Know Thy Self: Consider His ways And turn Your feet to His Testimonies

I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies

In nature, mankind is the only creature on earth capable of purposeful self-development. Thus, the existence of an objective contradiction between the need of modern society for specialists capable of continuous self-development and the currently flourishing filling (civilizational) education paradigm, which does not consider the needs of the object in pedagogical activity (student/learner), forced our society to turn to the humanitarian direction in education. Creating the conditions for the self-development of all participants in the educational process was realized based on the humanization of education (humanitas – Latin, which has human nature). This position is a consequence of a fact realized by many research scholars “… the core of the personality is its humanitarian component”.

The statement in the value of self-development can be traced in many philosophical, psychological and pedagogical concepts. The diversity of approaches to the problems of personal self-development is reflected in the works of domestic and foreign scholars: the fulfillment of a social function by a person in all spheres of his life activity; searching for oneself and striving for one’s height (A. Compte); acquisition of spiritual experience through immersion and self-purification by others; Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. (Aristotle), etc.

Many philosophers (C. Jung, A. Adler, and others) attribute the self-development of an individual to the number of human abilities. Socrates valued the main ability of man – self-improvement, pointing to the dependence of the fate of a person on the activity and productivity of his work on himself. Adler argued that each of the people at a certain moment is aware of their inadequacy, and many (not all) begin to purposefully improve themselves, i.e. aware of the need for active self-development.

To develop the ability for self-development, a person must have the appropriate driving forces, needed for it. In Christianity, we do not meet so much with believers, dealing with issues of self-knowledge and spiritual development of the individual. For this reason, many are not saved but are involved in a spiritual quest. To them, God must be too personified, limited, despotic, demanding and awesome hellish tortures for all disobedient. Accordingly, people who worship such a God look pathetic, ignorant, and meaningful in the eyes of an outsider.

The paradox is that there is not and cannot be any other way to self-knowledge and self-development, except that it was presented through the revelation of God’s Word. Many have never tried to look for it. They had to solve all their problems on their own. But God wants us to know ourselves: “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my rebellion and my sin.” A banter to most believers would come from the great psychologist and philosopher Carl Jung: “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes”

Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

Let us test and examine our ways and return to the Lord!

Why are you afraid of silence for prolonged periods? What are you afraid of? Why do you stay silent when it is necessary to speak up? Why are you anxious? Did you know you can learn a lot about yourself by what scares you? Did you know fear also hinders you if you fail to use it as a tool?

By knowing one’s failure, an athlete knows the next step he or she can take to grow. Most experienced athletes keep a training journal, and it is conducted by athletes not only in order to plan their workouts but in order to track their progress, regulate and analyze physical activity and strength. These are data and numbers, not a “diary” in the usual sense of the word. Thus, by knowing their fears and weaknesses they work them out. Failure to an athlete is a tool.

Learn your fears, learn yourself; Ask Jesus to make known to you your rebellion and your sin. Learn from it and do not do so again. Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still. Consider your ways and turn your feet to His testimonies. You must examine yourself, and in so doing you are to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. Each one of us must examine our own work, and then we will have a reason for boasting regarding ourselves alone, and not regarding another. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test?

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Getting a New Image of God

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Most people have a wrong image of God. At least, most of the people I have met.
Usually, people have an image of God in their mind that was put there by mixing a lot of experiences together all the way from their childhood to maturity.
Usually, they have to be taught this wrong image.
Everyone I’ve ever met that brought up “Job” or “Paul’s Thorn” or “Timothy’s Stomach”, had been taught those things in church. They didn’t just come up with them, they were taught unbelief.
I wish I could summarize a right image of God into one statement. Actually, I can, “Jesus!”. Yet, while that does accurately summarize the heart, nature and character of God, it doesn’t clarify things for the average person, without further instruction.
I know that one way to get a better understanding of God is to know and understand the names He told us to that He was to be known by to us.

Names like:
Jehovah Jireh – “The God Who Provides for You”
Jehovah Rapha – “The God Who Heals You”
Jehovah Tsidkenu – “The God Who Is Your Righteousness”
Jehovah Sabboath – “The God of Hosts” (The Lord of Armies)

There are also many more. Each name gives us different insight into God’s nature and character. When taken together we get a clear overall picture of the totality of Who God is. In all of these names we see that God wants to be that to us. We also know that God wants us to know Him as the fulfillment of each of His names.
In the 10 Commandments, we are told not to take the Lord’s Name in vain.
While that is usually understood to mean that we should not use God’s name in a “cussing” way, the literal meaning is that we are not to take His Name in a way that does not allow it to be fulfilled to us. For example, if you claim to be a Christian and yet do not believe in His willingness and ability to heal you, you have “taken His Name in vain”.
To get a correct image of God, we should start with the premise that God is good.
We should start with the premise that God will heal us (until such a time that might find out that He does not want us well).
What I mean by that is this… (Please Click here to Continue on Authors Site)

by Curry Blake

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Absolute surrender

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A South African writer, teacher and Christian pastor, Andrew Murray was in Scotland once in a company where hey were talking about the condition of Christ’s Church. The conversation was on what the great need of the Church and of believers was; and there in his company was a godly worker who has much to do in training workers, and Andrew asked him what he would say was the great need of the Church, and the message that ought to be preached. He answered very quietly and simply and determinedly: “Absolute surrender to God is the one thing.”

