Friday, November 28, 2008

God's Call to Holiness


This "Original" portrait of Dr. Murray courtesy of Debbie Fortnum, Andrew Murray's Great, Great, Great, Great Granddaughter, was retrieved from THIS site.

Today I am sharing an excerpt of one of Mr. Murray's Books entitled: "The Believers Secret of Holiness." It was formerly published under the title: "Holy in Christ."

Andrew Murray was born in South Africa in 1828. After receiving his education in Scotland and Holland, he returned to that land and spent many years there as both pastor and missionary. He was a staunch advocate of biblical Christianity. He is best known for his many devotional books.

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God's Call to Holiness


15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
(I Peter. 1:15, 16)

The call of God is the manifestation in time of His purpose in eternity: "Whom he predestinated, them he also called." Believers are "the called according to his purpose." In His call He reveals to us what His thoughts and His will concerning us are, and what the life is to which He invites us. In His call He makes clear to us what the hope of our calling is; as we spiritually apprehend and enter into this, our life on earth will be the reflection of His purpose for us in eternity.

Scripture uses more than one word to indicate the object or aim of our calling, but none more frequently than what Peter speaks of here -- God has called us to be holy as He is holy. Paul addresses believers twice as "called to be saints (holy)" (Romans 1:7; I Corinthians 1:2). "God hath not called us," he says, "unto uncleanness, but unto holiness" (I Thessalonians 4:7). When he writes, "The very God of peace sanctify you wholly," he adds, "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it" (I Thessalonaians 5:24). The calling itself is spoken of as "a holy calling." The eternal purpose, of which the calling is the outcome, is also continually connected with holiness as its aim. "He hath chosen us in him...that we should be holy and without blame" (Ephesians 1:4). "God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification" (II Thesselonians 2:13). "Elect according to the foreknowledge of the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit" (I Peter 1:2). The call is the unveiling of the purpose that the Father from eternity had set His heart upon: that we should be holy.

Without a doubt, to know aright what God has called us to is of infinite importance. To misunderstand here could be fatal. That God calls you to salvation or to happiness, to receive pardon or to obtain heaven, you may have heard. But have you ever noticed that all these were subordinate to His main purpose? It was to "salvation through sanctification," it was to holiness first and foremost, as the element in which salvation and heaven are to be found. The complaints of many Christians as to lack of joy and strength, as to failure and lack of growth, are due to this -- the place God gave holiness in His call they have not given to it in their response. God and they have never yet come to an agreement on this.

No wonder that Paul, in the chapter in which he had spoken to the Ephesians about being "chosen to be holy," prays for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God to be given to each believer, that he might know "the hope of his calling" (1:17,18). Let all of us who now see to what we are called pray this prayer and ask God to show us that, just as He who hath called us is himself holy, so we are to be. Our calling, before and above everything else, is to holiness. Let us ask Him to show us what holiness is, His first and then ours; to show us how He has set His heart upon that as the one thing He wants to see in us, as being His own image and likeness; to show us too the unutterable blessedness and glory of sharing with Christ in His holiness. Oh, that God by His Spirit would teach us all that this calling means! We can easily conceive what a mighty influence it would exert.

"Like as he which called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy." This call of God shows us the true motive behind His command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy." It is as if God said, "Holiness is my blessedness and my glory: without this you cannot see me or enjoy me; there is nothing higher to be conceived; I invite you to share with me in it; I invite you to likeness to myself. Does this attract you and move you deeply -- the hope of being partakers of my holiness? I have nothing better to offer -- I offer you myself: 'Be holy, for I am holy.'" Shall we not cry earnestly to God to show us the glory of His holiness, that our souls may be made willing to give everything in response to this wondrous call?

His call also shows the nature of true holiness. "Like as he is holy, so be ye also holy." To be holy is to be Godlike, to have a disposition, a will, a character like God. The thought almost looks like blasphemy until we listen again, "He hath chosen us in Christ to be holy." In Christ the holiness of God appeared in human life: in Christ's example, in His mind and Spirit, we have the holiness of the Invisible One translated into the forms of human life and conduct. To be Christlike is to be Godlike; to be Christlike is to be holy as God is holy.

The call equally reveals the power of holiness. "There is none holy but the Lord"; there is no holiness but what He has, or rather what He is and gives. The quality is not something we do or attain: it is the communication of the divine life, the inbreathing of the divine nature, the power of the divine presence resting on us. And our power to become holy is to be found in the call of God: the Holy One calls us to himself that He may make us holy in possessing himself. He not only says "I am holy," but "I am the Lord, who makes holy." Because the call comes from the God of infinite power and love, we may have the confidence: we can be holy.

