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Lead me in a Plain Path
Thursday, 2 December 2004
The Breath of God
Now Playing: Is are we allowing God to work in our life ?
Topic: Divine Blessings
The Breath of God;

The breath of God authored natural life;

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7

The breath of God authored spiritual life;

"Then said Jesus to them again, 'Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you'.
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, 'Receive Holy Spirit':"
John 20:21-22

The breath of God authored spiritual bread to sustain spiritual life within natural man;

"All scripture is (God breathed) given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

These elements require no explanation; they do require experience, it is not enough for man to be left in his unregenerate state, he must receive the washing of regeneration, man in his regenerated state is incapable of being sustained, except it be by the power of the Spirit of God, nourished by the bread of life.

All scripture (is) God breathed and profitable, that is it brings value. The only time `success' is employed in the KJV, is in relation to a man being personally faithful to the written word. Joshua, would not be successful by teaching others, or forcing obedience upon others, he would be successful by personal obedience to the word of God.

It did not mention he would be a CEO in a fortune 500 club Corporation driving an extravagant camel and possessing property in Los Angeles. (Joshua 1: 6-9)

It is profitable for; Teaching, Conviction, Correction, Instruction that is in righteousness,
That the man of God may be, "Thoroughly furnished." This literally means; to be prepare perfectly, to complete for a special purpose.(W.E.Vine)

These are the words of His mouth; resting upon His breath as He whispers to our haste saturated hearts each day.

"I have esteemed the words of His mouth, more than the purpose of mine own heart." Job 23:12 (JND trans)

"But as it is written, 'Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.' But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:9-14

We are not arbitrary, accidental configurations surviving simply because we are strongest or most handsome mutations. We are the design of a blessed, loving and deliberate Creator.

By His Holy Spirit we are being taught, convicted, corrected and instructed in righteousness, not for the person in the next seat, not for the other guy, but for me, it is not your tool to perfect me, it is the tool of the Spirit, that I may be thoroughly furnished, and this by the breath of God.

"Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit:
for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." 2 Corinthians 3:6

"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently" 1 Peter 1:22

John 19:30 "Jesus said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."
Matthew 27:50 "Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost."

"In both cases the verb suggests it was an act of His own volition." W.E.Vine.
The very breath He bequeathed to bring life to His creature,is the breath He gave up in death that His creature might live. (Poet ink.)

Posted by dondegr8 at 12:10 PM EST
Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Communion or Circumstances
Now Playing: What directs our pathway ?
Topic: Guidance
Communion OR Circumstances ?

Circumstance #1;

Jonah 1:
1: Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2: Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
3: But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
4: But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Circumstance #2;

Genesis 12:
7: And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
8: And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
9: And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
10: And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

Communion #1;

Psalm 32:
8: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Communion #2;

Deuteronomy 34:
10: And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.

Communion #3;

Genesis 24:
27:Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth:

I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

Eight Faithful Promises;

John 14:
16: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, #1- that he may abide with you for ever; 17: Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, #2- he shall teach you all things, and #3- bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 15:
26: But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, #4- he shall testify of me:

John 16:
13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, #5- he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and #6- he will shew you things to come.
14: #7- He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, #8- and shall shew it unto you.
15: All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Submission to the Holy Spirit;

Acts 16:
6: Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
7: After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
8: And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
9: And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
10: And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
(put together by Poet ink)

"I have set before thee an opened (conotes purposed of God) door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." Revelation 3:8


1.Lead on, almighty Lord,
Lead on to victory:
Encouraged by Thy blessed word,
With joy we follow Thee.

2.We follow Thee, our Guide,
Who didst salvation bring:
We follow Thee, through grace supplied
From heavens's eternal spring:

3.Till of the prize possessed,
We hear of war no more,
And, O sweet thought !for ever rest
On yonder peaceful shore.
(Thomas Kelly, #312 Hymns for the Little Flock)

Posted by dondegr8 at 12:23 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 12 February 2005 2:24 PM EST
Friday, 12 November 2004
Religious and the Spiritual
Now Playing: What is our true character in the sight of God ?
Topic: Devotion
The religious and the spiritual;

The next section of our Gospel sets forth, first by a parable, then by facts, lastly by the words which passed between the Lord and the twelve, the characteristics which suit the kingdom of God. The connection is with this as we know it now, rather than with its display when the Son of man comes in judgment of the quick as in the preceding parable. Indeed, the exceeding breadth of the lesson about to be taught we learn in the words with which the Evangelist opens:

"And he spoke also to some, who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and made nothing of all the rest [of them], this parable."

