The Victory of the Saints

“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the victory. . .” (I Chronicles 29:11a).

Victory (Heb. Netsach): A goal, Splendor, the bright object toward which we travel, Truthfulness, Confidence (from I Chron.29:11)

Victory (Gr. Nikos, from Nike): A conquest, triumph

The glorious aspect of our God is His magnanimous Spirit to bring us with Him in all He does and is (cf. Hebrews 2:10). His great victory over His enemies was not for Himself alone, but on our behalf and for us to receive and in which to live. Yes, we can live a victorious and triumphant life in Christ, our Lord and Savior today.

There are two great enemies of God and man: sin and death. God, in Christ claimed victory over both of these great enemies; first in the Cross and second in the Resurrection, and both of these great victories are for the Saints.

“That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21). Thus says the Apostle to the Church at Rome and to all the Saints for all time.

First Sin reigned over the Saints; now righteousness reigns. Death came upon us as a consequence of Sin, now eternal life reigns through the righteousness of Christ. This is our victory through our faith in Him. “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4).

The embodiment of Sin is called the Man of Sin (cf. II Thessalonians 2:3). The spirit of the Man of Sin is at work in all ages and is at work in our time through the spirit of Antichrist, called the Beast in the Scriptures. In Revelation, the Apostle John saw by a vision a great sign in heaven and was made to see “a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the Beast, and over the Image, and over his Mark, and over the number of his name. . .” (Revelation 15:2). These were singing “the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of Saints” (Revelation 15:3).

The victory of God our King, the Conquest, the Triumph of His mighty works and ways through the Cross and by His Resurrection from the dead translate to and are conferred upon the Saints in whom He works; first through Christ in the Incarnation and second through the Holy Spirit indwelling the Saints in the Life of the Ekklesia, His Body. It is through His Body that Christ is being glorified in the earth today (cf. II Thessalonians 1:10). It is through His Body that the triumphant victory of Christ is working and through whom Christ is being glorified and magnified to the rulers of the darkness of this evil age; those now living under the system of the Beast.

We live in perilous times, troublesome times, like Winter when all is barren and covered in ice and snow. We need an abiding place, a place to dwell, to work, and live in the Kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul found such a place during his tribulations. He wrote to Titus, his faithful Brother in the Lord and companion in faith: “When I shall send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have determined there to winter” (Titus 3:12). Nicopolis means “the victorious city”.

In all your trials, troubles, tribulations and the times of winter, find your Nicopolis, your victorious city in Christ Jesus. Like Abraham, look to the Lord by faith and seek for that City “which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10).

Christ Jesus, the victory of the saints.

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The Kingdom, the Power, the Glory

“For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13b)

Kingdom: (Gr. Basileia): Royalty, Rule, a Realm, Reign

Kingdom: (Heb. Mamlakah): Dominion, King’s Reign, Royal, a Realm

Power: (Heb. Ghebuwrah): Force, Valor, Victorious, Might, Strength

Power: (Gr. Dunamis): Miraculous Power, Ability, Might, Strength

Glory: (Gr. Doxa): Dignity, Honor, Praise, Worship

Glory: (Heb. Tipharah): Majesty, Beauty, Bravery, Comely, Fair, Honor

The Realm of God in all His majestic splendor is beyond description. Words fail to capture the magnificence of His Domain. The Scriptures give us only small glimpses of the inexpressible wonder of His Kingdom, His Power and His Glory.

King David spoke of these things in his prayer at the time of transferring his kingdom reign to Solomon:

“David blessed the Lord before all the congregation, and said, ‘Blessed be Thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all.

Both riches and honor come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

Now, therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name‘” (I Chronicles 29:10-13).

The Son of David, Jesus, our Lord, taught us to pray to our Heavenly Father, Lord of the Universe by saying:

“Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10).

Thy Kingdom Come. We welcome the Royal Reign and Rule of Heaven to rule and reign in the earth, in our lives, in our homes and families, communities, States and Nations. We welcome the will of God to be done here as it is done there in Heaven. This rule and reign is a spiritual dominion in our hearts, in our spirits by the Spirit of God.