The call no less reveals the standard of holiness. "Like the Holy One who called you, be ye yourselves also holy." There is to one standard for God and another for man. The nature of light is the same, whether we see it in the sun or in a candle; the nature of holiness remains unchanged, whether it be God or man in whom it dwells. The Lord Jesus could say nothing less than, "Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." When God calls us to holiness, He calls us to himself and His own life. The more carefully we listen to the voice, and let it sink into our hearts, the more will all human standards fall away and only the words be heard, Holy, as I am holy.

The call shows us the path of holiness. The calling of God is one of mighty efficacy, an effectual calling. Listen to Him and with divine power the call will work what it offers. He calls the things that are not as though they were. His call gives life to the dead and holiness to those whom He has made alive. He calls us to listen as He speaks of His holiness, and of ours like His. He calls us to himself, to study, to fear, to love, to claim His holiness. He calls us to Christ, in whom divine holiness became human holiness, to see and admire, to desire and accept what is all for us. He calls us to the indwelling and the teaching of the Spirit of holiness, to yield ourselves that He may bring home to us and breathe within us what is ours in Christ. Believer, listen to God calling you to holiness; come and learn what His holiness is, and what yours is and what it must be.

Be silent and listen. When God called Abraham, he answered, "Here am I." When God called Moses from the bush, he answered. "Here am I." and he hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. God is calling you to himself the Holy One that He may make you holy. Let your whole soul answer, "Here am I, Lord! Speak, Lord! Show yourself, Lord!" You will hear a voice coming out of the great eternity, from the council chamber of redemption, and as you catch its distant whisper, it will be, "Be holy, I am holy," You will hear a voice from Paradise, the Creator making the seventh day holy for man whom He had created, and saying, "Be holy." You will hear the voice from Sinai, amid thunderings and lightnings, and still it is, "Be holy, as I am holy." You will hear a voice from Calvary, and there above all it is, "Be holy, for I am holy."

Child of God, have you ever heard this call from God? Must we not confess that happiness has been to us more than holiness, salvation more than sanctification? But it is not too late to redeem the error. Listen to the voice that calls, draw nigh, and find out what holiness is, or rather, find out and know Him the Holy One. If the first approach to Him fills us with shame and confusion, makes us fear and shrink back, let us still listen to the voice and call, "Be holy, as I am holy." "Faithful is he which calleth, who also will do it." All our fears and questions will be met by this One who has revealed His holiness with one purpose in view: that we might share it with Him. As we yield ourselves in deep stillness of soul to listen to the holy voice that calls us, it will waken within us new desire and strong faith, and the most precious of all promises will be to us this word of divine command: "Be holy, for I am holy."

Prayer


O Lord, the only Holy One, you have called us to be holy, even as you are holy! Lord, how can we unless you reveal to us your holiness? Show us how you are holy, how holy you are, what your holiness is, that we may know how we are to be holy and how holy we are to be. And when the sight of you only shows us the more how unholy we are, teach us that you make those partakers of your own holiness who come to you for it.
O God, we come to yu, the Holy One. It is in knowing and finding and having yourself that the soul finds holiness. We come to beseech you to burn into your heart that the one object of your calling us and of our coming to your is holiness. You would have us to be like yourself, partakers of your holiness. If ever our heart fears that this is too high to attain or rests content with a salvation less than holiness, Blessed God, let us hear your voice calling again, "Be holy, I am holy." Let that call be our motive and our strength, because faithful is He that calleth, who also will do it. Let that call mark our standard and our path. Let our life be such as you are able to make it.
Holy Father, I bow in lowly worship and silence before you. Let your voice sound in the depths of my heart, calling me, "Be holy, as I am holy." Amen.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful!


Psalm 100:4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Ezra 3:11
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD : "He is good; his love to Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

Psalm 69:30
I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.

