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I do teach that we must labor and strive to enter His Rest.
It was UNBELIEF that prevented 99% if the Israelite's from entering the promised land. If anyone else would have believed they could have entered also.
Heb 4:10-11, "For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
John 3:18, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
True repentance must include the turning from unbelief to believing God's Word. (the LIVING Word who now resides within us.)
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| 2019/7/2 20:48||Profile|
| Re: and again,... continuing |
When The Lord draws us by His mighty Grace,... He begins to ‘circumcise’
our heart,.. and there is some mighty cutting away, of that fleshly heart.
...we think it hurts too.
It is the ‘circumcision’ made without hands.
“But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
“¶ In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of “THE OPERATION OF GOD, who hath raised him from the dead.”
13 “And you, being dead in your sins and **the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;“
*I find these video ‘s so very helpful,... bro Akanni explains the blood, the cross, our walk in Christ Jesus so well,..
“WALKING DAILY IN VICTORY “
Edited to include:
These videos that I am offering,are a series,...
I will continue ,Lord willing, until I offer them all.
—(About The Blood, the cross, the resurrection)
| 2019/7/3 11:07||Profile|
| Re: How many selfs?|
Is there a good you and a evil you?
Is there a good self and a evil self?
How many lives do you have?
Is Christ's life your only life - or do you have your own life and Christ has His own life?
Is your life different from Christ's life?
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There are not two selves but Jesus does not simply possess us and control our every thought and whim. If that was so, there would be no need for the 100s of admonitions in the NT. Nor would we be instructed to armor up.
The Christian experience is a steady push to keep moving forward. Paul likens it to a race that we must run. There is no resting or standing still because if you are not moving forward the truth is you will drift backwards. We can be at peace and rest in the struggle but nonetheless there is a struggle.
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You and I as believers in Jesus do have a very specific role to play as God fulfills His intentions through us in our lives and upon this earth. But our part is the actions of faith, not the actions of human performance.
Certainly our faith, working by love, flows out from us as the goodness of God in tangible blessing to others and as a river of life. But our engagement with God is based entirely on the absence of our performance and our fixation on God's performance.
The actions of faith, then, are those things God has given us to do that cause us to engage with and celebrate and believe in God Himself in Person, living as one person together with us through every word that is Jesus, as this God shows Himself as He wishes through our shared life.
The word that best sums up our actions of faith is the expectation of God.
Look at the intimacy with the Father that asking and believing really is, at the power of giving thanks for all things, speaking good grace into everything that happens to us, and the favor of God in which we walk every moment of our lives.
Now I do expect God to sustain me every second of the day because God always leads us in a celebration of full and total victory in all things before we see any such victory with our eyes. 2 Corinthians 2:14.
There is always, in God’s leading, the full expectation and consciousness of His goodness and favor. If that confidence is lacking, we are still in God’s goodness, we just cannot know it.
God always leads us in that way, to dance and shout in the celebration of and the certain expectation that you and I will please the Father and that we will win the victory in all difficulties that He takes us through, to celebrate in this way before we see it with our eyes.
To celebrate that victory as something that will take place in heaven in the sweet by and by means nothing. There is no faith in ideas about heaven.
The certainty of victory here and now is where faith lives. Complete and absolute victory, first in the little things, and then in the larger issues of life and death that God has placed before us, with the defeat of and complete victory over death being the purpose for which God has given us the Holy Spirit, and the full manifestation of all the life of Jesus inside us right here in this earth. This is the imminent reality of victory that God always leads us in the celebration of right now!
Let It Be - look at Mary's story in Luke 1 as she heard God speaking to her through the angel Gabriel and responded in the very way God wants all of us to respond to His word.
Count It All Joy - is the very mechanism of God's intention by which He proves His word true through us, through weakness in the face of all opposition.
Walk in Favor - the meanings of favor and expectation, describing our every breath as we live our lives filled with another Person.
| 2019/7/4 6:39||Profile|
| LIVING AN EXCHANGED LIFE By A W Tozer |
A great preacher whom I heard a few years ago said that the word "renew" in Isaiah 40 v31 really meant "exchange"; so the text should read, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall exchange their strength".
Oddly enough I do not now remember how he developed his sermon, nor just how he applied the text, but I have been thinking lately that the man had hit upon a very important idea; namely, that a large part of Christian experience consists of exchanging something worse for something better, a blessed and delightful bargain indeed.
At the foundation of the Christian life lies vicarious atonement, which in essence is a transfer of guilt from the sinner to the Saviour. I well know how vigorously this idea is attacked by non-Christians, but I also know that the wise of this world in their pride often miss the treasures which the simple hearted find on their knees; and I also remember the words of the apostle, "For He hath made Him to be sin for us Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5 v21). This is too plain for anyone to miss who is not willfully blind. Christ by His death on the Cross made it possible for the sinner to exchange his sin for Christ's righteousness.
It's that simple. No one is compelled to accept it, but at least that is what it means. And that is only the beginning. Almost everything thereafter is an exchange of the worse for the better. Next after the exchange of sin for righteousness is that of wrath for acceptance. Today the wrath of God abides upon a sinning and impenitent man; to-morrow God's smile rests upon him. He is the same man, but not quite, for he is now a new man in Christ Jesus. By penitence and faith he has exchanged the place of condemnation for the Father's house. He was rejected in himself but is now accepted in the Beloved; and this not by human means but by an act of divine grace.
Then comes the exchange of death for life. Christ died for dead men that they might rise to be living men. Paul's happy if somewhat involved testimony makes this clear: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Gal. 2 v20).
