John and Doves,
truly commands us to love Him and to love one another--to say nothing of loving
enemies (whether perceived or
it's all good, for God's commandments include His provision.
is giving a pep talk to the second generation before they enter the promised
"And these words
which I command you today shall be in your heart.
"You shall teach
them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your
house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise
"You shall bind
them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your
"You shall write
them on the doorposts of your house and on your
"AFTER the death
of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua
the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying:
" 'No man shall
be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I
will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake
" 'Only be
strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law
which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or
to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
" 'This Book of
the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and
night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For
then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.'
" Joshua 1:(1,5,7-8)
this is what I call a recipe!! However, we need assurance that we can
maintain focus on
word. The LORD has this covered.
"Seek ye the
LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is
"Let the wicked
forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto
the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will
"For my thoughts
[are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the
"For [as] the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my
thoughts than your thoughts.
"For as the rain
cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth
the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the
sower, and bread to the eater:
"So shall my
word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but
it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing]
whereto I sent it." Isaiah
only does the LORD say that His Word shall prosper in us, He also tells us by
"For it is God which worketh in
you both to will and to do of [his] good
God will ensure that all His saints are ready for the
of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform
[it] until the day of Jesus Christ...." Philippians 1:6
Paul N. F. (12 March
THEY THAT DO HIS
ARE THE THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS
By A. W. Tozer
Blessed are they that do
his commandments, that they
have right to the tree of life, and may enter in
through the gates into the
command to love God with our whole being has
seemed to many persons to be
impossible of fulfillment,
it may be properly argued that we cannot love by
Love is too gentle, too frail a creature to spring up at
the command of another.
It would be like commanding
barren tree to bring forth fruit or the winter forest
to be green.
What then can it mean?
answer is found in the nature of God and of man.
God being who He is must have
obedience from His
creatures. Man being who he is must render that
obedience, and he owes God
not he feels for Him the faintest trace of love
in his heart.
It is a
question of the sovereign right of God to require
His creatures to obey Him.
Man's first and basic sin was disobedience. When he
disobeyed God he violated the
claims of divine love with
result that love for God died within him.
Now, what can he do to restore that love to his heart
heart that mourns its coldness toward God needs
only to repent its sins, and a
new, warm and satisfying
will flood into it. For the act of repentance will bring
a corresponding act of God in
Once the seeking heart finds God in personal
experience there will be no
further problem about
Yours in Christ,