The words ring true to me as never before. That man began to tell Andrew, about the workers with whom he had to deal, he finds that if they are sound on that point, even though they be backward, they are willing to be taught and helped, and they always improve; whereas others who are not sound there very often go back and leave the work. The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.

God Expects Your Surrender

Yes, it has its foundation in the very nature of God. God cannot do otherwise. Who is God? He is the Fountain of life, the only Source of existence and power and goodness, and throughout the universe there is nothing good but what God works. God has created the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the flowers, and the trees, and the grass; and are they not all absolutely surrendered to God? Do they not allow God to work in them just what He pleases? When God clothes the lily with its beauty, is it not yielded up, surrendered, given over to God as He works in its beauty? And God’s redeemed children, oh, can you think that God can work His work if there is only half or a part of them surrendered? God cannot do it. God is life, and love, and blessing, and power, and infinite beauty, and God delights to communicate Himself to every child who is prepared to receive Him; but ah! this one lack of absolute surrender is just the thing that hinders God. And now He comes, and as God, He claims it.

I am sure there is many a heart that says: “Ah, but that absolute surrender implies so much!” Someone says: “Oh, I have passed through so much trial and suffering, and there is so much of the self-life still remaining, and I dare not face the entire giving of it up, because I know it will cause so much trouble and agony.” Alas! alas! that God’s children have such thoughts of Him, such cruel thoughts. Oh, I come to you with a message, fearful and anxious one. God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your strength, or by the power of your will; God is willing to work it in you. Do we not read: “It is God that works in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13)? And that is what we should seek for–to go on our faces before God, until our hearts learn to believe that the everlasting God Himself will come in to turn out what is wrong, to conquer what is evil, and to work what is well-pleasing in His blessed sight. God Himself will work it in you.

God comes and offers to work this absolute surrender in you. All these searchings and hungerings and longings that are in your heart, I tell you they are the drawings of the divine magnet, Christ Jesus. He lived a life of absolute surrender, He has possession of you; He is living in your heart by His Holy Spirit. You have hindered and hindered Him terribly, but He desires to help you to get hold of Him entirely. And He comes and draws you now by His message and words. Will you not come and trust God to work in you that absolute surrender to Himself? Yes, blessed be God, He can do it, and He will do it. God not only claims it and works it, but God accepts it when we bring it to Him.

God Accepts Your Surrender

Excerpts from: Murray, Andrew. Absolute surrender. Clc Publications, 2012.
You may down load the free PDF from this sites Resource page

“And Ben-hadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it. And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Ben-hadad, Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine. And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am your and all that I have” (1 Ki. 20:1-4).

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Are you Dreaming? Stand Watch!

 

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For many thousands of years, each nation has a history of cultures, people, with great feats of glory, accepting the self-sacrifice of their defenders, warriors, and sailors who, without thought of their lives, defend their homeland. In their memory are built statues, memorials, cathedrals and temples. The feat that the warriors perform is the best evidence of our nation as well as any other nation which manifests itself in the most difficult time of trials.

With that in mind, whenever history looks at heroic deeds, only the most evident of heroic deeds are celebrated. Albeit, no book has ever been written on four-hour sentry duty. No man has been hailed as a hero of guard duty. Standing watch during peacetime can be monotonous, tedious and would not inspire a young patriot to join the military. Yet it prepares a soldier for duty during hostile times, and properly executed watch saves lives.

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved.

That’s exactly what Jesus Christ did in the garden of Gethsemane. He is about to go on to the cross, betrayed by his close companion. He is about to partake in a spiritual conflict, which will change the course of history. All prophesies are about to be complete. Before he enters his prayer, he tells his closest companions “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.

Stay Up! Pray! And what do we find later? His disciples are asleep. At the brink of the greatest change of history… Asleep. Are you keeping watch? When God is trying to change everything around you! At the time when God is about to push you to fulfill what he created you for! Are you keeping watch? During the time when God is about to push you to fulfill the whole reason, you were sent to this world… Are you keeping watch?

