Innumerable are His Thoughts to and Provision for You

 

God never changes.

He desires

 

He is always thinking of you.

“Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts to us: nothing compares to You. If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5

“O LORD, how great are Your works! And Your thoughts are very deep.” Psalm 92:5

“(17) How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! (18) If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expectant future and hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

I Cannot, Lord.

It is true that, “Lord, on my own, I cannot do the right thing nor stop sinning.”

“I Am The Vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Don’t waste many years, as is so easy to do, trying to do the impossible.

Living, as He desires for you,  is only done supernaturally with His help.

His help is in your being one with Him.

 

He provides Himself to bear fruit and overcome in and with you.

Even regarding your faith.

Remember that, “… if you do not believe, He remains believing: He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

Your spirit, that is one with His Spirit, relies on Him always believing, and shares Him in His faith.

“… the one who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

The Vine shares Himself in His faith with and through your branch.

 

It is absolute truth, that apart from Him, you can do nothing.

But in Him, you “can do all things through Christ Who strengthens” you. Philippians 4:13

The Ultimate Question: How Can I Restrain or Change Myself?

Do we see our personal problems?

Probably not, or we would be sensitive of them.

Can we get feedback from our friends and family?

Maybe, but they may be afraid of hurting us.

If we are aware of problems, maybe we don’t see any solutions, or we worry that psycho-analysis or Prozac may be required!

And, we don’t believe in the latter two.

Counseling? Yeah, but many counselors need counseling!

Maybe people worry about offending us.

So, we’re stuck.

Gun-shy, afraid to ask, even more afraid of being told.

 

How can I stop doing things that trouble me and others?

How can I see the unseen or hear the unheard?

How can I restrain or change myself?

The simple answer is, “I cannot.

God’s great and amazing answer is, “I never intended you to be able to restrain or change yourself.”

He continues, “I designed you to be one with me. No one else but I can give sight to your blindness, hearing to your deafness, life to your death.”

 

Change is required – it must happen!

The Christian life is all about a brand-new life in Him Whose fruit is evidenced through you.

“… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” Galatians 5:22

But, how?

 

He initiated your change in His new creation to know what He is saying and doing.

Change will happen by His promise and provision, but only if you know Him.

If you are blind and deaf and constantly upsetting yourself and others, you don’t. If this is you, ask Him to help you get to know Him.

He is so worth it!

“(16) that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; (17) that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19) and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. (20) Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to The Power Who works in us, (21) unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:16-21

“but to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ The Power of God, and The Wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24

Been there, done that. But you haven’t met Him!

The popular song of today is replaced by a new one tomorrow.

Similarly, having read something interesting, it becomes less so, or even passé.

You have been there and done that.

You stop hearing and thinking in regard to it.

The good news is that Christ is not similarly passé. If He is that to you, then you do not know Him!

If you have received Him, He is in you.

He is always active, The Latest, the most exciting, both now and forever!

There is no blasé in Him.

He is Passion!

Is There Such a Thing as Spiritual Osmosis?

We seem to believe in spiritual osmosis.

That preaching and teaching about Him are enough.

“Spirituality will just rub off on you.”

 

The disastrous state of the church proves no such osmosis.

Our salt has been trodden on by men, our light hidden under clay pots.

 

Osmosis is seen in sermon selection.

Selecting them like slices of beef.

A slice of patience.

Another of love.

Two months of sermons can be shaken from the nine fruit of the Spirit.

“I’ll do a series on John, so our church’s direction is set for two years.”

Is God’s leading so overrated that such series exist, which do not require Him?

After all, a pastor’s resource books shed enough light.

And, there’s always principles and precepts to fuel the weekly obligation, after that.

Business as usual.

 

Such indistinct messages add to the salt in the street.

Because they’re not linked to Him.

Where is the continuity of building an ever deeper relationship in Him?

The introduction to Jesus was the correct beginning.

