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Date: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 08:45:13 (CST)

Page No :24
Study: Conclusion of this Study................The Pathway To Life In God

The hand of Faith laid upon the Head of our Substitute of Calvary's Cross, in each aspect of His Sacrifice...transferring ourselves to Him as the Substitute... is quickly done by the act of a SURRENDERED WILL, but the full measure of fellowship with Him, in the waters of Jordan, (baptism, death to the self will) is needed to bring us into that vital union with Him where we become the little children of the Father, and abide under the Anointing of the Anointed Son.

"A little child shall lead them" Isa. 11:6, "out of the mouths of babes...Praise" , Matt. 21:16. A little child's dependancy on their Father in all things.

How marvellous the infinite grace of the Lord Jesus is thus coming down to us, when we were "dead in the transgressions and uncircumcision of our flesh".Col.2:13, stooping to our level, and step by step, by His Spirit, tenderly, graciously leading us on, bearing with our ignorance and earthly mindedness, until at last He sees of the travail of His Soul and is satisfied, having brought us back to God, 1 Pet. 3:18. And back into the Garden of Eden...(The presence of God)...

Still more wonderful is His grace when through those brought back, He goes forth again to meet other souls, with patient tenderness to win them, and lead them on from faith to faith, until they too are at rest in the heart of God...

"As My Father has sent Me, even so send I you" John 20: 21... "We are IN HIM that is true, even in His Son Jesus. This is the true God, and eternal life."...Little Children, guard yourselves from idols".. (other things)"that take you away from God".... 1 John 5:21....

The End Of This Study...


Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 08:46:06 (CST)

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X. " You have an Anointing " 1 John 2:20

"Of the Son He said:.. Your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows" Heb. 1: 8,9. "Little Children...you have an anonting from the Holy One...If that which you heard from the beginning abide in you, you also shall abide in the Son, and in the Father" 1 John 2: 18,20, 24.

The full power of the Anointing Spirit is now manifested as the soul abides in the Son...the great High Priest, anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellows.. Heb. 1:9. Already received and experienced, in a measure, from the hour the soul knew the Comforter had come, the anointing oil here increases into a perpetual and steady flow...even "rivers of oil"... Eze. 32: 14.

XI. Characteristics of the Anointing:

1. The "Anointing" abides. "The anointing which you received of Him abides" 1 John 2: 27. In the earlier stages the manifestation of the Anointing appeared intermittent or transient according to the dealing of the Spirit, as He withdrew from the consciousness deeper into the center, that He might bring the soul into one life with Christ in God.

2. The "Anointing" teaches...: "But the anointing which you have received of Him, abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you of all things and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him... 1 John 2: 27...

The Anointing of the Lord Himself teaches the little children, "concerning all things", so as to abide in the Father's presence. He awakens them morning by morning to hear as they that are taught Isa. 50: 4, for He opens their ears to hear what the Spirit says unto the children of God, interpreting spiritual things to the spiritual. "The Spirit searches all things, yeaaaa, even the deep things of God". 1 Corin. 2:10.

3. The "Anointing" equips for service. "The spirit of the Lord is upon me..He anoits me to preach... to proclaim release..to set at liberty them that are bruised". Luke 4: 18. Thus spoke the Christ, "the Anointed" John 1:41, on the eve of His Ministry, and His Children must also be anointed ones if they are to walk in His steps. The anointing of the sons of Aaron followed their identification with the sin- offering, burnt offering, and the ram of consecration. Ex. 29:7. How many times have we been in the fires of our testings??? These are OUR Burnt Offerings..


Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 08:22:27 (CST)

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2. A life of increasing conformity to the image of the Son : " Made like to the pattern of His Son, that many brethren might be joined to Him, the first-born". Rom. 8: 29. "With face unveiled...transformed continually". 2 Corin. 3: 18.

Day by day through the supply of the Spirit of Jesus, the Word Of God, the soul is conformed to Him in His meekness and humility; rejoicing to be, like Him, as one that serves; finding it no effort, but a joy, to be be "less than the least of all the saints" in loving ministry to others.

3. A life of overcoming in the life of the Son. "You are of God, little children, and have overcome... because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the World" 1 John 4:4.. " Whatsoever is begotten of God overcomes " 1 John 5:4.

The temptations are more subtle, the conflicts keener, the devices of the evil one more awful, but, with the "Word of God abiding", the soul overcomes by the blood of the Lamb, hiding as a babe in the bosom of its Father. (Note: "The Word of God Abiding")... We must be continually in the Word of God for this to be able to manifest itself.

Trusting to the Divine Spirit to guard the avenues of the outer life it trusts Him also to keep it in its hiding place. "He that was begotten of God keeps him, and the evil one touches him not." 1 John 5: 18.

4. A life increasingly moved by the Spirit of the Father : "As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you...received the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we cry "Abba Father".. (PaPa, Daddy) Rom. 8: 14, 15.

Crying as a babe "Abba Father", the soul is now taught by God to discern His Will in circumstances, and to recognize earthly restrictions as limits set by the Father. It ceases to "push" and make ways for itself, and rests in God to move others to fulfill His Will. It walks softly in child-like dependence upon the safe guarding of the Father's hand, and trusts Him to give keen vision of the subtleties of the evil one as he seeks to produce "impressions", "voices", "manifistations" which are not of God.