During sentry duty, what is most observed, that right before light, the night becomes the darkest. The most arduous time of watch is from 3 am to 5 am, the time when the sentry’s “life” is screaming for sleep. Young Soldiers learn the art of sleep while standing. Likewise, in a mind-boggling astonishment, one can sleep on the go. Think on this, while one is on watch, the duty is to be aware, to guard everything within the limits of ones post and to quit post only when properly relieved. Yet, a Soldiers earns for sleep, the helmet and the body armor become a tool of sleep. While standing on guard – with the edge of the helmet you grab the door grille, relax one leg and sleep, after about 2-3 minutes the supporting leg bends and you immediately wake up cheerful and contented, because nothing is more invigorating than the prospect of falling flat on the concrete floor. The trick of the Sergeant of the guard is to surprise the Solider in a way, which will place the fear of God in his heart and the sleeping Soldier will not slumber on duty again.

Are we as the Church learning how to embrace sweet slumber? Are we enjoying the prospect of dreams and illusions while in the Service of the Great and High King? Are we sleeping when God is inviting you into great and precious promises? Are you standing watch in prayer for the family? The Church? The City? The Nation? Are you staying connected in communion with God? Or are you sleeping while God is inviting you to you to share his divine nature? Are you awake or are you asleep while God is trying to do something in your life? Are you praying right now while things are going ok? Are you angry at God and stopped praying when questions and troubles entered your life? David was connected with God, he slew Goliath! Elijah stayed connected to God, and defeated the prophets of Baal! Are you connected to God and are allowing him to work in your life. He is trying to speak to you! He is trying to teach you! He is trying to work through you! God is searching for someone among us who would build up the wall and stand before Him in the gap on behalf of the land so he would not have to destroy it, but…Has he found one? Are you even awake to hear Him? God wants a revival…. But we are asleep… We rested on our helmet and body armor… our legs are asleep… we are focusing on money… homes… who is right in a family feud… distracted by philosophies and theologies… God is on a back burner… we focus on businesses… new trends and algorithms… we focus on who did what…

What did Jesus ask his apostles when he returned? “You could not even stay up an hour?” Why are we distracted, or impatient? For this reason, it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you. Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

You must pay close attention to what the prophets wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

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Now It is High Time to Awake out of Sleep

 

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The Lord speaks in the hearts of many from among His people: REPENT! Repent twice, I say unto you, saith the Lord, REPENT! Three times I appeal to my people, says the Lord, REPENT! The time of the greatest falling away and bitterness comes into the lives of many believers! And if you do not choose the path of the deepest repentance before Me, then withdraw even more from Me and choose the medium of seduction for yourself, which many of you cherish for hearing! The smoke and smoking of unholy fire fill the churches more and more, preparing them to meet with the false messiah! Everyone who practices sin practices lawlessness as well. Indeed, sin is lawlessness. But you know that Christ appeared to take away sins, and in Him, there is no sin. No one who remains in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has seen Him or known Him. Fall before the Jesus in anguish.

My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in agony! Oh, the pain in my heart! My heart pounds; I cannot be silent. For you, my soul, have heard the sound of the ram’s horn! Yet not every one that saith unto Him, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of our Father which is in heaven. True salvation has observable characteristics. Salvation is for a time as well as eternity.  Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. Yet today it is a culture of obsession with entertainment in Gods house, filled with offense, no one wants to hear of reproof and correction.

The preachers, to justify the theory of the salvation of everyone and everything, especially non-Christian, unbaptized, found in the Bible a prophecy that was taken out of context:


“Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”

In other words, once called upon the name, all are saved.  very convenient, with a superstitions magic of words, a contract is signed. Nonsense! in fact, this is a purely sectarian approach – taking it out of context, keeping silent about other statements in the Bible on the same subject (salvation), rejecting the words of Christ.

Just as King Belshazzar and Babylonians, banqueting with the tools and goblets of the House of God. As Babylonians, today’s people of God are blinded and cannot understand the word of god as Babylonians failed to understand when God spoke. As Danial stood and interpreted the word, the Babylonians failed to repent; the same today, many cannot bend a knee in repentance, yet the time is short. Just as the children of Israel, today many say the right words, sing the right song, yet God does not hear them. For they cannot stand a prophet in their midst.

Help me oh Lord and my God to break away from the modern culture. Help me to be poured out for the sake of others. Lead me through the narrow gate, in denial of self and self-righteousness fully submitted to you no matter the cost. Help me to break away as Elisha broke away, away from dead, arrogant, denominational, cultural Christianity without a crucified and risen Christ in their hearts. Let me walk in anguish for you my God and my father, in distress for the fallen, in deep pain and sorrow and agony of your heart. Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing. Make me solid in the knowledge of Christ and use me for your Glory! Let me be the man that heareth you, watching daily at your gates, waiting at the posts of your doors.

Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

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