The Captain

Dear Ones:

God reveals Himself to the heart and mind of an individual or a people according to their need.

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?  And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.”  (Joshua 5:13,14)

Joshua was about to begin the campaign to conquer Canaan and was camped near Jericho.  God came and revealed Himself to Joshua as the captain of the host of the Lord.  The Lord came as Captain of the situation.  He came exactly when needed, “as captain of the host of the LORD am I NOW come.”

“And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.” (Joshua 5:15)

Remember that God had instructed Moses in the same way. (Exodus 3:5)  God also revealed Himself to Isaiah in this manner.  “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:1-3)

It was imperative that Joshua grasp what God was seeking to reveal to him.  God called him to see Him as He is, in His uniqueness, His holiness, His perfection and His beauty. So it is with all of God’s servants.  We are never to lose the perspective that as He is, we are to be in this world.  This is only possible as we depend wholly upon Him. submit to Him without reserve, and give Him all the glory for what He does.

As Edmond Budry wrote in “Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son“:

“Thine be the glory, Risen, Conquering Son
Endless is the victory, Thou o’er death hath won.”

With the revelation of God to the heart, there is the calling by God not only to believe, but to obey.  When the Lord spoke to Gideon and revealed Himself, He also declared, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.” (Judges 6:11,12)  As was the case with Joshua, so it is with Gideon.  God reveals Himself and seeks to evoke the response of faith, and the commitment to obey.  Gideon had some difficulty believing it was actually God who was speaking to him, but when that matter was settled. he responded in faith and obedience.  Again as with Joshua, so with Gideon, there followed the manifestation of the glory of God as each man went from victory to victory.

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Edith G. Cherry (1872-1897)

Edith G. Cherry wrote in “We Rest on Thee“:

“Yea, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation;
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory, and our King of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling;
And needing more each day Thy grace to know,
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing;
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.”

volume-max-2016-03-25-14-06 Listen: “We Rest on Thee”

Today may the Captain of our salvation the Lord Jesus, lead us. May our hearts rejoice in Him who is  the Author and Finisher of our faith and may we believe Him to reveal in us His victory.  After all, He IS the God, the Lord, of Joshua and of Gideon.  He is OUR King and Conqueror to trust and obey, and we are His.

Also from “We Rest on Thee“:

“We rest on Thee, our Shield and Our Defender:
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise.”

Have a wonderful, rejoicing day in Christ.

Love,
Dad

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

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

Digging Wells

Dear Ones:

“And there was a famine in the land…” (Genesis 26:1)  In the will of God we will face trials.  Here we read of Isaac during this time of famine.  God instructed him to NOT go down to Egypt but to go to Gerar, and to live among the Philistines.  Gerar would prove to be a place of great blessing but also of intermittent conflict.

Abraham, Isaac’s father, had previously been in Gerar and had dug a good many wells to provide fresh water for his family and flocks. After his death, the Philistines, out of malice, Continue reading

Changeless

Dear Ones:

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Anna Letitia Waring

In A.L. Waring‘s great hymn, “In Heavenly Love Abiding,” she writes:

In heavenly love abiding,
NO CHANGE my heart shall fear;
For safe is such confiding, 
For nothing changes here.”

It is a great day when we come to grips with the changeless Christ in the midst of ever changing circumstances. It is a wonderful day, for we Continue reading

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

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