It accepts the Word of God with child-like confidence, and knows that the indwelling Spirit of the Father will not contradict His Written Word, but will hourly lead the trustful soul in accordance... not with wrenched or isolated texts...but with its broad principles as a whole.


Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 08:20:37 (CST)

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2. The child-obediance to the Father's Word : " Who ever keeps His Word, in them, really has the love of God been perfected (matured)" 1 John 2:5. "Those who keep His Commandments abides in Him, and He in them." 1 John 3:24.

The spirit of Obediance comes with Christ formed in us, and made unto us Sanctification. He was "Obediant unto Death" to His Father's Will. (We too, need to take that spiritual trip to spiritual Gethsemane..)..where we too, turn over OUR WILL, for His will. That is OUR death. Only then can we walk in the Spirit. The life of God, established in the soul, makes obediance to the Word and will of God a settled habit, and an unquestioning attitude day by day.

3. The child-faith in the Father: "If our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God; and whatsoever we ask, we receive" 1 John 3:21,22. "This is the boldness...toward Him....anything! " 1 John 5:14..

The spirit of faith, 2 Corin. 4: 13, is as characteristic of the Divine life supplied to the soul, as unbelief is of the earthly life that we surrender to the cross.

4. The child-love to the other children of the Father : "Whosoever loves Him that begat, loves him also that is a begotten of Him.." 1 John 5:1.

The love-life is so true that the soul cannot rest when there is a cloud between it another child of the Father. When it draws near the Father's footstool and remembers anything that may have pained another, or caused misunderstanding, it hastens away to remove the cloud before it pours out its heart-petitions at the Father's feet. Matt. 5:23,24.

IX.

The Father's life in the Children

1. A life of increasing knowledge of the Father : "The new man...grows continually to a more perfect knowledge and likeness of his Creator" Col. 3:10.

Here the growth is rapid. In the earlier stages God was dealing deeply to gain possession of the whole being; now the soul, possessed and inhabited by God, abides in us, and "grows continually" in the "full knowledge" , Eph. 1:17, of Him. "Filled with the knowledge of His will in all Spiritual wisdom...increasing in the knowledge of God".. Col. 1:9,10. We cannot reach this stage without being IN His Word continually. Only here do we increase in Knowledge of Him, Only Here can He speak to us, guide us, and transform us...


Date: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 08:32:19 (CST)

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"Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying yet our inward man is renewed day by day...our light affliction.... works for us...an eternal weight of glory" 2 Corin. 4:16,17.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor...things present, nor things to come, or things above, or things below...shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord". Rom. 8:37-39.

V11. "Hid with Christ In God" Col. 3:3.

"You shall know that I am in My Father, and You in Me, and I in you." John 14:20. "For you died and your life is hid with Christ in God." Col. 3:3.

Buried with Him by baptism into His death," joined to Him in His resurrection, clothed with Him as the whole "Armour of God", the soul is led on to know its union with Christ in His ascension; taught of the Spirit to overcome as He overcame, it finds itself hidden with Him in the very heart of God. The Son reveals the Father, and fulfills His Word: ""The hour will come when I shall...tell you plainly of the Father". John 16:25. "We will come...and make our abode with you." John 14:23.

The life of the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit, now possesses the sanctuary of God in human vessels; and conversely..joined to the Son, through the Holy Spirit, the believer is hidden with Christ in God. "Where I am, there shall My servant be."

In the Father's presence there is quietness and assurance; deep calm and stillness; for the emotional life is held under the control of Him who dwells in the center of the soul, keeping the whole being stayed upon Him. Therefore there are no "Shocks" or "Surprises"; there are tears, sufferings and sorrows, but all the sting is gone from earth-born afflictions.

V111. "The Little Children" of the Father

"He that abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." 1 John 4:16. Now we find the marks of the new creation life becoming more evident. There is:

1. The child spirit. "Little children..ye know the Father" 1 John 2:13. "Father" you, (who can now so pray) are no more a slave, but a son" Gal. 4:7.


Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 10:10:53 (CST)

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The Life Manifested

"In my body I bear about continually the dying of Jesus, that in my body the life also of Jesus might be shown forth. For I, in the midst of life, am daily given over to death... that in my dying flesh the life whereby Jesus conquered death might show forth its power".. 2 Corin. 9:10,11.

Deeper and deeper yet the principle of life out of death works, until at the appearing of Christ "what is mortal" shall be swallowed up of life" 2 Corin. 5:4. Paul adds, "He who prepared me for this very end is God, Who has given me the Spirit, as the earnest of my hope." 2 Corin. 5:5.

It was eternal life for the sinner out of the death of the Son of God, when we were reconciled to God; "life out of death" for the believer, when we put our SELF with Him on His Cross and were thus set free from the claims of sin; the heavenly life sprang out of death in more abundant measure as the earth-life was surrendered to His Grave; and now it is "life out of death" to other souls as the believer in the "Power of His Resurrection", is brought still deeper into the fellowship of His Sufferings, "being made conformable to His death." Phil. 3:10..

"Death working in me, works life in you" 2 Corin. 4:12, is the secret of continued, and ever-deepening life to others through vessels of fragile clay.

Much of the sufferings in the earlier stages was, to a great extent, suffering from the blows on the self-hood in its many phases; but now it is suffering in fellowship with Christ. "Counted as a deceiver, yet being true; as unknown (by men), yet acknowledged (by God). As ever dying, yet behold I live; as chasentened by suffering, yet not destroyed; as sorrowful, yet ever filled with joy; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing all things" 2 Corin. 6:9,10...

