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>> The Heresy of Niceness.

This is a must see. The danger of being careful about Christian Image.

Click here for the video clip of Rebecca Pippert speaking on the Subject: "The Heresy of Niceness."

Ananias and Sapphira secretly indulged in carefulness about their Christian 'image'.

They died in the presence of the transparent power of the Lord (because of their lie), in the midst of his resurrection empowered Church. [Acts 5:1-10.]

Because of Spirit dryness in the Church today, all Image judgment if not expedited here, will not fail the spot light at the finish line, and the process of rewards accounting on that day. No fake enters there.

Every believer that has a fierce struggle with sin and acknowledges such before the Lord in a genuine fight to win through with him, without the projection of false image will be perfected and "overcome at the last" [Genesis 49:19.] Praise the Lord!

* THINKING IT OVER. *

Psalm 92:5 (KJV)
"O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy  thoughts are very deep."


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Wednesday 5th. November  

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Wednesday 12th. November 2014.

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Saturday 15th. November 2014.

>> Second TIO Extension.

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>> The following is number 49 in this series, and all has sprung out from the restoration of the Temple in the book of Ezra. In particular all up to this stage has stemmned from the laying of the foundation, Ezra 3:10-13. And now the war begins against all that may be built upon this foundation to contain the Glory of God.

 Philippians 2:7. 

"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:"

>> To Build the House of the Lord 49. <<

Having considered the wonder that Jesus "took upon him the form of a servant" the next aspect of this wonderful Lord of Heaven and Earth who came to the Earth in disguise is.... "And was made in the likeness of men". What! "The Word" [John 1:1.] and maker of Heaven and Earth submitted himself to be "made in the likeness of men"?

|| The Great Humility. ||

Not just "men" but in the likeness of fallen "men"! What a demeaning position for the son of God! We read further in the book of truth - God sent - ".... his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin condemned sin in the flesh" [Romans 8:3.]

The outer adorning of Jesus was the "likeness of sinful flesh". How humbling for the divine purity of Heavens Lord! The spectacular glory of Heaven's throne housed in the "likeness of sinful flesh". This, because of redeeming love for Adam's race. This, because Jesus loves you! 

As mentioned in the previous TIO Jesus took upon himself the adornment and appearance of a "slave". A slave is never presented in glorious apparel and any outward show of grandeur. 

The position of a "slave" (servant) is never one of elevated grandeur but one of humble obedience; hence, (in the next verse) the following inspired writ by Paul..... "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." [Philippians 2:8.]

In the house of the Lord there is no place for any grand outward presentation of God's servants. "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." [2 Corinthians 4:7.]

Jesus alone is worthy to receive all glory and blessing; so say the angels...... "Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." [Revelation 5:12.]

|| Exhibition of Man or the Lord? ||

There is no place for the exaltation of man in the house of the Lord in the face of the incredible "slave" humility of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the glory house of man, men love to strut their excellence and shine their attributes, grand titles and accreditations of their name but that should not be found on exhibition in the house of the Lord otherwise he will vacate such a house! And that is exactly what happened to the early Church and declared by Jesus in no uncertain terms to John on the isle of Patmos. [Revelation chapters 1-3.]

Indeed it is a beautiful recognition that Peter gave to Paul concerning the authentication of his writings as being inspired. Concerning this very grave and important matter Peter commended Paul with the following words - ".... even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;" [2 Peter 3:15.] Such an important and weighty statement concerning the veracity of Paul's writings and yet there is no ramping up his achievements or qualifications or dazzling accreditations to his name just simply and beautifully - "... our beloved brother Paul".

|| Spiritual Power. ||

Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church which loved the praise of men and qualifications and warned them that he would not know the talk of them that were "puffed up but the power". [1 Corinthians 4:19.]

The power of the Lord and the performance of his work through a servant is the only recommendation. He also spoke about the danger of those that trust in the prestige of their person and commend one another and "compare themselves among themselves". [2 Corinthians 10:12.] Entering by the "door" in the work of the Lord is absolutely vital. That is a powerful recommendation. Jesus said - "I am the door" and also - "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." [John 10:1,9.] Power that can only be attached to the obvious work of the Lord is confirmation that a servant is truly a servant of the Lord and has come by the "door".

