INSIGHTS & NOTES FROM
"God was Israel's Saviour out of the hand of their oppressors; the Lord Jesus is ours; his name, Jesus, signifies a Saviour, for he saves his people from their sins."
"He is mighty to save, able to bring about the promised redemption, whatever difficulties & oppositions may be in the way of it."
"He gains the victory purely by his own strength; I have trodden the wine-press alone, v. 3."
"God can help when all other helpers fail"
"He undertakes the war purely out of his own zeal. It is in his anger, it is in his fury, that he treads down his enemies (v. 3)."
"There is a day fixed for divine vengeance, which may be long deferred, but will come at last; & we may be content to wait for it"
"Does Christ say, Surely I come quickly; let our hearts reply, Even so come; let the year of the redeemed come."
"Let those that make themselves drunk with the cup of riot (& then they are in their fury) repent & reform lest God make them drunk with the cup of trembling, the cup of his fury."
"...if we would count the fruits of his loving-kindness, they are more to number than the sand."
"We must bless God for the mercies enjoyed by others as well as for those enjoyed by ourselves"
"God does good because he is good"
"...we should magnify God's goodness, & speak honourably of it"
"The ungrateful rebellions of God's children against him are a vexation to his Holy Spirit."
"See the folly of sinners; they willfully lose him for a friend who is the most desirable friend, & make him their enemy who is the most formidable enemy."
"When the present days are dark & cloudy it is good to remember the days of old, to recollect our own & others' experiences of the divine power & goodness & make use of them, to look back upon the years of the right hand of the Most High (Psalms 77:5, 10), & remember that he is God, & changes not."
"If God makes us a way, he will make it plain & level; the road he opens to his people he will lead them in."
"God's people dread nothing more than his departures from them, & desire nothing more than his returns to them."
"God has a zeal for his own glory, & for the comfort of his people; his name is Jealous; & he is a jealous God; & he has strength proportionable to secure his own glory & the interest of his people, in despite of all opposition."
"They desire that God would in his providence manifest himself both to them & for them. When God works some extraordinary deliverance for his people he is said to shine forth, to show himself strong"
"Sooner or later God will make his name know to his adversaries & force those to tremble at his presence that would not come & worship in his presence. God's name, if it be not a stronghold for us, into which we may run & be safe, will be a strong-hold against us, out of the reach of which we cannot run & be safe. The day will come when nations shall be made to tremble at the presence of God, though they be ever so numerous & strong."
"Men have not heard nor seen what God has prepared for those that wait for him."
"God loves a cheerful giver, a cheerful worshipper. We must serve the Lord with gladness."
"He meets his praying people with an answer of peace, while they are yet speaking."
"It is well for us that our hopes of salvation are built not upon any merit or sufficiency of our own... but upon God's mercies & promises, for in those, we are sure, is continuance."
"We have all by sin become not only obnoxious to God's justice, but odious to his holiness; for sin is that abominable thing which the Lord hates, & cannot endure to look upon."
"Our performances, though they be ever so plausible, if we depend upon them as our righteousness & think to merit by them at God's hand, are as filthy rags - rags, & will not cover us - filthy rags, & will but defile us."
"To pray is to take hold of God, by faith to take hold of the promises & the declarations God has made of his good-will to us & to plead them with him, - to take hold of him as of one who is about to depart from us, earnestly begging of him not to leave us"
"Those that would take hold of God in prayer so as to prevail with him must stir up themselves to do it"
"When we are under providential rebukes from God it is good to keep fast hold of our covenant-relation to him."
"See what devastations sin brings upon a people"
"If thus we interest God in all our concerns by devoting them to his service, & interest ourselves in all his concerns by laying them near our hearts, we may with satisfaction leave both with him, for he will perfect both."
"With what pleasure does the great God here speak of his being sought unto, & how does he glory in it"
"...there is joy in heaven over great sinners who repent."
"If our guide be our own thoughts, our way is not likely to be good; for every imagination of the thought of our hearts is only evil."
"They forsook God's temple... for they liked not God's institutions... They forsook God's altar... They violated the laws of God"
"Nothing in men is more odious & offensive to God than a proud conceit of themselves & contempt of others; for commonly those are most unholy of all that think themselves holier than any."
"Good men are blessings to the places where the live; & sometimes God spares whole cities & nations for the sake of a few such in them."
"God's faithful servants, however they are looked upon, are the best friends their country has; & those who serve him do therein serve their generation."
"Those that seek God shall find him, & shall find him their bountiful rewarder."
"It is not strange that those who will not be persuaded to choose that which is good persist in their choice & pursuit of that which is evil."
"Many Christians serve after a fashion, but it cannot be said that it is always patient, faithful service. It is when the notion strikes them, or their conscience pricks them, or when nothing else interferes, that they manage to sandwich in some time for prayer or ministry to the sick & lost, or for help for other's needs, & so on."
"Total faith in God's Word & loyalty to it is the deciding factor that distinguishes true overcomers from nominal Christians."
"There is no greater test or evidence of an overcomer than his total loyalty to God & His Word, at whatever the personal cost."
