Nurturing Love For Christ

Posted by jerrywhite on Nov 10, 2008

“How do you nurture a growing love relationship with Jesus? Quite simply, it is nourished when you spend time alone with Him. Staying on the path of fullness requires staying in close communion with your Lord. James wrote,  ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’ (James 4:8). Here is an exquisite promise! Can you imagine anything more magnificent than almighty God personally drawing near to you? Your heavenly Father cherishes your nearness. He delights when you share your heart with Him and when you hear His heart. Here is intimacy beyond anything the world can offer, and it is more personal than any other relationship you can have…. God’s plan is for you to be near Him for continuous fellowship, to continue drinking of His life through meditation on His Word (Psalm 1:1-3), to know Him ever more deeply (Philippians 3:10), to become like Him in heart and soul, to become a living expression of His beautiful character as rivers of His love flow from you to those around you.”
Author
The Spirit and Presence of Christ, pp. 97-98
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How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Psalm 36:7-8 (ESV)

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Simplify Your Life

Posted by jerrywhite on Nov 6, 2008

Wang Ming Dao was a famous house church pastor / evangelist in China who was imprisoned 23 years for his faith. He was released from prison in 1980. The following was reported in Open Doors USA website and in their publication.
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“For Wang, revival could only come upon those who knew that walking the way of Christ would be hard, requiring courage, determination and sacrifice. During a visit, I quizzed him on his prison experience. ‘I will probably never be put in jail like you, so how can your faith have any impact on mine?’
He replied by asking me a series of questions: ‘When you go back home, how many books do you have to read this coming month? How many letters to write, people to see, sermons to preach?’
Then he stopped and said, ‘You need to build yourself a cell. When I was put in jail, I was devastated. I was an evangelist. I wanted to hold crusades all over China. I was an author. I wanted to write books. I was a preacher. I wanted to study my Bible and write sermons. But I had no Bible, no pulpit, no audience, no pen and paper. I could do nothing. Nothing except get to know God. And for 20 years, that was the greatest relationship I have ever known.’
His parting advice was, ‘I was pushed into a cell, but you will have to push yourself into one. Simplify your life, so you have time to know God.’ For him, the absolute requirement is to go at a ‘walking pace,’ slowing down stilling yourself enough to commune properly with God.
Revival can only come to those who make room for God.”
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But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Luke 5:15-16 (ESV)

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Living By Choices

Posted by jerrywhite on Nov 3, 2008

The Lord Jesus made choices.
He chose to become fully human like us and to live like we have to live. He lived by faith and obedience. He lived according to the priorities in His heart. He lived by reliance upon the Holy Spirit who filled Him without measure. He lived motivated by profound love for His Heavenly Father and needy sinful people. He made choices daily from situation to situation to do His Father’s will and to express His Father’s character.
He chose to go to quiet places to be alone with His Heavenly Father.
He chose to go to a sinner’s house to have dinner.
He chose to converse with a lost and rejected woman by a well in Samaria.
He chose to let a woman of bad reputation wash and kiss His feet in a proud Pharisee’s house.
He chose to go to Jerusalem for His final days.
He chose to wash His disciples’ feet with utmost love knowing what they would do that night of betrayal, denial, and running away.
He chose to endure the cross when He despised its shame.
We also live by choices—and do so according to what is in our heart.
We choose times to be alone with our Heavenly Father, or to be too distracted.
We choose to hold conversation with lost people about the Lord Jesus, or to let fear rule.
We choose to love God with all of our being, or to have idols.
We choose to see a world in need and love people, or to be selfishly absorbed in our own.
We choose to take up our cross daily and follow the Lord Jesus, or to possess our life.
We choose whatever our heart truly wants, and then we receive the results of whatever we choose.
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Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Galatians 6:7 (ESV)

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