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    The Spiritually Self-Seeking Church

    Reconciliation means the restoring of the relationship between the entire human race and God, putting it back to what God designed it to be. This is what Jesus Christ did in redemption. The church ceases to be spiritual when it becomes self-seeking, only interested in the development of its own organization. The reconciliation of the human race according to His plan means realizing Him not only in our lives individually, but also in our lives collectively. Jesus Christ sent apostles and teachers for this very purpose— that the corporate Person of Christ and His church, made up of many members, might be brought into being and made known. We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy a quiet spiritual retreat. We are here to have the full realization of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of building His body.

    Get Moving! (1)

    In the matter of determination. The Spirit of Jesus is put into me by way of the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I then have to build my thinking patiently to bring it into perfect harmony with my Lord. God will not make me think like Jesus— I have to do it myself. I have to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). “Abide in Me”— in intellectual matters, in money matters, in every one of the matters that make human life what it is. Our lives are not made up of only one neatly confined area.

    "Work Out" What God "Works in" You

    Your will agrees with God, but in your flesh there is a nature that renders you powerless to do what you know you ought to do. When the Lord initially comes in contact with our conscience, the first thing our conscience does is awaken our will, and our will always agrees with God. Yet you say, “But I don’t know if my will is in agreement with God.” Look to Jesus and you will find that your will and your conscience are in agreement with Him every time. What causes you to say “I will not obey” is something less deep and penetrating than your will.

    The Staggering Question

    Can a sinner be turned into a saint? Can a twisted life be made right? There is only one appropriate answer— “O Lord God, You know” (Ezekiel 37:3). Never forge ahead with your religious common sense and say, “Oh, yes, with just a little more Bible reading, devotional time, and prayer, I see how it can be done.”

    The Habit of Recognizing God’s Provision

    . . . you may be partakers of the divine nature . . . —2 Peter 1:4

    We are made “partakers of the divine nature,” receiving and sharing God’s own nature through His promises. Then we have to work that divine nature …

    Take the Initiative

    Add means that we have to do something. We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save nor sanctify ourselves— God does that. But God will not give us good habits or character, and He will not force us to walk correctly before Him. We have to do all that ourselves. We must “work out” our “own salvation” which God has worked in us (Philippians 2:12). Add means that we must get into the habit of doing things, and in the initial stages that is difficult. To take the initiative is to make a beginning— to instruct yourself in the way you must go.

    The Patience To Wait for the Vision

    Patience is not the same as indifference; patience conveys the idea of someone who is tremendously strong and able to withstand all assaults. Having the vision of God is the source of patience because it gives us God’s true and proper inspiration. Moses endured, not because of his devotion to his principles of what was right, nor because of his sense of duty to God, but because he had a vision of God. “. . . he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). A person who has the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue— he is devoted to God Himself.

    Spiritual Vision Through Personal Character

    Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place… —Revelation 4:1

    A higher state of mind and spiritual vision can only be achieved through the higher practice of personal character. If you live up to the highest and best that you know in the outer level of your life, God will continually say to you, “Friend, come up even higher.” There…

    Turning Back or Walking with Jesus?

    Do you also want to go away? —John 6:67

    What a penetrating question! Our Lord’s words often hit home for us when He speaks in the simplest way. In spite of the fact that we know who Jesus is, He asks, “Do you also want to go away?” We must continually maintain an adventurous attitude toward Him, despite any…

    How Do We Cultivate Good Habits?

    There are plenty of bad habits out there. Biting our nails, cracking our knuckles. But how do we cultivate good habits? Well, today on Discover the Word, join the team as they conclude a two-week series with author Kim Cash Tate. It’s all about turning a lifestyle of intimacy with God from an idea, into […]

    What Will Carry You Through Difficult Times?

    They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going! But what do we do when hard times go on and on? What can carry us through those prolonged difficult times? Today on Discover the Word, we’ll answer this difficult question with the help of author Kim Cash Tate. Find the strength to carry […]

    Discover How To Follow And Cling To God’s Leading

    When the world says “go right,” God might say “turn left.” But how do we learn to follow and “Cling” to God even when He’s leading us against the wisdom of the world? Well, find out today on Discover the Word, when author Kim Cash Tate rejoins the team for another conversation.  

    Fix Your Eyes On What God Can Do

    Where we are weak, God is strong! And today on Discover the Word, author Kim Cash Tate helps us overcome our natural tendency to focus on what we can’t do, to fix our eyes on what God can do! She’s at the table with the rest of the team today on Discover the Word!

    “Cling”

    Do you ever feel intimidated by some parts of the Bible?  It might seem like reading, well, Greek.  But today on Discover the Word, author Kim Cash Tate joins the team to help us see how we can come to a deeper understanding of God’s ways.  It’s the second week of a series titled, “Cling” […]

    Discover How God Satisfies Your Deepest Longings

    When someone’s lost at sea, they’re surrounded by nothing but water! But none of it will satisfy their thirst. And today on Discover the Word, we’ll see how when we’re adrift on the sea of life, there’s only one way to quench our spiritual thirst and it can’t be found in our surroundings. Find out […]

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