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The Glory of this Mystery

[“I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the…
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Managing Burdens

”Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law…
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To Me to Live is Christ

“For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by…
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Clothed in Christ’s Righteousness

“For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 . . Mourning Christian! why do you weep? Are you mourning over your own corruptions? Look to your perfect Lord [Jesus], and remember, you are complete in…
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Deeper Experience and Greater Witness

The grand work of the Christian in the spread of the gospel, is to witness for Jesus, to tell the story of the cross. But mark ye! and mark ye well! not that alone. That would be the story of a dead Saviour. Ours, thanks be to God is a living Saviour, ever living to…
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Personal Testimony

About 8 months ago, I was plunged into agonizing suffering involving insomnia, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, which I have never experienced before or knew existed in this world. In the span of three months, I did everything I could to get better. I read a self-help psychology book, I prayed to God for help,…
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The Cross and the Spirit-Filled Life (part 2)

[“And [the angel] said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of…
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The Cross and the Spirit-Filled Life (part 1)

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)… And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:8,9,18 . Twofold Aspect of Sanctification…
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Brokenness (Part 3)

Does brokenness still frighten you? I hope not. I pray that you will find the courage to stop resisting God in those unbroken areas of your heart and to invite the Lord to do whatever it takes to break your bondage to self. Start today by asking God to show you the ways in which…
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Brokenness (Part 2)

JACOB EXEMPLIFIES RESISTANCE TO GOD Jacob’s experiences with brokenness confirm this truth. In Genesis 32 we find him prepar­ing to face his twin brother, Esau, for the first time in 20 years since usurping Esau right­ful blessing as the first-born son. Fearing Esau’s wrath, Jacob had fled to the home of his uncle, Laban, who…
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Brokenness (Part 1)

God wants to break you. Sounds pain­ful, doesn’t it? Even frightening. But brokenness is not something to be avoided. Brokenness is God’s provision for spiritual victory. Writing about brokenness is like writing about humility. The author who says he under­stands it only reveals his igno­rance when he attempts to explain it. I’ve discovered that bro­kenness…
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An Exchanged Life Counselor’s Testimony

[Lee LeFebre has made important contributions to this branch of the Biblical Counseling family tree. Here is a testimony about his spiritual journey. Used with his permission. – JBW] . Daily, I was asking God to be on the throne of my life. I didn’t understand that God would take me through a breaking process,…
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The Easy Yoke

The Lord Jesus Christ declared, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My…
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The Victory (Part 3)

The Threefold Means of Victory It becomes evident that the secret of victory is simply the Abiding Life. As we abide we put ourselves in the way of appropriating every provision He has made for a life of victory. Were we able perfectly to abide in Him, our life would approximate His life. Could our…
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The Victory (Part 2)

The Three Tense Victory The very soul of our Epistle [of 1 John] is the victory of the Christian life – the victory of a genuine Christian experience. – It is victory through our Lord JESUS CHRIST. – It is victory through the HOLY SPIRIT, in the reality of the Abiding Life. – It is…
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The Victory (Part 1)

THE VICTORY – THREEFOLD AND THREE TENSE [A Study in 1 John] “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4) The experience of Light, Love and Life, as depicted by the Apostle, beautiful in its simplicity and wholly satisfying, is not altogether easy of attainment. It has its enemies.…
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Power and Weakness

. . “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’…. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses….for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (II Corinthians 12:9-10) There is almost no word that is so imperfectly understood in the Christian life…
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The Leading of the Lord: A Spiritual Autobiography

This is a testimony from a servant of God who had a fruitful ministry through the Welsh revival and deeper Life devotional writings. She was born in 1861 in South Wales; even decades after her home-going, thousands of her books are sold yearly. In spite of her gender [in turn-of-the-century culture] and poor health, God…
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The Cross and the Overcoming Life

There is only one Overcomer in the universe, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and if there are ever any other overcomers, they will not be others at all, they will simply be the extension of His overcoming — the expansion of His victory… God said — “I will dwell in them and…
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From Faith to Faith, Part 1

“For in it [the gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'” When I was a teenager I rode in some motorcycle enduro events. An enduro is a rally covering about 90 miles of wood trails, dirt roads, creek-crossings and “you-name-it”. The…
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A Guest for Supper

“Simon Peter said to them [the other Disciples], ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We are going with you also.’ They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know…
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A Bondservant of Christ

“For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake. So from now on we…
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Our Adequacy in Christ

The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers: “You show and make obvious that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, not written with ink but with [the] Spirit of [the] living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the reliance and confidence that we have…
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Keswick: A Good Word or a Bad One?

Occasionally, I hear people use the label “Keswick” in a derogatory way. Yet others use the term quite positively. Someone who did not know the term would wonder if “Keswick” is a good word or a bad one. The issue, of course, is not the term, but what one means by the term. Historical Background…
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More Than Conquerors

Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin…
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Closer to Perfection

[Introduction Sometimes “perfection” (Greek, “telieos”) is used to indicate the goal of maturity and completeness that is the grace-based goal for the Spirit-filled Christian. “[Jesus Christ] Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Col. 1:28). “Let us therefore, as…
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The Spiritual Nature of Identification with Christ

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:1-4). “For I through the law died to the law that I might live…
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Receiving Jesus as Life: A Testimony

Testimony of John C. Rule November, 2010 . The title of my testimony is ‘Receiving Jesus as Life’. I grew up in cotton country in West Tennessee. My father was raised on a farm near Sevierville. It’s a multi-generation homeplace and I live there now in retirement from a Soil Scientist position with the Federal…
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A Glimpse of Kingdom Glory

“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter…
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The Supernatural Transfusion

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 . The true Christian life, which begins with a…
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