All for the Lord

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 29, 2016

God created all that exists for Himself. He is the Creator, Owner, Ruler, and Sustainer of all things. It is all for His glory and pleasure. He created and named each star, planet and Galaxy. He created every sparrow, feeds it, and determines the length of its days. Each flower blooms according to His schedule. Every human life was designed by Him for His purpose.There are no accidents in His creation, nor are there any after-thoughts. Someone accurately and wisely said, “With God there are no second causes.” Almighty God is the center of all that exists.
Adam’s sin against God corrupted the entire human race so that all human beings are born with a sinful nature. This perverted nature compels each one to think that he or she is the center of all that happens. Everything is supposed to revolve around them—us—me. Not so! Our sin nature is self-centered, self-absorbed, and self-pleasing. God says our heart is incurably sick (Jeremiah 17:9). He declares that every imagination of our heart is only evil continually (Genesis 6:5-6). We naturally think in terms that God exists to bless me and meet my needs, wants, and wishes. These are tragic thinking patterns!
Even Christians, those who have not taken death to self, think and unconsciously speak this way. Everything should be according to my preferences and my opinions. It is all about me and for me. It is my life and I am the center of all things.
The Holy Spirit grieves!
A repentant heart brings repentant thinking. This change recognizes and accepts the undeniable fact that all things are from Him, through Him, and to Him (Romans 11:36). I am only one of His finite creations holding a tiniest place in God’s massive scheme of things, and I should quietly fulfill my purpose while worshipping Him with all my heart. I am not the center of the universe. Life does not revolve around me—us. He, and He alone is the focus of all things. It is all for Him, His will, and His glory.
Death to self, with all its ugly, self-centered expressions, is the gateway into the Lord’s presence to experience His love, His peace, His joy—and our adoring worship.
JRW
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Revelation 4:11
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Romans 11:36
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”




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I Cannot Pray

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 22, 2016

“I cannot say ‘Our’ if my religion has no room for others and their needs.
I cannot say ‘Father’ if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.
I cannot say ‘Who art in Heaven’ if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.
I cannot say ‘Hallowed be. thy Name’ if I, who am called by His Name, am not holy.
I cannot say ‘Thy Kingdom come’ if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say ‘Thy will be done’ if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot say ‘On earth as it is in heaven’ unless I am truly ready to give myself to His service here and now.
I cannot say ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellowmen.
I cannot say ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’ if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot say ‘Lead us not into temptation’ if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say ‘Deliver us from evil’ if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say ‘Thine is the Kingdom’ if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.
I cannot say ‘Thine is the power’ if. I fear what my neighbors and friends may say or do.
I cannot say ‘Thine is the glory’ if I am seeking my own glory first.
I cannot say ‘Forever’ if I am anxious about each day’s affairs.
I cannot say ‘Amen’ unless I honestly say, ‘cost what it may, this is my prayer'”.

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God Loves All of You

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 15, 2016

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Matthew 10:30 (ESV)
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“The Lord’s love to His people is not a love of disembodied spirits, but of men and women dressed in flesh and blood. The love of Jesus Christ toward his chosen is not an affection for just their souls. He keeps all our parts. He guards all our bones (Ps. 34:20). The very hairs of our head are all numbered (Matt. 10:30). He took into union with His deity not only a human soul, but also a human body. Moreover, our Redeemer has perfectly ransomed both soul and body. It was not a partial redemption that our Kinsman effected for us. “I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth, and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27).
C. H. Spurgeon
Beside Still Waters, 286 (Roy H. Clarke, Editor)
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Song of Solomon has been understood (literal interpretation) as a collection of love poems celebrating the intimate love of a married couple. A second interpretation (allegorical) is that it describes the love relationship between Christ and His church. Perhaps it is both. Whichever interpretation one accepts, it should be noted that the body is loved and enjoyed by the bridegroom. God loves all of you with all that He is. Your body is precious to Him, as is your soul, so much so that Jesus suffered horribly in soul and body to redeem your soul and body for eternal life in heaven. Comforting it is to know that God does not love my soul but merely endures my body. My whole being, spirit, soul and body, He tenderly loves and treasures.




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Sweet Communion

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 8, 2016

“While thinking this afternoon of some friends who have been running eagerly from one place to another after a celebrated, and, I suppose, most interesting preacher, this idea forcibly struck me—why manifest such undue concern after streams, when we have the Fountain always accessible? I can, in my humble cottage, approach the footstool of the Father of mercies, and enjoy the manifestation of His love!”
Gleanings from the Inner Life of Ruth Bryan, November 21, 1830
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“If we would ripen in grace, we must live near to Jesus—in His presence—ripened by the sunshine of His smiles. We must hold sweet communion with Him. We must leave the distant view of His face and come near, as John did, and pillow our head on His breast; then we shall find ourselves advancing in holiness, in love, in faith, in hope—yea, in every precious gift.”
Charles H. Spurgeon
Morning and Evening, October 20, A.M.
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The Lord Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37). God spoke through Isaiah, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!” (Isaiah 55:1). The overflowing Fountain of living water is found in one source, the presence of Jesus Christ. What Ruth Bryan wrote in 1830 is also true today. Some sincere believers looking for spiritual refreshment run eagerly to this Bible study, or to a new voice of an effective preacher/teacher, or to another church where the music and singing is more inspiring. These thirsty ones have not yet learned how to go to Heaven’s Fountain and drink deeply until their soul is satisfied. Jesus said, Come to Me and drink—not a certain place, not a special gathering, not another Christian, but Him.




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