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A Thought for the Week--Godís Eternal Life for Us
Monday, August 21, 2006
"For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ĎI dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.í" (Isaiah 57:15 NKJ)
"For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity." Our God is High and Lofty; His ways are exceedingly above our ways. He has created all things for His purpose. He is bringing about His heavenly and eternal plan for us and for His creation. His wisdom and power far exceed ours. He inhabits eternity. He sees things from His eternal viewpoint. Life is not just a series of disjointed and unrelated events. God has not abandoned His people because of their sin, as many teach. He has not abandoned His world to ultimately destroy it as some think. God has an eternal plan. He had this plan in eternity before the world and His created beings, spiritual and physical, were formed. He sees His plan coming about in these days and sees His eternal plan operating in eternity, after the end of these ages in time.
God not only lives in eternity, but He also speaks from eternity. He speaks to us from His eternal perspective. He reminds us that this age of our life is filled with difficulty, sorrow, pain and suffering. He reminds us that evil spirits now rule in the heavens and encourage, entice, and empower men in sinful and rebellious ways. He reminds us of His eternal plan to establish His kingdom and His ways in us and on the earth through us. He reminds us of His plan to bring about the reign of His Son in us and then on this earth through us. He reminds us of His plan to allow evil spirits and people to try to destroy His people, so that He can destroy them through us. He reminds us of His plan to unite His heaven with His earth, through us. He speaks to us, from heaven, of His eternal plan.
God not only tells of His eternal plan, He imparts His eternal life into us. He gives us His very life, so that we want to live under His heavenly ways. He empowers His heavenly and eternal life in us so that we can live with His eternal perspective and desires in this life. He gives us a vision and perspective of His eternal plan so that we might be restrained in this world, rather than living for the pleasures of this life in its short-sighted attitudes. He gives us His eternal life so that we can know Him and seek to glorify His nature and plan. We become focused on glorifying Him who is far above and far more beautiful and majestic than any other being. We become filled with an eternal perspective on life, as the Eternal Life of God lives in us and unites us with Him. God gives us the gift of HIS EVERLASTING LIFE THROUGH HIS SON (John 3:16).
Father, we rejoice in Your eternal plan and purposes for us; they truly are far above ours. We rejoice that you dwell in Your eternal plan, and that You speak into us through Your Word. Help us to receive Jesus as Your revelation and the One who has and who reveals to us Your words of Eternal Life. Amen.
A Thought for the Week--Godís Eternal Life for Us
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
"For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ĎI dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.í" ( Isaiah 57:15 NKJ)
Our God is eternal. He has an eternal plan for us and for His creation. His plan is far above anything we could desire, imagine or conceive. His plan is Holy. The very being of God is far superior to ours. He is transcendent in majesty and glory, far surpassing the beauty or magnificence of any other being. His being is Holy. The mind, will, power, and abilities of God are vastly superior to those of any of His created beings; they are Holy.
The angels who live in the very presence of God cannot continually look at the light and glory of His being; they cover their eyes with their wings. What they see of Godís being causes them to cry out, "Holy, Holy, Holy is Yahweh!" (Isaiah 6:3) Another time they are declaring, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" (Revelation 4:8) The more the angelic beings see of God, the more they cry out, "God, You are Holy!" The more these beings observe God and what He is doing in the heavens and on the earth, the more they cry out, "God, You are Holy!" God created His angelic and human beings to be able to appreciate magnificence and beauty and awesomeness. That is why the angels and the elders before the throne of God cry out, "Holy, Holy, Holy!" God is Holy in who He is. God is Holy in what He does. God is Holy in what He has done, and God is Holy in what He will do. God is Holy. His name is Holy.
God is not only Holy in Himself and in His ways, He desires to make His people holy as well. We, as human beings, can be indwelt by the very Spirit of God. We can have the very nature and character of God become a part of us, and become one with us. We can be holy as God is holy! We can become totally united with Him in His desires and plans and purposes. Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, became a man and brought forth the nature of God into humanity. He lived in a human body and brought forth the Holy nature of God into His body. Now as the resurrected Son of God He reigns in heaven to bring the Holy nature of God into His new human body, which is the church. We as the body of Christ can be made holy as God is holy. What God did in Christ in His natural body when He walked on the earth, God can now do through the resurrected body of Christ. He can make us holy as He is Holy. Our God is Holy. We can be made partakers of His holiness (Hebrews 12:10). That is the message of the Christian gospel. We shall be holy because He is Holy and has a Holy plan to make us Holy. His name is Holy. Let us worship Him.
Father, You are Holy. We rejoice that You reveal Your Holiness to us through Your Son, Jesus Christ. We rejoice that You have called us to be holy as You are Holy, and that You, in Your mercy, are bringing that about for us and in us. Truly You are Holy as Your name is Holy. Amen.
A Thought for the Week--Godís Eternal Life for Us
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
"For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: 'I dwell in the high and holy place,í" (Isaiah 57:15 NKJ)
God dwells in the high and holy place. That is the revelation given to us by the Holy Spirit through Isaiah. God is holy; that is His name. He visits His people on earth. He reveals His ways to men through His Spirit. He speaks to men on earth from heaven. He reveals Himself to us through the words He has given to His prophets. He reveals Himself through His written revelations of Himself which are contained in His Book, the Bible. He continually reveals more of His nature and His plan to us. We will continually be amazed and awestruck by the revelations of God to His people. Yet there is more He is revealing of Himself in this verse. He is telling us where He dwells, where He continually abides. He says, "I dwell in the high and holy place."
God dwells in the highest of the high places. The gods of this world seek to elevate themselves by having their followers build altars for their worship on the tops of mountains, on the highest places of the land. Our God dwells in the heaven of heavens, in the highest of the heavens. Our God reigns over the heavens that are underneath the heaven in which He dwells. His throne is far above the heavenly thrones of the mid-heaven where the spiritual rulers of this age live. He reigns far above all principalities and thrones and dominions--in the highest of the high places.