It is no dispensational picture of the Divine ways with Jews and Gentiles; it is a moral delineation which tells us how God regards those who plume themselves on their correctness of ways as a ground of confidence with Him, and what His estimate is of those who are broken before Him because of their conscious and now to themselves loathsome sinfulness.
"Two men went up into the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a taxgatherer. The Pharisee, standing, prayed thus to himself: God, I thank thee that I am not as the rest of men, rapacious, unjust, adulterers, or even as this taxgatherer. I fast twice in the week, I tithe every thing that I acquire.* And the taxgatherer, standing afar off, would not lift up even his eyes to heaven, but was striking upon his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me the sinner. I say unto you, this [man] went down to his house? justified rather than that [other]; for every one who exalteth himself shall be humbled, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

The Pharisee represents the religious world in its most respectable shape;
The taxgatherer, such as had no character to lose, but whatever he may have been,
now truly penitent and looking to God's compassion in selfjudgment. How different are the thoughts of God from those of men! A delicate difference is implied in the two forms of the word which we translate "standing" in each case. With the Pharisee the form (staqeiv") implies a stand taken, a putting himself in position, such as one might naturally do in addressing a speech to an assembly. With the taxgatherer it is the ordinary _expression for standing in contradistinction to sitting (eJstwv")
Again, the essence of the Pharisee's prayer, if prayer it can be called, is not a confession of sin nor an _expression of need even, but a thanksgiving; and this, not for what God had done and been for him, but for what he himself was.

He was not, like the rest of men, violent and corrupt, nor even as the taxgatherer, of whom he cannot speak without a tinge of contempt "this taxgatherer." He finally displays his own habits of fasting and of religious punctiliousness. Not that he laid false claims; not that he excluded God, but he trusted, as a ground for acceptance, to his righteousness, and he made nothing of others'.

He never saw his own sins in the sight of God.
The taxgatherer, on the contrary, is filled with shame and contrition. He stands afar off with not even his eyes raised to heaven, and beats withal on his breast, saying,

"God be compassionate to me, the sinner if ever there was one."

From the homily on lowliness in view of our sins we are now to receive another, lowliness because of our insignificance.

"And they brought to him also infants that he might touch them; but the disciples when they saw [it rebuked them. But Jesus calling them to [him] said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter into it." (Matt. 18: 3.)

The babes were of great price in the eyes of Jesus, not of the disciples, who, if not rabbis themselves, would have lowered their Master to the level of such an one in contempt of little ones. But this could not be suffered, for it was not the truth. Neither the Son nor the Father so feel toward the weak and evidently dependent. Nor is this. all: "of such is the kingdom of God." Those who enter into His kingdom must by grace receive the Saviour and His word as a child that of its, parents. Selfreliance is excluded and replaced by dependence on God in the sense of our own nothingness. Luke 18: 1830.Matt. 19: 1629; Mark 10: 1730.

Next comes the young and rich ruler, who went away sorrowfully from Christ rather than give up the selfimportance attached to his manifold possessions.
"And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Teacher, having done what shall I inherit life eternal? 457a And Jesus said to him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, God.*458 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honour thy father and thy mother.458a

And he said, All these things have I kept from my? youth. And Jesus on hearing [this]? said to him, One thing is lacking to thee yet: sell all that thou hast and distribute to poor [men], and thou shalt have treasure in the heavens?; and come, follow me. But he on hearing these things became very sorrowful, for he was exceedingly rich. And Jesus having seen him [become very sorrowful]|| said, How difficult shall those who have riches enter? into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to enter through a needle's eye than for a rich [man] to enter into the kingdom of God."