The body is presented to God to be a living sacrifice, bound with the cords of His love to the horns of the altar, poured out upon the sacrifice and service of other's faith. "In all these things we are more than conquerors." The life whereby Jesus conquered death show's forth its power in carrying the vessel of clay--broken and-weak--in the train of His Triumph.

The language of the soul is now: Through...the supply of the Spirit of Jesus, according to my earnest espectation and hope...Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death" Phil. 1:19,20.


Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 07:41:57 (CDT)

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3. A thankful resting under the shelter of the blood sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat, with a deep sense of its momentary need for unbroken communion. "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light...the blood of Jesus....cleanses from all sin" 1John 1:7. "In sanctification of the Spirit, unto obediance and the sprinkling of the blood" 1 Peter 1:2.

Only as we walk in the light of God, which is intensified day by day, can we really abide under the POWER of the cleansing blood. The soul may walk with a conscience void of offense, and know nothing against itself, and yet it is not hereby justified. It never draws near in specific access to the Throne without reminding the Father of the sprinkled blood. In any conscious transgreassion there is the same instinctive instantaneous applications to the fountain opened for sin, with honest confession of sin, and deep humiliation before the Father's footstool, for we all have unknown sin that we don't even know about. We are never sinless.

4. A keen appetite for the written Word as Spiritual food for the new life. "The words that I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life". John 6:63. " Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly". Col. 3:16; and see also John 15:7.

The Word of God is now spirit and life to the soul, as day by day it is unveiled in fresh beauty by its Author. It is illuminated with the light of the Spirit, and is truly the voice of God to the heart seeking to KNOW Him. The soul is deeply conscious of the necessity of implicit obediance, and a sensitive walk in all the will of God.

5. An intense longing to press on to Know the Lord, and enter into the deepest purposes of God. "I count all things to be loss for the ... knowledge of Christ"; " I press onward, if indeed, I might lay hold on that, for which Christ also laid hold of me" Phil. 3:8,12. "I hold not my life of any account...in comparison of accomp- lishing my course." Acts 20: 24.

The life of union with Christ has been well described to be a series of ever advancing goals. As the soul presses on, the vision widens, and its cry grows deeper, " that I may KNOW HIM."

There is no finality, and no state of experience to rest upon-- short of the hour when we shall see the Glorified Lord face to face, and be like Him perfectly....


Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 09:39:19 (CDT)

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"The Pathway To Life in God"

1. An effortless reckoning back to the Cross, and the grave of Christ, as the foundation of continuous deliverance from the old life. Like in "Carry your Cross daily is what is meant here, lest the old nature (Self Will) come back down and resurrect itself.. Now the soul can say: "I have been crucified with Christ;and its is no longer I that lives, but Christ lives in me: and that life....I live in Faith" Gal. 2:20.

The Holy Spirit now bears witness to the reckoning which is so different to the old mental reckoning. With intense reality we see the Cross of Christ severing us from ourselves and the past, so that the accounting it true is lost sight of in the knowledge that we are reckoning what is true, according to the Word of God, because we have experienced it now in reality, when we finally bent the knee, and felt the Cross Spiritually as we too visited Spiritual Gethsemane, giving up OUR WILL for HIS WILL.. We may sin, and disobey the Indwelling Lord, but the cost is so bitter that we cry, "How can I ?" We then fear nothing so much as to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, whereby we are sealed unto the day of redemption. The soul also knows that it stands simply by Faith...but it is "the faith wrought in you by God" Col. 2:12. Obediance then comes more easily and sinning becomes less and less, as our soul merges more and more with the indwelling Lord that we love more and more and do not want to grieve Him with our nonsense.

2. A continuous dependence upon Christ as the Living One, not by effort or by definite acts of faith, so much as by a restful abiding in Him, that our "Spiritual Cruscifixion wrought in us, we then entered into our Rest. Heb. 4. The Peace that passes all understanding becomes ours, as long as we keep that "Self Will" up there on that Cross. "It is no more " I " that lives, but Christ is living in me; and my outward life which still remains, I live in the faith of the Son of God" Gal. 2:20. "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me" Phil. 4:13. "I will speak only of your works which Christ has wrought by me... with the might of the Spirit of the Spirit of God." Rom 15:18,19.

The transition into Christ through His Cross and grave, is a work done in the very springs of our being, down in the secret depths. As we enter into His Tent, (Him) like Rebekah after she crossed that long dry desert of testings. Gen. 24. Isaac there, being a "Type" of Christ. The whole Chapter of Gen. 24, is showing us OUR whole journey of becoming the bride of Christ. Thats a whole study in itself. As we live in Him by faith, His life will rapidly bring the circumference..the ...earthly house of our bodily frame" 2 Corin. 5:1..Under His complete control.


Date: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 11:57:53 (CDT)

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Our "adversary the devil" will be on the alert to harass the soul in every possible way, while it is under the mighty hand of God. It is the special opportunity for him to excel as the "accuser of the bretheran". He must be overcome by the "blood of the Lamb" Rev. 12:11; by a steady testimony of faith in the Faithful God, and by a surrender, even unto death, of all that one's "own life" would cling to, though this be of spiritual experience.

