ContentmentBro. George Davis
6/12/2011 6:00 PM
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
If we would go to heaven, we have to let go of the things of the flesh. Don’t let sin in and don’t let legitimate desires cause you to slack off from making heaven your home. Press toward the mark.
In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.
“In that day” means the gospel day. We want to be those who “turn the battle to the gate,” or to overcome the enemy. We have an adversary who wants to devour us. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” - 1 Peter 5:8. God cares for our souls. He has no part in the destroyer. God sent Jesus to destroy the works of the devil. We are to resist the devil and he will flee. Isaiah says to run the devil out of your territory.
We’re not always in a battle. We can come back to our house in peace. Our home/church is not to be a battleground. The enemy should not be camped in our territory.
Jesus goes before us “conquering and to conquer”. When trials come from the enemy, we need to resist. We have a hiding place, a safe retreat, a place of rest and peace.
“Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.”
He is our rest, comfort, defense and offensive strength.
Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
We can depend on our Lord. There is no need to be beaten up or cast down. God will help us keep the enemy back. He would rout him from the rest of the camp. When battles affect us all, we need to be united against the enemy. The Zion of God is to be a peaceful habitation, not a casualty-ridden battlefield.
Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
There are no battleships on the waters of Zion. God will save our souls from the onslaught of the devil. This is a peaceful habitation. There shouldn’t be strife in the home or the church. We want to be able to show people the church of the living God in our lives. The devil who would destroy our unity and peace must be kept at bay. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” - Hebrews 4:12. That rest wasn’t attainable before Jesus came – a rest of soul. This experience promotes peace and rest among us.
The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
It is a contented rest in the Lord. God will comfort and encourage. He is our heavenly Father. Contented cows lie down and are at rest. We can be contented in the Lord. Jesus has made us part of the family of God. The Spirit of God gives us the fruits of the Spirit. Any fighting should be against the enemy of souls.
The father of faith (Abram) said, “Let there be no strife between me and thee for we are brethren.” He could have exercised his authority as an elder to Lot, but he didn’t choose to be that way. Have the same kind of Spirit that Abraham and Christ had. “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” - Colossians 3:14. Love is the bond of perfectness. That ought not be an easy bond to break.
God allows tests. Don’t be shaken off from God or his people in the times of shaking. The devil may tell you that you aren’t wanted or needed. God’s people love each other and want the unsaved ones to be brought in. Recognize the need for unity, before persecution comes. Saints shouldn’t have to be forced together.
Any militancy we possess should be directed toward the devil. The devil divides. The devil will use whatever lie he can find against souls. Follow after God. Jesus is faithful to follow after souls and draw them back to himself. Whatever you do, don’t give up or turn back.