MAINTAINING THE BLOOD AND CROSS ATTITUDE
Whenever God speaks to us that He is going to do something, Satan always comes and speaks to our minds and says "no He won't or no He can't." I'm sure that you have heard that voice before. But God will not manifest Himself to the one who regards Him as a liar. Even men who are liars hate to be called liars. How much more, God who is true and cannot lie, as a man can. We have victory in the cross because God has given us His Word. God hates anyone who does not believe His Word but takes it for granted and will not put their trust in His Word.
In Psalm 78 we see a people to whom God displayed His power. We know them as the children of Israel who were led through the wilderness by Moses. But we need to see what happened to them because they had no faith in what God told them He would do. In not believing God they signed their own death warrant. The scripture tells us "They limited the holy one of Israel." Psalm 78:19 "Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?" Do you think they really realized that they were speaking against God and opposing Him? Every time you ask yourself, I wonder if God will do such and such, and He has promised to do it, you are speaking against God. They spoke as if it was something impossible for God to do. Then we are given a testimony of this God that they questioned. (V.20) "Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?" Notice how they questioned and doubted their God who had done such miracles for them. There was no faith or trust in God's love, provision or faithfulness to them. (V.21) "Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;". The words wrath and fire speak of God's judgment. And God's anger is nothing other than Satan turned loose against a people or person. What was the real problem? (V.22) "Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:" There is no hope for people who have such an attitude of heart that they will not believe in God's love for them and desire to save them. In spite of all their wickedness of heart, God gave them all they desired. But then even after God had given them all they had asked for, they still didn't believe Him. Psalm 78:32 "For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works." So what did God do with His people whom He had brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand and miracles? (V.33) "Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble." Their lives were a total waste and even their prayer, which God answered, became their judgment. Read the whole chapter. Look at (V.40). "How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!" They provoked God with the words they spoke. I know God said He would do that, but can He really do it, will He really do it? That was their attitude. (V.41) "Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel." They tempted God by praying for the lusts of their flesh and by their unbelief kept God from doing for them what He wanted and desired to do for them. (V.42) "They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy." Sounds impossible and unbelievable, but such is human nature and there is no difference between them and what they did and you and I, without the spirit and life of Christ. Our fallen and corrupted human nature is no different that theirs and will do the same thing if we don't remind ourselves and keep God's Word and works before us. If we are not careful then we too will forget His wondrous mercies toward us and all He did for us, including His forgiveness and salvation as well as deliverance from our enemies.
God notices our attitudes. The word attitude has to do with a state of mind with regard to some matter or disposition. From the Hebrew it is an emotional response. It is the power or the liberty to control or to direct. The attitude is the habitual frame of mind with regard to some fact or purpose. We are all here today because of the finished works of Calvary. That is the only reason we are assembled together. The Word of God told us that Jesus was raised up from the dead, and when He was raised up, we were raised up with Him. Ephesians 2 tells us that we were raised up with Christ and seated with Him in heavenly places far above all powers and principalities. But we so easily forget that and begin to listen to thoughts of doubt and unbelief. The demon powers tell us to look at the situation or the circumstances. They say, look at what you believe God for. Has He done it yet? Do you think He will really do it? And if you don't watch out you will find yourself listening to those voices. Another definition: The Hebrew says that the attitude can also be defined as a foreign posture of the mind regarding a fact or a matter. Another definition of attitude is a state of mind that produces confusion, discomfort, distrust or a state of mind that produces happiness, peace and trust from knowing a fact as truth. In the Greek, the word attitude is defined as "to have understanding, to feel, to think solely on the expressed opinions of God. To agree in mind with God." Another definition is "to direct ones mind to a thing to seek for, to strive for, to side with God. To be intent on promoting what God wills." Attitude is also defined as "to pursue those things that gratify the flesh or to pursue those things that gratify the Holy Spirit. One of the most important definitions said: "The attitude is to practice the habit of thought expressed by our deeds, to be intent within ourselves concerning an act of God." Another one said: "To have knowledge and holy love for the will of God. That which one keeps in mind, the thoughts and purposes of God." The attitude reflects the mind of man. And when the mind of man is expressed and reflected, never forget that the mind is the door of the heart. What we meditate on in our minds and keep in our minds produces our faith in God or our distrust in God. Think about it. The fact is, everything about God in our lives, no matter what He does in our lives, is to honor the work of the cross. Isaiah 53:1a "Who hath believed our report?" This is the godhead expressing one thought concerning mankind on the earth and that which God has already prophesied about what He is going to do. God is saying, who dares to believe what I have said and promised? The enemy continually questions in our minds, "Can God do it? Will God do it?" And every time we open our mouths to question whether or not God will do something that He has spoken, we are allowing our mouths to become a mouthpiece for Satan. We are agreeing with the devil to blaspheme God when we question what God has already promised to do. God has set us free and removed the power of the enemy. He has led captivity captive. God never once asked us to see if we could feel it. He told us He has done it. Jesus said, "It is finished," speaking of the work of salvation. Isaiah 53:1 "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?" The arm or strength of the Lord to man is Jesus. Then He gives us the report. Isaiah 53:4 "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." He has born our grief and sorrows. Do you believe it? This is for us! (V.5) "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." You have been healed. Even when you are fighting sickness and disease in your body, you stand on God's report that He has provided for your healing. Hebrews tells us that God has spoken through His Son in these last days with finality. And God will destroy those who will not hear and believe His Word. When you are fighting demon powers, you stand on the report of God, that He has destroyed the power of Satan in your life and set you free and that in Him you are free and delivered from all bondage.
