Worthy is the LAMB+... worthy is the LAMB+... worthy is the LAMB+ that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing! Blessing and honor and glory and power be unto HIM that sitteth on the throne and unto The LAMB+ for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Part 2.... The SIGN of the CROSS ... in the Inner Man
Drawing by The ORDER of the GOOD SHEPHERD+
Part 2 of Byron Miller's Message, Wellspring Mennonite Church,Athens, Tn
is in control ?
Selfwill rationalize, it will deceive, it
will twist facts.
It will convince us that something is a "GOD-given
How many times have we
expressed that, or felt that, or heard that ?
It is " a GOD-given right," we affirm ....
in order for Self to
retain that place in our heart.
As long as we look at things from our own
perspective --- and not FROM GOD'S perspective --- that will be our mind-set.
Self on the Throne asks, "Will GOD
punish me if I do that?" or "What is wrong with this ?" That is
a pretty popular one: I am sure we have all heard that one and we have probably
all said that, from time to time.
Well, What is wrong with those sentiments,
with those statements ?
The reality is, we should rather be saying,
"Will this honor CHRIST, my Master ?
" Am I the focus in my life ...or is CHRIST?
Instead, we say, "How will CHRIST enhance or make my life better ?"
--- or perhaps --- "How will CHRIST help me?"
Now, not that HE+will not, not
that CHRISTdoes not, make our life better; yes, and we praise
the LORD for that.
But... is "making my life easier or more
comfortable" to be my focus, rather than building Christ's Kingdom?
What can I do to honor my LORD and my GOD ?
That should be my focus, our focus.
Too many times, though, we view the Christian
life as, "What is it doing for me ? " rather than, "What can I
do for The LORD ? " How can I honor Him+ and build His+ Kingdom ?
In Philippians 2.... starting in verse 5
Let this mind be in you, which was
also in CHRIST JESUS:
Who+, being in the form of GOD, thought it not robbery to be equal with
GOD: But made HIMSELF+ of no reputation, and took upon HIM+ the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, HE+ humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the
death of the CROSS.
While here on this earth, JESUS' ministry and
His+ life-focus and everything that encompassed His+ Ministry here, was
engulfed ... was consumed ... with
putting forward GOD'S kingdom.
His+ focus was not on His+ own comforts.
not all about "him," humanly-speaking.
HE+ was not Self-centered, not
even focused on His+ soon return to Heaven with all its glories and all its
HE+ said to one would-be follower, "I do
not even have a rock to lay My+ head on." And HE+ was the Creator of it all
Now, can we get that mind-set,
can we grasp
how EMPTY of SelfHE+ was ?
Oh Heavenly FATHER...
How far I have strayed from the straight and narrow path, that for me to live is to empty my Self into Thy hands, unto Thy Will, for Thy good pleasure !
O LORD, help me not to be like those foolish maidens , so nonchalant about their coming LORD and Bridegroom.
Grant me the unction to sit quietly before THEE, to listen for Thy Word, to abide in stillness with THEE as my Beloved.
Show me, O LORD, how to empty my Self and live unto CHRIST.
How I long to see His+ Face !
Through the merits of Thy Beloved SON+, Our LORD and SAVIOR , JESUS the CHRIST, I pray.