The Holy Spirit’s Power In The Believer ( by R.A. Torrey)

 

    “Power belongeth unto God”

 

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(Psa. 62:11). The Holy Spirit is the Person who imparts to the individual believer the power that belongs to God. This is the Holy Spirit’s work in the believer, to take what belongs to God and make it ours. All the manifold power of God belongs to the children of God as their birthright in Christ: “All things are yours” (1 Cor. 3:21). But all that belongs to us as our birthright in Christ becomes ours in actual and experimental possession through the Holy Spirit’s work in us as individuals.

    To the extent that we understand and claim for ourselves the Holy Spirit’s work, to that extent do we obtain for ourselves the fullness of power in Christian life and service that God has provided for us in Christ. Let us study the Word of God, to find out what the Holy Spirit has power to do in men:

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    1. The Holy Spirit has power to reveal Jesus Christ and His glory to man. “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Cor. 12:3).

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    When Jesus spoke of the Spirit’s coming He said: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me” (John 15:26). It is only as He does testify of Christ that men will ever come to a true knowledge of Christ.

    We will send men to the Word to get a knowledge of Christ, but it is only as the Holy Spirit takes the Word and illuminates it that men ever get a real living knowledge of Christ. If you wish men to see the truth about Jesus, do not depend upon your own powers of exposition and persuasion, but cast yourself upon the Holy Ghost and seek His testimony.

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    2. The Holy Spirit has power to convict the world of sin. “When He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:8-11).

    It is by showing Jesus and His glory and His righteousness, that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Note the sin of which the Holy Spirit convicts, “Of sin, because they believe not on Me.” You can never convict any man of sin because that is the work of the Holy Spirit. You can reason and reason, and you will fail. The Holy Spirit can do it very quickly.

    But it is through us that the Spirit produces conviction. In John 16:7-8 we read: “I will send Him unto you, and when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” It is ours to preach the Word and to look to the Holy Spirit to produce conviction. (See Acts 2:4-37.)

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    3. The Holy Spirit has power to renew men or make men new, to regenerate. “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” (Titus 3:5).

    Regeneration is the Holy Spirit’s work. He can take a man dead in trespasses and sins, and make him alive. He can take the man whose mind is blind to the truth of God, whose will is at enmity with God and set on sin, whose affections are corrupt and vile, and transform that man, impart to him God’s nature, so that he thinks God’s thoughts, wills what God wills, loves what God loves, and hates what God hates.

    It is through us that the Holy Spirit regenerates others (1 Cor. 4:15). No amount of preaching, no matter how orthodox it is, and no amount of mere study of the Word will regenerate, unless the Holy Spirit works. Just as we are utterly dependent on the work of Christ for us in justification, so we are utterly dependent upon the work of the Holy Spirit in us in regeneration.

 

    4. The Holy Spirit has the power to give abiding and everlasting satisfaction. “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14; cf. 7:37-39).

    Water here means the Holy Spirit. The world can never satisfy. Of every worldly joy it must be said: “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again.” But the Holy Spirit has power to satisfy every longing of the soul. The Holy Spirit and He alone can satisfy the human heart. If you give yourself up to the Holy Spirit’s inflowing or upspringing in your heart, you will never thirst. Oh, with what joy unutterable and satisfaction indescribable the Holy Spirit has poured forth His living water in many souls. Have you this living fountain within? Is the spring unchoked? Is it springing up into everlasting life?

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    5. The Holy Spirit has power to set us free from the law of sin and death. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2).

    We all know this law of sin and death. We have all been in bondage to it. Some of us are still in bondage to it, but we do not need to be. God has provided a way of escape. That way is by the Holy Spirit’s power. When we give up the hopeless struggle of trying to overcome the law of sin and death, of trying to live right in our strength, in the power of the flesh, and in utter helplessness surrender to the Holy Spirit to do all for us, when we live after Him and walk in His blessed power – then He sets us free from the law of sin and death.

