A Walk “in” the Spirit

If you have just received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are to take a very unique walk (the rest of your life); you are to walk “in” the Spirit! What does that mean? What is involved? Walking in the Spirit is only possible for those who are His. In Romans 8:9, Paul’s inspired explanation tells us, “But ye are….”in” the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.” Then he adds a warning: “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” In other words, if we are born of the Spirit (salvation), we are “in” the Spirit; if we haven’t been born of the Spirit, We are still lost spiritually! To advance this discussion, if we are indeed “in” the Spirit, we are to walkin” Him. If we are going to do that, He will get us into the Word of God (the Word of Truth). This is how John puts it: “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth” (Scripture). (From John 16:13). He will also get the Word into us! As we learn from the Word, as we start understanding (that also is a working of the Spirit), as we apply and obey, we begin to grasp that God is speaking (and He has provided a record of every word that He wants us to read and hear, the Bible)! We will probably walk slowly at first. As we take in “milk,” meat,” and “water” from God’s Word, our strength and stamina (Spiritually speaking), will increase and we’ll walk quicker and longer. The hymn, “Stepping in the Light ” by Eliza E. Hewitt offers us musical insights about this walk:Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior, trying to follow our Savior and King; shaping our lives by His blessed example, happy, how happy, the songs that we bring. Pressing more closely to Him who is leading, when we are tempted to turn from the way; trusting the arm that is strong to defend us, happy, how happy, our praises each day. Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance, footsteps of faithfulness, mercy and love, looking to Him for the grace freely promised, happy, how happy, our journey above. Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior, upward, still upward, we’ll follow our Guide; when we shall see Him, “the King in His beauty,” happy, how happy, our place at His side. How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior, stepping in the light, stepping in the light; how beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior, led in paths of light.” Selah! If you have wandered off the path, the Holy Spirit shines the Light of God’s Word into your heart and mind, showing you the way to get back on track. He may have to teach you some lessons so that you will be more aware of the danger of going off on your own.    Ron
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Supplies and Conduct

Preparing for the journey, you’ll need water! First, water for drinking: “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). Second, water for cleansing: “….with the washing of water by the Word.” (From Ephesians 5:26). You’ll need bread: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.” (From John 6:51).  Also, milk: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2). In addition to milk, you’ll want a good “steak!” “….strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, (even) those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” From Hebrews 5:14).  You’ll need safety gear: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked (one). And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17). Don’t forget a means of communication: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” (From Ephesians 6:18). As to our conduct, let this charge prepare us for a close look tomorrow, God willing, at our behavior on the way home: “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (manner of living)” (I Peter 1:15). May our confidence be like that of Fanny Crosby’s! In her hymn: “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” she expressed it this way: “All the way my Savior leads me, what have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy,  Who through life has been my Guide? Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, here by faith in Him to dwell!  For I know, whate’er befall me,  Jesus doeth all things well; for I know, whate’er befall me,  Jesus doeth all things well. All the way my Savior leads me, cheers each winding path I tread, gives me grace for every trial, feeds me with the living Bread.  Though my weary steps may falter and my soul athirst may be, gushing from the Rock before me,  Lo! A spring of joy I see; gushing from the Rock before me,  Lo! A spring of joy I see. All the way my Savior leads me,  Oh, the fullness of His love!  Perfect rest to me is promised in my Father’s house above.  When my spirit, clothed immortal, wings its flight to realms of day this my song through endless ages:  Jesus led me all the way; this my song through endless ages:  Jesus led me all the way.”  Selah! How we are to behave here as His people on their way home, we hope to examine tomorrow. I hope you’ll join us!   Ron