I Timothy 4:1, 2 Corinthians 11:13-14
"...it will only be those who are firmly grounded in the Word of God & maintain absolute loyalty to the truth that will be safeguarded against possible deception."
"(2) Those who enter the deeper life & come to the fulness of Christ will overcome through tribulation. Revelation 2:8-11"
I Peter 2:21; cf. 4:12-16; John 15:18-21, Revelation 2:9-11
"Since the deeper life is the crucified life (Phil. 3:10), then those who allow the Holy Spirit to bring them to this place will be those who have overcome their fear of tribulations & remain faithful through them."
"Tribulation, trial & testing are the means by which God prepares His disciples for greater blessings & a deeper walk with Him."
"We are called to overcome through tribulation, not by avoiding it at all costs."
"(3) Overcomers will hold fast to Jesus' Name & not deny His faith. Revelation 2:12-17"
"The time is rapidly approaching when Satan once more will be allowed to sift the Church as wheat, separating thereby true overcomers from nominal followers of the Christian religion."
Revelation 13:7, 15 - 17
"It means also not to deny the power of Jesus' Name to continue to save, heal, deliver, & to do His supernatural works today, as in the past."
"No Christian work can prosper that neglects to respect & use the power & authority of His Name, or that attempts, on the other hand, to use it merely to promote the teachings or religious programs & institutions of men. But where it is spoken in faith, in harmony with the Word, Christ is pleased to demonstrate that He is still reigning on the throne of heaven."
"(4) The 'last works' of overcomers will be greater than the first. Revelation 2:18-29"
"It is an all too evident fact that the greater majority of Christians never progress much beyond their initial salvation experience with Christ."
"It is only as we press on into the deeper life & exercise total faith in every area of our lives that our last works shall be more than the first."
"Many will be saved 'as if by fire,' either from the lack of fruitful works in the Lord, or because their works were 'dead' religious works not approved by God. Sadly, many have not taken a step beyond Pentecost since receiving the Holy Spirit."
"(5) Overcomers will be careful to watch lest they defile their garments. Revelation 3:1-6"
"It is possible to bear the name 'Christian' & deny its life & power in actual practice."
"One may have the 'form of godliness & deny the power thereof.' One may be busily engaged in various forms of religious activity & still have no sincere hunger & thirst for the deep things of the Spirit."
"We are to overcome, Jesus tells us, in this realm in four ways."
"a. Be watchful (vs. 2)."
"b. Strengthen the weak areas in one's spiritual life (vs. 2)."
"c. Remember the truth which has previously been received & hold fast to it (vs. 3)."
"As we are shown in the Parable of the Sower, if we do not assimilate the Word & act on it when it is sown in our hearts, then the seed will die."
"Remembering the Word & holding fast to it will also guard our minds & hearts against Satan's deceptions & perversion of doctrine (I Tim. 4:1)."
"d. Repent (vs. 3)."
"We are not merely to be hearers, but doers of the Word."
"(6) Overcomers will keep Jesus' Word of endurance. Revelation 3:7-13"
"God will not allow us to excuse our failures on the basis of weakness, for he has promised us that 'There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it' (1 Cor. 10:13)"
"Overcomers are not promised a life free from trial, but grace to overcome through trial."
"In this hour, God is not looking for those with great strength, talent & intellect, so that they might work independently of Him, & boast of their accomplishments; He is looking for the simple, the weak, the foolish, the base & despised (1 Cor. 1:26-29) who will be consecrated vessels, willing to yield themselves totally to Him, & who will keep His Word & endure."
"(7) Overcomers will be those who are spiritually zealous, overcoming the temptation to lukewarmness & apathy. Revelation 3:14-22"
"Vagueness & neutrality characterize everything from politics to religion. Nothing is really just black or white today; everything seems to be just a neutral gray."
"'So then because thou art lukewarm, & neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth' (3:16)."
"No one can be satisfied with the contemporary religious status quo & be an overcomer"
"(8) Overcomers will be victorious concerning eight particular temptations & sins, which shall defeat many. Revelation 21:7-8"
Deeper Life In The Spirit, by Hobart E. Freeman, pgs. 56 - 66.
"The church's salvation comes from the hand of God, & that has not waxed weak nor is it at all shortened"
"...his ear ...is quick of hearing." "If your prayers be not answered, & the salvation we wait for be not wrought for us, it is not because God is weary of hearing prayer, but because we are weary of praying, not because his ear is heavy when we speak to him, but because our ears are heavy when he speaks to us."
"Sin hides his face from us (which denotes great displeasure, Deut. 31:17); it provokes him to anger to withdraw his gracious presence, to suspend the tokens of his favour & the instances of his help; he hides his face, as refusing to be seen or spoken with."
"When justice is not done there is blame to be had not only upon the magistrates that should administer justice, but upon the people that should call for it."
"Truth is opposed, & there is not any that pleads for it, not any that has the conscience & courage to appear in defence of an honest cause, & confront a prosperous fraud & wrong."