    There are many professed Christians today living in Romans 7. Some go so far as to maintain that this is the normal Christian life, that one must live this life of constant defeat. This would be true if we were left to ourselves, for in ourselves we are “carnal sold under sin.” But we are not left to ourselves. The Holy Spirit undertakes for us what we have failed to do ourselves (Rom. 8:2-4).

    In Romans 8 we have the picture of the true Christian life, the life that is possible to us, and that God expects from each one of us, the life where not merely the commandment comes, as in chapter 7, but where the mighty Spirit comes also and works obedience and victory. The flesh is still in us, but we are not in the flesh. We do not live after it. We “live after the Spirit.” We, “through the Spirit, do mortify the deeds of the body.” We “walk after the Spirit,” and do “not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

    It is our privilege, in the Spirit’s power, to get daily, hourly, and constant victory over the flesh and over sin. But the victory is not in ourselves, not in any strength of our own. Left to ourselves, deserted of the Spirit of God, we would be as helpless as ever. It is all in the Spirit’s power.

    Has the Holy Spirit set you free from the law of sin and death? Will you let Him do it now? Simply give up all self-effort to be free from “the law of sin and death,” to give up sinning. Believe in the divine power of the Holy Spirit to set you free, and cast yourself upon Him to do it. He will do it. Then you can triumphantly cry with Paul: “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2).

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    6. The Holy Spirit strengthens the believer with power in the inward man. “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inward man” (Eph. 3:16).

    The result of this strengthening is seen in verses 17-19. Here the power of the Spirit manifests itself not merely in giving us victory over sin, but in (a) Christ’s dwelling in our hearts; (b) our being “rooted and grounded in love”; (c) our being “made strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.” It all ultimates in our being “filled unto all the fullness of God.”

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    7. The Holy Spirit has power to lead us into a holy life, a life as “sons of God,” a Godlike life. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).

    Not merely does the Holy Spirit give us power to live a holy life, a life well pleasing to God when we have discovered what that life is: He takes us by the hand, as it were, and leads us into that life. Our whole part is to surrender ourselves utterly to Him to lead and to mold us. Those who do this are not merely God’s offspring, which all men are (Acts 17:28), neither are we merely God’s children. “These are sons of God.”

 

    8. The Holy Spirit bears witness with the spirit of the believer that he is a child of God. “The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:16).

    Note that Paul does not say that the Spirit bears witness to our spirit, but with it – “together with our spirit,” is the exact force of the words used. There are two who bear witness to our sonship: first – our spirit bears witness that we are children of God; second – the Holy Spirit bears witness together with our spirit that we are children of God.

    How does the Holy Spirit bear His testimony to this fact? Galatians 4:6 answers this question: “Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

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    9. The Holy Spirit brings forth in the believer Christlike graces of character. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23).

    All real beauty of character, all real Christlikeness in us, is the Holy Spirit’s work. It is His “fruit.” He bears it, not we.

    This life is not natural to us, and it is not attainable by any effort of “the flesh,” or nature. The life that is natural for us is set forth in the three preceding verses (19-21). But when the indwelling Spirit is given full control in the one He inhabits, when we are brought to realize the utter badness of the flesh, and give up in helpless despair of ever attaining to anything really good in its power, when we come to the end of ourself and give over the whole work of making us what we ought to be to the indwelling Holy Spirit – then these holy graces of character are His “fruit.” This is “sanctification of the Spirit” (1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Thes. 2:13).

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    10. The Holy Spirit has power to guide the believer “into all truth.” “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He shall guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak from Himself; but what things soever He shall hear, these shall He speak: and He shall declare unto you the things that are to come” (John 16:13).

    No amount of mere human teaching, no matter who our teachers may be, will give us a correct apprehension of the truth. Not even a diligent study of the Word, either in the English or the original languages, will give us a real understanding of the truth. We must be taught of the Holy Spirit. And we may be thus taught – each one of us.

 

    11. The Holy Spirit has power to bring to remembrance the words of Christ. “But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you” (John 14:26).

