Posted by Jerry White on Dec 7, 2015
The oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. Luke 1:73-75 (ESV)
Jesus Christ is God’s promise fulfilled.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? (Numbers 23:19)
The long awaited Messiah came, not in the pomp of a dynamic earthly king, but instead as a helpless baby with peasant parents. Who can predict how God will do what He promised to do?
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).
Why did the Savior come? What was in the mind of God when He promised the Messiah?
He planned to deliver us from the hand of our enemies.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
Why does Jesus set us free from our enemies?
So that in freedom we might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
God wants a holy people.
For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44)
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16)
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 7, 2014
“Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Matthew 26:39 (ESV)
“Someone says,… ‘I want you to answer this question. Five months ago I had the loveliest little baby boy that ever mother fondled. My husband and I perfectly doted upon that little fellow. He took sickly, and we hung over him and prayed for him, and did everything we could for him. He closed his eyes one day in death, and I have never been able to feel resigned since then. Am I very wicked?’
‘What do you mean by “not feeling resigned”?’
‘Well, I shed floods of tears when I am alone.’
‘My dear woman, that is all right. Jesus wept. He gave you power to weep, and tears relieve the overtired, overwrought system. Cry on till God shall wipe every tear away.’
Do you say, ‘Sir, I do not quite mean that; I feel as though I cannot forgive God about it. I cannot feel as though I can say yes.’
‘No, because you are beginning in the wrong part of your nature. God asks you to will submission, and the emotions will follow suit. You cannot begin by feeling resigned, but you can begin by willing resignation. Say to Him, “I will Thy will.’ ”
‘But I do not feel it.’
‘Never mind! Say it a hundred times a day: “I will Thy will,” and within a week you will change your note, and instead you will say, “I choose thy will.” By saying that a hundred times a day for a week,” you will change you note again, “I delight in Thy will.” ’
We begin by willing it, we come to choose it, and we end by delighting in it. And that is the secret of rest.
Will you take the yoke of God today?”
F.B. Meyer (1847-1929)
The Christ-Life for the Self-Life
Posted by Jerry White on Nov 17, 2011
In timeless eternity past God existed without you. He did not need you as if He lacked something that you could do for Him. He needed nothing outside of Himself, but for His own pleasure God created all that exists.
He uniquely created you. If He had not purposed for you to exist then there would be no “you”. He knit you together in your mother’s womb. He decided what your temperament should be. He gave you your abilities. He chose the purpose for your life as much as He created the sun to provide heat and light. With sovereign choice He called you to be His own forever. No one else can fill the place the Lord created for you; it is singly and only yours. If you are not in that place then no one can be. No one else is like you. No one else can be like you. No one else can fill your place. It is your unique place in all of human history, yea, in all of creation. Almighty God personally created you for this place at this time in His plan. When death takes you from this earth your place will be vacant— vacant for the rest of time. Nothing else can fill it in God’s scheme of things.
The ultimate purpose for this incomprehensible Divine scheme is the glory of God. It is for His pleasure. If you hold on to your life, Jesus said you would lose it. But if you lose your life for His sake you will find true life in Him (Luke 9:24). If you are His by faith in Jesus Christ, then it is your life, but it is your life for His pleasure—created by Him, redeemed by Him, indwelt by Him. As you deliberately abandon yourself to Him daily, actively trust Him with all that you are, and lovingly obey Him in all that you do, you will enjoy the highest fulfillment you can possibly experience.
Your morning confession can be:
“My entire being I submit to You, my Lord, to do only Your will today for Your honor, pleasure and glory.”
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:14 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Oct 31, 2011
“Only by divine guidance given through the Holy Spirit can the will of God in its beauty, its application to daily life, its ever-growing revelation, be truly known. This instruction will be given not to the wise and prudent but to the babes, the men of childlike disposition, who are willing to wait for and depend on what is given them. Divine guidance will lead in the path of God’s will.
Our secret communion with God is the place where we repeat and learn the great lessons:
(1) The God whom I worship expects of me perfect union with His will.
(2) My worship means ‘I delight to do your will, O God.’
(3) As I seek and cultivate the knowledge of God’s will and the power to perform it
during my secret communion with God, my study of God’s Word and my prayer will
bring their true and full blessing.”