"Those paths of iniquity are crooked paths"
"If we shut our eyes against the light of divine truth, it is just with God to hide from our eyes the things that belong to our peace"
"Those that love darkness rather than light shall have their doom accordingly."
"To think an ill thing is bad, but to say it is much worse."
"...the sin of a nation becomes national, & brings public judgments, when it is not restrained by public justice."
"If men be not zealous against sin, God will, & will take vengeance on it for all the injury it has done to his honour & his people's welfare; & this was the business of Christ in the world, to take away sin"
"When God's people are weak & helpless, & have no standard to lift up against the invading power, God will give a banner to those that fear him (Ps. 9:4)."
"...the Spirit of God shall come to us to be our sanctifier"
"The Spirit that was upon Christ shall always continue in the hearts of the faithful"
"God is the father & fountain of lights, & it is in his light that we shall see light."
"When God appears to us, & we have the comfort of his favour, then the glory of the Lord rises upon us as the morning light"
"The children of light ought to shine as lights in the world."
"Those that would enjoy the dignities & privileges of Christ's family must submit to the discipline of it."
"God must be served & honoured with what we have, according as he has blessed us, & with the best we have."
"What a pleasant sight it is to see poor souls hastening to Christ, with a full resolution to abide with him!"
"Christ is always ready to entertain those that come to him, is never out of the way, nor can they ever come unseasonably; the gate of mercy is always open, night & day, or shall soon be opened to those that knock. Ministers, the door-keepers, must be always ready to admit those that offer themselves to the Lord."
"Those that will not be subject to Christ's golden sceptre, to the government of his word & Spirit, that will not be brought under, or kept in, by the discipline of his family, shall be broken in pieces by his iron rod."
"Sooner or later God will pour contempt upon those that put contempt upon his people."
"Those that make God their only light shall have him their all-sufficient light, their arm & shield."
"God is the glory of those whose God he is & will be so to eternity."
"This is a great satisfaction to us, that, whatever Christ said, he had a warrant from heaven for; his doctrine was not his, but his that sent him."
"1. He was to be a preacher"
"2. He was to be a healer"
"3. He was to be a deliverer"
"4. He was to be a comforter"
"There is enough in him to comfort all who mourn, whatever their sore or sorrow is"
"Those whom God sets at liberty he sets to work; he delivers them out of the hands of their enemies that they may serve him, Luke 1:74."
"Those that have God & heaven for their portion have reason to say that they have a worthy portion & to rejoice in it."
"...to those that walk before him & are upright he will certainly be a God all-sufficient."
"Though it may sometimes be winter with the church, when those blessings seem to wither & do not appear, yet the root of them is fixed, a spring-time will come, when through the reviving beams of the approaching Sun of righteousness they shall flourish again."
"The business of ministers is to speak from God to his people & to God for his people; & in neither of these must they be silent."
"The prophet can but pray & preach, but God will confirm the word & answer the prayers."
"Ministers are watchmen on the church's walls"
"It is necessary that, as watchmen, they be wakeful, & faithful, & willing to endure hardness."
"God's professing people must be a praying people, must be public-spirited in prayer, must wrestle with God in prayer, & continue to do so"
"We must, when we have eaten & are full, bless the Lord, & give him thanks for his bounty to us; & we must serve him with our abundance"
Matthew Henry's Commentary: Isaiah to Malachi, Mac Donald, pgs. 342 - 366.
"We are all invited to come & take the benefit of that provision which the grace of God has made for poor souls in the new covenant"
"...in Christ there is enough for all & enough for each"
"All shall be welcome to gospel grace upon those terms only that gospel grace be welcome to them. Those that are satisfied with the world & its enjoyments for a portion, & seek not for a happiness in the favour of God - those that depend upon the merit of their own works for a righteousness, & see no need they have of Christ & his righteousness - these do not thirst"
"Where God gives grace he first gives a thirsting after it"
"Come to the healing waters; come to the living waters. Whoever will, let him come, & partake of the waters of life. Revelation 22:17."
"John 7:37. If any man thirst, let him come to me & drink."
"We come to the waters, & would be glad of them, but we find there wine & milk"
"...the things offered are already bought & paid for. Christ purchased them at the full value, with price, not with money, but with his own blood. I Peter 1:19."
"Let all the disappointments we meet with in the world help to drive us to Christ, & lead us to seek for satisfaction in him only."
"God's good word & promise, a good conscience, & the comforts of God's good Spirit, are a continual feast to those that hearken diligently & obediently to Christ."
"Covenant-mercies are all his mercies; they are purchased by him; they are promised in him; they are treasured up in his hand, & out of his hand they are dispensed to us."
"Seek for him, & enquire after him, as your portion & happiness; seek to be reconciled to him & acquainted with him, & to be happy in his favour."
"Let us now improve our advantages & opportunities; for now is the accepted time."
"What it is to repent... [1.] It is to turn from sin; it is to forsake it. It is to leave it, & to leave it with loathing & abhorrence, never to return to it again. ...[2.] To repent is to return to the Lord; to return to him as our God, our sovereign Lord, against whom we have rebelled, & to whom we are concerned to reconcile ourselves; it is to return to the Lord as the fountain of life & living waters, which we had forsaken for broken cisterns."