    This promise was made primarily to the apostles, and is the guarantee of the accuracy of their report of what Jesus said. But the Holy Spirit does a similar work with each believer who expects it of Him and looks to Him to do it. He brings to mind the teachings of Christ, and the words of Christ, just when we need them, for either the necessities of our own life or of our service.

 

    12. The Holy Spirit (a) reveals to us the deep things of God, which are hidden from and foolishness to the natural man, and (b) interprets His own revelation, or imparts power to discern, know and appreciate what He has taught. “But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God. But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words. Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged” (1 Cor. 2:10-14).

    Not only is the Holy Spirit the author of Revelation – the written Word of God, He is also the interpreter of what He has revealed. How much more interesting and helpful any deep book becomes when we have the author of the book right at hand to interpret it to us! This is what we always may have when we study the Bible. The author – the Holy Spirit – is right at hand to interpret.

    To understand the Book we must look to Him. Then the darkest places become clear. We need to pray often with the psalmist, “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law” (Psa. 119:18).

    It is not enough that we have the objective revelation in the written Word; we must also have the inward illumination of the Holy Spirit to enable us to comprehend it. It is a great mistake to try to comprehend a spiritual revelation with the natural understanding. It is the foolish attempt to do this that has landed so many in the bog of the higher criticism.

    To understand God’s Word we must empty ourselves utterly of our own wisdom, and rest in utter dependence upon the Spirit of God to interpret it to us (Matt. 11:25). When we put away our own righteousness, then, and only then, we get the righteousness of God (Phil. 3:4-7, 9; Rom. 10:3). When we put away our own wisdom, then, and only then, we get the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 3:18; Matt. 11:25; 1 Cor. 1:25-28).

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    13. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to communicate to others in “power” the truth he himself has been taught. “I, brethren, when I came unto you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:1-5).

    We not only need the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth in the first place; and in the second place, to interpret to us as individuals the truth He has revealed; but in the third place, we also need the Holy Spirit to enable us to effectually communicate to others the truth He Himself has interpreted to us. We need Him all along the line.

    One great cause of real failure in the ministry, even when there is seeming success, and not only in the ministry but in all forms of service by Christian men and women, is from the attempt to teach by “inciting words of man’s wisdom,” that is, by the arts of human logic, rhetoric or eloquence, what the Holy Spirit has taught us. What is needed is Holy Ghost power, “demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”

    We need, we are absolutely dependent upon, the Holy Spirit all along the line. He must teach us how to speak as well as what to speak. He must be the power as well as the message.

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    14. The Holy Spirit guides the believer in prayer. “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20).

    The disciples did not know how to pray as they ought so they came to Jesus, and said: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). “We know not how to pray as we ought,” but we have another Helper at hand to help us (John 14:16-17). “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmity” (Rom. 8:26). He teaches us to pray.

    True prayer is prayer “in the Spirit,” that is, the prayer which the Spirit inspires and directs. When we come into God’s presence to pray, we should recognize our infirmity, our ignorance of what we should pray for or how we should pray, and in the consciousness of our utter inability to pray aright, look up to the Holy Spirit and cast ourselves utterly upon Him to direct our prayers, to lead out our desires, and to guide our utterance of them.

    We must wait for the Holy Spirit, and surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit. The prayer that God the Holy Spirit inspires is the prayer that God the Father answers.

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    15. The Holy Spirit teaches us to render thanks. “Be filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” (Eph. 5:18-20).

    One of the most prominent characteristics of the Spirit-filled life is thanksgiving.

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    16. The Holy Spirit has power to inspire in the heart of the believer in Christ worship that is acceptable to God. “For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3).

    Worship is a definite act of the creature in relation to God. Worship is bowing before God in adoring acknowledgement and contemplation of Himself. Someone has said, “In our prayers we are taken up with our needs, in our thanksgivings we are taken up with our blessings, in our worship we are taken up with Himself.” There is no true and acceptable worship except that which the Holy Spirit prompts and directs.

