Wilderness Wakening

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  1. NetChaplain

    NetChaplain
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    “The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation” (Ex 15:2). The salvation of the Father puts us in a place where the oppressor can never reach us, because it positions us in the place and acceptance of Christ risen. When you see that, every question as to divine righteousness is settled, and you enter into perfect peace with the Father.

    The oppressor may say, “You are this or that,” or “You have done such and such things,” and you can admit it. Yea, you are (should be—NC) convinced that if the best five minutes of your life were selected, and your righteousness (our supposed righteousness alone—NC) with God were made to depend on it, the lake of fire would be your eternal abode. But the believer’s righteousness before the Father is measured by the Lord Jesus Christ risen; he is set in all the acceptance of the Beloved. There is not a single spot upon Him and never will be. The Father will not reckon sin to the believer, but does reckon righteousness to him.

    When the question of divine righteousness is settled for the believer the exercises which follow are all, more or less, connected with growth. It is after the believer is entirely delivered from fear of the consequences of sin that he is most deeply and truly exercised about his growth and maturity. There are people who tell us that if souls are made sure of their eternal salvation, and that they are set in everlasting righteousness before God, it will make them careless about sin.

    This argument is based upon ignorance of the immense reality of the fact that the believer is born again. A converted person hates sin for its own sake. An unconverted man may wish to be good for three reasons: (1) Because sin brings him into trouble; (2) because it lowers him; and (3) because he is afraid of its consequences. He does not abhor sin because it is an unholy and defiling thing. The one born again hates sin for its own sake. The forty years of wilderness experience was to teach the people what they were—what was in their hearts. We have to go through this experience; there is no escaping it. Romans Seven comes before Romans Eight.

    It is a solemn moment when a believer who has been going on for years with a flourishing profession wakes up to the fact that his heart is entirely unsatisfied. I believe we have very little idea how natural feelings may be mixed up with what we think is our spiritual joy. Many go on happily, and they have no opposition to speak of—perhaps in a Christian family, or in happy Christian. They are carried along by the current of things around them.

    But everything that outwardly contributes to your joy (God our joy, things our enjoyment – 1Tim 6:17) will sooner or later fail you. You may think this is a discouraging statement, but my object in making it is to turn your heart to what can never fail. The Father loves us too well to allow us to rest in anything short of Himself and His Beloved—not even Christian fellowship (as the primary source—NC). He wants to be so known by us that He becomes the deep eternal spring of satisfaction for our hearts. Therefore, “set your affection on things above.”

    - C A Coates


    Miles J Stanford Devotional: http://www.abideabove.com/hungry-heart/ (Note: this link always shows the present day’s reading)

    This link is a full presentation of the daily devotional:

    http://www.fbcva.org/filerequest/7883.pdf
     
  2. utilyan

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    John 15
    13“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

    Galatians 5
    14For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”


    Certain folks don't see "love God" in the above statements. They need to cause division between love and God, and between your brothers and God.

    Combative theology of EITHER / OR. This has lead to even people dumping the Trinity.

    People who teach that putting God first is the neglect of others.

    A God who stomps on everyone rather carries you on his shoulders.

    Matthew 12
    7“But if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.


    Luke 6

    8But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward. 9And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” 10After looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!” And he did so; and his hand was restored. 11But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
     

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