Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 14

September 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 45-47

☆ The Reasons for Trusting God’s Power ☆ continued. ..

3. His Eternal Desire

It has ever been and always will be the Father’s will that we trust only Him. God demands to be called the Almighty; He insists we place our confidence in Him. That child is wise who does as his father bids. Man may be called wise, merciful, mighty; but only God is all-wise, all-merciful, all-mighty. When we leave out this prefix all, we nickname God and call Him by a creature’s name, which He will not answer to. His insistence on this particular is accented in several ways:

First, in the strict command to give Him glory for His power. He has made it clear in His dealings with men that all power is His, and He will not share His glory with any other: ‘Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. .. but sanctify the Lord of host Himself’ (Isaiah 8:12-13) And not only in the midst of a marvelous display of His might. In the darkest hour, in the least likely circumstances, faith (trust) must run to the Father with praise for His greatness.

The severe discipline He administers when we fail to trust Him also shows the importance of acknowledging His omnipotence. Our faith (trust) is so important to God that He will sometimes chastise His dearest children when they stagger in this area. *He expects us to trust Him even when we come off poorly by our own standards. We are not to argue or reason; we are to submit and cling to the promise of His power poured forth for us. Zacharias merely asked the angel, ‘Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years’ (Luke 1:18). And for daring to question the vastness of God’s power, he was struck dumb on the spot. God longs for His children to believe His Word, and not to dispute His power. The distinguishing mark of Abraham’s faith was that he was ‘… fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able to perform’ (Romans 4:21)

To encourage our trust, the Lord often intervenes in mighty ways on behalf of His people. *Sometimes He allows an opposing force to arise, so that at He can raise up a more magnificent pillar of remembrance of Himself. This pillar will stand in the very ruins of that which contested His power. Thus, when He intervenes all must say, ‘Almighty power was here!’

Such was the case with Lazarus. Christ stayed away until the man was dead in order to give a greater demonstration of His power. God sometimes used the same method in the Old Testament. Remember the Exodus. If God had brought Israel out of Egypt while Joseph was in favor at court, they probably would have had an easy departure. Instead, God reserved His deliverance for the reign of that proud Pharaoh who cruelly oppressed them and satisfied his lust upon them, that His children might know beyond doubt Who had delivered them.

God’s timely intervention is a confirmation that you can believe His almighty power is yours, engaged for your defense and help in all trials and temptations. God miraculously brought Israel out of Egypt; did He then set them down on the other side of the Red Sea to find their way to Canaan using their own skill and strength? No, ‘The Lord God bare them as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that they went’ (Deut. 1:31)

*God makes the soul willing to come out of satan’s clutches, then brings him out of spiritual Egypt by His converting grace. When the Follower is on his march and the whole country rises up against him, how will he get safely past all his enemies’ borders? God Himself will enfold him in the arms of His Everlasting strength. We ‘are kept by the power of God through faith (trust) unto salvation’ (1 Pet. 1:5). *The power of God is that shoulder on which Christ carries you, His lost sheep, home – rejoicing as He goes (Luke 15:5). The Everlasting arms of His strength are eagles’ wings, upon which you are both tenderly and securely conveyed to glory (Ex.19:4).

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☆ Questions for further digestion ☆

♡ When trials come do you trust and wait to see God’s almighty power present itself?

♡ Do you, if you cannot see with your physical eyes before they close in physical death, pour forth your trust even then?

♡ Why do you think God is so insistent on us trusting what He says?

♡ What did Yeshua (Jesus) say that reflects how Trustworthy the Father is?

♡ Can you trust Him in you?

♡ Do you really believe that your only ability to trust God comes from God Himself?

♡ Where are you tempted right now to doubt that He is working inside and into your life?

♡ What promises of His power do you cling to with all your heart, all your strength, all your mind and all your will?

♡ Do you arm yourself with them at all times? Or only when you are struggling?

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Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 13

September 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Page 44-45.

☆The Reason for Trusting God’s Power ☆

2. Your Present Dilemma

Without God’s strength, you cannot stand in the hour of testing. The challenge is beyond the stretch of human fortitude. Just suppose all your strength is already engaged to barricade your soul against temptation and satan is steadily hacking away at your resolve; what will you do? You need not panic. Only send faith (trust) to cry at God’s window, like the man in the parable asking his neighbor for bread at midnight, and He who keeps covenant forever will provide. When faith (trust) fails, however, and the soul has no one to send for divine intervention, the battle is all but over, and satan will at that very moment be crossing the threshold.