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Orientation

If you have entered the “Strait Gate:” (Jesus), by receiving Him as your Lord and Savior, you have embarked on a journey that will take you all the way home to Heaven. Upon entering, you discover that all charges against you have been dropped. Jesus took your place and suffered the punishment due you. God has made you His own. You have been completely cleansed of all of sin’s defilement! Once through the gate, He begins to guide you and instruct you: In Isaiah 30:21, we are told: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Our response is to be: “Order my steps in Thy Word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” As you begin, however, there are some things you need to know. First, you don’t walk alone: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6), and “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in His way” (Psalm 37:23). Next, it is not all smooth sailing. Heed this warning: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith….” (From I Peter 5:8-9). Finally, with this orientation in mind, move out!  Alfred H. Ackley testifies in his hymn, “I Never Walk Alone,” to God’s unfailing Presence all our way home. He wrote: “I never walk alone, I have the Savior, who walks beside me every-where I go; my heart rejoices in His loving favor, and all who will His saving grace may know. I never walk alone in stormy weather, when winds of trouble sweep about my head; I know I’m safe, because we are together, and ’round me His protecting love is spread. I never walk alone, Christ walks beside me, He is the dearest Friend I’ve ever known, with such a Friend to comfort and  to guide me, I never, no, I never walk alone!” Selah! Your walk promises blessings and dangers, troubles and rescues, trials and learning, mistakes and corrections, falls and help up, defeats and triumphs. What an adventure! Hold His hand and press on!  Ron

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Entering the Narrow Gate

Any who have not received Jesus as Lord and Savior are walking away from God; they are walking in darkness! Many do not even know or believe they are doing this; others wonder (if they think about it at all) but ignore the problem. Jesus came to provide the one way of escape from this darkness. In John 12:46, He said, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness.” If any who are walking in darkness will come to Jesus and receive Him as their Lord and Savior, they will be freed from the wrong path they were following to eternal destruction. Jesus Himself is the narrow gate that leads to life. (John 14:6). However, the decision to reverse direction (repent) is a twofold one. We leave the old path and we must go through the gate (Jesus) to now move in the new direction. This is a very serious choice! If we go through that “gate,” there is no turning back! A genuine coming to Him means you and I have surrendered our lives to Him. We are going to “…. walk in newness of life.” (From Romans 6:4). We may get turned around and start to move back, we may get sidetracked, stumble or even stop in our tracks, but God will work on us; He will work in us to get us back on track. Once we truly come to Jesus, the narrow gate is locked and He will not unlock it. We have a wonderful assurance, beautifully expressed in Avis B. Christiansen’s hymn, “It Is Glory Just to Walk with Him,” in these words: “It is glory just to walk with Him Whose blood has ransomed me; it is rapture for my soul each day. It is joy divine to feel Him near where’er my path may be. Bless the Lord, it’s glory all the way! It is glory when the shadows fall, to know that He is near. Oh, what joy to simply trust and pray! It is glory to abide in Him when skies above are clear. yes, with Him, it’s glory all the way! ‘Twill be glory when I walk with Him on Heaven’s golden shore, never from His side again to stray. Twill be glory, wondrous glory with the Saviour evermore, everlasting glory all the way! It is glory just to walk with Him. It is glory just to walk with Him. He will guide my steps aright, thro’ the vale and o’er the height. it is glory just to walk with Him.” Selah! Once we start our walk as we come through the gate, we have started on the most amazing journey that anyone could ever take. We hope to point out some of what we will experience over the next few days, God willing.    Ron

