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    The Call of God

    Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel… —1 Corinthians 1:17

    Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel. But remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are inclined to make sanctification the goal of our preaching. Paul refers to personal experiences only by way…

    Leave Room for God

    When it pleased God… —Galatians 1:15

    As servants of God, we must learn to make room for Him— to give God “elbow room.” We plan and figure and predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. Would we be surprised if God came…

    God’s Overpowering Purpose

    I have appeared to you for this purpose… —Acts 26:16

    The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was not a passing emotional experience, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him. And Paul stated, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19). Our Lord said to Paul, in effect, “Your whole life…

    The Call of the Natural Life

    The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call and will help me realize what I truly desire to do for Him. The call of God is an expression of His nature; the service which results in my life is suited to me and is an expression of my nature. The call of the natural life was stated by the apostle Paul— “When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him [that is, purely and solemnly express Him] among the Gentiles . . . .”

    Should I Stay If My Church Doesn’t Satisfy Me?

    I belong to a small church which used to meet all of my preferences. But now, five years and many unforeseeable changes later, our numbers are dwindling.

    The Right Kind of Help

    And I, if I am lifted up . . . will draw all peoples to Myself —John 12:32

    Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross …

    The Focus Of Our Message

    I did not come to bring peace but a sword —Matthew 10:34

    Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than …

    “Not by Might nor by Power”

    My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power . . . —1 Corinthians 2:4

    If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people …

    The Consecration of Spiritual Power

    . . . by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world —Galatians 6:14

    If I dwell on the Cross of Christ, I do not simply become inwardly devout and solely interested in my own holiness— I become strongly …

    The Focal Point of Spiritual Power

    If you want to know the power of God (that is, the resurrection life of Jesus) in your human flesh, you must dwell on the tragedy of God. Break away from your personal concern over your own spiritual condition, and with a completely open spirit consider the tragedy of God. Instantly the power of God will be in you. “Look to Me. . .” (Isaiah 45:22). Pay attention to the external Source and the internal power will be there. We lose power because we don’t focus on the right thing. The effect of the Cross is salvation, sanctification, healing, etc., but we are not to preach any of these. We are to preach “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). The proclaiming of Jesus will do its own work.

    The Secret of Spiritual Consistency

    God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . —Galatians 6:14

    When a person is newly born again, he seems inconsistent due to his unrelated emotions and the state of the external things or circumstances in …

    Direction of Focus

    Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters . . . , so our eyes look to the Lord our God . . . —Psalm 123:2

    This verse is a description of total reliance on God. Just as the eyes of a servant are riveted on his master, our eyes should …

    Winning into Freedom

    If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed —John 8:36

    If there is even a trace of individual self-satisfaction left in us, it always says, “I can’t surrender,” or “I can’t be free.” But the …

    The Eternal Goal

    By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing . . . I will bless you . . . —Genesis 22:16-17

    Abraham, at this point, has reached where he is in touch with the very nature of God. He now understands the reality of God.

    My goal…

    Fellowship in the Gospel

    . . . fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ . . . —1 Thessalonians 3:2

    After sanctification, it is difficult to state what your purpose in life is, because God has moved you into His purpose through the Holy Spirit. …


    September 2019: Christian Living

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