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Quote Title Quotation Source
Fate Frozen in Fear There was one moment indeed, when the song first started and everyone was startled into silence, when she might have called to him to come and help her. She did not realize that the Fearings were holding their breath lest she did call, and had she done so, they would have fled helter-skelter through the door. However, she was too stunned with fear to seize the opportunity, and then it was too late. The next moment she felt Coward s heavy hand laid tightly over her mouth, then other hands gripped her firmly and held her in her chair. So the Shepherd slowly passed the cottage, showing himself at the window, and singing the signal song, but receiving no response of any kind. Hannah Hurnard – Hinds Feet on High Places, circa 1950, © American version 1975 by Tyndale House Publishers.
Whose Mind is Stayed On Thee – 2 Cor.13:11 No one can have the consciousness of God and not be content. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Righteous Anger Is For Another, Not Self Our estimate of honour measures our growth in grace. What we stand up for proves what our character is like. If we stand up for our reputation it is a sign it needs standing up for! God never stands up for His saints, they do not need it. The devil tells lies about men, but no slander on earth can alter a man s character. Once let God s honour be slandered, and instantly there is something else to deal with in your meek saint. You cannot arouse him on his own account, but once begin to slander God and a new sense of honour is awakened, a new estimate has been put in. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
As Goes the Life, So Goes the Work What is true of God is true of men. Life is action and reveals itself in what it accomplishes. The bodily life, the intellectual, the moral, the spiritual life — individual, social, national life — each of these is judged by its work. The character and quality of the work depend on the life — as the life, so the work. And, on the other hand, the life depends on the work. Without this there can be no full development and manifestation and perfecting of the life — as the work, so the life. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
Deceived by a Treacherous “Friend” The wages that sin bargains with the sinner are life, pleasure, and profit; but the wages it pays him with are death, torment, and destruction. He that would understand the falsehood and deceit of sin, must compare its promises and its payment together. Robert South, D.D., 1633-1716 Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Follow His Gleam Not of the sunlight,
Not of the moonlight.
Not of the starlight!
O young Mariner,
Down to the haven,
Call your companions,
Launch your vessel,
And crowd your canvas,
And, ere it vanishes
Over the margin,
After it, follow it,
Follow the Gleam
Tennyson
Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Can Two Walk Together, Lest Agreed? Lord, You have commanded me, “Make straight paths!”, yet I am yoked to another who is deaf to your command, whose heart strays and will submit to no one. The plow has drawn a crooked and perverse line in the earth, yet Lord, You can make even the crooked tree straight. I cannot contend with this yoke fellow. You must release me lest we stray together. Tom Van Hoogen
Going Home One Step at a Time And how am I to go back again? Start back by avoiding vice, going no farther into it, and you have come home. When a person who is sick does not get any worse it is a sign that he is getting better, and so is the case with vice. Go no further and your deeds of wickedness will have an end. If you do so for two days, you will keep off on the third more easily; and after three days he will then add 10, then 20, then 100, then your whole life. For the further you journey back the easier it will be to see how you should be, and the more you will begin to see of your great rewards.
So it was with the prodigal who, when he returned, was greeted with flutes and harps and dancing and feasts. His father who might have chided him for his ill-timed extravagance did nothing of the sort. He did not even mention it, but rather, looked at him as without stain, throwing himself upon him and kissing him.
John Chrysostom – Sermon on Dying to Sin – circa 400; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Blessings Come From Deep, Not Shallow, Roots Christ’s word “Blessed” is an infinitely lovelier word than our word “happy.” Our “happy” stands related to “hap” “luck,” “chance.”: it is a gamblers paradise. But the “Blessed” of the Beatitudes is suggestive of natural fruitfulness; it stands related to the roses round my lawn, to the corn in yonder valley’s and to the autumnal harvest of the orchard. It has to do with the joys that arise spontaneously and inevitably from certain fixed conditions. It is the word “Macaria,” a name that was once given to the island of Cyprus because that island was said to be so fertile as to be able to produce upon its own shores every thing that its inhabitants could either require or desire. F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham

Suffering is your Opportunity to Show Your Quality (Part 12)

To Die is Gain

Chapter 3 of Job is a relentless pleading for death. An intense desire to be released from life as it is currently being experienced by Job. To wit:

“After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.  And Job spake, and said,  Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.  Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.  Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.  As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.” Job 3:1-6. I stopped copying at verse 6 but Job goes on for some time. These are the words of a man who is at the point of surrender and wants to die.

