Saturday, February 17, 2018

Be Transformed Through Secret Prayer

Be Transformed Through Secret Prayer

Psalm 46:10  "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Habakkuk 2:10  "The Lord is in His holy temple.  Let all the earth keep silence before Him."

Matthew 6:6  "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."

Prayer is a necessity; for it is the life of the soul.  Family prayer, public prayer, have their place; but it is secret communion with God that sustains the soul life.

You will receive more strength by spending one hour each day in meditation, and mourning over your failings and heart-corruptions, and pleading for God's pardoning love, and the assurance of sins forgiven, than you would by spending many hours and days in studying the most able authors, and making yourself acquainted with every objection to our faith, and the most powerful evidences in favor of our faith.

When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God.  He bids us, 'Be still and know that I am God.'  Ps. 46:10.  Here alone can true rest be found.  And this is the effectual preparation for all who labor for God.  Amid the hurrying throng, and the strain of life's intense activities, the soul that is thus refreshed will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace.  The life will breathe out fragrance, and will reveal a divine power that will reach men's hearts.

How shall this victory over the world be obtained?  Go to your closet, dear reader, and there plead with God: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."  Be in earnest; be sincere; Jacob-like, wrestle in prayer.  Do not leave your closet until you feel strong in God.  Remain until unutterable longings for salvation are awakened in your heart, and the sweet evidence is obtained of pardoned sin.  Then when you leave your closet, watch; and so long as you watch and pray, the grace of God will appear in your life.

In no case neglect secret prayer; for it is the soul of religion. If you expect salvation, you must pray.  Take time.  Be not hurried and careless in your prayers.  Intercede with God to  work in you a thorough reformation, that the fruits of the Spirit may dwell in you, and that , by your godly life you may shine as a light in the world.  When you sincerely feel that without the help of God you perish when you pant after Him as the hart pants  after the water-brooks, then will the Lord strengthen you speedily, and you will have that peace that passes understanding.

Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God.  They are in too great haste.  With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ's loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel.  They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher.  With their burdens they return to their work.

These workers can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength. They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for a renewal of physical, mental an spiritual power.  They need the uplifting influence of His Spirit.  Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh life.  The wearied  frame and tired brain will be refreshed, the burdened heart will be lightened.

Let's learn the secret of spiritual strength and the blessing of real communion with God.  So important for a close walk with God.  I want a closer walk with God, don't you?  Let's strive for that kind of closeness with God.  OK?  Grandma Joan

Friday, February 16, 2018

Be Transformed Through Receiving God's Word

Be Transformed Through Receiving God's Word

Psalm 119: 11  "Your word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You."

John 17:17  "Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth."

John 8:32  "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Romans 10:17  "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Romans 12:2  "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

2 Corinthians 3:18  "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory, of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from gory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."

The Scriptures are the great agency in the transformation of character.  Christ prayed, "Sanctify the through Thy truth, Thy word is truth."  If studied and obeyed, the word of God works in the heart, subduing every unholy attribute.  The Holy Spirit comes to convict of sin, and the faith that springs up in the heart works by love to Christ, conforming us in body, soul, and spirit to His own image.  Then God can use us to do His will.  The power given us works from within outwardly, leading us to communicate to others the truth that has been communicated to us.

Received into the heart, the leaven of truth will regulate the desires, purify the thoughts, and sweeten the disposition.  It quickens the faculties of the mind and the energies of the soul.  It enlarges the capacity for feeling, for loving.

The  purity, the holiness, of the life of Jesus as presented from the Word of God, possess more power to reform and transform the character then do all the efforts put forth in picturing the sins and crimes of men and the sure results.  One steadfast look to the Savior uplifted upon the cross will do more to purify the mind and heart fro every defilement than will all the scientific explanations by the ablest tongue.

The Bible is the storehouse that supplies their souls with nourishing food.  They meditate upon the incarnation of Christ, they contemplate the great sacrifice made to save them from perdition, to bring in pardon, peace and everlasting righteousness.  The soul is aglow with these grand and elevating themes.  Holiness and truth, grace and righteousness, occupy the thoughts.  Self dies, and  Christ lives in His servants.  In contemplation  of the work their hearts burn within them as did the hearts of the two disciples while they went to Emmaus and Christ walked with them by the way and opened to them the scriptures concerning Himself.

The work of transformation from unholiness to holiness is a continuous work.  Day by day God labors for man's sanctification, and man is to cooperate with Him by putting forth persevering efforts in the cultivation of right habits.  The way in which we are to work out our own salvation is plainly specified in the first chapter of Second Peter.  Constantly we are to add grace to grace, and as we do this, God will work for us upon plan of multiplication.  He is always ready to hear and answer the prayer of the contrite heart, and grace and peace are multiplied to his faithful ones.  Gladly he grants them the blessings that they need in their struggle against the evils that beset them.  Those who listen to the counsels of his Word shall not want any good things.

