How long, Lord, will you continue to ignore me? How long will you pay no attention to me? [Ps 13:1]
All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change.—Zion said, “The Lord has abandoned me, the sovereign master has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast? Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? Even if mothers were to forget, I could never forget you!”
O Israel, I will not forget you! I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud, the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud.
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days.—A Canaanite woman … cried out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David!” But he did not answer her a word.
Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away.
~ Samuel Bagster ~
Jas 1:17, Isa 49:14-15, Isa 44:21-22, John 11:5-6, Matt 15:22-23, 1 Pet 1:7
Holiness is letting Me live through you. Since I dwell in you, you are fully equipped to be holy. Pause before responding to people or situations, giving My Spirit space to act through you.
Holiness is one of those virtues that seems so elusive. If I strive to be holy, I’m in danger of falling prey to serious sins, especially pride and hypocrisy. Yet Your Word clearly instructs me to be holy. I’m intrigued by the idea that holiness is a matter of letting You live through me. That seems more feasible than trying with all my might to be good.
Beloved, be careful not to confuse being holy with trying to appear holy. The Pharisees fell into that trap: parading their pretension of holiness on street corners, at banquets, in the temple—wherever they found an audience. I reserved some of My strongest condemnation for them and their hypocrisy.
When you became a Christian, I put the Holy Spirit in you, thus equipping you to be holy. However, you are still vulnerable to the world, the flesh (sinful nature), and the devil. These three conspire against holiness, tempting you to respond to people and situations in your old, habitual ways. My Spirit will not force His ways on you, so it’s easy for you to ignore His inner Presence. That’s why I encourage you to pause before responding—inviting the Spirit to live and love through you.
Remember that I am Christ in you, the hope of Glory. The more you know Me and love Me, the easier it is for you to let Me live through you. Without your even realizing it, intimacy with Me transforms you into My likeness—My holy image.
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” [1 Peter 1:15–16]
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. [Romans 8:9]
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. [Colossians 1:27]
~ Sarah Young ~
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him Life for them that sin not unto death. [1 John 5:16]
If we are not heedful of the way the Spirit of God works in us, we will become spiritual hypocrites. We see where other folks are failing, and we turn our discernment into the gibe of criticism instead of into intercession on their behalf. The revelation is made to us not through the acuteness of our minds, but by the direct penetration of the Spirit of God, and if we are not heedful of the source of the revelation, we will become criticizing centres and forget that God says – “. . . he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death.” Take care lest you play the hypocrite by spending all your time trying to get others right before you worship God yourself.
One of the subtlest burdens God ever puts on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning other souls. He reveals things in order that we may take the burden of these souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them, and as we intercede on His line, God says He will give us “life for them that sin not unto death.” It is not that we bring God into touch with our minds, but that we rouse ourselves until God is able to convey His mind to us about the one for whom we intercede.
Is Jesus Christ seeing of the travail of His soul in us? He cannot unless we are so identified with Himself that we are roused up to get His view about the people for whom we pray. May we learn to intercede so whole-heartedly that Jesus Christ will be abundantly satisfied with us as intercessors.
~ Oswald Chambers ~
He went out to relax in the field in the early evening. [Gen 24:63]
May my words and my thoughts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my sheltering rock and my redeemer.
When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made, and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them? Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them.—The Lord’s deeds are great, eagerly awaited by all who desire them.
How blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand in the pathway with sinners, or sit in the assembly of scoffers! Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.—“This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night.”—As if with choice meat you satisfy my soul. My mouth joyfully praises you, whenever I remember you on my bed, and think about you during the nighttime hours.
~ Samuel Bagster ~
Ps 19:14, Ps 8:3-4, Ps 111:2, Ps 1:1-2, Josh 1:8, Ps 63:5-6