Two Worlds - Why Jesus?
The Advent Convergence of Two Worlds - Tozer devotional
The birth of Christ told the world something. . . . His coming, I repeat, told the world something; it declared something, established something. What was it?
First, that God is real.
Second, human life is essentially spiritual.
Third, God indeed spoke by the prophets.
Fourth, man is lost but not abandoned.
Fifth, the human race will not be exterminated.
Sixth, this world is not the end.
Seventh, death will some day be abolished and life and immortality hold sway.
Boys (lads), let no one deceive and lead you astray. He who practices righteousness [who is upright, conforming to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action, living a consistently conscientious life] is righteous, even as He is righteous [But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].
No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, for God's nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God. By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness [who does not conform to God's will in purpose, thought, and action] is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow believer in Christ).
FB Meyers Devotional March 20
STOOPING TO RISE"Being found in fashion as a Man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him."-- Phi_2:8-9.
WE WAKE up from the unconsciousness of infancy to find ourselves in a world of revolt, and learn that so far as the memory of man reaches back into the past, this conflict has been recognized as existing between man and himself, man and his fellow, man and God. Is there no help?
.... When our Lord stooped to live visibly amongst men, He refused to avail Himself of the homage due to His original nature.....
..... in His obedience to the death of the cross, there was the hiding of His power. He refused to use the attributes of His intrinsic Deity,......
..... let this same mind be in you; think these-thoughts; follow in the steps of Jesus. We must show a holy emulation.....
These devotionals, along with my current circumstances, put my mind to meditating on the battle that is daily facing each of us as humans. Jesus faced every possible type of temptation that we do, but did not yield to any of them.
We are given the possibility to have the mind of Jesus, according to the Bible, but to have it we must do certain requirements:
Repent, that means to be sick of the old life, never wanting to be moved by our senses or our way again;
Hunger, a passionate thirst to know the heart of God and His Son that makes it difficult stop the learning sessions with the Holy Spirit and the Bible;
Forsake the world, all of it, not conformed to the world's way of life or solving the challenges of everyday life.
Humility, not having to be right or have things go your way;
Submission, walking in obedience to the principles that come alive to you in your times of learning with the Holy Spirit as your teacher. Doing what you know is right to do, deep within your being; Obey the laws written you your heart.
This is not easy. It was not easy for Jesus, but we can have the same support that He had; the Spirit within! He walked in obedience to the Father. We can walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit.
How do we know the 'still, small, voice'? This is the reason for my post today. We can know all the facts and Truth above, but how do we live it from day to day, moment by moment.
Remember, and read and reread what happened in Jesus' life 'first', immediately after He had the Holy Spirit come upon Him. The Bible says that He was lead out into the desert for 40 days to be tempted by Satan.
He left the environment of the world, and stopped feeding His flesh. He did not let His senses, control what He did or thought. It does not say, but as He had just received the Holy Spirit, He took that Spirit with Him and communed with that Spirit, was nourished and strengthened by that Spirit. He had to be regular accepting what He knew, from His study of the Scriptures to be Truth and rejecting the thoughts of Satan that He knew to be twisted Truth, Lies!
Remember, He knew the Scriptures so well at the age of 12, that He was able to discuss the Scriptures with those that supposedly knew the Scriptures the 'best'.
To many 'Christians', people who consider themselves a follower of Jesus, do not really know or understand the New Testament, let alone the Old Testament. They tend to follow the easiest or most blessed path of life and avoid hard paths.
Here is the critical part of Satan's dealings with Jesus; please note that He uses the Scriptures to appeal to Jesus, to get Jesus to follow the easy way, the way to prosperity with few conflicts.
(Amplified) Matthew 4:1 - 11 THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. [Exo. 34:28; 1Ki. 19:8]
And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God's Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. [Deu. 8:3]
Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a turret (pinnacle, gable) of the temple sanctuary. [Neh. 11:1; Dan. 9:24] And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. [Psa. 91:11-12] Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God. [Deu. 6:16]
Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them. And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me.
Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. [Deu. 6:13] Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
What is it the 'influences' your decision making? People, good or bad? Circumstances, good or bad? Past experiences, good or bad? Books, TV, magazines, the experiences of others? Training, common sense, logic? Open or closed doors?
All of the above can play a part in our lives as we mature into the character of Jesus Christ, but what was the 'influence' that Jesus followed? " JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert)"
Jesus did not use His Power or Relationship to God 'influence' His decisions. Jesus was not pressured into felling like He had to 'prove' who He was.
Jesus did not accept the use of twisted Scriptures to 'influence' His walk with the Father.
Jesus did not buy into the easy way to success by yielding to Satan and accepting Satan's claim to power. Jesus knew that the Father's way was the cross, and that was what Jesus wanted more than anything else; Jesus wanted obey and to do the will of the Father!
Romans 12:1-2 says that we can know the perfect will of God, "if"!!!
What is your relationship with God?
Please know that if the Jesus had to experience circumstances to establish what Spirit was in control, so we too, must face issues in life so that God, others and we are selves can 'know' for a certainty what character is with in us.
If Satan had access to the mind of Jesus Christ, how much so with each of us.
We must be under the divine influence, 'know' the Truth of the Spirit of the Word of God; obey God's laws, written on our heart; do what we know is right to do; repent, when we mess up and resist Satan.
Proverbs_4:23 Keep and guard your heart (mind, thoughts, will) with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.