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

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

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

The Finding of His Face

Dear Ones:

How can we know that God is near?

David was conscious of God’s nearness. “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.” (Psalm 139:4)  David was aware that God knew all of his thoughts and words.  But on an even more intimate level David wrote, “When Thou saidst, Seek ye may face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)  David heard God’s call to seek His face and he answered that call. 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

God’s Mercy and Goodness

Dear Ones:

The Gulf Stream is a strong ocean current off the east coast of the United States. It is powerful. Such is the force of its current that is it literally a path in the sea.

The 23rd Psalm is one of the most loved. There is within it a powerful current that draws us to God. Consider two important truths found in this passage: Continue reading

Joy’s Endurance

Dear Ones:

How shall we overcome adversity? How shall we endure? How shall we reign in life? How shall we say with the Apostle Paul, “I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord shall give me at that day” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)?

The answer to these questions can be found in part in Continue reading

The Receiver

Dear Ones:

Many years ago a very godly man told me that I needed to learn to be a good receiver.  I was an ardent “striver” and knew little of what it meant to receive.  I was somewhat like Peter who refused to let the Lord Jesus wash his feet.  He was unwilling to receive because he thought he could wash his own feet.  And so he could, but, he certainly could not cleanse himself of his sin.  And if he was not willing, in humility, to let the Lord Jesus wash his feet, Continue reading