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In His Bosom

There is nothing so wonderful as holding a brand new baby. The smell, the softness of the skin, and of course just the complete abandonment of the baby to the safety of the parent's arms are blessings beyond anything the world has to offer... [ Click to Read More ]

What a joy to look into the sweet face of that precious baby and know that this package belongs only to you. As you hold that baby close to your chest, the baby is being prepared in your arms for its future. Love, security, and speaking God's word over the baby while snuggled close to your chest prepares the child for plans yet to be unfolded by the Father.

During the next few years of growth, as the child stays nestled close to its mother and father listening (well, sometimes NOT), obeying, and maturing, the child's destiny purpose begins to be unveiled. You are God's child and He wants to unfold His great purposes for your life as well. Let me show you what I mean.

John 1:18 says, No man has ever seen God at any time; the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom (in the intimate presence) of the Father, He has declared Him (He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known.) The word revealed means apocalypse which means something is covered before and now it is revealed - to pull the covers off.

Jesus lay in the bosom of the Father. He had close intimate fellowship with Him. Can you see the Father whispering to His son, "Son, it is time for your purpose on earth to be revealed. I am going to pull the covers off now and expose you to a lost world. It is time for you to redeem my children." Jesus was prepared in the bosom of the Father for His destiny.

His life would save a lost and dying world. I love this scripture in John 12:49 where Jesus says: ... I have never spoken on my own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders (concerning) what to say and what to tell. Hidden in the arms of His Father, He heard and He obeyed.

In John 13:23, we see that the disciples found that place in Christ the Son found in the Father. One of His disciples, whom Jesus loved (whom He esteemed and delighted in), was reclining (next to Him) on Jesus' bosom. Jesus lay in the bosom of the Father so that we too would have access to the same position in Christ that Jesus has with the Father.

Let's take it a step further. Jesus lay in the bosom of the Father until it was time for Him to be revealed here on earth. I believe that the Father is calling us into the arms of Jesus hidden away in His bosom until the time when He Himself will pull back the covers to reveal His plan and purpose for each of our lives. Even further God is calling the church into His bosom so that in time He will reveal the bride to His Son. WOW! What a beautiful revelation.

Where are you locating yourself these days? Is it time for a relocation with Jesus that it goes beyond anything you have ever experienced. Ask Him what that means for your life. Each of our journeys is different. Each walks a different road. What does lying in the bosom of Jesus mean for you? Jesus is waiting with loving arms.

Psalm 45 - Love

Spring is blowing over the land once again and its breath feels so refreshing after a long, snowy winter. As the season changes and the flowers begin to bloom, I am drawn to Psalm 45.

 

It is one of my favorites and is set to the tune of "Lilies." It is easy to see the fitness of borrowing a name from so beautiful, so pure, so choice, so matchless a poem as the golden lilies, whose bright array outshone the glory of Solomon... [ Click to Read More ]

Special singers are appointed for so divine a hymn. Our Jesus deserves to be praised not with random, ranting ravings, but with the sweetest of all praise from those who love Him so deeply. The purest hearts in His temple are the most harmonious singers in the ears of God. The acceptable song to Jesus is not one of the most tuneful voices but those who sing with sanctified affections.

This Psalm is a beautiful melody sung only to and about Jesus. It is the announcement of the heavenly Bridegroom and his elect spouse. We are the Bride and certainly in the season of this most intimate pouring out of His love, He is preparing His Bride to join Him in all of eternity. In verse one the writer begins by saying, "My heart" - there is no writing that stirs the soul like that of the heart.

To write from the wellspring of the heart is to pour out all that is in the depth of our being. The writer is stirred to write this poetic expression of Christ NOT out of cold affection but rather out of an exhilarated heart bubbling with the choicest of words to express praise.

In verse 2 the writer says, "You are fairer than the children of men; graciousness is poured upon Your lips; there God has blessed You forever." In fact, graciousness drips like oil from Jesus' lips. His Words to us are like oil dripping from His very being for His Bride.

