The “Go” of Relationship

Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. —Matthew 5:41 Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a supernatural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that His disciple does not...

The “Go” of Reconciliation

If you…remember that your brother has something against you… —Matthew 5:23This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you….” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your...

The “Go” of Renunciation

…someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” —Luke 9:57 Our Lord’s attitude toward this man was one of severe discouragement, “for He knew what was in man” (John 2:25). We would have said, “I can’t imagine why He lost the opportunity of...

The “Go” of Unconditional Identification

Jesus…said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor…and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” —Mark 10:21 The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to...

The Awareness of the Call

…for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can...

The Assigning of the Call

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church… —Colossians 1:24We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get...

The Place of Exaltation

…Jesus took…them up on a high mountain apart by themselves… —Mark 9:2We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of...

The Place of Humiliation

If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. —Mark 9:22After every time of exaltation, we are brought down with a sudden rush into things as they really are, where it is neither beautiful, poetic, nor thrilling. The height of the mountaintop is measured...

The Place of Ministry

He said to them, “This kind [of unclean spirit] can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” —Mark 9:29“His disciples asked Him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ ” (Mark 9:28). The answer lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ....

The Vision and The Reality

…to those who are…called to be saints… —1 Corinthians 1:2Thank God for being able to see all that you have not yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not yet to the reality of it by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be...
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