    To worship aright we must “have no confidence in the flesh.” We must recognize the utter inability of the flesh, that is, our natural self as contrasted with the divine Spirit who dwells in and should mold everything in the believer, to worship acceptably. In utter self-distrust and self-abnegation we must cast ourselves upon the Holy Spirit to lead us aright in our worship.

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    17. The Holy Spirit has power as a guide. “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabas and Saul, for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus” (Acts 13:2-4).

    The Holy Spirit calls men and sends them forth to definite lines of work. How shall we receive the Holy Spirit’s call? By desiring it, seeking it, waiting upon the Lord for it, and expecting it. God speaks often in a still small voice. Only the listening ear can catch it. Have you definitely offered yourself to God to send you where He will?

    “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot” (Acts 8:29).

    The Holy Spirit also guides in the details of daily life and service, as to where to go and where not to go, what to do and what not to do. It is possible for us to have the unerring guidance of the Holy Spirit at every turn in our lives.

    Here are five steps to getting guidance: First, we must be conscious of and fully admit our own inability to decide wisely. Second, we must desire to know God’s way, and be willing to do God’s will. Third, we must ask, definitely ask guidance. Fourth, we must confidently expect guidance. Fifth, we must follow step by step as the guidance comes.

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    18. The Holy Spirit has power to give us boldness in testimony for Christ. “And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they spake the Word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).

    Many are naturally timid. They long to do something for Christ, but they are afraid. The Holy Spirit can make you bold if you will look to Him and trust Him to do it.

 

God’s Perfect Provision

    Two things are manifest from what has been said about the power of the Holy Spirit in the believer. First, how utterly dependent we are upon the Holy Spirit at every turn of Christian life and service. Second, how perfect is the provision for life and service that God has made, and what the fullness of privilege that is open to the humblest believer, through the Holy Spirit’s work. It is not so much what we are by nature that is important, but what the Holy Spirit can do for us, and what we will let Him do.

    Christian life is not to be lived in the realm of natural temperament, and Christian work is not to be done in the power of natural endowment; but Christian life is to be lived in the realm of the Spirit, and Christian work is to be done in the power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit is eagerly desirous to do for each of us His whole work. He will do for each of us all we will let Him do.

 

    From How To Obtain Fulness Of Power In Christian Life And Service by R. A. Torrey.

Addendum

He brings about the miraculous

opens doors that are shut; amkes a road in the sea; rivers in the desert

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He brings about resurrection of what should be alive: vision,dreams, health and healing, vitality etc

Hope against all hope

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He is the Helper

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Living Waters

Mass evangelism, householsd salvation

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Enables us endure hardness as good soldiers of Christ

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Brings the gifts of the Spirit

Not Carnality but Christ Alone

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Not Carnality but Christ Alone

Let Him seat on the royal throne

And in all things giving Him first place

Seeking His face to obtain His grace.

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Seating with Him in heavenly place

After dying with Him on the cross

Because we were raised with Him by grace

And so He turns all our minuses to plus.

 

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For He clothed us with Himself in God

After washing us with His precious word

Empowered us to put off the old man

And put on the New, following His plan.

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With the mind of Christ we think like Him

With the Spirit within we rise with Him

With the word abiding, we conform to Him

Surrendered to Him and living for Him.

Colossians 3:

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1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

©Fenny West2013

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Ye must be born again (By C.H. Spurgeon)

John 3:7

Ye must be born again.

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Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are “born again,” for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it-the being “born again,” is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot describe it. “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Nevertheless, it is a change which is known and felt: known by works of holiness, and felt by a gracious experience. This great work is supernatural. It is not an operation which a man performs for himself: a new principle is infused, which works in the heart, renews the soul, and affects the entire man. It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature, so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus. To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: man can do the one, God alone can do the other. If you have then, been “born again,” your acknowledgment will be, “O Lord Jesus, the everlasting Father, Thou art my spiritual Parent; unless Thy Spirit had breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual life, I had been to this day ‘dead in trespasses and sins.’ My heavenly life is wholly derived from Thee, to Thee I ascribe it. ‘My life is hid with Christ in God.’ It is no longer I who live, but Christ who liveth in me.” May the Lord enable us to be well assured on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope.

