Sunday, September 8, 2019

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PROMISES


Jack Davis


“HAVING THEREFORE THESE PROMISES”
II Corinthians 7:1

GOD HATH SAID, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people … And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” II Cor. 6:16.18.

As we think of these promises, are we experiencing His presence? Is He making progress in us, are we walking with Him? Are we knowing Him as our God? Do we sense being His people? Are we benefiting from the blessings of His Fatherhood? If not, WHY NOT?

Oh, yes, we can realize the reality of such promises, but how do we come into the enjoyment of such? Paul writes, “Let us cleanse our selves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” II Cor. 7:1.

We are invited to present ourselves before Him, and to submit to His Word and power for our entire cleansing. Christ “loved the church, and gave himself for it. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” Eph. 5:25-26. So we appropriate these promises by the obedience of faith. First, in recognizing His claim on our lives, then, claiming the fulfillment of His promises. The Father is entirely able to bring my heart and mind into perfect agreement with the life of His Son within me. PRAISE GOD!

Although God’s astounding promises are almost staggering to our faith. Rom. 4:19-21 – Abraham “being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” God’s promises are so very stimulating to a purifying hope. I John 3:1-3 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” – II Cor. 1:20. Our only capacity for things Spiritual must be measured by the promises of God. He never asks or expects any more of us then He has provided for. His grace never demands more then He has given.

Is God able to fulfill His promises? Can we say Amen to God’s Yea, and Yea to God’s Amen? By wholeheartedly submitting to His cleansing of our lives, we say a hearty Yea and Amen to His exceeding great and precious promises – thus they are made our own.

Hopelessness

“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” Eph 2:12.

Without Christ, without God, and without His promises, we are without hope. What good can man expect; to what shall such look ahead? Shall we eat and drink; for tomorrow we die? I Cor. 15:32. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” – I Cor. 15:19. Thank God, that is not all there is. If the only expected good is here and now during this earthly existence, if there is no hereafter, what shall we go after here? Does the scripture offer anything pleasant for those hopeless souls that are persuaded that there is nothing beyond their present life span? Praise God, His Word promises that it doesn’t all end with physical death.

I Peter 1:3, God is our Father, because He has begotten us, according to His abundant mercy, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Oh, yes, by faith we have become His hope-filled children, begotten to a lively (or living) hope. The only true hope is living hope. Living in this hope makes us lively or active believers – believers that know that their labor of love and work of faith is not in vain in the Lord. I Cor. 15:58.

Looking for (expecting the realization of) that blessed hope and glorious appearing, conditions us to experiencing His purifying us unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works – Titus 2:14.

TRIUMPH OVER OUR TRIALS


Anita Clark – Pastor, Carbondale, Kansas



“For all things are for your sakes that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound unto the glory of God.  For which cause we faint not, but though our outward man perish, our inward man is renewed day by day.” II Corinthians 4:15-16

Here the words, “faint not” mean, that we do not become “discouraged or spiritless or afraid.” (Amplified Version.) The trials of life are so hard sometimes, but God’s Word encourages us to walk on in victory knowing that God is in control, and is working out His divine plan in our lives. Ephesians 6:10 is a verse to remember when we are in trial, “Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.”

“Our outward man” is speaking of our natural body, or who we are naturally.  In Paul’s day, the persecution was so fierce against believers in Christ.  Many were slain in hideous ways.  We must realize that many are being put to death for the cause of Christ in our day in places around the world.  Statistics show that there are more believers being martyred for Christ since the early 1900’s than in the early church period.  Paul says, “though our outward man perish”  speaking of how temporary this natural life and body is.  But, “the inward man” is the new life of Christ, which came into our being when we received Christ as our Savior.

Note in verse 16, Paul says, “the inward man is renewed day by day.”  Isaiah 28:10 says, “For precept (a commandment or guiding principal, whatever God speaks unto man) must be upon precept, precept upon precept. line upon line, here a little and there a little.”  The “renewing day by day” is produced as we take in the Word of God day by day.. precept upon precept.”  It is so important to read and meditate daily upon the wonderful precepts of God’s Word, so that our new man grows up into Christ in all things. With maturity in Christ, we gain strength to withstand the tests of this life.  We are “renewed.” This word means, “to renovate” or “to restore to a former or better state.”  We find in the Scripture that we are not just restored to the former state of Adam, the first man, but much more. Our standing in Christ as a believer is as a redeemed child of God in His provision, already seated with Christ in the heavens.  We declared to be a NEW CREATION in Christ Jesus.  Yet, we are always  growing in Christ, as we continue to yield to His work in our lives daily,  Romans 12:2 says, “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

How healthy, spiritually is your inward man?  Are you renewing that part of you day by day?  Yielding to the Lord and Holy Spirit, reading and studying the Word of God, strengthening the new life within you.  If we do we will become grown up as a SON of the Living God.  Spiritual maturity is what the Lord Jesus expects, as we take in the Word of God.  Paul admonishes us to “Study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”  (II Tim. 2:15).

II Corinthians 4:17 says, “For this light affliction, which is but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”  The tests and trials make us cry out for the Lord’s strength and help causing us to rely on Him alone. “The eternal weight of glory” is the reward for enduring the trials and tests and being a victor over all things that come our way.

Paul said in II Timothy 4:4-8 that he had “fought a good fight and finished his course,” and that there was “laid up for him a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the Righteous Judge will give him at that day.”  As we go through the rough times, believing the Lord and overcoming everything which is in our path, we too can lay hold of that great reward with the Lord. II Timothy 2:12 says, “If we suffer with Him, we shall reign with Him.”

Many of God’s people are being severely tried with illnesses, and others with very extreme trials of other sorts in the world today.  Despite all this, God is faithful and more than able to deliver us is trials and tests we are going through.  “Thanks be unto God which always causes us to triumph in Christ.” (II Cor. 2:14).

Notice that II Corinthians 4:18 says, “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seem are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” So, what determines our gaining this “eternal weight of glory” with Christ Jesus?  The answer - do not look at the circumstances and trials of this life, but look beyond at the great reward for being faithful despite all the problems and tests.  How easy it is to get our eyes on the insurmountable circumstances! Satan wants us to put our eyes on our failure, or someone else’s failure.  When we look only to Jesus we are blessed and able to go on in victory.  A song says. “Put your eyes on the prize and your home in the skies, God is still on the throne.”  Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith...”.  Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Our part is to let Him have His way in our lives.  “Thy will be done.”

Thirsty



O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Psalm 63:1-2

We have had some really hot days this summer. Sometimes the heat is so much that it seems to makes us constantly thirsty. Our bodies are designed to require certain amounts of water just to survive. To ensure that we do consume enough water, God designed us to have a reaction that we call “thirst.” It pushes us to find some water or other liquid to consume to keep our bodies hydrated.

We can, however, ignore that cue and avoid taking the necessary water for our bodies, and if we do that long enough, we will suffer the consequences. Dehydration is a very dangerous condition for our physical bodies. Choosing to consume liquids that are not water can actually leave us dehydrated as well. Not every liquid is satisfactory to fulfill the need our body has.

Isn’t it amazing that God has created us and this natural world such that we can learn valuable spiritual lessons from the natural things around us? Then, He uses these things in His Word to help us understand His plan for us.

Our spiritual life requires the water that we get only from God. We get it from His Word and from our time spent in His presence. David uses the natural thirst in a hot dry place to create a picture for us of our need for our God.

Our heart should be longing for God every day. The world that we traverse every day of our lives is a dry and thirsty land. People are seeking for something to satisfy that thirst, but just any drink will not do. We can drink the sweet tasting ideas and philosophies of the world, but will not find satisfaction for our thirst.

