Philippians 1:9-10 Live View Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

 

MAMA, THE KING IS COMING!

 

MAMA, THE KING IS COMING!

Philippians 1:9-10

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in
knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent;
that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.

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Isaiah 53:6

“God’s Remedy for Man’s Sin” – Isaiah 53:6

BE A BEREAN ACTS 17:11

BE A BEREAN
ACTS 17:11

 

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. -Isaiah 53:6

In the early chapters of Genesis ”when God took the skin of an innocent, sacrificial animal and covered the nakedness of Adam and Eve–the sun of God’s redemptive revelation concerning Christ and the cross began to rise. Thus, the Old Testament shadows of the cross began to emerge. Among these shadows is the revealing encounter of Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac in Genesis 22. Here we see a clear picture of the coming substitutionary death of Christ in the ram that took Isaac’s place on the altar of sacrifice. This rising sun continued its ascent as we arrive at  Exodus 12 and are introduced to the revealing story of the Passover Lamb, a sacrifice without blemish and spot. The blood of this sacrifice provided two things for the ancient Israelites: deliverance from death and freedom from slavery. As the sun of this revelation continues to rise, it casts a perfect shadow of the coming Messiah when it arrives at Isaiah 53. This is one of the mountaintops of Scripture and the most perfect shadow, the most vivid and vibrant picture, of the Lord Jesus found in the Old Testament.

Recently, while meditating upon Isaiah 53:6, I was captured by the first phrase,  All we like sheep.  This metaphorical expression is used repeatedly throughout Scripture. One can never come to understand the deep meaning of this passage without gleaning an insight as to how it is that we resemble these woolly creatures, so dependent upon their shepherd for their survival. There are several principles in play here that merit our inquiry.

Sheep Are Dumb

Think about it. Have you ever been to a circus? If so, you most likely saw an array of trained animals. Huge elephants can be trained to stand on their back legs atop tiny stools. Monkeys can be trained to ride bicycles around in a small circle. Lions can be trained to jump through rings of fire. But have you ever seen a trained sheep? No. Sheep are dumb; they cannot be trained to do anything. They tend to wander around and frequently become lost because they simply follow their appetite with their heads down.

It is no wonder the prophet says, All we like sheep have gone astray.  Most people are opinionated. They talk profusely about politics, sports, and the like. However, if you want to hear an unintelligent conversation from the mouths of semi-intelligent people, get them into a conversation about God’s plan of redemption and His remedy for sin. How ignorant are so many when it comes to life’s greatest subject! Yes, we are more like sheep than some of us might want to admit.

Sheep Are Directionless

Sheep tend to simply wander and meander aimlessly along the hillsides. They have no sense of direction. This is not true with other animals. When I was a boy, our family pet was a dog by the name of Penny. One day she followed several older boys in the neighborhood as they rode their bicycles to a lake over ten miles from our home. Late in the afternoon they returned . . . without her. More than three weeks later, while eating dinner in our home, I heard a familiar scratching on the back door. I opened the door, and to my surprise there was my little dog, somewhat mangy and thin, but home at last. Many animals have an inner instinct that enables them to find their way home from great distances. But not sheep. They are directionless.

Yes, all we like sheep have gone astray.  So many men and women go through life without any real sense of direction, void of any perceived purpose. Many simply exist and have never learned how to live because, like sheep, they have no sense of direction in life.

Sheep Are Defenseless

Almost every animal has some type of defense mechanism. Rabbits can run. Cats can scratch. Dogs can bite. Porcupines can puncture. Bees can sting. Goats can butt. Skunks . . . well, you get the point. But sheep? They are defenseless. They are totally unprepared for fight or for flight. They cannot fight other animals, and they cannot outrun those who seek them for prey. They are virtually helpless.

The man without the Lord Jesus Christ is like a sheep. He is helpless to get to the fold himself. He is on his own against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11); ill equipped for fight or flight.

Since we find ourselves like sheep dumb, directionless, and defenseless–and since we have turned, every one, to his own way,  God has come to our rescue. And the Lord has laid on [Jesus] the iniquity of us all.  There is no clearer explanation of what transpired on the cross of Calvary than in these words of Isaiah 53:6. On the cross the Lord Jesus took our sin in His own body, bearing the wrath of God’s punishment that we deserved. He suffered the hurt, the humiliation of our sin, the agony and the death we deserved to die. He died our death so that we could live His life. He took our sin so that we could take His righteousness. Not only was His death on the cross voluntary, but it was vicarious. He died in my place and yours. What a Savior!

As you memorize this verse this week, meditate on the fact that God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). God does not have simply a remedy; He has the only remedy for our sin.  All we like sheep have gone astray . . . we have turned, every one, to his own way . . . and the Lord has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.

