Plow Deep In Me, Great Lord

 

“That I May Know Him….”

Plow deep in me, Great Lord,    

  Heavenly Husbandman…

     That my being may be a tilled field,     

the roots of grace spreading far and wide,     

until Thou alone are seen in me,    

  thy beauty golden like summer harvest,     

thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty.

I have no Master but Thee,

No law but Thy will,

No delight but Thyself,

No wealth but that Thou givest,

No good but that Thou blessest,

No peace but that Thou bestowest.

I am nothing but that Thou makest me,

I have nothing but that I receive from Thee

I can do nothing but that grace adorns me.

Quarry me deep, Dear Lord,

and then fill me to overflowing

with Your Living Water.

AMEN.

 

Phil. 3:10a “That I may know Him…”. 

Acts 20:24b   …”that I might finish my course with joy,

and the ministry

which I have received of the Lord Jesus,

to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.”

Psalm 23 : Our Jehovah

Psalm 23

 

Seven of the times the name Jehovah is combined with another word

in scripture, they are either used directly or exemplified in the

23rd Psalm to further display Who Jehovah is.

 

(Psalm 23:1-6)

 

“The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Jehovah (Exod. 6:3 “Yahovah”) means: the self-existent One; the Eternal One.

Meditate on that fact for a moment:

This Jehovah, not only has always existed and will always exist in the future, but He is dependent on nothing else (no one else) for His existence.

He has always been self-sustaining, and always will.

He does not need anything…air, food, the right environment …nothing.

He does not need us.

We, on the other hand, need Him. Job 12:10 reminds us,

“in Whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.”


1. “Jehovah-Rohi – The LORD our Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd”….. a shepherd: “to tend a flock; to pasture it; generally, to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend): companion, keep company, use as a friend or make friendship with, herdsman, keep (sheep), pastor.” The Lord Jehovah is our Good Shepherd. He tends to us. There is not anything that He will not attend to for us, if we yield to the Shepherd of our soul. This is Who He IS, not just what he gives us or does for us. In the Gospel of John, Jesus (Jehovah in the flesh) says “I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.”(John 10:14,27) Do you KNOW your Good Shepherd? He can be known by you personally. This Shepherd wants a personal relationship with you. He wants to tend to your soul and spirit, as well as care physically for you.

2. Jehovah-Jireh (Gen. 22:14) The LORD provides;

 “I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.” Trusting /resting in the Jehovah that provides for us, for our soul and spirit means that “I want nothing else. He is all I need and provides all I want”, as a shepherd does for his sheep. We have the Good shepherd who knows all that we need in our soul and spirit, as well as physically. The still waters signify peace/rest. A sheep will not drink out of rushing waters. It always looks for a calm pool from which to drink. The shepherd provides that. Do you have the calm, quiet “pools” in your life provided by the Good Shepherd?

This also signifies a satisfaction, a satisfied soul. Are you always longing for something that you do not have? Is there some kind of “unrest” or “a searching for something that you cannot find or grasp” in your life? If I come to the Good Shepherd, yielded to Him completely, I shall not want. It is He who satisfies our soul. Not just what He gives, but it is He who fulfills.

He says that He “will satiate (fill to the full) the soul…, and my people shall be satisfied with my Goodness. For I have satiated (filled full) the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” (Jeremiah 31:13, 25) Are we only looking for the physical to be satisfied? This Shepherd is the Shepherd of our soul. Don’t be satisfied to only have your physical needs met. Go to the Shepherd for the satisfying of the soul. We are complete in Him.(Colossians 2:10a) Look no farther. He is the “completer of your soul” emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically.

3. Jehovah-Rapha (Exod. 15:26) The LORD who healeth.

 “He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Jehovah is the healer. He is the One who restores our soul. Restores our soul to what? He restores it to Himself. He restores it from the ravages of sin through the redemption on the cross. But He restores it for Himself through sanctification (a present setting apart to holiness, and a future sanctification/perfection in Heaven). The Lord is the healer. He does not always promise to heal us physically in this life. At times He chooses to do that, but only promises total physical healing in Heaven. In the path of righteousness here in this life, we are restored to Him so that we can reflect the righteousness of Christ in our life now. For His name sake we bring glory to God.