When you are in the midst of testing, do not give up in despair. *Faith (Trust) is a dogged grace! Unless your soul flatly denies the power of God, this courier – trust – will beat a well-worn path to the throne. Doubt cripples but does not incapacitate faith (trust). Indeed, even as you are disputing the mercy of God and questioning in your mind whether He will come to your rescue, faith (trust) will make its way, even if haltingly, into His Presence. And the message it delivers will be, ‘If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.

But if you conclude finally that God cannot pardon or save, cannot come to your rescue, this shoots faith (trust) through the heart. Then your soul will fall at satan’s feet, to disheartened to keep the door shut any longer to his temptation. Remember this: The one who abandons faith (trust) in the midst of spiritual drought can be compared to the fool who throws away his pitcher the first day the well is dry.

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☆ Questions for further digestion ☆

♡ True or false? Surrender is the first requirement of trust. Or put differently. .. trust does not work without surrender.

♡ If the first question be true. .. who do you surrender to?

♡ If it be false. .. why would one need faith (trust) if surrender isn’t necessary?

♡ Who put satan in the garden?

♡ Why do you think God did not ‘interfere’ when satan came to tempt Eve?

(For example: God didn’t send an angel or come Himself and remind Eve what she had been told before (not to eat); nor did He come and stand in front of the enemy and say “Get away from My Child!”)

♡ So. .. Does God allow the enemy to cross our “threshold”? (Remember Job)

♡ Is it confidence in our faith (trust) that motivates His allowances or His?

♡ Do you see why Gurnall starts this section out with the strong words about God’s strength?

♡ Does it put a new perspective on Pauls words: ‘in my weakness He is strong’?

♡ Does it also give a different perspective on surrender?

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Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 12

September 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm (Devotionals, Remodeling the Mind, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall.  Page 43-44

☆ Three Reasons for Trusting God’s Power ☆

1. His Past Record

Throughout history God has proven the sufficiency of His power, yet it is not easy to believe that God is Almighty. Moses himself was a star of the first magnitude for grace, yet see how his trust blinks and twinkles until he overcomes his doubts. He said to God, ‘The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and Thou has said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. Shall the flocks and herds be slain for them, to suffice them? (Numbers 11:21-22) This holy man lost sight for a time of the almighty power of God, and began questioning how the Lord could keep His Word. He might as well have said what he was obviously thinking: ‘O God, have You not overestimated Your power this time? What You have promised cannot be done!’ For so God interprets his reasoning: ‘And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short?’ (Vs. 23)

It was the same with Mary in the New Testament: ‘Lord, if Thou had been here, my brother had not died’ (John 11:32) To this, her sister Martha added, ‘Lord, by this time he stinketh’ (vs. 39) Both were Godly women, yet they had serious doubts about the extent of Christ’s power. One limited Him to place – ‘if Thou had been here…’ As if Christ could not have saved Lazarus’ life absent as well as present! The other limited Him to time – ‘now he stinketh…’ As if Christ had brought His remedy to late, and the grave would not release is prisoner at His command. *Despite their unbelief, God proved Himself faithful.

Now, Follower of Christ, before you point at the wrinkle in their trust, perhaps you should check for holes in your own. Do not have such a high opinion of yourself as to think your own trust does not need your utmost effort continually to acknowledge the almighty power of God. When you see those heros of trust dash their feet against this kind of temptation, how can you be so confident?

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☆ Questions for further digestion ☆

Note: I find it rather humorous that the women were concerned with stink. ..:-). And after all Moses had seen God pull off. .. He still struggled with trust. It gives me hope! I believe God is most interested in building this one ‘muscle’ more than any other! In every situation I am inclined to ask. .. ♡ “What would be the most Incredulous a.k.a. impossible thing God could do here?” ♡ Where am I the least inclined to go in my thinking about God’s limits and/or reach? This is why time invested into each thought and prayer is so essential. Prayers tossed up on the go are not without value. .. but it takes relationship to converse with God. .. and we die to ourselves most when we allow Him to have the final say. We do limit God by our natural inclinations. .. it must be a consistent effort (like the tending to our Armour) to look for His impossibilities for which we are instructed to ask for! We can not ask for things we don’t “see” or know to comprehend. .. only God gives us this insight!