The Apostle expressed it this way: “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). This is a glorious truth because it means the Kingdom is accessible to everyone who believes. We can all welcome the Kingdom into our daily lives and live in God’s realm, under His dominion, His Royal rule without fear, with full confidence of continuous victory in the Kingdom of God. We can live in hope, a joyful expectation of God’s goodness and grace. We can have the peace of God reigning in our hearts by faith in the Holy Spirit.

Thine is the Power. Living in the Kingdom is living with miraculous power, ability, might and strength. From the natural to the supernatural; from the earthly to the heavenly, from the fleshly to the spiritual, from one degree of Glory to another. The powerful force of the Spirit of God is working in us mightily (cf. Colossians 1:29).

Thine is the Glory. When we welcome the Kingdom, we welcome the dignity, honor, beauty, and majesty of the King and He is glorious. He is worthy of worship and all praise forever. There is a glory in our love relationship as the Bride of Christ with our Lord. It is comely, fair, honorable, and beautiful. It is wonderful and full of glory.

As we live in our world today, it is a tremendous comfort to the heart to know that we are not living under any other government, than the government of God. We have no king, but Jesus. We live in His Kingdom; we live in His Power, and we live in the Glory of God.

“Of the increase of His Government and peace there shall be no end upon the Throne of David, and upon His Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform it” (Isaiah 9:7).

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Come Out!

“. . .come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord” (II Corinthians 6:17).

World: (Gr. Kosmos, from Komizo): An orderly arrangement

There is a dichotomy to which we must give attention in the vital areas of our lives. The world, the flesh; the Kingdom and the Spirit. We commonly hear said, “we are in the world, but not of it” and the Scripture, “For though we walk in the flesh (our bodies), we do not war (walk) after the flesh” (II Corinthians 10:3). There is a coming out of the natural order (the world) to live in a greater and higher order, (the Kingdom).

This change of order was announced from the beginnings of the Gospel with John the Baptist who shouted, “Repent! the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). This was followed by the coming of Jesus, Who said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Two voices announcing a change, a coming out of the old order into something new.

Living in the world and being comfortable with that cosmos, that orderly arrangement is antithetical to life in the Kingdom and in the Spirit. This is the reason for the imperative “come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord”. This exclamation of the Apostle in his letter to Corinth follows a passage of comparisons he was making in his Epistle: “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness? and what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (II Corinthians 6:14-16).

The point of departure from the world to the Kingdom is the Cross of Calvary. The Apostle identified with the Cross so intimately that it became to him his coming out and coming into his new life. As he wrote to the Galatians: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14). In our vernacular we would say, “The world is dead to me, and I am dead to the world.” That is a coming out to the max.

Jesus used the example of the master/servant relationship and declared: “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). The world and the Kingdom fit the same analogy. Which master will you serve?

Coming out gives us our center of being. We place ourselves under the control of the Spirit and release ourselves from the control of the world. This is a powerful deliverance from bondage into the freedom of the sons of God. The Apostle emphasized this in his first Epistle to the Corinthians: “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient; all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power/authority (control) of any” (I Corinthians 6:12). This world has control and power over so many. Coming out and being separate unto God is true release into liberty, indeed.

Come out! Separate yourself to God. This powerful command comes with a wonderful promise if we are willing to obey: “I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:17b-18). Oh, the glory of it all.

Come out from among them. . .today!

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Stay in the Way

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. . .” (John 14:6)

While we are on our way, staying in the Way is the only way. Staying in the Way is the only way to lasting peace, comfort, joy, true love, prosperity and happiness.

Staying in the Way will also bring us trials, tribulation, heartbreak, persecutions, groans and travails in intercessory prayer, suffering, pain, dying to self, afflictions of the soul and taking on the afflictions of Christ (cf. Colossians 1:24).