In the Dark Night of the Soul, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, the Wilderness, the Belly of the Whale, the Belly of the Earth, the Unrighteous Prison (Joeseph), the Flight of the Godly (David with Saul and Absalom, Elijah with Jezebel, and many others), we are faced with a very real and present suffering and darkness, an extreme temptation that presses us to the extinction of our human hope. We are forced past the end of our rope into the great nothingness of faith. We no longer have anything to hold onto, no longer see a meaningful future. We are out of our resources, plans, ideas and have exhausted all our efforts and strength. Then and only then are we willing to die to our Self, to hear our Father and submit to His will. Face it, we are stubborn when it comes to dying. We don’t want to do it.

To be certain it takes a lot for us to give up on ourSelves, to admit defeat and surrender. We have a demonic and determined pride of life that will not let go and trust Him. Just think of how much positive self-talk, marketing hype, and psycho babble has as it’s purpose to arouse, energize, fuel and perpetuate the inner man to “go for the gusto”, “never give up”, “get ‘er done”, and “just do it”. This world system is built on the strength, value and determined effort of man. Determined to do what?, you might ask. Determined to prove to others and especially yourSelf that you don’t need anybody, rely on anybody or submit to anybody. Not others, not God (although this is seldom realized or done consciously).

Oh, we pay lip service to need and love for others and God, but just under the surface is this determination to claim and proclaim, “I did it my way” and “I did it all by mySelf”. We love the freedom and power of independence and control, that is a big part of why money (the preferred currency of this world system) is so zealously sought and fought for. This is the demon that must be made to die – self-assurance birthed from it’s parents of self-sufficiency and self-protection. This is the orphan spirit that I have often referred to. I am all alone and have to take care of everything myself and can’t trust anybody to do it for me.

This death – the death to Self – is death to my claim to my right to mySelf, that nobody can tell me what to do. I am large and in charge. I run the Me Show and you can buy tickets but I pick the program and have the controls for what I will and won’t do. Now you would think that Job was none of these, but with stealth-like subtlety this monster lurks in the dark corners of your soul, not wanting to be known, seen, heard or exposed. It is there in each of us. If you were ever born of the flesh and have not had the beast unmasked and slain, and then slain again and again, he is there all right. He just sleeps. He has no reason to awake if you are operating in the flesh as a natural man. Only begin to walk in the the Spirit and he will come out of his hibernating slumber and you will see him in the full sunshine of the new season.

He only sleeps when he is happy and he his happy most of the time due to the rarity of anyone or anything poking him and prodding him to waken.

Job’s sleeping monster was awakened. How is that? Job had his soul and his will wrapped up in a theology regarding a God that he could control by strings. Job held the belief that if he was good and devout, if he loved God and sought to please Him, that God would (read: had to) act according to his theology, that being that God would reward him and his life would be happy and fulfilling. Note: Job’s friends held these same beliefs (as I once did) and they were not willing to change their theology to hear about and believe in a God that did not fit the image they had fashioned of Him. The ensuing chapters are a ringside seat to the bouts of Truth with error. At some point as the wrestling continues you will finally find your experience pinning your theology to the mat and you will have to surrender that belief in death to a part of you, yourSelf.

Listen again to Job as he is pinned to the mat, held in a tight place with no room or place of escape: “Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?” v.23. This is not unlike the wrestling match of Jacob with God where he ended up with a leg out of socket, a damaged walk. Oh, he walked with God but not without humiliation and shame, not without a death to Self.

We all fear death, and more than anything we fear death to Self, of giving up on our hopes, plans, agenda and will. Job feared these things as well. Now death has come to his door – not physical, but soulish – a death to Self and his own will. “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” v25. Job is in the ring and we have a ringside seat.

As you celebrate this Resurrection Day remember. There is no resurrection without there being a death first. My favorite verse is about this same resurrection taking place in me: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

To die is gain.

Suffering is your opportunity to show your quality.

Quote Title Quotation Source
Living Waters Run Deep Continuously renewed immediacy, not receding memory of the Divine Touch, lies at the base of religious living. Let us explore together the secret of a deeper devotion, a more subterranean sanctuary of the soul, where the Light Within never fades, but Burns, a perpetual Flame; where the wells of living water of divine revelation rise up continuously, day by day and hour by hour, steady and transfiguring. Thomas Kelly – Becoming a Holy Sanctuary of Adoration, circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Repenting of Me, Turning to Him This is how a person should prepare himself for true prayer. This is what St. Peter calls being of one spirit that the heart and mind are attached completely to God alone, and that a person have the focus of his ground and spirit completely turned to God as present, and have a tender, benevolent attachment to God.