Luke 4:18a "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised," In 1st Corinthians 15 verses 3 and 4, Paul told us that the Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. In Romans 1 he told us that the gospel is the power of God to all who believe upon Jesus. The word salvation means healing, restoration, reviving and all that we have need of to be complete and whole. Why did Jesus come? Luke 4:18-19 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Do you believe it? Believe it.
In everything God watches our attitudes and what happens in our hearts when we are exposed to the Word of God. Our attitude toward what God says will turn our hearts either toward or against Him. Jesus told us that if we are not with Him, then we are against Him. If we do not agree with His promises, then we are against them. Luke 1:16-17 "And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." When you come before the Lord in prayer, you come with His Word. Jeremiah 1:12 God said, "for I will hasten my word to perform it." Isaiah 55:11 tells us "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 45:11 "Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me." When God called us, He put a work in us. He created us and saved us for a purpose. God asks us to give our lives back to Him so that He can fulfill His purpose and plan, for which He called us. We are to ask God about what was provided for His sons and not quarrel with Him about what we don't like, but commit it to Him. (V.9-10) "Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?" Don't go before God quarreling or complaining, but ask Him about things to come concerning His people and commit to Him the works of His hands. The words "command ye me" mean to request Him to move concerning the testimony He has given concerning His sons because of Calvary. Isaiah 45:12 " I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded." These are the things that Jesus has done. Then He speaks more of Jesus. (V.13) "I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts" Did Jesus say I will build His church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it? Jesus did this with no thought for Himself. Jesus did what He did to please the Father and satisfy His holy justice and requirement for sin. We are the sons of God through the work of the cross. This is the work He is talking about.
When you go before the throne of grace, you go because He has promised you everything pertaining to life and godliness and you stand on the finished works of Calvary and ask Him to do the work in you that He promised to do in His Word. We commit to Him the work of His hands, which is our life. Hebrews 2:9-13 "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me." Every time we hear the gospel, Jesus is proclaiming His Name to us and He calls us brethren, or His family. We are the sons of God that the Father has given to Him. John 6:4 says, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him." Then He talks about the work of the cross. Hebrews 2:14 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;" This is God's testimony concerning us and our testimony spoken of in Revelation 12:11 "they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony." Satan once had the power of death, but no longer. What is the power of death? Sin! Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death." But through His death Jesus rendered Satan powerless concerning us. He destroyed Satan's power and authority over us because of sin that we can be dead to sin and alive unto God. Then His report or testimony continues. Isaiah 53:1 says, "Who hath believed our report?" Hebrews 2:15 "And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." It's talking about those who are in slavery to sin. Our attitudes are regulated by what we permit our minds to think about. The mind is the door of the heart. What we keep on our minds is what we allow to come into our hearts. If we keep the Word of God in our mind, then faith will come and all doubt and fear will go. When contrary thoughts come into our minds concerning God fulfilling His promises to us, like "has God done it yet" we stand on the testimony of God, His Word to us that is eternal and infallible and lock our minds to meditate upon it. Then we are able to believe God's Word and hope will come to us. Hope is a by-product of faith.
