“FIERY DARTS”


I know the “fiery darts” from the “enemy” well…..ultimately the answer is Romans 6
truths….crucified with Christ.  We experience freedom from all our enemies
when we accept that place of “death” to the osn, the world, and the devil.
The temptations come back to try us, but the answer is the same…our refusal to leave
that crucified position.  As
George Mueller said once:  he died to all his
dreams, hopes, desires….and lived for the Lord and His will alone.  The Lord
works in us deeply as we accept this crucified position….and the results in
us is that peace and rest He promises.  It takes concentrating on  the
specific scriptures that apply and related scripture based writings help
to keep focused on these truths, too.  I think the seminary’s teaching on
Eph.6:13….”that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…” is true.
The professors taught that the “evil day” is not every day, every minute,
but limited to certain times.  The Lord limits Satan and his attacks on
our minds.  When the attacks come we are to stand in that place…that
position where the Lord has already put us…crucified with Christ.   All
believers have the same battle (Eph.6:12)….the enemy uses different
“fiery darts” on each of us.  It helps immensely to be reminded that
even in this spiritual battle, God uses it all for our spiritual good. (2Cor.4:17).
I am seeing the results of the truth in John 12:25:  “he that loveth his
[natural] life shall lose it; and he that hateth his [natural] life in
this world shall keep it unto life eternal. ”  We learn that we don’t
live for the life in this world, but for the eternal values.  (2 Cor.4:18).
We know these truths….but need to live in them daily.  I love verse 16
in 2Cor.4: “For which cause we faint not but though our outward man
perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”  This life on earth
is nothing but corruption….the real life…eternal life in knowing Christ
more day by day….that is the real life.  And our minds are renewed
daily as we feed on these truths.  The familiar passage of scripture
that deals with the “conflict” we experience from Satan is Eph.6:10-18.
Another passage is Eph.4:22-24,27.   “
Walking in the light” will give
us all the peace and joy promised in the scriptures.  see Phil. 2:16.
Dwelling on these scriptures take time….but we find we need them
and cannot find that help we need anywhere else.  lkp


 

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Excerpts from Chapter IV:  Reckoning that Counts…Miles J. Stanford

“He shall teach you all things.”  It is often the case that hungry believers, needy as they know themselves to be, are more eager for experience than they are for revelation.  They want a minimum of truth and study, with a maximum of results.  But the more experience-centered they become, the less truth-established they will be.  The penalty of this wrong emphasisis self-centeredness instead of Christ centeredness.
This sad and selfish condition develops when we endeavor to handle and control the truth that we see.  But the truth of the Word does not respond to self.  “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God…neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14).  As we study, we are to rest in the Spirit of life in Christ.  The Lord Jesus said, “The Spirit of truth ….will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). There are those who even go so far as to attempt to use the Spirit.  They want Him to give them “power,” and many other self-centered “experiences” and “blessings.”  The Holy Spirit does not respond to such unholy aspirations.
In the midst of finding out about ourselves, we are to be especially aware of what we are in our Lord Jesus.  While the Spirit must cause us suffering in the crucifixion of the self-life, He comforts us in our growth in the new life.  “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.  Behold, we count them happy which endure.  Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”  (James 5:10, 11).
As we turn from the old man by reckoning upon the work of the Cross, we turn to the new man in Christ by reckoning upon the work of the Spirit.  Gradually, as we grow, there are less and less “works of the flesh” evident, and more and more of the “fruit of the Spirit” manifested in our daily walk. (Gal. 5: 19, 22).
What comfort there is in the faithful work of the Comforter!  In the natural realm, a worm is changed into a butterfly– a different creature, but of the same order of life.  In the spiritual realm, a believer is reborn—a totally “new creation in Christ Jesus” (2 Cor. 5:17, margin).  Therefore we “yield ourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead,” and in dependence upon the Comforter we “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:13: 6:4).

PROGRESSIVE SPIRITUALITY

“We are to reckon (count) ourselves to be dead to sin and alive to God in Christ
while trusting the Holy Spirit to keep the old nature in its place of death and
form Christ in us and in time the old nature loses it’s reigning power.  Progressive spirituality.”
(Reckoning that Counts, Miles J. Stanford)
“Chafer (and those following his view) tend to stress a clear-cut distinction between
‘carnal’ and ‘spiritual believers’.  This is a weakness leading to many errors and problems.
Believers are compositions of both ‘carnal’ and ‘spiritual’ characteristics.  Through identification based spiritual growth, there is ‘progressively less carnality and more spirituality over time — progressive spirituality.”
Susan S.

