Friday, July 21, 2017

Psalm 119 -- GOD's WORD...and The WORD Is CHRIST JESUS!



JESUS said, “I AM The ROAD, also The TRUTH, also The LIFE. No one gets to The FATHER apart from Me.” (John 14:6) ...Recently GOD spoke to us directly through His SON -- CHRIST JESUS...This SON perfectly mirrors GOD, and is stamped with GOD’s Nature. (Hebrews 1:1-3) JESUS said, “You address Me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I AM....I’ve laid down a PATTERN for you. What I’ve done, you DO...IF you understand what I’m telling you, ACT like it—and LIVE a BLESSED Life. (John 17:12-17)



In the Beginning was The WORD, and The WORD was with GOD, and The WORD was GOD. (John 1:1) Whatever GOD has promised gets stamped with the Yes of JESUS. In Him, this is what we preach and pray, the great AMEN, GOD’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. (2 Corinthians 1:20) But of Him you are in CHRIST JESUS, who became for us WISDOM from GOD—and RIGHTEOUSNESS and SANCTIFICATION and REDEMPTION... (1 Corinthians 1:30)


JESUS said, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the BLIND SEE, the LAME WALK, the LEPERS are CLEANSED, the DEAF HEAR, the DEAD are RAISED, the POOR have the GOSPEL preached to them." (Luke 7:22) JESUS said, "I AM the BREAD of Life. He who comes to Me shall NEVER HUNGER, and he who BELIEVES in Me shall NEVER THIRST." (John 6:35)



JESUS said, “And I will pray The FATHER, and He will give you ANOTHER Helper, that He may abide with you forEVER—The SPIRIT of TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you KNOW Him, for He DWELLS with you and will be IN you." (John 14:16-17) I AM The VINE, you are the branches. He who abides IN Me, and I IN him, bears MUCH fruit; for WITHOUT ME you can DO NOthing." (John 15:5)



For IF you live according to the FLESH you will DIE; but IF BY the SPIRIT you put to DEATH the DEEDS of the BODY, you will LIVE. For as many as are LED BY The SPIRIT of GOD, these are sons of GOD. (Romans 8:13:14) But IF you are LED BY The SPIRIT, you are not under the law...the Fruit of the SPIRIT is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL... (Galatians 5:18, 22-23)



JESUS: "When you OBEY My commandments, you REMAIN IN My LOVE, just AS I obey My FATHER’s commandments and REMAIN IN His LOVE. This is My commandment: LOVE EACH OTHER in the SAME way I have loved you. You are my friends IF you DO what I command. This is My command: LOVE EACH OTHER." (John 15:10, 12, 14, 17)


JESUS: "You’re BLESSED when your commitment to GOD provokes PERSECUTION. The PERSECUTION drives you even deeper into GOD’s Kingdom.  Not only that—count yourselves BLESSED every time people put you down or throw you out or speak LIES about you to discredit Me. What it means is that The TRUTH is too close for comfort and they are UNcomfortable. You can be GLAD when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I DO! And ALL heaven applauds. And KNOW that you are in GOOD company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble." (Matthew 5:10-12)


JESUS: "You’re BLESSED when you’ve worked up a good APPETITE for GOD. He’s FOOD and DRINK in the BEST meal you’ll ever eat. (Matthew 5:6) But The COUNSELOR, The Holy SPIRIT — The FATHER will send Him in My Name — will teach you ALL things and remind you of EVERYthing I have told you. When The COUNSELOR comes, The ONE I will send to you from The FATHER — The SPIRIT of TRUTH who proceeds from The FATHER — He will testify about Me." (John 14:26, 15:26)


“Why do you call Me GOOD? ” JESUS asked him.  "No one is good but One— GOD." (Luke 18:19) EVERY GOOD Gift and EVERY PERFECT Gift is from Above, and comes down from the FATHER of Lights, with whom there is NO variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17) And we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to those who LOVE GOD, to those who are The CALLED according to His Purpose. (Romans 8:28)



JESUS said to His disciples again, “PEACE to you! As The FATHER has sent Me, I ALSO send you."  And when He had said this, He BREATHED on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy SPIRIT." (John 20:21-22) The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST that GOD gave Him to show His slaves what must quickly take place. He sent it and signified it through His angel to His slave John. The one who reads this is BLESSED, and those who hear the words of this prophecy and KEEP what is written in it are BLESSED, because the time is near! (Revelation 1:1,3, HCSB)



