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Multifaceted prisms of light

Discussion in 'House Churches & Cell Groups' started by ~Cassia~, Oct 22, 2021.

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    Christ gives life more abundantly when He in me personally breaks forth as the hope of glory to be the still small voice in control of the largeness of the human nature. Here we find the grace that is sufficient, strength within the weakness, the leading of the Holy Spirit as the mainstay of life.
    A devotion from Streams in the Desert gives a wonderful insight into the meaning Streams in the Desert

    God uses most for His glory those people and things which are most perfectly broken. The sacrifices He accepts are broken and contrite hearts. It was the breaking down of Jacob’s natural strength at Peniel that got him where God could clothe him with spiritual power. It was breaking the surface of the rock at Horeb, by the stroke of Moses’ rod that let out the cool waters to thirsty people.

    It was when the 300 elect soldiers under Gideon broke their pitchers, a type of breaking themselves, that the hidden lights shone forth to the consternation of their adversaries. It was when the poor widow broke the seal of the little pot of oil, and poured it forth, that God multiplied it to pay her debts and supply means of support.

    It was when Esther risked her life and broke through the rigid etiquette of a heathen court, that she obtained favor to rescue her people from death. It was when Jesus took the five loaves and broke them, that the bread was multiplied in the very act of breaking, sufficient to feed five thousand. It was when Mary broke her beautiful alabaster box, rendering it henceforth useless, that the pent-up perfume filled the house. It was when Jesus allowed His precious body to be broken to pieces by thorns and nails and spear, that His inner life was poured out, like a crystal ocean, for thirsty sinners to drink and live.

    It is when a beautiful grain of corn is broken up in the earth by DEATH, that its inner heart sprouts forth and bears hundreds of other grains. And thus, on and on, through all history, and all biography, and all vegetation, and all spiritual life, God must have BROKEN THINGS.

    Those who are broken in wealth, and broken in self-will, and broken in their ambitions, and broken in their beautiful ideals, and broken in worldly reputation, and broken in their affections, and broken ofttimes in health; those who are despised and seem utterly forlorn and helpless, the Holy Ghost is seizing upon, and using for God’s glory. “The lame take the prey,” Isaiah tells us.

    O break my heart; but break it as a field
    Is by the plough up-broken for the corn;
    O break it as the buds, by green leaf seated,
    Are, to unloose the golden blossom, torn;
    Love would I offer unto Love’s great Master,
    Set free the odor, break the alabaster.

    O break my heart; break it victorious God,
    That life’s eternal well may flash abroad;
    O let it break as when the captive trees,
    Breaking cold bonds, regain their liberties;
    And as thought’s sacred grove to life is springing,
    Be joys, like birds, their hope, Thy victory singing.
    --Thomas Toke Bunch​

    That’s a great little devotional to start the new day. These are the verses that were brought to my mind ~

    Hosea 10:12
    Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.

    Jeremiah 4:3
    For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, "Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.
     
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    In the New Jerusalem the divine light will be both the inward light and the outward glory for expression. This light will shine in and through the precious stone, as a jasper stone, signifying the transformed believers (Rev. 21:11). God as the light within the Lamb as the lamp will shine through the city. Within this city there will be shining light. Outside the city the light will express God’s glory, so that the entire city will bear the glory of God. The glory of God is God Himself shining out of the city through the transparent wall of jasper (Rev. 21:18).

    The light was always there but the understanding was not. Lucifer understood, and death reigned. He passed that knowledge on when acknowledgement of need was heeded. Suddenly carnality reigned because, like Cain, it was given free reign. The human/God helpmeet was usurped by satan/human helpmeet of Genesis 6

    Jesus processed the journey to God/human helpmeet but because the world still consists of a darkened/enlightened mind that needs knowledge of good/evil to rightly divide then that of the full knowledge of God became assessable for the first time. Even the demons could understand it. But it was the mountaintop promise that shone thru. The axe is at the tree of bitter roots. Not to be made lemonade of. But rather a remembrance of the trees and leaning on the full story as it unravels.

    Hebrews 4:2 ”For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it]." ​
     
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    Ephesians 3:10
    The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.
    1 Peter 4:10
    Just as each of you have received a special gift (a spiritual talent, an ability graciously given by God) empty it in serving one another as (is appropriate for) good stewards of God’s multifaceted grace ( faithfully using the diverse, varied gifts and abilities granted to Christians by God’s unmerited favour)​

    When I think about the multifaceted quality of God’s wisdom in this way I’m made mindful of the lack of harmonious music that Lucifer set the Father’s teeth on edge about.