What a choice description of Christ's love as He whispers over us His divine message of redemption. In that, today my heart is stirred to PLEASE ONLY HIM!! There is no other longing in my heart. I echo with the writer that "my heart overflows with a goodly theme as I address my psalm to a King."

It would be a great time in our Spiritual walk to begin the spring season meditating and praying this Psalm to Jesus. The choice words of the psalmist give us a prayer language of love to express back to our King. Let's Expand our vocabulary in prayer with these love words. We can sing them, speak them, and declare them.

Lord, (verse 6-8) "Your throne is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. Oh, Lord, You love righteousness. Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows. Your garments are all fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia; stringed instruments make You glad."

We can even go deeper here if we understand the meaning of the spices adorning His garment. Myrrh is the burial spice which speaks of what He did for us. Aloes is the healing spice. His very garments smell of the healing anointing He has poured out for us. Lastly, cassia means integrity, truth. Christ is the truth. He is revelation.

He reveals the mysteries and secrets as we search His Word. Jesus smells of all these beautiful aromas - it drips like oil from His very being. WOW!! I want these spices to drip all over me today. I want to drip with the oil and fragrance of His love as I pour my love upon Him.

Do you feel it? Love is in the air! Christ's love poured out for us!

Trust

TURN WITH ME TO JER. 17:7-8

THE AMPLIFIED SAYS: "MOST BLESSED MEANS ACCORDING TO WEBSTER'S 1828 EDITION HAPPY, PROSPERROUS IN WORLDLY AFFAIRS; WE ARE ENJOYING SPIRITUAL HAPPINESS AND THE FAVOR OF GOD; we even enjoy heavenly felicity (rather great happiness; blissfulness and appropriately the joys of heaven.)"

He says that our life will be like the a tree placed by the water - our roots will go deep and always be satisfied with cool, clear springs of living water... [ Click to Read More ]

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SO THIRSTY THAT YOU WOULD ALMOST DO ANYTHING FOR A DRINK OF COOL WATER? HAVE YOU BEEN SO HOT THAT THE COOL WATER FROM THE CUP WAS THE MOST SATISFYING THING YOU HAD EXPERIENCED ALL DAY?

JUST REMEMBER WHAT IT TASTED LIKE. So cool, so refreshing...He says that is the satisfaction of a drink from the clear springs of His living water. He compares it to such satisfaction that we shall never fear when trouble comes. We will be leafy, green capable of withstanding the greatest of storms, if we are truly planted in the right place.

So we know that God is granting us great happiness and contentment when we put our hope and trust in Him. When we rely on Christ as our source we will definitely begin to grow and bear fruit. Remember He says that we will be like a tree planted by the rivers. This tells me that God is my river source.

When I plant myself at His feet, His river flows into me giving me strength and food for the day. When the sun beats down on me or the storms come and blow through me, yet I am sustained because my roots go deep into the source of all. Nothing can blow me over and beat me down because my strength is in the river of life.

I am constantly drawing from Him. When we draw from other sources, we begin to dry up. Because no other source in life can sustain us and cause our roots to go deep. There is no life source or water for our roots in anything but Christ. We can for a time survive on what feels good, looks good but ultimately, we will dry up with the life-giving source, Jesus Christ.

Let's look at Jer. 17 again but I want to call your attention to verses 5-6. What does it say here that will happen when we trust in man as our source instead of God. He uses the word cursed. This is not a nice, sweet pat on the back kind of word. This word has strength to it but not in the way that we would probably expect. Cursed actually means to be tormented, afflicted, and blasted by the curse.

When we put our hope in man rather than God, we will definitely walk in great disappointment and as the word states, we will be tormented, afflicted and blasted somewhere and at some time in our life. As we trust man more than God, we eventually become like a shrub in a desolate land where there is no water.

We become parched and lifeless. Our Spiritual life begins to dry up. We wonder why we are depressed, oppressed. Why does it seem as though so many things are going wrong. Why can't I get a handle on my life? Why do I feel like I want to quit? Why should I go on? Because there is no pure water line from man. Man's well will always have the pollution of the first Adam. God's life line is pure, undefiled and satisfying. Remember the Father says that we are most blessed when we put our hope in him.

