Our Sacrificial Offerings to God
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Sacrifice Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Our fallen flesh – something difficult, something unpleasant,something we would rather avoid.
Sacrifice Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Viewpoint of New Creature – something joyful, something thatis a delight, something that we would rather be doing than any- thing else.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
But soon, as I progressed in the narrow way all these things became a sheer joy a delight. There was absolutely nothing I would rather be doing.
Matthew 19:27 Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
Mark 10:29,30 Jesus answered, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age,… and in the age to come, eternal life.
… The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in you if faithful. (Romans 8)
1 Peter 4:12,13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Volume 6 – Page 678 If our joys were dependent upon circumstances of this life merely, we should be without joy; and, as the Apostle has declared, be “of all men most miserable.” (1Cor. 15:19) It is when hope has laid firm hold on the exceeding great and precious promises of God’s word, that joys spring up as flowers in a desert, vivified by our tears – such flowers of joy and blessing as the poor world in its wilderness condition could not produce or imagine.
Psalm 56:8 (Living Bible) You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
1 Corinthians 10:13 Diaglott No trial has assailed you except what belongs to man and God is faithful who will not permit you to be tried beyond your ability; but with the trial, will also direct the issue, that you may be able to bear it.
Our Loving God of Providence In all our sickness, the Lord saith to the waves of pain, “Hitherto shall ye go, but no further.” Wisdom hangs up the thermometer at the furnace mouth, and regulates the heat.
The God of providence has limited the time, manner, intensity, repetition and effects of all our sicknesses. Each throb...each sleepless hour...each relapse...each depression of spirit...each sanctifying result—nothing great or small escapes the loving hand of Him who numbers the hairs of our head.
Affliction comes not haphazard – the weight of every stroke of the rod is accurately measured. He who made no mistake in balancing the clouds and meting out the heavens, commits no errors in measuring out the ingredients for our development as new creatures. We cannot suffer too much nor be relieved too late.
The knife of the Heavenly Surgeon never cuts deeper than is absolutely necessary. “He doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.” A mother’s heart cries, “Spare my child;” but no mother is more compassionate than our gracious God.
He who has fixed the bounds of our habitation has also fixed the bounds of our tribulation.
May each of us ever strive to achieve the height of Christian attainment, - complete acquiescence to every trying experience without murmuring or complaining, knowing that it was permitted only because it was the best experience in the world for our eternal interest.
Philippians 3:13 This one thing I do,… I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Luke 9:23 If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Denying self would seem to include denying those things that are pleasing to the flesh, but would be detrimental to the New Creature.
May we each look inward and evaluate how well we are doing in denying self, especially the next time we are about to purchase a car, furniture, a house, or even just thinking of going out to a fancy restaurant.
Luke 9:23,24 If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Volume 6 – Page 127 However it is not enough that they (the Great Company) consecrated fully, it must be demonstrated that they at heart love the Lord and would not deny him at any cost, even though not faithful enough to COURT SACRIFICE IN HIS SERVICE.
My earliest thought I desire shall be, what shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me.
Revelation 3:14-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
1 Timothy 4:12 Be thou an example of the believers.
A life filled with humility – love – devotion – sacrificial activity in the Lord’s service.
In other words lukewarmness, can have the effect of begetting lukewarmness in other brethren. Others may begin to think lukewarmness is the accepted level of Christian vitality.
Ones flesh may start to reason, well they don’t seem to sacrifice too much, and they seem to be fairly well thought of by the brethren.I’ll live my life like them. No use going to an extreme.
You know you really aren’t the most qualified for that position. There are others who could do a much better job for they have more time, or money, or ability.
That’s really a job that would be better for someone younger, or someone older. That job would really be better for a sister, or a brother, or a deacon, or an elder. You know you really should get your house painted first.
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Romans 12:11 (Phillips) Let us not allow slackness to spoil our work, and let us keep the fires of the spirit burning as we do our work for the Lord.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Galatians 5:22:23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Galatians 6:2 NIV Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.