Tuesday, June 25, 2019
21. Growing in Prayer –The Learning Tree - (1) Pathway to God’s Glory
So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation], 2 with all humility [forsaking self-righteousness], and gentleness [maintaining self-control], with patience, bearing with one another in [unselfish] love. Ephesians 4:1-2
This blog has been writings and studies of my pen. Doyle and I studied together for years and I have put those studies on paper with my pen. With age, and some more than others, memories begin to fade. My precious Doyle is slowly entering that stage of life. I assure you the meaning of scripture is still alive in him. He may not remember the verse or quote it accurately, but the meaning is alive in him. Now I would like to introduce to you my loving husband, Doyle. The next two weeks are from his pen. My love deepens each day for him and his sweet, spiritual nature that covets God’s Word. I share with you a devotional he gave to Crown Financial Ministry many years ago.
“A few years back Charlsey and I were putting together our thoughts for The Lenten Season, I had been considering what Jesus had prayed, in John 17:22 “And the glory which you gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.” I realized that Jesus was praying this for all believers. One of the first sermons our Pastor at the time had presented to us was on this [Scriptural] prayer. I asked him to repeat to me the description he stated for glory. He stated, “Visible Splendor.”
“At times since then, I have seen glimpses of “Visible Splendor” in the faces of those in church. It is most visible on the faces of those who are really into God’s Word (especially my wife, Charlsey). I believe we experience this splendor from the choir as they deliver an unusually beautiful song. I do not know your thoughts, but to me, there is splendor in a sermon well delivered, which brings worship for our Lord.”
“Please explore with me this thought. How can you and I experience the glory Jesus has given us through the Father so that we may be one with Him as He is one with the Father? Humility! If any prayer is ever answered would not Jesus' prayer for us be answered?Please hear as I read from Andrew Murray’s book “Humility.”
“We speak of the Holiness movement in our times, and praise God for it. We hear a great deal about seekers after holiness and professors of holiness, of holiness teaching and holiness meetings. The blessed truths of holiness in Christ, and holiness by faith, are being emphasized as never before. The great test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us”. “ (The End)
Because of our humanness and imperfection, it is difficult (not impossible) for us to totally humble ourselves. “Self” gets in the way. Yet without humility, do we lean to the impossible when we do not humble ourselves? This is the one thing needed to allow God’s holiness to dwell in us and shine through us…. His “Visible Splendor” …… The Glory of God!!
The problems and savagery of the world would end, if we would each release self and live Ephesians 4:1-2 in total humility.
 Ephesians 4:2 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
 Howard Dayton, Co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries and Founder of Compass – finances God’s way, encouraged the reading of Andrew Murray’s book “Humility.” Howard Dayton is the epitome of humility.