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The most confusing and hard to see situations are likely where He would prove His power the most if we would but go to Him and ask Him to show us Himself. .. and wait in trust while He does so. After all its a promise He made. .. and often we are just limited in our patience and trust to keep looking, asking, seeking, knocking.

♡ the questions are in there. .. can you see them?

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Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 11

September 10, 2014 at 1:58 am (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 42-43

4. An Admonition to Appropriate ‘The Power of His Might’

Paul continues his exhortation by again stressing the source of our strength ‘… and in the power of His might.’ Two questions come at once to mind. First, what is meant by ‘the power of His might’; and second, how does the Follower avail himself of this power?

WHAT IS ‘THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT’?
Simply put, this phrase means His mighty power. It is like another passage, ‘to the praise of His glorious grace.’ (Eph.1:6), which means ‘to the praise of His glorious grace.’ Sometimes the Lord is described as ‘strong and mighty’, sometimes as ‘Almighty’. What matters is that we grasp the significance of God’s infinite, almighty power.

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APPROPRIATING GOD’S POWER

How does the Follower tap into his source of power? To be strong in the power of the Lord’s might requires two acts of trust. First, you must have a settled, firm persuasion that the Lord is Almighty in power. This is a foundational truth. Second, you must not only believe that God is Almighty, but also that this Almighty power of God is *engaged for your defense. God expects you to meet every trial, every temptation, leaning on His arm.

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As a Father walking over a rough path offers his hand to his child, so God reaches forth His power for His followers trust to cling to. God did this for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whose trust He tested above most of His followers before or since – for most of the great things which were promised did not come to pass while they were on this earth. How, then, did God make Himself known to them? By displaying this attribute of His power (Ex.6:3). It was all they had, to keep their footing sure. They lived comfortably and died triumphantly, bequeathing the promise to their children. They never doubted, because God Almighty had promised.

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… to be continued
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☆Questions for further digestion ☆

♡ Has God, being referred to as ‘almighty’ and ‘powerful’ become hard to grasp so far removed from such miracles as: splitting a sea or healing a man blind from birth to you?

♡ If so, do you now see why the Israeites were instructed so stridently to tell their children each story. .. ‘As they walked on the way’; ‘when they rose up and when they laid down’; ‘writing them on their foreheads, door post’? (Deut. 6:6-9)

♡ When was the last time you collected your own experience in God’s promises to pass on, hold onto and repeat?

♡ When it comes to God’s promises; do you have a ready answer for he who would attempt to rob and kill and destroy? Can you name them and hold out your shield?

♡ What is the biggest and best promise that God has fulfilled that can be our first line of defense?

♡ How does God work to reveal His power and might with His promises, right now, today, in these times?

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Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 10

September 5, 2014 at 1:16 am (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 40-41

♢ The Significance of God’s Grace – continued ♢

4. The Nature of God

Finally, the Follower ought to rely on divine strength because this plan results in the greatest advancement of *God’s own glory (Eph.1:4,22). If God had given you a lifetime supply of His grace to begin with and left you to handle your own account, you would have thought Him generous indeed. *But He is magnified even more by the open account He sets up in your name. Now you may acknowledge not only that your strength comes from God in the first place, but that you are continually in debt for every withdrawal of strength you make throughout the course of your following Him.

When a child travels with his parents, all his expenses are covered by his father – not by himself. Likewise, no follower shall say of Heaven when he arrives there, ‘This is heaven, which I have built by the power of my own might. ‘ No, the heavenly Jerusalem is a city ‘whose builder and maker is God’ (Heb. 11:10). Every grace is a stone in that building, the topstone of which is laid in glory. Some day Followers shall plainly see how God was not only the founder to begin, but the benefactor also to finish the same. The glory of the work of God will not be crumbled out piecemeal, some to God and some to the creature. All will be entirely credited to God.

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☆ Questions for Further Digestion ☆

♡ Which description would you say best describes your thinking with God’s grace: the one that seems to draw on the “lifetime supply” which is a set amount and no more – or the one that says each day, in every minute. .. God supplies exactly what’s needed?

♡ Based on your answer to the above: do your thoughts and actions reflect it? Do they draw upon an endless supply and excuse you? Or do they squeak out of what seems like the limit you’ve been supplied and come up feeling empty?

♡ Why is it so important “who gets the credit”?

♡ How does one know – how they can know if their true heart wants God to get all the credit; or if they are hoping for a little for themselves?

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