The Believer’s Daily Renewal, 90-91
“God does not need us for anything, yet it is the amazing fact of our existence that he chooses to delight in us and to allow us to bring joy to his heart. This is the basis for personal significance in the lives of all God’s people: to be significant to God is to be significant in the most ultimate sense. No greater personal significance can be imagined.”
Systematic Theology, 162-163
Is there any greater honor than to do the will of God?
Is there any greater pleasure than to know you have done the will of God?
Is there any greater satisfaction than to know that God is pleased with your life?
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
2 Corinthians 5:9 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 23, 2011
“Three men, all engaged at the same employment, were asked what they were doing. One said he was making five dollars a day. Another replied he was cutting stone. The third said he was building a cathedral. The difference was not in what they were actually doing, although, the spirit of the third might quite possibly have made him the more expert at his task. They were all earning the same wage; they were all cutting stone; but only one held it in his mind that he was helping build a great edifice. Life meant more to him than to his mates; he saw further and clearly. He had a vision of hope in his task.
The farmer may be only planting seed, but if he opens his eyes, he is feeding the world. The railroad man, the factory hand, the clerk in the store, likewise, are building their cathedrals. The investors in stocks and bonds, the executives of great corporations—they are building cathedrals likewise, if only they can catch the vision. The homemaker does not count the dollars she receives for her exertions. If she did, her life might be unhappy indeed.
The rest of us, the great and the humble, are thinking too much about such things as cutting stone and making profits. Stop! Realize the beauty of life. Stir up the hope that lies with you.”
The Omaha Bee Newspaper
Fill Me With Hope, August 1
Compiled by Paul M. Miller
The Lord Jesus worked as a carpenter and cared for His mother and brothers and sisters until His Heavenly Father showed Him at His baptism to begin His public ministry. Even His ordinary obscure days in Nazareth as a carpenter and Mary’s eldest son, where no one knew who He really was except His mother, pleased His Father. God spoke this at His baptism. His purpose as a human being was to please and glorify His Father in all things no matter how mundane. This clear vision of purpose may be your joy also.
Posted by Jerry White on Apr 7, 2011
“The Lord was pleased to visit me with a slight illness in my late journey. The Lord gave me much peace in my soul, and I was enabled to hope He would bring me safe home, in which I was not disappointed. I have reason to speak much of His goodness, for it was sweetened with abundant mercies. I thought that had it been His pleasure I should have continued sick at Oxford, or even have died there, I had no objection. Though I had that joy and sensible comfort which some are favored with, yet I was quite free from pain, fear, and care, and felt myself sweetly composed to His will, whatever it might be. Thus He fulfills His promise in making our strength equal to our day; and every new trial gives us a new proof how happy it is to be enabled to put our trust in Him.
Take it for granted upon the warrant of His word, that you are His, and He is yours; that He has loved you with an everlasting love, and therefore in loving-kindness has drawn you to himself—that He will surely accomplish that which He has begun and that nothing which can be named or thought of shall ever be able to separate you from Him. This persuasion will give you strength for the battle. Be strong therefore, not in yourself, but in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
John Newton (1725-1807), formerly a slave trader
Fill Me With Hope, April 17
Compiled by Paul M. Miller
Through him [Jesus Christ] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand.
Romans 5:2 (ESV)
As God’s child you are always steadfastly in His grace and nothing can ever remove you from that secure position. It needs to be settled in your heart that whatever comes to you comes by the Father’s permission, tenderly measured by Him, in order to accomplish in your soul His eternal purpose for you. If you do not live with this strong conviction, then you have no anchor for your soul, and you will be tossed to and fro by whatever happens.
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 27, 2009
“We all know what it is to plan a pleasure for a child and then watch to see its pleasure. Some of us know what it is to plan the best our love can think of, which yet may be, naturally speaking, a disappointment to that child; and we know how we watch for its response. Love is planning for us. Love has planned the best that Love could plan. Perhaps we cannot help one another more than by praying that we may never disappoint our Father’s faith in us, but always follow our blessed Lord in this as in everything, and answer His trust with the words ‘O yes, Father.’ ‘Are you pleased with My will, My child?’ ‘O yes, my Father.’ ”
Edges Of His Ways, 132
Yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
Matthew 11:26 (ESV)
If I should suffer need, and go unclothed,
and be in poverty,
make my heart prize thy love,
know it, be constrained by it,
though I be denied all blessings.