 

Today’s devotional is drawn from The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins. The complete book contains 42 additional Bible verse reflections not found in this email devotional.

Intimacy with God

TITUS 3:7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

TITUS 3:7
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

God forgives all sins, no matter how big

Confession: the first and necessary step

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”

1 John 1:9 NLT

The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:17 NLT

Intimacy with God can be restored

“There’s nothing like a tough time to reveal what we’re made of. When trouble rears its ugly, scary head, either we trust the promises of God and respond with obedience, or we panic and react sinfully.
Too often we are guilty of the latter. When things fall apart, we become sarcastic, possessive, moody, self-centered, bitter, envious…or a hundred other unflattering things. Now the situation is really messy. Not only are we facing trouble, but we’ve complicated the matter by pulling away from God. Our doubt and disobedience have alienated us from the One we need most.
The good news is that intimacy with God can be restored by simply acknowledging our wrong attitudes and actions. The word confession in the New Testament literally means ‘to say the same thing.’ In other words, we agree with God — about our wrong choices, about his perfect forgiveness, and about the truth that we are brand-new people who have the power to say no to future temptation.
If you’ve added to your troubles recently by responding wrongly, confession is your bridge back to God.
from Praying God’s Promises in Tough Times by Len Woods (Tyndale) p 70

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

 

ONLY ONE PRIEST-JESUS CHRIST

The Great Supreme

HANDSWATERJESUS IS OUR HIGH PRIEST! AMEN

“Ascribe ye greatness unto our God.” Deuteronomy 32:3

Suggested Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

In Protestant countries there is a very strong tendency to priestcraft still. Though we do not bow down and worship images, and do not professedly put our souls into the hands of priests, yet, I am sorry to say it, there is scarce a congregation that is free from that error of ascribing greatness to their minister. If souls are converted, how very prone we are to think there is something marvellous in the man; and if saints are fed and satisfied with marrow and fatness, how prone we are to suppose that the preacher has something about him by which these wondrous things are done; and if a revival takes place in any part of the vineyard, it matters not in what denomination, there is an aptness in the human mind to ascribe some part of the glory and the praise to the mere human agency. Oh, beloved, I am sure that every right-minded minister will scorn the thought. We are but your servants for Christ’s sake. We speak to you, as God helps us, what we believe to be God’s truth; but ascribe not to us any honour or any glory. If a soul is saved, God from first to last has done it. If your souls are fed, thank the Master; be respectful and grateful to the servant as you will be, but most of all thank him who puts the word into the mouths of his servants, and who applies it to your heart. “Oh, down with priestcraft!” even I myself must down with it. “Down with it!” I cry. If I myself like Samson fall beneath its roof, let me fall myself and be crushed, well content in having pulled down or contributed to remove one solitary brick in that colossal house of Satan. Take care, friends, that you put no honour upon any man that you ought to have ascribed unto his Sovereign. “Ascribe ye greatness unto our God.”

For meditation: Why are you using these daily readings? We should thank God for Spurgeon, but many go too far and venerate Spurgeon himself. He reminds us that he too was a man (Acts 10:26) and that the glory belongs not to him but to his and our God (Psalm 115:1).

Sermon no. 367
28 September (1856)

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Spiritual Warfare Victory is Assured In Christ

JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

JOHN 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

A Mini Strong’s Concordance Study on Spiritual Warfare

5598 victory, over spiritual forces

In spiritual warfare victory is assured since Jesus Christ has already won it on the cross and in the resurrection. Christians will eventually share in Christ’s complete victory and through him overcome their spiritual enemies.

The victories won by Jesus Christ

Over sin and temptation Heb 4:15 See also Mt 4:1-11Heb 2:181Pe 2:22

Over the world Jn 16:33 See also Rev 3:21Rev 17:14

Over the devil 1Jn 3:8 See also Mt 12:29pp Mk 3:27 pp Lk 11:22Lk 10:18Jn 12:31Col 2:15Heb 2:14

Over death Ac 2:24 See also Ro 5:17Ro 6:9-101Co 15:54-572Ti 1:10

Over every enemy 1Co 15:24-25 See also Isa 42:13Php 2:9-11Heb 10:13

Believers have victory through Christ

Over the power of sin Ro 7:24-25 See also Ro 6:11-14Col 3:9-10

Over temptation 1Co 10:13 See also Mt 6:13 pp Lk 11:4Heb 2:18Heb 4:15-16

Over the world 1Jn 5:4-5 See also Jn 15:19Tit 2:11-132Pe 1:3-4

Over the devil Rev 12:10-11 See also Ro 16:20Eph 6:12-131Jn 2:13-141Jn 4:4

Over death 1Co 15:22-23 See also Jn 11:25-261Co 15:54-571Th 4:13-17

Believers share in Christ’s victory

Ro 8:371Co 15:571Jn 5:4-5

 See also  Jn 11:25Ro 6:51Co 15:202Co 2:14;Php 4:13Heb 11:33-34 

 Victory is received by faith.

