How Can We Be Freed From the Past?

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Men are not free because they are bounded by the past, which is sadly unchangeable.

However, what really affects a person is not the past itself but his interpretation of it.  And this interpretation can always change.

When we are in faith, our interpretation of the past changes. When our faith grows, we will find ourselves truly freed from the past.

What if Abraham Returned to His Hometown at 99?

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What if Abraham had returned to his hometown at the age of 99, failing to wait for the last one year to receive Isaac from God?

His Life must have become the most miserable life ever.  He would never have been able to interpret the meaning of his entire life, which followed the “vain mirage” and was wasted in wandering as a stranger in a stranger in a foreign country, and he would have been continuously ridiculed by many for the rest of his life.

In faith, believing till the end is very important.  We should believe until the promises of God for us are fully fulfilled.  Our ancestor of faith Abraham saw the promise was fulfilled.  At last at 100, a descendant of faith, Isaac, who will succeed the family of faith, was born to him.  Let’s live such a faith-driven life.

Passion Week : Prayer

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Thank you for letting us know that truth is nothing but Jesus.  His birth, his life, his death, his resurrection, and the ascension –  all these are the revelation of God for us.  Christ, the revelation of God is absolute and perfect truth, who clothed in blood and flesh so that all can see him.  This the voice of truth, which cannot be seen though having eyes, which cannot be heard though having ears, is heard and seen by us.  Now may we testify to this truth.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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According to your faith be it unto you

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“According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matt. 9:29)

“Praying through” might be defined as praying one’s way into full faith, emerging while yet praying into the assurance that one has been accepted and heard, so that one becomes actually aware of receiving, by firmest anticipation and in advance of the event, the thing for which he asks.

Let us remember that no earthly circumstances can hinder the fulfillment of His Word if we look steadfastly at the immutability of that Word and not at the uncertainty of this ever-changing world. God would have us believe His Word without other confirmation, and then He is ready to give us “according to our faith.”

“When once His Word is past,

When He hath said , ‘I will,’ (Heb. 13:5)

The thing shall come at last;

God keeps His promise still.” (2 Cor. 1:20)

The prayer of the Pentecostal age was like a cheque to be paid in coin over the counter. –Sir R. Anderson.

“And God said…and it was so.” (Gen. 1:9)

 

“照着你们的信给你们成全了罢”(太九:29) 。

“祷告透切”的意思就是祷告到完全的信心里去;祷告到还在祷告的时候就已经有了一种把握:觉得我们的祷告已蒙垂听,已蒙悦纳了;祷告到事情还没有实现之先,已经得着了所求的。

让我们记得世上任何环境,都不能拦阻神的话应验,所以让我们坚信他的话没有改变的可能,虽然世界一直在改变。神要我们单信他的话,不用别的证实,或凭据,然后他要照着我们的信给我们成全。

事情终会实现,

他有过应许在先;

他说:“不撇下你”,(来十三:5)

神永远信守诺言。(林后一:20)

古代信徒的祷告,像放在银行柜台上的支票一样,立刻可以兑取现金。——安德生

“神说…事就这样成了”(创一:9) 。

 

From streams-in-the-desert

God Had Power to do What He Has Promised

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“Do as thou hast said, that thy name may be magnified forever.” (1 Chron. 17:23, 24)

This is a most blessed phase of true prayer. Many a time we ask for things which are not absolutely promised. We are not sure therefore until we have persevered for some time whether our petitions are in the line of God’s purpose or no. There are other occasions, and in the life of David this was one, when we are fully persuaded that what we ask is according to God’s will. We feel led to take up and plead some promise from the page of Scripture, under the special impression that it contains a message for us. At such times, in confident faith, we say, “Do as Thou hast said.” There is hardly any position more utterly beautiful, strong, or safe, than to put the finger upon some promise of the Divine word, and claim it. There need be no anguish, or struggle, or wrestling; we simply present the check and ask for cash, produce the promise, and claim its fulfillment; nor can there be any doubt as to the issue. It would give much interest to prayer, if we were more definite. It is far better to claim a few things specifically than a score vaguely. –F. B. Meyer.