The case is plain. The young ruler had no sense of sin, no faith in Christ as a Saviour, still less did he believe that a Divine person was there, which indeed He must be to save sinners. He appealed to Jesus as the best _expression of goodness in man, the highest in the class in which he counted himself no mean scholar. The Lord answers him on the ground of his question. Did he ask the Lord as the good master or teacher, what thing doing he should inherit eternal life? He took his stand on his own doing; he saw not that he was lost and needed salvation. It had never occurred to him that man as such was out of the way, none good, no, not one. That Jesus was the Son of God and Son of man sent to save was a truth to him unknown.

The Lord brings in the commandments of the second table: but his conscience was untouched: "All these things have I kept from my youth."458b "One thing is lacking to thee yet," said Jesus to the self-satisfied yet dissatisfied ruler, conscious that he had not eternal life and that he had no solid security for the future "Sell all that thou hast, and distribute to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me." The conscience which had resisted the test of law fell at the first touch of Jesus. "And hearing this he became very sorrowful, for he was exceedingly rich."

Yet how infinitely did the demand fall short of what we know and have in the Master, good indeed, God indeed, who never laid on others a burden which He had not borne,"" who bore one immeasurably greater and under circumstances peculiar to Himself, and for ends redounding to the glory of God, and with the result to every sinful creature on earth of a testimony of grace without limit, and of a blessing without stint where He is received! To the ruler it was overwhelming, impossible, the annihilation of all he valued; for indeed now it was evident that he loved his riches, money, mammon, a thing he had never suspected in himself before; but there it had been all along, discovered now in presence of and by Him Who, though He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might be made rich. 2 Cor. 8: 9.

The ruler valued his position and his property, and could not bear to have nothing and be nothing. Oh, what a contrast with Him who "counted it not a matter of robbery to be on equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking a bondsman's form, born in likeness of men; and who, when found in fashion as a man, humbled Himself by becoming obedient as far as death, yea death of the cross." Phil. 2: 6ff. W Kelly, Luke 18


Posted by dondegr8 at 12:55 PM EST
Wednesday, 22 September 2004
Alone with God
Now Playing: How often are you alone with God ?
Topic: Devotion
Alone With God

"And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day" (Gen. 32:24).

Left alone! What different sensations those words conjure up to each of us. To some they spell loneliness and desolation, to others rest and quiet. To be left alone without God, would be too awful for words, but to be left alone with Him is a foretaste of Heaven! If His followers spent more time alone with Him, we should have spiritual giants again.

The Master set us an example. Note how often He went to be alone with God; and He had a mighty purpose behind the command, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray."

The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God. It was alone with God that Jacob became a prince; and just there that we, too, may become princes--"men (aye, and women too!) wondered at" (Zech. 3:8).

Joshua was alone when the Lord came to him. (Josh. 1:1) Gideon and Jephthah were by themselves when commissioned to save Israel. (Judges 6:11 and 11:29) Moses was by himself at the wilderness bush. (Exodus 3:1-5) Cornelius was praying by himself when the angel came to him.(Acts 10:2) No one was with Peter on the house top, when he was instructed to go to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:9) John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness (Luke 1:90), and John the Beloved alone in Patmos, when nearest God. (Rev.1:9)

Covet to get alone with God. If we neglect it, we not only rob ourselves, but others too, of blessing, since when we are blessed we are able to pass on blessing to others. It may mean less outside work; it must mean more depth and power, and the consequence, too, will be "they saw no man save Jesus only."

To be alone with God in prayer cannot be over-emphasized.

"If chosen men had never been alone, In deepest silence open-doored to God, No greatness ever had been dreamed or done."

(from Selections by R.K.G.)

Posted by dondegr8 at 11:57 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 23 September 2004 9:42 AM EDT
Wednesday, 8 September 2004
Seven Blessings
Now Playing: Are we enjoying the blessings that we have in Christ ?
Topic: Blessings
SEVEN BLESSINGS OF THE BELIEVER IN EPHESIANS 1

1-Ephesians 1:4

According as He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,that we should be holy and without blame before him.

