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Are We Assets Or Liabilities?
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It's of no use for us to criticize, condemn and point the finger of scorn at one another. We've all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Some of us have more light than others. Some have sinned in one way and some in other ways, but ALL have sinned. Daniel confessed over and over, "WE have sinned" (Daniel 9:5,8,11,15). Listen to Nehemiah: "WE have dealt very corruptly against Thee" (Nehemiah 1:6-7). It is a masterstroke of Satan to stir up professing Christians to criticize one another. Job and his friends got nowhere while they were engaged in their heated debates and charges and countercharges. Job didn't get anywhere with God until he acknowledged that he himself, Job, had failed God miserably.

In Isaiah chapter 5, Isaiah said, "Woe unto THEMů" In Isaiah the 6th chapter, where fresh blessings are to come upon the prophet, he said, "Woe is ME." "The putting of the finger" / finger-pointing (Isa. 58:9) is one of the things specifically mentioned as necessary to be taken away before God will move freely among His people.

Not only will criticism of others get us entirely off the track in seeking Revival, but also we need to know that not every one has faith for revival, and it's useless to waste time and to get "out of the Spirit" in attempting to convince them to the contrary. Love your enemies and opposers, and instead of arguing with them, spend your time in seeking God till the event proves that God is with you.

The 120 before Pentecost were praying and praising God---not arguing with people. Gideon and the 300 did not preach a sermon to those who left---but went ahead and got a revival started. David lost no time trying to convince his older brother that there would be a revival, rather, by God's help, he went right after Goliath and got a revival started (1 Samuel 17:28-29).

The lukewarm will be spewed out, but God won't spew out the overcomers who, with flaming testimony, prepare the way for Christ's second coming---as John the Baptist did for His first appearing. "According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29). In Gideon's day, of the 10,000 who did believe there could be a revival, only 300 were ready to pay the price. Cast not your pearls before swine. If God has taken you up to a mount of transfiguration and given you a revelation of a mighty coming revival, perhaps He's saying to you, "Tell the vision to no man"--force it on no one, till the Revival breaks!

It's NOW high time that we assemble ourselves together and seek the Lord till He comes among us in Revival power. We must sacrifice ALL...( time, money, ease, comfort, opinions, self-will, ideas, notions, feelings, preferences, prejudices, human affections, ) and seek God till He comes and rains righteousness upon us (Hosea 10:12).

"Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice" (Isa. 50:5). "I have chosen this place to Myself for an house of sacrifice" (2 Chron. 7:12). "Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:33).

Let's begin at once to do those things which God has pointed out as essential preliminaries to revival! God is a covenant-keeping God. In Joel 2:17 He has stated certain conditions for revival, and until we meet these conditions, the heavens will remain as brass---but as we fulfill our part of the covenant---He is pledged to fulfill His part and send revival!
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Are We Hearing and Doing...Or Hearing Only?

"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:21-22)

We should put away all filthiness of our flesh and implant the Word of God on our hearts and in our minds! Sin will either keep us from the Word of God or the Word of God will keep us from sin! If we're a child of God, we've received the implanted Word ---it's been planted in our hearts. God's Word has already brought salvation to us, but we have to live as a Christian. The child of God can never get away from the Word of God. Every child wishes to hear the voice of his Father, especially if it's a voice of comfort, as well as a voice of correction. Anyone who isn't interested in the Word of God or doesn't stay near it, and claims to be a child of God, is already in deep trouble!

You and I live in a day when we have many translations of the Bible. They seem to be multiplying every year---a couple of new translations are published. I, personally, prefer the Authorized King James version for my reading text. However, any of us could make a new translation---we might call it a "Doer's Translation." The world today isn't reading the Bible as they should. But, they're reading us! Paul wrote, "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart" (2Cor. 3:2-3).

Someone has expressed this poetically:
The Gospel is written a chapter a day
By deeds that you do and by words that you say.
Men read what you say, whether faithless or true;
Say, what is the Gospel according to you?

"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only"---this requires attention and action! The Lord Jesus said, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17).
The Word of God demands action!

We can read history, but it asks nothing of us. We can read literature, but there are no imperatives, no declarations, and no explanations. We can read science, but it makes no demands on us whatsoever. We can read a cookbook and it will give us a recipe, but it doesn't mean we have to cook! There's no demand there that tells us to make a batch of cookies or whip up some biscuits. However, the Word of God is a command! It is a trumpet---an appeal for action!

Application:
The message of the Lord Jesus is to "repent", "come unto me," and "believe." The Word of God demands belief. Hearing and reading the Word of God will lead to doing for God that which is motivated by the inner desire. The intent of God's Word is to produce creative action and to make for productive performance, exciting living, and an altogether thrilling experience!

God's Word is wonderful! We don't trust in a god who requires journeys to holy mountains or magical incantations. We trust in a God who comes to us in the common, the small, the ordinary. In words. In THE WORD! The Word of God is always near us. In our hearts. On our lips. Or it should be.
Do we hear it?
Do we trust it?
Most importantly, Do we share it?

May God bless us all with a wonderful day...as we're motivated with an inner desire found in God's Word...to do His will in our individual lives today.
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Let Me Lose Myself and Find It Lord In Thee

Many years I longed for rest,
Perfect peace within my breast,
And I often sought the Lord alone in tears,
But I would not pay the price,
Would not make the sacrifice,
So I wandered on and on for many years.

Then one day while bowed in prayer
Jesus whispered to me there;
"Take the cross and follow me to Calvary,"
Oh, how hard it was to die,
And all self to crucify,
Just to lose myself and find it Lord in Thee.

Now the blood has been applied,
Thru His power I'm sanctified,
And the Savior gives me constant victory,
Yes, He took away my sin,
Washed and made me pure within,
Oh, I lost myself but found it Lord in Thee.

Lord I would not stand alone,
When I come before Thy throne,
Let me bring at least one soul Oh, Lord to Thee,
Here I give myself away,
Take me, use me Lord I pray,
Let me lose myself and find it Lord in Thee.

Let me lose myself and find it Lord in Thee...
May all self be slain...My friends see only Thee...
Tho, it cost me grief and pain...
I will find my life again,
If I lose myself, I'll find it Lord in Thee.
--Ross Minkler




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