We all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord. . . " (2 Cor. 3:18a).
During the first half of your Christian life you are concerned about your doing; in the second half you will be burdened about your being. "The more simply devoted you are to the Lord Jesus, who is worthy of all devotion, the more fragrance there will be in all your ways; for it...
Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 3:18
Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1).
There will be no standing against the enemy's accusations until we are firmly assured of, and settled on, the fact that our Father is at peace with us because of our living union with His Beloved Son. And this alone will give us peace with our...
Bible Verses: Romans 5:1Romans 8:1Galatians 5:1
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thess. 5:18).
Relief from pressure may seem merciful, but support in the pressure produces growth and maturity.
""There is a greater blessing for us than relief; there is the Father's support, for it imparts to you an...
Bible Verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:18Deuteronomy 33:27
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Cor. 3:17).
Concerning the Holy Spirit, hidden as He is, faith is required above all else.
"Certainly the Holy Spirit directs in the countless details of daily life. Those who have faith, and are dependent upon His direction, will not be disappointed. But the...
Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 3:17Galatians 5:18Galatians 5:16
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14).
We must be truth-centered if we are to be Christ-centered.
"With an increase of knowledge and apprehension of the truth, there is a constant sense that we are not practically up to what we have received; and hence the...
Bible Verses: Philippians 3:14Philippians 3:10
He (the Spirit) maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God" (Rom. 8:27).
Neither the Lord Jesus nor the Holy Spirit ever thought of willing or praying outside the will of God the Father. Neither will we, while we walk in the Spirit, and abide in the Lord Jesus.
"Faith is not a power that one...
Bible Verses: Romans 8:27Colossians 1:9
(God) hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6)
We are to settle down to live and grow precisely where we have been re-born: in Christ Jesus above.
"Do we not often harbor the thought that something yet remains to be done - either by ourselves or by Him - in...
Bible Verses: Ephesians 2:6Hebrews 10:19Hebrews 10:20
God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble" (1 Pet. 5:5).
Humility is the hallmark of the servant resting in, and sent from, the Father's presence.
"There is a sense in which God's true servant is always a defeated man. The one who drives on with a sense of his own importance, who is unwilling to...
Bible Verses: 1 Peter 5:51 Peter 5:6
That our God may make you worthy of His call, and by His power fully satisfy your every desire for goodness" (2 Thess. 1:11a, Wms.).
If we are born into the Lord Jesus by sheer grace, surely He can manifest Himself in us on the same principle.
"It is this quiet expectation and confidence, resting on the Word of...
Bible Verses: 2 Thessalonians 1:11
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous" (Heb. 10:11a).
You will be prepared, but never pierced, by the nail-pierced Hand.
"Sufferings are for chastening (child-training). And chastening is from love, a token of our Father's care. We live in a world full of trial and suffering. Many of...
Bible Verses: Hebrews 10:11Hebrews 12:11
He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit (with Him)" (1 Cor. 6:17).
We are one spirit with the Lord Jesus by the one and only Holy Spirit.
"I can always know when the Holy Spirit is leading me, because He ever occupies me with the Lord Jesus. True, He may have to call attention to my own condition, but if He...
Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 6:17John 16:14
Everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness" (Heb. 5:13).
The Reformation, for all of its rise from Rome, to this day has never really gotten off the ground.
"Almost all the theology of the various creeds of Christendom' dates back to the Reformation, which went triumphantly to the end of...
Bible Verses: Hebrews 5:13Colossians 3:3Hebrews 5:14
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous" (Heb. 12:11a).
Our Father chastens us "for our own profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness" (Heb. 12:10). We are not chastened because we deserve it, but because we need it. And there is no wrath in His child-training. "Many have the...
Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:11Hebrews 12:10
God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth" (2 Thess. 2:13).
To be Christ-centered, we must be Spirit-dependent.
"It is basically the belief of the truth; it is not belief of the fruits. The Holy Spirit cannot present to me the fruit He has...
Bible Verses: 2 Thessalonians 2:13John 16:142 Corinthians 3:18
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