Transformation in Sanctification and Teething Pains

Transformation

Transformation

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Sanctify…sanctification, to those in unbelief the words clang loudly in religiosity but for those in Christ, in sanctification, our blessed Savior did pray – ”Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17) As children of the lamb we are in infantile growth, this teething in transformation, but it is not without whimpering we go. So we rip off the band aid of separation, in our world of superficial comfort, and we leave the womb once more.

To abide in the faith of the gospel is not enough; we must abound in the work of faith. The rule, according to which all ought to walk and act, is the commandments given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Sanctification, in the renewal of their souls under the influences of the Holy Spirit, and attention to appointed duties, constituted the will of God respecting them. In aspiring after this renewal of the soul unto holiness, strict restraint must be put upon the appetites and senses of the body, and on the thoughts and inclinations of the will, which lead to wrong uses of them. The Lord calls none into his family to live unholy lives, but that they may be taught and enabled to walk before him in holiness. Some make light of the precepts of holiness, because they hear them from men; but they are God’s commands, and to break them is to despise God. Commentary: Mathew Henry (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

Sovereign and most Holy Father, thank you for the gift of salvation and sanctification in Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior, and for our ongoing spiritual transformation from self-death to eternal life. Thank you for our sanctification in your truth, and our daily renewal through the Holy Spirit. ~Amen :Y

Conversations with God ~ No Turning Back

"One Way Bridge"

“One Way Bridge”

“After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.”
(John 6:66)

“Many of these early disciples were not genuine disciples of Christ, for they turned back. Their initial “faith” was not genuine and they were perhaps following Jesus only because of the physical benefits he gave, such as healing and multiplying food.” ~ ESV

To a believer and true follower of Christ “666” is a chilling number, and the Gospel of John provides us with an equally chilling comparison in the number and the verse. How chilling would it be to engage in fellowship and following our Lord one day, and then the next day simply “turn away”. It seems incomprehensible, and leads one deeply mystified in understanding this truth. But it happens. It happened in the day of our Lord, it’s happening now, and for those who turn, as well as those betrayed, “the turning” creates the deepest of wounds.

Even in the day of Oswald Chambers there was a distinct and noticeable “turning away”, as he expressed in My Utmost for His Highest, “Many people today are pouring their lives out and working for Jesus Christ, but are not really walking with Him.” And Jesus explains why, “It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh is not help at all. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe”. (John 6:63, 64)

So then Jesus asked his disciples, the twelve, this question…

”Do you also want to go away”? (John 6:67)

Let our devotion and heart response be spontaneously and emphatically ~ NO…NEVER
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt;” (Jude 23:21, 22)
~ Amen :Y

Conversations with God ~ Success through His Purpose

Vessels Ministry Success Starts Here

“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”
(John 17: 3-4)

God speaks to us through His vessels ~

As I was preparing devotions for the day I began the day by reading a post from Lucy Kelley (Welcome to the Ranch) titled Be Faithful in Prayer. The post was offering encouragement through “Prayers to bless the heart”. Interestingly enough, prayer is one of the special ministries offered by The Ranch.

As I begin to study the scriptures provided by Lucy, I noticed that most of them came from John 17 ~ The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus . This is a precious prayer that I have read so many times ~ it is so full of gems. As I begin to read through John 17, I was compelled to use it as my daily devotion, and begin to “unpack” even more blessings ~ The one message that really struck me today was John 17: 3-4.

In Jesus’ prayer we are told that eternal life is knowing God and His Son, Jesus.

We do not have to wait on eternity. Eternity begins now ~ our success begins now just in knowing Him.

And just as Jesus glorified God on earth by accomplishing the work he was given to do ~ so can we

– Our success begins now in glorying Him, through and in our purpose.

Isn’t that just precious? Our God is so amazing and his Word is indeed ~ the “Living Word”. I am positive there are more gems in John 17. How many more can you add to Lucy’s list?

Prayers to bless the heart: ~ Lucy’s List

Salvation: Romans 10:1, John 17:20
 Spiritual maturity: Ephesians 3:14-19
 God focus: Matthew 6:5-13
 Praise/thanksgiving: 1 Chronicles 29:10-13
 God’s will: Luke 22:42
 Unity: John 17:11
 God’s glory: John 17:1-4
 Protection from evil: John 17:15
 Growth in truth: John 17:16-19</

….these were added ~ the gift that keeps on giving…..his word.

 Eternal Life – John 17:3
 Glorify – John 17:4
 Joy – John 17:13
 Sanctify – John 17:17
 Love – John 17:26
 Guard – John 17:12

…..how many more gems do you see?

Precious Lord, thank you for the gift of your Vessels, the inspiration they provide through you, and the gems that are shared from your Word. Thank you for the gift of our purpose through you. ~Amen :Y

Conversations with God ~ Joyful Hearts in Sackcloth and Ashes

Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness


“You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy”. (Psalm 30:11)

In the old Testament sackcloth and ashes were used as an outward sign of one’s inward condition. It was a symbol of mourning and repentance. Such a symbolic act made the condition of one’s heart visible and demonstrated the sincerity of sorrow, grief and repentance. It was not the act itself, but the humility of the act that moved God to intervene in reconciliation.

Three things come to mind when I think of my own sackcloth and ashes.

• My joy in reconciliation and remaining prayerful, in the act and remembrance, of my own humility.

• The question Jesus spoke to Simon Peter three times ~ “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
( John 21: 15-17)
~ Feed my lambs
~Tend my sheep
~Feed my sheep

• The old testament story of Mordecai, in sackcloth and ashes, as he lamented the fate of his brother. His passionate demonstration of brotherly love.(Esther 4:1)

The joy of reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel message. “…in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself…and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19) And because reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel, it is also at the heart of each believer of that Gospel.

Mathew Henry expresses this beautifully….

The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given him. He is the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Though the same as a man, he is changed in his character and conduct. These words must and do mean more than an outward reformation. The man who formerly saw no beauty in the Savior that he should desire him, now loves him above all things. The heart of the unregenerate is filled with enmity against God, and God is justly offended with him. Yet there may be reconciliation. Our offended God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. By the inspiration of God, the Scriptures were written, which are the word of reconciliation; showing that peace has been made by the cross, and how we may be interested therein. Though God cannot lose by the quarrel, nor gain by the peace, yet he beseeches sinners to lay aside their enmity, and accept the salvation he offers. Christ knew no sin. He was made Sin; not a sinner, but Sin, a Sin-offering, a Sacrifice for sin. The end and design of all this was, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, might be justified freely by the grace of God through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.

Can any(one) lose, labour, or suffer too much for Him, who gave his beloved Son to be the Sacrifice for their sins, that they might be made the righteousness of God in him?

Mathew Henry: Commentary (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

Blessed Savior, keep my remembrance clear and humbled, keep me forever grateful for the fullness of my joy, keep me devoted and demonstrated in your word, and prayerfully in sackcloth and ashes for the reconciliation of those who do not know you ~ keep the Gospel in my heart and on my lips. ~Amen :Y