But we didn’t know what to say after that. We didn’t see whom we had become in Him.

We couldn’t show them what we didn’t ourselves possess.

There was no show and tell of His mighty, internal work.

 

Where do you want this load of salt?

Just dump it anywhere on the street.

 


“(7) Those things that were gain to me, I count as loss for Christ. (8) Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (9) and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through Christ’s faith, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;” Philippians 3:7-10

“He [Jesus] warned, “You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life. (John 5:39-40)” The Jews were looking for things, and today we are no different, searching the Scriptures for principles and precepts. Things neither perfect nor satisfy us. An exalted, indwelling Christ does.” Source

The Best Godly Advice You Will Ever Get

Don’t go to

  • the super-stars.
  • the endless DIY how-tos.
  • the videos
  • the books
  • such-and-so on Twitter or WordPress.

 

Throw away every potential solution to your problem, and do this instead.

 

Ask this question.

“Lord, what do You want me to say and do?”

Why should you do this?

Because He did nothing on His own initiative. He only said what His Father told Him to say, and He only did what His Father was doing [verses below].

There’s no safer and more perfect advice in the world than for you and me to do the same, in regard to Him.

If Christ did not take His Own initiative, and certainly He was qualified – are you qualified to say or do anything on your own?

No. That is the flesh. That is walking by law.

 

Do you need wisdom?

Actually, you don’t need a great thing like wisdom.

You need its Source.

Wisdom is ultimately a Person, not a thing.

Christ Is The embodied Wisdom of God.

“(24) but to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ The Power of God, and The Wisdom of God. (30) By Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who by God Is made to us Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption:” 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30

 

If you do not know what He wants to say and do in you, then He cannot lead you.

If you do not know what He wants to say and do in you, then do not minister.

If you do not know what He wants to say and do in you, then your relationship with Him is lacking.

 

The reality is that He is in you, so that He may get to know you, and that you may get to know Him.

Does He love you and the person to whom you’re ministering?

Yes, so He will lead you to what to say and do.

You can trust Him completely in every circumstance.

 

He moved through a cross to get to you, that you may know Him for Whom you were made.

He wants others to hear His words of Life through your lips.

He wants others to see His acts of Love through your body.

Then give Him the glory, for you will know it was Him and not you.

 


Jesus did nothing of His Own initiative.

“(19) Then Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing by Himself, but only what He sees the Father doing: for whatever things He does, the Son does also. (20) For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing: and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. (21) For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them; even so the Son quickens whom He wills.” John 5:19-21

“I can of My Own Self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I do not seek My Own will, but the will of the Father Who has sent Me.” John 5:30

“He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but He Who seeks the glory of the One Who sent Him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” John 7:18

“Then Jesus said to them, When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall you know that I Am He, and that I do nothing from Myself, but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things.” John 8:28

“(49) For I have not spoken of Myself, but the Father Who sent Me gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. (50) And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatever I speak therefore, even as the Father said to Me, so I speak.” John 12:49-50

“(23) Jesus answered him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and live with him. (24) He who does not love Me does not keep My sayings: and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s Who sent Me. (25) These things I have spoken to you, while yet present with you. (26) But the Comforter, Who is the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.” John 14:23-26

“But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave Me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go from here.” John 14:31

“(13) Nevertheless, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever He shall hear, that He shall speak: and He will show you things to come. (14) He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it to you. (15) All things that the Father has are Mine: therefore I said, that He shall take of Mine, and shall show it to you.” John 16:13-15

Speaking in the Epistles

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Corinthians 2:13

“If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man ministers, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to Whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

 

Be Christlike?

“Be like Jesus, this my song, in the home and in the throng. Be like Jesus all day long. I would be like Jesus.”

Are you supposed to be like Jesus?

Be Christlike?

Not like you might think, nor like you’ve probably heard.

What does being Christlike mean?

  • Try to be like Him.
  • Imitate/mimic Him.
  • Act like Him.
  • WWJD

What’s implied in these?