As God’s people, we should know where we will find the satisfying, thirst quenching drink that we need. Early, that is at an early time, we should be seeking our God. We will find Him in the Bible, and we will find Him as we spend time in His presence in prayer.

When we seek Him, He will be found. We will be satisfied. “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8:17 God wants to be found. He wants to satisfy our thirst, and when we do seek Him, we will see His glory. God reveals Himself to those that seek Him. Those that are seeking to have their thirst quenched by the world, will not find God there and will miss out on His glory.

Do you want to experience God’s power and glory in your life? There is no magic formula. It is not restricted to certain “super spiritual” people. God is seeking those that will worship Him is spirit and in truth. Study your Bible. Don’t just read a little here and there. Take time to study and meditate on what is there. Ask (pray) the Holy Spirit to reveal God to you through His Word. I can’t begin to express to you the amazing things that God will reveal about Himself as you seek earnestly and diligently for Him.

Do not allow yourself to get spiritually dehydrated. It is a dangerous condition. You will become faint and you will become susceptible to the attacks of the enemy.

Gordon Crook

TO KNOW JESUS                    

Gary Giddings, Pastor
Church of the Full Gospel 
Sand Lake, Michigan  



Proverbs 3:5-6 - “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

We are on a spiritual journey and we need God’s help every day. When we put our TRUST in Jesus and not in ourselves or others, we learn to ACKNOWLEDGE Him in all that we do. “In all thy ways” means the course of your life, and what you do in life. How do we know what we should do? Don’t follow the crowd because the crowd is often wrong!

We ACKNOWLEDGE God through Jesus our Savior. The important part of the word ACKNOWLEDGE is the word KNOW. We KNOW God through Jesus our Savior. Jesus is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE. Once we know that Jesus is the answer to everything, there is no reason to look anywhere else. We are in a spiritual battle and so we may be tempted to look around. The enemy of our soul wants to get us to focus on someone or something else than Jesus.

God’s promise is that HE WILL DIRECT US. He will make our way RIGHT and PROSPEROUS (especially in the spiritual sense). We will prosper and be in health even as our SOUL prospers. As God DIRECTS, our way will become STRAIGHT and EVEN. Don’t let your feelings or other people’s feelings confuse you or distract you.

There is a saying from ancient Greek philosophy, “Know thyself.” There is SOME wisdom in that because you shouldn’t mindlessly go through life. But what can we really know about ourself? Benjamin Franklin, in his Poor Richard’s Almanack, observed the great difficulty of knowing one’s self: “There are three Things extremely hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one’s self.”

The Bible tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Then the Bible gives us the answer: “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9-10).

We are learning to trust Jesus with our heart, for He cleans us, makes us right and sets us straight! We are learning about Jesus in a personal way, not just to know about Him. Even the demons believe that Jesus exists and they tremble. They know the power of Jesus is greater than their power. But we are called into an intimate relationship of knowing and enjoying the presence of the Lord. This is our peace, comfort and satisfaction!

Philippians 3:7-10a - “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him …

From the Strong’s Concordance, KNOW means “be aware of; be resolved; be sure, understand.” Every day, as we commune and interact with Jesus, we are getting to know Him more and more.

We talk about our life here on earth as a journey of faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. The word JOURNEY, according to Webster’s Dictionary, comes from the Latin for “a daily portion.” We receive our daily portion of Jesus as we acknowledge Him and follow Him.

Another word akin to journey is JOURNAL. According to the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary, a JOURNAL is: 1. A diary; an account of daily transactions and events.” Some people find it helpful to write a private account of their thoughts and feelings about the events of the day. Writing about our successes and failures, the good and the bad things of the day can be real helpful. There was a time in my life when things were very stressful and chaotic and it was very helpful to put down in words what I was going through. Many of my entries turned out to be prayers to God, both asking for help and also thanking Him for His help.

Another definition for JOURNAL (1828 Webster) is: 3. In navigation, a daily report of the ships course and distance, the wind, the weather, and other occurrences. Our journey of faith can be likened to a ship making a trip across a great body of water. We trust the Lord to guide us and to calm the storms in our lives. When we look back at what the Lord has done for us, we can thank and praise Him for His hand upon us.

Philippians 3:10-14 - “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

In contrast to those who are “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7), we can KNOW more about Jesus day by day. The Apostle Paul kept reaching out for more of Jesus and so can we! We can experience Jesus’ resurrection power as we lift our heart to Him. We may experience the rejection of others who have rejected Jesus, but this too is part of our fellowship with Him. Don’t stop but keep pressing on!

We are learning that this life isn’t about us, but about Jesus our Savior, our Friend and our Bridegroom. The more that we know and experience the love of Jesus, the more we want to live for Jesus. More of Jesus means that the world, the flesh and the devil has less and less pull and influence upon us.

Psalm 32:8-9 - “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.” 

We were not made like the animals who don’t understand intimate fellowship with the Lord. But we were made to KNOW and to ENJOY a relationship of love with Jesus our Savior. We will come to “know the way more perfectly” as we let Him instruct, teach and guide us in all our ways.

A dear older saint from our Sand Lake meeting gave a testimony years ago that made an impression on me. She said that someone asked her if she would like to be 18 years old again. She replied that she wouldn’t because when she was 18 she didn’t know Jesus like she did at the present time. All those years of following Jesus was very precious to her because she grew and learned to appreciate Him more and more. May this be our testimony as well: TO KNOW JESUS is better than anything else!

The Goodness of God


Gladys Crook


Knowest thou not, O Man, that the goodness and forbearance of God leadeth thee to repentance? Surely the goodness of the Lord brings us to repentance and that is when we see our need of a Saviour. We read in the 107th Psalm, verse 9, that “he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” How wonderful to be filled with the goodness of God!

After relating how the Lord had delivered the children of Israel out of their troubles, and saved them out of their distresses, the Psalmist declares in verses 8, 15, 21 and 31 of Psalm 107: “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” The last verse declares that they who are wise will observe these things, and even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

We are told in Psalm 33:5 that the whole earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. We see so much every day that surely doesn’t seem like the goodness of God, but we still believe His Word and know that the earth is full of His goodness. In Psalm 31:19 we read, Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” We that know and trust the Lord find that He does have much goodness laid up for us, and we receive of His bounty.

In the 27th Psalm, verse 13, David says, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” It does keep one from fainting to just believe what the Word declares.

It is also a part of the nine-fold gift of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness and Temperance. Gal. 5:22-23.

Everyone knows and can quote the 23rd Psalm, and it ends with “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Amen.

SCARS

(Part 1)


By Dr. Victoria Moots


Have you ever had a scar? Not long after birth we begin to accumulate scars, not just physical but emotional scars, what they mean to us and why scars are necessary. You may wonder why scars are necessary and why God couldn’t make wounds heal without scars. Wouldn’t that be nice? But scars are a necessary part of the wound healing process. You may also wonder, “Why were there scars in Jesus body? Why wasn’t his body healed completely when he was raised from the dead?

We are going to see why. Scars are part of the natural healing progress and appear in all sizes: long, short, wide and narrow and they all tell a story. They tell a story of something that happened in the past, whether it was an injury or a surgery. They have a meaning to us. Bodies are identified by scars, tattoos and other markings that are found. As a doctor I can find out on physical exam what kind of surgeries you have had, even if you have forgotten. I see a scar and I ask “What was this from?” Sometimes as they are telling me, they become a little bit emotional because of the circumstances associated with the scar.