4. Jehovah-Shalom (Judges 6:24) The LORD our peace.

 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies;” We are walking in a world that is the domain of Satan. He is the prince of the power of the air. Death and evil are all about us. But our Jehovah God is our peace, because He is present with us; His perfect love casts out fear. He is our comfort. He literally prepares for us what we need in the presence of all that could hurt us and the evil that is around us. Peace in the midst of the enemies of our soul.

 5. Jehovah-Tsidkenu (Jere.23:6) The LORD our righteousness.

 “Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” The picture of anointing in scripture is a picture of God’s acceptance and blessing. It is a picture of the Lord setting apart someone to Himself. This picture is of Jehovah the self-existent God blessing us so much that we are satisfied to overflowing with His abundant blessings.(John 10:10b) He gives us His righteousness (11Cor. 5:21), which is all we need, totally sufficient for eternal life in Heaven, but also the fullness of His righteousness is extended to us now.

 6. El-Shammah (Ezek.48:35) The LORD is present;

“Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;”

Ever-present; the LORD is there; the Presence of the LORD is always there, an abiding presence with His own. His Goodness is beyond measure and His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:23-25) to His own. David knew the abiding presence of the Jehovah God. We too can know and sense through the inner witness of the Holy Spirit the Lord’s abiding presence in our lives. He never takes His eyes off us. (Job 36:7)

7. Jehovah-Nissi (Exod. 17:8-15) The LORD my banner;

 “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

The Lord my banner: literally our standard, where we stand; “an altar in the wilderness”….an altar showing ownership and protection. David knew he would one day be with the One who had set His banner over him. The self-existing Jehovah was his, and he was the Lord’s. The promise of eternal life through the Savior to come was extended to Old Testament believers, and many expressed their knowledge of that fact.

Born-again Believers Security

As Secure as God Is Faithful

Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called, and whom he called, them he also justified, and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:30)

Between eternity past in God’s predestination, and eternity future in God’s glorification, none is lost.

No one who is predestined for sonship fails to be called. And no one who is called fails to be justified. And no one who is justified fails to be glorified. This is an unbreakable steel chain of divine covenant faithfulness.

And so Paul says,

Being confident of this very thing, that He who hath began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

“…Our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:8–9)

These are the promises of our God who cannot lie. Those who are born again are as secure as God is faithful.

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The Gospel Explained

A Summary of the Gospel

Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)

Here’s a summary of the gospel to help you understand it and enjoy it!

1) God created us for his glory.

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory” (Isaiah 43:6–7). God made all of us in his own image so that we would image forth, or reflect, his character and moral beauty.

2) Every human should live for God’s glory.

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). The way to live for the glory of God is to love him (Matthew 22:37), trust him (Romans 4:20), be thankful to him (Psalm 50:23), and obey him (Matthew 5:16). When we do these things, we image forth God’s glory.

3) We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him . . . and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images” (Romans 1:21, 23). None of us has loved or trusted or thanked or obeyed God as we ought.

4) We all deserve eternal punishment.

“The wages of sin (the payment for our sin)  is (eternal) death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Those who do not trust the Lord Jesus Christ “will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thessalonians 1:9). “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46).

5) In his great mercy, God sent forth his only Son Jesus Christ to provide for sinners the payment for our sin, in our place when Jesus died on the cross.

“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). “Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

6) Eternal life is a free gift to all who will trust in Christ as Savior.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9).

7) Once we accept Christ as our own personal Savior, He will holds onto us.

John 10: 28 “I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”  I Peter 1:5 says that we have an inheritance “reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God…”

8) As we choose to walk with Him in our daily lives out of love and gratitude to Him for who He is, He becomes Lord of our life, and we have a personal walk with the living God.

“I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

May this be a blessing to you.

Five Ways Afflictions Help

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.” (Psalm 119:67)

This verse shows that God sends affliction to help us learn His Word. How does that work? How does affliction help us learn and obey the word of God?

