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June 11, 2015 at 11:04 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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We come to love God by spending time in His presence. It is exposure to Him that deepens our love. Education in theology will not do it. Ritual will not do it. God will do it Himself within us as we seek His face and His Holy Spirit within our hearts communes in prayer with God the Father and Jesus, our Lord.

When this chain of communion begins to operate and the Spirit within us is fellowshipping with God the Father, through Jesus, our great High Priest,the transforming power of God moves in and through the human vessel doing a purifying work beyond our comprehension. Old things begin to pass away, and all things become new. Shadows are dispelled and darkness is dispersed by the light. Stubborn bones are broken, and the will begins to yield to conform to the image of Christ. Things that used to master are no longer important, doing the will of God becomes a consuming passion. Chaff is blown away by the wind of the Spirit. His voice becomes as beautiful music to our ears, and any contrary voice is an immediate strident discord. This is how His sheep hear and recognize His voice and will not follow the voice of a stranger.

– Frances J. Roberts
Total Love, page 248.

♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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May 21, 2015 at 10:36 am (Remodeling the Mind, Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , )

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♡ Grace and Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah ♡

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Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 15

October 8, 2014 at 1:37 am (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 47-49

☆ The Five-fold Bond Securing God’s Power ☆

1. His Near Kinship to His Followers

The relationship God has with His followers assures His power on their behalf. You are His own dear Child, and most parents take care of their own. Even the silly hen scurries to gather her brood under her wing when trouble appears. * How much more will God, who is the Father of such instincts in His creatures, stir up His whole strength to defend you? A mother in her house hears a sudden cry outside and, knowing the voice, says at once, ‘That is my child!’ She drops everything and runs to him. God responds as with a mother’s heart to the cries of His children.

2. His Dear Love for His Followers

God’s love for His followers sets His power in motion. He who has God’s heart does not lack for His arm. Love rallies all other affections and sets the powers of the whole man into action. Thus, in God, love sets His other attributes to work; all are ready to bring about what God says He likes. God considers all His creatures, but the believing soul is an object of His choicest love – even the love with which He loves His Son (John 17:26)

When a soul believes, then God’s eternal purpose and counsel concerning him – whom He chose in Christ before the foundation of the world – is brought to term. * Can you imagine the love God has for a child He has carried so long in the womb of His Eternal purpose? If God delighted in His plan before He spoke the world into being, how much greater is His delight to witness the full fruition of His labor – a believing soul. Having performed His own will thus far, God will surely raise all the power He has on that believers behalf, rather than be robbed of His glory within a few steps of Home.

God showed us how much a soul is worth by the purchase price He paid. It cost Him dearly, and that which is so hard won will not be easily given up. He spent His Son’s blood to purchase you, and He will spend His own power to keep you.

As an earthly parent you rejoice to see your own good qualities reproduced in your children. God, the perfect parent, longs to see His attributes reflected in His followers. It is the image of God reflected in you that so enrages hell; it is this at which the demons hurl their mightiest weapons. When God defends you, He also defends Himself. Now knowing that the quarrel is God’s, surely He will not have you go forth to war at your own expense!

– to be continued. ..
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☆ Questions for further digestion ☆

♡When we are asked to stand, do you realize its simply under the banner that says, “The One true God loves me!”?

♡ If you have a fierce and protective love for a loved one. Can you see that this too is the very image of God in you?

♡ And if it be a mere image of Him inside you (this protective love); is there ever a reason to fear anything for the one you love so?

♡ How do you see that the enemy attempts to rob you in fearing for yourself or someone you love?

♡ What does fear ultimately say about how much you believe and trust in God’s love, which will always supercede ours?

♡ Can you see why Yeshua (Jesus) said to “yoke yourself to Him”? (to come under the burden and let Him pull the load)

The Father in heaven even made sure the Son, as He carried the cross up the hill to Golgotha, brought along another to help Him fulfill His will. He does not need those He uses to even want to serve His purpose. .. He often brings us along somewhat resistant and as we do the thing He is doing. .. we then find our wills pulled into His as if by some strange miracle and quite without our ability to completely connect why or how.

