Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Dear Friends,

There is an interesting reference in Hosea where the Lord says, “I will be as the dew unto Israel.  He shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.”  (Hosea 14:5)

Though said primarily of Israel, these words also describe the beginning of everything in the experience of God’s children.  Dewfall is altogether vital to the life and growth of trees and flowers, and to us the Lord Himself promises to be “as the dew.”  Everything in our life as believers comes to us from Christ as our source.  He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, holiness;  He has given us all things that have to do with His Life and His Likeness;  He has given to us exceeding great and precious promises, enabling us to partake of His Divine Nature.  Yes, everything!  (1 Cor. 1:30;  2 Peter 1:3)

“I will be as the dew,” He affirms, and in the latter part of the verse Hosea shows how life, with this as its supply, takes on a mysterious dual character.  In it the blossom of the Lily is wonderfully linked with the roots of the Cedar:  frail beauty and massive strength united in a single plant!  Such miracles are wrought by Heaven’s ‘dewfall’ alone.  Here, united in the child of God, are two contrasting characteristics.  Above ground, as it were, is the simple life of trust and faith represented by the Lily. That is what people see.  Yet buried deep down out of sight, giving to this frail plant a wholly unsuspected strength, are the massive roots of the Cedar.  Here surely is the paradox of a life in which the Cross is known.  Outwardly it appears fragile as the Lily blooming on the earth, but secretly there is much more hidden in the soil.  How much of our lives is seen?  When others look on the surface, do they see all there is?  Or is there something more?  Do we have in the unseen a secret history with God?  Others take account only of the Lily blooming in its weakness.  God is concerned with the roots, that they shall be Cedar-like in strength.  (Adapted from Watchman Nee)

Roots are essential to the life of a plant.  Most roots grow underground, anchoring the plant in the soil.  They also absorb water and minerals that the plant needs to grow.  In addition, many roots store food for later use by the plant.

This is another picture the Bible uses to help us understand the workings of God in our lives.  Remember the blessed one whose TRUST and HOPE is in the Lord, described by Jeremiah?    The Prophet goes on to describe him thus:  “…he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out her ROOTS by the river.   He shall not fear when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green;  he shall not be anxious in the year of drought, nor cease from yielding fruit.”  A Proverb assures us that “the root of the righteous shall not be moved.”

(Ps. 1:3 & Jer. 17:7, 8;  Prov. 12:3)

The Apostle Paul found this to be a very appropriate analogy when he admonishes us in his letter to the Colossian Church:  “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, ROOTED and built up IN HIM, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”  And again, to the Ephesian Church, praying “that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that you, being ROOTED and GROUNDED IN LOVE, may be strong to apprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to experience the Love of Christ which passes knowledge…”

(Col. 2:6,7; Eph. 3:17-19)

Isaiah used an interesting prophetic phrase concerning Judah, but nonetheless appropriate to our subject:-  They shall “take root downward, and bear fruit upward.” (Isa. 37:31)

As the believer’s spiritual ‘roots’ grow ever deeper in the Life and Love of God, drawing sustenance from His Word and strength from His Spirit, the life flows upward to produce the beautiful ‘blossoms’ or flavorful ‘fruit.’   Through the Holy Spirit the Lord provides all things necessary for our growth, development, maturity and fruitfulness.

Rooted in the Love of God,
And grounded in His Word,
Drawing Life from richest sod;
Agape from the Lord.

Anchored in Amazing Grace,
And in His Word secure,
Held in His Divine Embrace,
Safe from the world’s allure.

Settled in the Peace of God;
Fixed in His Faith made mine;
Strengthened by His Guiding Rod;

Kept by His Pow’r Divine.

(c) Eulene Hope Moores

As we place our TRUST and our HOPE in the Lord, we shall be like that tree planted by the waters of Life, rooted and grounded by the river of God, and we shall not fear whate’er may come.  (Jer. 17:7)

In Agape, Eulene

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Grace Great Enough

Having mothered six children, been involved with our own business, and having been active in our local Church for many years, I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with daily activities.   I can relate to some of my readers who are ‘stressed out’ with modern day pressures and demands.

Over the last number of years, the revelation of Galatians 2:20 has come to me one phrase at a time:-  “I am crucified with Christ. . . . .Nevertheless I live. . . . .yet not I – but Christ lives in me. . . . .” For the believer, this is a most wondrous discovery.

Standing at the kitchen sink one day, feeling frustrated because of the constantly repetitive and seemingly thankless tasks that are thrust upon us daily, I began to talk to the Lord about it:-  “When there are important things that we are supposed to be doing, like praying, reading the Word, waiting on God, etc., why do we have to spend so much time washing dishes so we can dirty them again, making beds so we can mess them up again, laundering clothes to be soiled again, etc.  Maybe we should just go back to mud huts and banana leaves…!? “

Then the answer came loud and clear in the next two phrases of the verse:-  “and the LIFE that I NOW LIVE, I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD!” It became so real to me that I have rested ever since, just knowing that He is living His life in me and expressing Himself through me in the every day vicissitudes of life.  And I realized that it is in the daily experiences and interactions that the most valuable lessons of life are learned, and opportunities presented for overcoming.  It is in these times of need that we experience the “marvelous Grace of our loving Lord” – Grace that is ‘sufficient’ for our weakest times.  It is in these times that our Faith grows and our Strength increases.  (2 Cor. 12:9; Isa. 40:29)

I love this verse by Annie Johnson Flint:-

His Grace is great enough to meet the great things,
The crashing waves that overwhelm the soul,
The roaring winds that leave us stunned and breathless,
The sudden storms beyond our life’s control.

His Grace is great enough to meet the small things,
The little pin-prick troubles that annoy,
The insect worries, buzzing and persistent,
The squeaking wheels that grate upon our joy.

Romans 5:1-5 ties together all the attributes of FAITH, HOPE, LOVE, GRACE and PEACE:-

“Therefore, being justified by FAITH, we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom also we have access by FAITH into this GRACE wherein we stand, and rejoice in HOPE of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation works patience, and patience, experience, and experience, HOPE;  and HOPE makes not ashamed because the LOVE OF GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to us.” (KJV)

Weymouth gives us this version:  “Acquitted then as the result of FAITH, let us enjoy PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have been brought by FAITH into the position of favor in which we stand, and we exult in HOPE of seeing God’s glory.  And not only so;  we also exult in our afflictions, knowing as we do that affliction produces endurance;  endurance, ripeness of character;  and ripeness of character, HOPE;  and that this HOPE never disappoints, because God’s LOVE for us floods our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.”

Another expression by Phillips:  “Since then it is by FAITH that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through Him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of GRACE, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things He has for us in the future.  This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have only a HOPE of future joys – we can be full of JOY here and now even in our trials and troubles.  These very things will give us patient endurance;  this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady HOPE, an expectation that will never disappoint us.  Already we have the LOVE of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us.”

Perhaps these three renderings will help to impress on our minds the glorious truth which they express.

Eugenia Price gives us an interesting definition of Faith:  “Faith is being one with God!” The “life that I now live” I live by His faith as He lives His life in me.  He is fully acquainted with our modern culture, the time in which we live, the place of our abode, the modern technology which has become so much a part of every day life:  travel, communication, machinery, technology.  He knows how to deal with every situation.   So we can trust Him for all things.

Since Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us,

surely now we may be perfectly certain of our salvation

through His living in us.

(Rom. 5:10)


In Agape, Eulene

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