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Boundless Inheritance

Boundless Inheritance

In Christ- our inheritance

C.H.Spurgeon

Ephesians 1:11

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance.

When Jesus gave Himself for us, He gave us all the rights and privileges which went with Himself; so that now, although as eternal God, He has essential rights to which no creature may venture to pretend, yet as Jesus, the Mediator, the federal Head of the covenant of grace, He has no heritage apart from us. All the glorious consequences of His obedience unto death are the joint riches of all who are in Him, and on whose behalf He accomplished the divine will. See, He enters into glory, but not for Himself alone, for it is written, “Whither the Forerunner is for us entered.” Heb. 6:20. Does He stand in the presence of God?-“He appears in the presence of God for us.” Heb. 9:24.

 

Consider this, believer. You have no right to heaven in yourself: your right lies in Christ. If you are pardoned, it is through His blood; if you are justified, it is through His righteousness; if you are sanctified, it is because He is made of God unto you sanctification; if you shall be kept from falling, it will be because you are preserved in Christ Jesus; and if you are perfected at the last, it will be because you are complete in Him. Thus Jesus is magnified-for all is in Him and by Him; thus the inheritance is made certain to us-for it is obtained in Him; thus each blessing is the sweeter, and even heaven itself the brighter, because it is Jesus our Beloved “in whom” we have obtained all.

 

 Where is the man who shall estimate our divine portion? Weigh the riches of Christ in scales, and His treasure in balances, and then think to count the treasures which belong to the saints. Reach the bottom of Christ’s sea of joy, and then hope to understand the bliss which God hath prepared for them that love Him. Overleap the boundaries of Christ’s possessions, and then dream of a limit to the fair inheritance of the elect. “All things are yours, for ye are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.”

Make Room for God On Earth

Make room for God on earth

To have room in heaven

Open door to your heart

And let in the Divine.

 

He’ll come and give you peace

Peace that knows no limit

And your joy will increase

To an unknown summit.

 

Of course you have a choice

To say Yes or say No

Bringing a consequence

Of which I know you know.

 

So today is the day

For you to make that choice

That puts you in the way

Of heaven assurance.

 

No room for God on earth

No room for you in heaven

No room for God in your heart

No room for you in His haven.

 

20   For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

21   who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.Phil3:20

2     In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3     And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.John14:2-3

 

3     Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John3:3

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Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

 

 

©Fenny West2012

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You’re Not Reading this by Accident.

You’re Not Reading this by Accident.

Rick Warren

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus.” (Romans 5:1 MSG)

No, God knew before you were born that you would be here in this moment. He planned to get your attention for just a few seconds so he could say this to you: “I’ve seen every hurt in your life, and I’ve never stopped loving you. You matter to me. I love you more than you will ever know. I made you to love you, and I’ve been waiting for you to love me back.”

God is saying, “I want the rest of your life to be the best of your life. I’m with you, and I’m for you. I want to save you from your past. I want to save you for the purpose for which I made you. And I want to save you by my grace. If you’ll let me do that, I will give you peace with me, peace of me, and peace with other people. But you have to open the door and receive the Christmas gift.”

If you gave me a Christmas gift and I never opened it, you would be disappointed. And it would be a worthless gift, because I don’t receive the benefit of a gift I never opened.

Jesus Christ is God’s Christmas gift to you. Yet some of us have gone Christmas after Christmas and never opened the best gift of all: God’s gift of salvation. Why even celebrate Christmas if you’re not going to open the biggest gift? It doesn’t make sense to leave unwrapped the gift of your past forgiven, a purpose for living, and a home in Heaven.

Jesus Christ says to you, “I can replace the frustration in your heart with peace. I can replace the guilt, resentment, shame, and grudges with forgiveness. I can replace the worry and anxiety with confidence and faith. I can replace depression or despair with hope. I can replace emptiness with meaning and purpose. I can replace confusion with clarity. But I’m not going to break down the door of your heart. You have to invite me in.