Staying in the Way will bring both joys and sorrows, wins and losses, trophies and crosses, medals and crowns; where there are also scorns and frowns, and curses abound, with many a back stab to betray; but staying in the Way is the only way for the faithful.

Our Apostolic Fathers stayed in the Way and were known as followers of “The Way” (cf. Acts 24:14). Followers of the Way know that staying in the Way is Eternal Life and Truth. Our Apostolic Fathers confessed their faith and lived their faith every day in confident belief that it was the fulfillment of all that was spoken in the Law and the Prophets. Oh, by the way most of them laid down their lives as martyrs as they stayed in the Way.

Staying in the Way is staying in the “way of Peace” (cf. Romans 3:17); staying the “way of Truth” (cf. II Peter 2:2); staying in the “way of Life” (cf. Matthew 7:14); following the “more excellent way” of love (cf. I Corinthians 12:31).

Many today are out of the Way, who need a friend, a minister, a father or mother, a sister or brother to come along side and guide them and bring them into the Way that is Life and is Truth (cf. Hebrews 5:2). We were all once that way, that is out of the Way, but the Lord had compassion on us in our sin through His lovingkindness, forbearance and tender mercies (cf. Romans 3:12, 25). May we be willing to go into the highways, byways and hedges and compel them to come into the Father’s House, that His House may be full (cf. Matthew 22:9; Luke 14:23).

Are you staying in the Way? A follower of The Way? You are in good company. The company of our Apostolic Fathers, the company of the saints both old and the new, the company of Angels, and you are a friend of Jesus, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no man can come to the Father, except through Him.

Stay in the Way.

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The Weight of Eternity

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts. . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:11a).

There is a burden every soul must bear. It is the burden of eternity. It is a very weighty matter that many refuse to confront; but it cannot be ignored forever. Unfortunately, many wait until it is too late; then must face the consequences.

Jesus addressed the “weightier matters” with the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew’s Gospel. Specifically, He named some of them as “Judgment, Mercy and Faith” (cf. Matthew 23:23). That is a good place to start.

Eternal Judgment: In the economy of God things are not temporary, but eternal. In our economy we deal in time. Time always comes to an end. Judgment for a crime carries a sentence for a time. When the time of the sentence is served the judgment ends. In the economy of God in eternity the judgment never ends; it is eternal. Now, that is heavy. That carries some weight. That should get everyone’s attention and sober the mind. Unfortunately, it does not. Hopefully, it does yours.

Mercy: Along with God being a Just Judge, He is also merciful. “Oh, give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endures forever” (I Chronicles 16:34). King David declared: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever” (Psalms 23:6). God is good. God is love. God is merciful. God is Just. Four attributes of God that change not. Goodness, Love and Mercy cannot, however, override Justice; otherwise, Justice does not exist. But God can be Just, Good, Loving and Merciful when He finds Faith.

Faith: “Without faith it is impossible to please God; for everyone that comes to God must believe that His is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Faith has been given to everyone; but some people discard it, counting it as nothing, when it is a very weighty thing, indeed. It is only by faith that we can be saved. It does not get any heavier than that. It is the one requirement by which we must live, “The just shall live by faith” (Habakuk 2:4; Romans 1:7; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).

We are talking about the weight of eternity; so, things do not get any weightier for us to consider, ponder, and upon which to meditate. Eternity is in your heart. Do not ignore it; for you do so at your own peril. Deal with it. The big question is, where will you spend eternity? How is it with your soul?

The Soul: Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37). There is only one thing you will take into eternity, your soul. Your soul, more valuable than anything in the universe. It is the foolish man who seeks riches, power, possessions, position; yet neglects his own soul. How is it with your soul? Are you ready for eternity? That question should weigh very heavy upon our hearts and minds. Can you feel the weight of eternity? Together, let us deal with the weightier matters. Let us get serious. Heaven depends on it.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

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Enter the Holy

“Having therefore, Brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19).

