Jottings – The Power From On High

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It is extraordinary grace, not talent, that wins the day. It is extraordinary spiritual power, not extraordinary mental power, that we need. Mental power may fill a chapel; but spiritual power fills the Church. Mental power may gather a congregation; spiritual power will save souls. We want spiritual power. Oh! we know some before whom we shrink into nothing as to talent, but who have no spiritual power; and when they speak, they have not the Holy Spirit with them; but we know others—simple-hearted, worthy men, who speak their country dialect, and who stand up to preach, and whether it be in a barn, or the village green, the Spirit of God clothes every word with power. Hearts are broken, souls are saved, and sinners are born again. O Spirit of the living God! we want Thee. Thou art the life, the soul, the source of Thy people’s success. Without Thee they can do nothing; with Thee they can do everything. Dear readers, we want above all things, the ‘power from on high.’

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Preface,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 8. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), vi.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – The Church Does Not Teach, It Is Taught

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Commenting on John 16:13 and Acts 2:42 ~

 

The church does not teach; it is taught.

 

Hole, F. B. “Acts.” STEM Publishing. N.d. Web. Accesed March 13, 2015. Available here.

 

 

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Jottings – The Trinity of Truth

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“God is called the ‘God of truth’ (Isaiah 65:16). The Holy Spirit is the ‘Spirit of truth’ (John 16:13). Christ said, ‘I am…the truth’ (John 14:6). No one can have fellowship with the holy trinity who does not walk in the truth (2 John 4; 3 John 4). God desires truth in the inward parts (Psalm 51:6). Falsehood of every kind is hateful to Him. There is nothing that so manifests the alienation of the natural man from God as his tendency to falsehood. Of the wicked we are told that they go astray from their very birth speaking lies (Psalm 58:3). Satan himself is the father of lies (John 8:44). It is he who injects the venom of untruthfulness into the heart of man (Acts 5:3). Only by the new birth can this lying spirit be overcome. It is as the regenerated man yields himself to God as one alive from the dead that he learns to delight in the truth objectively revealed, and to walk in the truth subjectively.”

H.A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994. Nov. 3.

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Jottings – When I Look At Jesus

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“When I look at Jesus now on the throne, there He is still the Truth, the truth as to my nearness to God. Christ is the measure of everything before God. On the cross He is the measure of my need, and distance from God; and now, on the throne, He is the truth as to my acceptance and nearness to God. Christ is the truth objectively, and the Holy Ghost is the truth subjectively, as making all good and true to the soul of the believer experimentally.”

W. T. P. Wolston, Another Comforter. Galaxie Software, 2004; p. 45.

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 2.14-16 Spiritual Discernment

 

 

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 KJV

 

As we conclude chapter two of 1 Corinthians watch to discover the final piece of Paul’s argument– true spiritual discernment. No one can work God out (without the Spirit of God), no one can work the Christian out and none of us can advise God.

Our understanding changes when we are saved and receive the Spirit of God. Amazing truths from an amazing God!

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 2:13 – Spiritual Communication

 

 

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13 KJV

 

How do bible teachers get all that knowledge and the ability to communicate the truth?

A lot of hard work I hear you say! Nights of commitment burning the midnight oil! You are right – all of that and more. The ‘more‘ is the most important bit of the equation. You could study all you like but if you do not walk with God, spend time with God and let the Spirit of God speak through you it will all be a waste.

This latest video teaching blog explains how the Spirit of God equips the bible teacher to teach. I trust that it is helpful.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 2:12 – Spiritual Understanding

 

 

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 1 Corinthians 2:12 KJV

 

You may wonder why the day after you got saved and from then on you began to see and understand things in the Bible that puzzled you before you were a Christian.

While there are lots of things we do not understand in the Bible as Christians, we have one big advantage over unbelievers – the Holy Spirit lives in us and aids us in our spiritual understanding. Watch this video to discover the thrill of how it all works.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 – The Spirit of God Teaches the Christian

 

 

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 KJV

 

How does God speak to the believer? Watch this installment of our journey through First Corinthians for some answers to this very interesting question.

 

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Jottings – The Peace Of God

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Commenting on Phil. 4:6-7:

 

“But this I cannot do for myself. I may tell myself over and over that I will not worry, will not fret, but my thoughts, like untamed horses with the bit in their teeth, if I may use such an illustration, seem to run away with me. Or, like an attacking army, they crowd into the citadel of my mind, and threaten to overwhelm me. But God, Himself, by the Holy Spirit, has engaged to so garrison my mind, and so protect my restless heart, that my thoughts shall neither run away with me, nor yet overwhelm me. Every thought will be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Thus I shall enjoy the peace of God, a peace beyond all human comprehension, as I leave my burdens where faith delights to cast every care, at the feet of Him who, having not withheld His own Son, has now declared that through Him He will freely give me all things. In this I can rest, for He cannot deny Himself.”

H.A. Ironside, Notes on the Epistle to the Philippians. Loizeaux Brothers: Neptune, NJ, 1922, pp. 112f.

 

 

 

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Titus 3:6 – The Holy Spirit in Conversion

 

 

This is the 32nd video in a series of teaching videos on the book of Titus. You can find the first video here.

How on earth can people be so changed when they become a Christian?

You might think that you could never live the “christian way.” Well here is the amazing truth – you don’t do the changing, God does, and the first part of the process is the Spirit of God being poured out abundantly into your life. Watch and learn of bible based Christianity.

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