2-Ephesians 1:5

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,according to the good pleasure of his will.

3-Ephesians 1:6

To the praise of the glory of his grace,wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.

4-Ephesians 1:7

In whom we have redemption thru his blood, the forgiveness of sins,according to the riches of his grace,wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.

5-Ephesians 1:9

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.

6-Ephesians 1:11

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance,being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory,who first trusted in Christ.

7-Ephesians 1:13

In whom ye also trusted,after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:in whom also after that [having believed] ye believed; ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession,unto the praise of his glory.

Posted by dondegr8 at 12:06 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 27 January 2005 10:18 AM EST
Saturday, 21 August 2004
Christ in the New Testament
Now Playing: Are we fully, daily occupied with Him ?
Topic: Devotion
CHRIST AS SEEN IN THE BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

Matthew - The King in Christ.

2:2 - Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.

Mark - The Servant in Christ.

10:45 - For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Luke - The Man in Christ.

5:24 - But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power upon earth to forgive sine, (He said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

John - God in Christ.

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

Acts - Power in Christ.

3:16 - And His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Romans - Justification in Christ.

4:25 - Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

I Corinthians - Enriched in Christ.

1:5 - That in every thing ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge.

II Corinthians - Comforted in Christ.

1:5 - For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

Galatians - Liberty in Christ.

And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage.

Ephesians - Raised and Seated in Christ.

2:6 - And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Philippians - Rejoicing in Christ.

3:3 - For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Colossians - Complete in Christ.

2:10 - And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.

I Thessalonians - Hope in Christ.

1:3 - Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

II Thessalonians - Glorified in Christ.

2:14 - Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Timothy - Faith in Christ.

3:13 - For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

II Timothy - Grace in Christ.

2:1 - Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Titus - Order in Christ.

1:5 - For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee.

Philemon - Refreshing in Christ.

:20 - Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

Hebrews - Better in Christ.

7:22 - By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

James - Doing in Christ.

2:16 - And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; not withstanding ye give them not those thing which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

I Peter - Suffering in Christ.

4:13 - But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

II Peter - Knowledge in Christ.

1:8 - For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I John - Love in Christ.

4:17 - Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

II John - Truth in Christ.

:3 - Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

III John - Walking in Christ.

:3 - For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

Jude - Preserved in Christ.

:1 - Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.

Revelation - Glorying in Christ.

1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the king of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

1:6 - And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Posted by dondegr8 at 6:32 PM EDT
Friday, 6 August 2004
Sound of the Trumpet
Now Playing: Are we listening to hear His direction ?
Topic: Guidance
The sound of the trumpet

Numbers 10:9:

And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.


2 Corinthians 7:5

"...but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears..."


"But even this is not enough. Nehemiah tells the nobles: "The work is great and extended, and we are scattered upon the wall, one far from another: in what place ye hear the sound of the trumpet, thither shall ye assemble to us; our God will fight for us" (vv. 19, 20). To be effective, the work must be a combined effort. When the enemy appears, believers must not be found scattered, and if there is no combined resistance at the point of attack, they are sure to succumb. The adversary takes advantage of the scattered condition of the children of God, and their gathering together is what is most contrary to him, because he knows that this multiplies their strength.

And so his first concern, when he attacks them, is to sow discord and divisions among them. That is the reason why this call of God: "Assemble to us", still resounds on every side, as in the days of Nehemiah. We have a center of gathering. Let us gather together around our Head. The trumpet has already resounded so as to be heard by one and all. Let us make haste; let us not say: 'My work is enough for me'. No, our Head says, it is not enough, for if the enemy finds you isolated, he will destroy both you and your work. The danger is threatening. Let us gather together instead of scattering.