"Though our sins have been very great & very many, & though we have often backslidden & are still prone to offend, yet God will repeat his pardon, & welcome even backsliding children that return to him in sincerity."
"If we look up to heaven, we find God's counsels there high & transcendent, his thought & ways infinitely above ours."
"We forgive & cannot forget; but, when God forgives sin, he remembers it no more."
"...the promises of God shall all have their full accomplishment in due time"
"The covenant of grace is an everlasting covenant"
"...when God is coming towards us in a way of mercy we must go forth to meet him in a way of duty."
"God is true to us; let us be so to one another."
"By this it will appear that we have been in the mount with God if our faces shine in a holy conversation before men."
"Whatever is God's pleasure should without dispute be our choice."
"Spiritual blessings are unspeakably better than those of sons & daughters"
"...the blessings we partake of in God's house are a sure & constant joy & honour, comforts which cannot be embittered."
"Many a sorrowful spirit has been made joyful in the house of prayer."
"His watchmen are blind, & therefore utterly unfit to be watchmen. If the seers see not, who shall see for us? If the light that in us be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
"It is bad with a people when their shepherds slumber"
"The death of good men is a thing to be laid to heart & considered more than common deaths."
"It is a sign that God intends war when he calls home his ambassadors."
"Those that practised uprightness, & persevered in it to the end, shall find it well with them when they die."
"Those who mock at God, & bid defiance to his judgments, had best consider who it is towards whom they conduct themselves so insolently."
"God takes comfort in his people, while they are faithful to him; but what comfort can he take in them when those that should be his witnesses against the idolatries of the world do themselves fall in with them?"
CHAPTER 2, PART 2
"The pathway into the deeper life is, secondly, our willing acceptance of a Kenosis or self-emptying experience."
"The kenosis, or self-emptying, means giving up our lives, interests, plans rights or prerogatives, & accepting the cross which is the crucifixion of the 'self-life.'"
"We shall never have this same mind in us & follow in His steps as true servants until we too step down from our thrones in the kingdoms we have built, & empty ourselves of all the fruits of the self-life: the desire to have our own way, to defend our rights, or to be ministered unto, instead of ministering to others; the love of recognition & position; the normal tendency to put one's own selfish interests first, & so on."
"We have been pampered & encouraged to seek self-expression & self-recognition for so long that the message of the crucified life presents a real crisis in one's life."
"Without the emptying of the self-image there can be no reproduction of the divine image."
"The pathway into the deeper life is, thirdly, acceptance of the crucified life."
"Since it is the cross where the self-life must die, then any unwillingness to accept the self-emptying experience, any desire to keep the self-life alive, would produce only suffering & agony on the cross & never issue in its death."
"...they have not yet been willing ...to surrender family, career, material security, recognition, rights & privileges, & humble themselves as servants."
"What is the crucified life & what is its nature? The message of the deeper life is the message of the cross. Let no one be deluded into thinking that there is an easier way, for to come 'unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ,' we must follow in His steps - this is by way of the cross."
"...crucifixion involves separation & suffering, as well as death."
"(1) Crucifixion is Separation."
"When one was thus nailed to the cross he was 'separated' from the world & all the activity which took place around him. There is just such a separation which is supposed to take place in the salvation experience."
"The second phase of separation occurs in the believer's baptism in the Holy Spirit."
"The third place of separation is separation from one's affections for anything but Christ."
"(2) Crucifixion is Suffering."
"The first aspect of suffering concerns our personal trials."
"The second phase of crucifixion as suffering involves suffering on behalf of others."
II Timothy 2:24-26
"The third aspect of suffering is that suffering which is offered us in behalf of Christ."
"...it is experiencing the 'fellowship of his sufferings,' which will bring us into conformity to His death (Phil. 3:10)."
I Peter 4:12 - 13
"(3) Crucifixion is Death"
II Corinthians 5:14
"...'if one died for all, then all died.' When Christ died, every believer was in Him as He died on our behalf. It is the same as if we had died. This is a legal transaction which we enter into by faith in Christ."
"...our actual death with Christ, which is the death of the self-life."
"The first truth that we must accept is that the deeper life is crucifixion & death."
"...the 'self' must go to the cross."
"The 'self' is God's greatest competitor for our love & affections."
"...we must be willing to go to the Garden of Gethsemane & settle the matter once for all just as did Jesus."
"It is one thing to pray in a general way about the crucified life, but it is quite another to face the sentence of death squarely & wrestle in agony with it, as did Jesus, until it is finally, & forever, resolved."
"What we surrender on the altar is the self-life (Rom. 12:1-2). When we offer the 'self' on the altar, the Holy Spirit expects, from then on, to have full control in our lives."
"As a living sacrifice, you will always take the Spirit's side against yourself. If He says this or that habit must go, you will not argue, but simply will die to it. If He informs you that you are to suffer some trial, or surrender up some area of your personal life, you will not offer any objection to His wishes."
