Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Human, Divine, Sinless

As the graft receives life when united to the vine, so the sinner partakes of the divine nature when connected to Christ.

Man was formed in the likeness of God.  His nature was in harmony with the will of God.

"If a man love me,' Christ said, 'he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.'  John 14:23.  The spell of a stronger, a perfect mind will be over us for we have a living connection with the source of all-enduring strength.  In our divine life, we shall be brought into captivity to Jesus Christ.  We shall no longer live the common life of selfishness, but Christ will live in us.

The term 'human nature' can apply to either the sinless (before sin) nature or the 'born-again' nature.  It can also apply to the 'sinful-nature' according to the context in which it is used.

Don't you want to receive a nature in harmony with the will of God.  I do.  Read John 14:23 again and see what you have been promised.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Human Nature of Man

Human, Natural, Sinful

When man transgressed the Divine law, his nature became evil, and he was in harmony, and not at variance, with Satan.  There exists naturally no enmity (hatred) between sinful man and the originator of sin.  Both became evil through apostasy.

The Bible destroys the natural, earthly nature, and imparts a new life in Christ Jesus.  The Holy Spirit comes to the soul as a Comforter.  By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature.

Should Adam and Eve once yield to temptation, their nature would become so depraved that in themselves they would have no power, and no disposition to resist Satan.

While Adam was created sinless, in the likeness of God, Seth, like Cain, inherited the fallen nature of his parents.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, --it could not justify man because in his sinful nature he could not keep the law.

Because the Bible destroys the natural, earthly nature, let's study its pages and allow the Holy Spirit, the Comforter to come in and transform us.  Grandma Joan


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Will Power

What is Will Power?

As you confess before men and women your confidence in the Lord, additional strength is imparted to you.  Determine to praise Him.  With firm determination comes increased willpower.

There is nothing harder for those who possess a strong will than to give up their own way and submit to the judgment of others.

Perseverance, determination, steadfastness reveal willpower and are a blessing when used for the right purpose.

Let's use Perseverance, determination, steadfastness as a blessing for ourselves and others.  Grandma Joan.

Also taken from 'His robe or mine'.

Power of the Will

Without freedom of choice, man's obedience would not have been voluntary, but forced.  There could have been no development of character.

Many are inquiring, 'How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?....What you need to understand is the true force of the will.  This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice.

The will is the governing power in the nature of man, bringing all the other faculties under its sway.  The will is not the taste or the inclination, but it is the deciding power which works in the children of men unto obedience to God or unto disobedience.

We need to be made willing to be made willing.  A favorite quote of mine from Steps to Christ.  I don't recall the page.  Grandma Joan

PS.  Taken from 'His Robe or Mine' p. 146

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Beholding the Lamb of God

Beholding the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world, he finds the peace of Christ, for pardon is written against his name, and he accepts the word of God, 'ye are complete in Him.  Colossians 2:10  How hard is it for humanity, long accustomed to cherish doubt, to grasp this great truth.  But what peace it brings to the soul, what vital life!  In looking to ourselves for righteousness by which to find acceptance with God, we look to the wrong place, 'for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23.We are to look to Jesus, for 'we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory o the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory' 2 Corinthians 3:18.  You are to find your completeness by beholding the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.

Are you encouraged by these Bible thoughts, I truly am and I thank God that we can be saved by Beholding the Lamb of God through the study of His word and prayer and letting Him soften our hearts to be filled with love for all people cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly as the song says.  Grandma Joan.

PS  I have been breaking bones and just broke a rib yesterday on top of vertebrae that I've been

 trying to heal.  If it's in your heart to pray for me I would really appreciate it.  The pain is terrible!!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I'm still here------

Have been having some severe health problems.  I want to blog but my body doesn't agree with my wants.  I am going to try to leave some thoughts each day to help each of us on our journey to the kingdom.  They won't be long but be short and helpful so bear with me.  I'm in terrible pain with broken vertebrae and sometimes ribs, but the vertebrae are the worst, it radiates clear across my back so if anyone would like to pray for me I would really appreciate it.

Our first work is with the heart!

As the leaven, when mingled with the meal, works from within outward, so it is by the renewing of the heart that the grace of God works to transform the life.  No mere external change is sufficient to bring us into harmony with God.  There are many who try to reform by correcting this or that bad habit, and they hope in this way to become Christians, but they are beginning in the wrong place.  Our first work is with the heart.

This has really helped me in my journey and I hope it helps you.  It's so important to have our hearts purified from all sin.  Grandma Joan