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THE FLESH COUNTS FOR NOTHING

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NOTHING OF THE FLESH WILL COUNT.


"The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing."  --Jesus, Matt. 6:63


There is so much flesh in our normal striving after God.  Christ came to bring Spirit and Life.  Now the flesh counts for nothing, as He says to us today. 


Are you weak physically?  
Are you old?  
Are you young and inexperienced?  
Are you talented and strong?  
Are you sick?  
Are you poor?  
Are you rich and endowed with position and influence?
Are you man?  Woman?  Child?  
Are you in the East or in the West, North or South?  
Are you educated or uneducated?  


None of this matters, once Chr…

ONE THING I DO

ONE THING I DO
Zac Poonen
"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are…

THE MONEYCHANGERS ARE ALIVE AND WELL

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:


Reading Mark 11:15-18 this morning, I'm amazed at the clear parallel between the temple in Christ's day, and Christ's Living Temple today.  


God's people are being built into a Living Temple, with each of us who are in Christ being a living stone, full of the Spirit of God, being built up together in the fullness of Christ into a spiritual dwelling for Him.


When Jesus came into the physical temple courts in Jerusalem, He was disgusted and moved to action by the buying and selling going on within it.  They had turned God's temple, His dwelling, into a marketplace.


So today, men turn God's living temple into a disgusting and self-focused place for the buying and selling of all kinds of things.  We have ignored our Lord's mandate, and He is going to act again as He did then.  Our blatant disregard for His Word has meant we have allowed those who want money, and fame and comfort from the gospel to profit personally from their &q…

FOR THE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN

There is only one thing that counts for us today, and that is Christ.  He is all, and in all.  He is Lord, and that right now, not at some future time.  We live in Him, and move in Him,  and have our very beings in Him, many without even recognizing that He exists.  When we breathe, we are only breathing because He gives us breath.


Yet there are many who "live as enemies of the cross of Christ" as Paul states. (Phil 3:18)
Many among us who claim Christ, may go to church, may talk of being Christians, yet who chase after worldly things, as I did for many years.  These are not my brethren.  


You who don't make your bellies your gods, in other words, your appetites of the flesh do not drive and control you, are my brethren.  You who seek Christ above all are my brethren.  You who long to know all of Christ, to walk only by His Light, and His Word, who seek to do the works of Him who sends you every day, you are my brethren.


Sadly, many today defame the name of their Lord, who d…

FOR THE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN

There is only one thing that counts for us today, and that is Christ.  He is all, and in all.  He is Lord, and that right now, not at some future time.  We live in Him, and move in Him,  and have our very beings in Him, many without even recognizing that He exists.  When we breathe, we are only breathing because He gives us breath.


Yet there are many who "live as enemies of the cross of Christ" as Paul states. (Phil 3:18)
Many among us who claim Christ, may go to church, may talk of being Christians, yet who chase after worldly things, as I did for many years.  These are not my brethren.  


You who don't make your bellies your gods, in other words, your appetites of the flesh do not drive and control you, are my brethren.  You who seek Christ above all are my brethren.  You who long to know all of Christ, to walk only by His Light, and His Word, who seek to do the works of Him who sends you every day, you are my brethren.


Sadly, many today defame the name of their Lord, who d…

THOUGH HE BRINGS GRIEF, HE WILL SHOW COMPASSION

Today let's not harden our hearts, though our Father discipline us for our wanderings and sinfulness.  When He does, it is out of love.  Some of us this very day are going to face extreme difficulty because of past decisions, even because of sins that have already been forgiven.


What do we do when we face these?  So many Christians look down on others who face the consequences of their sins.  So many around us feel superior to those who struggle through the mess of their lives, which was created by our own disobedience and bad decisions.  So many of "God's people" turn away in embarrassment.  So many of them say inside, 'I'm glad I'm not like that person', just as the Pharisee looked down upon the tax collector.


But remember, it was the tax collector, who cried out to God in utter repentance, and in his need for God, who Jesus said went away justified.


Today, let us cry out to the Lord in our difficulty and need, whether it was caused by our past sins or…

THE INDESCRIBABLE GRIEF OF LOSS

THE INDESCRIBABLE GRIEF OF LOSS A. Brother
“The Lord had made proclamation to the ends of the earth: ‘Say to the Daughter of Zion, See your Savior comes!’… They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.” Isa. 62:11,12
Some of you know the grief of having lost or being lost.By this I mean you’ve know the intense grief of losing someone close, or you know the intense grief of being lost yourself, and not having anyone search for you.
This grief is indescribable to anyone who has not suffered it.The sadness, the emptiness, the pain is beyond words.
This is the pain in the heart of God this morning as He is separated from so many of His People.The Daughter of Zion is His Holy Nation, the Redeemed of the Lord, whom He has called from every tribe, nation, language group, culture, level of society, and from among men, women, children, old, young, rich, poor, educated and uneducated.This Daughter is lost, and He is seeking h…