The final victory

The vision of final victory in Jesus ChristRev 2:26Rev 3:5

It will be complete at the end of the age 1Co 15:24 

See also Rev 21:1-3,7

Although certain it has not yet been fully realised Heb 2:8 

See also Ac 3:21Ro 8:24-25Eph 1:10Php 3:20-212Th 2:8

See also

2372 Christ, victory
3203 Holy Spirit & assurance
4120 Satan
7271 Zion, as symbol
8482 spiritual warfare
8738 evil, victory over
9105 last things
9125 footstool
9145 Messianic age

Source for Study:  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%204&version=AKJV

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LORD GUIDE ME

LORD GUIDE ME

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL WARFARE?

 

Spiritual warfare is resisting, overcoming and defeating the enemy’s lies (in the form of deception, temptations and accusations).

Spiritual Warfare deals with three key things the enemy sends at us: temptations, deception and accusations.

Offensive vs. defensive warfare

Spiritual warfare comes in two ways:  offensive and defensive.

Offensive warfare is tearing down the strongholds the enemy has formed in your mind through deception and accusations, and defensive warfare is guarding yourself against the tactics or schemes of the devil.

The enemy’s three weapons

 

There are three things that we can expect from the devil. The Bible tells us that we struggle not against flesh and blood, but against demonic forces. Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

3 weapons:  Deception, Temptation and Accusations

#1 Deception: To deceive somebody means to make another person believe a lie or something that is not true. When the enemy sends deception your way, it is an attempt to deceive you into believing something that is not true, so you will fall into error. Strongholds are built through deception. A stronghold is formed when deception takes hold in a person’s mind. A stronghold is an incorrect thinking pattern that stems from believing something that is not true.

From the very beginning, Satan deceived Eve into believing that God’s Word was not true. In Genesis 3:4, the devil told her that she will not surely die as God said she would in Genesis 2:17.

#2 Temptation: Temptation often follows deception. First the enemy tells us, “You won’t surely die!”, then he makes the fruit on the forbidden tree look good to us. Since Eve accepted Satan’s deception (his lie), now the tree that she was not supposed to touch looked good to her. She was tempted (enticed) to sin, because she allowed herself to first be deceived. Temptation is when we are enticed or encouraged to sin in one way or another.

In Matthew 4, Jesus was led out in the desert to be tempted by the devil. The devil tried to convince Jesus that it would be harmless to jump off a building. Often people will be so drawn to sex with their boyfriend/girlfriend when the enemy tries to convince them that it is all harmless and fun, when it’s not harmless at all, but an open door to the devil. Jesus saw through Satan’s deception, and resisted the temptation by speaking God’s Word. King David said in Psalms 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

When the enemy tempts you, he’s showing you the worm… but behind that worm is a hook. The Word of God helps you see the hook behind the worm.

#3 Accusations: The devil is known as the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10). He is known to take a believer who has done an embarrassing or gross sin in their past, and continue to rub it in their faces and beat them down with guilt and condemnation over their past.

Dealing with deception

We have two weapons to deal with deceptions: the belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14) and the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) which is the Word of God. Both are truth, which is found in God’s Word, so why are they given two different names (a sword and a belt)? Because one is meant to be defensive (the belt), while the other is meant to be offensive (the sword). This means that the Word of God is both an offensive and a defensive weapon. A belt is something you wear to guard against an attack, while a sword is used to slaughter the enemy.

You use the belt of truth (God’s Word) to guard against the enemy’s deception (lies) he sends your way, while you use the sword of the Spirit (also God’s Word) to tear down existing strongholds (deception that took hold) in your mind.

In Romans 12:2, we are told to “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” How do we renew our minds? By getting in God’s Word! In Ephesians 5:26, this process is referred to as washing of water by the Word: “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.”

Dealing with temptation

In James 4:7, we are told to resist the devil and he will flee from us. But it’s not that simple; in the same verse, we are also told to draw near to God. Dealing with temptation is a two fold process of resisting the devil and drawing near to God. The closer you get to God and the more you become aware of His love, the less power temptation will have over you.  (God desires us to have an intimate relationship with Him thru Jesus Christ- John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.)