VI..............."Christ....Our Life"..............Colossians 3: 4

"Cloth yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ" Rom. 13:14, see also Gal. 3:27. "If any man be IN Christ, there is a new creation: the old things are passed away, and behold, they are become new. But all things are of God". 2 Corin. 5:17,18.

This transition INTO Christ as the shpere of life, is sometimes imperceptible and sometimes a crisis. The soul seems to be emerging from the tomb into a new world of which it has before had only glimpses, and now it understands His word, "Yea IN Me" John 14:20. All of a sudden, we have entered His Rest, and Peace. No more chastisements, tests, or wilderness wanderings. The peace that passes all under- standing has become ours.

The "Cross is the gate of life" in every stage, but it is not until we have surrendered our "own life" and activities to the grave of Christ, that we can truly say "old things have passed away; all things have become new".

Now the language of the heart is, "To me to live is Christ", for He must be the source of life in every action, that we may live by Him, as He lived by the Father.

The Life Established

"He that establishes us....into Christ, and anointed us, is God" 2 Corin. 1:21. See also 1 Peter 5:10. This one God gave me personally as I was wandering in the desert, in my testings. And it gave me the light at the end of the tunnel, so I could see an end to it all. Thank God. It kept me going to the end of myself, to Life....

United to Christ, and clothed with Him, the spirit of faith so possesses the soul that the life of faith becomes as easy as breathing.... it is natural for a child to trust its Father ! The life of God in the soul will flow into God in simple child-like faith. There is now.....


Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 at 10:49:27 (CDT)

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CALVARY The Grave of Christ

"He that has entered into His rest themselves also rest from their works." Heb.4:10 "We were buried...with Him through baptism into death." Rom. 6:4. "United with Him in the likeness of His death" Rom. 6:5.

The Spirit has brought the soul to such a sense of powerlessness and nothingness that it can only say, "You have brought me into the dust of death". Psa. 22:15. Fresh light has been thrown upon the grave of Christ, and we see that we not only have been crucified with Him, having died to sin, but that we have been brought to an end of ourselves in His tomb.

The Spirit reveals a yet deeper meaning in the Cross of Calvary. The "Word of the Cross" was the power of God unto Salvation from the bondage of sin; it is again the energy of God to the soul who has ceased from itself, and it's own works. Anchoring upon the faithful God, the soul has nothing to ask for itself, nothing to say but "Father glorify your name". It fears the activity of its own life, and sees so clearly its comeliness to be corruption. It must now lie still in the hand of God, truyly wrecked upon Him. A Note of Warning Here let us note some dangers to the soul at every stage of the spiritual life.

1. Watching the experience : God does not deal with all in exactly the same way; the work has to be done, and He has a 1000 ways of doing it; resistance only brings keen suffering, as well as the pain of powerlessness. Meaning: Stop rebelling and bow the knee, or you'll be in chastisement all the longer.

2. Self seeking to put self to death : This is only another form of self-effort, which produces a morbind self-dissecting that hinders the Spirit in His work. We are to leave ourselves in the hand of God, and cast ourselves continually upon the Living Christ to work in us mightily.

3. Self trying to "see" the "truth"... This is an activity of the mind that must be Yielded to God. We cannot "grasp" mentally what must be revealed by the Spirit, and apprehended by faith. There is no form of creaturely activity that hinders more than this, and we can refuse to yield to the temptation of "wanting to see" the "truth".

4. Self wanting another's experience : We must beware of preconceptions, based on the experience of others, of how the Holy Spirit will deal with us. He leads each soul individually, according to its need, character, temperment, etc. The more simple and child- like we are in placing ourselves in the hand of God, the more rapidly can the Spirit free us from our hindrances and reveal to us our habitation in the heart of our Father God.


Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at 08:46:41 (CDT)

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The Path To Life in God

It's ceaseless cry is "Bless me, bless me, bless me, O Lord"; it runs after spiritual enjoyment in meetings; it criticizes God's messenger's; it looks down upon others not at its own point of spiritual experience; it talks over "where people are" spiritually; it forces "truth" before souls are able to bear it; and it under- values the work of God in the earlier degrees.

Let us note the change; onceit was "self for self"; now it is "self for God".

The Divine Spirit deals with this subtle form of the soulish life by (apparantly) withdrawing all the spiritual riches once given-- power in prayer, love for souls, grasp of the promises, consciousness of God's persence. He permits failure through trifles which once did not touch us; and allows the self-hood, with all its peculiar personal characteristics, to stand forth in our sight in all its hideous loathsomeness. All these things were visible to Him, but they were hidden from us, while we were occupied with our heart experience of His gracious Presence and power.

At last we know ourselves. We struggle to regain our old footing, but all seems vain and we are in despair. The stripping is vividly pictured in Job 19:6-21, and the cry of the soul is its bitter anguish in Psalm 88.

The Attitude of the Soul during this time

"Though He slay me, yet will I wait for Him" Job 13:15. " He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10.

All along this path of stripping, we must, by faith, ceaselessly turn to the finished work of Christ upon the Cross of Calvary, with a stedfast yielding to the Divine Spirit to set us free. " If by the Spirit you make to die the doings of the body, you shall live " Rom.8:13,14

The Holy Spirit is able to work very rapidly in a yielded soul; in one who willnot swerve from abandonment; in one who will walk blind- fold with God, and say "Yes" all the way, counting all things as loss to be "found in Him" Phil. 3:9. Pressing on----on----on----ON to KNOW Him.


Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 08:43:49 (CDT)

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The Pathway to Life in God

THE WORD OF THE CROSS

"The word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit." Heb.4:12

THE SPIRIT WORKS THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD. The thought in the original of this passage suggests a sacrificial knife. The whole being given up to God, and sealed by the indwelling of His Divine Spirit, must be dealt with through and through. His Word must pierce even to the dividing of soul and spirit.

The Holy Spirit reveals to us the earthy life, as we are able to bear it, and as He does so, to our dismay, we discover how much of our own life has been mingled with what we thought purely "spiritual". He shows us the corruption of all that springs from this source, the uselessness of all our "creaturely activity" in the service of God, all human "push and go".

He drains us of all our power, strength, wisdom, and knowledge. We once thought we were capable, and had "gifts" that He could use; now failure is over all. "Ichabod" seems written upon the work of God in which we gloried, a blight is upon it, and we cry, "I have spent my strength for nothing."

In addition, our emotional life seems gone, and we are aghast at our "hardness". We think we are backsliding and seem powerless to help it; everything appears unreal to ourselves, and we almost think we are hypocrites; we would fly from our work, if we dared.

Yes, this is the pathway to the life wholly centred upon God--all must go to death, even our love which craves for response, to make room for God, and for His love, which loves without response, and is pure and unselfish.

The spirit also unveils another form of the life of nature in spiritual things, which is most subtle. We may call it "consecrated self"--self with its riches of past experience, its nervous anxiety for God's glory, "trembling for the ark", its desire for success, its seeking to be the greatest in God's Kingdom, its craving after signs and experiences.


Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 08:46:01 (CDT)

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THE PATHWAY TO LIFE IN GOD

From His Throne in the heart, He will work in steady progression from Center to circumference, death and life alternating in degree after degree, for the Spirit must make room in us for the building up of the new creation, so that we may be "no longer children" tossed about but : "Attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a full-grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" Eph. 4:13.

We must surrender the life derived from the first Adam, if we are to share to the life of the Lord from heaven. That subtle thing we call "life", which animates these human organisms, can be either of God, or of the earth. This life need not be visibly wrong, but its activity can be of the creature, and not the inworking energy of the Creator. Compare John 3:21; John 8:28; Col. 1:29.

We must be separated by the cross, for mour "own life". Luke 14:26, as much asfrom our sins and the world-spirit, if we are to become "spiritual", or of "ripe age" in the kingdom of God. Otherwise we shall live a mixed life, and even our service will be partly spiritual, partly of ourselves, instead of being truly in the Spirit, and of the Spirit. The question of the bondage of sin may have been settled, and the Holy Spirit may have gained the citadel, but, through ignorance, the soul may hinder His work in gaining the circumference for the manifestaion of the life of Jesus.

To co-operate with Him at the right stage of His working, will enable Him to fulfill His deepest purposes. He simply asks "faithfulness" up to light. (meaning, obediance to the light He has given us SO FAR.) This then leads Him onto being able to continue to shed more light on us, as our process continues. IF, we do not, He can not go on with ourprogress of maturity. In the earlier stages He uses the believer, if faithfully obediant right up to the measure of grace, even though there remains much to be dealt with in following on to know the Lord.

The believer must be led on to assimilated to the death of Jesus. Phil. 3:10 if he is to bear much fruit, for the Master Himself said: "Except a grain of wheat fall into the earth and die, it abides...alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit... he htat hates his life.... shall keep it unto life eternal John 12:24,25. " The seed you sow is not quickened into life until it has partaken of death". 1 Corin. 15:36.


Date: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 09:26:04 (CDT)

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The Pathway To Life in God

So much depends upon the vessel, its capacity, its depth of intensity, its apprehension, as well as the previous dealings of the Spirit, that no two "experiences" can be quite similar.

In any case the soul is filled, and filled to overflowing. For months, maybe for years, as it walks in obediance to the light of God, it is "used" to others, so much so that it is apt to think it is at the summit of the spiritual life. Nevertheless, very, very much more lies on before, for the infilling of the Spirit is but the beginning of the real walk with God. It is His blessed work to lead us on from life in union with Christ, to life with Christ in the bosom of the Father.

The soul, following on to know the Lord, at length finds a strange change in experience. The "overflow" ceases, and the natural man with their personal characteristics, is again in evidence. For a time all these were hidden, but now it is to be seen that the soul lives partially in life of nature , and partially in the life of God.

The impulsive man is more or less unrestrained in his implusiveness; the sensitive man is over is over sensitive; the reserved man is still painfully reserved; the strong character fights for the truth that he sees, and insists that it shall be expressed in his language. The heart is right and true, but the "natural" man is at work for God.

V. "If it dies.....Much Fruit" John 12:24.

"The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life giving spirit.... The first man is of the earth, the second man is of heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly" 1 Corin. 15: 45,47,48.

"He that loves his life, loses it; and he that hates his life, in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:25. Matt. 10:39; 16:25; Mark 8:35.

The Spirit, in full possession of theheart, has still its two-fold work to do. It is our mission to bring to death all that is of the earth, earthy, that we can communicate the Spirit-life of the Lord from heaven. These are the "WORKS" we are to do.


Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 08:07:30 (CDT)

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IV. The Holy Spirit in full possession:

"God which knows the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as He did to us....cleansing their hearts by faith. Acts 15:8,9. "That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, Eph. 3:17; Col. 1:27.