JESUS said, “COME to Me, ALL of you who are WEARY and carry HEAVY burdens, and I will give you REST. TAKE My yoke upon you. LET Me teach you, because I AM Humble and Gentle at HEART, and you will find REST for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)


For the Law was GIVEN through Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH CAME through JESUS CHRIST. (John 1:17) But EVERYone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does NOT do them, will be like a FOOLish man who built his house on the sand...(Matthew 7:26) You’re BLESSED when you get your INside world—your MIND and HEART—put RIGHT. Then you can SEE GOD in the OUTside world. (Matthew 5:8)


Here’s how we can be sure that we know GOD in the right way: KEEP His commandments. If someone claims, “I KNOW Him well!” but does NOT keep His commandments, he’s obviously a LIAR. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who KEEPs GOD’s word is the person in whom we see GOD’s mature LOVE. This is the ONLY way to be sure we’re IN GOD. Anyone who claims to be intimate with GOD ought to LIVE the SAME kind of life JESUS lived. (1 John 2:2-3)


We also have the message of the prophets, which has been confirmed beyond doubt. And you will do well to pay attention to this Message, as to a LAMP shining in a DARK place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your HEARTS. (2 Peter 1:19) For the Commandment is a LAMB and the Teaching is LIGHT; and REPROOFS for DISCIPLINE are the Way of LIFE. (Proverbs 6:23)


DRAW NEAR to GOD, and He will draw near to you. CLEANSE your hands, you sinners, and PURIFY your HEARTs, you double-minded. (James 4:8) 
You are my Shelter and my Shield; I put my Hope in Your WORD. SUSTAIN me as You promised, and I will LIVE; do not let me be ashamed of my Hope. SUSTAIN me so that I can be SAFE and always be concerned about Your statutes. You REJECT all who stray from Your statutes, for their DECEIT is a LIE. I tremble in AWE of You; I FEAR Your judgments.  (Psalm 119:114,116-118,120)


They are MORE desirable than gold, yes, than MUCH fine gold; SWEETER also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10) And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, which I LOVE; and I will MEDITATE on Your statutes. The Law of Your mouth is BETTER to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. I shall DELIGHT in Your commandments, which I LOVE. (Psalm 119:47-48,72) HAPPY is the man that finds Wisdom, and the man that gets Understanding. (Proverbs 3:13)


OPEN my eyes, that I may behold WONDERFUL things from Your law. Take away reproach and contempt from me, for I observe Your testimonies. My SOUL KEEPS Your testimonies, and I LOVE them EXCEEDINGLY. (Psalm 119:18,22,167) SUCH knowledge is TOO WONDERFUL for me; It is TOO high, I cannot attain to it. (Psalm 139:6) 
O, the DEPTH of the RICHES of the WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE of GOD! How UNsearchable His Judgments, and UNtraceable His Ways! (Romans 11:33)


The Fear of the LORD is CLEAN, enduring forEVER; the Judgments of the LORD are TRUE; they are RIGHTEOUS altogether. (Psalm 19:9) SPLENDID and MAJESTIC is His work, and His RIGHTEOUSNESS endures forEVER. (Psalm 111:3) You are near, O LORD, and ALL Your commandments are TRUTH. The sum of Your word is TRUTH, and EVERY one of Your RIGHTEOUS ordinances is EVERlasting. (Psalm 119:151,160)


Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will NEVER pass away. (Luke 21:33) ForEVER, O LORD, Your WORD is settled in Heaven. (Psalm 119:89) I know that ALL GOD does will LAST forEVER; there is NO adding to it or taking from it. GOD works so that people will be in AWE of Him. (Ecclesiastes 3:14)


The Law of the LORD is PERFECT, restoring the soul; the Testimony of the LORD is SURE, making WISE the simple. (Psalm 19:7)



From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY.  Therefore I esteem right ALL Your precepts concerning EVERYthing, I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY. (Psalm 119:104,128) A RIGHTeous man HATES FALSEhood, but a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully. (Proverbs 13:5)


Your testimonies are righteous forever; Give me understanding that I may live.  O LORD, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised. (Psalm 119:144,169)

My son, IF you accept my words and store up my commands withIN you, listening closely to Wisdom and directing your HEART to Understanding; furthermore, IF you call out to Insight and lift your voice to Understanding, if you SEEK it like silver and SEARCH for it like hidden Treasure, then you will understand the Fear of the LORD and discover the Knowledge of GOD. For the LORD gives Wisdom; from His mouth come Knowledge and Understanding. He stores up SUCCESS for the UPright; He is a Shield for those who live with INTEGRITY so that He may GUARD the paths of JUSTICE and PROTECT the way of His LOYAL followers.