Scars are important physically and spiritually. Jesus was identified after His resurrection and will be identified in the future by His scars. In John 20:19-29, we read the account of when Jesus appeared to His disciples behind closed doors. He showed them His hands and His side and they believed. But one of the disciples, Thomas, who wasn’t there, stated that he would not believe unless he saw for himself and was able to put his finger into the print of the nails and thrust his hand into His side into of the nails and thrust his hand into the wound in His side. We all know where the scar came from in His side – it was where the soldier thrust the spear into his heart to be sure He was dead. (I am going to talk a little more about what that scar meant later).

Thomas had to see the physical evidence that Jesus was raised from the dead, so Jesus did appear to Thomas and invite him to examine those scars. And he believed. In Zech. 13:6 it says, “And one shall say unto him, What are those wounds in thine hands?” then he shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Jesus scars were His identification. Then in Zech. 12:10 it says and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced.”

As I said before scars are a reminder of a previous injury or surgery. They tell a story and can be a testimony of healing. Scars are not evidence of crucifixion because you must be alive to make scars. Anyone else other than Jesus that was crucified did not have scars because they all died. Scars show healing, not just injury. Jesus scars were evidence of His resurrection and His healing.

Now let’s look at the physical process of wound healing and scar formation to better understand their spiritual meaning. In the physical this is a very complex process but I’m going to try to simplify it a little. It is actually called “regeneration,” which means “replacement of destroyed tissue with new tissue.”

Doesn’t God do this spiritually for us also? The scripture says that if any man be in Christ he is a new creature (creation); old things are passed away and all things are become new. So when He regenerates us (the new birth), he replaces the old destroyed tissue with new tissue. He doesn’t just patch up our old sinful life. He gave us a new life, a resurrection life; we are born again. It means the regeneration of our lives by taking away the old and replacing  it with the new.

One of the purposes of scars in our lives is to create a new thing that is pleasing unto God. Fibrosis is the formation of connective tissue that we call scar tissue. That is what we see on the outside as evidence of healing, but there is something going on in the inside at the same time. Tissue injury, as accident or surgery, causes bleeding which starts inflammatory events into motion. It happens spiritually and emotionally also. Sometimes we get angry and we become inflamed, but God used that inflammation for it is a necessary part of the wound in healing, (in the natural and the spiritual).

Special cells called mast cells and macro phages release inflammatory chemicals which cause the capillaries (small blood vessels) to dilate (open up) and become permeable (for leaky). This white cells and plasma which is rich in clotting proteins and antibodies to seep into the injured areas. This happens very quickly and forms a clot to stop the bleeding and hold the wound edges together, sealing it off from bacteria. Then the outer part of the clot hardens and forms a scab. That’s nature’s “Band-Aid” that helps protect the wound. Dead calls and other debris in the wound are eaten up by the macrophages (like Pac-man).

In the spiritual sense the Holy Spirit cleans up our emotional wounds in much the same way doing a hidden inner work to rid us of the harmful debris that Satan and the world throw at us to destroy us. This is taking place underneath, below the scab, not on the outside. People sometimes try to add insult to injury by things they say and the things they do to us but on the inside the Holy Spirit is working in us to cleanse and heal us.

While the inflammatory process of wound healing is going on, the first phase of tissue repair, called organization begins. God is well organized. He does all things decently and in order, according to His plan for our lives, according to His schedule. Sometimes we get a little impatient and start picking at the scab.
We say, “Ok, I want to see if there is any new skin under there.” So we pull the scab off and the process of healing takes longer. We do the same thing spiritually, but God  is patient. He continues to work with us, and the process of healing goes on.  Sometimes we get a little infection in there because we have “messed with it” and the scar may be a little bigger. But God works all things together for our good. The bigger the scar, the bigger the testimony can be, even when we mess things up God continues to work on the inside.

Next, granulation tissue forms containing new blood vessels (capillaries) and fibroblasts which grow into the wound to bridge the gap where tissue has been split apart. The fibroblasts are somewhat elastic and actually pull the edges of the wound together. How does this apply to us spiritually? In the same manner God is working in us to help pull our broken lives and hearts back together, like the fibroblasts. As we continue to cling to Him that helps the healing process. The macrophages (Pac-man cells) begin to dissolve the old blood clot, which was necessary in the first place to stop the bleeding. Every part of the hearing process is necessary. We can’t leave any of the steps out. Everything that God does in your life to help you heal from emotional scars in necessary, even the inflammatory phase when you get angry with God. But God used that inflammation for healing.

At the same time the outer layer of skin (epithelium) begins to regenerate growing under the scab. Collagen fibers are aid down, and granulation tissue forms a fibrous patch which we call a scar. That is the permanent part of the healing process that stays there to hold the wound edges together. The scab needs to stay on till it begins to loosen around the edges and fall off. We need to leave our hands off physically and spiritually while God is doing the healing. The Holy Spirit is not only working in us but in the other people, the ones who have hurt or injured us in some way, healing the inflammation.

We have all seen signs of inflammation, a little swelling and redness around the wound that is usually gone in a few days and does not indicate infection. If it is getting worse, then it could mean infection. In the natural body, doctors usually sew the wound edges together to speed up healing and decrease the amount of scar tissue needed to seal the wound, but there will always be a scar. When we have been offended, when we have been hurt, we need to go to the Lord, the Great physician. He can decrease the amount of the emotional scar we have if we turn it over to the Lord early. He can heal us if we turn it over to Him late too, but we will have a bigger scar.
To be continued next issue – Part 2.

“URIM AND THUMMIN”



The story is told of a young clergyman in the church of England who was greatly helped in his understanding of the Scriptures by frequent conversations with an uneducated cobbler, who was, nevertheless, well acquainted with the Word of God.

On one occasion when a friend of his, a young theologian, was visiting him, he mentioned this remarkable knowledge of the Bible which the cobbler possessed. The young theologian, in a spirit of pride, expressed a desire to meet him, saying he felt sure he could ask some questions which he would be quite unable to answer. Upon being introduced to the man in his little shop, the question was put, “Can you tell me what Urim and the Thummin were?”

The cobbler replied, “I don’t know exactly; I understand that the words apply to something that was on the breastplate of the high priest. I know the words mean “lights and Perfection,” and that through the Urim and Thummin the high priest was able to discern the mind of the Lord. But I find that I can get the mind of the Lord by just changing two letters. I take this blessed Book, and by ‘usin’ and thummin,’ I get the mind of the Lord that way.”

Selected

WHAT A FRIEND!!!


It has been said that the World today courtesy Globalization resembles a spider’s web. Well…the unique thing about the spider’s web is that you touch any part of it, the whole web starts vibrating in due course. So it’s hardly surprising that the Friendship day first “pioneered” and heralded by a small South American Country namely Paraguay on 20th July, 1958 would have its ramifications on the whole world what with UN Declaring in due course (on April 27th, 2011) that “World Friendship Day” would be observed on July 30th of every year. In India we celebrate it on every first Sunday of August.
Be that as it may, the immortal song “What a friend, we have in Jesus” was written by a faithful Christian Joseph Scriven long before (in 1856) the first Friendship day was observed globally. He who had experienced Lord’s inimitable friendly embrace (read great comfort- 2 Cor 1:3-4) in the midst of his own personal tragedies let his sentiments from deep within his heart flow copiously out in the form of that memorable song.
Let it be said that it takes a great act of selfless love to win over the heart of a person. Our Lord’s friendship credentials of portraying sacrificial love is best captured in this Scripture portion which reads thus…”For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,…”- Rom 5:10.
Hey, we have heard that heroes’ are born to kill enemies. Indian Scriptures for instance abound with tales of donning of avatars’ by deities specifically for destroying evil men but how’s this for reversal of roles? Here we have the sinless, Holy one of Eternity donning “flesh and blood” specifically for dying for the “eternal spiritual welfare” (read salvation) of His enemies who wouldn’t hesitate to crucify Him! When the import of this sacrifice registers on any sane individual, his natural response would be of seeking friendship with such an individual who would go to any extent for ensuring the former’s welfare. I am no exception either. On October 16th, 1983 as the nuances of the Gospel were being explained to me, I sought and sealed my “Friendship pact” with the ONE who stooped (to what levels!- Phil 2:4-11) to conquer my heart.
There are no secrets hidden between friends. Do you have any pressing problems the details of which cannot be revealed to anyone of this World? Then do as Joseph Scriven, bring it in prayer before your most trustworthy friend…Jesus. Does God hide His plans from His friends? No way!!! “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence Him” declares the Psalmist. He goes on to add “With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises.” (Psalm 25:14 – TLB).
“The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them.” Meaning as our Friendship with our Lord grows deeper and deeper more and more treasures of it (secrets) become accessible to us, making us fall in greater love with Revealer of the same (Dan. 2:22)! Oh what a friend, we have in Jesus who besides comforting us at all times keeps also confiding the Heavenly matters with us, even as we grow in Him!!! Hallelujah!!
Yours in His service,
Suresh Manoharan
www.jandsministries.com
Hyderabad, India