May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the assemblies. It is all very well to build in front of one's home, but it is the general interests of the people of God which claim all our energy in view of our brothers. That is why the trumpet calls us together. Soon, when the battle is over, the trumpet will gather us for the last time where there is no more question of building or of self-defense, but where we will enjoy eternal rest in peace!"
Dr H L Rossier, Nehemiah

Posted by dondegr8 at 12:52 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 4 April 2005 4:49 PM EDT
Tuesday, 20 July 2004
Restoration
Now Playing: Has our soul been restored and are we a help to others ?
Topic: Restoration
A WORD ON RESTORATION;

"My brethren, if any among you should err from the truth, and one turn him back, let him know! that he that turned back a sinner from the error of his way shall save a [or, his] soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins" (vers. 19, 20).

One of the saddest results of spiritual weakness among Christians is the rarity of restoration. Discipline even in extreme degree is no less due to our Lord, to our sacrificed Lord (1 Cor. 5: 7, 8), than requisite in the best interests of the saints.

For true love of our brethren is inseparable from loving God and keeping His commandments
(1 John 5: 1, 2).

But our God attests often and clearly and strongly His deep concern in the recovery of the straying and fallen; where selfrighteousness displays its bitterness and indifference. Zeal for the credit of a sect or party and anxiety to stand well morally are as far as possible from the love we owe to Christ's body and every member of it.

For we are exhorted to forgive (or, show grace to) one another, as God also in Christ forgave us (Eph. 4: 32); yea, to be imitators of God, as beloved children, and to walk in love, even as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us. But this love divine is meant to arm us against fellowship with the ways of darkness, seeing that we are light in the Lord to walk as children of light, the fruit of which is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth (Eph. 5: 79). Hence the spiritual, in a spirit of meekness, are to restore one taken in some fault, "considering thyself lest thou also be tempted."

Hardness is unworthy of a Christian.

"If thy brother sin, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he should sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times return to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him" (Luke 17: 3, 4).

So here, if one brought back him that erred, or was led astray from the truth, let him know that in such a recovery he that brought him back from his way of error should "save a soul from death." Here it is not a striking answer to the prayer of faith, but a rich cheer to the love that sought and won the wanderer. To have the sick healed and raised up as the fruit of prayer may strike the eye more; but how blessed to "save a soul from death"!

Thus would our God encourage a spirit of grace in the thankful knowledge that love has its victories in a world of self and hatred and evil; and this, not only in regard of him that erred from the truth and its way, but in furnishing occasion, for that which is so pleasing to God in His government to "cover a multitude of sins."

If love does not flow, wrongs multiply, and God chastens, it may be severely; for where is Christ in such a case? But if love prevail through His grace, God is glorified, and love covers a multitude of sins, which otherwise must draw out His rebukes.
James 5:19-20
William Kelly

Posted by dondegr8 at 12:06 PM EDT
Tuesday, 6 July 2004
Perfect Storm
Now Playing: Are we looking to Him in our troubles?
Topic: Guidance
The Perfect Storm (composed by D. Hopkins)

Matthew 14: 24-33; "But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

"And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, 'It is a spirit';
and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, 'Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.' And Peter answered Him and said, 'Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.' And He said, 'Come'.

"And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, 'Lord, save me'. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, 'O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?'

"And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came
and worshipped Him, saying, 'Of a truth thou art the Son of God'."

"The ship"; the vessel of testimony as typologically depicted in Acts 27

"The midst of the sea"; (Revelation 13:1), the turbulent mass of unsettled nations in anarchy and confusion, Isaiah 57:20. Tossed with the waves, for the wind was contrary;

Ephesians 4:14: "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" The disturbance may be instigated by people (the sea) promulgating their views / doctrines (the contrary (1 Timothy 1:10) wind) thus destabilizing the ship, creating fear for those onboard.

"Fourth watch of the night"; between 3-6 am in the midst of darkness (1 Thess 5:5, Colossians 1:13), He was watching from on high, (verse 23) when all seems hopeless, the chaos is enveloped in darkness.

They did not go to Jesus, Jesus went to them, walking upon the sea! (Psalm 77:19: Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.) The chaos cannot prevent His steps nor turn Him away from that which distresses the heart of His beloved, He walks upon the very source of our distresses they have no choice but to bow
beneath His steps.

His presence is mistaken, causing FEAR, often our lack of faith will put the Lord in a light in which we fail to recognize The Saviour, coming to save.

