Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 17

November 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall. Page 50.

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

5. His Interceding Son

Christ’s presence and activity in heaven remind God of His firm commitment to defend His followers. We have been promised that one of the Saviors ongoing activities in heaven is ever to intercede before the Father on our behalf. Intercession is purely an office of mercy to believers, that they might have given them whatever is needed for the performance of all God has promised. Jesus Christ is our ambassador to see all carried fairly between God and is according to agreement. Although Christ sits in His exalted position beside the Father and out of the storm in regard to His own safety, yet His children are left behind in combat with satan. They remain in His heart, and He will not forget them for a moment. Witness the speedy dispatch He made of the Holy Spirit to the apostles when He ascended to the Father, Christ had sent the Holy Spirit to comfort not only the first Followers but all believers until His return.

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

♡ How often do you ask the Spirit to make you aware of Christ’s intercession on your behalf?

♡ If you knew. .. would your confidence be changed in ways that release fears and anxiety?

♡ What scriptures can you find that point to this exact action we are invited to take as a means for standing for God and letting Him fight through us?

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Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 16

October 14, 2014 at 10:40 pm (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall. Pages 49-50.

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

3. His Everlasting Covenant

God’s covenant engages His almighty power. He puts His own hand and seal to His promise, and like the mountains surrounding Jerusalem it stands, never to be removed. As His Name is, so is His Nature – a God who keeps covenant for ever. He does not parcel Himself out, a few crumbs to one, a crust to another – as one feeds the sparrows. He allows you to claim as yours whatever He has. He makes His covenant with every believer. Were some left to fight it out by strength of their own abilities, then the strong would be likely to stand and the weak to fall in battle. But, castled in the covenant, all are safe together – because all rest in the power of His might.

4. His Self-Imposed Obligation

Since God demands our trust, He is obligated to prove Himself trustworthy. All His promises are yea and amen; He has therefore bound Himself to use His power in our defense.
Where can anyone flee in any need, or when danger of sin, satan, or his instruments, except to God? ‘What time I am afraid,’ David said, ‘I will trust in Thee’ (Psalm 56:3). *When you take sanctuary in God, you can rest assured He will not betray you to the enemy. Your willing dependence on Him awakens His almighty power for your defense as surely as a newborns cry awakens its mother, regardless of the hour. He has sworn the greatest oath that can come from His sacred lips: that all who flee to their hope in Him for refuge, shall have strong consolation (Heb.6:17,18). This should embolden your faith to expect a kind haven when you turn to God for protection. Having set up His name and promises as a strong tower, God calls His people into His chambers, and expects then to enter and make themselves at Home.

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☆ Questions for further digestion ☆

♡ Can you name the character traits of God found within the many names He gives us to call upon in the Word?

♡ How has the word covenant become a dull “religious word” to you?

(The covenant or commitment God has made provided no avenue on His part for a lack of fulfillment. He does not divorce, renig or fail to keep every part for all time. It has never depended on what His people did or did not do, and never will. He has married the harlot, the backslider, the faithful, the Bride of His choosing. .. There is no divorce court in heaven.)

♡ Do you see how human reasoning and culture has so degraded our perception of trustworthy based on its “easy-outs” and loopholes it has set up within the context of commitment between humans?

♡ Do you see why He has proven His trustworthiness by the simple observable proofs we see everyday of how opposite He is in keeping His word. (Example: the Sun comes up and goes down every day, shining and giving life to every nook and cranny of the whole earth for the purpose of keeping His creation; no matter what the people do or don’t do. .. the Sun and its rising and setting is one of the most abundantly see-able things He has given to prove His trustworthiness! )

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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!

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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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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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