    Psalm 137:2-4
    We hung our harps
    Upon the willows in the midst of it.
    For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
    And those who plundered us requested mirth,
    Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
    How shall we sing the Lord’s song
    In a foreign land?​

    Jesus and John B exampled the dance that no one would dance to, neither the funeral song nor the song of joy.

    A thousand full strings harp is mankind, and each cord hits a jarring sound, till God the mighty harmonist, the proper note for each is found.

    Into each north window of life one must arrange the 3 wires of faith, hope and love that in the storms of life the Lord may blow blessings across the strings - even tho ye be in a strange land.
     
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    1 Thessalonians 5:23
    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    A Promise to Sanctify and Preserve
    The author focuses on wholeness, unity of being. First, the appeal is to the God of peace. The idea of peace includes the idea of wholeness or integration. When one is at peace, every part is united and working in harmony. Second, he asks that God sanctify them completely. Again it emphasizes the aspect of wholeness. And finally, the author specifies every part of the person—spirit, soul and body. God’s desire, spoken through the author by the inspiration of the Spirit, is that His children continually grow towards wholeness.

    Philippians 4:9
    The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

    A PROMISE OF GOD’S PRESENCE
    We need to learn and receive instruction in God’s Word. We need to hear and see God’s Word lived out by others. Yet it is only when we “do” that we live close to our Lord and that we experience the God of Peace with us.

    Romans 16:20
    And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

    A PROMISE OF FINAL VICTORY
    It takes courage and character to face adversity, and the only One who can prepare us to do that is our heavenly Father working through His Son and Spirit.

    Hebrews 13:20-21
    Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

    A Promise to Complete the Great Work in You
    Wait in peace for that hour when “the God of peace shall sanctify thee wholly, so that thy whole spirit, and soul, and body, may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

    Psalms 122:6-9
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    "May they prosper who love you.
    7"May peace be within your walls,
    And prosperity within your palaces."
    8For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
    I will now say, "May peace be within you."
    9For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
    I will seek your good.

    A most appropriate prayer for the city whose name means peace and is the residency of the God of Peace.

    * Peace, be still, in knowing He is God ... therein find your rest.
     
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    1 Peter 5:10 ~ A word concerning “the God of all grace” a term found in the NT only in this one verse. Peter was saying not merely that God is the God of grace; but that God is the God of all grace. Believers should be greatly encouraged by that fact because His divine Grace is the most outstanding attribute of our God who has favoured His People with all grace in Christ.

    His will for His People is to receive that which has been left for them, to enjoy Him, in fellowship~ His peace and His joy that Christ has left for His followers. John 14:27, John 15:11

    The New Testament refers us to both the peace of God and the God of peace. Romans 16:20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” The peace of God is actually God as peace, wrought into us through our heartfelt fellowship with Him, as the balance weighing in on our troubles and the cure for anxiety (I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!”). The God of peace places a safeguard over the heart and thoughts of those in Christ Jesus..

    The peace of God and the God of peace are One. When God is with us, peace is with us also. The genuine peace we enjoy is God Himself. The way to enjoy the God of peace is to have fellowship with Him; His dwelling is in the praise of His People. There is that heartfelt leaning in to Him at all times as our prayerful unceasing abiding.

    1 Thessalonians 5:23 “And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly.” The God of peace is the Sanctifier and His sanctification brings in peace. When we are wholly sanctified by Him from within, we enjoy His peace in every part of life. Peace is a condition that results from grace, that issues from a loving relationship between the sanctifyer/sanctified in the enjoyment of God our Father. While enjoying God as grace, we are in a condition that is full of rest and satisfaction. This is peace. Grace is a substance, whereas peace is a condition. The stillness of knowing He is the loving God intent on giving us a better future.

    The substance of grace is God Himself, and the condition of peace is that which issues out of our enjoyment of God as grace. The divine substance as our enjoyment produces the heavenly condition. Ephesians 1:2 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace results from the enjoyment of God, as grace, enjoyed in Christ.

    Romans 15:13 “The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace,” Joy is also one of God’s great attributes. His People’s experience of joy is as we enjoy God as grace, we shall also have peace, and when we have peace, we shall also have joy.

    Romans 15:13 “The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
     
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