Dear Ones’ in the Lord/ Sister Earlene Davis, 


Greetings! I want to place on record my appreciation for the wonderful, monthly magazine Ministry in the name of “Glorious Gospel” being carried out by you. I have been receiving it for the last 10 years and have been edified by its contents.
I was apprehensive about it’s continuation after Bro. Jack received his home call. But I am continuing to receive your edifying magazine and am blessed by it.
May the good Lord continue to use this magazine Ministry for His glory in the years to come.
Blessings,

Pastor Suresh Manoharan – Hyderabad-India

Thursday, August 1, 2019

WISE UNTO SALVATION


Jack Davis
Part 3


WISE IN POSSESSING

“There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.” Proverbs 30:24,28

God’s marvelous Word is filled with wise instruction in progressing toward possessing. Let us appropriate by faith all the best, made available by grace. Jesus Christ is made unto us wisdom, therefore we are wise to lay hold and hold fast to Him, and all that is promised in Him.

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee” Proverbs 4:7-9.

These verses impress upon me the importance of putting first things first, as does Proverbs 2:11. The strong words of expression here would speak forcefully of the earnestness, and urgency with which we should be wise unto salvation: receive, incline thine ear, apply thine heart, cry after, lift up thy voice for, seek as silver, search for as for hid treasures.

“She taketh hold with her hands.” We are soundly admonished to lay hold, hold fast, fighting the good fight of faith.

Many “church members” feel they are doing well to be just sitting on the premises, others claim to be standing on the promises, but, praise God, some full overcomers are seizing upon the privileges, and urging others to do the same. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” Heb. 6:10-12.

The house of Jacob is told that they are to possess their possessions Obadiah 17. Jesus said, “In your patience possess ye your souls” – Luke 21:19. Paul wrote, “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour” I Thess. 4:4. The saints of the Philadelphian assembly are told “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” Rev. 3:11.

Paul wrote, “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust…That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us” I Tim. 6:20; II Tim.. 1:14. Therefore we are faced more with a matter of the Spirit’s control instead of self-control. Yet, we daily, moment by moment, decide who runs or controls our lives.

We are taught in I Cor. 6:11 of some of the things that have been done that we may inherit the kingdom of God. The Spirit makes us to know through the Word the things that are, and are not expedient, or profitable for us on the course to eternal wealth. V. 12 – “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” We each have the same privilege of bringing our bodies into subjection to the life of Christ, presenting it a living sacrifice, as Paul did.

I Cor. 9:26 - “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.” Rom. 12:1-3 - “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

We each are equipped to bring our thoughts into the captivity to the obedience of Christ. II Cor. 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations (reasonings), and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”

Thus shall we appropriate an abundant entrance into the palace of the King of kings, and enjoy forever the ultimate blessings of being wise unto salvation.

WE SEE JESUS


Anita Clark – Pastor 
Grace Chapel, Carbondale, Kansas


“But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”  Hebrews 2:9

The word “see” in the Greek language means, “to look at or behold, regard or take heed.”  This means more than just seeing with our eyes.  The Apostle Paul is saying that he saw who Jesus Christ was, and what He accomplished, and he took heed to believe and obey and receive the Lord Jesus as his Savior.

Note that this Verse from Hebrews says, “Who (Jesus) was made a little lower than the angels.’  The Amplified Version of the Bible says, “...Who was made lower than the angels for a little while.” Remember He created the angels, but came down to humanities’ level by becoming a human being, yet He was the Son of God with power. Hebrews 7:26, states “For such a high priest became us, [i.e made flesh like us] Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens.” He came down “...to taste death for every man.”  But, remember that Christ did not stay in the grave.  He arose.  Hallelujah!

Right now, He is sitting in the heavens interceding for us.  He is waiting to be “crowned with glory and honour.” He is sitting at the Father’s right hand waiting until His enemies are made His footstool (Psa. 8:6; 110:1).  With eyes of faith we see it all now. It is real to us by faith.

In I Timothy 6:15-16 Apostle Paul says, “Which in His times He shall show who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  Who only has immortality dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; Whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to Whom be honour and power everlasting.”

God gave us GRACE through Jesus Christ’ death.  GRACE means “unmerited favor, or something for nothing to the undeserving, etc.”  None of us can be good enough to first accept Christ as our Savor or to stay saved, as some believe.  To teach that we are saved by the grace of God, but maintain our salvation by our good works is absolutely incorrect.  None of us can measure up. Titus 3:4-6 tells us, “But after that the kingdom of God our Saviour appeared.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” Roman 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  Ephesians 2:8-9 is another place where Apostle Paul tells us this truth. It says, “For by grace are ye saved, and that not of yourselves, not of works lest any man should boast.” No glory goes to any of us.  Our salvation was purchased by the Lord’s death, and is secure once we receive Christ as our personal Savior.

Verse 10, 14 says, “For it became Him (or was fitting) for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Forasmuch, then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”  As God He did not suffer anything.  When He became a human being He learned through suffering how it feels to be tired, degraded by others, and physically hurt.  He truly knows how we feel in our trials and tests.  He in compassion lifts us out of sorrows and trials, because He went through so much more than we have ever endured. Verse 13-14 sums it up.  Why did He suffer such terrible things?  “Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour [aid, or relieve or help] them that are tempted.” 

Several songs come to my mind which I have heard and sung in my lifetime i.e. “My Saviour knows just what I need.” and “He Knows, He knows.” In order for Him to be a compassionate, and faithful High Priest, He had to suffer so that He could know how to deal with us. This is what Verse 17 is saying. To have understanding to really feel our sorrow and pain, He had to experience as a man these situations of this earthly life. Other wise, we could accuse Him, “You don’t really understand what I’m going through.”  But, because He understands our human state, He is a “merciful and faithful high priest.” This is how we should see Jesus.  Do you see Him this way? Do you see Him with His eyes of love, and heart of compassion lifting your burden from you?  What joy to know Christ in this way.  To see Him with Spiritual eyes.  It is the only way to have the kind of love, He wants us to have for Him.  Recognize Who He is, Let your Spiritual sight enlarge and SEE Him in His fulness.

Trust?



Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

Our money claims: “In God we trust.” You will also find that written on many police cars, license plates, and some government buildings. We often like to see words and phrases that we think are good. Do we really trust in God?

What do you trust? Who do you trust? Does it matter? Everyone trusts in something or someone. Maybe you trust in yourself. Maybe you trust in your wealth or your intelligence.

