Even he who is strong to suffer somewhat for God. Many love Jesus so long as no …Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ, May one Lose the Blessing?The question trembles from many a lip--If I get the blessing, may I lose it? Do you see God's iron-clad grasp of human events there as well? Its connection with the subject of faith. The ultimate demonstration is what takes place down in the hurly burly of life, right in the blood and the sweat and the tears of the marketplace and the home and the school and wherever we are. It is simply the fantastic, radical principle that God intends to live in man. Prayer a most useful exercise. Gnostics referred to this god as Yaltabaoth and thought he was an evil, subordinate god. Where is the life," he asks, "that we have lost in living?" But now we must move on to another mystery. Lord, teach us, then to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. Therefore the final issue always is: "What authority do you have?" We haven't learned a thing more than they about how to solve them. 2. Of course, a lot of demagogues run around making promises merely because they want to get into office. But one thing they do -- they enable us to find the solutions, and to handle the circumstances which come. The sorrows of my heart are enlarged: Oh! for, Thou art miserable wheresoever thou art, and whithersoever thou turnest, unless thou turn thee to God. The Bible is filled with promises, encouragements and illustrations which emphasise the secret of effective prayer. Not in all the libraries or universities of earth, nor in all the research of science, nor in all the thinking of philosophers -- not in any of the investigation of human knowledge and wisdom -- can I ever find the truths which are hidden here. Yea, he may be under such a decay, that little or no difference will be observed betwixt him and others that are yet in nature; and be not only unable to go actively and lively about commanded duties, yea, or to wrestle from under that deadness; but also be so dead, that he shall scarce …John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life, Of the Fewness of those who Love the Cross of JesusJesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. There is no realistic way of dealing with current problems. There is no way by which we could possibly spend the time necessary to think and study through everything ourselves. And the final right -- really the only right -- we have, is to choose which master we are going to submit to. You accept that by blind faith. 3. It is these same things which later on in First Corinthians he refers to as the "mysteries" of God. Men don't want to think of God as being present. The core message of “The Secret” is that we are in control of our own destiny. But we are kidding ourselves when we talk that way, because, of course, we can't do that. Young's Literal Translation Some are using them as they are intended to be used -- as guidelines to prompt your own study. Many follow Jesus that they may eat of His loaves, but few that they may drink of the cup of His passion. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Conclusion. It is also called "the mystery of the gospel" (Ephesians 6:19), and in another place "the mystery of Christ and his church," Ephesians 3:4). And it was he who was in the Psalmist's mind when he spoke of the "good, and upright Lord" who would teach sinners, if they were meek, how to walk in his ways. Therefore it is essential that we understand these mysteries. The Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping: the Lord will receive my prayer.--Ps. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. Sometimes the believer is under such a distemper of weakness and deadness, that there is almost no commanded duty that he can go about; his heart and all is so dead, that he cannot so much as groan under that deadness. And he is the Redeemer, of whom the prophet Isaiah was telling when he said--He …Richard Newton—The Life of Jesus Christ for the Young, Out of the Deep of Suffering and Sorrow. And, through the cross and the resurrection, God has set aside man's guilt and provided for his weakness and impotence, and has given him a way of handling life as it comes -- through the power and the activity of God himself, living in you. 2. But, as it is written,   "What no eye has seen,     nor ear heard,   nor the heart of man conceived,   what God has prepared for those who love him," God has revealed to us through the Spirit. You must face these questions. For what person knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? Without it, life is mere existential despair. xxv: 8-9. Here in Peninsula Bible Church, and among the Christian community around the world, the ultimate authority is the Scriptures. This is the idea Paul conveys regarding Christians. Why is it that politicians can never be trusted to keep their promises -- even the best of them? It is one thing to talk about it at church. The great (and often hidden) reward of fasting is God himself. 3:1-3; 6:19). First, there will be a secret, unheralded return in which He will whisk all Christians, both living and dead, off to Heaven to be present there during the time that the Great Tribulation is taking place on earth. vi. Most certainly. Who is he that hath everything according to his will? "Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful," (1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV). There are many foolish, Sometimes the believer is under such a distemper of weakness and deadness, that there is almost no commanded duty that he can go about; his heart and all is so dead, that he cannot so much as groan under that deadness. Our focus today is on God’s hidden, or secret will, which is alluded to … 1. That's the point. If thou dost so, thou wilt be in danger often of following sight rather than faith,--choosing the evil, and refusing the good. --PSALM xxv. Psalm 27:5 says, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. Where has all our vaunted education -- the heights of human wisdom -- brought us, when we haven't been able to solve any of the basic problems? "Why should injustice prevail? My challenge to you is to ask yourself how faithful a steward you are of these great secrets. The phrase “shadow of the Almighty” symbolizes God’s protection. May God help us as we face them and answer these questions: How much do you know of this yourself? God has not only gone public with this secret, but he invites us and longs for us to know it. As Paul tells us, "This slight, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison," (2 Corinthians 4:17 RSV). Our Father, we ask you to forgive us for the neglect of your Word. We say, "I want to come to my own conclusions." 