We all have much to be thankful for, do we not?
I thank God that we are celebrating in a FREE country, our FREE salvation, and our FREE blessings from Father God.
I thank God that GREATER is He that lives inside us than he that lives in the world.
I thank God that everything that He has begun in each of us, He will continue until the Day He comes for us.
I thank God that He's given us the GIFT of Jesus' to redeem us, to protect and keep us and to carry us through all of our days on this earth.
I thank God for the blessings of my family, children and grandchildren and my husband.
I thank God for the river of life that He's placed in us as Believers.
I thank God that we have overcoming power through the Blood of Jesus and His Word.
I thank God that we can be IN CHRIST, and that He is our hope of glory.
I thank God that everything He said we were we are.
I thank God that everything He said we could do, we can.
I thank God that everything He's provided for us through the finished work of Jesus is OURS for both NOW and for eternity.
I thank God that HE HELPS US to be and do all He's planned for us on this earth, as we look to Him.
I thank God for His Love towards us and that His compassion is ever FOR US, and leads and guides us along the WAY that He's provided for us.
I thank God that He HELPS US to follow Him all the days of our lives, and that He's called us to holiness and He will HELP US to walk in the old paths where the good ways are.
I thank God that He is faithful to all generations.
I thank God that He and HIS WORD is trustworthy, we can depend upon them for all the days of our lives.
I thank God that we are the Apple of His eye, and we can hide ourselves in the Secret Place of the Most High and Abide in the Shadow of the Almighty, all the days of our lives.
I thank God for the breath and good health He's given me and my family.
I thank God for the Blessing of walking in the Kingdom of Light for all the days of my life, and that it will guide me HOME in His good time.
In Jesus' Name.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Want your prayers answered?


John 16:23, 24
23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Matthew 7:7
7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find' knock, and it will be opened to you.

John 15:16
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, and whatever you ask the
Father in My name He may give you.


I John 5:14, 15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

These are only a FEW of the passages that speaks about prayer and HOW to pray.
I speak with Jesus a LOT, but I do not pray to HIM....we've been given instruction to pray to the FATHER in the NAME OF JESUS, and if you will notice these are instructions that have been given to us by Jesus Himself....they are written in red, represented by His own words.

I thank YOU Father, that we have GREAT power in coming to You and submitting ourselves to You. Thank You for the power of Your Word that we can bring to You. Your Word IS YOUR WILL. Thank You Lord for having such great compassion upon us to SHOW US and HELP US to know HOW to approach you in great confidence. Help us to remember Your instructions so that we can come boldly before Your throne of Grace and make our petitions of You. Thank You for hearing and answering our prayers. In Jesus' Name.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

God's Word Prospers Where It's Sent


Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void (empty, without fruit), but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I send it.

The notations in my Bible says this:

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Kingdom Dynamics
God's Word, Evangelism, and Expansion
, THE WORD OF GOD.
Evangelism (the spreading of the Good News) and expansion (the enlarging of life's potential under God) both multiply by the "seed" of God's Word. Jesus described the Word as "seed" also (Luke 8:11), the source of all saving life and growth possibilities transmitted from the Father to mankind. All increase of life within His love comes by His Word, as human response gives place for His blessing. When received, God's word of promise will never be barren. The power in His Word will always fulfill the promise of His Word. We never need wonder how faith is developed or how fruitfulness is realized. Faith comes by "hearing" God's Word (Romans 10:17), that is, by receiving it wholeheartedly and humbly. Fruitfulness is the guaranteed by-product -- whether for the salvation of a lost soul or the provision of a disciple's need -- God's Word cannot be barren or fruitless; His own life-power is within it!

Scripture Reference: James 1:23-25 and II Timothy 2:15

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Father, thank You for HELPING US
to look to and to trust Your Word. Thank You for the provision of Your Word!! It powerful and active and is able to perform everything that You designed it to. In Jesus' Name

Monday, November 17, 2008

Got a Mess You Can't Fix?


Remember over in Psalm 51 God tells us:
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.


12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

satan hates every one of us so. I don't even want to acknowledge him with proper grammar, to capitalize the "s" in his name. There's NOTHING proper about him. LOL

he knows that if he can create shame within us, and put distance between us and the Lord, he's got a strong hold. he's not a "creator", but he can steal what is not his and pervert it and attempt to destroy any confidence we have in God and His Word.

he will YELL in our face every threat that he knows will bring fear to our heart and soul....hummmm, remember when the giant put fear into the army of God, and David knew that GOD could bring down that bag of wind? LOL I LOVE being reminded of that story. Here the soldiers that had been trained in battle were shaking in their boots, and this snot nosed kid came along that had seen God HELP HIM before and David had enough of God's insight and was led by His Spirit to deliver Israels army from the threats Goliath was breathing down their necks.

Goliath HAD set the battle in order....but David came along and SET THE BATTLE IN ORDER.
In one of the Kings, God told Jehoshaphat to set the battle in order.
That's what we've all got to do....and the first place we start is with us....just making sure that things are right between us and God. Right? Then binding up satan and dealing with him and his cohorts, and then giving "it" to God and lend ourselves to His Spirit to be led by Him.