Yes there is much that man can do by the power of money and sheer hard work and organisation and yet be empty of true spiritual impact. That was the continual phrase of the Lord to the apostate Churches of Revelation - "I know thy works". [Revelation 2:2,9,13,19. 3:1,8,15.]

|| Man Power or Resurrection Power? ||

Christians are the busiest people on earth with the fundamental idea of doing good to and for mankind, but one of the foundation principles of salvation and God's will is "repentance from dead works". [Hebrews 6:1.] Dead works are those good, intentional and so called Christian works that don't have any component of the resurrection life of Christ.

What is the answer to you and I being a servant of the Lord and seeing his wonderful work amongst sinners and saints?

The answer is simply the great calling and passion of Paul -

"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;" [Philippians 3:17-10.]

The Lord help us not to become weary of his searchings and corrections in all his dealings of being conformed to his image.

 Click Here: Michael W. Smith - I'll lead you home.

                                              Click Here: Alternative Song - Four days late.

                                              Click Here: Alternative Song - Take me back

The Lord Bless. He does the Best. As by faith in him we Rest.

Grant.

growing walnuts

TIO Nutshell Thought.

The mind of Christ in a "nut shell" is humbleness that accepted to be "made in the likeness of men": Not noble men but fallen men!

Look, listen and enjoy the much loved Gospel singer of Chicago - Jessy Dixon singing - "Gone". This song is about the resurrection of Christ and his glorious triumph over the grave.

Jessy went home to be with the Lord in 2011 at the age of 73.

Notice the expressions on the faces, and the tears, at the thrill of this Glorious truth of the song.

Click Here for the video song clip and JOY - "Gone"

>> Special Inclusion <<

A must experience interview with Russ Taff.

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Russ sings the beautiful song - "Praise the Lord."

>> Click here for song <<

**Special Inclusion **

A very precious encouragement from Paul Washer.

>> Click here <<

Marriage incompatibilities are the express purpose and blessing of God.

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"Pastors and the Church Part 4."

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Glorious Word at His feet. | Print |  E-mail
Written by Grant Hayman   

** Words Of Life. **

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(Tuesday 29th. October 2013.)

"...........They sit down at Your feet; Everyone shall receive of thy words". [Deuteronomy 33:3.]

THINKING IT OVER:

* Glorious Word at His feet. *

These words of Moses are given to the children of Israel just before his death and the standing in of Joshua to lead the people over the Jordan river and into the Promised Land. Moses, in the following words of this chapter is pronouncing upon the people, blessing that they are about to enter into. These projected or prophesied blessings are the direct result of ..... sitting at the Lord's feet and Receiving his Word. In that special home where Jesus loved to visit, Mary sat at Jesus feet hearing his Word. There is wonderful blessing as we sit at the Lord's feet and receive his Word. Sitting at the feet of the Lord is the humble position required to receive blessing from the Word of God. James said ... "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." [James 1:21] 

The Lord is able to engraft his living Word so that it becomes part of us and quickens us with His Life if we come humbly at his feet. "Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off." [Psalm 138:6.] How close are you to the Lord? Do you love to listen to him? Mary loved to sit at Jesus feet and hear his Word; Jesus said that Mary deliberately chose that "good part". This is where good things Happen. There is no better place to be! We behold "as in a glass the Glory of the Lord" in his Word sitting at his feet. - "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." [2 corinthians 3:18.]

We see Mary again at the grave side of her brother Lazarus, and again she is the one who "fell down at his feet" [John 11:32.] but this time it is in expression of all her heart for her brother who has died. This family experienced resurrection Life because there was a receiving of the Word of God with meekness and lowliness of mind and there was a yielded and open heart towards the Lord in everything. This family experienced sorrow being turned into unspeakable joy - Life from the dead.

If we want to experience resurrection Life in our homes, in our marriage and in our Church, then we need like Mary to fall at his feet, pour out our hearts to him, receive his Word and follow him. If we want unspeakable joy of the Lord's goodness and power, then have we chosen that 'good part' of sitting at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ and receiving his Word with an open and lowly heart? Jesus said to Martha that if she believed she would see the Glory of God. Though Martha was as Jesus said ... "careful and troubled about many things" and "one thing is needful" [Luke 10:41-42] yet Martha also heard the Word of God and benefited as Jesus spoke to Mary! The Glory of God does not fail to come to those who rejoice in the Word of God and deliberately choose to spend time and heart there. Just as in our text - those who sat at the Lord's feet and received the Word of God, entered into the Promised Land "flowing with milk and honey" of the great purposes, goodness and blessing of God.

God Bless.
 
 

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