Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Practice Spiritual Concentration-Tozer

   The following is one of my favorite writings of A.W. Tozer, he is someone you need to know:
    Retire from the world each day to some private spot.  Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God's Presence envelops you.  Deliberately tune out the world.  Listen for the inward Voice till you learn to recognize it.  Stop trying to compete with others.  Give yourself to God, and then be what and do what you are without regard t what others think.  Reduce your interests to a few.  Don't try to know what will be of no service to you.  Avoid the digest type of mind--short bits of unrelated facts, cute stories and bright sayings.  Learn to pray inwardly every moment.  After a while you can do this even while you work  Practice candor, childlike honesty, humility.  Read less, but read more of what is important to your inner life.  Call home your roving thoughts.  Gaze on Christ with the eyes of your soul.  Prace spiritual concentration.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Praise the LORD

Psalm 145
    I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your Name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You, and I will proase Your Name forever and ever.  3 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised and His greatness is unsearchable.       

           Praising the LORD is an important, yes critical part of our relationship with Jesus.  I basically involves thanking Him for the many blessings in our life.  The ways we can recognize our Father's goodness are as limiless as the ways He reveals Himself to mankind.  God says He inhabits the praise of His people,  He is with us when we praise Him.
    God gives us many reasons to be thankful, no matter what our circumstances.  He has promised to cause all things to work together for good for those of us who love Him.  He is willing, He is able, He will do it.
    Every night when I lay down to sleep I thank God for five things of the day.  Taking nothing for granted, it is critical to maintain a humble and thankful spirit.
Someone has asked "what if God took away that for which we have not thanked Him?"  He is good, love Him, thank Him, pray for His soon return.

Psalm 103
   Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy Name.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Bread of Life

Jesus said: "I am the Bread of Life", He is also the Living Bread that came down out of heaven.  In contrast to the manna God provided to the Israelites which fed their bodies for a time but did not feed their souls, Jesus is the Bread which feeds and gives life to our soul.
    Jesus said in John 6, He was giving His flesh and His blood and we must eat and drink these in order to have eternal life.  These verses mean we must have the faith in His atoning work which unites us to Him in the closest possible way.  Just as we assimilate food which we eat; by faith we must assimilate Christ into our beings-abide in Him.  Just as the bread we eat becomes part of us, so Christ will dwell in us as we have faith in Him and His finished work for us.
    No one can eat bread for us, no one can drink for us, each of us must do this for ourselves, we must choose faith in Christ for ourselves.
    Jesus said His words are "spirit and life".  A fleshly interpretation of these verses is incorrect, spiritual application is needed.
     These are promises which lead to eternal life.
     Please listen to the program Light for My Path on WZLP 95.7 Loudonville or live streaming on on February 14 for more on this passage.  This program will be archived on this website on February 16.
     May God richly bless you.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Proverbs 2

     Consider the great and gracious promises found in Proverbs 2.  First of all, a promise that you can understand what it means to "fear the LORD" and gain the knowledge of God.  Verse 6 says "the LORD grants wisdom.  From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  Next in verse 7 we find that He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest and He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.  Verse 8 says He guards the path of the just and protects those who are faithful to Him.
      On what basis do we claim these promises for ourselves?  Have you asked God to save your soul, are you willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ?  The first three verses of Proverbs 2 give us the secret to gaining these promises.
First of all; Listen to what God says in His Word, the Bible.  Secondly, listen to God's wisdom, concentrate on understanding.  Thirdly cry out for insight and ask for understanding.  And here is the attitude you must have while you are searching and seeking; search as you would for silver, seek them like hidden treasure.
     This means you must spend time studying the Bible, not books about the Bible.  At the same time, you must ask God to help you understand His Word, He will teach you.  You must have the attitude of humility and willingness to obey, God never gives you guidance to consider.  If you know in your heart you will not obey Him, He will not speak to you.
     Spiritual truth is spiritually discerned, you must have submitted your life to Jesus, the Son of God, before you can expect any guidance from God.
      If today you understand that you are sinner in need of a Savior, that there is One Who loves you and is eager to receive you, forgive you and give you a new beginning for life eternal; then pray this prayer:
      "Jesus, I am a sinner, I want to be forgiven, to be free of guilt.  I accept by faith your free gift of forgiveness, salvation and eternal life.  Thank you for dying and taking the penalty I deserve.  I give my life to You, thank you for giving me eternal life."
        Friend, Jesus is coming soon, maybe today.