Archive for February, 2012
God’s people are doubly his children, they are his offspring by creation, and they are his sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call him, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Father! Oh, what precious word is that. Here is authority: “If I be a Father, where is mine honour?” If ye be sons, where is your obedience? Here is affection mingled with authority; an authority which does not provoke rebellion; an obedience demanded which is most cheerfully rendered-which would not be withheld even if it might. The obedience which God’s children yield to him must be More >
We are studying Philippians 3: 1 – 11. Today focus your attention on 3:3 – 6.
Circumcision was a sacred practice for the Jewish people. God established that covenant sign in Genesis 17 with Abraham. It was physical. It marked the males as belonging to the people of God. It was to be the physical evidence that marked a people surrendered to the will of God – committed to fulfilling His purposes for them. It was never meant to be a sign devoid of its meaning. And yet it became just that.
Even in the Old Testament, God clarified the real More >
In Matthew 26:43-44, again Jesus came and found Peter, James, and John sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done,” once more.
Man’s strength can only go so far and here it proves it is not very far at all. We have the desire to do great things for God but our flesh holds us back constantly. It is very discouraging. It helps to know that even the greatest apostles went through the same things that More >