Children, everything we have, after all, we have from God. And how could it ever be otherwise that we offer back completely everything that we have ever received from him with our interior focus and spirit, undivided and simple, turned toward him. And then one should engage all one s faculties, interior and exterior, and should carry them up entirely into God.

John Tauler – Sermon 39, circa 1340; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Progress – A Beggining, A Journey, A Destination This is why Solomon says that he has described the sacred teaching in a threefold way because of its threefold spiritual understanding, namely, the moral, the allegorical, and the anagogical. This triple understanding corresponds to the triple hierarchical activity, that is, purgation, illumination, and perfection. Purgation leads to peace, illumination to truth, perfection to charity. When these three have been obtained in perfection, the soul is made blessed, and according to the manner in which it busies itself with them, the soul receives an increase in merit. The knowledge of the whole of sacred Scripture depends on knowing these three things, just as does the merit of eternal life. Therefore you should also recognize that there is a threefold way of exerting oneself in this threefold path, namely, by reading and meditating, by praying, and by contemplating. Bonaventure – The Threefold Way; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Keeping the Goal in Mind Remembrance of him is the well spring of virtue; forgetfulness of him, the fountain of vice. George Horne, D.D. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Excusing Obedience We dare not say that our Lord s words are not true. Yet somehow or other few Christians really seem to believe them. What holds us back? What seals our lips? What keeps us from making much of prayer? Do we doubt His love? Never! He gave His life for us and to us. Do we doubt the Father s love? No. The Father himself loveth you, said Jesus when urging His disciples to pray. Do we doubt His power? Not for a moment. Hath He not said, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye… and lo, I am with you alway… ? Do we mistrust His choice for us? Not for a moment. And yet so very few of His followers consider prayer really worth while. Of course, they would deny this but actions speak louder than words. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
The Self-Life is the Source of Your Pain I willingly apply to myself the same advice that I give to others, for I am convinced that I must seek my own peace in the same direction. Even now my soul is suffering, but I am aware that it is the life of self which causes us pain; that which is dead does not suffer. If we were really dead, and our life hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3), we would no longer struggle with those pains in spirit that now afflict us. Fenelon – Let Go, circa 1690, copyright 1973 Whitaker House
Resurrection Comes After Death Power ought to be obtained on resurrection ground. Resurrection is living beyond death. What we need is not greater power but deeper death. We must resist all natural powers. Whoever has not lost his soul life knows nothing of power. But the one who has passed through death is in possession of life. Watchman Nee – The Latent Power of the Soul, circa 1939, copyright 1972 by Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Make No Graven Image for Your Self But strangely enough, while it is easy for us when we are happy and do not need any comforting, to believe that our God is the “God of all comfort,” but as soon as we are in trouble and need it, it seems impossible to believe that there can be any comfort for us anywhere. It would almost seem as if, in our reading of the Bible, we had reversed its meaning, and made it say, not “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted,” but “Blessed are they that rejoice, for they, and they only, shall be comforted.” It is very strange how often in our secret hearts we almost unconsciously alter the Bible words a little, and so make the meaning exactly opposite of what it actually is; or else we put in so many “ifs” and “buts” as to take the whole point out of what is said. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Are You a Light-Lover or a Dark-Lover? No man is held responsible by God for having an heredity of sin: what God holds a man responsible for is refusing to let Jesus Christ deliver him from it when he sees that that is what He came to do (see John 3:19 ). Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers

Suffering is Your Opportunity to Show Your Quality (Part 11)

Good Intentions Going, Going, Gone

At least Job still had his friends right? Well, lets see how far their love goes with Job. We know that they started out with good intentions.

“Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.  And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.  So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.” Job 2:11-13.

Wow, these are really good friends. I am sure they would have traveled a great distance at great expense. And really, didn’t they minister to Job in a particularly amazing way. They sat there with him in his ordeal without saying a word, for seven days and nights! I don’t know about you, but that amazes me. To me it is an Old Testament miracle. How many people can sit there when you are in dire straights and not say a word. It is almost like there is a compulsion to say something. Many will offer sympathy, many will make assessments, many will make awkward comments attempting to ease the burden, many will bring stories of others who have had similar things happen to them, most will try to help with solutions and remedies. They did not, not yet.

We get a glimpse into the depth of suffering that Job was going through. We know that he had lost so much that was dear and precious to him. He really lost everything but his life, even his health. And when that goes, the stress and distress of the loss of physical strength goes with it. When you are exhausted and depleted you are such an easy target for the enemy. Never purposely allow yourself to go without adequate nutrition, exercise and rest or you are an easy target for attack.