There are innumerable answers, as there are innumerable experiences of this great mercy. But here are five:

  1. Affliction takes away the glibness of life and makes us more serious, so that our mindset is more in tune with the seriousness of God’s word. And mark this: There is not a single glib page in the book of God.
  2. Affliction knocks worldly props out from under us and forces us to rely more on God, which brings us more in tune with the aim of the Word.  For the aim of the Word is that we hope in God and trust him. “Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). “These [things] are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31).
  3. Affliction makes us search the Scriptures with greater desperation for help, rather than treating it as marginal to life. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
  4. Affliction brings us into the partnership of Christ’s sufferings, so that we fellowship more closely with him and see the world more readily through His eyes. Paul’s great heart longing was “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship (may share) of His sufferings, being made conformable (becoming more like Him) in his death” (Philippians 3:10).
  5. Affliction mortifies deceitful and distracting fleshly desires, and so brings us into a more spiritual frame and makes us receptive to the spiritual Word of God. “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin” (1 Peter 4:1). Suffering has a great sin-killing effect. And the more pure we are, the more clearly we see God (Matthew 5:8). {copied in part}

May the Holy Spirit give us grace to not begrudge the teaching of God through pain, affliction and suffering.  His grace is sufficient. (11 Corinthians 12:9) He is faithful…always. (1 Thess. 5:24; 11 Thes. 3:3;  Phil. 1:6)  He says in Jeremiah 31:13b, 14, and 25 that He will saturate the soul of the weary and sorrowful with His Goodness.  Truly, having the Awesome Lord that we serve saturate our soul …literally with Himself in His Goodness…is an amazing experience.  That means for us who have suffered in life’s trials…maybe through no fault of our own, but just as life brings them to us, we can know in our soul the everlasting, awesome Goodness of God. (This is assuming that we know Him as personal Savior, and accepted Him as the payment for our sins on the cross.  If you need to understand that Bible truth, go to the home page, and click on “Where will I spend Eternity?” God not only wants to be your Father and Savior, but He will walk with you through your afflictions. May He Bless you.)

A Walk In His Presence….

A Walk In His Presence

Our Goals:

To seek the Lord, and search for Him

with all our heart, mind, soul, and spirit (Luke 11:9; Jeremiah 29:11-13);

To honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by “treasuring Christ”

and to get to know Him more intimately;

To experience the joy of walking in His Presence

in our daily lives…. “the JOY of the Lord is your strength”

To learn more fully to live by faith, trusting His character…His goodness,

            His sovereign presence,  His love and grace.

Questions:  Do I consciously seek and search for the Lord each day? How?

  1.   What does it mean to search for the Lord each day? (Romans 12:1&2; Acts 20 :24)
  2.  Do I know Christ intimately? (John 20:31; I John 5:13)
  3.   Do I have joy in Him each day? (I John 1:3&4; Phil. 4:4-9)  Does my life show it? (Ephes. 5:19-21)
  4.  Do I know His presence in my daily walk? (John 15:1-17)
  5.  Does my walk of faith show that I know His character?  How do I see Him in my daily walk? (Phil. 3:9 & 10)
  6.  Do I trust His sovereign work in my life? (Phil. 2:13)
  7. What is it that I really treasure in my life? (Matt. 6:21)
  8.   If I do not see the Lord working and answering prayer in my life,  do I get discouraged or depressed?  Or can I look to Him in faith trusting the Goodness of God in my life? (Hebrews 121 & 2;  Jere. 31:13b,14,25)

 Assignment:

Write down the verses that best help you in your personal walk with Him.  These verses should help to give you a greater view of who He is and His character.

 Try to put into words who Christ really is to you.  Are you trusting Him and His presence in your life because you know Him…by experience?

Step out by faith…act upon His word and promises…accept His way and His power….thank Him for His goodness to you….rest in Him, yielded to His leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Some suggested Verses:

Hebrews 13:5 ….He will never leave us or forsake us.

