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“Paul’s Spiritual Might”

2Corinthians 10

Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
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;)

And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible

Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

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.
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
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Hoekstra’s Day by Day by Grace (August 31st) Moses Pointing to the Lord for Battle

Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies; do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:3-4) And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place  Deu 3:22 – Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.  Jos 23:10 – One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
Moses is another example of those who lived by grace in the Old Testament. He knew the necessity of relying upon the sufficiency of God, instead of upon the inadequate resources of man. One illustration of this is seen when he pointed Israel to the Lord for battle.

When the children of Israel would enter into the Promised Land, innumerable battles would lie before them. These battles were inevitable, since godless nations had entrenched themselves in the land: “because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you” (Deuteronomy 9:5). Thus, the history of Israel documents one battle after another.

Moses announced the truth that the people of the Lord need to hear as the battle draws near. “Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies; do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them.” So often, when the warfare appears, the foe seems invincible: “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you” (Deuteronomy 20:1). The natural temptation is to “faint …be afraid…tremble or be terrified.” Another temptation is to try to match the enemy horse for horse and chariot for chariot. The Scriptures warn of the futility of turning to worldly resources. “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 31:1).

Moses knew that God’s people need a reminder that the Lord wants to be our hope. When we must go into the battles of life, the Lord accompanies us. “For the LORD your God is He who goes with you.” He is with us not only to comfort us, but also to battle on our behalf: “to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” The Lord can fight for His people in an unlimited variety of ways. He can change the hearts of those who oppose us. He can bring their plans to naught. He can trap them in their own evil plans. He can cause our enemies to turn and devour one another. He can effectively save us in any manner that He chooses.

O Lord,

my Defender, I face many battles that leave me intimidated and fearful. My hope is often placed in my own worldly strategies or the help that man can offer. Lord, I look to You afresh to fight for me and to rescue me any way You choose, for Your glory and honor, Amen.

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John 5:24

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Reflection
Here lies the unfathomable hope that all Christians share alike: By the blood of Jesus Christ, we pass out of death and despair and into eternal life full of joy.

 

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Psalms 107:1-2,43

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. 

Matt. 19:17-And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Jer.9:12 – Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?

  Dan.12:10-Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

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The True Christ described

1Colossians,1:10-16

That you might walk worthy of the LORD  unto all pleasing. being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God: Strenghtened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hast made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hast delivered us from  the power of darkness, and hast translated us into the Kingdom of his dear son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:who is the the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by him were all  things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominons, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 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; For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high ;Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

   Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

 

 

 

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Fixated On God

Proverbs 30:5-6

(D)Every word of God is pure:  (E)he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.  (F)Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

 Ps.12:6>The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Ps.18:30>As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

 Ps.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.

Deut.4:2>Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Rev.22:18>For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Exodus 33:17-18

 And the LORD said unto Mo’ses, (T)I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he said, I beseech thee,(U) shew me thy glory.

Eph.3:19>And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

1Thess.4:3-5>That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

Hebrews 11:24-26

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Gen.19:21>And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

Jas.5:16>Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

1Tim.6:16 >Who only hath 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. Amen.

1Thess.4:3-5> For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

 

 

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An “Unpopular” Promise Regarding Persecution

we sometimes do not want the drama, yet this the word we received, and yes it’s a hard spiritual truth,amen?

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12)

For a final visit, we return to the category of “unpopular” promises. This promise guarantees persecution for serious believers in Jesus Christ. In a church world where many treasure comfort and popularity, this promise is not well-received.

This promise is given to those who want to live a life of godliness: “who desire to live godly.” Godliness is the will of the Lord for His people. “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness”(1 Timothy 6:11). Our Lord Himself declared that there is great blessing in having a passion for righteous living. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst forrighteousness (Matthew 5:6a). The blessing is God’s pledge to satisfy that heart which yearns for righteousness: “for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6b).