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Two Gates

The Bible gives much space to the word: “Walk.” When Scripture does that, it means for us to give a lot of thought to it. When it speaks about our walk, it usually has to do with our journey through life. What about “gates?” Jesus, in Matthew 7:13-14, urged His listeners to, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide (is) the gate, and broad (is) the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait (is) the gate, and narrow (is) the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” We are born spiritually dead and our walk (our life) is headed in the wrong direction. The “wide gate” is behind us and locked and only One Person has the key! Add to that, the fact that we don’t even know we are headed wrong, until that Someone gets our attention. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof (are) the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). God’s people, using God’s Word, warn those “walking” in the wrong direction to turn around (repent!) and go the other way. The few who do, find the gate behind them has been unlocked and the gate to the narrow way is open and the “welcome mat” is right in front of it. If they enter that gate, it is locked behind them and only will be opened at the entrance of Heaven. What it means to truly enter that gate will occupy our thoughts tomorrow, God willing. If any reader is still on the wrong path, this article is one of the warnings to turn around. What is your answer to the question that Fanny Crosby asks in the first stanza of her hymn, “Jesus Is Tenderly Calling?” This is what she asks (and through her, God asks): “Jesus is tenderly calling thee home, calling today, calling today; why from the sunshine of love wilt thou roam farther and farther away?” Selah! If you have already left the wrong way and are walking in the opposite direction, Praise God! If you haven’t, why risk another moment; this opportunity to change could be the last one you’ll ever have?    Ron

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Learning Through Lesson Practice

Learning Through Lesson Practice – Guest Article – By Dr. A. W. Tozer – 8/13/1

The school into which we Christians are introduced furnishes many lessons, all taught by the wisest of all teachers; but everything depends upon how we respond to them. Unfortunately many of us learn little and soon forget what little we may have learned. We can hear great preaching, as Demas heard Paul, without profit; we can meet saintly Christians without becoming stimulated to seek to live holier lives; we can see miraculous answers to prayer and be none the better for it. The providential circumstances set up the lessons; the Teacher is wise and patient; only the disciple fails to profit.

A child who through negligence learns nothing in school is guilty of practicing serious waste. He is wasting the money furnished by his parents or the taxpayers, and the gifts and energies of everyone associated with the effort to teach him are wasted as well. And much the same thing may be said of the dullard Christian. He is wasting the painstaking efforts of every pastor or teacher who tries to help him.

There have been a few noble souls who have managed to break through into a place of great spiritual power and purity with scarcely anyone to help them and with but the scantiest educational equipment to assist them in their search for God and holy things. Ought we not to be ashamed who are surrounded with such a wealth of aids and still learn so little?

And how much suffering is wasted on us. Chastisement is a stern teacher, but there are great riches to be gained in her school. It is critically important that we enter that school with humble hearts and open minds.

Yes, it is possible to go through school without learning anything. For all of us the final bell will ring soon. We had better do some hard studying before that time comes.

Verse

And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.” (Deuteronomy 5:1).

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Success While Failing

Imagine a church being successful but failing. How can it fail, if it’s successful? Let me ask a question. What constitutes success for a church? Lots of members? Great programs and music? Being financially sound? Respected in the area? Interesting activities? Wholesome entertainment? Or, none of the above? While things like these may be all right to a point, they do not constitute “success” for a church. In Revelation 3:17, Jesus spoke to a church that many would consider successful. Jesus revealed their thoughts about their church: “….thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing...”  Then Jesus exposed their failure. He said they didn’t know that: “….thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Then He counseled them about true success in verses 18-19: “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and (that) the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” What would that “gold” look like today? What would real success look like? Reaching out and urging people to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord; a burden for World Missions; really discipling those who come to Jesus, grounding them in Scripture and in a personal relationship with the Lord; worship and praise; thanksgiving and true prayer; these are “Spiritual gold.” Let the church that desires true success pray and purpose: “Lord, as of old at Pentecost, Thou didst Thy power display, with cleansing purifying flame, descend on us today. For mighty works for Thee, prepare and strengthen every heart; come, take possession of Thine own and nevermore depart. All self consume, all sin destroy! With earnest zeal endue each waiting heart to work for Thee; O Lord, our faith renew! Speak, Lord! before Thy throne we wait, Thy promise we believe, and will not let Thee go until the blessing we receive. Lord, send the old-time power, the Pentecostal power! Thy floodgates of blessing on us throw open wide! Lord send the old-time power. the Pentecostal power. That sinners be converted and Thy name glorified!” (“Pentecostal Power“- By Chas. H. Gabriel). Selah! Worldly methods may bring worldly success; God’s ways brings Spiritual success.   Ron

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