Then you will understand Righteousness, Justice, and Integrity — EVERY GOOD PATH. For Wisdom will enter your MIND, and Knowledge will DELIGHT your HEART. DISCRETION will watch over you, and Understanding will guard you, rescuing you from the way of EVIL —from the one who says PERVERSE things, from those who ABANDON the right paths to WALK in ways of DARKNESS, from those who ENJOY DOING EVIL and CELEBRATE PERVERSION, whose paths are CROOKED, and whose ways are DEVIOUS.

So FOLLOW the way of GOOD people, and KEEP to the paths of the RIGHTEOUS. For the UPright will inhabit the land,  and those of INTEGRITY will remain in it; BUT the WICKED will be cut off from the land, and the TREACHEROUS uprooted from it. (Psalm 1:1-15,20-22)


Saturday, November 12, 2016

FAITH Glorifying GOD - Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Abraham staggered NOT at the promise of GOD through UNbelief; but was MADE STRONG in/by FAITH, giving GLORY TO GOD; and being FULLY persuaded that, what He had promised, He was ABLE also to perform. (Romans 4:20-21)

(The following are notes from Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones' sermon, FAITH Glorifying GOD.)

Abraham LOOKED TO GOD. And he looked AT GOD. He kept his eyes ON GOD... GIVING HIM GLORY. Abraham considered GOD. He considered WHO GOD IS. He considered WHAT GOD IS. Abraham glorified GOD just by REALIZING WHO and WHAT GOD IS. He contemplated ALL the GLORIOUS ATTRIBUTES of GOD.

We glorify GOD by realizing the TRUTH about Him and worshiping Him because of that and committing ourselves to Him in the light of that TRUTH.

Abraham considered the ETERNITY of GOD... that GOD IS JEHOVAH -- the Eternal "I AM THAT I AM." He contemplated, meditated, dwelt on the ETERNALITY of GOD.
 
He also meditated on the MAJESTY of GOD. And the GLORY of GOD (the ultimate attribute of GOD -- the ineffable GLORY of GOD, beyond our comprehension, dwelling in UNAPPROACHABLE light).

Abraham thought about GOD's OMNIPRESENCE -- GOD is EVERYwhere. There is NO place in the WHOLE cosmos where GOD isn't. (see Psalm 139)

The OMNISCIENCE of GOD. GOD KNOWS EVERYthing. There is NOthing that GOD doesn't know. He KNOWS the End and from the Beginning. ALL things are always present before His sight and His scan. He KNOWS ALL and NOthing can happen ANYwhere but that GOD has known it BEFOREhand. His OMNISCIENCE, His foreknowledge is COMPLETE knowledge, without ANY gap or without ANY blemish or any defect whatsoever... OMNISCIENCE -- EVERYthing is KNOWN to Him.

The OMNIPOTENCE of GOD. There is NO LIMIT to the POWER of GOD -- ABSOLUTELY NONE whatsoever! "Is ANYthing too hard for the LORD?" Is there ANYthing GOD cannot do? NOthing! There is NOthing that GOD cannot do. There is NOthing that can withstand Him. HIS POWER IS ABSOLUTE. It is ETERNAL... it is ALMIGHTY. HE IS OMNIPOTENT!

GOD's RIGHTEOUSNESS... His JUSTICE... His TRUTH... His HOLINESS... His UNchangeability... His EVERlasting and eternal CONSTANCY.

