts often lie quiet until the hour of temptation, and they war against the soul. The heart is like a volcano. Sometimes it slumbers and sends up nothing but a little smoke, but the fire is slumbering all the while below and will soon break out again.
There are two great combatants in the believer’s soul. There is Satan on the one side, with the flesh and all its lusts at his command. Then, on the other side, there is the Holy Spirit, with the new creature at His command. And so ‘the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish’ (Gal. 5:17).
Is Satan ever successful? In the deep wisdom of God the law in the members sometimes brings the soul into captivity. Noah was a perfect man who walked with God, and yet he was led captive. “[Noah] drank of the wine and was drunk’ (Gen. 9:21). Abraham was the friend of God (see Isa. 41:8), yet he told a lie, saying of Sarah his wife, ‘She is my sister’ (Gen. 20:2). Job, a perfect man who feared God and hated evil, was provoked to curse the day he was born (see Job 3:1). We could give similar examples of Moses, David, Solomon, Hezekiah, Peter, and the apostles.
Have you experienced this warfare? It is a clear mark of God’s children. We must ever strive for God’s perfection, but accept His grace when we inevitably fall short.”
The Best of Robert Murray McCheyne, 40-41
Edited and Compiled by Stephen W. Sorenson
John MacArthur wrote in Twelve Ordinary Men (p. 37), “Peter was exactly like most Christians—-both carnal and spiritual. He succumbed to the habits of the flesh sometimes, he functioned in the Spirit other times. He was sinful sometimes, but other times he acted the way a righteous man ought to act. This vacillating man—-sometimes Simon, sometimes Peter—-was the leader of the twelve.”
Posted by Jerry White on Jul 5, 2015
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 11:18-20 (ESV)
The Lord wants us to remember and visually remind ourselves of His truth.
Why is this important? Because the whole world lies in the evil one (1 John 5:19). Everything in this world system is under the devil’s control. He uses the world system to distract us with what he values in order to erase from our minds what God values. He wants to blind, rob, and drive our minds from God’s truth and ways (even using the electronic gadgets we find so convenient and useful). We must deliberately choose to counteract this flood tide if we will be God’s holy people in this evil age. (Col. 3:16)
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