Remember that blessed means happy, prosperous in worldly affairs spiritual happiness and the favor of God. We even enjoy heavenly felicity which is great happiness, blissfulness and the joys of heaven.

I like to think that the very storm that tried to put fear in our hearts now is used to rock us to sleep. In other words, when the storms of life begin to blow, what used to agitate us now merely rocks us to sleep because we know who is steering our ship.

We begin to walk in that great place of peace. Remember, we have talked about this so many times. Peace is the garrison over our heart that the enemy cannot invade. It is this peace that causes others to notice. It a stormy world, we are quietly gazing upon Him, the river source of our life.

Tonight, I invite you to put your hope and trust in the purest source of all - the ONE!! Jesus Christ is the answer to your cancer. Jesus Christ is the source for your remorse. Jesus Christ is your hope when you are on dope. Jesus Christ is your Father when no one else will bother.

Jesus Christ is your lover when you need a mother. In other words, Jesus is everything that you need right now. Will you surrender your heart to Him, right now. Don't wait until tomorrow. Right now.

The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing

Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life - these do not come from the Father but are from the world. (I John 2:15-17 AMP)

 

God created things - useful and pleasant - for us before He made us on earth. He made things for our sustenance and delight - for our uses... [ Click to Read More ]

These things were meant only to be external and subservient to man. In the deep heart of man was a place where none but God was worthy to live.

Sin brought complications making these gifts a source of ruin for the heart. God was forced out off His throne and things were allowed to enter. The nature of man is now to covet things - to possess all that we can. In fact, man now covets things with a deep and fiery passion.

Our hearts have grown down deep into things. Things have become necessary to us. God's gifts now take the place of God Himself. Remember God gave us things to serve us - to delight us. However, things became the enemy of our heart which we tolerate as life and self = our self life made up of things.

Jesus said in Matt. 16:24-25, If any man desires to be my disciple, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. The only way to destroy this enemy is by the cross. We must take up our cross and follow HIM.

The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty - the abnegation of all things. We must root out of our hearts all things and all sense of possessing. (Tozer)

We can no longer be slaves to the stronghold of things. We can only begin to understand what it means to surrender self. This teaching is a crossroad on our journey to higher mountains. We cannot bypass this in our pursuit of the deep revelation of God.

A great historical example of God's love in rooting out things is given in the account of Abraham in Genesis 22. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. Isaac became the delight and idol of Abraham's heart.

Actually, we may be so bold as to assume that he became the love slave of his son. Can you imagine begging for a child for all those years and finally the promise is fulfilled? Before you criticize Abraham, put yourself in his shoes. This fulfillment of a son was almost more than his heart could contain.

Finally, he would have an heir to fulfill God's covenanted promise. Isaac represented everything sacred to this Father's heart and soon this much loved son began to take God's place in the shrine built for God alone. God steps in to save them both from the consequences of an uncleansed love.

God now requires of him to give up Isaac. We are spared the agony of that night as Abraham perhaps wrestled for hours in his very own Gethsemane. God only wanted to remove Isaac from the temple of his heart so that God alone would reign unchallenged there. Of course, we know the end of the account.

God intervenes and gives Isaac back. God now knows that in the course of Abraham's life, that He alone has first place. The secret in Abraham's life now became this very important point; he had everything but possessed nothing. (Tozer)

Jesus came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him and nothing is safe that is not committed to Him. It is as Tozer put it - the blessedness of possessing nothing. Nothing has my heart - not things, ideas, concepts, and treasures - only the treasure of HIS LOVE AND PRESENCE.

My challenge to you, my friends, is to ask God what are the hidden treasures of your heart. You will be surprised as the Holy Spirit begins to highlight those areas that have challenged God's presence.

As He illumines these areas, obey the Spirit's prompting and confess your sin and ask the Father to set you free from this treasure of things. Today, pick up your cross and follow ONLY HIM.

 

 

 

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