Enduring Strength

Dear Ones:

Faith requires strength and courage.  In the first chapters of the book of Revelation, Christ addresses the individual churches in Asia Minor.  “To him that overcometh” is a phrase He uses repeatedly.  There are many enemies to faith.  Not only do we live in an atmosphere of unbelief but we are faced with powers of darkness which actively seek to keep us from an attitude of faith. Christ wants to communicate to us His strength that we might overcome our enemies.  He wants us to believe Him for this.  The strength He provides is His very own.  It is sufficient, it is limitless and He imparts it to us in response to our faith. Continue reading

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Union with Christ

Dear Ones:

Francis Ridley Havergal wrote in the sixth stanza of the hymn “Jesus, Thy Life is Mine“:

“Jesus, my life is Thine,
And evermore shalt be,
Hidden in Thee, 
For nothing can untwine, 
Thy life from mine.”

Let us today, by faith, lay hold of the wonderful truth of our inseparable union with Christ. (Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 2:5-6) The Apostle Paul said, “For me to live IS Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)  Paul lived in the reality of his union with Christ. Continue reading

A Morning Act of Faith

Dear Ones:

In Handley Moule‘s “A Morning Act of Faith and Devotion,” he begins by writing:

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Handley Moule

“I believe on the Son of God, therefore, I am in Him,
having redemption through His blood, and life by His Spirit.” 

Moule begins his day by taking a stand of faith.  He has understood that this is the principle by which he must live if he is to be in the position to receive all that he needs from Christ.

“He is in me and all fullness is in Him,
To Him I belong by creation, purchase, conquest, and self-surrender:
To me He belongs for all my hourly need.”

Faith in the fact of Christ’s existence and the belief that He is truly what He has declared Himself to be is the beginning point, the foundation upon Continue reading

Irreproachable

Dear Ones:

A most beautiful word that is rarely used in our vocabulary is the word “unblameable.” (Colossians 1:22) The reason it is rarely used is simple; there are very few who even come close to having lives of which this is true.  In the kingdom of God and in heaven this word is very significant as it describes the host of those who belong to Christ.  Robert Murray M’Cheyne put it this way in “When This Passing World Is Done“: Continue reading

Heavenly Minded

Dear Ones:

Paul Gerhardt wrote the following (“Till He Come”):

“Midst the darkness, storm and sorrow,
One bright gleam I see;
Well I know the blessed morrow
Christ will come for me.
‘Midst the light, and peace, and glory
Of the Father’s home,
Christ for me is waiting, watching,
Waiting till I come.”

Jesus said that where our treasure is, that is where our hearts will be. (Matthew 6:21).  Of Christ Himself we read: “For the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2)  When we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8), and the Holy Spirit has witnessed to our spirits that this earth is not our true and everlasting home, then the words of the Apostle Paul take on new significance: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man, the things that God hath prepared for them that love him.” (I Corinthians 2:9)

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17,18)

How can we go about our daily lives carrying in our hearts such elevated expectations of eternity? How can we be heavenly minded and yet be of earthly good?

God is sovereign. We have come to a knowledge of Him, not by our own design or efforts, but because the One who declares Himself to be the Beginning, has called us, drawn us to Himself.  He has given us the most extraordinary, and exceptional opportunity and responsibility, of becoming His means of declaring His glory, His nature, His saving grace to a lost and dying world.  He has given us all gifts, and a calling, a purpose, and every means of realizing that purpose.

We are called sons of God, heirs with Christ, bond slaves of Christ.  We have been placed in union with Him, that out of this union, in fellowship with Him, He might accomplish through us all His blessed will, for His glory.

So, is it possible to look towards heaven and be effective on this earth?  Yes.  Indeed, it is only by doing so that we shall have a right perspective concerning our existence here.  Only by looking unto Jesus shall we be able to receive from Him by faith all that is necessary to do the will of God, and to live rejoicing in His presence, even in the midst of “darkness, storm, and sorrow.”

Jesus’ ultimate objective was to again enter His Father’s presence, and to enjoy the fullness of His love, peace and joy.  He would once again enter into that unfettered communion with His Father that He had enjoyed before the world was.

Listen to what Gerhardt writes:

“O the blessed joy of meeting,
All the desert past!
O the wondrous words of greeting
He shall speak at last!
He and I together ent’ring
Those bright courts above;
He and I together sharing,
All the Father’s love.”

Have a wonderful day looking unto Jesus, walking filled with confidence in Him who alone does wondrous things.

Love,
Dad

Put Your Armor On

Dear Ones:

WE ARE WHAT WE CHOOSE TO BE.

In Charles Wesley‘s great hymn, “Soldiers of Christ Arise,” we read:

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And put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies,
Through His eternal Son;
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,
And in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts, 
Is more than conqueror.”

What happens if the soldier does NOT arise, and put his armor on?  What happens if the soldier does not trust  the “strength which God supplies”?  He will be trampled upon.  He will Continue reading

Sovereignty of God continued

(Read Part I)

Dear Ones:

I will try and give a definition of the sovereignty of God.

God, The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, existing before all of creation or the beginning of time, is all powerful, all knowing, always purposeful, and always working all things towards His designed objective: the revelation of His glory, and our blessing.  Within these parameters, He is almighty, all wise, and all loving, to do as He wills, in His time and in His way. It is by His mercy, and through the provision of His grace, that He has brought our Continue reading

Fill My Cup

Dear Ones:

The life to which we are called is one from heaven, in Christ, by the Spirit.  It does not have its origin, or essence, in anything of this earth.  It was Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, who said, “Any fruit born while not abiding in Christ, is fruit of the flesh, and is nothing.” The Apostle Paul declares: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15) Paul writes that the great issue in Continue reading

Singular Devotion

Dear Ones:

If there is one thing that is clear throughout the entire Bible, it is the truth that we are called to singular devotion to God, and to His Son, Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament it is written: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) It is also written: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3)

In the New Testament the Lord Jesus elaborates on this call to devotion very clearly. Continue reading