Hebrews 6:11-12 "And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." How many times do you not "feel" like praying or worshipping the Lord? Don't be slothful or sluggish but discipline yourself to follow the Lord and keep your spirit strong in faith and in the hope that is in the Lord and that comes to those who patiently wait upon the Lord and don't give up. Then he speaks of the God who is true and cannot lie, no matter what I'm going through, what it feels or looks like, or what lie the devil is trying to put into my mind. Settle the issue in your mind, God cannot lie! (V.13-15) "For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise." David said he received the promise by patiently waiting on the Lord, and so did Abraham. Look at what Abraham did when God told him to offer up Isaac as a sacrificial offering to Him. Now God had never up to this time in the history of the world, as we know according to the scriptures, ever raised anyone from the dead. It was an unknown thing. Yet, Abraham so meditated upon the promise and so believed it that he was willing without hesitation or question to offer up Isaac, to see what God would do, because he believed the promise of God that through Isaac his seed would be. Abraham believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead if necessary to fulfill His promise. (V.16) "For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife." Whenever we read about an oath in the Bible it points to a covenant of blood. The oath of God ends every "strife" which from the Greek means dispute or contradiction. If the devil tries to tell you that God is mad at you, then remember what we were told in Colossians 1:20 "having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself." Christ made peace between the Father and us and through His blood made a new and living way for us to come to the Father (Hebrews 10:19-21). The devil will come and say, "look how many times you messed up and how many times you rejected God's voice and spirit and sinned against Him." What do you do? You go back to Jesus sacrifice at Calvary and go before the Father on the basis of the shed blood of Jesus and ask for His forgiveness and cleansing. You remind God that He said, "For a just (or righteous) man falleth seven times, and riseth up again" (Proverbs 24:16) and you take Him at His Word and tell the devil that you refuse to give up and turn back to serving your fallen nature of sin. You remind God of His promise that He has made peace with you and the finality of His promise in John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." So Paul gives us the example of man making an oath in order to do away with any dispute and how that God is greater than man and will keep His Word though men may fail.
Hebrews 6:16-17 "For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:" Now he makes an analogy between man's oath and God's. The Hebrew word for counsel means will or purpose. We are told that it is not God's will that any should perish but that all should come to a saving knowledge of Christ (2Peter 3:9). It has always been God's purpose, to redeem mankind, every since the fall in the Garden of Eden. The devil will try to put in you a fear that God will reject you to keep you from going back to Him and receiving forgiveness and restoration, but it's a lie. That is an attitude from hell of unbelief that will destroy you if you listen to it. Many have believed this lie and so they have continued on in sin because they believe that God will not forgive them because the enemy has told them that they have gone too far or committed the unforgivable sin. Yet if you are pricked in your heart of sin and are sorry for your sin, then you can be forgiven and will be if you will believe the promise and return to the cross and the blood for cleansing. To believe that God is mad at you or won't accept your repentance is calling God a liar and putting your mind in agreement with Satan rather than accepting the truth and promise of God that is immutable and infallible. Yet every time God has spoken to His people the enemy comes and says "no he wont', no he can't." You don't meditate on Satan's lies but upon the Word of God. If you listen to and meditate upon the devil's lies, then he will deceive you as he did Eve. The word "confirmed" means interposed, ratified, or guaranteed. It speaks of God's character.
Hebrews 6:18 "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:" It is impossible for God to lie. Do you believe it? The Greek word translated consolation means "imploration, hortation, solace" and is translated as "comfort, consolation, exhortation, intreaty." The only way this hope can rise up within your heart is when you meditate on the Word of God. You speak to yourself, "God cannot lie and I have the promise of His Word, which is immutable. God is faithful to His Son Jesus. When God answers our prayers and moves on our behalf, it isn't because we deserve it or merit it, but because Jesus was faithful to the will of the Father in coming to die for us on Calvary. And because Jesus was faithful to the Father, so the Father is faithful to His promise. He had promised Jesus that He would deal with us in a certain way if Jesus would go to the cross for us. And Jesus today is sitting upon the throne as King of Kings and the high priest to His people. Two things we were to know concerning God's dealing with mankind. That we could have hope or strong encouragement and lay hold of hope! Some have a hope that if they say the right words, God will be impressed, but God isn't concerned with the right words as He is with the right attitude of heart. He is looking to see if we really believe His Word. He is not impressed with our words but with the thoughts and intents of our heart and the faith in our heart as we meditate upon His Word. As we believe and meditate upon His promises and believe that God cannot lie, then our faith becomes hope. Hope is eager expectation and happy anticipation. You know God will be faithful, not based upon your past track record, but based upon the track record of Jesus. The Father's covenant is with Jesus based upon the blood He shed at Calvary and we get in on it.
Hebrews 6:19 "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;" The soul is your emotions, feeling and intellect. It is a hope that is sure and is steadfast. Your prayers don't even enter within the veil unless you come before Him in faith, believing that God is true and He cannot lie. Then your prayers come within the veil, where the Lord is. (V.20) "Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." What was the purpose of the high priest in the scriptures? Was it not to deal with the sins of men? Jesus is our high priest, there upon the mercy seat.