Yet, we have seen that fullness of righteousness is not all that is promised to those who want to walk in godliness. Persecution is also promised. “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Notice the comprehensive, inescapable dimension of this promise. All who desire to live godly… will suffer persecution.” There are no exceptions. There are no exemptions.

All who sincerely desire to follow the Lord Jesus Christ will experience the consequences that He met as He walked in righteousness. “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20). Jesus was not universally hailed for His righteous path. He was opposed, mocked, conspired against, and betrayed. We need not be startled when measures of similar persecutions befall us.

Of course, this promise of persecution is not given to discourage us from pressing on down the path of godliness. Rather, it is offered to prepare us for the difficulties that are guaranteed as we seek to grow in Christlikeness. The Lord even adds gracious encouragements to righteousness, so we will be strengthened to pursue His holy will in this matter. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness‘ sake, for theirsis the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10). Persecutions can remind us that we are headed for heaven. Persecutions can bring us heavenly measures of sustaining grace along the way.

O righteous Lord,

       I long to walk in Your paths of righteousness. Strengthen my heart with Your grace that I might press on in godliness. Help me to never shrink back, even though persecutions are guaranteed. Help me to stand true, even though persecutions may become severe. Lord, I count on Your promises to see me through the battles, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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2Timothy 3:12

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Matt.16:24>Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

John 17:14>I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Acts 14:22>Confirming…

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Genesis 17:5-9

“Abram’s name changed”

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee, And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of theeAnd I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

Gen.28:13>And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

Heb.11:16>But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Rom. 9:7-9>Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed .For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Ex.6:7>And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.              ( Cares of the World )

Ex.29:45>And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

Lev.26:12>And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

Deut.4:37>And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;

Deut.14:2>For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

Deut.20:18>That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

Deut.29:13>That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Ps.48:14>For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Rev.21:7>He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

Ps.25:10>All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

 

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(2 Peter 1:4 and John 15:4-5) By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you […]

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(2 Peter 1:4 and John 15:4-5)

 

By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine natureAbide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Eph.4:24>And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Heb.12:10>For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

1John3:2>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. Eph.2:21-22>In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Col.1:23> If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

1John2:6> He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked

Prov.11:30>The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winns souls is wise.

Hos.14:8> Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.

Luke13:6-9> And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Gal.5:22-23>But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

This promise of shared life is so “exceedingly great and precious” that we would do well to consider it further. Being “partakers of the divine nature” (without becoming divine ourselves) is a difficult concept to grasp. The Scriptures clearly invite us to live day by day through Christ sharing His life in us. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Yet, how to walk in this truth can seem quite elusive. In His teaching on the vine and the branches, Jesus provided a wonderful physical illustration of this tremendous spiritual reality.
Jesus’ visible example involves actual grapevines, grape branches, and the grapes that can potentially result. For grapes to grow, the appropriate life source must be accessed by the branches. The grape branches do not have this life in themselves. “The branch cannot bear fruit of itself.” In order to bear grapes, the grape branch must share in the life of the vine. “The branch cannot bear fruit… unless it abides in the vine.” This can be irrefutably demonstrated by separating a grape branch from its vine. No grapes can ever be produced on the branches, if the life of the vine is not flowing through the branches. The life of the vine is essential.
The spiritual application specifies Jesus as the vine and us as the branches. “I am the vine, you are the branches.” For Christlike fruit to develop in us, the appropriate life source must be accessed by us. We branches do not have this life in us: “neither can you [bear fruit], unless you abide in Me.” This truth is lamentably demonstrated daily by Christians who live self-sufficiently, not depending upon the life that is in Jesus, the vine. “Without Me you can do nothing.” Day by day Christian living is only possible by the shared life of Jesus at work through us.
Once again, we are reminded that humility and faith are the practical application for living as God intends. We must humbly depend upon Jesus for true fruitful living, just as grape branches must depend upon their vine for grapes.
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You that I do not have to produce true life in and of myself. Teach me to live by Your shared life. I want to humbly and dependently abide in You, that You might live in and through me, for Your glory, Amen.