The meaning of “trust” from the dictionary: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. “Firm belief” or faith. To be able to trust, there must be an ability or strength. If I believe that I have the needed ability or strength, what else do I need?

When I read the Psalms, I think about David and what he writes. David was a mighty man of valor and very successful in battle, but he never takes the credit for his success. He always gives God the credit and the glory. He always knew where to place his trust. Even with all of his strength and that of his mighty men, he still placed his trust in God where he found the source of his strength.

We must come to the point where we realize that there is only one place for us to put our trust. We must be careful to not allow Satan to convince us that we can just trust in ourself or in our ability. This is a distraction and gets our focus off of the One that we can trust.

Our trust in God is not just for the things that we think we cannot control or accomplish on our own. Our trust needs to be for every aspect of our lives at all times. “Trust  in him at all times; ye people, pour out  your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8. If we know that God is trustworthy, then why do we fail to trust Him?

Sometimes, we get impatient because something is not going as we planned or wanted. That leads to our determination that we need to get in there and do something ourselves. Maybe God is too busy or just doesn’t understand how urgent our need is. That is how our enemy works on our minds.

Trusting God also means trusting His time and His method. I know that many times God has provided for my need or circumstance in ways that I had not expected, nor would I have chosen. It seems to me that sometimes God simply chooses a method that leaves no doubt it was His doing so that we might be clear in our choice of trusting Him.

What we can certainly know is that God sees far ahead of what we can see. Therefore, His ability to work out the best solution is far greater than ours. If we trust Him for our eternal salvation, why would minor issues of this world not deserve His trust as well?

Gordon Crook

WHAT’S IN A NAME

Part 2


Kathryn Devers



The ancestry of Abraham is recorded in Gen. 11:10-26 through the line of Shem. The Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah and Redeemer of Israel, was born of the seed of Abraham. In this section of scripture, from the meaning of at least eight of these names, the character and mission of Christ are foretold. Last issue we covered four of these names: Shem (a name); Arphazad (one that heals or releases); Salah (mission, sent forth); Peleg (a channel, passage way); Let us consider the concluding four.

REU: “Friend, Shepherd.” Jesus was a “friend” of publicans (tax collectors) and sinners. Luke 7:34. The self-righteous Pharisees had a dislike for this class of people, and criticized Jesus for associating with them. They represent the sinful world, including the Pharisees, for “…the scripture hath concluded all under sin” Gal. 3:22. Jesus loves the sinner, and is the only One that can deliver them from their plight. He proved His friendship to Matthew and Zaccheus, publicans, who received His salvation and became His followers. He forgave the woman who had many sins, and in reciprocation of His love, who washed His feet with tears and wiped them with her hair; ceased not to kiss His feet and anointed His head with oil Luke 7:44-48. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” Luke 19:10. He came as a friend to His own people Israel, but was wounded in “the house of my friends: Zech. 13:6. He was willing, and did give His life in their behalf, that they might be saved from their sins. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for His friends” John 15:13. Peter said, “…ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain” Acts 2:23. One day, after a night of great sorrow, they are going to receive the love of this dear “friend” and be saved” Zech. 13:6-9. What a wonderful Friend and Savior, a constant companion, “a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” There’s no friend to me like Jesus. 

He is also known as the Shepherd. These terms are closely connected. He was to be “the shepherd, the stone of Israel” Gen. 49:24. Some, in this nation, claimed Him as such. David said, “The LORD is my shepherd.” Jesus claimed this title in John 10:11. “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” To fill this office meant death, entailed by suffering, of which Psalm 22 is prophetic. He was the sufficient, as well as efficient sacrifice. His resurrection declared Him to be “the great Shepherd” Heb. 13:20. Psalm 23 prophesied of this office. He cares for His sheep today, is touched with the feeling of their infirmities, able to supply every need, comfort, strengthen and make intercession as the great high priest. He is coming again a “chief shepherd” to receive His own unto Himself and reward them for their labor. “…God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shown toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” Heb. 6:10. Read I Pet. 5:4 and Psalm 24. What a privilege and blessing to know Him, as a personal Friend and Shepherd?

SERUG: “Branch.” This is a symbol of kings descending from a royal line. “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, aned a Branch shall grow out of his roots” Isa. 11:1. Jesus Christ our Lord was made of the seed of David according to the flesh Rom. 1:3. The angel told Mary, even before conception, the greatness of Him. “He shall be great, and shall be called the  Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” Luke 1:32-33. Jesus was “born King of the Jews.” Pilate questioned Him before His crucifixion, “Art thou a king?” He acknowledged His God-given office by saying. “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world…” John 18:37. The Jews rejected Him and an inscription of mockery was placed on the cross. “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Man’s unbelief does not annul God’s promises. Jesus is still “King of the Jews” and “…in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” I Tim. 6:15. Read Rev. 19:16; Zech. 14:9; Psa. 89:18; 149:2. He desires to be king on the throne of our hearts now, and will be, as we submit to His rule.

TERAH: “Breathe, Blow.” Jesus comforted the hearts of the disciples in John 14-16 with truth concerning the Holy Ghost and His work. He was going away and He said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” This Comforter was to go alongside to help, console, guide and teach them in Jesus’ absence. After His resurrection, He appeared unto the disciples in a closed room, (they feared the Jews) and announced “Peace be unto you…he breathed on them, and saith unto them. Receive ye the Holy Ghost” John 20:21,22. O, how this must have thrilled their hearts, in stiring faith and courage to receive this promised Comforter! This divine, holy breathe of inspiration was a preparation for the Holy Ghost, whom they were to receive about ten days later.

Just before His ascension, He led them out as far as Bethany and instructed them to return to Jerusalem and wait for this promise Luke 24:49-53. Exactly ten days after His ascension, the Holy Ghost came on the day of Pentecost and filled those waiting ones with mighty power. The evidence; “they…began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” Acts 2:1-4. O Hallelujah! This power is just the same today and available to all who will believe and receive Acts 2:39.

ABRAM: “Exalted Father.” Humiliation comes before exaltation. Abram experienced this while waiting for a “promised son.” Out of death come life. “Who against hope believed in hope…being not weak in faith he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb…staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to  God…being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, he was able to perform” Rom. 4:18-21. Praise God, Isaac was born! Isaac was a wonderful type of Christ. “And the Word (Christ) was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” Which was indeed a supernatural act of God. Before God could exalt Him, he had to experience humiliation. Jesus said, “Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” John 12:24. He was that “grain of wheat.” “…he humbled himself, and become obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” Phil. 2:8. By this act, He is bringing many sons unto glory, being the captain of their salvation. O, how the Father has exalted His dear Son! He has “given him a name (Jesus) which is above every name, set him at his own right hand,” angels, authorities, and powers being made subject unto him; hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” Phil. 2;9-11; I Pet. 3:22; Eph. 1:20-22. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” Rev. 4:11. HALLELUJAH! “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Satisfied


Gladys Crook


A few thoughts on the word “Satisfy” found in the Psalms:

In the 90th Psalm, verse 3, we find that the Lord turned man to destruction and then commanded, “Return, ye children of men,” and how it seemed to be a continual dwelling in the fear and wrath of the Lord. They realized how short their life really was, and finally, in verse 13 cried out, “Return, O LORD, how long? And let it repent thee concerning thy servants.” In verse 14, they cried out, “O satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Surely, it is only the mercies of the Lord that can satisfy the soul. “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning” Lam. 3:22,23.

Then in Psalm 107, verse 9: “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Only the Lord can fill that longing down deep within us, and also the hunger for Him. In this Psalm, we see how the children of Israel and we are much alike, left to ourselves. They were constantly moving away from the Lord, and when they got into deep trouble, they cried unto the Lord. God is always faithful to hear the cry of His own, and He delivered them out of their distresses. Four times in this Psalm we read, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness and his wonderful works to the children of men!” They seemingly forget so quickly.

