“The Lord has given us a spirit. It is not just for life but also for a new function. For the spirit bears not just God’s nature but His sensing ability too. The spirit is for work as well as for life.
It is God’s will that we exercise our spirit. He has to start breaking your strongest point. If emotion is the strongest, it tends to compromise the spirit. A self-righteous person is prone to consider his opinion as the intent of the spirit. What is detrimental to the spirit is a lack in dealing with the outward man. Such lack causes the spirit to be undependable.
The church today is in lack of people whose spirit is pure. A pure spirit is able to discern and give the right judgment, and it also releases power. The Lord searches for such people whose spirit is pure and deep.”
Unless a grain of wheat
Falls into the ground
It remains alone;
But if it dies, it produces much grain.
He who loves his life will lose it,
And he who hates his life
In this world
Will keep it for eternal life.
If anyone serves Me,
Let him follow Me;
And where I am,
There My servant will be also.
If anyone serves Me,
Him My Father will honor.
Isaiah 61 – “Therefore The Redeemed of The Lord Shall Return – Singing – Joy…”
I. The Anointed the Servant
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me To proclaim good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God; (Jesus did not quote this future part in Luke 4)
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
II. The result of the ministry of the anointed servant(s) – to bless, heal and empower the people
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
III. The work of the blessed, healed and empowered people
And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God.
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast.
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
IV. The Character of God and His People
“For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people.
All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.”
V. The Joy of Salvation
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
He Giveth More Grace
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
Annie Johnson Flint
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.
O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!
With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.
John Greenleaf Whittier -1872
The heart of a shepherd
I Have You In My Heart
It is right for me to think this of you all, because
I have you in my heart
Inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel,
You all are partakers with me of grace.
For God is my witness,
How greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
I Pray for you
And this I pray,
That your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
That you may approve the things that are excellent,
That you may be sincere and
Without offense till the day of Christ,
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ,
To the glory and praise of God.
From Darkness to Light
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light
For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth
Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
But rather expose them.
For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light,
For whatever makes manifest is light.
Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”
See then that you walk circumspectly,
Not as fools but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be unwise,
But understand what the will of the Lord is.