Kamis, 25 Agustus 2016

Two Made One

Two Made One
“Do you not know that he who is joined
to a harlot is one body with her? For ‘the two,’
He says, ‘shall become one flesh.’ But he who is
joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”
-1 CORINTHIANS 6:16,17

One theme that constantly appears in Scripture is the believer’s spiritual union with Christ. This joining together is perfectly pictured in the illustration of the Ekklesia as the Bride of Christ. When Paul wished to encourage the Corinthians to “flee fornication,” he made a similar analogy but from a very different perspective.

The physical joining together of man and woman, whether in marriage or outside of marriage, has the effect of making them one flesh. Spiritually speaking, the Bride of Christ is joined to the Lord and is now one spirit with Him. This is an admittedly difficult point to get across – even Paul said this is a great mystery, and you do not usually find him to be at a loss for words when it comes to explaining something.

Source: "The Irresistible Kingdom"  by Chip Brogden
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Enjoy the Journey


Enjoy the Journey

When you first embark on a journey, there is the excitement and expectation of what lies ahead. However, as you continue, it is easy to become discouraged or disillusioned with the journey when it does not match your expectations. My child, I call you today to throw away every expectation of what you think your life with me should be like, and embrace your journey with me each in every day for the blessings and challenges that it holds.
You may not know the steps that you are taking next, but rest in the knowledge that I do. For the plans that I have for you are good, and are to give you hope and a future.
I have ordered each and every step that you will walk, every mountain that you will climb, and every river that you must cross. I know the challenges that you will face, and also the places of rest that you need to stop to be strengthened and refreshed in my presence. Do not try to figure out my plan, but trust me in where I am leading you. Take my hand and let us walk this journey and enjoy every moment and each and every step that we take together.

Put on your Armor


Put on your Armor

My child, as I have called you as a warrior in my kingdom, I have not left you without any armor or weapons, or have left you defenseless against the enemy. I have given you armor that will not rust, and a sword that is sharp and has the ability to defeat any foe that dares come upon you. However, it is on you to actually put on your armor and to pick up your sword, to pick up the weapons of warfare, that I have given to you.
You see, I have never meant for you to walk on the battlefield unarmed. Take the time to recognize all that I have given you. Know that I have given you all that you need to stand victorious and to defeat every single plan on the enemy. So, go forth onto that battlefield with boldness and fight as the warrior that I have called you to be.

Will He Find Faith?

Will He Find Faith?
“When the Son of Man comes,
will He really find faith on the earth?”
LUKE 18:8

This is perhaps one of the most intriguing questions Jesus ever put forth – from a human perspective it almost sounds as if He wonders about it Himself. There is no doubt that He will perform what He has promised to us; but will we perform what we have promised to Him? Can we patiently wait for Him to fulfill His Word, no matter how long it takes?

Rest assured that, “Now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11). Two thousand years after His promise we are even closer to its fulfillment.

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Senin, 22 Agustus 2016

An Anointed Head

An Anointed Head
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.”
-PSALM 23:1,5

An anointed head and a cup that runs over – this is the hallmark of the Christian. An anointed head exudes a heavenly fragrance that sets us apart from the world, even though we walk about in it daily. It is bearing the Testimony of Jesus that witnesses of a heavenly reality that is quite distinct from the earthly fact. The cup that runs over means we have an ample supply of the Life of the Lord. If we can contain ourselves then we have yet to touch the Lord. For once we have indeed touched the Lord we will overflow. We will not be able to contain Him.

All who walk with the Shepherd should experience Infinite Supply: a never-ending flow of the Life, Light, and Love of the Lord Jesus Himself. This is the normal Christian life, and it is God’s provision for every disciple.

Source: "Lord of All"  by Chip Brogden
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Minggu, 21 Agustus 2016

You Will Never Be Alone


You Will Never Be Alone

I am right here by your side. I will never leave you nor forsake you, so when you feel alone, just close your eyes and know that I am here with you.
My voice is gentle and I will speak from within you. As you go about your day, child, simply listen for my voice and you will get used to the sound of my voice. You will discover that I am always giving you direction, that I am always here with wisdom.
I know every problem that is in your heart. I know all your fears and what you stay up worrying about. I know your joys and everything that goes on inside of you. I also know the answers to your problems. I have the power to overcome your fears and I can take on every burden you have so that you do not carry them on your own.
So then, stop to hear my voice. Tap into the power that is inside of you, child. For indeed, I will withhold no answer, no solution, no love and acceptance from you. I am here so that you may never be alone.

Comprehending Christ

Comprehending Christ
“Be strengthened with might through His Spirit
in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts
through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints
what is the width and length and depth and height.”
-EPHESIANS 3:16-18

We have to come to know the breadth, length, depth, and height of HIM, and may I say that we will never come to the end of Him. But we do not search for anything as if we do not have it, nor do we hope to gain some new thing, for what we call “new” is simply that which has been seen for the first time. Thus, revelation is critical, for it unveils what we already have. Having the Son, we have All.

Source: "Lord of All"  by Chip Brogden
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