Holiness As the Will of God

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Titus 2:14

We are told over and over again that God wants His people to be pure and that purity in their hearts is the very central idea and end and purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If it is not so, I am utterly deceived.

In justification of this I have selected summing-up texts. “The will of God is your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3 KJV). There is, however, a sense, and an important sense, in which sanctification must be the will of man. It must be my will too, and if it is not my will, the divine will can never be accomplished in me. I must will to be sanctified, as God is willing that I should be sanctified.

“He gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14 KJV). And…

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Dying to Live

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Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey…?

—Romans 6:16

For all God’s good will toward us He is unable to grant us our heart’s desires till all our desires have been reduced to one. When we have dealt with our carnal ambitions; when we have trodden upon the lion and adder of the flesh, have trampled the dragon of self-love under our feet and have truly reckoned ourselves to have died unto sin, then and only then can God raise us to newness of life and fill us with His blessed Holy Spirit.

It is easy to learn the doctrine of personal revival and victorious living; it is quite another thing to take our cross and plod on to the dark and bitter hill of self-renunciation. Here many are called and few are chosen. BAM010

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A Need for Solitude

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And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

—Matthew 14:2

Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. It wears us out by multiplying distractions and beats us down by destroying our solitude, where otherwise we might drink and renew our strength before going out to face the world again.

“The thoughtful soul to solitude retires,” said the poet of other and quieter times; but where is the solitude to which we can retire today? Science, which has provided men with certain material comforts, has robbed them of their souls by surrounding them with a world hostile to their existence. “Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still” is a wise and healing counsel, but how can it be followed in this…

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The Holy Spirit’s Ministry: Absolute Assurance

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“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:33-34)

This is an amazing proof of God’s limitless love for us. God Himself did not hesitate to deliver His own Son as payment for us. God gave the dearest, the most precious, the most excellent Gift He could possibly give—His one and only Son—for you and me!

God will, therefore, “freely give us all things” (Romans 8:32). The Word of God contains much Scripture written on these “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). Not only has the omniscient Creator acted in love toward us, but He did so knowing “our frame; he remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).

Surely you…

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Jesus Really Is Lord

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Romans 14:7-12

In the New Testament, Lord is a commonly used title for Jesus Christ. Although it is rare to hear this term used in our daily life, there’s a similar word with which we are all quite familiar: boss. That’s basically what Lord means—one possessing authority. In the Word of God, Jesus is described as the head of the church, the ruler over all creation, and the Lord of Lords and King of Kings (Col. 1:15-18; Revelation 17:14).

Christ’s reign covers everything that happens in heaven and on the earth. No one—not even someone who denies His existence—is free of His rule or outside His authority. Although Satan tries to convince us that freedom is found in doing what we want, the only way to be truly free is through submission to Jesus Christ.

Have you submitted to His rule over your life? Jesus’ authority might cause anger or…

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Storm Chasers

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He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.  Psalm 107:29

“Chasing tornadoes,” says Warren Faidley, “is often like a giant game of 3D-chess played out over thousands of square miles.” The photojournalist and storm-chaser adds: “Being in the right place at the right time is a symphony of forecasting and navigation while dodging everything from softball-sized hailstones to dust storms and slow-moving farm equipment.”

Faidley’s words make my palms sweat and heart beat faster. While admiring the raw courage and scientific hunger storm chasers display, I balk at throwing myself into the middle of potentially fatal weather events.

In my experience, however, I don’t have to chase storms in life—they seem to be chasing me. That experience is mirrored by Psalm 107 as it describes sailors trapped in a storm. They were being chased by the consequences of their wrong choices but the psalmist says…

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VIDEO Of Your Own We Give – Give to God

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But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. 1 Chronicles 29:14

In churches that follow The Book of Common Prayer, when it comes time to collect the congregation’s financial offerings, the leader chooses from several suggested verses to recite. A frequently used invitation to worship by giving is from 1 Chronicles 29:14: “For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee” (KJV).

The context of that verse in First Chronicles is striking. King David is praying following the overwhelmingly generous offering of Israel’s leaders, including David himself, to fund the building of the temple. As David prays, he becomes forcefully aware that the people’s ability to give is because God had first given to them. They were only giving…

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