Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Intent &/or Indwelt

February 17

 "... I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my GOD, to do less or more."  Numbers 22:18






"The love of GOD can do what the law of GOD cannot!"










These words of Balaam are noble, but not true; and what a dismal end they come to as we read on in Numbers.  It has been rightly said that Hell will house many a soul who had good intentions.  Did not the eldest child (Cain) of the first couple hold good intentions with his fruit of the ground offering?  And was not JESUS very clear in HIS Sermon on the Mount, (cf. Matthew 7:18-27) when HE stated that the "many" of all humanity, would arrive at the White Throne with every good intention of entering Heaven, while yet bearing their baggage of bad works?  In another telling parable out of Matthew 21 we find this:
"But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, son, go work to day in my vineyard.  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.  Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, the first. JESUS saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of GOD before you.  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him."

There has never been a law written of GOD, or man, capable of restraining the rebel heart.  "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto CHRIST, that we might be justified by faith."  Even the very law of GOD itself is not intended as a code of ethics; but a moral tutor to reveal the fatal rebellion in us, and acting as a compass, to bring us to repentance and faith in CHRIST.

Intent apart from being indwelt by HIS SPIRIT ends in unimaginable delusion and failure!  But in CHRIST, intent is purified and empowered by being indwelt.  "... the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the HOLY GHOST which is given unto us."  The HOLY SPIRIT of GOD can now accomplish in us what previously had eluded us ... i.e., the necessary love to obey the LORD.  "If ye love ME, keep MY commandments." The love of GOD can do what the law of GOD cannot!

Are you intent apart from being indwelt?

"... love is the fulfilling of the law."

For Love of Country
Francis Wayland (1796-1865)
(Clergyman and Educator)
"... the truths of the Bible have the power of awakening an intense moral feeling in every human being; that they make bad men good, and send a pulse of healthful feeling through all the domestic, civil, and social relations; that they teach men to love right, and hate wrong ..."

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