Not Looking At Our Problems

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Bible Verses

Num. 13:25 And they returned from spying out the land at the end of forty days. (27) And they told him and said, We came to the land into which you sent us; and it indeed flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. (28) However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and we also saw the descendants of Anak there. (32) And they brought to the children of Israel an evil report of the land which they had spied out, saying, The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that eats up its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great size. (33) ...and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.

Words of Ministry

What about the ten spies? They looked at the inhabitants of the land and saw that they were “men of great size” and their cities were “fortified and very large.” They looked at themselves too, and in their own sight they were “like grasshoppers.” Their eyes were fixed on the difficulties before them. Herein lies the reason why so many Christians fail to experience God's keeping power--difficulties fill their vision.   If one keeps looking at his difficulties, he will surely find no hope in the situation. God does not want us to set our eyes on the mountains obstructing our path; He wants us to say to the mountains: “Be taken up and cast into the sea” (Mark 11:23). It is useless to set our eyes on the mountains. The more we look at the mountains, the higher they become. Many people cannot overcome because their eyes are always set on their failures. Many people are prepared ahead of time for their failures. Defeat is certain if we are constantly contemplating defeat. As soon as our eyes are set on ourselves, we will surely fail. If God is to save us, He must first save our eyes from looking at ourselves to looking at His promises. We are courageous only as long as we keep God's promises in view. Once we see His promises, we will see that we can overcome!

 Caleb requested Joshua to appoint Hebron as his portion; Hebron was a great city among the Anakim, and the greatest man among the Anakim lived there (Josh. 14:12-15). He was not dismayed by the fact that the Anakim were “men of great size,” nor by the fact that Hebron was “fortified and very large”; he overcame them.   The whole question in relation to overcoming is: Are we trusting in ourselves, or are we trusting in the Lord? If we are relying on ourselves then of course we have to consider whether or not the Anakim are strong or weak and whether their cities are well fortified, but if our reliance is on God, then the question of human resources does not even arise. If we are trusting in God, there is no ground for fear, and victory is assured no matter how great the men and how high the city may be.

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Called into the Fellowship of His Son (2)

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Bible Verses

1Cor 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1Cor 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the fellowship of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the fellowship of the body of Christ?

Consider this:

[Part 2 of 2]  Fellowship does not merely mean that there is communication between you and someone else; it also denotes participation in that one. Furthermore, it means that we and Christ have become one. It also means that we enjoy Christ and all He is, and that He enjoys us and what we are. As a result, there is not only a mutual communication, but a mutuality in every way. All that Christ is becomes ours, and all that we are becomes His. We all have been called by God into such a mutuality between us and the Son of God. I do not believe that in any other language there is an adequate equivalent for the Greek word for fellowship. We have been called into the fellowship of God's Son. We have been called into a mutuality in which we enjoy what the Son of God is, and in which we are one with Him and He is one with us. Elsewhere in this Epistle, in 6:17, Paul says, "He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit." We have been called into such a oneness. In this oneness we enjoy what Christ is, and He enjoys what we are.

Even though we are so pitiful, Christ still enjoys us. Perhaps you find this very difficult to believe. You may say, "I certainly believe that we have been called to enjoy Christ. But how can it be true that Christ enjoys us? You may say that this is true, but I find it hard to believe." Christ, however, would say, "Child, I enjoy you very much. You don't realize how much I enjoy you. Even when you are weak and low, I still enjoy you, for I am one spirit with you."

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Called into the Fellowship of His Son (1)

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Bible Verses

1Cor 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1Joh 1:3 That which we have seen and heard we report also to you that you also may have fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

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[Part 1 of 2]  Verse 9 tells us that God has called us into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Fellowship denotes the partaking of, the participation in, God's Son. It is to partake of, participate in, the all-inclusive Christ. God has called us into such a fellowship that we may partake of Christ, participate in Him, and enjoy Him as our God-given portion. This word, like the word concerning Christ's being theirs and ours in verse 2, stresses again the crucial fact of Christ's being the unique center of the believers for the solving of the problems among them, especially that of division.

This book unveils to us that the very Christ, who is the portion of all believers, and into whose fellowship we have been called, is all-inclusive. He is God's power and God's wisdom as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption to us (1:24, 30). He is our glory for our glorification (2:7), hence, the Lord of glory (2:8). He is the depths of God, the deep things of God (2:10). He is the unique foundation of God's building (3:11). He is our Passover (5:7), the unleavened bread (5:8), the spiritual food, the spiritual drink, and the spiritual rock (10:3-4). He is the Head (11:3) and the Body (12:12). He is the firstfruit (15:20, 23), the second Man (15:47), and the last Adam (15:45); as such, He became the life-giving Spirit (15:45). This all-inclusive One, with the riches of at least nineteen items, God has given to us as our portion for our enjoyment. We should concentrate on Him, not on any persons, things, or matters other than Him. We should focus on Him as our unique center appointed by God that all the problems among the believers may be solved. It is into the fellowship of such a One that we have been called by God.  [Continued tomorrow] 

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