1, 2. --PSALM xxv. The law of attraction assumes a pantheistic (God is everything) view of God. My soul! This is the fact that in the midst of the world around us, with nature and people and books and trees and houses and all the other visibilities of life -- right in the midst of it, permeating all of it, and governing and controlling everything -- is a secret, invisible kingdom. Blind to good and evil, reckless to destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way. Therefore, what it says is final. Work through our lives to heal many, we pray, and above all, make us faithful stewards of these secrets. The Old Testament Scriptures had predicted tha But there are some good politicians, too, who make promises they fully intend to keep. A loud voice easily draws a crowd. When the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; or, the counsel of God; when, i.e., in my tent I held sweet counsel with God, and communed with him as friend with friend (comp. This feeling is perhaps best described by the high priest of humanism, Bertrand Russell, who recently died. There is no man in the world free from trouble or anguish, though he were King or Pope. Objection, that prayer seems useless, because God already knows our wants. Who hasn't asked, "Why did this happen to me? "The Word of God" we call it. God rewards Christian fasting because it attunes us to the very purpose of God in the universe: to magnify himself in our desiring, enjoying, and being satisfied in him. How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" They have been preached here many times. I don't mean to condemn; God does not condemn. xxxviii. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. Oh! Seven years later (o… In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. It is nothing but a cold, cosmic machine, cranking on its relentless way ... if you don't recognize the kingdom of God as Jesus revealed it -- the heavenly Father with his heart of concern for his own, his intimate knowledge of even the hairs of your head and every other part of your body and being. Its necessity and propriety. How many of you get up in the morning, and, first thing, feel a sense of guilt about something you didn't do but should have, or something wrong you did do the night before? We are caretakers, custodians, of God's secrets, dispensers of them -- not to keep them for ourselves, but to practice them and distribute them to a waiting world which is falling apart because it doesn't understand how to handle life the way it ought to be lived. A general summary of what is contained in the previous part of the work. How much we need to give ourselves to it, Lord. You can be confronted with puzzling and baffling experiences you don't know the answers to. If thou dost so, thou wilt be in danger often of following sight rather than faith,--choosing the evil, and refusing the good. Christ treated all of Scripture, which at that time consisted of what we call the Old Testament, as the … He is their God and they are his people, and that knowledge brings in its wake tremendous responsibilities. There is no man in the world free from trouble or anguish, though he were King or Pope. "All the Paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies." The {m} secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. And we have a responsibility to our own generation to be stewards of the mysteries of God. "Well," somebody says, "that is fine for you Christians. How we struggle with this! The paths of the Lord? How much is it showing up in my practical daily existence? You can win, by means of the secret of godliness. 7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 2. The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. never follow thine own paths. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God OF PEACE will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9, emphasis added, NKJV) 6. Many are astonished at His Miracles, few follow after the shame of His Cross. That the evidence which God has afforded us of the truth of our religion is abundantly sufficient. And they are essential to life. Who is he who hath the happiest lot? If you want purpose in your life, you must begin by recognizing the fact of this mystery, of this secret kingdom, this rule of God in the midst of human affairs. The two examples here are men who were successful because they served the Lord wholeheartedly. Col 1:26~27 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. Christ who is the great secret in the bible. A transition to the doctrine of prayer. Do you know how to handle the sense of feebleness you feel whenever you are challenged with something too big for you? I am greatly concerned at how many Christians exposed to the truth of God are still unable to handle life as it is thrown at them. Of the Fewness of those who Love the Cross of Jesus. In Chapter 4, Verses 1 and 2, there is a beautiful statement describing what a Christian is: This is how one should regard us [Christians], as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. That despair has spread throughout the world in our day. And he says, "They do not know these secrets of God. 6. Answer, from the institution and end of prayer. There are many passages in Scripture which speak of that change, of what God is going to do in the future, what he is preparing us for. Men deny the existence of this secret kingdom. They are constantly making mistakes -- terrible, ghastly, costly mistakes which injure and damage thousands and millions of people. We are stewards of the mysteries of God. God has not told us everything that He knows. These are the riches God has entrusted to us to disseminate through our lives to others. Let this be thy prayer, "Show me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths." Then there is what Paul calls, in Second Thessalonians, "the mystery of lawlessness," (2 Thessalonians 2:7 RSV). (See Eph. That is what God calls us to learn. Pray “in secret…and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (v. 6). From what has been said, upon the foregoing heads, it is, A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God. This is the answer -- this secret of God. In First Corinthians 2, the Apostle Paul is saying this very thing to the Corinthian believers: When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. Its necessity and use. The most prolific cause of loss is disobedience--disobedience either to one of God's written commands, or to the inward promptings of His Holy Spirit. The Whisper of God: An Invitation to the Secret Place. He gently whispers, we lean in. Do you have any idea how dark this world would be, how completely hopeless life would be, without the slightest bit of relief, were it not for the dissemination of these secrets of God through the centuries already -- by Christian people? At last we must cry out with the apostle as we stand before the greatness of God and say, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! And yet that is what changes life. But nearer to death, no nearer to God. What a God! There are many foolish …Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ, How to Make Use of Christ as the Life, when the Believer is So Sitten-Up in the Ways of God, that He Can do Nothing. What truth! Job xxxvi: 22. 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. Significantly, it was to Paul, not Peter, that "the secret of the gospel" was first revealed. 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