Jesus speaks, (literally) "Be courageous, I AM, fear not".

"Lord, IF", Peter states, it is enough for the Saviour to welcome Peter into this new adventure,

"Come", As much as Peter desired to get to Jesus, his beloved Master, his beloved Master Jesus, desired Peter to be with Him. Peter wanted nothing else than to be with Jesus in the midst of this storm.

Peter did not realize it is difficult to walk on water, if your eyes are on the winds (not waves).

In the midst of trouble, we can walk on the water, (Ephesians 5: 26) however, when the winds of doctrine trouble the waters, our vision of the Christ is eclipsed, though he walked upon the water, he began to sink beneath the waves.

"When he saw the wind, strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried,'Lord save me'."

He took his eyes off of the Lord Jesus, which allowed him to see the strong wind, which created fear, which debilitated his faith, which impaired his walk, which caused him to begin sinking.

'As he began to sink', (if we could only learn to call upon Him early in our troubles.) he called upon the Name of the Lord, AND IMMEDIATELY, Jesus stretched forth His hand and Caught him, Ironically, the One for whom time would come to symbolize with the sign of a fish, just caught a fisherman. ( The FISH, Greek ICHTHOS(Jesus Christ Gods Son the Saviour)

"O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt".

When Jesus entered the ship, the wind ceased, doctrinal divorces cease when the Lord Jesus is
welcomed into our circumstances, because His presence will provoke the humbled saint to worship;

No comment on the storm, no comment on Peter walking on the water, no comment on the miracle of the wind ceasing,
"Of a truth, Thou art the Son Of God".

He engaged their eyes, and He raptures their hearts.

So may it be with us.

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(hymn added by RKG)

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
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WHY those fears? Behold, 'tis Jesus
Holds the helm, and guides the ship;
Spread the sails, and catch the breezes
Sent to waft us through the deep
To the regions, to the regions
Where the mourners cease to weep.

Though the shore we hope to land on
Only by report is known,
Yet we freely all abandon,
Led by that report alone,
And with Jesus, And with Jesus
Through the trackless deep move on.

Led by faith, we brave the ocean;
Led by faith, the storm defy;
Calm amidst tumultuous motion,
Knowing that the Lord is nigh;
Waves obey Him, waves obey Him,
And the storms before Him fly.

Rendered safe by His protection,
We shall pass the watery waste,
Trusting to His wise direction,
We shall gain the port at last;
And with wonder, and with wonder
Think on toils and dangers past.

O what pleasures there await us!
There the tempests cease to roar;
There it is that those that hate us
Can molest our peace no more;
Trouble ceases, trouble ceases
On that tranquil, happy shore.

[#290 in Hymns for the Little Flock, 1881 edition]
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7.

Posted by dondegr8 at 9:51 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 13 July 2004 12:03 AM EDT
Tuesday, 29 June 2004
Resisting the Enemy
Now Playing: Do we stand against what is evil ?
Topic: Faithfulness
Through God's grace there was a decision to stand against the evil, and then the enemy sought to turn the attention from the real point, to the manner and ways of those who were acting.

As in the old question as to the Person of Christ some thirty years ago, so it is now; so much was made of the way the thing was dealt with, those who made that a prominent point, seeming to forget that in such struggles it is not surprising that the weakness of the flesh should be seen; but what does it prove?

Why, how incapable we were to meet such an attack, and that during the interval, between the former one and the present, there had not been "a redeeming the time," a "gathering up of strength so as to be ready," a "being clad with the whole armour of God."

Has there been the attention to that part of the armour, "the breastplate of righteousness," and have "the loins been girt about with truth"? Has there been that attitude of dependence which is shewn by "praying always" and "watching thereunto"?

Do not these circumstances exhibit failure in these respects? No real profit can accrue to us by dwelling on this or that failure, we get insensibly assimilated to it by so doing the spiritual eye discerns evil and failure by progressing in the knowledge of that which is holy and true; as in spirit John: the untrue is made apparent by the true: what is of darkness is understood in the light, and what is of Satan by what is of God.
A call to Gilgal
JND Misc writings volume 36

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