In Psalm 103, verse 5, we read, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” There are many good things mentioned in the Word. Hebrews 13:9: “…it is good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” Also in Psalm 92:1 we read, ‘It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.” Also Psalm 84:11: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” So we thank the Lord that we can be satisfied with good things, and can be renewed like the eagle.

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” Psalm 91:1. The last verse reads, “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” The Lord gives a long life of satisfaction, and all the while He shows us His salvation, which is Jesus Christ. Simeon, coming into the temple, took up the baby Jesus in his arms and said, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace…For mine eyes have seen thy salvation…A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” Luke 2:29-32.

The lest verse of Psalm 17: “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied when I awake, with thy likeness.” We shall not be fully satisfied until we behold Him and are made like Him, fully conformed to His image.

Enrichment


Jack Davis


“The king will enrich him with great riches…”
I Samuel 17:25.

This interesting statement was made concerning the person that would defeat the man that had defied the armies of the living God.

We read of faithful men like David, Joseph and Daniel that were enriched by kings in Old Testament times. Then we also think of how the god of this world has promised so much, but all that he offers is contaminated, soiled, decaying. Thank God, He that is to reign as King of kings offers us true riches of eternal wealth, an incorruptible inheritance.

Joseph: “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee; and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt” Gen. 41:41-43. Joseph was called a prosperous man. He had gone to the pit, to prison, but praise God, he landed in the palace, because God was with him. Shall we learn from considering what God brought him through?

Daniel: “Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be third ruler in the kingdom” Dan. 5:29. The kingdom of Belshazzar went down, but praise God, Daniel went up, being promoted in the kingdom that succeeded. “So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian” Dan. 6:28.

David: “Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely; and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants” I Sam. 18:4,5. God saw to it that these faithful men prospered. David was aware of the benefit of being in the favor of the king, even Saul. David also learned about enrichment from a higher King, let us learn as well.

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s who will give you that which is your own?” Luke 16:10-12.

The King of our hearts has true riches for the faithful. It is evident that where, and in whom, we put our trust determines how trustworthy we are. When we think of Divine enrichment, we think of the apostle Paul. In Paul’s epistles we learn that we enter into the enjoyment of divine enrichment, by divine enlightenment, enablement and encouragement.

“According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” I Tim. 1:11.12.

Oh, what unsearchable wealth God committed to Paul’s trust, for us Eph. 3:8. God used Paul to let us know that we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. God would make known on vessels of mercy prepared unto glory, the riches of His glory Rom. 9:23. He that is rich in mercy, will show, in the ages to come, the exceeding riches of His grace Eph. 2:4,7. He also would have us to know the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints Eph. 1:18. Paul was inspired to pray that God would grant us strengthening in the inner man, according to the riches of His glory Eph. 3:16. He wrote to the Philippians that honored God, that God would supply all their need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ Phil. 4:19. God would make known (Divine enlightenment) unto us the riches of the glory of the mystery among the gentiles; which is Christ in you the hope of glory Col. 1:27.

The men of Israel spoke to David that staying Goliath would make one rich. It is important when going into battle to know your enemy. David knew the man that he was about to go up against from God’s viewpoint. He spoke of him as this “uncircumcised Philistine” that had defied the armies of the living God.

There is one main man that Satan would use to rob us of our reward, and take our crown Col. 2:18; Rev. 3:11. “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the  Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” Gal. 5:24-26.

We are given in this portion some encouragement toward spiritual enrichment. He urges, “let us.” According to the provisional fact stated in Galatians 2:20, we do well to let Him do the living in us. We are Christ’s, and the full overcomer allows Him to fully posses them, dominate their lives with His love, instead of being ruled by the flesh. Oh yes, there is unsearchable wealth for those finding this true in personal experience. Read also Col. 3:5-17; Rom. 8:12-14; 134:10-14.

Saul had told David, “Thou art not able…” but after hearing David speak faith, he said; “Go, and the LORD be with thee.” We read in Romans 8:31,32, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”

We are told that “Godliness with contentment is great gain” I Tim. 6:6. “Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” I Tim. 4:8. We are not to “trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” I Tim. 6:17. Trusting in the living God will bring us into lasting wealth that is durable, and true.

ENLIGHTENMENT toward ENRICHMENT: The Holy Spirit must make us realize our need, or we never even begin to enter into the enjoyment of divine wealth. Jesus said, “When he (the Comforter) is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” John 16:8. He makes mankind aware of their bankrupt condition, their total depravity. There is no deeper poverty than to be without Christ, without hope and without God Eph. 2:12. God’s Word spells out these facts so very clearly, Romans, chapters one through three, expresses it in detail., but it is the Holy Spirit that brings it home to the heart of man.

The Holy Spirit also makes us to know that God is rich in mercy. “…the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly: Psalm 84:11. When Abram had honored “the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,” Above opportunity for material gain, God said unto him, “…I am thy shield, thy exceeding great reward” Gen. 15:1.

Shall we trust Him to guide us into the enjoyment of our God-given riches? Consider I Cor. 2:9-12. He would make us know the provision, and preparation that has gone into making us rich, as well as teaching us the true value of all things.  How else could we possibly have a hint of what it cost our dear Lord Jesus Christ to enrich us with such great riches? “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” II Cor. 8:9.

The life of Jesus Christ in us would also enrich others and our Father as well. Read II Cor. 6:10 – “…as poor, yet making many rich…”.

DELIVERANCE


Roy Clark



“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all” – Psalm 34:19.

This scripture gives us great assurance and confidence that though our trials be many, God is always faithful to deliver and give victory in every situation. Affliction here means adversity, distress, tribulation or trouble.

We are never given the promise that we will have not trouble, when we walk with God. On the contrary, we are told that we will have troubles but God will deliver us “out of them all.” Troubles come in all sizes, shapes and forms. They come at any time of day or night. They come to young and old alike, touching every area of our lives. Troubles come to all men whether they are believers or unbelievers. “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” Job 14:1.

Troubles cause us to seek God. “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” Psa. 27:5. What a wonderful hiding place, the Rock Christ Jesus! God allows trouble to come our way to teach us how to trust Him more. Through trouble, we can come to know the Lord in a way that might not otherwise have been possible. We get closer to Him when the distress gets great. He hides us, and we come to know “the secret of his tabernacle” – a place of closeness and sweet communion we might not otherwise have known.

Paul says, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” II Cor. 4:8,9. He says these trials come our way” …that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body” vs. 10. Then he follows with this wonderful summation, “For 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: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” vs. 17,18.

Although the words affliction, trouble, and distress (or variations of these words) are found in the Psalms more than a hundred times, the focus is not on the trial, but on the deliverance we have in the Lord. We find a hiding place; we learn of His grace and His mighty power. Our thoughts are directed in a positive way to evercoming and standing fast. It is a way of progress and growth. We could not learn His greatness without the trial.

God invites us to call upon Him in our time of trouble. “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” Psa. 50:15. Notice that He gets the glory. David says, “Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble” Psa. 143:11. We are quickened, and His name is set forth, and His righteousness magnified. Praise Him!

Team Uppahar, India


Dearly Beloved,

Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let our hearts be filled with gratitude as we enter this new month which our Lord has graciously given us. This month on August 15th we are celebrating the 73rd Independence Day. Let us thank God for our country and never forget to pray for its peace and prosperity and the real independent from the bondage of Satan.

