DEAD SOULS

Awake, arise, come forth jumping and praising God. Hallelujah for this golden opportunity to be alive and have all senses intact. What a Mighty and Wonderful God we serve.

“Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave, or thy faithfulness in destruction?”–Psalm 88:10, 11

This is not the language of a soul dead in trespasses and sins, but it is the breathing of a living soul struggling and grappling with death. What a difference there is, where there is life working in and under death, and where death reigns absolutely! between the quickened soul and that in which there is nothing but death, death without one spark of spiritual life, death without one ray of heavenly teaching. There is no groan, no sigh, no lamentation, no piteous inquiry, no pouring out of the heart before God, where the soul is utterly dead, any more than there are life and breath in a corpse in the tomb.

But wherever life is implanted in the soul from the Fountain of life, that life groans under death. It sighs from out of the grave; it gasps for breath, under the corpse which overlies it; and seeks to heave itself up from that dead weight, from that superincumbent mass of carnality which clasps it in its rigid and chilling embrace; it endeavours to uplift and extricate itself from that body of sin and death which spreads its cold and torpid mass all around it so that it is unable to rise. Do you know the workings of life in this way? the heavings, the gaspings, the uprisings of the life of God in your soul, pressed, overlain, overwhelmed, and all but suffocated by that carnal, dead, barren, earthly, devilish nature, which lies as a weight upon you? Depend upon it if you have never known what it is to gasp and pant and groan and sigh under the weight of a body of sin and death, you know nothing of the vital operations of the Holy Ghost in your conscience.

I pray that we will answer the call as sent out by the Holy Spirit to witness in us. May peace reigns in our hearts as we seek the further outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

THE DIVINE SUMMONS

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there. Genesis 35:1

God had set His hand to make Jacob a saint. He had given him a glimpse of His ideal at the Jabbok ford, but his nature was not then capable of taking in the Divine conception; and, as we have seen, both in his subterfuge to Esau and his settling outside Shechem, he had fallen back into the schemer and money-maker. In this chapter, God uses several methods of awakening and renewal.

  The Divine summons. – “Arise, go up to Bethel.” He had been in the lowlands too long: too long had he “lain among the pots.” The voice of God spoke words of resurrection life into his grave, as afterward into that of Lazarus.

 The power of old association. – What memories clustered around that name and place of Bethel! It recalled his distress and fear; the angel-ladder, and the comforting assurance which had inspired him with new hope. Directly he heard it, he seemed to have felt the incongruity of the life that was being lived in his camp, and he said to his people, “Put away the strange gods… Arise, let us go up to Bethel, and I will make there an altar unto God.”

 A fresh revelation. – God appeared to him again. For long there had been no vision of God; but now that the idols were put away, his eyes were opened to see Him who had been beside him amid all his backslidings.

 Death. – Deborah, the beloved Rachel, the old father – one after another were taken from him; and there came the far-away look in his eyes which showed that he had imbibed the pilgrim-spirit and had become Israel the Prince. So God stripped him that he might be better able to run the race set before him.

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL

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        Certainly, it does not mean that we earn mercy because we extend mercy, for such an idea is foreign to the Word of God. By its very definition, mercy cannot be earned any more than grace can be earned. The Beatitude is saying: “When you experience mercy and share mercy, then your heart is in such a condition that you can receive more mercy to share with others. . . Jesus is not asking us to be merciful occasionally; He is asking us to be constant channels of mercy. “Give, and it shall be given unto you” (Luke 6:38). By extending mercy, we open our hearts to receive mercy; and having received, we can share again and again. Hallelujah

      Brethren, the Christian is surrounded by mercy. When he looks back, he can say, “Surely goodness, and mercy have followed me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6). When he looks ahead, he remembers the words of Jude 21–“Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” As he begins each new day, he can say; “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Can we give the Lord a praise offering, for it is His mercies you are reading this message. Thank You, Lord.

      . . . God responds to us on the basis of the heart. “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself mercifully; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; with the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward” (Psalm 18:25-26). . . . When once we begin to cultivate one of the spiritual graces, God always provides more. When we show mercy, He gives mercy; and thus, we have more mercy to show.