All I can add to this is that it really works.  Don't give up, as the days and weeks go by you will notice changes in your life and it will be most welcome.  You will be so thankful that you didn't give up on your walk with God.  Grandma Joan




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Receive Pardon And Christ's Righteousness

Receive Pardon And Christ's Righteousness

Romans 5:1  "Therefore, having been justified by faitih, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."

Romans 5:19 "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous."

2 Corinthians 5:21  "For He made Him sho knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

What is justification by faith?  It is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust, and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself.  When men see their own nothingness, they are prepared to be clothed with the righteousness of Christ."

The thought that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, not because of any merit on our part, but as a free gift from God, is a precious thought.  The enemy of God and man is not willing that this truth should be clearly  presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power will be broken.

It was possible for Adam, before the fall, to form a righteous character by obedience to God's law.  But he failed to do this, and because of his sin our our natures are fallen and we cannot make ourselves righteous.  since we are sinful, unholy, we cannot perfectly obey the holy law. We have no righteousness of our own with which  to meet the claims of the law of God.  But Christ has made a way of escape for us.  He lived on earth amid trials and temptations such as we have to meet.  He lived a sinless life. He died for us, and now He offers to take our sins and give us His righteousness.  If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your Savior, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous.  Christ's character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned.

All who have a sense of their deep soul poverty, who feel that they have nothing good in themselves, may find righteousness and strength by looking unto Jesus.  He says, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor ad are heavy laden"  Matthew 11:28.  He bids you exchange your poverty for the riches of His grace.  We are not worthy of God's love, but Christ, our surety, is worthy, and is abundantly able to save all who shall come unto Him.  Whatever may have been your past experience, however discouraging your present circumstances, if you will come to Jesus just as  your are, weak, helpless, and despairing, our compassionate Savior will meet you a great way off, and will throw about you His arms of love and His robe of righteousness.  He presents us to the Father clothed in the white raiment of His own character.  He pleads before God in our behalf, saying; I have taken the sinner's place  Look not upon this wayward child, but look on Me.  Does Satan plead loudly against our souls, accusing of sin, and claiming us as his prey, the blood of Christ pleads with greater power.

Justification is the opposite of condemnation.  God's boundless mercy is exercised toward those who are wholly undeserving.  He forgives transgressions and sins for the sake of Jesus, who has become the propitiation for our sins.  Through faith in Christ the guilty transgressor is brought into favor with God and into the strong hope of life eternal.

Jesus sees the guilt of the past, and speaks pardon and we must not dishonor Him by doubting
His love.  This feeling of guiltiness must be laid at the foot of the cross of Calvary.  . .Jesus says, "Lay it all on Me.  I will take your sins; I will give you peace.  Banish no longer your self-respect, for I have bought you with the price of My own blood.  You are Mine.  Your weakend will I  will strengthen; your remorse for sin I will remove.

Isn't this wonderful news.  I hope this great news is impressing your heart and mind with the reality of these words and you are preparing to spend eternity with your Savior.  This is the whole reason for these blogs.  I can't wait to see you in heaven.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Make an Unreserved Surrender

Make an Unreserved Surrender

Joshua 22:5  "But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul."

Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service."

True victory is gained only when the repentant sinner pledges himself to unconditional obedience to God,--only when he pledges himself to honor God in every word, every business transaction, every act of his life.

It is through the truth, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we are to be sanctified,--transformed into the likeness of Christ.  And in order for this change to be wrought in us, there must be an unconditional, wholehearted acceptance of the truth, and unreserved surrender of the soul to its transforming power.

God will accept nothing less than unreserved surrender.  Half-hearted, sinful Christians can never enter heaven.  There they would find no happiness; for they know nothing of the high, holy principles that govern the members of the royal family.

There are some who seem to be always seeking for the heavenly pearl.  But they do not make an entire surrender of their wrong habits.  They do not die to self that Christ may live in them.  Therefore they do not find the precious pearl.  They do not take up the cross and follow Christ in the path of self denial and sacrifice.  Almost Christians, yet not fully Christians, they seem near the kingdom of heaven, but they cannot enter there.  Almost but not wholly saved, means to be not almost but wholly lost.

We don't want to be in the class that is almost saved, but wholly lost.  Please make a wholehearted surrender to God.  Wholehearted surrender means dying to self and living for God.  This is the cross we are to bear.  It may seem a hard cross to bear, but as we cling to Christ, His thoughts are our thoughts and His ways will be our ways and it becomes easier as we enter fellowship with Him.  Don't give up.  He gave up all for us!!!  Can we do any different? I'm struggling right now too, so you are not alone in this path to heaven.  It will be worth it all to live eternally with Jesus our Savior and the Father and all the holy angels and our family and all those that we have helped get there.  A great reunion.  Let's not miss out.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Humbly Confess Sin

Humbly Confess Sin

Proverbs 28:13  "He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy."

James 5:16  "Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."

1 John 1:9  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Psalms 34:18 "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit."

By Prayer and confession of sin we must clear the King's highway.  As we do this, the power of the Spirit will come to us.  We need the Pentecostal energy.  This will come, for the Lord has promised to send His Spirit as the all-conquering power.

