Posted by Jerry White on Mar 25, 2016
“Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down by an enemy
that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst
that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped
from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfailing health,
bore a thorny crown that I might have
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze
on unclouded brightness,
expired that I might for ever live.”
The Valley of Vision, 76-77
Edited by Arthur Bennett
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)
Were the whole realm of nature ours,
That were an offering far too small;
Love that transcends our highest pow’rs,
Demands our heart, our life, our all.
Posted by Jerry White on Mar 21, 2016
…indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3 (ESV)
“Christian! there is a terrible danger to which you stand exposed in your inner chamber. You are in danger of substituting Prayer and Bible Study for living fellowship with God, the living interchange of giving Him your love, your heart, and your life, and receiving from him His love, His life and His spirit. Your needs and their expression, your desire to pray humbly and earnestly and believingly, may so occupy you that the light of His countenance and the joy of His love cannot enter you. Your Bible Study may so interest you and so waken pleasing religious sentiment that—yes—the very Word of God may become a substitute for God Himself, THE GREATEST HINDRANCE TO FELLOWSHIP BECAUSE IT KEEPS THE SOUL OCCUPIED INSTEAD OF LEADING IT TO GOD HIMSELF. And we go out into the day’s work without the power of an abiding fellowship because in our morning devotions the blessing was not secured.
What a difference it would make in the life of many if everything in the closet were subordinate to this one thing: I want through the day to walk with God; my morning hour is the time when my Father enters into a definite engagement with me and I with Him that it shall be so.”
Triumph in the Inner Life, 6-7 (1959)
Some professing Christians day after day do not enter their room to meet alone with their Heavenly Father (Matthew 6:6). They are busy, distracted and do not thirst for Him. Others read their Bibles and pray regularly, but they do not get beyond this spiritual exercise to enjoy true fellowship with the Lord. They do what they think they should but actually miss the real reason for having a quiet time (devotions). Then there are some who thirst for living communion with God and cannot be satisfied without it. These meditate on His Word, pray and worship as a means for pressing through until they experience face to face intimacy with God Himself (Psalm 27:6, 8). These have learned that in his presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).
Posted by Jerry White on Mar 14, 2016
“The quiet restfulness of God’s unhurried presence acts as a solace to fretful and anxious hearts; moreover, in such an atmosphere the human spirit is made sensitive to the movements of the Divine Spirit, and confidence that He will not fail is engendered. It is those who thus wait, who find strength to continue waiting for His moment which assuredly will come.”
The Quest for Serenity (Thomas Pitch in a marginal note by Ruth Bell Graham)
G. H Morling, 41
Let us then labour for an inward stillness,
An inward stillness and an inward healing,
That perfect silence where the lips and heart are still,
And we no longer entertain our own imperfect
Thought and vain opinions,
But God above speaks in us,
And we wait in singleness of heart,
That we may know His will,
And in the silence of our spirit
That we may do His will,
And do that only…
Henry W. Longfellow
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalms 62:5
Truly, in our busy distracting and disturbing world we must labor for an inward stillness.
Posted by Jerry White on Mar 7, 2016
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”
“TO OBEY, in the New Testament usage, means to give earnest attention to the Word, to submit to its authority, and to carry out its instructions.
Obedience in this sense is almost a dead letter in modern Christianity. It may be taught now and then in a languid sort of way, but it is not stressed sufficiently to give it power over the lives of the hearers. For, to become effective, a doctrine must not only be received and held by the Church, but must have behind it such pressure of moral conviction that the emphasis will fall like a blow upon a percussion cap, setting off the energy latent within.
The Church of our day has soft-pedaled the doctrine of obedience, either neglecting it altogether or mentioning it only apologetically and without urgency. This results from a fundamental confusion of obedience with works in the minds of preacher and people. To escape the error of salvation by works we have fallen into the opposite error of salvation without obedience. In our eagerness to get rid of the legalistic doctrine of works we have thrown out the baby with the bath and gotten rid of obedience as well.
The Bible knows nothing of salvation apart from obedience. Paul testified that he was sent to preach ‘obedience to the faith among all nations.’ He reminded the Roman Christians that they had been set free from sin because they had ‘obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.’ In the New Testament there is no contradiction between faith and obedience. Between faith and law-works, yes; between law and grace, yes; but between faith and obedience, not at all. The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are opposite sides of the same coin….The trouble with many of us today is that we are trying to believe without intending to obey. ”
Paths to Power, 14-15