God lives in the holiest of the holy places--in His heavenly tabernacle. He would visit the children of Israel in their earthly man-built temple, in the place of the temple called the Holy of Holies. God is holy, and He dwells in holiness. He is light and lives in unapproachable light. God also seeks to dwell in His people. He making of us a tabernacle for His dwelling. He will live in us, as we give Him the highest place in our lives. This will be accomplished through His Son, who is making us a dwelling place of God. God will make us a holy tabernacle, filled with His holiness so that he can live in the holiest of holy places in us. God created us to be a dwelling place for Himself, as we become united with Him in His plans and purposes for us. He is describing the characteristics of His heavenly dwelling place so that we will understand what Jesus is doing as He makes us a fit dwelling place for God.
The greatest gift God can give us is to make us a fit dwelling place for Himself. The greatest blessing we can have is to have God living in us. The greatest attribute we can have is to be a partaker of His Divine and Holy nature. The gift of God is Eternal Life, having His life in us so that we become one with Him and He lives in us and we dwell in Him eternally.
Father, we are again awestruck by Your plans and purposes for us. Help us to let Jesus make us a dwelling place for You. In His name we pray. Amen.
A Thought for the Week--Godís Eternal Life for Us
Thursday, August 24, 2006
"For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ĎI dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble,í" (Isaiah 57:15 NKJ)
God wants to revive our spirit. He will do this for the humble. God will not revive the spirit of the high and lofty ones, for He alone is the high and lofty One. If we think that our ways are better than His, He will not revive us. If we think that we should impress others with our abilities and our knowledge, God will not revive us. If we think that we can be self-sufficient and self-dependent and can determine what is best for us, God will not revive us. We need to be humble before God, recognizing and acknowledging Him as the high and lofty One; this will humble us before Him so that He then can revive our spirit.
Jesus was and is and always will be the Son of God. When He became a man, He humbled Himself. He determined to show us as humans how to live--how to live for and in the will of God. The Word of God says of Jesus, "He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God has exalted Him" (Philippians 2:8,9 NKJ).
Our spirits need to be revived. They are weighed down by the guilt and shame of sin. They have been broken by sorrow and disappointments. Our spirits have been bruised and battered by unkind words and evil judgments of men. They have been weighed down by the cares and difficulties of life. BUT GOD THROUGH CHRIST REVIVES THE SPIRIT OF THE HUMBLE. He will forgive and remove our sins and our sinful ways from us and will bring His life and righteousness into our spirit so we can know and do all He desires for us. He will heal the wounds in our spirit by bringing His Spirit into us and enabling us to bring our grief and sorrows to Him. He can bring His Word of life into us, ministering His truth into the areas of our spirit that have been wounded by the lying words of men.
He will revive our spirit by cleansing our conscience through the blood of Jesus, so that we can serve God in our spirit. Our spirit can be cleansed, revived, and made to function properly so that we can live in communion with the Spirit of God. Our spirit can become united with the Spirit of God, enabling us to know, experience and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit of God Ė love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
Jesus has a great gift for us--His humility. He humbled Himself and lived humbly before God so that we could receive His life of humility and receive the blessings that God gives to the humble.
Father, we rejoice that You revive and give grace to the humble. Help us to receive, worship, and live in the humility of Jesus, so we might know You as the high and lofty One. Amen.
A Thought for the WeekĖGodís Eternal Life for Us
Friday, August 25, 2006
"I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." (Isaiah 57:15 NKJ)
God wants our spirit and our heart to be revived. The Hebrew word translated "revive" means "to bring to life," or "to cause to live." God desires that our spirit and our heart be brought alive by His life. Godís life is eternal. His life loves what is right and hates what is evil. His life loves to bless, enhance, and reward what is right and to discourage, punish, and remove what is evil. God brings His eternal life into us now so that He can do this work in us in this present age. The eternal life of God, when fully manifest, will result in heaven and earth being united in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). All evil spirits will be removed, and all those who sought to kill, harm and destroy the people of God will be removed from the earth. This will happen at the end of the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 21:7-15).
God will revive the hearts of the contrite ones. Those whose hearts have been broken by sorrow, or through suffering, God will heal and revive. He will also break us of our willfulness, showing us our hard-heartedness and our stubbornness so that we seek to hear and obey His words of life, direction, rebuke, instruction and encouragement. God humbles us so that we seek to hear the words He is speaking into our lives each day. God freed the children of Israel from Egypt. He had a new land for them to live in. However He did not lead them into their new land immediately. He led them through the wilderness, having them travel in a seemingly roundabout path. God had a greater purpose for them in leading them this way. The Bible says, "He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD." (Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJ)
God is training us so that we can reign in this life over the sinful ways of Satan, this world, and our flesh. He is training us so that we know and love His ways and principles and bring them into every area of our life--personal, family, workplace, government--and into all relationships. He is preparing us so that we can reign with Christ in the millennial kingdom during the times of regeneration of the heavens and the earth (Matthew 19:28, Acts 3:21). God is speaking from heaven in these days, through Jesus (Hebrews 12:25). He is shaking our heart, breaking us of our own will so that we receive His will into ours and become one with His will as we become one with His Spirit. Jesus is speaking so that all things that are not of His kingdom will be removed--first from us, then from the heavens, and then from all the earth (Hebrews 12:27-28). He is training us so that we hear, live by, and walk in every word that He is speaking, now, in the millennium, and in eternity. To God be the Glory!
Father, we love You and Your ways and Your will. Help us to hear Your voice through Your Son so we might know, honor and worship You now and forever. Amen.
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