Holiest: (Gr. Hagion): Sacred, Holy Place, Sanctuary

Entering into something new is always exciting, as we explore new surroundings, environments, atmospheres with new sights and sounds to which we must adapt, familiarize, and conform. Engineers put on bunny suits to work in clean rooms where all is pristine, dust and germ free. Astronauts put on space suits to survive in weightless and even toxic environments. Hazmat suits, PPE’s are familiar to environmental and healthcare workers. There is always something different when we enter a new environment or workspace. There are procedures to follow, sometimes even to survive.

Enter the Holy. Our Scripture tells us we can enter the Holiest, boldly with free access by grace, but there is one condition that is essential: the Blood of Jesus. In the Old Covenant the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year, on the Day of Atonement, but not without blood, the blood of bulls and goats to sanctify the Priest for entrance to the Most Holy Place with the Ark of the Presence behind the Veil. Entering without following the protocols would have been deadly. Procedures were in place with bells around the Priest’s robe and a rope attached to him in case they had to pull his dead body out from behind the Veil.

Living in our world we have become very casual with our entrance into worship, attending prayer meetings and assembling together. We think little about our sins, our lifestyles, our attitudes and our language. Perhaps we could use a new perspective when it comes to our relationship with a Holy God.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). It is with the knowledge of the Holy that we increase our understanding of God. It was the word of the Lord through Moses that said, “You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy” (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; I Peter 1:16).

There is a great divide between sinful man and a holy God. How do we bridge this gap and reconcile with the Holy? The Law could not do it; how can sinful man keep a holy Law? Impossible. The answer came in the Incarnation. Man could not become holy God; but holy God could become sinful man; and this is what God did in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ Who, born of a Virgin by the Holy Spirit, Jesus become a man, the Second Adam, and offered up His body on the Cross of Calvary to Redeem us and Reconcile us to God by His Blood; and after rising from the dead, gave us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us to sanctify us and cleanse us from all sin, that we might be holy as He is holy and enter into the Holy by a new and living way, by His Redeeming blood, the Blood of the Lamb (cf. Hebrews 10:20).

Enter the Holy. A new perspective with greater knowledge of the Holy will give us greater understanding of God. As we boldly enter the Holy by the Blood of Jesus, we can enter also with a new awareness, a new reverence, a new respect for the Presence of the Almighty. Holy Spirit, as you dwell within the Veil, our flesh, may you sanctify our hearts by faith, and renew us with new insights into what it really means to be holy as You are holy. As we live in our world, with our families, in our communities and in our assemblies may we have a new appreciation of Holiness, and our obligations and responsibilities as members of the Body of Christ. Thank you, Lord for your promise that what you have started, you will bring to completion (cf. Philippians 1:6).

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23).

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The Virtue of Loyalty

“With the kind (merciful, faithful, loyal) You show Yourself kind; with the blameless You show Yourself blameless” (Psalms 18:25) AMP.

Loyal: (Def: From Old French: Loial, from Latin: legalis ): Giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution

Synonyms: Faithful, True, Truehearted, Tried and True, True-blue, Devoted, Constant, Steadfast, Staunch, Dependable, Reliable, Trusted, Trustworthy, Dutiful, Unchanging, Unswerving, Unwavering, Dedicated, Firm, Stable, Steady, Unfailing

In a present time of selfishness, treasonous abuse of power, authoritarian rule, and strict curtailments of individual liberties, it is tempting to abandon the Virtue of Loyalty. It is infinitely wise to follow the counsel of the Master Who said, “In your patience, possess your souls” (Luke 21:19). Thank you, Lord, for keeping us properly aligned to Your heart.

Loyal to the Lord: There is a stability, soundness and even-flow to being loyal to the Lord. There is a focus of will, soundness of mind, and calmness of heart in staying loyal to the Lord, even in the most trying of circumstance. The Apostle John found that focus, soundness and calmness standing before the Cross of his Master and seeing the Lord crucified before his very eyes. Think of that focus, soundness and calmness standing next to the Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross and having a conversation with Jesus about the care of His Mother (cf. John 19:26-27). Consider the loyalty of John to Jesus to be there during His hour of trial and Crucifixion. Think of John’s loyalty to Mary, whom he later took into his own home and cared for as his own mother and became to her a son. The beauty of this degree of loyalty makes one weep.