It is thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants,
for by these trials I see my sins,
and desire severance from them.
Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows, temptations,
If I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil,
and be delivered from it with gratitude to thee,
acknowledging this as the highest testimony
of thy love.” The Valley of Vision, 294
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 20, 2009
“Jesus Christ was always looking at the Father’s will, the Father’s plan, and then seeking by faith the Father’s power. That was His yoke.
It came into evidence so often. For instance, when He healed on the Sabbath day, and they accused Him, He said, ‘I could not help it. My Father worketh hitherto, and I could do no other than work out what My Father wrought in.’ He went across the lake to give His disciples a vacation. Five thousand hungry men broke in, and in their advent He saw the intrusion of His Father’s plan, and adopted it. He started for the home of Jairus. A woman with a touch arrested Him, and in her slight touch He saw again His Father’s will and plan, and waited to heal her. Then He moved leisurely forward, knowing that at the house of Jairus He would have sufficient power to raise his daughter. And in the garden it was His Father’s will beneath which He bowed His meek soul, saying, ‘Not My will, but Thine!’”
F. B. Meyer
The Christ-Life for the Self-Life, 119
If we are wholly submitted to our Lord Jesus then we can believe He is guiding our steps in His will and therefore be at rest. If we are not completely yielded then whatever comes along that does not fit our plans and desires disappoints and frustrates us and results in a complaining spirit. Grumbling is one of the few sins listed in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 for which the Lord judged Israel on their exodus from Egypt. The Lord Jesus learned to live sensitive to His Father’s will accepting intrusions as from His Father and listening attentively in His quiet times to what the Father may say for Him to do. The very sustenance of His life was to do the will of His Father (John 4:34). Not only that but He knew that He must have the Father’s power to accomplish His will, and so He lived in utter desperate dependence on the power of the Spirit. This is His way for us as well.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 6, 2009
“No man can do more with his life than the will of God — that though we may never be famous or powerful, or called to heroic suffering or acts of self-denial which will vibrate through history: that though we are neither intended to be apostles nor missionaries nor martyrs, but to be common people living in common houses, spending the day in common offices or common kitchens, yet doing the will of God there, we shall do as much as apostle or missionary or martyr — seeing that they can do nor more than do God’s will where they are, even as we can do as much where we are—and answer the end of our life as truly, faithfully, and triumphantly, as they.”
Henry Drummond, quoted by Gary Thomas
The Beautiful Fight, 136
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”
John 4:35 (ESV)
Faithfulness is what our Lord wants from us — not greatness, or success, or human recognition and applause. You can do no more than what He has purposed for you, and you should do no less than what He has planned for you. He has called you and equipped you for all He wants to do through you regardless of how insignificant it may appear in the eyes of man. His resurrection life in you is far more ability than you need in order to do His will. The world has made success before men an idol. The Lord honors humble and faithful servants. Our final accounting will not be to men but the Lord Himself. “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 4:2, ESV) What ever your place in life at this moment, do God’s will faithfully to please Him and He will reward you.
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 3, 2009
“That is the object of your life and mine—to do God’s will. It is not to be happy or to be successful, or famous, or to do the best we can, and get on honestly in the world. It is something far higher than this—to do God’s will…. [By this I don’t] mean, are we doing God’s work? — preaching or teaching or collecting money—but God’s will. A man may think he is doing God’s work when he is not even doing God’s will. And a man may be doing God’s will quite as much by hewing stones or sweeping streets as by preaching or praying. So the question just means this—Are we working out our common everyday life on the great lines of God’s will?”
Henry Drummond, quoted by Gary Thomas
The Beautiful Fight, 126
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.
John 6:38 (ESV)
The Lord Jesus’ determined purpose was to do the will of His Heavenly Father. For thirty years He lived an obscure ordinary life in Nazareth and no one but His mom knew who He truly was. In His adult years He was the local carpenter. Joseph had probably died during Jesus’ boyhood years. As the eldest son He stayed home to work with His hands and take care of His mother, His four brothers and at least three sisters. At age thirty He went to be baptized by His cousin John. There He learned it was time to begin His public ministry. Until this time He had only worked as a carpenter and cared for His family. Yet, at His baptism His Father spoke from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” How could this be when Jesus had done no public ministry? He had faithfully done the will of God. This is always the issue — for Him, for you and for me.