MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST

Complete and Effective Divinity

If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection…  Romans 6:5

Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have experienced crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a definite likeness to Him. The Spirit of Jesus entering me rearranges my personal life before God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to me, and the experiences of my life must now be built on the foundation of His life. I can have the resurrection life of Jesus here and now, and it will exhibit itself through holiness.

The idea all through the apostle Paul’s writings is that after the decision to be identified with Jesus in His death has been made, the resurrection life of Jesus penetrates every bit of my human nature. It takes the omnipotence of God— His complete and effective divinity— to live the life of the Son of God in human flesh. The Holy Spirit cannot be accepted as a guest in merely one room of the house— He invades all of it. And once I decide that my “old man” (that is, my heredity of sin) should be identified with the death of Jesus, the Holy Spirit invades me. He takes charge of everything. My part is to walk in the light and to obey all that He reveals to me. Once I have made that important decision about sin, it is easy to “reckon” that I am actually “dead indeed to sin,” because I find the life of Jesus in me all the time (Romans 6:11). Just as there is only one kind of humanity, there is only one kind of holiness— the holiness of Jesus. And it is His holiness that has been given to me. God puts the holiness of His Son into me, and I belong to a new spiritual order. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: 1 Samuel 17-18; Luke 11:1-28

Heart To Heart – One Year Devotions for Men

[Jesus] sat down and called the twelve disciples over to him. Then he said, “Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” – Mark 9:35

Good coaches know that when things are going badly, it is necessary to call a team meeting. It happens in families, too; Father decides it is time to call everybody together to go over basic family rules. And businesses do the same thing; management closes down the operation for a day, calls the staff together, and addresses the issues that need to be confronted.

There is a great precedent for this approach. Jesus did it with his disciples: “He sat down and called the twelve disciples over to him” (Mark 9:35), and he began to go over some of the things that he had decided needed special emphasis!

Jesus started with the issue of spiritual pecking order, which the disciples were apparently concerned about. He said, “Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else” (9:35). They couldn’t argue, because Jesus modeled it! Then he addressed their elitist attitude toward their ministry. They had come across somebody who was using the name of Jesus to cast out demons, but because he did not belong to the twelve they “told him to stop” (9:38). Jesus said that was the wrong thing to do. If the man was genuinely operating in the name of Jesus—that is, out of a genuine relationship with Christ—there was no problem with him doing the same type of ministry as Christ and his twelve disciples were doing.

Then Jesus turned his attention to the subject of causing people to be hindered in their spiritual lives. He told them, “If anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone around the neck” (9:42). Harsh words indeed. The little ones to whom he referred could have been either the children who were gathered around or young believers like the man who was casting out demons. Either way, the message was clear. Using dramatic, symbolic language to make his point, Jesus warned of the consequences of sin, not only in terms of the harm it does to others but also with regard to the eternal destiny of the sinner. The point of the heart-to-heart talk was to remind his disciples that they were called to be special—”salty”—and that they were in danger of becoming ordinary—of losing their flavor!

Attitudes and actions speak loudly and make a profound, sometimes detrimental, impact on other people. Rather than be responsible for causing someone else “to lose faith,” strict discipline should be self-imposed. That way, men who follow Jesus can keep their Christlike flavor. Jesus likes his salt salty!

For Further Study: Mark 9:38 – 50

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for MenCopyright ©2000 by Stuart Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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Grace Moments Devotions – April 10, 2020

Good Friday
April 10
“Good” Friday
Pastor David Scharf

“In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him’” (Matthew 27:41,42).

Ironically, the religious leaders kind of had a point. Jesus came not to save himself but to save us humans! Jesus came not for his benefit but for our benefit. Jesus stayed on that cross not because it was helpful for him but because it was VITAL for us!

So we are filled with awe on this day. Imagine! God loves you and me so much that he’s willing to go to the cross for us! God loves us so much that he’s willing to lay down his life for us! And the devil can try to lead you and me to doubt, to wonder if God really loves us, but the cross drives those doubts away. Look! Jesus is up there! He’s up there for you! He’s up there because he loves you!

And, oh yeah, let’s be clear; if he had wanted to come down, he had the ability to do so. And that makes it all the more beautiful. He did all this—went through all this suffering—willingly. That’s how much he loves you; that’s how much he loves me.

No wonder we call this Friday, “Good.”

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