"Are you willing to give such complete submission to the Holy Spirit? If not, then it means that you have not yet been to the 'garden' & accepted the sentence of death."
"Accepting the sentence of death... is getting alone with God & surrendering up the self-life unto the cross."
"The final aspect of crucifixion is our acceptance of the humiliation of the cross."
"The world & the organized religious systems today do not have any more insight into the real nature of your crucifixion & death than they did of Jesus' sufferings, but will misinterpret your trials & sufferings as evidence, not of the deeper work of the Spirit in your life, but as evidence of God's disapproval."
"God will allow no flesh to glory in His presence (I Cor. 1:27)."
"Those who finally press into the deeper life will be those who willingly accept the humiliation of the cross & say, as the Apostle Paul, 'God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, & I unto the world' (Gal. 6:14)."
"Fourthly, the pathway into the deeper life in the Spirit is by means of the overcoming life."
"Nothing is promised to those who allow themselves to be overcome."
"...the pathway to the fulness of God is not merely to experience the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but it is also required that we overcome."
"...promises made by the Lord to overcomers in the Book of Revelation are: they will eat of the tree of life (2:7); not be hurt by the 2nd death (2:11); eat of the hidden manna & be given a white stone with a new name written thereon (2:17); be given power to rule over the nations, & be rewarded with the morning star (2:26-28); be clothed in white raiment (3:5); be a pillar in the Temple of God (3:12); sit with Christ in His throne (3:21); & finally inherit all things (21:7)."
"(1) The overcoming life will be characterized by uncompromising loyalty to God. Revelation 2:1-7"
Deeper Life In The Spirit, Hobart E. Freeman, pgs. 45 - 55.
"Pathway To The Deeper Life"
"They are not pressing on into the deeper things of the Spirit because they have never been taught that the baptism in the Spirit is not God's ultimate purpose for them, but that it is in reality the 'doorway' to the fulness of God (Eph. 3:14-19; 4:11-13)."
"...it is a threshold experience."
"...the Holy Spirit ...the purpose of His coming to them was to reveal the deeper things of God, & bring them into a place of consecration that they had never experienced before - which is the crucified life."
"...the baptism in the Spirit, is an immediate experience received by a simple act of faith & accompanied with the evidence of speaking in tongues; the other, the fulness of God, is a growth & process which is accomplished when one yields himself to the ministry of the Spirit after his baptism (Eph. 4:11-15)."
"...'pentecostal' Christians (all those who have received the baptism in the Spirit) must learn the difference between being 'Bible-taught' & 'Spirit-taught.' The deeper truths of God's Word must be taught us by the Spirit, & a good deal of this must come by revelation."
I Corinthians 2:9, 10
"To remain in darkness concerning the deeper life in the Spirit & God's great purpose in this hour, after one has received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, is to frustrate the very purpose for which God has poured out His Spirit now at the end of the age."
"5-FOLD PATHWAY TO THE DEEPER LIFE"
"...eliminating the popular misconceptions."
"The deeper life is not merely the acceptance of the full gospel message, as many suppose."
"...the full gospel (healing, baptism in the Spirit, the charismatic gifts, deliverance from the powers of darkness, & so on)"
"...all these things were intended to characterize the normal Christian life & should not be thought of as evidence of the deeper life in the Spirit."
"The baptism in the Spirit, we must remember, is but the 'doorway' to the deeper life in the Spirit."
"The deeper life is not, secondly, increased religious activity."
"Flesh cannot crucify flesh. Many, in a sincere effort to please God & draw closer to Him, make a determined effort to fast & pray more, as well as increase their study in the Scriptures. They decide to be more faithful in their attendance in religious meetings, engage in visitation of the sick & the lost, & put forth a real effort to see more of the fruit of the Spirit manifested in their lives."
"...we have found that sooner or later they will usually abandon the effort, admitting the goal is beyond their spiritual capacities. One may do all these things & still remain a babe in Christ. Some of the busiest people in the churches are often the least spiritual. The Israelites practically exhausted themselves with outward religious observances, but were not any closer to God spiritually than their heathen neighbors (Mt. 15:8-9; Isa. 1). The deeper life is not just 'doing things' for God; it is not 'busyness with church work,' nor mere religious activity, but it involves inward change, wrought by the Holy Spirit. The deeper life is developing a greater concern for 'becoming' something spiritually, more than merely 'doing' something religiously. Many seem to be more interested in religious form & activity than in learning how to walk in the Spirit, die to self, & grow in a deeper knowledge of Christ."
"The deeper life is not, in the third place, great supernatural manifestations in one's life."
"...Joel 2:28 tells us that those who receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit will be recipients of visions & revelations & will prophesy."
"Moreover, we are told in Mark 16:17f that supernatural signs will follow any believer who will act in faith on God's Word. In fact, the supernatural will even be manifested in the lives of some whom Christ will ultimately reject, according to Matthew 7:21-23."