Every promise of Scripture is a writing of God, which may be pleaded before Him with this reasonable request: “Do as Thou hast said.” The Creator will not cheat His creature who depends upon His truth; and far more, the Heavenly Father will not break His word to His own child.

“Remember the word unto thy servant, on which thou hast caused me to hope,” is most prevalent pleading. It is a double argument: it is Thy Word. Wilt Thou not keep it? Why hast thou spoken of it, if Thou wilt not make it good. Thou hast caused me to hope in it, wilt Thou disappoint the hope which Thou has Thyself begotten in me? –C. H. Spurgeon.

“Being absolutely certain that whatever promise he is bound by, he is able also to make good.” (Rom. 4:21, Weymouth’s Translation)

It is the everlasting faithfulness of God that makes a Bible promise “exceeding great and precious.” Human promises are often worthless. Many a broken promise has left a broken heart. But since the world was made, God has never broken a single promise made to one of His trusting children.

Oh, it is sad for a poor Christian to stand at the door of the promise, in the dark night of affliction, afraid to draw the latch, whereas he should then come boldly for shelter as a child into his father’s house. –Gurnal.

Every promise is built upon four pillars: God’s justice and holiness, which will not suffer Him to deceive; His grace or goodness, which will not suffer Him to forget; His truth, which will not suffer Him to change, which makes Him able to accomplish. –Selected.

 

“求你…照你所说的而行。愿你的名永远…被尊为大”(代上十七:23/24)。

这是一个真信的祷告的样本。许多时侯,我们所求的,并不是神所应许的。 因此我们一时不会明白我们的祷告是否合乎神的旨意。大卫在这里的祷告,告诉我们,他深信所求的应许;在这种时候,我们只须带着信心,用手指按着那应许祈求神说:“求你照你所说的而行”。这是最美丽,最有力,最稳妥的祷告。用不着焦急,用不着苦求,用不着挣扎;我们只要拿出支票来兑现就是了——拿出应许来,要求实践。这样必会增加我们祷告的兴趣。求一件神的应许,远胜求一百件不清楚神旨的事情。——梅尔

圣经中每一个应许,都是神亲笔签字的,我们都可以去要求:“求你照你所说的而行”。创造者决不会欺骗信靠他的受造者;天上的父决不会对他自己的孩子失信。

“求你记念向你仆人从所应许的那叫我有盼望的话”(诗一一九:49直译),是一个最有力的祷告。他给神的理由是:这是你的话,你岂不守信吗?如果你不实践,又何必说呢?你既叫我在你的话上有盼望,难道有使我失去你自己所给我的盼望吗?——司布真

“且满心相信, 神所应许的必能作成”(罗四:21)。

神的永久信实使圣经中的应许“又宝贵,又极大”(彼后一:4)。人的应许常是一无价值的。许多毁约使人碎心。但是神从创世以来, 从没有向他的孩子失过一次信。

哦,一个基督徒在痛苦之夜站在应许的门口,不敢拿门闩,这是何等可怜呢?他应该放胆进去,尤如一个孩子进父亲的家一般。

神每一个应许都是建立在四个根基上的:神的公义,神的圣洁,神的恩典,神的真实。神的公义,不让他失信;神的圣洁,不让他欺骗;神的恩典,不让他遗忘;神的真实,不让他改变

Followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises

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“Followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Heb. 6:12)

They (heroes of faith) are calling to us from the heights that they have won, and telling us that what man once did man can do again. Not only do they remind us of the necessity of faith, but also of that patience by which faith has its perfect work. Let us fear to take ourselves out of the hands of our heavenly Guide or to miss a single lesson of His loving discipline by discouragement or doubt.

“There is only one thing,” said a village blacksmith, “that I fear, and that is to be thrown on the scrap heap.

“When I am tempering a piece of steel, I first beat it, hammer it, and then suddenly plunge it into this bucket of cold water. I very soon find whether it will take temper or go to pieces in the process. When I discover after one or two tests that it is not going to allow itself to be tempered, I throw it on the scrap heap and sell it for a cent a pound when the junk man comes around.

“So I find the Lord tests me, too, by fire and water and heavy blows of His heavy hammer, and if I am not willing to stand the test, or am not going to prove a fit subject for His tempering process, I am afraid He may throw me on the scrap heap.”

