- The One with the Goods
There is an earthly principle that says, "The one with the goods has all the power."
If I carry something you need or want, I wield the power. Christ has all the goods. He has what we nee...
- Life-giving Fruit
The Trees in the Garden are speaking trees,
sources of thought molded into words, and . . .
words are actual food for the human soul.
Words are literal fruit!
Ideas spawn your emotions; words d...
- The Tree of Delusion
The Tree of knowledge is the Tree of presumption,
a realm of delusion masquerading as wisdom.
A system of knowing without
the humble sweat of hearing.
Human ideas that stand on proud logic,
- Illegal Choices
The Trees expose the heart's love.
God never offered a choice of Trees.
His was an absolute command: "do not eat."
His will was never alternative choices.
His will was "no."...
Is to know Him . . . Philippians 3:10
and make Him known . . .
On Knowing the Lord
by T. Austin-Sparks
"That I may know . . ." - Phil. 3:10.
"Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know Me." - John 14:9; (ASV)
Phil. 1:10; Heb. 8:11; I John 2:20, 27.
It is of the greatest importance for the Lord's children to recognize fully that, above all other things, His object is that they should know Him. This is the all-governing end of all His dealings with us. This is the greatest of all our needs.
It is the secret of strength, steadfastness, and service. It determines the measure of our usefulness to Him. It was the one passion of the life of the apostle Paul for himself. It was the cause of his unceasing striving for the saints. It is the heart and pivot of the whole letter to the Hebrews. It was the secret of the life, service, endurance, confidence of the Lord Jesus as Son of Man.
Personal, inward, spiritual intelligence is a very rare thing. No wonder that the enemy has such a successful line in delusions, counterfeits, and false representations. Our greatest safeguard against such will be a deep knowledge of the Lord through discipline.
To know the Lord in a real way means steadfastness when others are being carried away - steadfastness through times of fiery trial. Those who know the Lord do not put forth their own hand and try to bring things about. Such are full of love and patience, and do not lose their poise when everything seems to be going to pieces. Confidence is an essential and inevitable fruit of this knowledge, and in those who know Him there is a quiet restful strength which speaks of a great depth of life.