I Thes. 5:24 ….He is faithful; if He calls us to it, He will do it through us. Also II Thes. 3:3 …He is faithful to establish us, and keep us from evil.

II Corinthians 12:9 …His grace is sufficient for everything the Lord allows, and brings into our lives. His strength is perfected (made perfect) in our weaknesses, as we yield to what His hand and work in our life.

Step out in faith enjoying the One who died for you, and treasures you.  Give Praise to Him…He is worthy.

A Tribute to Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot – (1926-2015)  “You are loved with an everlasting love and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  She lived a life of self-sacrifice, surrender, and abandon to Jesus Christ.  Her passion was Jesus Christ. Her pervasive advice was “about surrendering my desires to God, abandoning myself to His will, and sacrificing my present and my future to His plan; accept the portion and cup that the Lord has assigned to me….because in acceptance lieth peace.”

This was her prayer: (and the prayer of the martyred missionary Betty Scott Stam)

Loving Lord and Heavenly Father,

I offer up today all that I am, all that I have, all that I do, and all that I suffer, to be Yours today and Yours forever.

Give me grace, Lord, to do all that I know of Your holy will.

Purify my heart, sanctify my thinking, correct my desires.

Teach me, in all of today’s work and trouble and joy, to respond with honest praise, simple trust, and instant obedience, that my life may be in truth a living sacrifice, by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, my Master and my all.

Jim Elliot, Martyred for Jesus Christ in 1956

 The following are excerpts from the Journal of Jim Elliot:

 Introduction:

Psalm 42

11 Chron. 15:8…repair the altar of the Lord;   verse 12:  “seek the Lord…with all your heart…”;  verse 15;  “sought Him with their whole desire”, and “He was found by them.  And the Lord gave them rest…”.

Psalm 57:7   “My heart is fixed”;   verse 11: “Be Thou exhaulted…”

Psalm 63   (Verse 7 …“rejoicing in the shadow of His wings.)

Psalm 37

 Jim Elliot:

Committed myself to God….a sacrifice as Isaac…Accept me…

Anything else….if He should consume it…not laying a hand on it to retrieve it for myself.  If Thou should call me to resign what most I prize, it never was mine. I only yield what was Thine.   Thy will be done.         (Joshua 5 & 6)

Devoted things to God as a burnt offering….

Fix my heart wholly Lord to follow Thee….in no detail to touch what is not mine.

The cross is final.

His withholding has served to intensify my desire for Him.  The hungrier one is, the greater the appreciation for food.  He has given me a hunger for Him.  He Only…. promises water to the thirsty….satiation to the “unsatisfied” (not dissatisfied), filling those famished for righteousness.  He has, by concealing Himself, longings that can only be satisfied when Psalm 17:15 is realized.

He holds us from each other, that He might draw us to Himself. Draw me, Lord.

Isa.8:17

11 Chron.20:12b … “Our eyes are upon Thee.”  I will run after Thee.   I seek His will only…alone.

“Lord, saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be a flame for Thee.”

( “Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.” …Amy Carmichael)

The “rest” of faith…is fact, especially the resurrection of Christ.

 If our faith rests on things we hope God is going to do for us temporarily in this world only, that kind of faith is bound to be shaken.

 Even flowers need to be in the dark…apart from light for a time.

Jim’s Covenant  with God:

….glorify Himself to the uttermost in me …or

….slay me

By His grace I shall not have His second best.

He heard me…a life of sacrificial Sonship.

 He cannot fail me.

Trust Him…He will not lead His child into situations he cannot bear…he becomes our “way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

 I must bear “spirit-fruit” where I am.  Do I expect Him to change this…….?  This is my opportunity designed by a sovereign God for me to bear fruit for Him.

 Conclusion:

 What is it in my life   ….for which I cannot trust Him?   ….for which I am not trusting Him?

(Excerpt from the hymn…. “All for Jesus”)

“Oh, what wonder! How amazing!

 Jesus, glorious King of Kings,

 Deigns to call me His beloved,

 Lets me rest beneath His wings.”        (Excerpt from “All for Jesus”)