The search light of God has done its work; all is yielded to the cross in obediant and trustful surrender. Deliverance has come, some- times as a marked crisis, or else gently and imperceptibly.. Four things are at least clear:

1. The soul proves that sin has lost its power, and it is free from the thraldom of old habits.. John 8:36.
2. It can say with an assurance that it had never had before. " I have been crucified with Christ." It knows it is "alive unto God in Christ Jesus." Rom. 6:11.
3. The Risen Lord has been revealed within 1:15,16, and the soul walks in a new life that seems a foretaste of heaven.
4. The Spirit bears witness to the anointing 1 John 2:27, and gives liberty of utterance, and power in service. He Himself is that Anointing, and His might working will increase day by day, IF the soul will follow on in implicit obediance to know the Lord.

Obediance then, is the key to "YOUR DEATH" , on the Cross. And to be Obediant also, to carry that Cross daily, lest Disobediance ressurect itself, instead of the New Creation. Jesus needed help to carry His Cross, so do we, and thats what CHURCH is all about. Supposed to be anyway.

The "manifestation of the Spirit" is given for profit 1 Corin. 12,7, and is according to the faith and abandonment of the vessel He takes possession of. To some He comes gently that they are only conscious of deep peace and clear light, with liberty of utterance, access in prayer, illumination of the Word, and freedom from the bondage of sin. To others He comes after a seeking with an intensity of abandonment that accepts no apparent denial, and no limit. These, "take the kingdom by force", and to these souls He is able to manifest Himself in endynamiting power.


Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 09:54:58 (CDT)

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4. Deliverance from the bondage of the law. "You also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ; that you should be joined to another....Him....raised from the dead." Rom. 7:4.

We are discharged from the claims of the law, for "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ" has made us free. By the supply of the Spirit of Jesus day by day, the requirements of the law can now be ful- filled in us, as we "walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" Romans 8:4.

In Matt. 5:17, 18, Jesus said: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the sayings of the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to FULLFILL." So then, this above paragraph is only true IF we walk in the spirit and not in the flesh. Walking in the Spirit is walking as Jesus walked, His whole life was lived for His Father, not himself. The way Jesus FULLFILLED the law was by giving us His spirit, so that we now could walk as He walked, without sin, and for the Father, not for ourselves. As our thoughts are not His thoughts, and our ways are not His ways. That we must even take every thought captive to that of His spirit.

Thoughts will come, thats not a sin, its from the devil, but if we do not dwell on this thought and quickly turn it off to listen to His Spirit instead, then we will not go on to sin from dwelling on the thought. We see a shadow of this when God was talking to Cain when Cain was down cast in Gen. 4:6,7. So then if we are walking in the flesh, we are under the law. Like the old saying; the birds can fly over your head, but dont let them build a nest in it.

"Love (the love-life of Jesus in us) works no ill to his neighbor; love therefore is the fulfilment of the law". Rom. 13:10. The love we have for God and His Son, SHOULD be strong enough in us so that we will not sin because of it. And the FEAR of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom, the two work together. In fear of what our destiny will be if we do not walk in the Spirit.

No theoretical "death", no mental reckoning, will make all this true in us ! Only but a real fellowship with the death of Christ, and a faith wrought in us by God, as He reveals to us the glorious liberty that is ours through the death and resurrection of Jesus Chirst, in our own experience.


Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 08:04:18 (CDT)

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"The life of God in the soul has a much closer connection with modes of living than is generally supposed. If Christians, instead of indulging and pampering the appetite for meats and drinks, would be satisfied with simple nourishment, and with that quantity which is adequate to all the purposes of nature, what abundant blessings would result to body and mind." If the soul is in earnest the Spirit will deal with all details of action, in "making provision for the flesh", and with many things in the "manner of life" of those who desire to be wholly under His control. <

3. Deliverance from the world. "Far be it from me to glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified unto me, and I unto the World." Gal. 6:14. "If you died with Christ from the elements of the World, why, are you as though living in the World....? Col. 2:20.

It was the Cross of Christ, and Paul's place with Him upon that cross, that severed him from the world. Like Paul, we are to account that we are now "not living in the world", for our life abides in heaven.. We have nothing to do with Worldly aims, ambitions, and interests. We care no more for the World's blame or its applause, its conventionalities, its thraldom of fashion, its pride of life, position or power; even the Christian world, with its pride of denomination, its "views", its praise of blame, and its glory in men. The apostle Paul would have written again today. "Each one of you says I," I this and I that, I am of Paul, and I am of Apollos (I am a Lutheran, or I am a baptist), is Christ divided?" 1Corin. 1:12,13.

In the cross of Christ we have been separated from all the elements that make up " this present evil world", Yes---it is true we are in the world John 17:15, but we are in it to live as Christ lived in it, for it is written..."He that says he abides in Him , should also himself also walk even as He walked." 1John 2:6 . "As He is, even so are we in this world". 1John 4:17.

If--we be United to the Risen Son of God, we have "overcome the world" 1John 5:4,5. The application in detail must be shown by the Holy Spirit to each soul He indwells, but the main secret lies in being so "other worldly" in heart and mind, that we carry the heavenly spirit into all the duties of life. (heavenly minded).


Date: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 07:51:34 (CDT)

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III. The Holy Spirit's deliverance and its results...

"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." Rom. 8:2

1. Deliverance from the power of sin. : "We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live in it? Rom. 6:2. "The death that He died, He died to sin once and for all..."so then reckon yourselves also to be dead to sin, and alive unto God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in you. " Rom. 6: 10-12.