QUOTES FROM “IN MANY PULPITS”…… a paper by C.I. Scofield

“He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself also so to walk, even as

he walked.” 1 John 2:6

“What is it “to abide” in Him. Many earnest souls have known much distress
just here. They have been told that “to abide” in Him means to be always
occupied with Him. Now I make bold to say, this is an unattainable
counsel of perfection.

We are in the world, and however [ diligent & dedicated]
we may be to keep the world out of us, we are charged with engrossing
duties calling for the utmost concentration of mind, heart and hand.
We cannot be in conscious constant occupation with Him. I do not so
understand that great word [“abiding”]..

For a moment think of that other phrase—“in Him.” What does that mean?
Ephesians explains it. “In Christ Jesus” is the sphere of the Christian life.
That is where grace has put him. We have not to concern ourselves about
getting that place: we are there. Now, what is “abiding in Him?” Why,
simply having nothing apart from Him, living in the sphere of the things which
interest Christ; bringing Him into the sphere of all our necessary occupations,
joys and innocent pleasures down here; having no business in which He is
not senior Partner; no wedding feast or other feast at which He is not chief
Guest, no failures which are not brought to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing.

What is John’s test of such a life? In degree, though not as perfectly, it
will be a walk even as He walked. It will lead along the same road; it will
encounter the same trials, enlist the same sympathies. “

“Knowing about God is one thing: knowing God is quite another. Job’s
confession illustrates this:
“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:” Job 42:5

and upon the hearing there had come to Job a true faith, a faith which
had withstood tremendous shocks. Well, we all begin there. Our saving
faith is based on testimony. But Job goes on:

“but now mine eye seeth thee.” Job 42:5

A very different matter. Are we then content to remain with a hearsay
knowledge of God? By no means. In the 17th chapter of John, our Lord
tells us that the ultimate end of the gift of eternal life is that we may know
Him. He is our Father, and can our hearts rest with anything short of that
personal knowledge of Him of which John speaks? At this point, John’s
test of spirituality is not to discourage a true knowledge of God, but to
expose a false assumption of such knowledge. What is the test?

“He that saith, I know him, and kept not his commandments, is a liar,”
1 John 2:4

It is not sinless obedience, but it is a heart set to live in the known will
of God. Such a one will have many a failure, but, though often stumbling,
he will keep on. The needle in the compass is often deflected by influences
about it— it trembles and is unquiet, but it resumes its steady alignment with
the object of its devotion. Now a life aligned to the will of God, is in the way
to know God. It is not an arbitrary requirement. In no other way, to
no other man, can God reveal Himself. Paul’s prayer for the Colossians
runs along that road:

“That ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
spiritual understanding; ….increasing in the knowledge of God; “ Col. 1:9-10

GOD HAS SPOKEN…C.H. Mackintosh

God has spoken and His voice reaches the heart. It makes itself heard above the din and confusion of this world, and the strife and controversy of professing Christians. It gives rest and peace, strength and fixedness to the believing heart and mind. The opinions of men may perplex and confound — we may not be able to thread our way through the labyrinths of human systems of theology: but God’s voice speaks in Holy Scripture — speaks to the heart — speaks to me. This is life and peace. It is all I want. Human writings may go now for what they are worth, seeing I have all I want in the ever-flowing fountain of inspiration — the peerless, precious volume of my God. 

Quote…J.C. Metcalf

“Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto to sin, but alive unto God
through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Romans 6:11).
“The death of our Lord on the Cross has depths of meaning that can only be
plumbed by way of discovered personal need, but that reveals ‘unsearchable
riches.’  To the one who still has hopes of ‘attaining’  in the Christian life, a
verse such as Romans 6:11 is a rather meaningless jargon used by those who
give messages on the ‘deepening of the spiritual life.’
To the believer who has been taught by the Holy Spirit something of his own
utter, inbred sinfulness, it comes as a message from God full of hope and
encouragement.
He grasps the rescue rope thrown to him by the right hand of Omnipotence,
and with humble thankfulness sets out to learn how that he can reckon [count on]
himself to be ‘dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.’
When he looks at the Cross he sees there the fact that not only did the Lord Jesus
die for him, but that he himself was taken down into His death unto sin, in order that
the practical reality of His resurrection life might transform him into the divine likeness.”