FOR EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE LOST

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  I give this poem freely to all.  It can be put to music if God wills.  It is for all who suffer today, laying down your lives to follow Christ.  For those in pain, or those who have a loss they are facing, with the hurt that involves.  It is a poem that is for you who have sadness, and know what it means to lose precious things for the sake of Christ.  May He comfort you today by His Spirit.
FOR EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE LOST A. Brother
For everything that I have lost I do my grieving at the cross My heart is full of joy in pain My tears in trial are like the rain
These tears of grief will dry and stop And love will grow up where they drop What springs to life will be God’s best His finest flowers, His glorious rest
I offer grateful thanks, my Lord, for all you give  for laying down your life for me so I might live You gave all that you had and didn’t count the cost So now I give you special praise for what I’ve lost
I’ve lost the need to live in sorrow and in shame I’ve lost…

THE MARKS OF A CHURCH THAT IS FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT TO CHRIST

By Zac Poonen ChristianFellowshipChurch Bangalore, India
In Rev. 3:7-13, The Lord describes Himself to the church in Philadelphia as the One who can now open or shut any door.If we are overcomers, we need never stand before a closed door at any time when it is the will of God that we should go through. But the Lord also shuts certain doors before us, so that we don't go into paths that He has not ordained for us - paths that He knows will not be profitable for us. It is really an exciting life to be an overcomer. The Lord Himself decides which doors we should go through, and which doors we should stop knocking at.
Here in Philadelphia, we see the second of the two messengers, and churches that receive no rebuke at all from the Lord. The first was the one at Smyrna. These two examples show us that it is possible to be such a messenger of the Lord and to be such a church as to receive no rebuke at all from the Lord when He examines us. This should be a challenge to all of us. The messen…

ENCOURAGEMENT FROM WORLD WAR TWO

BROTHERS AND SISTERS:THIS WAS WRITTEN TO CHRISTIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD DURING THE FIRST YEARS OF WORLD WAR TWO.COULDN’T IT BE WRITTEN TODAY?I PRAY WE’LL SEE THAT CHRIST IS ALL, NO MATTER THE GENERATION OR THE SITUATION! A. Brother
ONE UNIVERSAL REMEDY
Editor's Letters by T. Austin-Sparks
November-December 1941
Beloved of God,
We are full of wonder and praise that, after two years of war, we are still able to send out this instrument of ministry to so many parts of the world. I write this letter just immediately after the first anniversary of the terrible assault on London, which was so vital a part of what has come to be known as the Battle of Britain. Twelve months ago fire and destruction rained from the skies all around us. We were ringed by it to within a few feet. For months this went on, and sometimes we have wondered whether there would be anything left. But here we are. We have never had to discontinue conferences, nor has the regular ministry been interrupted. There have been d…

FROZEN WITHOUT LOVE

FROZEN WITHOUT LOVE T. Austin-Sparks
“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
You can have all the gifts and be very immature.
Spiritual increase is not by knowing all these things, the way of growth is not by faith's power externally manifested, but more by inward endurance.
Do you want to know the way of the increase of God? It is by love. What the Lord needs is an open, pure spirit towards Himself, and love toward all saints; the Lord will bring into His greater fullness where there is a genuine love one to the other - in Him....
The Ephesian letter in which there is the fullest unveiling of heavenly truth in the deepest teaching concerning the Church, the Body of Christ, there is from start to finish the golden thread of love running all through; this is significant when you consider what the letter contains.
1 Corinthians 13 is the great chapter on love, and is put over beside all the "gifts."…

ARE WE STARGAZING OR DRESSED AND READY?

OUR FIRM INSTRUCTIONS IN THE LAST DAYS A. Brother
“Be dressed ready for service, and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.” Luke 12:35
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” Luke 12:40
As we talked about day before yesterday, we are not to spend our time speculating and studying “when and how” Christ will come back.We have our marching orders.Christ was clear with His disciples here and in many other passages.
Our instructions are clear.Read this passage in its entirety.Does Jesus tells us to spend our time gazing up into the heavens and wondering when He will come back?Does He tell us to be caught up in end-times speculation?Does He command us to figure all this out and share our ideas with others?
No.In fact we are forbidden that information.(See last posting—IT IS NOT FOR YOU TO KNOW).So when we spend our…

LETTER TO A STRUGGLING YOUNG BROTHER CAUGHT UP IN THE PROSPERITY RUSH

NOTE:This morning I received an email from a young friend who asked me to remove him from my subscription list.He sent me a list of positive promise verses that all talk about God giving us “over and above” “superabundantly” and having a “plan” for our life that involves prosperity and good things.Knowing his struggles, I sent him this reply.I pray that this reply will help others of you who have friends struggling with the same issues.Feel free to use it if it helps!
LETTER TO A STRUGGLING YOUNG BROTHER CAUGHT UP IN THE PROSPERITY RUSH A. Brother
Dear _________,
Thanks for thinking of me.Because I care about you, and am not sure why you sent me this letter, I'm going to respond fully.From our talks, I know you've been struggling with things, and I can relate to that struggle completely.These are my thoughts.
I pray that our devotion to Christ would be of such depth that we would be willing to give up all for Him.Many follow Him because of the "blessing" verses.
When Jesus …