Willingness to Walk Alone with God

Posted February 15, 2017 by SandreS
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Look to Abraham … for I called him alone (Isaiah 51:2).

For he was, alone, when called I him (Rotherham).

Abraham was called the friend of God (James 2:23). This friendship with God called him to a place of being “alone;” for indeed God had called him “alone.” God called Abraham [then named Abram] to:

Get out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you (Genesis 12:1).

Man often has an affinity for groups, a longing to be “a part of something”; but being alone is the expected lot of those who would walk with God. We all naturally love and value the fellowship and companionship of others, but more often than not God calls His Own to walk on a solitary road with Him. Walking with Him requires a willingness to go alone if necessary. We must be willing to forgo the many voices of comfort and encouragement; of appreciation and respect. He calls us away from the noise of all of this into the quiet place of His love.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L.Pilkington, Jr.
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A Mighty Purifying Force

Posted February 10, 2017 by SandreS
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The hope of the Church which is His body is stated in Philippians 3:20-21,

For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.

Such as live in the pure atmosphere of this hope are least affected by the changing temperature of these present times. There is an evenness about them which speaks of heaven. There is no more potent influence for detaching the children of God from present things than prospects of glory with Christ. “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” is a mighty purifying force.

vladimir-gelesnoffVladimir Gelesnoff (1877-1921)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 8, page 98
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Misplaced Devotion

Posted November 14, 2016 by SandreS
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It is because of a devotion to and jealousy for some “thing”; a “Mission,” “Denomination,” “Tradition,” “Fellowship,” “Movement,” etc. that rivalries and bad feelings spring up.

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony, January, 1944

The Unity of the Spirit

Posted October 30, 2016 by SandreS
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God has made a unity for His saints and He enjoins us to endeavor to keep the unity. Like every other achievement wherewith God graces us, this unity is in spirit. To keep the unity is an individual matter, and should be the divine service of each saint. In this endeavor we ought not to have the idea that we are to establish a union with other saints, but simply seek that we do not mar the unity which the saints are constituted by God.

To see the unity only as embracing those who realize the special truths of Ephesians is to fail to understand the question. We may have more intimate fellowship with those of like understanding, but that is not the limit of the spirit’s unity. In this respect the outward aspect is not in point, for whether outward unity is apparent or not, the spirit’s unity is in being. Yet our obedience is to endeavor that we outwardly keep the unity, and to do so we ignore all other “unities” and associations, for any such alliances create but a superficial fellowship, which, in fact, amounts to division.

A loving and gracious disposition is inculcated by the doctrine of the present economy; it displays the boundless grace and love which we have received from God and so accords with God’s attitude. The nature or character of our activities are to be those which accord with the truth of our being one body.

Edward Henry Clayton (1887-1972)
Grace & Truth Magazine
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The Apostasy

Posted October 22, 2016 by SandreS
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II Timothy reveals a church in ruins, the foundation alone remaining and exposed to view. Consequently the discipline that was possible while the church was standing can no longer be put into operation. Instead of Timothy being instructed to exercise his disciplinary powers upon others, he is urged to exercise them upon himself. The foundation itself bears the seal: –

Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (II Timothy 2:19)

The personal note is sounded in such statements as:

If a man therefore purge himself from these [not purge others out] (II Timothy 3:5)

Timothy is told to “shun” profane and vain babblings, to “flee” youthful lusts, to “follow” righteousness, faith, love, peace with them that call on the name of the Lord out of a pure heart.

charles-h-welchCharles H. Welch (1880-1967)
The Berean Expositor, Vol. XII., No. 3, March 1922
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The Basest of Mankind

Posted October 17, 2016 by SandreS
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The Most High rules in the governments of men, and gives it to whomever He will, and sets up over it the basest of men (Daniel 4:17).

In this verse, not only do we see the sovereignty of God clearly revealed in human governments, so that He gives them to whomever He pleases, but we also see His decreed choice of earthly rulers.

Many attempt to pursue a purpose that is contrary to God’s revealed standard – which is to give the current governments of the earth to the basest of men.” This is quite a commentary on who “wins” elections.

The fact is that believers are indeed innately extremely political. However, our political jurisdiction is just not on earth; “for our politics [πολίτευμα, politeuma] are in heaven (Philippians 3:20).

Although conducted with genuine, godly passion, these misplaced heavenly politics become vainly exercised in the earthly realm. Believers have high-level politics (ἐπουράνιος, epouraniosi.e., the “high places” Ephesians 6:12), and we with patience await our turn among the governments of the celestials.C2Pilkington-4

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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We Can’t Go Back to the “Early Church”

Posted September 30, 2016 by SandreS
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In the apostle’s [Paul] own lifetime the most spiritual of all the assemblies (Ephesus) “turned away from” him (II Timothy 1:15). Some used to tell us to go back to the first three centuries to find pure Christianity … But our answer is that we cannot go back to the first century; for the very assembly (Ephesus) which received his longest ministry (three years), “so that all they that dwell in Asia heard the words of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:10), were the first to turn away from him and his teaching.

EWB2E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
Foundations of Dispensational Truth, Bible Student’s Press™ (2011)
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