When the fire is hottest, hold still, for there will be a blessed “afterward”; and with Job we may be able to say, “When he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” –Selected.

Sainthood springs out of suffering. It takes eleven tons of pressure on a piano to tune it. God will tune you to harmonize with Heaven’s key-note if you can stand the strain.

“Things that hurt and things that mar

Shape the man for perfect praise;

Shock and strain and ruin are

Friendlier than the smiling days.”

 

“总要效法那些凭信心和忍耐承受应许的人”(来六:12)。

信心的英雄今天在荣耀中指示我们:凡他们所成功的,我们亦能。成功的秘诀不只是信心,也在乎忍耐。所以,不让我们疑惑,焦急,沮丧,以至失去受主出乎爱的锻炼的机会。

有一个打铁的铁匠说:“只有一件事是我们所怕的,就是被神丢到碎铁堆里去。

当我锻炼钢铁的时侯,我先把它在炉中烧红,然后用铁锤锤它,又忽然把它投入一桶冷水中。这样,不久我便能试验出来这块铁到底经不经得起锻炼,会不会裂成碎片。我把它这样试验至少二叁次,如果它经不起锻炼,我就把它甩在碎铁堆里;等到收旧货的来了,我就一分钱一磅卖给他”。

“照样,我觉得主也用火,用锤,用水试验我,如果我没有信心和忍耐就经不起试验,以至不能合乎他的标准,我怕他也会把我丢到碎铁堆里去呢”!

虽然火是挺热,锤是挺重,水是挺冷,你还该凭信心和忍耐站住,因为祝福就在后面;让我们和约伯同声说:“他试炼我之后,我必如精金”(伯二十三:10)。——选

圣人出于苦难的磨炼。要一架钢琴出声,须用十一吨压力。如果你经得起压力,神就要把你压出音调来和天上的音乐相和。——选

困苦的考验,疼痛的伤痕,

锻炼出十全十美的灵魂,

惊恐,紧张和灾难的刺激,

更有益于笑话温存

From  Streams In The Desert

Joy Overflowing

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…. ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24b)

It is hard to imagine that the great God who breathes out stars (Psalms 33:6), and has the earth as His footstool (Isaiah 66:1) will have time for anything smaller than that. Yet, time and again we find in the Bible how He cares so much for us humans who are nothing but dust. He places us in His heart.

Even in tiny little details of our lives, God takes interest. May your heart be filled with delight that our God is a personal God. So personal that at a wedding of an insignificant person, no name was ever mentioned, He was willing to take care of their shortage of wine. Once Jesus healed the bleeding woman, upon whom others looked down. No one wanted to associate with her, but Jesus stopped what He was doing to talk with her and bless her.

In the wilderness when God was leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, He made sure they had provision. He rained down bread from heaven, called it manna and sent them quails to eat for meat.

During Jesus’ life on earth, He wept with those who mourned, visited the sick, fed the hungry, and took time with little children.

It should not surprise us then when you read the above verses that He cares even for our joy. Yes, the God of Heaven, the King of Kings wants to see us overflowing with joy.

We read in Galatians 5:22 that the second fruit of the Spirit mentioned right after love is “joy”. When we partake of the Spirit of the Lord, we will have joy. In His presence is fullness of joy; at His right hand there are pleasures forever more. (Psalm 16:11) When we are in the presence of God, when we walk with Him daily, our faces should emanate joy – joy to the full. Smiles should shine on our faces as a result of the reassuring knowledge that….

….. we can depend on God because He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

….. we are not alone for He will be with us always, even unto the ends of the earth.

….. we can run to Him and be saved for He is our refuge.

…..  He will hear us when we speak.

….. He will answer us when we call.

…..  no one can be against us if He is for us.

… no one shall take us away because we are in the strong hands of our loving Shepherd.

….. if we do seek Him, good things will not be lacking in our lives.

and that

….. the great God, at whose voice the earth melts, loved us so much that He had sent His Son, His only Son, to die in our place so that we may live and have abundant life, so that we may be His children and He maybe unto us a Father.

Should this be enough to remind us that the “life in the presence of God” is, in fact, the “life overflowing with joy“?