Proverbs4:18 "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." This is what our life should be like and not continuing in bondage to sin, oppressed by the enemy and in continual captivity. The light doesn't go back and get dimmer, but brighter. (V.19-20) "The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings." Most people give attention to everything else and hold fast to the devil's lies, rather than the Word of God. And so they walk under guilt and condemnation when they don't have too. (V.21) "Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart." Now God knows when a man is at work that he doesn't have his Bible in front of him continually, it's speaking of in your mind and thoughts. Letting His Word influence and speak to you in all that you do. How do you keep it in the midst of your heart? It has to do with you mind and attitude, what you think about. Do you cast down imaginations and reject as a lie the thought that says God won't or can't do something that He has promised to do for you in Christ? (V.22) "For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."His Word will become life to those who find them and health. (V.23) "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Control the thoughts that come from your heart, for from it flow the issues of life. Now the Hebrew word translated "issues" is from a root word meaning exit or boundary, figuratively deliverance or source of your actions. It is translated in the KJV as "boundary, going (s), going forth, outgoings and issues. The actions or outflow, the boundary of our lives comes from our heart.
When we go before the Lord in prayer, our attitude must be, "God cannot lie." You must say within yourself, "My faith is in what God has said concerning His Son Jesus." Remember there were two things God the Father made and guaranteed with an oath. These two things have to do with the way God deals with man. Hebrews 6:16-17 "For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:" The heirs of the promise are the heirs of salvation and if you are saved then you are an heir according to the promise. Heb.6:18 "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:" Strong consolation, not discouragement and condemnation, not doubt or unbelief and uncertainty. What are the two things that God guaranteed concerning His dealing with man if Jesus would go to the Cross?
Hebrews 8:6 "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." We said the oath had to do with a covenant based upon the blood of Jesus shed at Calvary. Did Jesus tell us in Luke 22 that His blood was the blood of the new covenant? Which means God will now deal differently with man, upon a different basis. Then He speaks of the old covenant. (V.7-8) "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:" Those days were the days of His coming to live and die for us. (V.9) "Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord." Remember, they did not continue in His covenant because of doubt and unbelief. So God rejected them. Here is our guarantee. (V.10) "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:" And the believers today are the house of Israel (or people of God). Today true Christians are the Israel of God according to Galatians chapter 6. The first thing He said He would do is put His laws within our hearts. The second thing is Verse 12. (V.12) "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." God is faithful and cannot lie. He has written His laws within our minds and hearts and He is merciful to our sins and iniquities and said He will remember them no more. Let's see it again. The big problem within the body of Christ today is that we have taken the cross and the shed blood of Jesus so lightly. That is our salvation and our deliverance.
Heb.10:3-4 "But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins." He tells us about the part of Jesus in coming to the earth as a man. After all the sacrifices made by men in the Old Testament, God still remembered every one of their sins because the blood of animals was not sufficient to atone for them. But under the new covenant of the blood of Jesus God said He would not remember our sins. So remember this when the devil comes against you as your accuser and speak boldly against him by putting the Word of God into your mouth. That's our part! But as long as you sit and listen to what the enemy is saying, your mind will automatically start meditating upon what Satan is saying rather than upon what God has said. So is it any wonder that the body of Christ is walking in defeat today? We are all guilty of this. Why did Jesus come? Hebrews 10:5-6 "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure." God was never pleased with the sacrifice of lambs and heifers, bulls and goats. Heb.10:7 "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." The is written in the first person, by the Lord Jesus. (V.8-9) "Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." He removed the first covenant to establish a new one. Then it talks about Jesus faithfulness to His Father. (V.10) "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." The "will" this is talking about is the will of the Father that Jesus accomplished through His sacrifice, which sanctifies us. God never asked us "Do you feel sanctified?" His report is that we have been sanctified by the blood of Jesus. Have you received the report of the finished works of Calvary. Do you believe that God has sanctified you through the blood of Jesus? You can say that and believe it because God said it and He cannot lie. Then it talks about the priests dealing with sins. (V.11-12) "And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;" Once Jesus offered up Himself, He was seated on the throne and began to reign and rule over the hearts of those who receive Him. (V.13-17) "From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." Is God remembering your sins? If not, then why do we listen to the devil when he comes with accusations? (V.18) "Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin." Christ has done everything. We are forgiven and God is just waiting for us to believe and accept it, like Abraham. It says He believed God and so God counted it to him as righteousness. Once you have truly confessed your sins to the Lord, there is no more sacrifice that needs to be offered, for they have been covered by the blood of Jesus. Why did God write that? (V.19) "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus," This should bring us confidence to go before the Lord and not condemnation. We come before Him knowing that He doesn't condone sin, but accepting the sacrifice provided for us by Jesus. (V.20-22) "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." What should be in your heart, the attitude of your heart? Full assurance of God's promise! The pure water that washes you is the Word of God. Once you receive the Word, you are washed by it and it should bring you confidence to come before the Father. (V.23) "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)" Why should we hold fast our profession of faith? Because God is faithful!
