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Thursday, February 12, 2009

JOH 12:24-25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.”

Seeds do not grow until they go into the ground and die.

1JO 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Obedience to the Lord involves death.
And death always produces the life that glorifies God.

The spiritual life involves the Holy Spirit breaking down the outer man, the old sin nature, so that the inner man, the new spiritual species, can be unleashed.

God the Holy Spirit leads the old sin nature to the Cross.

Identification with our Lord’s death and participation in His sufferings is not a one-time process but rather a continual one.

It is the highest honor God could give to any believer in time, and it is called here participation in His sufferings, a reference to undeserved suffering.

It is necessary to understand that God has provided in eternity past everything we will ever need for the subject of suffering.

Some of the greatest blessings that will ever come to you will come during times of participation in His sufferings.

If you live your life in the light of eternity then your relationship with God will be your number one priority in your life.

The whole point is to advance to spiritual adulthood, so that the problems, the adversities, the tragedies, the difficulties of life become a blessing because of participation in His sufferings.

James McConkey - “Faith is dependence upon God. And this God-dependence only begins when self-dependence ends.” And self-dependence only comes to its end, with some of us, when sorrow, suffering, affliction, broken plans and hopes bring us to that place of self-helplessness and defeat.”

Miles Stanford -
“People, circumstances, and so on, are never the cause of failure. Self’s reaction to them is the cause and the one problem to be dealt with.”

“Will we respond to the situation in a way that is pleasing to God and be willing to participate in His sufferings?”

JOH 12:43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

Success comes via failure; life springs out of death, etc.

The only part in the believer’s life that crumbles is that which has to go anyway!
The new life can never be harmed or affected.

Self will never cast out self.

In fact, He uses almost everything, ROM 8:28-29, to bring out the worst in us, ultimately enabling us to see that the Christian life has to be “not I, but Christ,”
GAL 2:20.

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