Monthly Archives: January 2012

TURNING THINGS UPSIDE DOWN

TURNING THINGS UPSIDE DOWN
“Ye turn things upside down! Shall the Potter be counted as clay; that the thing made should say of Him that made it, He made me not, He hath no understanding.”– Isa_29:16 (R.V. marg.).

WILL YOU let your Saviour frame your life and make it what He will? All power is His in heaven and on earth. Do not resist His moulding touch, or say that He has no understanding of your peculiar difficulties or temperament. Let Him appoint your place in life, and endow you with the wisdom and strength needed for the right discharge of its responsibilities.
By the Holy Spirit He forms in us His own life, leading us to walk in the way that pleases Him best, not following our own desires and wishes, but His; yielding to Him our will and obeying His instruction.

PRAYER
Great Potter, fashion us! Wise Artificer, frame us! Pierced Hands, guide us where we should go. We will not be perverse children, but submit to Thy wise understanding and trust where we cannot see, committing the keeping of our souls to Thee in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator. AMEN.

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DAY-BREAK ON THE BEACH

DAY-BREAK ON THE BEACH
“When the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.”– Joh_21:4.

THE PREVIOUS evening had been full of interest and hope. Those seven fishermen had long been separated from their craft, and thinking probably that they were not to see their Master again, they betook themselves, with considerable zest, to the shore of the Lake. They entered the old familiar boat, and that night they caught nothing! It was the last fishing expedition they were to have. They were to navigate other waters, use other nets, and sail under other skies. The greatness of their disappointment was to block the door in that direction and open it in another. No longer fishermen on the shores of Galilee, but shepherds, pasturing their flocks on the celestial mountains, whence views are to be obtained, in fair weather, of the Eternal City. Has your life been a disappointment? Did you start out, years ago, with good heart and hope? Perhaps the winds were soft, the starlight brilliant, and there was a chance of the moon breaking through. But the sky soon clouded over, and the years have gone wearily! It isn’t that you have been idle, but for some reason everything has miscarried; and now there seems nothing for it but to land on the shore of Eternity, as Paul did on the shore at Malta. But do not be too sure of this! When the morning breaks on that coastline, it is more than likely that you will see Jesus standing on the beach. He will know the time of your arrival, and will come down to meet you, as He did for the first martyr, Stephen, and has done for a multitude beside. It is very pleasant, as in the big ship, you emerge from the night, to see familiar faces greeting you, or even one dear face with a smile of welcome awaiting your coming! It may happen to be the landing-stage at New York, Bombay, Melbourne, or Liverpool, but what a difference it makes! And when the Day of days shall break, and the shadows flee away, and the little boat of our life grates on the shore, it will be good indeed to see Christ standing there, with His outstretched hand to welcome, to help us disembark, to lead us to the prepared place on which He has expended thought and care. “I go to prepare a place for you I will come again to receive you unto Myself.”

PRAYER
Suffice it if–my good and ill unreckoned,
And both forgiv’n through His abounding grace–
I find myself by hands familiar beckoned
Unto my fitting place.

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Other Descriptions of New Covenant Living

Other Descriptions of New Covenant Living
If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me . . . be filled with the Spirit . . . I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (Luk_9:23; Eph_5:18; and Joh_10:10)
Living as servants of the new covenant is not some exclusive, esoteric religious concept, available only to an initiated few. Rather, it is just another way to speak of the life that is to be, and can be, lived by all who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The difference is that the language used is unfamiliar to many Christians.
Some familiar terminology that speaks of the same biblical reality would be “Christian discipleship.” A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ. In Luke 9:23, Jesus explained what was involved in following Him as a disciple. “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me’.” In order to follow the Lord, a person must be willing to renounce the self-life, which is produced by one’s own sufficiency. Then, that person must agree that such a self-produced life deserves to be judged and separated from God. Finally, everything that is needed for godly living must be found by pursuing a growing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Some other terminology that describes the essence of new covenant living would be “the Spirit-filled life.” “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” The Lord calls His people away from earthly influences that can dominate and diminish lives and urges us to live by the fullness of His Spirit. When Christians answer this call, they are willing to live by God’s powerful, unlimited resources, instead of by man’s feeble, finite means.
One other familiar phrase that depicts the same reality as life in the new covenant is “the abundant life.” “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” When Jesus came into this world, His mission was not only to rescue us from the consequences of our sins but also to provide us with “abundant life,” a spiritually enriched life that only He could produce in us.
New covenant living — it is the same reality as “Christian discipleship,” “the Spirit-filled life,” and “the abundant life.”
Lord Jesus, I thank You so much for speaking of life in Christ in diverse terminologies. I want to be your true disciple. I want to be Spirit-filled. I want to live the abundant life. Each perspective offers beautiful insights and necessary confirmations. Lord, help me also to understand and embrace the refreshing language of the new covenant of grace. Dear Savior, I need all of the life-giving insights that Your rich vocabulary is designed to unfold, in Your name, Amen.

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We were hacked.

Yes we were hacked by muslin youths.  We will pray for them.

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