James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Dealing with accusations

The fiery darts of the enemy in Ephesians 6:16 are accusations sent our way. For example, when the devil tries to accuse us of our past sins, we are to have faith in the work of the cross and know that they are forgiven and not to look back. Faith is what we use to put out the fiery darts of the enemy (Ephesians 6:16). We are not to meditate about our pasts, because they have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17), and our sins have been forgotten (Hebrews 10:17).

Ephesians 6:14, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth (knowing your sins have been forgiven through your faith in the work on the cross), and having on the breastplate of righteousness (not our righteousness obviously, but the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus);”

Our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), but because of the work of the cross, we can receive the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus (Romans 3:22, Galatians 3:6). Therefore when the enemy tries to remind you of your past, tell him it’s been washed away (2 Corinthians 5:17), your sins have been forgotten (Hebrews 10:17) and you have the righteousness of God (Romans 3:22)!

The tearing down of strongholds

A stronghold is deception that’s taken hold in a person’s mind. It’s an incorrect thinking pattern based on a believed lie. People can get incorrect perceptions of God by listening to Satan as he tells them how God doesn’t love them, etc. People can feel like dirty old sinners when they believe Satan’s accusations as he continually reminds them of their past (which has been washed away!). Strongholds are based on lies from the devil. They can come in the form of deception or accusations. Accusations always lead to guilt and the feeling of unworthiness, which weighs you down and tears you apart spiritually.

Since strongholds are built upon lies that we have been fed, the way we tear down strongholds is by feeding on the truth (in God’s Word), which is the opposite of what the enemy has been feeding us. If the enemy has been feeding us a lie, we need to stop eating the lie and start feeding ourselves the truth. The weapon we use to tear down strongholds is found in Ephesians 6:17, “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” A sword is an offensive weapon and is meant to tear down and kill the enemy’s troops. Strongholds are the devil’s assets in war, and he uses them against us. Take up the sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) today, and start slaughtering the enemy’s assets that he’s been using against you!

 

Eph. 6:16 ...taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Eph. 6:16
…taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

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Living in peace

Morning

Lord's Word Is A Sweet Fragrance

Lord’s Word Is A Sweet Fragrance

“The myrtle trees that were in the bottom.”
Zechariah 1:8

The vision in this chapter describes the condition of Israel in Zechariah’s day; but being interpreted in its aspect towards us, it describes the Church of God as we find it now in the world. The Church is compared to a myrtle grove flourishing in a valley. It is hidden, unobserved, secreted; courting no honour and attracting no observation from the careless gazer. The Church, like her head, has a glory, but it is concealed from carnal eyes, for the time of her breaking forth in all her splendour is not yet come. The idea of tranquil security is also suggested to us: for the myrtle grove in the valley is still and calm, while the storm sweeps over the mountain summits. Tempests spend their force upon the craggy peaks of the Alps, but down yonder where flows the stream which maketh glad the city of our God, the myrtles flourish by the still waters, all unshaken by the impetuous wind. How great is the inward tranquility of God’s Church! Even when opposed and persecuted, she has a peace which the world gives not, and which, therefore, it cannot take away: the peace of God which passeth all understanding keeps the hearts and minds of God’s people. Does not the metaphor forcibly picture the peaceful, perpetual growth of the saints? The myrtle sheds not her leaves, she is always green; and the Church in her worst time still hath a blessed verdure of grace about her; nay, she has sometimes exhibited most verdure when her winter has been sharpest. She has prospered most when her adversities have been most severe. Hence the text hints at victory. The myrtle is the emblem of peace, and a significant token of triumph. The brows of conquerors were bound with myrtle and with laurel; and is not the Church ever victorious? Is not every Christian more than a conqueror through him that loved him? Living in peace, do not the saints fall asleep in the arms of victory?

Evening

REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS

“Howl, fir tree, for the cedar is fallen.”
Zechariah 11:2

When in the forest there is heard the crash of a falling oak, it is a sign that the woodman is abroad, and every tree in the whole company may tremble lest to-morrow the sharp edge of the axe should find it out. We are all like trees marked for the axe, and the fall of one should remind us that for every one, whether great as the cedar, or humble as the fir, the appointed hour is stealing on apace. I trust we do not, by often hearing of death, become callous to it. May we never be like the birds in the steeple, which build their nests when the bells are tolling, and sleep quietly when the solemn funeral peals are startling the air. May we regard death as the most weighty of all events, and be sobered by its approach. It ill behoves us to sport while our eternal destiny hangs on a thread. The sword is out of its scabbard–let us not trifle; it is furbished, and the edge is sharp–let us not play with it. He who does not prepare for death is more than an ordinary fool, he is a madman. When the voice of God is heard among the trees of the garden, let fig tree and sycamore, and elm and cedar, alike hear the sound thereof.

