VIDEO What’s Your Purpose?

And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.  1 Corinthians 15:49

 

The question of one’s purpose in life is posed this way: “What is your purpose in life?” It reflects our interest in finding God’s path for the future. But purpose can also be discussed a different way: “What is God’s ultimate purpose for your life?” That suggests there is an eternal purpose to which all of our changing experiences and directions in life contribute.

Then there is: Christlikeness. Remember: Paul wrote that Christ was the “last Adam,” the One who came to redeem and restore what the “first man Adam” lost (1 Corinthians 15:45). God’s ultimate purpose for us is to be conformed to the image of His Son so “that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29). The Holy Spirit contributes to our conformation to Christ by giving us gifts (Christ’s hands) and traits (Christ’s heart) through the fruit of the Spirit. God even uses the difficult times in our life to conform us to Christ (Romans 8:28-29).

You likely have a purpose for today. But remember it is only a step on the path to God’s ultimate purpose of Christlikeness.

Spiritual life depends on the purposes we cherish.  Charles H. Spurgeon


The Resurrection Body (1 Corinthians 15:35-49)

Have God’s “Unreasonable” Faith

When we look at these words of Jesus, we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have ever heard. “…seek first the kingdom of God….” Even the most spiritually-minded of us argue the exact opposite, saying, “But I must live; I must make a certain amount of money; I must be clothed; I must be fed.” The great concern of our lives is not the kingdom of God but how we are going to take care of ourselves to live. Jesus reversed the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first, maintaining it as the primary concern of our lives, and never to place our concern on taking care of the other things of life.

“…do not worry about your life…” (Matthew 6:25). Our Lord pointed out that from His standpoint it is absolutely unreasonable for us to be anxious, worrying about how we will live. Jesus did not say that the person who takes no thought for anything in his life is blessed— no, that person is a fool. But Jesus did teach that His disciple must make his relationship with God the dominating focus of his life, and to be cautiously carefree about everything else in comparison to that. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Don’t make food and drink the controlling factor of your life, but be focused absolutely on God.” Some people are careless about what they eat and drink, and they suffer for it; they are careless about what they wear, having no business looking the way they do; they are careless with their earthly matters, and God holds them responsible. Jesus is saying that the greatest concern of life is to place our relationship with God first, and everything else second.

It is one of the most difficult, yet critical, disciplines of the Christian life to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into absolute harmony with the teaching of Jesus in these verses.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

Beware of pronouncing any verdict on the life of faith if you are not living it. Not Knowing Whither, 900 R

For A Momentary Pleasure

Genesis 25:19-34

Decisions have consequences. That can be a good thing, but at times we end up dealing with lifelong repercussions. Then we look back and wish our decision had been wiser.

For example, in exchange for a bowl of stew, Esau sacrificed his birthright. In other words, he gave up not only his wealth, inheritance, position, and prominence but also power and the right to lead the entire family.

Is there a “bowl of stew” in your life—something you want badly that’s right in front of you, there for the taking? At the moment, it may seem like the right decision, but later you could find you’ve traded something valuable for something with little or no worth.

Whenever we’re ruled by anything besides the Holy Spirit, we are more prone to sacrifice our future for immediate gratification. Appetites are God-given, but they aren’t designed to dominate us. That’s what caused Esau to lose his future. He wanted to satisfy his appetite right then and, at the time, was willing to pay the price.

We can endanger our future when we focus on the temporary instead of the eternal. What are you doing right now that could have lifelong consequences? Is it worth it? Ask God to help you see your situation from His perspective

Our Sin in His Body

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

When Christ suffered on the cross for our sins, His entire body suffered. A vicious crown of thorns was pressed into His brow, and then “they smote him on the head” and “spit upon him” (Mark 15:17, 19). He already was weak and battered from Pilate’s dreaded scourging with the infamous Roman cat-o’-nine-tails (John 19:1).