That then brings confidence to our own heart that we can come boldly before the Lord with our petitions and lay it all (whatever "it" is) before the Lord upon His altar and allow God to deal with what ONLY HE CAN. You know, we can try to put a flesh hand to things we see in front of us, but our flesh hand will not bring the results that ONLY God can.

I've seen God time after time.....unfortunately sometimes after I'd laid my own hands to situations and seen what a sorry mess I'd made of things.... God would step right in, at my invitation, and do what ONLY HE COULD. Without my input, without any suggestion from me, just me crying out to Him with a humble heart asking Him to HELP ME. LOL LOL

OH GOD, HELP US!!!!

I ask You Lord, to HELP US. Help us to look to You, the author and finisher of our faith. HELP US to submit not only our hearts, but our LIVES to You and Your DELIVERANCE and SAFE KEEPING. HELP US to trust you with not only every small thing that comes our way, but with every BIG thing that is presented to us. God we choose not to have fear, it is a spirit. You told us that in Timothy, that You'd not given us a "spirit of fear". We choose to TRUST YOU with ALL OF IT. Your ear is not deaf and Your arm is not short. LOL LOL Oh Father, I humble my heart before You and put myself upon Your altar, I am yours, and only YOU can fix any mess that the devil wants to use against me, in Jesus' Name.

Friday, November 7, 2008

HOPE



Hosea 2:14, 15 tells us:
14 “ Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to her.
15 I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.

The notations in my Bible give some light on the word HOPE

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The Hebrew word for HOPE in this passage is tiqvah (teek-vuh) In the Strongs Exhaustive Concordance it is #8615:
Hope; expectation; something yearned for and anticipated eagerly; something for which one waits. Tiqvah comes from the verb qavah, meaning "to wait for" or "to look hopefully" in a particular direction. It's original meaning was "to stretch like a rope" Tiqvah occurs 33 times in the Bible. In Joshua 2:18, 21, it is translated "line" or "cord"; Rahab was instructed to tie a scarlet tiqvah (cord or rope) in her window as her hope for rescue. God Himself is the hope of the godly (Psalm 71:5). Here God's blessing on His land will transform the Valley of Achor ("trouble") into the "door of hope."

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Father, I thank You for HELPING US to keep our HOPE in You, Lord. Help us to keep our eyes on YOU, to look hopefully to You. I ask You to bring us and keep us in places that remind us that there is nothing going on around us that is out of your ever watching eye towards us, and that YOU alone are the ONE that will RESCUE us out of any and all traps laid by hell. Thank You for the promise of Your Word and that truly, our HOPE is in You. In the Name of Jesus.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Simple Womans Day Book



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Outside my Window...The view of the soon to be finished project of restaining our back deck. YES!!!

I am thinking...That THIS IS the day the Lord has made and I WILL rejoice and be glad in it. LOL LOL :)

From the learning rooms.....I'm pursuing a study in the Word of God that has held my attention for several days...yummm!

I am thankful for......The promise and the ability to DWELL in the Secret Place of the Most High and remain under the Shadow of the Almighty. It's a DWELLING place, not a visiting place.

From the kitchen.....Leftover baked chicken from last night that I had for breakfast. Dreamy veggies from the Schwans man, and flavored rice and a freshly baked loaf of zucchini bread.

I am wearing.....I'm still in my night clothes. Warm and cozy!

I am reading
......The Word of God, particularly some teachings of Jesus.

I am hoping
.....to have all the Christmas gifts that I've stored wrapped this week. Don't want to enter into the Thanksgiving holiday with that undone.

I am creating......Actually I'm watching GOD CREATE.....By my speaking, believing and agreeing with the POWERFUL Word of God.

I am hearing......My WONDERFUL husband doing some laundry. What a man, huh? LOL

Around the house......One of our daughters and her husband and small boy have been living with us for a time. This week there is the bustle of their preparing to move into their own dwelling. A happy time for them.

One of my favorite things.....A large container of freshly made guacamole! YES!!!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week
......VOTING, enjoying having my husband home each day, as his detail has changed permanently to allow him to do so...cleaning, as we are having an early Thanksgiving celebration with our oldest son and his family arriving from back East for the occasion.....the project of restaining the back deck to be finished, waiting for matching stain to arrive the next day or two...they had to order more....AND purposefully walking IN THE JOY OF THE LORD.

This picture I'm sharing is of my WONDERFUL Father and Mother in-law commemorating their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Commander and Mrs. Russell


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I thank YOU Father to HELP US to walk with You, listen to You and DO all that you instruct us, in Jesus' Name.