Be ready, servant of Christ, for thy Master comes on a sudden, when an ungodly world least expects him. See to it that thou be faithful in his work, for the grave shall soon be digged for thee. Be ready, parents, see that your children are brought up in the fear of God, for they must soon be orphans; be ready, men of business, take care that your affairs are correct, and that you serve God with all your hearts, for the days of your terrestrial service will soon be ended, and you will be called to give account for the deeds done in the body, whether they be good or whether they be evil. May we all prepare for the tribunal of the great King with a care which shall be rewarded with the gracious commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant”

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Galatians 5

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Galatians 5

Freedom in Christ

5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

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Fear Of The Lord Teaches You Humility

Morning

“On him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.”
Luke 23:26

We see in Simon’s carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer.

But let us comfort ourselves with this thought, that in our case, as in Simon’s, it is not our cross, but Christ’s cross which we carry. When you are molested for your piety; when your religion brings the trial of cruel mockings upon you, then remember it is not your cross, it is Christ’s cross; and how delightful is it to carry the cross of our Lord Jesus!

You carry the cross after him. You have blessed company; your path is marked with the footprints of your Lord. The mark of his blood-red shoulder is upon that heavy burden. ‘Tis his cross, and he goes before you as a shepherd goes before his sheep. Take up your cross daily, and follow him.

Do not forget, also, that you bear this cross in partnership. It is the opinion of some that Simon only carried one end of the cross, and not the whole of it. That is very possible; Christ may have carried the heavier part, against the transverse beam, and Simon may have borne the lighter end. Certainly it is so with you; you do but carry the light end of the cross, Christ bore the heavier end.

And remember, though Simon had to bear the cross for a very little while, it gave him lasting honour. Even so the cross we carry is only for a little while at most, and then we shall receive the crown, the glory. Surely we should love the cross, and, instead of shrinking from it, count it very dear, when it works out for us “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Evening

“Before honour is humility.”
Proverbs 15:33

Humiliation of soul always brings a positive blessing with it. If we empty our hearts of self, God will fill them with his love. He who desires close communion with Christ should remember the word of the Lord, “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Stoop if you would climb to heaven. Do we not say of Jesus, “He descended that he might ascend?” So must you. You must grow downwards, that you may grow upwards; for the sweetest fellowship with heaven is to be had by humble souls, and by them alone. God will deny no blessing to a thoroughly humbled spirit. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” with all its riches and treasures. The whole exchequer of God shall be made over by deed of gift to the soul which is humble enough to be able to receive it without growing proud because of it. God blesses us all up to the full measure and extremity of what it is safe for him to do. If you do not get a blessing, it is because it is not safe for you to have one. If our heavenly Father were to let your unhumbled spirit win a victory in his holy war, you would pilfer the crown for yourself, and meeting with a fresh enemy you would fall a victim; so that you are kept low for your own safety. When a man is sincerely humble, and never ventures to touch so much as a grain of the praise, there is scarcely any limit to what God will do for him. Humility makes us ready to be blessed by the God of all grace, and fits us to deal efficiently with our fellow men. True humility is a flower which will adorn any garden. This is a sauce with which you may season every dish of life, and you will find an improvement in every case. Whether it be prayer or praise, whether it be work or suffering, the genuine salt of humility cannot be used in excess.

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forgiveness and restoration

 God forgives all sins, no matter how big

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A two-way street

“Come now, let us argue this out,” says the Lord. “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.”

Isaiah 1:18 NLT

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” 

2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT 

 

About this week’s promise:

“The situation referred to in these verses is what we call a “two-way street.” We move in humility and repentance toward God, against whom we have sinned. In turn, God moves toward us with forgiveness and restoration. When we obey God, he will send blessing. And when we disobey God, we have the option of humble repentance. Blessings can flow again if our repentance is genuine and not merely a ploy to get “back on God’s good side.”

This two-way principle is also at work in all our human relationships. When sin has damaged a relationship, we can be restored through honest repentance, met with forgiveness. Sometimes, both parties must repent and forgive, because the fault is shared.

from the TouchPoint Bible with commentaries by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers (Tyndale) p 381

For more on this week’s promise, check out these Tyndale resources:

Radical Forgiveness by Julie Ann Barnhill – for Women (2004)
Forgiven by Karen Kingsbury – Fiction (2005)
Why Sin Matters by Mark McMinn (2004)

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

GALATIANS 3

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Galatians 3

Faith or Works of the Law

3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

The Law and the Promise

15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case.16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.

21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

Children of God

23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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