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Let’s Think Soberly

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Rom. 12:3-5 NKJV

It is so important for each of us to realize our need for one another. We should not think of this as an option. If we allow ourselves to become too isolated from the rest of the body, we can soon convince ourselves that we are spiritually self-sufficient. Let us not “forsake the assembling” of ourselves together “as the manner of some is.” Heb. 10:25

Oh, saints. All will be as well as it can possibly be with us when we are assembling together regularly by faith in love, growing up together in his manifold grace!

The Spiritual State of the State, and of Christianity

Tonight at 7:30 central time there will be a live webcast from our site (www.proclaimit.org) where I will share a synopsis from a spiritual perspective on the state of the state, and Israel, and Christianity. You are invited. Please invite others. To see, to share, and to understand with spiritual mind the things that are going on to shape the days ahead are vital for these perilous, apostate times.

Jerusalem Shall Be Divided

Many Christians are concerned that the current situation in the Middle East is orchestrated by presidents, kings, princes and others in authority. It is not. Every detail about Israel is orchestrated by God. The mightiest men are only minor puppets in God’s mighty hand. Therefore, let us not be overly concerned about the “negotiating” that is taking place over the safety and sovereignty of Israel. Let us pray in faith, asking the Lord to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, and to bring absolute peace through the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east……… “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be- ‘The LORD is one,’ And His name one.” Zechariah 14:1-4a, 9)

To Those Who Coninue

An obscure passage maybe, nevertheless, one that speaks volumes.

Luke 22:28-30 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

These bullet points are worth meditating on:

  1. It is those who “continue” with Him that receive reward. (Matt. 24:13)
  2. The reward is great. We receive of His kingdom, even dining with Him and the Father. (Rev. 19:1-10)
  3. While the disciples (first apostles) will actually judge with Him, all those who “overcome” with Him will be given places of authority in His Kingdom. (Rev. 2:21)

Oh, saints! This is real! Can you believe it? Do you “look forward” to His coming? I can hardly wait! (II Pet. 3:12-14)

When we really believe this, and other glorious truths about our eternal place with the Father and the Son, we are strengthened to “continue.” There IS the blessing of reward! All for His glory! I Cor. 15:20-28; Eph. 2:7

Walk By Faith Right Now

Many of us know what it is to walk by faith (albeit on different levels), even to some who live in the USA. Thus I think it is likely that some of you can relate to the point that I share. While it is scriptural and familiar to the multitudes, the multitudes do not know it through experiential reality. Those of you who do will appreciate this series of blogs, of which this is the first, about living faith.

  • “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” I John 5:4

Caution! Never mind about yesterday. Are we overcoming by authentic faith today?

In a land of plenty it is easy, and tempting for the flesh (“sold under sin” – Rom. 7:14) to gravitate toward security and comfort, even for those who have at other times exercised living faith that resulted in mighty exploits. For those of us who actually know what it is to truly offer ourselves for God’s absolute use for extended periods of time resulting in His glory revealed, we should take extra care not to position ourselves back into the comforts of this life. Both Paul and Peter knew this to be true. Notice how each one addresses this concern. Notice the gravity with which each one addressed it independent of the other.

Paul wrote in I Cor. 9:27 “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

Peter wrote in II Peter 3:17 “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;”

Being Filled with the Fruits of Righteousness!

What a glorious quest! What a delight to think about! Let’s desire it! Let’s do it!

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”  Philippians 1:9-11

Let’s keep it simple: Look what we CAN do!

  1. Abound in love more and more;
  2. abound in knowledge and all discernment;
  3. approve the things that are excellent;
  4. be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ;
  5. be filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ;
  6. all to the glory and praise of God!

Talk about a sure road to real revival…

Now that’s what I want to be and do! That is worth meditating on is it not? Let’s take a moment and let it sink in! Let’s take the rest of our lives, and let it be lived out! All in favor, say, “Amen”!

Abiding in His Love

Yes, God is love. But the Bible says that it is by keeping His commandments that we “abide” in His love.

“‘As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.'” John 15:9-10

So… let’s do that!

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