Matthew 9:36-38 says that as Jesus looked upon the multitudes that had gathered around Him - the helpless and hopeless. He was moved with compassion. Why? Because, first, Jesus saw that they had departed from God. They were scattered. They were like sheep outside the fold without company or fellowship. They were away from the Shepherd without guidance or protection. Second, Jesus saw that they were dead in their transgressions and sins. They were lost under a burdensome load of sin. They were ruled by the spirit of disobedience and rebellion. Third, Jesus saw that they were destined to go to hell. He could see their end from the beginning. He knew that apart from Him, they would not be saved. Fourth, Jesus saw their despair without a shepherd. They did not have a right spiritual leader. They knew nothing about the blessings of the Church the joy and peace that comes in the fellowship of believers.
Beloved, the people of our country and the world at large have gone away from God. They do not have a right relationship with Him. They are dead in their sin. They need to be reached by soul winners who have great passion for souls as that of Jesus. Do we have such a compassionate heart? Are our hearts broken because our people do not know the Savior? Jesus calls us to do two things. First, Visualize - See the harvest! Millions of people are rushing to hell everyday to face eternal condemnation. They need Jesus who alone can save their souls. Let us enter the field and harvest the crop - the souls of our dear ones, for Jesus before they perish. Second, we need to agonize in prayer - Jesus said, “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for His harvest field.” We have to constantly pray to the Lord to raise up more men and women to go and work in His field. Our Lord has given us the greatest job the world has ever known! Let us rise up now and do our part cheerfully.

We thank God for our CDO’s, VDW’s and leaders who are in the harvest field. Please uphold them in your prayers. We plan to have more spiritual program from September to February 2020. We would like to count all His blessings since last 20 years he has done we have experienced. Praise the Lord!

Please continue to pray for the ministry, safety of visitors who will be ministering to us and encouraging from the Word of God.

God bless. Yours in His service,
Rajat Kumar Pani
Uppahar.rajat@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

WISE UNTO SALVATION


Jack Davis

Part 2


WISE IN PRESERVATION


“The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks” – Proverbs 30:26.

Who could take wisdom from such feeble folk? There are different ideas as to what these Conies of that day were, but by most they were thought to be among the most defenseless of God’s little creatures. Oh, how wise are those today that have fled to the “rock of our salvation for refuge.” The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies” – Psalm 104:18.

Where do we build, and where do we abide? The love-life of Solomon was told of being “in the clefts of the rock.” Those feeble folk today, that are not able to defend themselves, are wise to build for security.

“Whosoever cometh unto me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock” – Luke 6:47-48.

What marvelous instruction we have in God’s Word for being spiritually constructive. Taking the Word of our Lord into receptive hearts and acting upon it, we build upon a good foundation. The Lord gave the Apostle Paul the blueprint for the church, specifying lasting building materials, that must be used, I Cor. 3:9-15. Thank God that we are given the materials to build with that will stand the fire test. He made it so very clear that this wasn’t a competitive business that necessitated tearing down the work of others in order to be successful.

Paul says, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise” – II Cor. 10:12. What security is there in such? We become stronger in our stand when we are used by the Lord to strengthen and edify our brother.

It is a great privilege to be one of the Lord’s “feeble folk” that have been learning to lean on the Beloved, and not on our own understanding. To the world, and the majority of Christendom they are considered small and insignificant, if considered at all. Yet these “feeble folk,” out of weakness, are being made strong in the power of His might. Such are chosen of God to confound the worldly wise, and the things of worldly might. Oh yes, God has chosen the base and despised things which are considered to be nothing, to bring to nothing the things that are considered of great import. The ultimate purpose in such choice is that the truly wise may glory in the Lord - I Cor. 1: 25-31.

These find their happy home in Him, and therein abide, being richly satisfied. They are fully aware that their “life is hid with Christ in God” (precious stones in the rock within the rock). In their “little strength” they “lay hold upon the hope set before us.”
The only safe building place is in the Rock.

WISDOM IN PROGRESSING

“The locust have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands” – Proverbs 30:27.

The king that we are wise to let rule in our hearts and lives, has not yet claimed the universal throne, and is not yet visible to the natural eye. Yet His faithful co-heirs are not without clear direction. I Tim. 1:17, and 6:15-16. The Holy Spirit was went to direct wise movement in the will of God. May we not learn from the locust, of the unity of the Spirit? Eph. 4:3. Is there not a great waste in energy and effort in Christendom today? I wonder why?

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” – Eph. 5:17-18. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” I Cor. 12:13. We enter this body by spiritual birth - John 3:6-8. We each then need to drink in of God’s Spirit, and by spiritual growth, grow up into Christ in all things. He (the Holy Spirit) is our wise guide and teacher into all truth - John 16:13; I Cor. 2:9-16. “For as many as are lead by the Spirit of God, they are the sons on God” – Rom. 8;14. But if ye be lead of the Spirit, ye are not under the law” – Gal. 5:18. It is easy to see where the Spirit leads, and know His realm of operation. Paul was inspired to write “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. If we live in the Spirit, let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another –  Gal. 5:16, 25-26.

In the living creatures (Cherubims) we seem to find the ultimate expression of the unity of the Spirit. As with the locust, “go they forth by bands.” We see the full overcomers prophetically imaged, hence, symbolically expressed. We read in Eze. 1:9, “Their wings were joined one to another, they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. Thus were their faces; and their wings stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went - Eze. 1:9, 11-12.

May we not sense in these, their wings expressing their ability to rise and reign, mounting up over all hindering obstacles. In this power to overcome the strivings of the earthbound flesh, they are united. Joined one to another, they rise above the things that cause divisions, and go straight forward, where the  Spirit was to go.

UNTIL THEN


Anita Clark – Pastor, Carbondale, KS



I Timothy 6:12-14 - “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession. That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Our focus today should be the “Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Apostle Paul called the world of his day, “this present evil world (Gal. 1:4). The world at that time was full of sin and debauchery. As we read about the history of that time, we are amazed at the riotous living and sinfulness that went on during the Roman Empire in Paul’s day. He admonishes Timothy to keep his view Spiritual and looking toward the soon appearing of Christ. Paul thought that Christ would come in the time they lived in, but He has not returned yet, over 2,000 years later. The world is in worse condition than when Apostle Paul was here. II Timothy 3:13 tells us, “Evil seducers shall wax worse and worse.” This prophecy has definitely came to pass. But the child of God, who vehemently looks for the Lord’s appearing, will be ready to go to be with the Lord, when He calls whether by life or by death. As Apostle Paul says in Philippians 1:20, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that my boldness as always, so now Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”

In Luke 19:12-13, Jesus told a parable, “ A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said to them, Occupy till I come.” the word “occupy” means in the Greek, “To busy one’s self with, to trade.” In other words, “I must be about my Father’s business (As Jesus said).” In the English “occupy” means “to fill or preoccupy the mind and thoughts.” Other words that describe this are, “to busy, absorb, engross, preoccupy, or hold the attention.” So, we are to occupy doing God’s will until Jesus comes back.

Philippians 4:8-9 tells us to occupy our mind with, “...whatsoever things are true, ... are honest, ... are just, ... are pure, ... are lovely, ... are of good report, ... if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.” These are the things to meditate on until He comes back to take us to dwell with Him forever. Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore, be you also ready, for in such an hour that you think not, the Son of man cometh.”

In Philippians 1:6, Apostle Paul says, “Being confident of this very thing that He which hath began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Until Jesus comes back again to catch away His waiting Bride, work in our lives goes on. There’s a little song which says, “He’s still working on me to make me what I ought to be.” Until He comes this wonderful work is going on to change us into His image. It is not done by gritting our teeth to try to overcome in our own self effort. Any of us who have ever tried that, know that we cannot achieve what we would like. Our part is to yield to the Lord’s working, which will go on until He comes. He will have a bride who is prepared, as is seen in Revelation 19:7-8.