That Christ is somewhere else far from you, that you can only imitate Him.

This view does not assume an intimate relationship with God in you.

But, our assumptions are not at all what the Christian life actually is!

That is why we’ve seen no real change in our lives – we’ve looked past our Dearest Loved Ones.

So, which relationship do you prefer?

  • an intimate relationship with the Ones Who loved you through a cross, or
  • a distant relationship where you just try to be like your Hero

We need to experience the reality that the Father is not only on His Throne, and the Son is not only at the Father’s right-hand.

Let me have the relationship with the Ones Whom the scripture says are here in me now. The Ones Who will never ever leave me.

We have been made one with God.

God is in you, and you are in God.

 


Be sure to look below to the Christlikeness section for the Epistles, for the distinction in relationship.

 

Christlikeness Verses from the Gospels on knowing Christ in the flesh:

“And as Jesus passed forth from there, He saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and He said to him, Follow Me. And he arose, and followed Him.” Matthew 9:9

“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?” Matthew 10:25

“And he who does not take his cross, and follows after Me, is unworthy of Me.” Matthew 10:38

Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I Am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

“Jesus said to him, If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” Matthew 19:21

“(26) But it shall not be so in you, but whoever will be great among you, let him minister to you; (27) And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: (28) Even as the Son of Man did not come to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28

“And as He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said to him, Follow Me. And he arose and followed Him.” Mark 2:14

“(34) And when He had called the people to Him with His disciples also, He said to them, Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (35) For whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s, shall save it.” Mark 8:34-35

“And He sat down, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desires to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

“(43) But it shall not be so in you, but whoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: (44) And whoever of you will be the chief, shall be servant of all. (45) For even the Son of Man did not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45

“And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said to him, Follow me.” Luke 5:27

“The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is complete shall be as his master.” Luke 6:40

“(23) And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (24) For whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whoever will lose his life for My sake shall save it.” Luke 9:23-24

“(57) And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said to Him, Lord, I will follow you wherever you go. (58) And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. (59) And he said to another, but he said, Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father. (60) Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead, but go and preach the kingdom of God. (61) And another also said, Lord, I will follow you, but let me first go bid them farewell, who are at home at my house. (62) And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62

“(26) If any man comes to Me, and does not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. (27) And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26-27

“Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one thing: sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me.” Luke 18:22

“(24) And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. (25) And He said to them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they who exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. (26) But you shall not be so, but he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he who is chief, as he who does serve.” Luke 22:24-26

“The next day Jesus went into Galilee, and found Philip, and said to him, Follow Me.” John 1:43

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:” John 10:27

“If any man serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be: if any man serves Me, My Father will honor him.” John 12:26

“(14) If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. (15) “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15

“A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34

“If you keep My commandments, you shall remain in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and remain in His love.” John 15:10

“This is My commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12

“These things I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:17

“He spoke this, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, Follow Me.” John 21:19

 

Christlikeness verses from the epistles on knowing Christ in the Spirit.

Notice the much deeper spiritual imagery of our relationship with Him, than we learned only in the Gospels. Doing is in the context of intimate communion with Him.

“(5) For those who live by the flesh focus on it, but those who live by the Spirit focus on the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (8) So then, they who are in the flesh cannot please God. (9) But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” Romans 8:5-9

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn in many brothers.” Romans 8:29

“Be followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the LORD.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

“(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) meekness, self-control: there is no law against these.” Galatians 5:22-23

“(11) And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (13) till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-13

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:5

“(8) Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (9) and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through Christ’s faith, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; (11) if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11

“And you became our followers, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit:” 1 Thessalonians 1:6

“(21) For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: (22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: (23) Who, when He was reviled, did not revile again; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously:” 1 Peter 2:21-23

“Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin;” 1 Peter 4:1

“He, who says he remains in Him, walks like He did.” 1 John 2:6

“Hereby we perceive the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16