Job clearly did not have a choice in this matter. Decisions were being made for him. Another was dealing the hand he must play. He was so bad off that it was outwardly visible from a distance: “And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.” And that was from a distance. The friends could see that Job’s situation was very severe. Imagine as they got closer, the stench of his sores and the infection in them. His friends immediately reacted to the sight of him with the strongest statement of woe that was used in that culture. They wept, tore their clothes, and placed dust on their heads.

Don’t you know they had to be thinking, “There but by the grace of God go I.” And they probably added to it some self-righteous thoughts of what he must have done to deserve this and that they wanted in on the scoop. This is purely conjecture though and I don’t know what they were thinking as they looked upon their friend. Soon enough though we get some insights. But, “they saw that his grief was very great.”

Eventually Job speaks and lets out some thinking that was building up in him. He spends the next chapter (3) letting his grief be known, very likely desiring to know that someone cares, someone understands. Don’t we all need a way to get relief from our pain and suffering? I believe that God understands us. He too was tempted in all ways. He knows just what it feels like when everything is against you and you can’t seem to find a source of relief and comfort. Even his disciples left Him in the end.

Job is not angry or blaming God, he is just hurting. He needs some relief from his present state. We all need hope. We all need to believe in our time of suffering, pain and loss that it will get better. When you are in the heat of the trial and test you do not always see this readily, that is often God’s purpose, to take you beyond what can be managed by you and beyond your present hope. He wants to teach you that your hope is often beyond your sight, beyond your reasoning and beyond any solution you can find. Hope resides past these in your faith, in Him. Believing when there is no visible or reasonable evidence to believe – have faith in God.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.

Job’s despair is not only in the circumstances that he finds himself but even more poignantly within the truth coming home that being righteous will not protect nor prevent you from experiencing hardship and suffering. Job is being processed by his affliction and taken to a higher understanding. He is approaching a new revelation through personal experience. Who knows, they may have even had a saying in their day that when someone began with, “God is good”, they would end it with, “all the time.” Is He? This will mess with your head, this will renew and transform your mind. Where is the good in this? Where is the good in pain and suffering?

I can pretty much tell you that if you want to go on with God, to become like Christ you will need to be processed too. It is a dark day (for a short time) when all your religious sayings and teachings that have tickled your ears can’t touch the reality you find yourself in. Stick in there though, having done all stand, then stand. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms 30:5.

Don’t be concerned though, this is optional, for disciples only. God never made any man do anything against his will. You have to love Him enough to want to be like Him. “If any many would be my disciple…” It is always a choice. Many, sadly, do not want to be His disciple and exit the race far too soon. That is your choice though, not His. There, I have told you beforehand.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.” Rom. 8:28-29.

There is absolutely a choice to make concerning how far you will go. There is absolutely a cost to following Him – your very life. All this talk about death, dying, living sacrifices and resurrection starts to make sense when you are going through it.

Jobs friends are with him for now. Once he begins making claims that he is without blame, that he is yet righteous and still all this has come upon him, the friends take a different tone with him. Much of the rest of the book of Job is a volley of dialogs between Job and his assertions of righteousness and the friend’s challenges to that statement. Their good intentions only led them as far as their tickling ears wanted to hear. Once some stout truth is spoken that disrupts their religious thinking, they get testy with Job. Suddenly their intentions that were formerly good get changed. When they had formerly come to be a comfort to Job, they are now searching for words and arguments that comfort themselves.

Oh yes, the temperature will get very hot in your life if you choose to take a stand for God and truth. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Tim. 3:12. People with good intentions will even turn on you when your words challenge their neat little way of keeping things clear and easy and manageable. But through it all Job kept his integrity. He did not succumb to the pressures of his friends. He did not take pleasure in the battles but when the battles concern truth a son of God must not back down, no matter the cost. We are not called to be liked and accepted, we are called to be Salt and Light, two things that can have a very adverse effect on impure and darkened things.

Suffering is your opportunity to show your quality.

