Thursday, November 27, 2014

TOTAL DEPENDENCE by David Wilkerson

“For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills . . . a land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it. . . . Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God . . . lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses . . . and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied . . . then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage . . . and thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:7-14, 17)).

The Lord is speaking here not only to Israel but to us today. The purpose of their test in the wilderness was never in doubt: it was “that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end” (Deuteronomy 8:16). He had to teach Israel how to handle all the goodness He was about to pour out upon them. And God will test us the same way He did them.

You see, although the children of Israel were blood-secured and delivered, supernaturally guided and the object of God’s love and miracle-working power, they lacked one thing: They were not dependent upon God!

The blood can cover your sins, but it does not make you dependent on Him. Miracles can deliver you from Satan’s power, but they can’t make you dependent. You can be led by God and still not lean wholly upon the Lord.

God has to strip us of all self-assurance and destroy all that remains of self-righteousness, spiritual pride and boasting. He must (and He does) humiliate all who are destined to inherit His great spiritual blessings.

He will take a Saul of Tarsus—self-assured, self-righteous, consumed with a knowledge of the Scriptures, full of God’s zeal, ready to die for Jehovah—and strike him blind! Saul had to be humiliated before the world, led around like a child and waiting helplessly for days, until God moved. He was humiliated to a point of total dependence!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Christ Magnified In Our Bodies by Leonard Ravenhill

Christ Magnified In Our Bodies by Leonard Ravenhill

Topic: Obedience
Description: Asked why he was used of the Lord so greatly in China, Hudson Taylor replied, 'God had looked long for a man weak enough, and He found me.' He takes the weak things of the world to confound the mighty. Spiritual wisdom does not come with years; neither does maturity. The key to both is obedience. Whatsoever He saith unto YOU, do it.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Secret Of Devotion by Zac Poonen

The Secret Of Devotion by Zac Poonen

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Scripture(s): 1 John 2:15, Luke 16:13  
Description: When Christians find themselves gravitating to the world, it is because they have not yet found a satisfying life in Christ. Have you experienced the "expulsive power of a new affection"? Brother Zac shares ways to kindle a true hunger for Christ by meditating on how much He suffered for you on the cross, getting into fellowship with those who have a fervent love for Jesus, giving up whatever takes away your hunger for God, and others.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Keeping the Unity of the Spirit - T. Austin-Sparks

Strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of the Spirit in the binding power of peace. (Ephesians 4:3 AMP)

Oneness in Christ as a Body fitly framed together is what is portrayed. How is this perfect unity reached? By all that is individual and personal being left, by the Lord being the focal center, and by our giving diligence to maintain the unity in that way; keeping all personal things out, and keeping Christ and His interests always in view.... This is not visionary, imaginative, or merely idealistic, it is very practical. You and I will discover that there are working elements of divisiveness, things creeping in amongst us to set us apart. The enemy is always seeking to do that, and the things that rise up to get in between the Lord's people and put up a barrier are countless; a sense of strain and of distance, for example, of discord and of unrelatedness. Sometimes they are more of an abstract character; that is, you can never lay your hand upon them and explain them, and say what they are; it is just a sense of something. Sometimes it is more positive, a distinct and definite misunderstanding, a misinterpretation of something said or done, something laid hold of; and of course, it is always exaggerated by the enemy.

How is that kind of thing to be dealt with in order to keep the unity of the Spirit? Rightly, adequately on this basis alone, by our saying: "This is not to the Lord's interests; this can never be of value to the Lord; this can never be to His glory and satisfaction; this can only mean injury to the Lord." What I may feel in the matter is not the vital consideration. I may even be the wronged party, but am I going to feel wronged and hurt? Am I going to stand on my dignity? Am I going to shut myself up and go away, because I have been wronged? That is how nature would have it, but I must take this attitude: "The Lord stands to lose, the Lord's Name stands to suffer, the Lord's interests are involved in this; I must get on top of this; I must get the better of this; I must shake this thing off and not allow it to affect my attitude, my conduct, my feelings toward this brother or sister!" There must be the putting aside of that which we feel, and even of our rights for the Lord's sake, and a getting on top of this enemy effort to injure the Lord's testimony. That is giving diligence to keep the unity.... Life is by unity, and unity can only adequately be found in Christ being in His place as the One for whom we let go everything that is personal. We might not do it for the sake of anyone else. We might never do it for the sake of the person in view. We do it for His sake, and the enemy is defeated.


By T. Austin-Sparks from: All Things in Christ - Chapter 8

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Romans 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Romans 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

So those who are according to the flesh now set their minds on the things of the flesh. How do you know whether a man is according to the flesh? It is not primarily by his external actions we can be deceived by that. You know a person can go to church to the meetings and pray and read the Bible and fast and even be involved in missionary activity and be a full-time worker but if his mind is set on the things of the flesh, the question is where is your mind ? If your mind is on the things of the flesh then you are in the flesh, whatever religious activity you may be engaged in. Those who are according to the Spirit that means those who follow the Holy Spirit. How do you know that whether you're following the Holy Spirit? Their mind is set on the things of the Spirit. So you can know whether you're following the dictates of the flesh or following the Holy Spirit by seeing where your mind is set. Not your mind is tempted but where is it set, what do you choose? There may be thoughts of temptation the flash into your mind every now and then, that means nothing. Where is your mind set? That is the important question. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Knowing And Finding The Will of God by Jim Cymbala

Knowing And Finding The Will of God by Jim Cymbala

Scripture(s): 1 Samuel 23:1-5, Acts 16:6-10, Isaiah 9:6, Colossians 3:15  

Description: In this study, Pastor Cymbala gives Biblical illustrations of how God led King David and the Apostle Paul in their decisions. God provides the same leading today as we face forks in the road of life. As you listen allow God to speak to your heart and open your heart to depend on Him more to guide you in every decision in life.

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