The Gaze of God

Would you like to be under the favorable “Gaze of God?” He provides the formula in Isaiah 66:1,2:

“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that ye build unto Me? and where is the place of My rest? For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word.”

 

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Chesterton on being in the “Wrong Place.”

“The modern philosopher had told me again and again that I was in the right place, and I had still felt depressed even in acquiescence. But I had heard that I was in the WRONG GK Chestertonplace, and my soul sang for joy, like a bird in spring. The knowledge found out and illuminated forgotten chambers in the dark house of infancy. I knew now why grass had always seemed to me as queer as the green beard of a giant, and why I could feel homesick at home.”

~G.K. Chesterton: “Orthodoxy,” Ch. V.

 

…and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8,9

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Message from Manna

As they were wandering in the wilderness, the children of Israel seemed to be in a perpetual funk about one thing or another. In Exodus 16:12, God tells Moses that He hasManna heard their grumblings, and will provide them with bread to fill them in the morning, so that they know that He is the Lord their God.

Called manna (from the Hebrew mawn “What is it?!), it arrived in the morning and tasted like wafers with honey.

There are some powerful messages in these tiny little sweet morsels. Allow me to share them with you;

Principle One: Everything comes from God (Ex. 16:15).

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him; And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  – Col. 1:16, 17

Principle Two: We have our part as well (Ex. 16:16).

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. – Phil. 2:12

Principle Three: We get what we need; no more or no less (Ex. 16:18).

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Phil. 4:19

Principle Four: Taking charge of the process won’t work (Ex. 16:20).

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. – Jn. 15:5

 

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Worship

Your worship of God is only as high as your theology is deep!

– Steve Lawson 

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Spurgeon on God’s “Shalls” & “Wills”

“Oh! I love God’s ‘shalls’ and ‘wills.’ There is nothing comparable to them. Let a man say ‘shall,’ what is it good for? ‘I will,’ says man, and he never performs; ‘I shall,’ says he, and he breaks his promise. But it is never so with God’s ‘shalls.’

…I tell you yes, for herein rests the power of the gospel. It does not ask you consent; but it gets it. It does not say, ‘Will you have it?’

But it makes you willing in the day of God’s power. Not against your will, but it makes you willing. It shows you its value, and then you fall in love with it.”

– Charles H. Spurgeon, “Heaven and Hell”

“No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:44

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No Fine Print…

“In preaching the Gospel, there should be no fine print in the contract.” – Steve Lawson

Jesus said, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” – Luke 14:26

Our love for Him should be so powerful that our love for all others, even for our own life, should seem like hate in comparison!

Telling people that their decision for Christ will make for a peaceful, trouble free life ignores Christ’s own words:

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” – John 15:18-19

And in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome* the world.

*νικάω nikao – to conquer, prevail, get the victory

There should be no fine print. The followers of Christ must “count the cost.” – Luke 14:28-15

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The Ultimate Bible Study

Bible in sunIn Luke 24:13-15, we read of the greatest Bible Study of all time: 2 disciples were traveling on the road to Emmaus, when they encountered a “stranger” (Jesus, who at first kept them from recognizing him) with whom they shared all of the recent events (not realizing that it was He about whom they were describing! Jesus then began to instruct them, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (verse 27). I imagine He started with the “seed of the woman” and the serpent in Genesis 3, moved through the brass serpent of Moses in Numbers 21, taking them through the myriad testimonies to the Messiah throughout the Old Testament.

Wow! What a class! When He finally opened their eyes to His presence, their response was palpable: “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (verse 32).

I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I am looking forward to attending this class when we all get Home!

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