As we stand upon the word of God, in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus will keep us free from the old bondage of sin, and enable us to live unto God, and walk in newness of Life. IF we do not quench His Spirit, by rather listening to our sinful fleshy desires. THose who have His Spirit, now has the power to quench the flesh instead. !

2. Deliverance from the desires of the flesh. : "Walk by the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh...they that are of Christ have crucified the flesh"...Gal. 5:16,24.

By the flesh, Paul generally denotes that which is earthly in man, as opposed to that which is spiritual. They that are of Christ, and determined to be Christ's without reserve, have crucified the flesh with all its likes, and all its "strong desires". The "live by the spirit", and seek to let their steps be guided by the spirit. It's a choice on our part, to either walk in the spirit, or walk in the flesh, which is we are choosing to walk either in Obediance, or Disobediance for which the latter, does not belong to Christ. Disobediance gets us kicked out of the Garden....Choose then whom you are going to serve. God or the devil. Spirit or Flesh.

If we have been really "crucified with Christ", we can easily surrender anything for our brother's sake, "for whom Christ died", Rom. 14:15,21, and lay aside all undue indulgence of the natural appetites, and renounce habits which are not befitting the temple of God.


Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 10:13:33 (CDT)

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CALVARY ....."The Place of Deliverance"

"Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him....so that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Rom. 6: 6,7.

The Holy Spirit leads the soul back to Calvary, to learn that it HAS BEEN Crucified with Christ, therefore it is free from the bondage, and claims of sin. In Him it HAS died to that wherein it was held hostage. Rom. 7:6., and because the Holy One took the curse, and carried the accursed ones t the tree in His own Person, it may now receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.. Gal. 3:13,14.

We must come to Spiritual Gethsemane on our knees, and wrestle like our Lord, in giving up our Self Will for God's will. Which He showed us the difficulty in this with His sweating of blood to do this. He knows its no easy decision to give up OUR life, to find it in Him. Once this decision was made, and He was willing to give it up, The Holy Spirit then took Him to the Cross...As He will with us. But He will never go against our will. We must be willing, as Rebekah was willing to follow the Servant to His Masters One and Only Son for marriage in Gen. 24. She had to follow Him through this HOT and DRY desert, through the valleys and mtn. tops a long journey through the wilderness of her testings. But the reward for this is where she was headed through thick and thin, she kept going, not knowing where she was going, or what would happen to her along the way. And her reward was when she entered the tent of the Only Son. Isaac, a type of Christ, and Rebekah a type of the Bride of Christ.

Our Lord showed us another example in this experience of the Cross, in Simon helping Him to carry it. It is a heavy load for us to give up the desires of the flesh, for the desires of the Spirit. We fall from the load of it. We get our eyes off the Servant leading us (the Holy Spirit), and we turn to left and to the right rather than straight ahead at our goal in Obediance. I prayed so many times, "Lord, take me where I must go to be what you want me to be". And then He gave me this verse to pull me through, to keep me going, 1 Peter 5:10. Simon shows us what "Church" should be all about. In the gathering of ourselves together. To help each other with this load, help each other hang in there to get to the cross. Keeping the self will up on there daily, lest it come down and resurrect itself, with the lures of this World.


Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 10:11:56 (CDT)

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HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT DEALS WITH BELIEVERS

"Yet Carnal"

"The desire of the flesh fights against the Spirit, and the desire of the Spirit fights against the flesh; and its variance tends to hinder you from doing what you wish to do. But THEY WHO ARE CHRIST'S have crucified the flesh....let our steps be guided by the spirit". Galatians 17, 24,25.

The soul saved from wrath, reconciled to God, yet ignorant of the full message of the Cross, has again to be convicted of a deeper need. It is is the work of the Spirit to fight against all that is of the old life, and bring it to the Cross. Accordingly He deals with the soul at this point by:

1. Convicting of the bondage of sin. "I am carnal, sold under sin" Rom. 7:14. " The fleshly mind is enmity against God; for its is not subject to the law of God, nor can be; and they whose life is in the flesh cannot please God." Rom. 8:7,8. 2. Convicting of the need of the Spirit's entire possession. "Know ye not....that the spirit of God dwells in you ? " 1 Corin. 3:16. " You are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, IF SO BE...... the Spirit of God dwells in you. " Rom. 8:9. 3. By creating the intense cry for deliverance. "I know that..... in my flesh, dwells no good thing...O Wretched man.... who shall deliver me? Rom. 7:18,24.

The Spirit reveals the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and the utter uselessness of the life lived "after the flesh". He creates that furnace of intense desire which makes the soul prepared to let Him do His work, and have His way at all costs. He spares no means to bring God's purchased possession to the definite decision of taking God's side against the old life, and making the unreserved, irrevocable surrender to God, that is necessary for liberty.

So to speak : The believer must "sign the death warrant", and agree that death with Christ shall be made really true in experience... Here he reaches:


Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 08:12:51 (CDT)

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The Experience of the Born Again Soul

John 3:3

"One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see" Jn. 9:25. "Begotten again..of incorruptible seed" 1Peter 1:23. And See James 1:21.