Abraham looked at GOD... he looked at these attributes of the Being and the character of GOD, and went on looking at them -- that's HOW he gave GLORY to GOD. Abraham deduced that because of WHO and WHAT GOD IS -- that GOD never makes a PROMISE lightly or loosely... or thoughtlessly. GOD KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING. Abraham knew that GOD does NOT change His mind. GOD is the Father of Lights, where there is NO variableness or shadow of turning. GOD is EVERlastingly the SAME. What GOD has promised, He will SURELY perform. GOD CANNOT LIE (see Titus 1:2) because of WHO and WHAT HE IS -- ETERNAL Righteousness, UPrightness, TRUTHfulness.

GOD's ABILITY -- Abraham was "FULLY persuaded that, what He had promised, He was ABLE also to perform." With GOD, NOthing is impossible!

Abraham concluded that because ALL these things were TRUE about GOD -- NOTHING ELSE MATTERS AT ALL! What mattered to Abraham was that GOD has spoken -- He made a PROMISE. And there's nothing more INSULTING to GOD than NOT to BELIEVE Him. The TERRIBLE thing about UNbelief is that it's an INSULT to GOD!
 
FAITH IS that which ALWAYS GLORIFIES GOD. FAITH is to believe GOD simply and solely because HE IS GOD. FAITH is ultimately that which gives GLORY to GOD by seeing the TRUTH about Him and TRUSTing it utterly and and ABSOLUTELY at ALL costs. 

FAITH IS the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED for -- the EVIDENCE of things NOT seen. "HAVE FAITH IN GOD" -- translated by Hudson Taylor is "HOLDING ON to the FAITHFULNESS of GOD." The reference is TO GOD.

FAITH does NOT look AT itself. FAITH NEVER looks TO itself. FAITH is never interested in itself nor talks about itself. It doesn't look at the person who's exercising it. FAITH LOOKS AT GOD -- holding on to the FAITHfulness OF GOD. The big thing about FAITH is NOT what i'm doing, but GOD's FAITHFULNESS -- giving GLORY to GOD. FAITH is interested in GOD only; and it talks about GOD, and it praises GOD; and it extolls the VIRTUES of GOD.

The measure of the STRENGTH of a man's FAITH is ultimately the measure of his KNOWLEDGE about GOD. FAITH ALWAYS GLORIFIES GOD! Abraham knew GOD so well that he was the friend of GOD -- and when a man is the friend of GOD, he's a man of GREAT FAITH! Strong FAITH is not weak and he does not stagger -- but it's not the man, but the KNOWLEDGE of GOD, the attributes of GOD. And he's looking at GOD and thinking about GOD -- not the problem or the difficulty, BUT GOD... and he's RESTing there. 

To be STRONG in FAITH -- it's about becoming a certain kind of person. You can't have STRONG FAITH without HOLINESS and without OBEDIENCE. 

HOW to have STRONG FAITH -- 

1) KNOWLEDGE of the Bible. Read your Bible -- beginning to end. Concentrate on the revelation that GOD has given of Himself and of His character. Notice what you get in prophecy, watch His promises, see them being fulfilled. Be GROUNDED in all this. Read the history in the Bible; read the examples (see Hebrews 11 -- they KNEW GOD and gave GLORY to GOD). Meditate on all that. 

2) Strong FAITH is a KNOWLEDGE of GOD PERSONALLY. Praying. Spending time in His Presence. Waiting upon Him. 

3) APPLY it all in PRACTICE to the particular cases as they arise in your own life and experience.

Abraham "staggered not, but gave GLORY to GOD." That's the SECRET of FAITH -- to GLORIFY GOD. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CHRIST JESUS -- my Beloved SAVIOR -- THE Risen LORD!

SPIRIT-given Principles to my SALVATION:
BY the SPIRIT of the Risen LORD JESUS, i've reckoned that IN THE BEGINNING -- GOD!

BY the SPIRIT's on-going TRANSFORMATION of my mind -- i've reckoned that in my SELF dwells NOthing good.
For in this SELF of old dwells ABSOLUTE Depravity...
In my SELF of old lurks Ungodly Darkness and Utter Destruction!
(Genesis 1:1; Romans 7)

BUT GOD! even BEFORE the beginning -- GOD SO LOVED!

GOD SO LOVED that He created from a NO-thing
a SOME-thing altogether GOOD in His sight.
GOD brought HIS AMAZING Light into the Chaotic Darkness...
GOD Himself created Eternal LIFE into my SELF-created DEATHness!
(John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17)


BY GOD'S GRACE -- i've reckoned my SELF crucified with CHRIST -- my Risen LORD!