“It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from. If you want me and you are ready to do as I say, the door is open.”

It doesn’t matter what your religious background is – Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Buddhist, Baptist, Hindu, or no religion. This is not about religion. God didn’t send Jesus to give you religion. He sent him so you could have a personal relationship with God. It’s all about relationship.

Below is a prayer I prayed years ago when I stepped across the line and became a friend of God’s. It’s a pretty simple prayer. If these words express the desire in your heart, read them as if you are talking to God.

Prayer:

Dear God, I’m scared, but I want to get to know you. I don’t understand it all, but I thank you that you love me. I thank you that you were with me even when I didn’t recognize it. I thank you that you are for me, that you didn’t send Jesus to condemn me but to save me.

I admit I never even realized I needed a Savior, but today I want to receive the —- gift of your Son. I ask you to save me from my past, my regrets, my mistakes, my sins, my habits, my hurts, and my hang-ups. Save me from myself.

I ask you to save me for your purpose. I want to know why you put me on this planet. And I want to fulfill what you made me to do. I want to learn to love you and trust you and have a relationship with you.

I need peace with you, God, and I need you to put your peace in my heart. I need you to take away the stress and fill me with your love. Help me be a peacemaker and help others find peace with you and each other. In your name I pray, amen.

Dear Friend, Seeker, Enquirer

My dear friend, seeker, enquirer,

 Lend me your ears.

 Hear me well.

 A long time ago, man, who was united with God, fell out of fellowship with God because of sin. Sin is the transgression of the law. (Rom.3:23, -6:23) It is disobedience to your Creator; doing your own thing, going your own way; living your life outside of God. Sin is presenting your self-righteousness as sufficient to absolve you of the penalty of sin.

The fall of Adam was the origin of the fall of man- you and I. He was like the baking bread-tin for the whole of humankind. He had the dent of sin which infected and affected us all- transferred to all of us.

4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.1John3:4

As a result, everyone born of a woman was separated from God; an enemy of God. We were all doomed and damned, heading for destruction with our fingers in our ears.

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,( Rom3:3) 24 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Rom6:23

But God in His infinite mercy, because of His great love, in response to the promise He made to Abraham ‘through you all the families of the earth shall be blessed’ made a way by sending Jesus Christ-God the Son, the perfect Lamb of God, to come and die on our behalf.( John1:29) Yes, remember in Gen3:15 in the pronunciation of judgment after the fall of man God also promised salvation, redemption, restoration, atonement:

 Genesis 3 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

He was speaking about Jesus, Who was to come to rescue you and I. Jesus came in response to the passion of the God-Head:

‘ 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ” Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” ( Isa6:8 )

God -the Son, Who knew no sin stepped out of eternity into time, in the fullness of time,( Gal4:4) took upon Him flesh-the body prepared for Him, brought the Good News of salvation to man – breaking of the chains of the man; freedom from the man of sin. He was rejected, vilified and crucified. Yes, He died in our place. (Isa53:7,10) He paid the price we could not pay. Hence He said ‘It is finished.’ (John19:30) And when the righteous demands of a just God were satisfied, Jesus was raised from the dead. Henceforth, whoever believed in Him will never perish but have everlasting life. Whoever came to Him in repentance of their sin, will in nowise be cast away. ( John 6:37). They will be forgiven of their sins and be restored. The middle wall of partition between them and God will be broken; the gap will be bridged by the cross.

Ephesians 2 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,…

 Why?

 Because, Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. (John11) He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the father but through Him. (John 14:6) Mohammed is not the way, Gautama Buddha is not the Way. Hare Krishna is not the Way; the Virgin Mary is not the Way. Mammon is not the way. Your righteousness or ‘dogoodism’ or ‘churchianity ‘or ‘religiousity’ or scientology is not the Way. Jesus, the Rod of Jesse, The Son of David, the Righteous Branch, the Redeemer, Emmanuel-God with us, is the Way.