      When a Christian shows mercy, he experiences liberation. (Read that line again) He is set free from grudges that drain the strength and unsettle the mind. . . The most miserable prison in the world is the prison we make for ourselves when we refuse to show mercy. Our thoughts become shackled, our emotions are chained, the will is almost paralyzed. But when we show mercy, all of these bonds are broken, and we enter into a joyful liberty that frees us to share God’s love with others. This blessing of freedom is one way that we receive mercy as we show mercy. It is a blessed by-product of obeying God.

      . . . How thrilling to go through life sharing God’s mercy and not having to judge people to see if they are “worthy” of what we have to offer. We stop looking at the externals and begin to see people through the merciful eyes of Christ. Every Christian we meet is a person in whom Jesus lives; every lost soul we meet is a person for whom Jesus died. In both cases, we have candidates for God’s mercy. Amen

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

DISHONOUR

Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the Inhabitants of the Land. Genesis 34:30

The Bible does not hesitate to hold the mirror up to our fallen nature or show us what we are. Here is Israel, the prince with God, who had power with man, in a very sorry plight. His children had involved him in it; but first, he had involved them.

Dinah. – Little did she realize all the evil which that visit of hers would bring on her people and on those whose guest she was. What took her there? Had her upbringing been unnecessarily strict, and did she want a little more freedom? There is an inevitable rebound with young people to the other extreme if needless seventy has been brought to bear on them in their early days.

The probability, however, is that the laxity of her father’s home, and the effect of her mother’s gods, had made the line of separation a very faint one, and she felt no difficulty in overstepping it.

Simeon and Levi. – “Ye have made me to stink.” On his dying bed, Jacob remembered this treacherous cruelty and pronounced their scattering in Israel; though Levi undid the effect of that bitter curse by his obedience and devotion. In after days it was said, “My covenant was with him of life and peace,” and though scattered, he was as salt. In Simeon’s case, the curse was not cancelled by any subsequent manifestation of obedience and devotion and ran out its course.

There are encouragement and warning here.

Jacob. – The real mistake of it all was that Jacob bought that land, and settled too near the city (Genesis 33:18). As a pilgrim, he had no right to do this. If Christian parents will settle down in fellowship with the world, they have themselves to thank for all the misery which accrues to themselves and children, and the dishonour of God.

THE EVIDENCE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

“Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps; set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest.”–Jeremiah 31:21

To look at the past is often a blessed encouragement for the future. If we are travellers in the way Zionward, we shall have our various waymarks. A conspicuous call, or a signal deliverance, or a gracious manifestation of Christ; a promise applied here, or a marked answer to prayer there; a special blessing under the preached word; a soft and unexpected assurance of an interest in the blood of the Lamb; a breaking in of divine light when walking in great darkness; a sweet sip of consolation in a season of sorrow and trouble; a calming down of the winds and waves without and within by, “It is I, be not afraid”–such and similar waymarks it is most blessed to be able to set up as evidence that we are on the road. And if many who really fear God cannot set up these conspicuous waymarks, yet they are not without their testimonies equally sure, if not equally satisfying.

The fear of God in a tender conscience, the spirit of grace and of supplications in their breast, their cleaving to the people of God in warm affection, their love for the truth in its purity and power, their earnest desires, their budding hopes, their anxious fears, their honesty and simplicity making them jealous over themselves lest they be deceived or deluded, their separation from the world, their humility, meekness, quietness, and general consistency often putting to shame louder profession and higher pretensions–these and similar pieces of evidence mark many as children of God who cannot read their title clear to such a privilege and such a blessing. But whether the waymarks be high or low, shining in the sun or obscure in the dawn, the virgin of Israel is still bidden to “set them up,” and to “set also her heart toward the highway, even the way by which she came.”

THE LAW OF ABUNDANCE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

The law of abundance is apparently a popular topic on the Internet. Is it any wonder? Ideas about it run the gamut from writing blank checks to yourself for imagined future income to goal setting in order to manifest dreams of luxury homes, exotic vacations, cars….