Day by day i reckon my SELF DEAD to SIN, but ALIVE to GOD.
Hour by hour this branch is at REST in the TRUE Vine...
Moment by moment i'm kept by my FATHER, the DIVINE Gardener!
(Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:11; John 15)



O BLESSED ALL-mighty SAVIOR who bore on His body
the stripes for ALL my sins!


O BLESSED Humble SUBSTITUTE who took on Himself
the penalties for my EVERY sin.
O BLESSED Perfect LAMB of GOD who bled and DIED
in my stead at Calvary's CROSS...
O BLESSED Holy CHRIST of GOD who SACRIFICED Himself
that this WRETCHED SINNER may LIVE!
(1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53)



O DIVINE Gardener, YOU cause ALL things to work together for GOOD to those who abide in The TRUE Vine -- Your SON JESUS!

Prune away ALL unnecessary excess that may hinder fruit bearing.
Do ALL to this branch according to Your INFINITE Wisdom
so that The VINE may produce MUCH fruit for Your GLORY...
For it is You, LORD SPIRIT, who wills and works in this fruit-bearer
according to Your GOOD pleasure!
(Romans 8:28; John 15; Philippians 2:13)


THANK YOU, LORD, for creating in me a NEW Heart of Mercy!

As You did, i also forgive ALL who have sinned against me.

THANK YOU, LORD, for TRANSFORMING my mind day by day...
THROUGH YOU ALONE, i have PEACE WITH GOD -- now i share the PEACE OF GOD that surpasses ALL human understanding!
(Luke 23:24; Colossians 3:13; Romans 12:2)


Search me, LORD SPIRIT -- reveal to me my INNERmost BEing!
Convict me of ANY and EVERY thing that is NOT of CHRIST.
Cause me to see WHATever offends or grieves You...

Then be my Loving PHYSICIAN who cuts away DIS-ease and heals
as i stand still, FULLY trusting Your gentle hand!
(Psalm 139:23-24; Ephesians 4:30; Luke 5:31-32; John 15)


HALLELUJAH! The LIFE of this NEW i am is NOW being lived out by the Risen I AM!

No longer a SLAVE to SIN, but a SLAVE to RIGHTEOUSNESS.
No longer full of SELF, but an emptied vessel to be filled daily...
Filled with the LIFE-Giving River of the SPIRIT of CHRIST!
(Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:11; Ephesians 5:18)


FatherGOD -- YOU are EVERYthing to this NO-thing whom
YOU've created to be a SOME-thing for YOUR EXPRESSION!

Cause me to bear MUCH fruit for JESUS -- the LORD of my LIFE.
By the INdwelling SPIRIT of CHRIST, use the ALL
YOU've poured into this yielded vessel...
That ALL may know YOU and Your SON JESUS, and glorify Your NAME!
(John 15)


AMEN!

Monday, May 9, 2016

The FELLOWSHIP of The UNASHAMED

"i’m part of the FELLOWSHIP of the UNASHAMED. The die has been cast. i have stepped over the line. The DECISION has been made. i’m a DISCIPLE of CHRIST JESUS and i won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

"My past is REDEEMED. My present makes sense. My future is SECURE. i’m done and finished with LOW living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, MUNDANE talking, CHEAP living, and DWARFED goals.

"i NO LONGER NEED preeminence, lavish wealth, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. i don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. i LIVE by FAITH, LEAN on His presence, WALK by patience, LIFT by prayer, and labor by Holy SPIRIT POWER.
 
"My face is set. My gait is fast. My GOAL is Heaven. My ROAD may be NARROW, my way ROUGH, my companions FEW, but my Guide is RELIABLE and my MISSION is clear. i will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.


"i will not flinch in the face of SACRIFICE or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. i will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. i won’t give up, shut up, or let up until i have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of CHRIST.

"i am a DISCIPLE of JESUS. i must give until i drop, preach until ALL know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear." (Bob Moorehead, excerpt from "Words Aptly Spoken")

have been crucified with CHRIST; it is no longer i who live, but CHRIST LIVES IN me; and the LIFE which i now live in the flesh i LIVE by FAITH in the SON of GOD, who LOVED me and GAVE HIMSELF for me. (Galatians 2:20)