Those who have not humbled their souls before God in acknowledging their guilt, have not yet fulfilled the first condition of acceptance....Confession of sin, whether public or private, should be heartfelt and freely expressed.  It is not to be urged from the sinner.  It is not to be made in a flippant and careless way, or forced from those who have no realizing sense of the abhorrent character of sin.  True confession is always of a specific character, and acknowledges particular sins.  They may be of such  as to be brought before God only' they may be wrongs that should be confessed to individuals who have suffered injury through them; or they may be of a public character, and should then be as publicly confessed.  But all confession should be definite and to the point, acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty.

This is not an easy thing to do but Oh the peace that it brings is beyond our expectations.  You will find peace and joy that you have never before had.  A huge burden rolls off your shoulders and the weight of the sins that you have harbored or carried in your heart  is gone forever.  Christ then takes control of our lives as long as we cling to Him and stay in His presence

Repent and Turn From Sin

Acts 3:19  "Repent therefore and be converted, tht your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."

Acts 17:30  "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent."

Repentance includes sorrow for sin and a turning away from it .  We shall not renounce sin unless we see its sinfulness; until we turn away fro it in heart, there will be no real change in the life."

Come to Jesus in repentance and true confession and you will NEVER, EVER be sorry.  Grandma Joan

Monday, February 12, 2018

Choose a Better Way

Choose a Better Way

Philippians 2:13  "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Through yielding to sin, man placed his will under the control of Satan.  He became a helpless captive in the tempter's power.  God sent His Son into our world to break the power of Satan, and to emancipate the will of man.  He sent Him to proclaim liberty to the captives, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free.  By pouring the whole treasury of heaven into this world, by giving us in Christ all heaven, God has purchased the will, the affections, the mind, the soul, of every human being.  When man places himself under the control of God, the will becomes firm and strong to do right, the heart is cleansed from selfishness, and filled with Christlike love.  The mind yields to the authority of the law of love, and every thought is brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  When the will is placed on the Lord's side, the Holy Spirit takes that will and makes it one with the divine will.

It is impossible for us, of ourselves, to escape from the pit of sin in which we are sunken.  Our hearts are evil, and we cannot change them.  "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one."  The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."  Job 14:4 and Romans 8:7.  Education, culture, the exercise of the will, human effort, all have their proper sphere, but here they are powerless.  They may produce an outward correctness of behavior, but they cannot change the heart; they cannot purify the springs of life.  There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can b changed from sin to holiness.  That power is Christ.  His grace alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul and attract it to God, to holiness.

Satan cannot read our thoughts and so in order to take our will out of his control, we must tell him out loud that he no longer has control of our will, we have given it to Christ to control.  Then Christ can control our thoughts and our lives and give us the victory that we cannot have without Him.  It is not God's will for us to repent and sin, repent and sin,  He wants to give us the victory over sin.  That does not mean that we will never sin, but it won't be a deliberate sin, it will happen without a warning and Christ has covered it for us because we are abiding in His presence as we have learned in the last several weeks.

I have been asking God to tell me what He wants on this blog and so the next several, maybe many are an answer to my prayer.  Pray over them and ask God to give you victory in your life and learn to die to your selfish way of life and you will live a life like you never thought existed.  It is wonderful to spend your days in His arms of love and all your worries evaporate.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Changed Life

I have to tell you that two little books have changed my life completely.  The one I shared on my blog the last few weeks entitled "The Branch and the Vine" and the other one is entitled "His robe or mine".  I have never enjoyed my walk with God as I do now and I can talk to Him anytime, anywhere and He has been guiding me each day in all that I do and say.  He has shown me when a thought is a temptation from the Devil and what to do about it.  I instantly ask God to take care of Satan and He instantly flees, just like the Bible says, "Resist the devil and he will flee, draw nigh to God and  He will draw nigh to you."  James 4:7,8.  God does draw nigh to us as soon as we sincerely want to draw nigh to Him and stay there in His presence.  We can go about our daily duties and still stay in His presence always making sure the channel is open between God and our own soul.  It is an absolute joy to be in fellowship with Him.

For years I have read verses over and over and never put them together or just couldn't understand them.  I was blinded by satan and would ask someone about it and never got a decent answer.  No one seemed to know what the verses meant until I read these two books and it became so plain to me to see how satan confuses us and doesn't want us to have a life of victory, but God does and the most important thing I learned and experienced is that we cannot get rid of temptation ourselves, we cannot fight with the devil, it is impossible, Christ made sure he was a defeated foe at the cross by dying for our sins and for us allowing Him to do our battles for us.

I want to share some thoughts with you out of the little book "His robe or mine" in the next blogs so you can get the real meaning of how to live a life of victory.  It is the most important thing I have ever learned and has caused me great peace and joy and love in my heart even when someone has hurt me.  I will be repeating some things from the book that I just shared with you but it is well worth repeating so we can get things down pat and we can be saved at last.  Please be patient with me.  This is so worthwhile I just have to share it.  I would love to meet each of you in person in heaven when Christ comes to take us home with Him.  Love, Grandma Joan