Love of God; Mercy & Voice of Cross
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OF GOD IN THE HEART OF MAN
"Thus saith the high and lofty
One that inhabiteth Eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in
the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite
spirit."-- Isa : 57:15.
THIS VERSE has reference to God's two Homes--the macrocosm of
the great universe and the microcosm of the human heart. Our
God is so great that the Heaven of heavens cannot contain Him,
but He is so lowly and humble that He will stoop to fill the
heart of a child. He bids us learn of Him, for He is meek and
lowly in heart.
The humble and contrite heart. It seems almost too wonderful
to believe that the Eternal One will care to come and live
with the child of Time; that the Infinite and Holy God will
descend to the narrow limits of a human heart! (see
Spirit of purity and grace,
Our weakness, pitying, see;
O make our hearts Thy dwelling-place,
And worthier Thee. AMEN.
HOW TO MEET DISCOURAGEMENTS
"Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the
things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.'-- 2Co_4:17-18.
NOTICE THE marvellous antithesis of this chapter: light and darkness; life and death;
pressure, perplexity, pursuit, and persecution; but side by side, victory, elastic
hope, and the brightness of Christian faith. The decay of the outward man and the
renewal of the inward; the light affliction and the weight of glory; the brief moment
of earth's pilgrimage contrasted with the eternity of reality and bliss.
It is very important that we should not miss the mighty blessing which is within the
reach of every troubled soul. Of course it is quite possible to sit down before
troubles and afflictions, hopeless and despairing, confessing that we are over-powered
and defeated; it is also possible to be hard and stoical, bearing adversity because we
cannot help or avoid it, bur the highest Christian way is to be thankful that the
earthen vessel is breaking if only the torch will shine out; to be content that the
dying of Jesus should be borne about in our mortal body, if only His life will thereby
When through the deep waters I call thee to go, The rivers of grief shall not thee
overflow; For I will be with thee in trouble to bless; And sanctify to thee thy
Fix my heart, O Lord, on Thyself, that amid the changes and chances of this mortal
life I may be kept steadfast and unmoveable and ever abounding in Thy work. AMEN.
God Working in Us Unto Obedience
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you
both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Phi_2:12-13)
We have been considering from various perspectives the great truth that God wants us
to grow in obedience to His will. The lordship of Jesus makes disobedience
unacceptable. "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I
say? " (Luk_6:46). Also, our Lord taught His early disciples to be instructing all
future disciples concerning obedience: "teaching them to observe all things that I
have commanded you" (Mat_28:20). Our present passage offers profound insight on this
matter by describing God working in us unto obedience. "It is God who works in you
both to will and to do for His good pleasure."
This subject is introduced by a call to "work out your own salvation." Notice, we are
not called to work for our salvation. Salvation is a gift of God's grace, freely
received by faith. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast"
(Eph_2:8-9). Still, this gift of salvation that God has placed within us by His grace
is to be worked out (developed outwardly) unto an obedient life, a life that fulfills
"His good pleasure."
This calling is to be approached in "fear and trembling." Initially, our temptation
may be to approach this request with unabashed self-confidence. Eventually, we begin
to understand that we must respond in "fear" [a reverential awe] and "trembling" (a
profound sense of inadequacy). The next phrase explains why we are to engage this
responsibility with such unusual attitudes: "for it is God who works in you." If the
salvation that God has placed in our inner man is to ever become a visible walk that
pleases Him, it will always be a result of us allowing Him to do an ongoing work deep
within us. "I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts . . . you
are manifestly an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the
Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of
the heart" (Jer_31:33 and 2Co_3:3). This is the wonder of true Christian living. It is
based upon God working within our hearts.
Dear Lord, I praise You for the precious gift of salvation You have poured into my
heart. I earnestly desire that this gift be worked outwardly unto a life that is
pleasing to You. Lord, please touch and shape the depths of my heart that I may obey
You in all things, in Jesus name, Amen.
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Today's Bible Verse
"My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect
in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the
power of Christ may rest upon me."-- 2Co_12:9.
Psa 20:1 May the Lord hear thee in the day of tribulation: may the name of the God of
Jacob protect thee.
Psa 20:2 (20:3) May he send thee help from the sanctuary: and defend thee out of Sion.
Psa 20:6 (20:7) The Lord fulfil all thy petitions: now have I known
that the Lord hath saved his anointed. He will hear him from his holy heaven: the
salvation of his right hand is in powers.
Psa 20:7 (20:8) Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will call upon the
name of the Lord, our God.
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