Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE BELIEVER AND HIS PRAYER LIFE V
(Looking In Prayer)
5.THE SANCTIFYING LOOK – The Apostle Paul writing and exhorting the the Thessaloninan church said, in 1st Thessalonian 5:23, ” And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and sould and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.“ Sanctification is the gradual “putting off” of the “old man” and the “putting on” of the “new man”! We have this exhortation in Ephesians 4:22-24, “ ….. that ye put off the concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is crated in righteousness and true holiness.” Yes, the work of sanctification can partly be achieved on our knees in prayer. 2nd Chronicles 7:14 exhorts saints to engage themselves in that “putting off” of sin in repentance. ” If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sins, and heal their land.”
6.THE SHINING LOOK- In Psalm 34:5 we read, “They looked unto him, and were lightened : and their faces were not ashamed.” This verse applies to both the lightening of our burdens, as well as the spiritual brightening of our appearance. When we take our burdens to the Lord and leave them there, as the gospel song states, our souls will be “enlightened”, which an appropriate word for “lightened”. This “shining” and “lightening” of our lives comes from time invested alone in God’s presence, apart from all other human contact. The Scripture declares that when Moses came down from Mt.Sinai after 40 days alone in God’s presence that ” Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him (God).” And this change in Moses’ appearance was keenly noticed by the children of Israel for we read in Exodus 34:35, “ And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone….”
7.THE SATISFYING LOOK- Psalm 17:15 reads, ” As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.” While this complete look of satisfaction, awaits the believer’s advent to glory on the Rapture of the saints in the air, there is a spiritual satisfaction that fills the believer’s soul after we invested time in God’s presence. Relived of our burdens, and filled with His peace and satisfaction, we go forth to joyfully serve the Lord.
When Christ was preparing to return to Heaven to His Father’s throne, he spoke to His Heavenly Father in Act 2:28, saying, ” Thou has made known unto me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.” Christ looked forward to that moment when the fullness of joy would saturate His soul as He observed the Father’s smiling face upon His return to Glory. This approving look from God the Father should be the believer’s anticipation.
Dear believer, ” If God is not first in your thoughts in the morning, He will be in the last place, the remainder of the day.”
to be continued………………………
From The Staff of Peoples Gospel Hour
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.