You cannot help yourself and neither can I, but God is faithful and He has promised to do the work in us for we are His workmanship, and we must believe that He will do what He has promised. Ephesians2:8-10 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." It that in your Bible? Did God mean what He said and said what He meant? Let's tie that in with Isaiah 49. We come before God and pray so that He can do in us that work that He promised and that we need for Him to do.
Isa.49:7 "Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee." His is the Father speaking about Jesus. There again is His faithfulness. Isa.49:8 "Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;" We were told in 2 Corinthians 6:2 that this is the day of His salvation. The covenant is Jesus. He has finished the work of salvation and there is nothing left for Him to do that He hasn't done. (V.9) "That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places." "Shew yourselves." Show yourself before the Lord. Come before His throne asking Him to complete His work in you and give you the grace and help that you need to live for Him. (V.10, 13) "10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted." The springs of water is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also called the Comforter (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7). So why can't we praise Him and thank Him for what He has done for us? Yet in spirit of God's promise of mercy and comfort, notice the unbelief in the hearts of God's people. (V.14) "But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me." Here is God's answer and faithfulness to His covenant. (V.15) "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." Did God promise not to forget you? (V.16) "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." Your walls are the walls of salvation. You are God's building and workmanship and He knows what needs to be done in your life to make you complete in Him. He is watching over our lives and knows what we need to build in us the nature and character of Christ. Here is His promise. (V.17) "Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee." The powers of hell that were devastating you life will go forth from you. But it's our part to continually present ourselves before Him in faith with full assurance of His promises and His ability to perform them and His faithfulness to do so. We know that God will be faithful to His Son. What is our part?
Did you know that all doubt and unbelief is sin? The Word tells us that "whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Romans 14:23). All doubt and unbelief is of the nature and character of Satan. It's the voice of Satan. 1Peter 1:13-14 "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:" To be conformed is to be shaped, molded, pressured into the mold of your former lusts. (V.15) "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;" Doubt and unbelief is unholiness in your behavior. Why are you to be holy in all your behavior? 1Peter 1:16-18 "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;" Speaking of the sin nature you were born with. (V.19) "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" You have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus! Can you say that with faith and conviction? It doesn't say, "Do you feel like you have been redeemed." This is the attitude of faith that will please the Father.
1Peter 2:1 "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings," How do we do it? (V.4) "To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious," By going to Jesus and letting Him do the work in you. Do you believe you are God's workmanship? Isaiah 45 told us we are to commit to God the work of His hands. It's like this. Every time you go before the Father in prayer in the name of Jesus, you're committing to Him two things. Yourself and what His Word has said to you concerning Jesus. You go before the Father in the strength of the promise of His Word. Without His Word you don't know even how to pray and speak to the Father. He watches over His Word to perform it, not your words. God said His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. He isn't interested in your thoughts and ways, but His. Many think they can impress God by what they say. But the Father is only impressed in what Jesus has done at Calvary. He said, "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased." He has never said that about any man. The covenant is between the Father and Jesus and we just get in on it. For those of us who receive His Son, He receives.
But we have a part. Isaiah 62:6 "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence." Remind God of His Word. Have the attitude of Jacob when He said, Lord I'm not going to let you go unless you bless me. He was crying out for God to change his very nature and character. (V.7) "And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth." His people are spiritual Jerusalem today. Hebrews 12:22-24 told us that when we came to Jesus we came to the heavenly Jerusalem. Galatians chapter 4 speaks of our being of the heavenly Jerusalem rather than the earthly one. (V.8-9) "The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured: But they that have gathered it shall eat it and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness." What a promise! God says the powers of hell will never again eat your food or drink your new wine, speaking of the Word and the Holy Spirit that God has given you. This is talking about salvation. (V.10-11) "Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him." Jesus has done these things. And have we not been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus? Isaiah 62:12 "And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.") We are that city set upon a hill that cannot be hidden. And again God says we are not and have not and will not be forsaken. Praise the Lord!
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