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Even He Takes a Day Off To
Jehovah is a busy God. He is holding the universe together, helping His children and preparing a Heavenly home for us. Yet, even He takes a day off to rest (to lead by example the need for rest, not that He needs one). Joseph a son of Jehovah
Can Only Occur If
Reconciliation can only occur if there is a two sided coin used. One sincerely repents, the other completely forgives. Joseph- Anthony: Green
Born Crucified, yet Alive in Christ
The Christian life is a daily putting off all that belonged to the unregenerate old self and constantly putting on all that belongs to the new life in Christ. The cross and the resurrection extend their power and influence over the believer’s entire life.
The Christian life is constantly producing new life. This new life in Christ through His Spirit must be daily replacing within the soul what our daily crucifixion of the flesh is taking away. This new life in Christ fills the emptiness created by self-denial with some new likeness of Christ. In place of the natural affection, there comes some new divine affection (Eph. 4:17-32).
“You are dead . . . . you are risen with Christ” (Col. 3:1, 6).
The flesh will never produce a strong spiritual life that pleases God and looks and smells like authentic Christianity. The flesh will always disgrace the Lord Jesus Christ no matter how you try to dress it up in legalism.
The Holy Spirit is busy making real in the believer’s life what is already true of him doctrinally.
The believer has not only died, but is to “die daily” with Christ as long as we live in this present life because we are in “an irreconcilable enmity” between the flesh and the spirit (Gal. 5:17). We have no option but to take up the cross daily in following Christ. The flesh can only reproduce itself. It holds no possibility of a divine life. This dying to self and sin is something we do daily.
Our life-long growth in Christ-likeness is a determination to deliver us to death for Christ’s sake all that is kin to our old life before we gave our lives to Christ. It is also a commitment to put on Christ daily.
It is each believer’s responsibility to submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in mortifying the flesh and therefore bring our body under the dominion of the cross of Christ.
Moreover, the Christian life is not just a life of crucifixion; it is also a new life in Christ Jesus.
“You are risen with Christ.” This is the second part of this essential doctrine of Christian living. Our progressive sanctification includes both “taking off” the old self and “putting on” the new. Since “you are risen with Christ” keep on “seeking those things which are above.”
Yes, we “die daily,” but we were also made a “new creation” in Christ and our inward person is being “renewed day by day.”
The apostle Paul wrote, “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).
The daily spiritual growth of the Christian towards perfection lies always in these two opposite directions. The believer is always subjecting, repressing, and mortifying the natural man on the one hand, and nourishing, developing, and renewing the spiritual man on the other. It is not one or the other; it is both principles and activities working in conjunction with one another.
It is our responsibility to daily judge and mortify all that we find in our attitudes, behaviors and values that are in the flesh and contrary to authentic Christian living. Yes, there must be a daily denial to anything that is not Christ-like.
A negative process is never adequate to accomplish a positive goal. And no amount or kind of self-denial can make a person holier, or sinless. What is needed is the means of bringing him into more intimate fellowship with Christ. Every retreat from the life of the flesh must be followed by a deeper entering into the life of the Spirit. We take off the old man, and we put on the new man in Christ.
As we abide in Christ, we walk as our Lord walked.
SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Brings Joy to My Heart.
Giving thanks unto Jehovah brings joy to my heart. Joseph a son of Jehovah
If You Have no Faith in The
If you have no faith in the future, then you have no power in the present. And you do not believe in Jesus or that He will guide you through it. Joseph a son of Jehovah
I Want to Know One Thing
I want to know one thing: the way to heaven. John Wesley
So Must You Be.
The joy of the Lord is your strength, and as your Master was anointed with the oil of gladness in his work, so must you be.
Behold, What Manner of Love
Jesus wept at the tomb of His friend Lazarus. The Jewish people who saw Him responded to one another, “Behold, how He loved him” (John 11:35-36).
C. H. Spurgeon said to his congregation in London, “Most of us here, I trust, are not mere onlookers, but we have a share in the special love of Jesus. We see evidences of that love, not in the tears, but in the precious blood that He so freely shed for us. . . . Behold how He loves us!”
Have you ever asked yourself where or when He first loved you? With fullness of heart we can say, “See, how He loves me!” Is the beginning of that great love when we first believed? Could it have begun when He died for us? As we reflect back on our lives and His love for us there is no time when He did not love us.
