“All day long, no matter where we are or what we are doing, we need to call on the Lord. Whatever we are doing, we should call on the Lord Jesus. Call on the Lord’s name in every situation, even when you are about to lose your temper. By calling on the Lord, you will live Christ.”
Every year, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, America pauses to honor our nation’s veterans. The date for Veterans Day is deliberate; it marks the armistice signed in 1918 for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. It is a day to honor the veterans of all wars, but especially to honor those still living.
Matthew 26:6-8—“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, Why this waste?” Note 1 on waste says, “The disciples considered Mary’s love offering to the Lord a waste. Throughout the past...
“Paul’s command to pray without ceasing implies that unceasing prayer is like breathing. But how can our prayer become our spiritual breathing? How can we turn prayer into breathing? The way to do this is to call on the name of the Lord. We need to call on the Lord Jesus continually. This is the way to breathe, to pray without ceasing.”
In the eyes of God, the most moral person has the same need as the most wicked: to be born again with His eternal, uncreated life. What matters to God is not our behavior, but whether or not we have His life. Today, God is calling many to be born anew.
“When the life of God enters into us, it first enters into our spirit, quickens our dead spirit, and makes it lively, fresh, strong, vigorous, and able to touch God, sense God and have sweet fellowship with God. Then it spreads gradually from our spirit into every part of our soul and makes our thoughts, affections, and decisions gradually become like God’s having the savor of God; even in our...
“God wants not only to be God to man, but even more to be Father to man. He wants not only that man take Him as God, but even more that man have His life. He wants to be Father to man, thereby being God to man in His life. Only when man has His life and becomes His son can man really know that He is God and really allow Him to be God.”
You’re probably familiar with the story in Matthew 2 about the magi who came to worship Jesus after He was born in Bethlehem. But have you ever thought this story might be applicable to our Christian life? Let’s look at Matthew 2:1-6 with the notes in the New Testament Recovery Version to discover how it’s relevant to us today.
“There are all together three classes of men in the universe: God-men, good men, and evil men. God’s deliverance is not to make us evil men or good men, but life men.”
“The more we call on the Lord, the more He becomes our enjoyment. Through calling on Him He also becomes our peace, rest, comfort, and solution to all kinds of situations. This is not a mere doctrine or superficial teaching; this is a truth for our experience.”