Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Clinging Soul

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:8 ESV)

I had been meditating on Psalm 63:8 for about a week when a friend sent me a encouraging text message with the same verse on it. He did not know the situation I was going through, nor did he know that I had been pondering in my heart about that verse. God has a special way of communicating his love and care to us when we are going through hard times. God knows and understands our frames, and that we are dust. (Ps.103:14)

A clinging soul has learned to be quiet (Ps.62:1-2) and trust God to be their Rock. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and the only sure foundation we can build our lives on. A clinging soul is being weaned from the world and finds its satisfaction in God.

We must learn to cling to our Heavenly Father like a child clings to his earthly Dad. When our soul clings to God we enter into his rest in a place of total dependence and trust in him. He holds onto us with his strong right hand. Clinging to God is like cleaving to our spouse. When we cling to Him we are declaring our love for him. - Bobby

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Meditation on Law and Grace

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14 ESV)

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 ESV)

If our understanding of grace does not lead us to embrace the law of Christ, we have misunderstood what genuine grace is. Grace is freely given by God to his children as a free gift so that we can live the "Jesus way." Grace is empowerment to live life in the Spirit which is always contrary to our sinful nature. True grace leads us to abandon lifestyles that are offensive to God. We are saved by grace and live the life of discipleship by grace. 

The law of Christ is fulfilled by loving God, and our neighbor. By doing this, we keep the moral law (1 Timothy 1:8). Seeking to live a moral life by will power alone, leads to discouragement and failure, and is ultimately idolatrous. Will power apart from God's power can be a substitute savior that is actually the result of our own self-centeredness. We must come to the place where we realize, that we are powerless to live a "good life" apart from the indwelling Christ. - Bobby

Friday, February 13, 2015

Be Filled With The Spirit by A.W. Tozer

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18

That every Christian can be and should be filled with the Holy Spirit would hardly seem to be a matter for debate among Christians. Yet some will argue that the Holy Spirit is not for plain Christians but for ministers and missionaries only. Others hold that the measure of the Spirit received at regeneration is identical with that received by the disciples at Pentecost and any hope of additional fullness after conversion simply rests upon error. A few will express a languid hope that some day they may be filled, and still others will avoid the subject as one about which they know little and which can only cause embarrassment.

I want here boldly to assert that it is my happy belief that every Christian can have a copious outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a measure far beyond that received at conversion, and I might also say, far beyond that enjoyed by the rank and file of orthodox believers today. It is important that we get this straight, for until doubts are removed faith is impossible. God will not surprise a doubting heart with an effusion of the Holy Spirit, nor will He fill anyone who has doctrinal questions about the possibility of being filled.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Dwelling Place Of God

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
(1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV)

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:4-5 ESV)

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24-25 ESV)

The Holy Spirit dwells in every true believer. God no longer dwells in temples made with hands, but instead he dwells in the hearts and manifests himself in the lives of his followers. We (God's church) are made up of living stones built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, and Jesus is the chief cornerstone in this spiritual temple. (Eph. 2:20)

Our goal is not to see a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, but to experience life in the Spirit, as the dwelling place of God, here and now. God has chosen a people for himself through his Son to be heirs of his promises and to experience his divine presence. In Christ we are partakers of the divine nature which allows us to access the mind of Christ. 

We are the clay vessels that God has chosen to pour his life into, so that we can share his life with others.  All of the fullness of  God dwells in Jesus and we (his people) are spiritually located in Christ.  As God's workmanship we were created for good works in Christ Jesus, that can only be accomplished through His indwelling Spirit. - Bobby

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Humility of Jesus

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)

When challenged by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus refused to turn a stone into bread. Satan sought to push Jesus into pride by using his power for self-gratification or by showing off by jumping off the Temple and being rescued by angels (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus only used his power to serve others. He never used his gifting for self promotion but lived under the authority of his Father. Jesus was the most humble man and yet the most powerful man who ever lived. 

The Son of God is the pattern for how we should live our Christian life. As sinful creatures we can grow in humility by studying and meditating on the life of Jesus while seeking to emulate him. Jesus never sought to force obedience on anyone. And instead of urging his followers to take the lives of others, he taught them to lay down their lives as he himself did.

 He left Heaven and made himself of no reputation and humbly became a man. He washed the dirt that he had created of the feet of those he had formed from the dust. He never called for an armed rebellion, as he taught his disciples to arm themselves with love. He walked a narrow road and the call is the same for all that would follow him today. - Bobby