My Cup Runneth Over

 

Invariably, abundant living is understood as merely having an excess of money and things. The only objective for making this law work for you seems to be the acquisition of material things.

However, just having things in abundance, is like waxing eloquent about the fringe on a beautifully woven tapestry. Although rich in pattern, complex in texture and luscious in color, the fringe does not describe the whole. In fact, it is far more sinister because it partially satisfies while squelching your appetite for appreciating the whole.

Passionate proponents of this kind of “law of abundance” will tempt you serving it up as the answer for all of the life’s challenges. They are adamant that abundance is there for the taking simply by willing it into existence.

There an abundance that Jesus promises – one that encourages creativity despite our less than ideal, temporal circumstances. It is an unstoppable abundance that wells up from within us – an abundance that is simply waiting for expression.

Jesus said that the thief came to steal, kill and destroy, but He came that we might have life more abundantly. If without Him we are subject to lost and destruction, then only with Him can we truly experience this law of abundance?

If you chase abundance without Jesus, Satan will quickly proffer a cheap substitute. His substitute may bring fabulous wealth, fame and quick success. It will be glitzy enough to keep you completely preoccupied so that you never experience the life that Jesus intended for you.

Jesus’ abundance doesn’t look anything like the counterfeit, in fact, it is the very opposite. A new vision is required Brethren. The good news is that you, as an artist, a Believer in Christ, should have no trouble seeing it.

The law of abundance in His kingdom has ordained sufficiency to all of God’s children. Even better, He promises continual increase with each passing minute. Powerfully illustrated throughout the Bible, it is impossible to miss in the repeated principle of sowing seeds and reaping a harvest. I tell you that the harvest truly is ripe but the labourers are very few.

This abundance is pictured as the seed that dies in the ground and is considered almost lost. Yet in its dying manifests the wonder of a bountiful harvest. It is described elsewhere as the seed that roots deep, even while the farmer who sowed it sleeps, growing silently without his aid, resulting eventually in a harvest far greater than the seed sown. It too was powered by the divine law, working unseen by human eyes.

The law of abundance was at work in the hundreds of fish that flopped about in Peter’s nets, breaking them as they were hauled in at the Lord’s command. It was expressed, once again at the Lord’s command, in the coin found in the mouth of a fish for the tax collector over two thousand years ago. Not requiring withdrawal from a carefully maintained bank account, but retrieved from the mouth of a fish, this abundance was unusual, yet more than adequate! So, why my brothers and sisters can’t we trust in the Lord for promised abundance? Can’t you see the very fulfillment of the promise before our very eyes? “Some see and some saw.” You with eyes to see will see.

I testify that in the life of a Christian believer this law of abundance still works at the Lord’s command when we live lives that are surrendered to Him and His purposes. It will supply you with

  • Everything you need
  •  As much as you need (and most often in extravagant excess!)
  •  In the specific way that you need it.

Still not convinced? Here are some other examples. This abundance was best exemplified in the manna that was adequate for the day. It rotted, if hoarded in disobedience, but lasted miraculously on the Sabbath, because of the people’s pressing need of rest.

As Christian believers, we can count on the same law of abundance to work for us. The creation of art requires ideas, energy, and insight – wealth to spend with every touch of the brush to canvas.

Art dwells within you, rich and full. It will flow out ceaselessly as you consider the wealth of Christ in you – your hope of glory. Create art with a generous spirit that is assured of the provision for each day and for abundance during seasons of rest.

With calm assurance and certainty, know that the supply will never fail. If we perceive it and appropriate it with eyes of faith, it is ours for the taking.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. ” Philippians 4:19

When our faith is puny, look around at nature in all its sumptuous, lavish, extravagant abundance. Our Father authored all of it. There is nothing about Him that is stingy or puny.

The lime trees outside my window unfailingly explode into thousands of lime green leaves every spring. Each leaf is a work of exquisite perfection reminding me of this very thing.  Trust Jesus’ promise that His presence in your life brings life abundantly, in ways that are truly incomparable. Don’t let Satan sell you a counterfeit promise of a “law of abundance”.

You know The Law Giver and He is abundant and His abundance dwells in you.