Loyal to Your Calling: Are you at a stress point of quitting? Are you ready to give up? Before you do, give loyalty to your calling a second thought. You didn’t just think your calling was a great idea. You were called, chosen, appointed and given an assignment from the Lord. Loyalty to your calling is not a light thing. It is a heavy burden to bear. It is a burden placed upon you by the Lord with the grace to stay faithful, tried and true, along with His unfailing love to sustain you in your hour of decision.

Loyal to your Family: In the Lord we are blessed with two families, one natural and one spiritual. Let us be loyal to both. Your husband, your wife, your children, your mother, your father, your brother, your sister, your cousins. Let us stay the course together.

Loyal to your Friends: How many friends do you have? Can you count them on one hand? Both hands? You are blessed. Life-long friends from high school, college, work and recreation. Be loyal to everyone. Be with them in life. Be with them in death, to the very last breath. Yes, it is painful, but it is more precious than gold.

Loyal to your Community: We all live somewhere. We have neighbors. We live in community. Be loyal to yours. Smile a little, be friendly, give a helping hand and be sure to tell them about Jesus, if not by word, then by deed. Love speaks for itself. God can do a lot without us. But you can pitch in a little.

Loyal to your Country: “Render to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that be God’s” (Luke 20:25). President Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Pray, ask God for wisdom in your situation. Be loyal to your country to help make it a better place; a place where there is liberty and justice for all. The Apostle Paul was a Roman citizen and exercised his rights as such. Loyalty to God and Country is an axiom that never becomes archaic.

Are you faithful, true, devoted, constant, steadfast, staunch, dependable, reliable, trustworthy, dutiful, unswerving, unwavering, dedicated, firm, stable, steady, unfailing? Yes, well, look what the Lord has done. Loyalty, it is still a Virtue.

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The Place of Honor

“. . .Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power be unto Him Who sits upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever” (Revelation 5:13b).

Honor: (Gr. Time, (Tee-may) from Tino): Esteem to the highest degree; Dignity based upon a high price or penalty paid

Honor: (Heb. Kabowd, from Kabad): Weighty, Splendor, Glorious

The highest place of honor is the Throne of God, the Father and the Son, the Lamb. It is a place of dominion and power in the Spirit. This place of honor walks in authority flowing from the Throne. The Holy Scepter is extended, and favor is granted. It is a place of reverence, respect, full of awe and wonder. Indeed, the wonder of this place of honor is the grace extended in the Redemption in Christ and the Salvation brought forth from it that raised the believer to this high and holy realm, seated at the right hand of God in Christ Jesus (cf. Ephesians 2:6).

The Place of Honor is a place of Wisdom, Knowledge and Spiritual Understanding; not a place of feelings, emotions and temperament. This Place of Honor functions in the Wisdom of God, not the foolishness of man. This Wisdom is steadfast and grounded in the Truth. It is not fickle, changeable and fleeting. This Wisdom does not feel its way through relationships; rather it purposes to keep true faith and allegiance to the covenant commitments that were given. It fulfills the will of God given by His Word and does not alter or manipulate the Word for selfish purposes. It does not break faith and allegiance to the Covenant based on transient feelings, new affinities or affections. It is faithful and true from the beginning to end.

The Place of Honor is a place to walk in by faith and not by sight. This faith calls things that are not as though they were (cf. Romans 4:17). It believes to see the glory of God and actually sees it fulfilled. In this Place of Honor, the Lord speaks and the believer listens; then acts upon that which was heard. This believer is not a “forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work” (James 1:25). Indeed, a faithful doer, bringing honor to the Father and the Son.

The Place of Honor is weighty, full of substance, and sober mindedness. It is not imaginary, fanciful, and fleeting. This place of Honor remains and stands firm. It does not fade away like a summer breeze. It is real world and not dream state. It is of a sound mind and not delusional.