In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ tells of the future events, of the coming judgment and the endtime scenario of the wickedness of the world and the Antichrist. In verse 32, He speaks of the “fig tree” which is representative of the nation of Israel. Jesus says, “When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh; So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generations shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Here again we have the word “till” or until. This shows that certain prophetic things must happen before the Lord will return in power and glory. This is speaking of His return at the end of the seven years of tribulation, not His appearing before the tribulation which is mentioned in I Thess 4:13-18.

In Job 14:14, he says, “ All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change comes.” This word he uses “wait” means in the Hebrew, “be patient, have hope, stay or trust.” Paul speaks of this truth in I Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be changed.” We are certainly waiting for the change. Praise the Lord! “Death will be swallowed up in victory (Vs. 54).”

As we wait, “Until Then” we worship and serve the Lord and others. In I Corinthians 11:23-26, Apostle Paul instructs about remembering the Lord’s death by eating and drinking of the bread and the wine. This is a blessed time to remember and think of what the Lord did for us on Calvary, as He gave His life for us to be redeemed. In Verse 26, the Apostle says, “For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup you do show forth the Lord’s death, till He comes.”

Until He comes, what are we to be doing? Walking with God everyday - Letting God lead and direct us everyday - Yielding to His divine will for our lives - Praying and seeking Him on every occasion for every need that comes up - Loving Him supremely, above all else - Looking and watching for Him to come today! Praise the Lord!

Hear Ye Him


And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Matthew 17:1-5

I think Peter had a reaction that is common to many. There are many monuments/religious “sacred” sites that man has created because he felt something important happened there. However, it seems clear that God was not interested in that kind of distraction from His people. His statement is really clear and clearly heard by those that were there. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”

So then, the question is: are we hearing Him? Maybe more succinctly, are we listening to Him? Or, are we too distracted by our own ideas and desires, even if they be “religious.” Being able to listen to someone requires some closing of our own mouth and concentration on the person speaking.

When the disciples heard the voice from heaven, it caused them to fall on their face, and I think they were very quiet at that point. What is the effect on us when God speaks? Falling on their face is a sign of absolute reverence. “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,” Psalm 95:6-7.

The first thing needed to be able to truly hear Him speak to us is reverence – the fear of the Lord. If we do not believe that He is who He claims to be, how are we going to listen to Him? “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9. We must believe that this is true, and so then, whatever God has to say is of extreme importance and not subject to our conclusion about it’s truth. It is absolute truth.

Secondly, we must be quiet (mouth and mind) to concentrate and meditate on what He has to say to us. Halfway listening is not listening at all. There is so much noise today from the world around us that distracts us from listening to the Lord. So many are listening to the latest thing that is posted on Facebook or some other social media that they cannot hear the truth of God’s Word. Just remember that only God’s Word is truth. Everything else is based on some person’s interests and desires. Be careful what you hear, and more importantly, who you hear.

Gordon Crook

UNITY OF THE BODY


Alice S. Mooneyhan


“For by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body…”
I Cor. 12:13

The unity of the body of believers was made on the day of Pentecost through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, so that others who believed, were added to the Church by the Lord, or were added to the Lord (Acts 2:47).

“…he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit” (I Cor. 6:17). “There is one body…” (Eph. 4:4). The reason we do not see the unity among God’s people is because all members do not allow Christ, our only and all-sufficient Head to direct them.

Either they are ignorant of the truth, or else they permit others to usurp the headship of Jesus Christ and lead them away after themselves, of whom Paul warned us in Acts 20:29-30: “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”

In writing to the church at Corinth, “with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,” Paul stated: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” – I Cor. 1:10

Is it any wonder then that he warns us in Rom. 16:17: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

We do not break the unity of the body of Christ when we judge the evil within the Church and separate from it. On the other hand, it is only by separation from evil that the unity and holiness of the body of Christ is maintained. “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us…Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother” – II Thess. 3:6,15.

WHAT’S IN A NAME


Part 1


Kathryn Devers


The ancestry of Abraham is recorded in Gen. 11:10-26 through the line of Shem. The Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah and Redeemer of Israel, was born of the seed of Abraham. In this section of scripture, from the meaning of at least eight of these names, the character and mission of Christ are foretold. To study the meaning of names has always been of great interest to me and I trust this will be a blessing to you.

SHEM means “a name.” Even before the conception of the Lord Jesus, the angel told Mary his name. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS” – Luke 1:31. He was indeed unique. In this name is authority, power, excellency, majesty, etc. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”– Acts 4:12.

The lame man in Acts 3 was healed through faith in this “name.” “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know.” All service rendered in His name shall be rewarded. “And whatever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance.” – Col. 3:17,24.

Because of His condescension “…God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” – Phil. 2:9-11. O, praise God for the precious name of Jesus; just to bow before Him now in humble adoration and acknowledge His worthiness of all honor! I highly treasure this name; the sweetest I know. Hallelujah!

ARPHAXAD: “One that heals or releases.” Jesus returned to His home town, Nazareth, after His temptation in the wilderness, and entering the synagogue on the sabbath day. Stood up and read from the book of Isaiah. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” – Luke 4:16-18.

The word “heal” means “cure, make whole, restore health.” This is exactly what Jesus did during His short earthly ministry, which was a foreshadow of the effectiveness of His sacrifice at Calvary - Matt. 8:17. The gospels record many deliverances, such as: healing the lame, blind, deaf and dumb, lepers, a woman with “an issue of blood,” raised the dead, (Lazarus, Jairus’ only daughter, the widow’s only son). This certainly healed the brokenhearted, cast out unclean spirits, etc. He had power to forgive sins and did - Matt. 9:1-6. Bless God, His blood has never lost its power! What a man! He is just the same today as yesterday, and worthy of our trust.

One day, this same Jesus is going to “heal, restore,” His people Israel of all their woes. “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight” -Hosea 6:1-2.

SALAH: “Mission, Sent forth.” It was in the mind of God to send His dear Son on a mission, even before the foundation of the world. “Sent” means “send away to a place appointed.” “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” – John 3:17. He was willing to leave that intimate place of fellowship with the Father (John 1:18) by coming to this sinful world (the appointed place) to fulfill His will.

The world was already condemned or under the sentence of death because of Adam’s sin. “…as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” – Rom. 5:12. The only way of deliverance for the guilty sinner was death, and Jesus was willing to pay the debt by taking the sinner’s place. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.” “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” – Heb. 9:28; John 3:15. Thus He accomplished “the definite task” of the Father and “became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” – Heb. 5:9. What a gracious Savior!


PELEG: “A Channel, Passage Way.” “God is a Spirit,” and must have a channel through which He can exhibit His divine attributes, i.e. love, mercy, grace, etc., to both sinners and saints. Jesus Christ is that channel. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.” “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” – John 1:14; Heb. 1:3.

Thus Christ was the representation of God’s substance, deity in the world. He is the “passage way” for every blessing that flows into this world from a loving gracious God. “…we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” “…having made peace through the blood of his cross” – Col. 1:14,20. “…saved from wrath through him.” “…we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” – Rom. 5:9,11. “…a son and…heir of God through Christ” – Gal. 4:7. Made rich THROUGH His poverty - II Cor. 8:9. He gives us freely all things THROUGH Him - Rom. 8:32. Ultimate victory over death is THROUGH Him – I Cor. 15:57. O, what eternal riches and blessings are ours to enjoy! “That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” – Eph. 2:7. O, to be found in Him, and to have that righteousness, which is THROUGH the faith of Christ, is my desire! How about you?
To be continued