"...we must distinguish between 'manifestations' of the Spirit & the 'deeper life' in the Spirit. Great manifestations of the Spirit of God will be seen in the lives of those who go on beyond Pentecost to full stature in Christ, but they are not the criteria to determine if one is walking in the Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit are gifts of grace (I Cor. 12:4-11); a believer who has recently been baptized in the Spirit can receive a divine anointing to use the gifts, whereas the deeper life is a growth (Eph. 4:15). The deeper life is walking in the Spirit along a 5-fold pathway in the footsteps of Christ. It involves the following concepts which will be discussed next: yielding, emptying, dying, overcoming, & committal."
"1. Yielding. The pathway into the deeper life is, first of all, total yielding of one's life to the Holy Spirit."
"...the life of Jesus ...'I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things ...for I do always those things that please him' (Jn. 8:28-29)."
"...to the extent that we are fully yielded to the Spirit will we also know His fulness. The reason many do not manifest much spiritual growth after having received the baptism in the Holy Spirit is because, being unaware of the real purpose for which He came to them, they do not yield themselves fully to Him. In the Parable of the Sower it is the hard ground which cannot yield to the seed that was sown, & as a consequence cannot produce any fruit."
"As with Jesus, total yieldedness means that every thought, deed, aim, purpose, & desire is brought willingly under the direction & control of the Holy Spirit. One's entire being - body, mind, soul & spirit - is completely subjected to the Lordship of Christ & brought into submission to the Holy Spirit to direct & use as He sees fit."
"...human nature hates control (even by God) & despises the term 'subjection,' although it frequently occurs in Scripture in various contexts as being spiritually desirable. Yieldedness is not surrender or loss of human will; it is surrendering it up to God to work His perfect will through ours (Phil. 2:13)."
"'Just how am I to yield & what am I to do in order to give total surrender to Christ?'"
"What must one do to yield himself totally to the Holy Spirit? Nothing, absolutely nothing! Yieldedness is not something one does - it is an attitude of the heart, a state of the mind."
"Many, who for years have been striving to overcome this or that habit, or conquer some besetting weakness, & who have sought earnestly to conform to Romans 12:1-2 & yield themselves fully to Christ, are, although spiritually exhausted from the effort, no closer to their desired goal than before. Yielding is a passive state; it is not something we do. It is characterized by 3 things: (1) It is the absence of resistance."
"Yielding to the Spirit is not doing something - it is simply not resisting the Holy Spirit when He would seek to teach us something, correct us, discipline us, or lead us into some wilderness of trial to prove us & mature our faith. It is not resisting when He heats the furnace of testing 7 times hotter to refine us, or removes some of the fleshly assurances which we have been leaning on to support our faith & requires us either to stand on the Word of God alone or sink. Yielding is humbly to submit to His work in our hearts as He unmercifully cuts out root & branch some of those cherished, but unscriptural 'denominational doctrines' & 'traditions of men,' which we have held to with such confidence for years, certain they were inspired of God."
"Efforts at sleep usually result in insomnia. The dough does not try to yield to the hand of the baker; it simply does not resist. A mother does not try to love her child; she loves without trying, for the simple reason that there is no resistance in her heart. One does not try to yield to Christ; all one needs is a receptive heart. Instead of praying, 'O, God help me to yield to Thy will,' we need simply to cease resisting His will & do it."
"Jesus did not try to yield to His Father's will. He simply did not resist it. Every believer can do the same, if he will cease trying to yield to God's will & simply stop resisting it. We must allow the Spirit to bring us to the place where we confess our utter inability to 'help' God, & surrender everything without reservation to Him to work His perfect will through us."
"(2) It is the absence of any expression of self-will."
"Self-will resulted in the Fall of Adam. Israel's failure & rejection were due to the expression of her sinful self-will (Isa. 1, 2, 19-20). The unwillingness to surrender one's will & bring it into harmony with God's is the cause of much affliction, trial, sickness, adversity & defeat in the lives of many Christians. There is real peril in a will which is not fully yielded to the Holy Spirit, for that aspect of the will not surrendered to God is vulnerable for Satan to influence & control. Any part of the will not totally consecrated to God is self-will & is either under our influence & control or Satan's, & in either case is an expression of sinful self-will."
"The total yielding of one's life to the Holy Spirit requires the full surrender & consecration of one's will to God. The Christian ought never to pray as Jesus instructs us in Matthew 6:10, 'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,' unless he is first willing to let God's will be done fully through him. It is hypocrisy to pray this & then ignore His will in some area of our lives."
"Do we expect His will to be done through the drug addicts, or the gamblers & prostitutes?"
"If God's will is ever to be done on earth at all, it will have to be realized through Christians who, as they offer up this petition, yield their wills to Him in full consecration."
"...some believe that to lose their self-will would mean the loss of their freedom of will. But total consecration of one's will to the Holy Spirit is not the surrender of the free expression of one's will, but the surrender of the independent, selfish exercise of one's will, & bringing it into harmony with God's. Man's will not in harmony with God's will is not free anyway, for in such a state he is only free to choose how he will oppose God's will & how he will disobey God's purpose."