The breath of God quickens (makes alive), the dead soul; access to God is restored, and the way is open to the Throne of Grace. "Behold, he Prays" Acts 9:11. The Spirit of adoption prompts the cry "Father". The Bible is like a new book, for the Born Again soul longs for the baby milk, (basic) understanding of the Word, and as the soul matures in the word, receives the Honey (the sweet) of the Word, (the spiritual Understanding (meat) of the Word. ). 1Peter 2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" (Milk is for babies, To grow them into young adults, a beginning of understanding, onto Maturity in Spiritual (Meat) and (honey) understanding, which is....." The Spiritual Promised Land " There is a joy and peace in believing, new desires, new hopes, and the soul seems to walk in an entirely new world.

But a baby soul in Christ is "yet Carnal" (Worldly, Fleshly desires still remain, self will still remains, disobediance to God's will still remains.) yet carnal in some degree, because of the limit of its spiritual power of apprehension, but it will become "spiritual" more rapidly, if it learns clearly the basis of the new life in Christ, as taught by Paul to the Roman converts. For the scriptures does not separate with a long interval the forgivenss of sins, and that vital fellowship with the DEATH of Christ which delivers from the bondage of sin. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "I could not speak to you as unto Spiritual, but as carnal, as unto babes in Christ.

I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you were not yet able to bear it...for you are yet carnal. " 1 Corin. 3:1-3. And to the Romans: "Are you ignorant that we who were bapized into Christ Jesus were baptized INTO HIS DEATH? " Rom. 6:3. ("we MUST give up, put to death, OUR LIFE, to FIND IT...IN HIM. ) "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it."Mt. 10:39.


Date: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 07:38:34 (CDT)

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I. HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT DEALS WITH SOULS DEAD IN SIN.

a.As the convicting Spirit :

"He...will convict the world in respect of sin" John 16:8
"The wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is:
eternal life IN Christ Jesus." Romans 6:23.

b. As the revealing Spirit :

"He shall testify of Me" John 15:26.

"Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the World." John 1:29.
"Having made peace through the blood of His Cross" Col. 1:20.

CALVARY-The place of Life

" I, If I be lifted up....will draw all men unto Myself" John 12:32.
" The word of the cross...is the power of God". 1Corin. 1:18

The Spirit draws the sin-burdened soul to the place called Calvary. The message of life through the death of Another, received into the heart, gives peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

"The Spirit breaths...you cannot tell where ...or when...so is every one who is born of the spirit." John 3:8 "It is the Spirit that gives life." John 6:63. "He that hears.... believes...,and has eternal life,and has passed out of death into life. " John 5:24.


Date: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 15:19:07 (CDT)

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f. By His taking back to God all who live in Him. "Christ died...that He might bring us to God". 1Peter 3:18. And see Eph. 2:13.

g. By becoming the source of life to all believers. "This life is in His Son" 1John 5:11. "Everyone that takes hold of the Son, takes hold of Life." 1John 5:12. "If when enemies...reconciled to God by the death of His Son...saved, by sharing in His life" Rom. 5:11.

h. By giving the Holy Spirit as the imparter of life. "Jesus....exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this" Acts 2:33. "And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you, He who raised Jesus from the dead, will also raise your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you. " Rom. 8:11.

The Holy Son of God took our nature upon Him, carried it to the Cross, and died in the sinner's stead. The only way back to God is through that Cross as the gate to life.

After such a costly plan of redemption, wrought out by the Triune God, "How much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ASK Him?" Luke 11:13. Let us note then :

THE SUBJECTIVE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

"He vivified us by the washing of the new birth, (John 3:3 Where Jesus said "You MUST be BORN AGAIN" so that the Holy Spirit can be given to you,) and by the renovation of the Holy Spirit shed on us by Jesus our Life-giver" Titus 3:4-6. " The Spirit of truth...shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you. " John 16:13,14.

The Holy Spirit is given to apply to sinners the finished work of Christ, and is now moving over a world lying in the shadow of death, "SEEKING TO WORK INTO EACH SOUL INDIVIDUALLY, FIRST THE DEATH, AND THEN THE RISEN LIFE OF CHRIST." So let us trace:


Date: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 15:06:41 (CDT)

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"Circumcision is nothing; neither is uncircumcision; but a new creature.
And they who press forward in this path, peace be on them." Gal. 6:15,16."

You will show me the path of life" Psalm 16:11.

THE WORK OF REDEMPTION
I. Why a new life was needed:
a. Our condition by nature...

"Death passed unto all men, for that all sinned"
Rom. 5:12. "You were dead through your trespasses and sins" Eph. 2:1.
"Alienated from th life of God" Eph. 4:18; see Rom. 3:10,-12; Eph. 2:3.

II. How a new life became possible:
b. By the gift of the only begotten Son of God.

"God has sent His only ....Son....that we might live" 1John 4:9. "God...
sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins" I John 4:10.

c. By the atoning death for sinners of the Son of God.

"Him Who Knew no sin....made to be sin, on our behalf" 2 Corin. 5:21.
"Whom God purposed to be a propitiation". Rom. 3:25.
"That...He should taste death for every man" Heb. 2:9.

d. By the death with Him, of all for whom He died..

"One died for all, therefore all died" 2 Corin. 5:14. "His own self carried
up our sins...to the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness." 1 Peter 2:24.

e. By the union with Him in life, of all who died in Him.

"Joined to another, even to Him Who was raised from the dead." Rom. 7:4.
"Raised with Him through faith in the working of God, Who raised Him." Eph. 2:5,6.


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