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The Saint’s Fortification ~ Part 4

August 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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***Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.***

4. Maintain Assurance of Salvation

Still another way to fortify yourself against Satan is to preserve the hope of your salvation, which is promised through the Messiah’s atoning sacrifice. Record God’s special visits to you in the memory book of your heart. Paste keepsakes of the occasions when He declared a holiday and came to you in festive robes of mercy, holding forth the scepter of His grace more familiarly than usual. Keep old receipts written in His own hand for the pardon of your sins.

“But,” the doubting soul may ask, “what if I cannot grasp this assurance, or vouch for those evidences which I once thought to be true?” Then try the following prescriptions as a tonic for your ailing trust.

First of all, renew your repentance, as if you had never repented. Put forth fresh acts of trust, as if you had never believed, and you – by the power of the Spirit – will beat Satan at his own game. Let him tell you that your former actions were hypocritical, or that they are old and worthless. What can he say about your present affirmation of trust? In this way, the very accusations he uses to drive you away from God, instead only serve to drive you into His loving arms!

If he still haunts you with fears of your spiritual conditions, then apply to the throne of grace and ask for a copy of the old evidence, which you have misplaced. The original is in the pardon office in heaven, of which the Messiah is the Master! And if you are a child of God, your name is on record in that court! Appeal to God, and hear the news from heaven, rather than listen to the tales your enemy brings from hell. If you would argue less with Satan and pray more to God about your fears, they would soon be resolved. Can you expect truth from a liar, or comfort from an adversary? Turn your back on him and go to God. Try not to worry. Sooner or later you will receive your certificate of assurance.

If your soul is so buffeted that you cannot seem to hear God’s reassuring answer above Satan’s howling, sail away from the enemy and head straight for God’s harbor. Make an honorable retreat into those assurances and strengths which Christ provides for His endangered soldiers. There are two places of advantage into which deserting souls may retire: the Name (character) of God, and the full proof promises of His Word. I think of these as  the fair heavens, which are chiefly of use when the storm is so great that the ship cannot live at sea. And there was nothing inherent in the creature to move the great God to make such promises, so there can be nothing in the creature to hinder the Almighty from keeping them, where and when He pleases. This act of trust in retreating to the promises, accompanied with a longing desire after that grace you are actively seeking, while it may not fully satisfy all your doubts, will nevertheless keep you from sinking.

Finally, if Satan continues to hound you, call in help and do not listen to the devil’s counsel to the contrary. The very strength of some temptations lies in trying to keep them hidden. Telling a trusted, godly friend of your struggles often brings relief. Satan knows this too well, so in order to more freely rifle the soul of its peace and comfort, he frightens into silence. He has kept many a poor soul in misery by swearing it to secrecy. You lose two blessings by keeping the devils secret – the light of your fellow brother/sisters Light of God, in their  experience of His grace and their prayers. And what a grave loss this is!

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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The Saints Fortification ~ Part 2

July 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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***Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.***

2. Cling to God’s Promise of Justification (Forgiveness)

Another way to fortify yourself against Satan is to study that grand gospel truth of a soul’s justification before God. Acquaint yourself with this truth in all its aspects: the free mercy of God’s grace; the accomplishment of Yeshua’s (Jesus) sacrifice; the effectiveness of trust in appropriating these blessings (ROM. 3:24-25). An effectual door once opened to let the soul in to this truth will spoil the devils market. (The hounding and taunting with the lie of condemnation).

When Satan comes to take away your peace, if you do not understand the full significance of your forgiveness in the Messiah you will be easily overcome. A child of God without assurance of salvation is as the rabbit that darts into the thicket to escape a fox, but is easily followed by the print of their feet and scent they leave behind. In Yeshua (Jesus) you have a hiding place where the enemy dare not come: ‘the clefts in the rock, in the secret places of the stairs’ (Song of Sol. 2:14)

While the devil may be in hot pursuit of your soul, the very scent of Christ’s blood, by which you are justified, is noxious to him and will stop him in his tracks. Run straight into this tower of the covenant, and roll this truth on the head of Satan, as the woman cast the stone on the head of Abimelech: ‘To him…that…believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his trust is counted for righteousness’ (ROM. 4:5)

Psalms 32:1-2

Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered over; blessed is the man whose sin Adonai (the Lord) will not reckon against his account.

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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