True and False Apostles

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother. (1:1)

Paul is writing with tremendous spiritual authority. He is writing as an ‘apostle’, literally, ‘a sent one’ of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ actually sent Paul out by divine revelation. Paul has learned to know the voice of the Lord, and the Lord has entrusted Paul with a lot of responsibilty. Paul is not an apostle because he wanted to be, but because God chose him to be. It was the will of God.

Confessions on Joy and Rejoicing

Jesus told me to abide in Him so that His joy may be in me and that my joy may be full. Jn 15.11

My sorrow will be turned into joy. Jn 16.20

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Ps 30.5

My heart will rejoice, and my joy no one will take from me. Jn 16.22

I ask and I shall receive, that my joy may be full. Jn 16.24

For Yah, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy I will draw water from the wells of salvation. The joy of the Lord is my strength. Therefore God is my joy and my strength.

In Jesus Christ

I am not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, because the Spirit of Christ dwells in me. (Romans 8)

In Him I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (Ephesians 1:7)

God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

I am chosen in Him to be holy and without blame before Him in love. (Ephesians 1:4)

In Him I have also obtained an inheritance. (Ephesians 1:11)

Confessions about Power

I have received power now that the Holy Spirit has come upon me, and I shall be a witness of Christ. Acts 1.8

I wait on God until I am clothed with power from on high. Lk 24.49

Power belongs to God. Ps 62.11

The power of the Holy Spirit is not my own power. Acts 3.12

My speech and my preaching are not with the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that our faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1Cor 2.4 2.5

The message of the cross is the power of God to us who are being saved.

Spiritual Fullness Confessions

I am commanded by God to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Eph 5.18

I hunger and thirst for righteousness, and I am filled. Mt 5.6

I believe that God grants me, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may actually dwell in my heart through faith. Eph 3.16 3.17

Being rooted and grounded in love I may be able to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Eph 3.18

Even when full I thirst for more of God and I come to Jesus and drink.

Prayer – Section II

1. To pray does not imply that without prayer God would not give us anything or that He would be unaware of our needs, but it has this great advantage, that in the attitude of prayer the soul is best fitted to receive the Giver of blessing as well as those blessings He desires to bestow. Thus it was that the fullness of the Spirit was not poured out upon the Apostles on the first day, but after ten days of special preparation.

If a blessing were conferred upon one without a special readiness for it, he would neither value it sufficiently nor long retain it.

The Cross and the Mystery of Suffering – Part II

1. In the bitter cold of winter the trees stand bare of leaves, and it seems as if their life, too, had departed for ever, yet in the spring time they put forth new leaves and beautiful flowers, and the fruit begins to show itself. So was it with Me in My crucifixion and resurrection, and so it is with my faithful cross-bearers (2 Cor. iv.8-11; vi.4-10). Though they seem to be crushed and dead beneath their cross they still put forth the beautiful flowers and glorious fruits of eternal life which abide for ever.

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Heaven and Hell – Section II – At the Master’s Feet

The Disciple,—Master, some people say that the comfort and joy that believers experience are simply the outcome of their own thoughts and ideas. Is this true?

The Master,—1. That comfort and abiding peace which believers have within themselves is due to My presence in their hearts, and to the life-giving influence of the fullness of the Holy Spirit. As for those who say that this spiritual joy is the result only of the thoughts of the heart, they are like a foolish man who was blind from his birth, and who in the winter time used to sit out in the sunshine to warm himself.

 

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