Posted by jerrywhite on Aug 27, 2008
Strong love and reverence for the Lord Jesus is what motivates a believer to seek to please Him in everything. To such a one the Lord Jesus is a real person, alive and present. He is not some distant One who lives out there in heaven. He is here, not seen with physical eyes, but seen with the eyes of heart. He is not heard with physical ears, but He can be heard with the ears of one’s spirit. He cannot be touched with one’s hands, but His presence is known by the touch of faith. Strong love and reverence for the Lord Jesus motivates one with strong compelling devotion to Him.
One morning, four questions came to me about what it means to be devoted to the Lord Jesus.
Do I satisfy my Lord’s desire?
Often in our generation the issue focused upon is what the Lord will do for you, as if He exists to serve and bless us. If I love Him, I will want to know the desire of His heart, how I can please and bless Him. This is the way of Godly love.
Do I treasure what my Lord treasures? To love Him compels one to want to know what is important to His heart and to share it with Him in prayer.
Does my life fill my Lord’s heart with gladness? When He walked on earth the Lord Jesus expressed delight with those who made Him glad. Am I one of those now?
Do I believe He will order my days and guide my steps? If I am abandoned to Him, like He is wholly committed to me, then I can rest in the wonderful knowledge that He is ordering my days, guiding my steps, and providing for all my needs.
How do you answer these four questions?
And so from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:9-10 (ESV)
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Posted by jerrywhite on Aug 24, 2008
“ ‘Only trust,’ is Jesus’ word. ‘This is all I ask of thee, the utmost thing I require at thy hand. I demand no costly sacrifice, no wearisome pilgrimage, no personal worthiness, no strength, wisdom, or endeavors of your own. Only trust me. Only believe that I wait to answer prayer, that I am gracious, that I have all power at my command, that I have your interest at heart, there is no good thing I am willing to withhold, that I, and I alone, can guide your present steps, can unravel the web of your difficulties, guide your perplexities, extricate you form the snares that have woven their net-work around your feet, and bring you through fire and through water into a wealthy place. Only trust me!’ ”
September 27 reading
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew 14:31 (ESV)
And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to bear with you?
Matthew 17:17 (ESV)
But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
Mark 5:36 (ESV)
Faith is a conscious, deliberate act of mind and heart to trust the Lord Jesus. It comes from an inward attitude of helpless dependence, coupled with full confidence in His steadfast love and faithfulness towards you.
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Posted by jerrywhite on Aug 21, 2008
“When we know our gifting, our calling, that thing we were made for, we can serve God more effectively because there is less wasted motion to our activity. Love, joy, and peace are just some of the fruit.
Love comes while we rest against our Father’s chest.
Joy comes when we catch the rhythms of His heart.
Peace comes when we live in harmony with those rhythms.
It is within the closeness and warmth of that relationship where we gain the certainty that we are doing the very thing He would have us do with our lives. Whether that thing is motherhood or sainthood, God only knows. But if we crawl onto His lap, lay our head against His chest, and listen…He will tell us.”
The Reflective Life, p. 167
Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great or awesome for me.
But I have stilled and quieted myself, just as a small child is quiet with its mother.
Yes, like a small child is my soul within me.
Psalm 131:1-2 (NLT)
Because of His incomprehensible love for you, the Lord Jesus paid the horrific price so you can enter your Father’s embracing presence — unafraid and without timidity.
He is always waiting for you to come and is delighted when you do.
Oh, how He looks at you as His child with gentle, tender love.
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Posted by jerrywhite on Aug 18, 2008
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek..”
Psalms 27:8 (ESV)
“To desire communion with God is a purifying thing. Oh to hunger and thirst more and more after a clear vision of the face of God. This will lead us to purge ourselves from all filthiness, and to walk with heavenly circumspection.”
The Treasury of David
The Lord’s command to seek His face reveals His desire for us to be near Him. One must draw near to see another’s face. Choosing to seek His face proves your desire to be near Him.
The effect of seeing the Lord Jesus with your eyes of heart will be transformation of your life. The evil trinity, composed of the world, your sinful flesh, and the devil, are relentless terrorists seeking to destroy your opportunity and privilege of beholding Him.
If you sincerely want to seek His face, all the power of heaven is on your side to enable you to make necessary choices so you can — and will.
Delightful enjoyment of the Lord Jesus will be your reward, and becoming more like Him will be to His honor.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of the earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
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Posted by jerrywhite on Aug 11, 2008
“Close and continued fellowship with God will in due time leave its mark and be evident to those around us. Just as Moses did not know that his face shone, we ourselves will be unaware of the light of God shining from us. The sense of God’s presence in us may often cause others to feel ill at ease in our company. However, true believers will prove by humility and love that they are indeed persons like those around them. And yet there will be the proof that they are people of God who live in an unseen world.”
Teach Me To Pray, October 14
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
Exodus 34:29-30 (ESV)
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)
The gaze of the heart reflects in one’s countenance the light or darkness of what it beholds. Aloneness, stillness, and unhurried time are required for looking upon and hearing the Lord Jesus. This is a magnificent privilege! A glorious opportunity! A superlative blessing! But so often because of busyness and distraction — missed.
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