The Place of Honor is full of Splendor, Brilliant and Glorious. It is not Dark, Vague, or Clandestine. It is forthright, self-evident, in full manifestation of Glory. Here there is nothing deceptive, deceiving, or cloaked in guile. Here dwells the Father, the Lamb and the Spirit of Truth. Here dwells the saints who have been raised to reign in this Place of Honor by the favor and grace of God.

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen (I Timothy 1:17).

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Humility: The Path of Life

“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4).

Humility: (Heb. Anavah, from Anav): Gentle in mind; Saintly in circumstance; lowly, meek, poor in spirit

Humility: (Gr. Tapeinophrosune): Humiliation of mind; lowly

The Path of Life is a very different path than the paths of the world. The paths of the world are vanity and vexation of spirit (cf. Ecclesiastes 1:2). The Path of Life may only be walked upon by the humble for it was by humility that we were brought thereto.

Humility is a humiliation of mind. It is in the mind of man wherein proud thoughts lay. The mind left to its own devices will always wander into vanity. The mind must be disciplined, and for the mind the best discipline is humiliation. This will purge the mind of proud thoughts, self-sufficiency, and egotistical thinking. These only lead to death. It is humility that leads to life.

Humility is the counsel of the Apostles:

“Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another and be clothed with humility; for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5).

“Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering. . .” (Colossians 3:12).

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind (tapeinophrosune) let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3).

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up” (James 4:10).

Humility is the counsel of the Prophets:

“For thus says the High and Lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the High and Holy Place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15).

“Say to the king and to the queen, humble yourselves, sit down; for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory” (Jeremiah 13:18).

“And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews, How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me'” (Exodus 10:3).

From ages past, to the present and into the future as long as time endures, humility will forever be the Path of Life. Jesus led by example and said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly (tapeinos) in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29).

From the manger to the cross, Jesus was the humble servant of the Lord. Son of Man and Son of God, in nature the Lamb; exalted to the right hand of the Father forever to reign in Life with those who are of like kind. Worthy is the Lamb.

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The Newness of Life

“Therefore, we are buried with Him by Baptism into Death; that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in Newness of Life” (Romans 6:4).

We all love new things: new house, new car, new clothes; for children, new toys and games. All these things make us happy for a season; but there is a greater new, the Newness of Life!

Newness: (Gr. kainotes; from kainos): Renewal, Freshness

The Psalmist declared: “Sing unto the Lord a new song, sing unto the Lord all the earth” (Psalms 96:1). The Prophet rejoined: “Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, you that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof” (Isaiah 48;6).

The Newness of Life brings a new song, a new rejoicing of the heart, an excitement that energizes the soul to pursue new things; to lift our sight, our vision, to higher heights than on the plateau we now dwell.

Isaiah further proclaimed the word of the Lord saying, “It shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 66:23).

A new year is upon us, and the Lord says, I do not just want to bring you into a new year; I want to bring you into a new Life!”

The Newness of Life. The Glory of the Father raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead. Now, just as Christ was raised from the dead, the Father wants us also to walk in the Newness of Life, as the Scriptures reveal. This Life is in Christ, as we live in Him and He in us. This will bring forth the new song, the new vision, a new worship before Him; and we will be lifted to higher heights than we have heretofore known.

The Freshness of Life: There will be a freshness to living with a new vision and new anointing. The Psalmist declared: “But my horn you shall exalt like the horn of the unicorn; I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (Psalms 92:10). Job encouraged himself in his remembrance of those earlier days, declaring: “My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand” (Job 29:20). As we know, those days were restored to Job in his latter days.

The Renewal of Life: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). The Holy Spirit renews, refreshes, restores, comforts and guides us into all that is new. He directs the way into the new, even the Newness of Life. “Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth; for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak; and He will show you things to come” (John 16:13).

We have much to look into, to see, to know about all that will be new in the coming days. A new heart, a new vision, a new Life. Embrace the new and see what the Glory of God the Father has planned for you.

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