This is mysterious but not incredible. It is one more example of how the ways of God and the ways of man diverge. Man is a born cobbler. When he wants a thing to be better he goes to work to improve it. He improves cattle by careful breeding; cars and planes by streamlining; health by diet, vitamins and surgery; plants by grafting; people by education. But God will have none of this cobbling. He makes a man better by making him a new man; He imparts a higher order of life and sets to work to destroy the old. Then as suggested in the Isaiah text, the Christian exchanges weakness for strength. I suppose it is not improper to say that God makes His people strong, but we must understand this to mean that they become strong in exact proportion to their weakness, the weakness being their own and the strength God's. "When I am weak, then am I strong" is the way Paul said it, and in so saying, set a pattern for every Christian.
Actually the purest saint at the moment of his greatest strength is as weak as he was before his conversion. What has happened is that he has switched from his little human battery to the infinite power of God. He has quite literally exchanged weakness for strength, but the strength is not his; it flows into him from God as long as he abides in Christ.
A.B.Simpson knew by experience the unavailing struggle to be holy, and he knew also the Bible way to holiness. In a little hymn composed to be spoken at the conclusion of one of his sermons he starts it in this way: "I take Him as my holiness. My spirit's spotless, heavenly dress, I take 'The Lord my righteousness', I take He undertakes." We have but to abandon the effort to be holy and trust God to do the work within us. He will surely undertake.
There are many other happy exchanges we Christians may make if we will, among them being our ignorance for His knowledge, our folly for His wisdom, our demerit for His merit, our sad mortality for His blessed immortality, and faith for sight at last. (from The Alliance Witness - an old "holiness" magazine.)
| 2019/7/4 12:33||Profile|
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There is something terribly wrong here, and please , I am truly wanting to help.
I want to make note of a few things that you have said,..
(1), “our part is the actions of faith, not the actions of human performance”
(2), “But our engagement with God is based entirely on the absence of our performance and our fixation on God's performance.”
Question :But how can these (2) things mix, and be the same ?
* “absence of our prefomance” vs “for as many as are led by The Spirit of God”
* Led,.. walk,.. obey
(2)Faith: But there IS actions w/ Faith
Question: Are you talking about ‘the faith’ of Abraham,...
‘The faith’ of Jesus ?
Their ‘faith’ was a faith of hearing the voice of God, Believing His voice/Word spoken to them, and obeying..... faith.
Very encouraging uTube messages,.. I surely need encouragement,..hope it helps others.
“THE EFFICACY OF THE BLOOD”
| 2019/7/4 23:53||Profile|
We simply believe God's Word. It is not a performance word; it is a creative word of the Father. In the same way that God said, "Let there be light," and there was light, that is, Christ shining forth, making the Father visible, in that same way, God speaks into our hearts, "And you also ought to love one another in the same way that Christ loved you." Thus there is love, always abounding in our hearts, that is, Christ shining forth through us, making the Father visible.
You see, God forbade us the tree of knowledge, which is the tree of performance. To "perform" a word like this is to eat of that tree, "I can do what God says." In complete contrast, we believe that Christ is our life and that He fulfills the love of God through us.
Here is the point of everything. If Jesus filling our hearts with Himself is not real, then how can we imagine that the Bible and God and salvation could possibly be real? But Christ does fill our hearts and as He reveals Himself through us, we are His image. This love is real and by it we lay down our lives for our brethren.
This "and we also" is part of the "just as" commandments of the New Testament: "Be just like God."
Human performance is known best by always trying and never ever succeeding. Human performance always eliminates confidence in God, since "self" is the "source."
| 2019/7/5 10:42||Profile|
| The Ultimate Exchange!|
Jesus Christ did a marvelous thing for mankind when He willingly offered Himself as a sacrifice upon the cross. "He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Christ died in your place so that you might have His life.
This is the ultimate exchange! Jesus Christ exchanged His life for our lives. He became one with us in death so we might become one with Him in life. When He died upon the cross, He became sin for us. He actually became us, and thus died as us. He terminated our old life in Adam so that we could have new life in Him. Christ died in your place.
How can you realize such an awesome transaction in your own life? You can only experience a true and lasting change by an exchange. You must exchange your old life in Adam for a new life in Christ. This exchange occurs when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. At that moment you are born again into a new life in Christ. The Christian life is really the exchanged life.
As a result of this exchange, God makes you a new person in Christ. King David recognized long ago the real source of our lives, "It is [God] that has made us, and not we ourselves" (Psalm 100:3). David understood that God was the source of his life.
The apostle Paul came to this same conclusion when he declared, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ" (Galatians 2:20). Paul got a new name, indicative of his new life. Gone was the self-made man Saul-in his place was the God-made man Paul. He also became a new creation in Christ, and Christ became Paul’s very life!
This same thing is true for every person who is now in Christ. You have been given the ultimate makeover! "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:10). Once you are born again, the testimony of the apostle Paul in Galatians 2:20 becomes your testimony. It is now just as true for you as it was for Paul. Every person who has received Jesus Christ into his life has made the ultimate exchange. It is not something that is going to happen, or that is happening-but it already has happened! You have been crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, you now live; and Jesus Christ has become your very life.
It is not you who does the changing. Change is God’s responsibility! The primary change has already been made. The ultimate exchange occurred at the cross when Christ exchanged His life for ours. Christ took your place, and in effect, became you upon the cross. This action makes it special! I hope you are beginning to see just how extremely personal the cross is for you.
From HOW CAN I EVER CHANGE?
Making the Great Exchange
Dr. Lewis Gregory
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