"God never destroys man's power of self-determination or choice, but asks only that we surrender our selfish wills & bring our will into harmony with His. Such a harmonious blending of the 2 wills is perfectly illustrated in the yielding up of our voices to God in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, for in this blessed experience it is we who will to speak as the Holy Spirit gives us the utterance. Such a perfect union of the 2 wills, human & divine, is not to be limited merely to praying in the spirit, but is to characterize the lives of those who are pressing into the deeper life in total surrender to Christ."
"(3) It is an affection of the heart."
"...we are to understand yielding as an attitude of the heart or an affection of the soul."
"Without a spiritual rebirth the sinner may, by an act of his will decide temporarily to change his ways, stop drinking & cursing, & will to do so, because this manner of life holds no real interest to him, for there is no affection in his heart for it."
"Soldiers may submit to the discipline & hardships of warfare, but this does not imply that such dangers & trials hold any real affection in their hearts."
"When there is no affection in the heart, then all the willing in the world will not produce a calm, satisfied, enjoyable experience. So too, in yielding one's total life to God - it results from the affection of a receptive heart."
"It is not enough, then, merely to will to yield our lives to God; we must first set our affections on things above (Col. 3:1f), then yielding will come from the heart without effort."
Deeper Life In The Spirit, Hobart E. Freeman, pgs. 35 - 45.
"How the people of God are... described. They are such as follow after righteousness, such as are very desirous & solicitous both to be justified & to be sanctified, are pressing hard after this, to have the favour of God restored to them & the image of God renewed on them."
"Those that are now advanced would do well to remember how low they began."
"It is the greatest comfort of the church to be made serviceable to the glory of God, & to be as his garden in which he delights."
"Those are God's people & his nation who are subject to him as their King & their God, pay allegiance to him, & put themselves under his protection accordingly."
"...wherever there is the righteousness of God there shall be his salvation."
"God's arm shall judge the people that are impenitent , & yet on his arm shall others trust & be saved by it"
"Those whose happiness is bound up in Christ's righteousness & salvation will have the comfort of it when time & days shall be no more."
"Let us not fear the reproach of men; for 1. They will be quickly silenced... 2. The cause we suffer for cannot be run down. The falsehood of their reproaches will be detected, but truth shall triumph"
"The church sees her case bad, her enemies many & mighty, her friends few & feeble; & therefore she depends purely upon the strength of God's arm for her relief."
"Sinners, when they are brought out of the slavery of sin into the glorious liberty of God's children, may come singing, as a bird got loose out of the cage."
"Those we fear we must look upon as frail & mortal, & consider what a foolish thing it is for the servants of the living God to be afraid of dying men, that are here today & gone tomorrow."
"Our inordinate fear of man is a tacit forgetfulness of God."
"Happy is the man that fears God always. Proverbs 28:14; Luke 12:4, 5."
"When God works great deliverances for his church, & especially when he shall complete the salvation of it in the great day, he will thereby own that poor despised handful to be his people, whom he has chosen & loved."
"It is a call to awake... out of the stupor of despair"
"Those that will not be counselled cannot be helped."
"It is often the lot of God's church to be afflicted, & God has always something to say to her then which she will do well to hearken to."
"The joy of the Lord will be our strength (Neh. 8:10)"
"The gospel proclaims liberty to those who were under the burden of sin, finding relief in Christ, shake themselves from the dust of their doubts & fears & loose themselves from those bands; for if the Son make them free, they shall be free indeed."
"God will do something to vindicate his own honour, something for his great name"
"Those that share in mercies ought to join in praises."
"God's arm is a holy arm, stretched out in purity & justice, in defence of holiness & in pursuance of his promise."
"Those that are in the way of their duty are under God's special protection"
"...the gospel brings to light things new & unheard of, which will awaken the attention & engage the reverence of kings & kingdoms."
"Of the many that hear the report of the gospel there are few, very few, that believe it."
"What a pity is it that such rich grace should be received in vain, that precious souls should perish at the pool's side, because they will not step in & be healed!"
"Carnal hearts see no excellency in the Lord Jesus, nothing that should induce them to desire an acquaintance with him or interest in him"
"Oppression is a sore affliction; it has made many a wise man mad (Eccl. 7:7); but our Lord Jesus, though, when he was oppressed, he was afflicted, kept possession of his own soul."
"We have all gone astray from God our rightful owner, alienated ourselves from him, from the ends he designed us to move towards & the way he appointed us to move in. We have gone astray like sheep, which are apt to wander, & are unapt, when they have gone astray, to find the way home again."
"Instead of walking obediently in God's way, we have turned willfully & stubbornly to our own way, the way of our own heart, the way that our own corrupt appetites & passions lead us to."
"All that are justified are justified by having their sins laid on Jesus Christ, &, though they were ever so many, he is able to bear the weight of them all."
"Christ was in pain that we might be at ease; he gave satisfaction to the justice of God that we might have satisfaction in our own minds, might be of good cheer, knowing that through him our sins are forgiven us."
"While the world stands Christ will have a church in it, which he himself will be the life of."
"The work of man's redemption is in the hands of the Lord Jesus, & it is in good hands."