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John14:6

All our righteousness is just like filthy rags before God. Religion is not the way but a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.( Isa64:6) If you will confess with your mouth: Jesus is Lord Jesus and believe with your heart that He took your sin on Calvary’s cross, you will be saved. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. If anyone is in Christ, he is a New Creature, the old has gone and the New has come. As many as received Him, He gave the power to become children of God. We are saved by grace through faith and not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Rom10:9-10, John3:3,8, 2Cor5:17, John1:12, Eph2:8-9)

Are you getting the message?

Paul, a religious man, discovered this truth after he was arrested on the way to Damascus, to falsely accuse, torture, imprison believers. He was driven by religion but he thought it was God. He later wrote:

Philippians 3:8-14 New King James Version (NKJV) 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

You and I must come to this same realisation that religion is a stumbling block. Only a RELATIONSHIP counts.

I came to this realisation over thirty years ago, as a religious man, who had piety but no integrity. I was a dead man walking, a white-washed tomb full of a dead man’s bones. I was under the clutches of sin and Satan, ensnared, trapped, yet oblivious that I was headed for oblivion- hell. I came to the realisation of my nakedness, blindness, wickedness, sinfulness, unrighteousness, separation and alienation from God. I was hell-bound, hopeless, useless, groping in the dark, dead. I fell down at the foot of the cross and repented of my sin and God forgave me. I thank God for that moment the scale fell off my eyes like Paul, like Cornelius, to realise that I needed a Saviour-Jesus Christ- and opened my heart for Him to come in. He knocked on the door of my heart:

 ‘Behold I stand and knock. If anyone hears My voice and open, I will come in and dine with him and he with Me.’(Rev.3:20) And I let Him in.

You too can do the same. God is no respecter of persons.

The Just Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

O what a blessed Day! What a glorious Day that was! I was born again. (John3:3,8) The old went and the New came. I had a brand new start, a New Beginning! (2Cor5:17) If you are reading this and you have not experience this New Birth, I have no doubt that Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart. “

Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Rom10:11,13 ” How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matt11:28-30 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John3:16 10 As it is written: ” There is none righteous, no, not one;Rom3:10 Proverbs 14 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. ( -16:25) 2 Corinthians 6 2 For He says: ” In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Romans 13 11 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.Luke9:26 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ? John4:29 Life and Judgment Are Through the Son 24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. John5:24 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John6:33 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John11:25-27 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John10:10 1 John 5 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Friend, there is a purpose to your life as there is for my life. Do not waste your life grasping the wind, pursuing shadows.

I close with some of the songs the Holy Spirit gave me for you and for me and whoever will listen.

May they speak to you and trigger a positive response.

Why not let Him in?

Why not let Master Jesus in?

 Why not open, open the door to your heart?

Why not let Him in?

This Day is the Day of Salvation.

This is the acceptable time

Today, if you hear His voice

Be wise and make Him your choice

Why not let Him in?

You must be born again

Video http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5280-you-must-be-born-again?highlight=you+must+be+born+again

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 http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t3216-thank-god-i-was-born-again?highlight=you+must+be+born+again

 Free now -Video

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5549-free-now#10852

 Poem

 http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t2881-free-now?highlight=free+now

Something Happened inside Video http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t2804-something-happened#5995

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http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t3525-something-happened-triolet?highlight=something+happened

 http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5498-where-is-the-proof#10846

If God is plucking at your heart’s strings and you want to be saved, pray.

Today, I come to the Throne of Grace

 There to repent of all my sins O Lord,

I desire to see Your face Forgive me,

Lord, lift me from the bin.

Nothing can I do without You.

O Lord, I bow my knees at the cross

Withholding nothing from You, my King.

Come and wash clean, take away the curse.

 I lay at Your feet all ambitions, everything.

Only You and You alone can satisfy.

Give me a clean slate, a new lease of life-

That life purchased by Christ on the cross

The God-kind of Life- abundant life

That turns to good and gold, all dross.

 O Lord, let this be a New Beginning with You.

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