Quote Title Quotation Source
Leavening the Whole Lump The Spirit of God has this property — it increases good by adding to it more good. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560, copyright 2007 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Nothing to Talk About More recently the English philosopher and theologian John Baillie wrote, “Our knowledge of God rests on the revelation of his personal presence… Of such a presence it must be true that to those who have never been confronted with it argument is useless, while to those who have, it is superfluous.” Dallas Willard – Hearing God ©1984 InterVarsity Press
Love Trumps Every Other Card It would seem natural that those who exercise authority over others would be most fit to rule in God’s kingdom. Not so. He who is least shall be greatest in the kingdom of God. Submission is an act of respect and reverence; willing submission is an act of pure love — your will above my will. Therefore only those who humbly submit to others love well. Those in positions of authority find it difficult to love and respect others. Tom Van Hoogen
Behold Your God Stooping to Serve You In the sublime and twofold consciousness, we see Him unexpectedly rising up from supper; and for what purpose? To appear in His dignity? To display the splendor of His divine glory? To constrain His disciples to bow the knee in the dust before Him? One might imagine so; but no, He has something very different in view. Look, what means that? He lays aside His upper garments, takes a towel and girds Himself with it; pours water into a basin, bends down to the feet of the disciples, and begins to wash them in their turn, then to wipe them with the towel. What a spectacle!… They are to Him the spiritual bride, clothed with the sun; for they stand before Him arrayed in the royal robe of His righteousness.

O great and significant symbol! O powerful exposition of the words, I came not to be ministered unto, but to minister! O important testimony to that which is of value in His kingdom, and to that which is not! O impressive condemnation of all selfishness and self-exaltation in the children of men! O deeply affecting commendation of humility and self-denial, as the characteristics of His children, and amiable and ennobling instance of that love, which ought to animate us!

F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
Constructing the Intangible with the Tangible? Theology is the science of religion, an intellectual attempt to systematise the consciousness of God. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Beware of Right Desires with Wrong Motives If you desire any good, however spiritual it may be, let it be desired in such a manner that you be not disquieted if it is not granted you. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
Jesus, The Key that Unlocks All Mysteries When once one believes in a creed, one is proud of its complexity, as scientists are proud of the complexity of science. It shows how rich it is in discoveries. If it is right at all, it is a compliment to say that it is elaborately right. A stick might fit a hole or a stone a hollow by accident. But a key and a lock are both complex. And it a key fits a lock, you know it is the right key. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Revealing Signs of the Times “In the morning of our fathers,” says Bishop Burnett, “when a person came early to the door of his neighbor, and desired to speak with the master of the house, it was as common a thing for the servants to tell him with freedom — “My master is at prayer,” as it is now to say, “My master is not up.” Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Peering Into the Tabernacle for Glimpses And while you are before the Lord, hold your heart in his presence. How? This you also do by faith. Yes, by faith you can hold your heart in the Lord’s presence. Now, waiting before him, turn all your attention toward your spirit. Do not allow your mind to wander. If your mind begins to wander, just turn your attention back again to the inward parts of your being. You will be free from wandering — free from any outward distractions — and you will be brought near to God. The Lord is found only within your spirit, and the recesses of your being, in the Holy of Holies; this is where he dwells. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ – circa 16800; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
He is the Standard, Not We We are right when, and only when, we stand in the right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position. Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Misplaced Pride of Death There was once a man who did not believe in resurrection. He was a very important person among a circle of atheists. After he died, the epitaph on his tombstone read: “Unbreakable tomb”. The tomb had been built with marble. Most surprisingly, that huge marble sarcophagus was one day split open. It so happened that an acorn had fallen into the crevice of the stones during construction. It gradually grew into a big oak tree, and eventually burst the tomb wide open. A tree has life, hence it can burst open a place of death. Life alone can conquer death. This is regeneration, this is resurrection. Watchman Nee – The Latent Power of the Soul, circa 1939, copyright 1972 by Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.

Destiny is Revealed in the Disposition of Your Daily Choices

“The great element in sin is defiance against God. There is a difference between sin and sins; sin is a disposition and is never spoken of as being forgiven; sins are acts for which we are responsible. Sin is a thing we are born with, and we cannot touch sin; God touches sin in Redemption. God never laid the sin of the human race on anybody but Himself, and in Redemption He has dealt with the disposition of sin. A man cannot be forgiven for what he is not to blame, but God holds a man responsible for refusing to receive a new heredity when he sees that Jesus Christ can give it to him. In the Cross of Jesus Christ, God redeemed the whole human race from the possibility of damnation through the heredity of sin†. If, when we realise that Jesus Christ came to deliver us from the wrong disposition by putting in a right one, we refuse to allow Him to do it, that is the moment when condemnation begins (John 3:19).” — Oswald Chambers

John 3:19-21 Reads in the Message

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They were for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted in denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”

Beloved, the condemnation and judgement is that Light has come into the world but men loved darkness. Men will be in hell not because of their sins but because of their not entering the Light and Truth, but hiding their foul and noxious deeds, preferring darkness.

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