"...it should be a satisfaction to us if we can do any thing to serve the interests of God's kingdom in the world. Let it always be our meat & drink, as it was Christ's, to do God's will."
"Christ conquered for us, & through him we are more than conquerors."
"The more numerous the church grows the more cautious she must be to fortify herself"
"How sweet the returns of mercy would be to them when God should come & comfort them according to the time that he had afflicted them."
"God's anger endures for a moment, but he will gather his people when they think themselves neglected."
"...God's kindness shall never depart from his people, for whom he loves he loves to the end; nor shall the covenant of his peace ever be removed, for he is the Lord that has mercy on his people."
"All that are taught of God are taught to love one another (I Thess. 4:9)"
"The day is coming when God will reckon with wicked men for all their hard speeches which they have spoken against him. Jude 15."
"In those for whom God designs a heritage hereafter he will work righteousness now."
Matthew Henry's Commentary: Isaiah to Malachi, Mac Donald, pgs. 287 - 315.
CHAPTER 1, PART 2
"HOW TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT WITH THE SCRIPTURAL SIGN FOLLOWING?"
"...preparation of the heart to receive the Holy Spirit, the other is the act of faith whereby one receives the baptism with the accompanying evidence."
"PREPARATION OF THE HEART"
"1. Believe the Scriptures teach that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a personal experience subsequent to salvation which is promised to every believer."
"All of God's promises are appropriated by faith, & the promise of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is not exception. We must ground our faith in the Word of God, for faith comes by hearing & believing the Word (Rom. 10:17)."
"The baptism in the Holy Spirit is clearly promised every believer in the Scriptures."
"Old Testament Prophecy... Joel 2:28"
"The promise of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is without question for all believers who will exercise the faith to appropriate it."
"New Testament Promise... Luke 11:9-13."
"Christ also promises the baptism in Acts 1:4-5, 8."
"2. Recognize your need of the baptism in the Holy Spirit."
"'Blessed is that individual who recognizes his spiritual poverty; who is aware of his own insufficiency to fulfill My will in his life, & to give an effective witness, or to minister to the needs of the whole man.' It is only when one sees himself, as it were, a spiritual pauper & in dire need of power from on high, will he in humility cry out for divine enablement, desiring above all else the baptism from heaven."
"...until one is aware of his spiritual poverty & need of the Holy Spirit, it is useless to attempt to persuade him with scriptural argument."
"3. Receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit must be the greatest expectation of the heart."
"One must have a deep hunger for the Holy Spirit."
"...it must be more important than work, friends, eating or sleeping."
"...do not ask for the Holy Spirit until you feel such need & desire due to your spiritual poverty - until you make it as important as the experience is."
"God cannot fill one who is not hungry, nor quench the thirst of one who is not thirsty."
John 7:37, 38
"Without a genuine thirst for the experience, one cannot exercise sufficient faith to receive the promise."
"4. Finally, there must be a willingness to receive the Holy Spirit on God's terms."
"...a willingness to receive the baptism with its evidence - that is, speaking in new tongues."
"To reject the sign of the baptism, because one fears the so-called stigma of tongues, betrays a lack of awareness of the basic teachings of Jesus concerning discipleship, for He repeatedly emphasized that His disciples are called to suffer tribulations & persecution for HIs sake (Jn. 15:18f; 16:33; Acts 14:23; 2 Tim. 3:12; I Pet. 2:19)."
"...one who desires the baptism in the Spirit should ask God not, 'How can I receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit without tongues,' but 'How can I receive the identical experience that the disciples at Pentecost received in the identical way in which they did, so that I might be what they were & do what they did?'"
"Our motive must be that we desire this experience in order that we might become holy temples for habitation by the Spirit."
"RECEIVING THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT"
"1. Believe God's Word which promises you the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38, 29.
The terms 'baptism,' 'filled,' & 'gift' of the Holy Spirit are used synonymously. Cf. Acts 1:5; 2:4; 10:45; 11:15-17.
2. Ask for the baptism with the Holy Spirit. Luke 11:9-13.
3. Confess that you have received the Holy Spirit by faith. Mark 11:24.
For example, say: 'Heavenly Father, on the authority of your promise, I now ask for, & by faith receive, the gift of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus' Name.'
4. Act on your faith. James 2:17."
"Determine not to speak a word of English at this time (for you cannot speak 2 languages at once). Lift up the sound of your voice & the Holy Spirit will give you utterance in a new language supernaturally."
"Do not be concerned about 'what to say,' as the language is spoken supernaturally & does not come through the mind or intellect, but through your spirit quickened by the Holy Spirit. In faith, put your speech faculties into operation (vocal chords, tongue, lips) as in speaking any language, & the Holy Spirit, now indwelling you, will give the utterance."
"We are to receive the Holy Spirit by faith, & as we act on our faith, the evidence & assurance will follow."
Deeper Life In The Spirit, Hobart E. Freeman, pgs. 24 - 34.
Founding Pastor of Finished Work Worship Center in Colorado Springs, CO, Husband to Tonia, Father to 3 beautiful girls, Monica, Zoe & Briana, & Grandfather to Wesley