What then should keep you from beaming with the ‘joy’ entitled to you when you are with Christ?

Jesus said “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

Written By Kate

Begin the day with God!

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“Be ready in the morning, and come up…present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. And no man shall come up with thee.” (Exod. 34:2, 3)

The morning watch is essential. You must not face the day until you have faced God, nor look into the face of others until you have looked into His.

You cannot expect to be victorious, if the day begins only in your own strength. Face the work of every day with the influence of a few thoughtful, quiet moments with your heart and God. Do not meet other people, even those of your own home, until you have first met the great Guest and honored Companion of your life–Jesus Christ.

Meet Him alone. Meet Him regularly. Meet Him with His open Book of counsel before you; and face the regular and the irregular duties of each day with the influence of His personality definitely controlling your every act.

Begin the day with God!

He is thy Sun and Day!

His is the radiance of thy dawn;

To Him address thy lay.

Sing a new song at morn!

Join the glad woods and hills;

Join the fresh winds and seas and plains,

Join the bright flowers and rills.

Sing thy first song to God!

Not to thy fellow men;

Not to the creatures of His hand,

But to the glorious One.

Take thy first walk with God!

Let Him go forth with thee;

By stream, or sea, or mountain path,

Seek still His company.

Thy first transaction be

With God Himself above;

So shall thy business prosper well,

And all the day be love.

–Horatius Bonar.

The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early upon their knees.

Matthew Henry used to be in his study at four, and remain there till eight; then, after breakfast and family prayer, he used to be there again till noon; after dinner, he resumed his book or pen till four, and spent the rest of the day in visiting his friends.

 

From Streams In The Desert

Making Straight the Crooked

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Scripture: “Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked” (Eccles. 7:13).

Often God seems to place His children in positions of profound difficulty, leading them into a wedge from which there is no escape; contriving a situation which no human judgment would have permitted, had it been previously consulted. The very cloud conducts them thither. You may be thus involved at this very hour.

It does seem perplexing and very serious to the last degree, but it is perfectly right. The issue will more than justify Him who has brought you hither. It is a platform for the display of His almighty grace and power.

He will not only deliver you; but in doing so, He will give you a lesson that you will never forget, and to which, in many a psalm and song, in after days, you will revert. You will never be able to thank God enough for having done just as He has. –Selected

 

From Mrs. Charies E. Cowman: Streams in the Desert 

Be Still, and Know That I Am God.

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” Be still, and know that I am God:…” Psalm 46:10a

Our perceptions of things are often out of proportion. We view situations as too big, too bad, too damaged to be fixed, to scary,surely  impossible… and on the list goes.

When it is dark in the house, it is not because the Sun does not shine today. Just open the curtains and you will see that the Sun shines as bright today as it has ever been. God is here with us and still shining His light onto our very lives and situations. Do we know it?

We human have the tendencies to run around, let alone sitting still, and take all the matters in their own hands… often ineffective, exhausting, time wasting, etc. Wouldn’t it be better to leave the troubles in the more capable Hands?

God is more than able! He spoke and the world were made. (Heb 11:3) The heavens were also fashioned in the same way. Even the stars came out of His breath.(Psalms 33:6)

 

Psalm 46 stated :

God is …..       our refuge

our strength

our help in trouble (v.1)

 

Though the earth be removed, the mountains be carried into the sea, God will keep us. (v.2,v.5) He is the God that stops wars. Even the earth melts at His voice.

This same God, who also calls us His children, is inviting us to open our eyes to see the realities of who He is, and not the way those who don’t know Him perceive Him.

Once we realize the measure of His power, His greatness and His desires to protect and care for His own, there should be nothing  left within us to fear. We shall then be able to claim the peace that passeth all understanding. The God of peace is with us today.

Can you say that you know Him today?

If not, get to know Him now,  and you will know that this is the One in whom you can trust.

You can only get to know Him by spending time with Him. For how can we trust someone, whom you don’t know, and how can you get to know someone, with whom you do not spend time.

Set aside time to spend with God alone and you will be assured that the One you are trusting will never fail you to keep you.

Then when troubles come your way, your heart will set you to “be still” for you “know” who God is.

Written by Kate.