Our Lord Jesus, by His death, did not purchase a right to a part of us only, but to the entire man. He contemplated in His passion the sanctification of us wholly, spirit, soul, and body; that in this triple kingdom He Himself might reign supreme without a rival. It's the business of the newborn nature which God has given to the regenerate to assert the rights of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our soul, so far as a child of God, must conquer all the rest of self which yet remains unblest; must subdue all our powers and passions to the silver sceptre of Jesus' gracious reign, and must never be satisfied till He who is King by purchase becomes also King by gracious coronation, and reigns in us supreme. Seeing, then, that sin has no right to any part of us, we go about a good and lawful warfare when we seek, in the name of God, to drive it out. O our body, a member of Christ: shall we tolerate our subjection to the prince of darkness? O our soul, Christ has suffered for our sins, and redeemed us with His most precious blood: shall we suffer our memory to become a storehouse of evil, or our passions to be firebrands of iniquity? Shall we surrender our judgment to be perverted by error, or our will to be led in fetters of iniquity? No...soul, we are Christ's, and sin hath no right to us.
Let's be courageous concerning this, let's not be dispirited, as though our spiritual enemies could never be destroyed. We're able to overcome them---not in our own strength----the weakest of them would be too much for us in that; but we can and shall overcome them through the blood of the Lamb. Don't ask, "How shall I dispossess them, for they're greater and mightier than I?" but let's go to the strong for strength, wait humbly upon God, and the mighty God of Jacob will surely come to the rescue, and we'll sing of victory through His grace.
Life or Death?
I felt a bit tired today...and sitting back, I turned on the television and the movie "Meet Joe Black" was on, a "Hollywood treatment" of the subject of death. I became aware again of a horrible lie that almost every adult human being accepts to varying degrees (me too); that is, at some point in our lives due to old age, infirmity or a personal crisis, we look upon death as a "place of rest," a way out of our suffering, our struggles...and we often hear from someone else or even say ourselves that; we're ready to die...we often embrace death as "a way out." But, it isn't death we need, death won't solve any problems, death is...always, in every case horribly painful and that pain never ends.
It isn't death we need, it's Life...we need eternal life, abundant life; not "in the sweet bye-and-bye," we need more Life now - today - this minute; and we need more of it each day, for only life brings relief from all fears and pain. Life never ends, if you embrace life in Christ, you never die, you never taste death; and starting right then, you have available to you an abundant life beyond your dreams, which if grasped by faith in the Fountain of Life, will vanquish death, and all fear and misery.
The next time death seems attractive because you're tired of all the difficulties you may be facing; reject that lie...and by faith, embrace life! Never give in to the idea of death, it's a lie and only those without faith will ever know its sorrows.
Send this on, maybe someone needs to hear this right now!
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
Have you ever thought about or watched an ambulance as it speeds down the road, tearing around town with its siren blarring? It's always going to a crisis or leaving one. It's been made for emergencies.
Many people have made their lives quite similar to that of an ambulance. They run their lives with a siren going off consistently. Every day is desperate, and every moment is a crisis, or preparation for one. They leave no time to "smell the roses" or enjoy a sunset. Yet, even worse, they leave no time for sharing and building friendship and love. If you can relate to a "hurried pace" life, please allow me to share this with you.
Now, what if some of the things you are hurrying around to do, do not get done? Suppose you substitute a quiet walk around the block or a little time off to call a friend or read God's Word? Perhaps you could write an encouraging note to someone who really needed it? Would your world fall apart? Or would it perhaps get back into perspective? Think about this, and then remember what Jesus said: " . . . seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. . ."
Take time for friendship along the way ~ it's the road to happiness!
Take time to share love with others ~ it's a God-given privilege!
Take time to pray ~ it's the greatest power on earth!
Take time to give of yourself ~ life's too short to be selfish!
May God bless you with the SONshine of His love!
Giving Glory to God in Every Thing!
JESUS is our One true source of joy!
NOTHING compares to the promise we have in Him.
Isn't it great to know . . . ?