When we ponder the beginning of His love for us, it takes us beyond our creation into past eternity.
In eternity past Jesus so identified Himself with us and covenanted to redeem us.
From past eternity Jesus looked down the distant future in His divine perspective and saw the disastrous ruin of sin in our lives and chose to do something about it. In past eternity Jesus Christ took up our cause and pledged to be the guarantee of God’s eternal covenant. Jesus knew that sinful man could never fulfill the demands of the covenant with the LORD God. Therefore, Jesus pledged to fulfill man’s part of the covenant. He did so on our behalf long before we were able to have any part of it.
Jesus pledged to die for us by giving His life as a ransom for our sins. It was a unilateral covenant through His own blood for it is sealed “through the blood of the eternal covenant” (Heb. 13:20).
It was not bilateral because He did it in past eternity by Himself without our asking. It is eternal, and because it is by His grace it is undeserved. Jesus knew that we could never remedy our sin problem so He stepped in, and out of His love and mercy did it for us.
In that great act of love He united Himself with us so that His life became our life, His death became our death, His burial became our burial and His resurrection became our resurrection. What love!
Where did Jesus do that? When He first loved us. Behold, what manner of love He has for you and me! Even before we were born, even before creation, even before the Fall, even before we sinned, His great love was settled for us. Behold, how He loves us!
“When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father'” (Gal. 4:4-6).
Again, we can only exclaim, “See what manner of love He has for us!” We can never lose that adoption. It is guaranteed in eternity, purchased by the blood of the Son of God at Calvary, and sealed by the Holy Spirit the moment we believed on Christ as our Redeemer.
What our Redeemer planned in eternity past before the foundation of the world, He accomplished in time, and it is guaranteed by His resurrection for all eternity. Cf. Romans 8:37-39; John 15:13; 3:16; Galatians 4:4-6.
Although our salvation was planned in eternity, and Christ fulfilled that eternal covenant in His own blood at Calvary, it is not automatic.
Jesus calls us personally and persistently until we respond to “the sweet compulsion of His grace.”
Have you responded in sweet surrender to His abounding love and grace? Do you have eyes only for Jesus? Or is the Holy Spirit still pursuing you and pleading with you to put your faith in Jesus Christ?
“Behold how He loves us,” but as Spurgeon asked, has anyone ever said to you, “Behold how he or she loves Jesus”? Can your friends say of you and me, “See what manner of love he or she has for Jesus”? “Behold how they love Jesus.” Has anyone ever said to you, “Why do you love Him so?” Why do you love and serve Jesus Christ?
And when they do ask you, what will you say to them?
“Behold, what manner of love . . . .”
SELAH! Pause – reflect- just think of that!
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006 Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author’s written consent.
Do You Thank Him For
I sing to the Lord because he has taken care of me. Psalms 13 The Holy Bible The New Century Version
How many times have you sung to Jehovah for His daily care for you?
Do you thank Him for a roof over your head?
I have seen many poor living in one room shacks with no running water, and little heat in sub-zero heat.
Do you thank Him for the clothes on your back?
I have seen many poor that have no shoes, two pairs of pants and two shirts.
Do you thank Him for the food He blesses you with?
I have seen many living off of nothing but beans and rice. I thin slice of meat is a luxury to them.
Do you thank Him for your health?
I have seen many that are like zombies in seniors homes and many that are constantly sick because of poor living conditions.
Do you than Him for your security?
I have lived in area’s where you do not go out at night and in the day time it is a gamble. I have lived where it was common to see dead bodies washed up on the beach in the morning.
Do you thank Him for sending The Holy Spirit to guide you?
He has guided me away from so much danger and so many disasters.
I thank Him with songs of love and gratitude every morning when I wake up, countless times during the day and before bed at night.
How many time in a day do you sing unto Him songs of love and gratitude?
A grateful heart is the most precious gift we can give to He who have given so much to us. Joseph- Anthony a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you most gracious and kind Jehovah Jireth (Genesis 22:14 The LORD Shall Provide) for blessing with with Your abundant blessings every day. Many of which I am not even aware of. I praise You in the name of Your greatest blessing to me, Jesus Christ. Amen May you have a grateful towards He who has given so much to you.
Seleh- stop and think about it.
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