Cruel spikes were driven into His hands and nails into His feet, suspending His pain-racked body from the cross (Psalm 22:16). The word “stripes” in our text actually appears in the singular. Christ on the cross was one big stripe, or wound. Finally, He died (v. 33) and “one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:34).

Indeed, He was bearing our sins in every last part of His body on the tree! The enormity of the necessary payment provides a partial measure of the enormity of our sins in the sight of a holy God. “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment” (Isaiah 1:5-6). “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:…Their feet are swift to shed blood:…There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:13, 15, 18).

But He bore all the sins of our body, and therefore we, in God’s sight, are dead to sins and alive to righteousness. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33). HMM

Not Making an Accommodation

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

—Mark 14:38

 

I am having a hard time trying to comprehend what has happened to sound Bible teaching. What has happened to preaching on Christian discipleship and on our daily deportment in the spiritual life? We are making an accommodation. We are offering a take-it-easy, Pollyanna type of approach that does not seem ever to have heard of total commitment to One who is our Lord and Savior.

I regret that more and more Christian believers are being drawn into a hazy, fuzzy kind of teaching that assures everyone who has ever “accepted Christ” that he or she has nothing more to be concerned about. He is OK and he will always be OK because Christ will be returning before things get too tough. Then all of us will wear our crowns, and God will see that we have cities to rule over!

If that concept is accurate, why did our Lord take the stern and unpopular position that Christian believers should be engaged in watching and praying?   MMG031-032

Lord, help me to watch and pray faithfully. Help me to boldly accept the challenge of total commitment and never to make an accommodation to make people comfortable. Amen.

 

God Himself—Nothing More

I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

—Isaiah 6:1

 

Brethren, when we finally have our meeting with God, it has to be alone in the depths of our being. We will be alone even if we are surrounded by a crowd. God has to cut every maverick out of the herd and brand him all alone. It isn’t something that God can do for us en masse.

If it takes a crowd to get you converted, you have not been converted! If it takes a crowd to get you through the fullness of the Holy Ghost, you are going to be disappointed.

I know that people do not want to be alone with God, but if your longing heart ever finds the living water, it will be alone. We humans want to help each other and that is good insofar as we can, but God wants us to press through to His Presence where there is no natural or artificial help….

He asks that we come with a naked intent unto God. We must want God Himself—and nothing more! ITB106

The love of God is paramount to every other principle…every desire subservient to that of promoting his glory. DTC072

 

God’s Sixfold “I Will”

Psalm 91:14-16

 

The summit experience of the blessing promised in the last three verses of the 91st Psalm are exciting. The crescendo note reverberates when the Almighty declares: I will… I will… I will.

 

Because he loves Me, says the Lord,

I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.

He will call upon Me,

and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life will I satisfy him

and show him My salvation.

 

This auxiliary verb is used no less than six times, introducing a total of eight action verbs and sung in a majestic major key. It is as though, having reviewed the onslaught of Satan and the injustices of men, God becomes actively involved with His saint.

By this positive set of declarations God ensures He will ultimately bring into being His plan for that individual who has sought to live for His honor and glory. The purpose of God is that our whole nature be brought under His reign. The full application of God’s ultimate will is reserved only for those who have reached, by constant devotion and dedication, “the secret place.” This involves a perfect union of the will of man with the will of God.

We tend to confuse the work of God with the will of God. There is such a thing as “the barrenness of busyness.”

The ultimate will of God is to be realized only if, with the Psalmist, we earnestly affirm, “I will say of the Lord, He is… my God” (v. 2). It has been said,

“He must be Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.” This does not come easy for most of us unless we have been refined in God’s crucible. Our obedience and response to the will of God is often very slow. God’s plan is to recreate man in His own image and thereby reveal His glory through our life and service.

Let us be surrendered to the will of God so as to be among those who know the rich blessings of this Psalm.

Edward Deratany, Refuge in the Secret Place

 

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