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The Fundamental Resources of Personality

The Fundamental Resources of PersonalityExcerpt ‎There are resources of personality known only to God. Psalm 139 is the prayer of a man asking God to explore him where he cannot go, and to garrison him. In 1 Thessalonians 2:10, Paul is alluding to the working out of what God works in. The majority of us keep taking in and forget altogether that somehow we must work out what we take in: we cannot elude our destiny, which is practical. The profound nature of each one of us is created by God, but our perception of God depends entirely upon our own determined effort to understand what we come in contact with, and that perception is always colored by the ruling disposition. If my ruling disposition is self-interest, I perceive that everything that happens to me is always for or against my self-interest; if on the other hand, my ruling disposition is obedience to God, I perceive Him to be at work for my perfecting in everything that happens to me. … More Chambers, Oswald. The Moral Foundation…

God’s Spirit Shall Not Abide in Man Forever

God’s Spirit Shall Not Abide in Man ForeverExcerpt In Genesis 6:3 a question arises. Evil mortals were striving with God, yet at the same time, their lives were sustained by God alone. Why did Godallow such enemies to continue existing? In answer, note that the meaning of the name Israel is “the one who strives with God.”Even Israel (Jacob) and the Israelites, God’s chosenpeople, often questioned God’s will. If God destroyed all those who resisted his will, all people would soon be destroyed as they were in the flood. In contrast, Noah was one man who followed God’s will totally. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Upholding the Law

Upholding the LawExcerpt The Jew believed passionately that Paul’s teachings of grace and salvation by faith undermined Law and thus denied God’s O.T. revelation. Paul says that instead the Gospel upholds Law, but gives it the place God always intended it to have. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

God’s Intention Is an Unfolding Mystery

God’s Intention Is an Unfolding MysteryExcerpt The mystery is neither inscrutable nor obvious; it can be known, but only by revelation (3:3)* by the Spirit (v. 5), and requiring special insight (v. 4). The term revelation is important to our understanding of the inspiration of Scripture. (See notes.) The terminology in verses3–5 shows something of the process by which God communicates his truth. Not everything God reveals becomes Scripture, but in this case, it has, by divine inspiration. Through revelation,God conveys to humans that which they could not know otherwise. Reciprocally, the recipient is given the insight to understand the revelation. More Liefeld, Walter L. Ephesians. Vol. 10. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

The Chosen People

The Chosen People1 Peter 2:9 Excerpt Peter again echoed the Old Testament, specifically Isaiah43:20. “Chosenpeople,” which used to apply only to Israel, was now used of both Jewish and Gentile believers. The responsibility once solely trusted to the nation of Israel has now, during this Age of Grace, been given to the church. More Raymer, Roger M. “1 Peter.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 845. Print.

Connect the Testaments

March 24: Green Pastures: They Require Action Numbers 28:1–31; 1 Corinthians 10:23–11:16; Psalm 23 Love and complete reliance on God are interrelated concepts. When we discover what love really means, we want to praise God for it. When we learn to rely on God for all our needs, we see just how loving He is as He takes care of all aspects of our lives. And this love makes us want to show love to others. It’s those who don’t have who are most apt to come to Jesus. They’re most in need of love. For this reason, it’s hard for us who do have—a home, a car, enough food for a week—to fully understand reliance on Christ. It takes a different type of discipline. This is why it’s still shocking to me how many people absolutely love Psalm 23. It’s comforting, I suppose, and that’s why: “Yahweh is my shepherd; I will not lack for anything. In grassy pastures he makes me lie down; by quiet waters he leads me” (Psalm 23:1–2). I think so many of us love it, though, because we’re aware of how frail and v…

Morning and Evening

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“He was heard in that he feared.” —Hebrews 5:7
Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that he was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? “See,” said Satan, “thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of his compassion against thee. Not an angel in his courts will stretch out his hand to help thee. All heaven is alienated from thee; thou art left alone. See the companions with whom thou hast taken sweet counsel, what are they worth? Son of Mary, see there thy brother James, see there thy loved disciple John, and thy bold apostle Peter, how the cowards sleep when thou art in thy sufferings! Lo! Thou hast no friend left in heaven or earth. All hell is against thee. I have stirred up mine infernal den. I have sent my missives throughout all regions summoning every prince of darkness to set upon thee this night, and we will spare no arrows, we will u…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 24th Decreasing into his purpose He must increase, but I must decrease.John 3:30. If you become a necessity to a soul, you are out of God’s order. As a worker, your great responsibility is to be a friend of the Bridegroom. When once you see a soul in sight of the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been in the right direction, and instead of putting out a hand to prevent the throes, pray that they grow ten times stronger until there is no power on earth or in hell that can hold that soul away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we become amateur providences; we come in and prevent God, and say—‘This and that must not be.’ Instead of proving friends of the Bridegroom, we put our sympathy in the way, and the soul will one day say—‘That one was a thief, he stole my affections from Jesus, and I lost my vision of Him.’ Beware of rejoicing with a soul in the wrong thing, but see that you do rejoice in the right thing. “The friend of the Bridegroom … rejoiceth grea…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 24 She took for him an ark of bulrushes … and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink Exod. 2:3 The mother of Moses laid the ark in the flags by the river’s brink. Aye, but before doing so, she laid it on the heart of God! She could not have laid it so courageously upon the Nile if she had not first devoutly laid it upon the care and love of God. We are often surprised at the outward calmness of men who are called upon to do unpleasant and most trying deeds; but could we have seen them in secret, we should have known the moral preparation which they underwent before coming out to be seen by men. Be right in the sanctuary, if you would be right in the market place. Be steadfast in prayer if you would be calm in affliction. Start your race from the throne of God itself, if you would run well, and win the prize. Joseph Parker

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.