Sunday, March 29, 2015

Too Wise To Err

Faith endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heart-aches of life by recognizing that all comes from the hand of Him who is too wise to err and too loving to be unkind.

There is no higher aspect of faith, than that which brings the heart to patiently submit unto whatever God sends us, to meekly acquiesce unto His sovereign will, to say, "Shall I not drink the cup of suffering which my Father has given me?" Faith when it reaches the pinnacle of attainment declares, "though He slays me, yet will I trust in Him!"

When we receive all that enters our lives as from God's hand, then, no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings, whether in a hovel, a prison-dungeon, or a martyr's stake, we shall be enabled to say, "The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant place!" But that is the language of faith, not of sight or sense.

[A. W. Pink]


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Psalm 40:8 ... I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.



Luke 22:42 ... Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
 
 
 
Romans 1:17 ... For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

We Cannot Know This Christ Too Well

It would be well if Christians studied the four Gospels more than they do. No doubt, all Scripture is profitable.  It is not wise to exalt one part of the Bible at the expense of another. But I think it would be good for some who are very familiar with the Epistles, if they knew a little more about the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Now, why do I say this? I say it because I want Christians to know more about Christ. It is good to be acquainted with all the doctrines and principles of Christianity. It is better to be acquainted with Christ Himself. It is well to be familiar with faith and grace and justification and sanctification. They are all matters "pertaining to the King." But it is far better to be familiar with Jesus Himself, to see the King's own face, and to behold His beauty! This is one secret of eminent holiness! He who would be conformed to Christ's image, and become a Christ-like man must be constantly studying Christ Himself!

Now the Gospels were written to make us acquainted with Christ. The Holy Spirit has told us the story of His life and death, His sayings and His doings four times over. Four different inspired hands have drawn the picture of the Savior.  His ways,   His manners,   His feelings,   His wisdom,   His grace,   His patience,   His love,   His power are all graciously unfolded to us by four different witnesses.

Ought not the sheep to be familiar with the Shepherd?

Ought not the patient to be familiar with the Physician?

Ought not the bride to be familiar with the Bridegroom?

Ought not the sinner to be familiar with the Savior?

Beyond doubt it ought to be so. The Gospels were written to make men familiar with Christ, and therefore I wish men to study the Gospels.

On whom must we build our souls, if we would be accepted by God? We must build on the Rock, Christ.

From whom must we draw that grace of the Spirit which we daily need in order to be fruitful? We must draw from the Vine, Christ.

To whom must we look for sympathy when earthly friends fail us or die? We must look to our elder Brother, Christ.

By whom must our prayers be presented, if they are to be heard on high? They must be presented by our Advocate, Christ.

With whom do we hope to spend the eternity of glory? With the King of kings, Christ.

Surely, we cannot know this Christ too well! Surely there is not a word, nor a deed, nor a day, nor a step, nor a thought in the record of His life, which ought not to be precious to us. We should labor to be familiar with every line that is written about Jesus!
 
[J. C. Ryle]
 
 
     
 
 
2 Timothy 2:15 ... Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
 
 
2 Timothy 3:16 ... All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
 
 
1 Corinthians 1:9 ... God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.❤

Friday, March 27, 2015

Stream of Time

1 Corinthians 7:31 ... And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
 
 
Psalm 90:9 ... For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
 
 
Isaiah 40:8 ... The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
 
 
1 John 2:17 ... And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
For this world in its present form is passing away.  The whole scheme and system of worldly affairs, all this marrying and rejoicing, and weeping, and buying, and enjoying is passing away!  It is passing away this very moment!  It not only will pass away but even now, it is passing away!

The 'stream of time', with all the trifles that float on it, and all the eager pursuers of these bubbles is in motion, in swift, incessant motion to empty itself and all that sail upon it, into the shoreless ocean of eternity, where all will be absorbed and lost forever!

[Samuel Davies]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A New Existence

John 3:3 ... Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
 
 
 
John 3:7 ... Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
 
 
 
2 Corinthians 5:17 ... Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
 
 
 
Galatians 6:15 ... For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
 
 
 
1 Peter 1:23 ... Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
 
 
 
 
 
To be born again is, as it were, to enter upon a new existence, to have   a new mind,  a new heart,  new views,  new principles,  new tastes,  new affections,  new likings,  new dislikings,  new fears,  new joys,  new sorrows,  new love to things once hated,  new hatred to things once loved,  new thoughts of God, and ourselves, and the world, and the life to come, and salvation.

He who has been born again, is a new man, a new creature, for old things are passed away.  He receives a new bias and direction. All things have become new! It is the implanting of a new principle which will surely bear good fruit. It is opening the eyes of the blind;  unstopping the ears of the deaf; loosing the tongue of the dumb; giving hands and feet to the maimed and lame.
 
[J. C. Ryle] 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Blessed Experience

Isaiah 35:10 ... And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
 
 
Ezekiel 11:19 ... And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
 
 
 
John 1:14 ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
 
 
 
Romans 8:15 ... For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
 
 
 
Philippians 4:13 ... I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.


 
 
 
 
Once I was a poor lost sinner, ready to perish. My guilt was fearful. He passed by and said, ” Live, for I have ransomed thee.” I found pardon and acceptance in His blood and righteousness. I was all defiled, and had an evil heart of unbelief. He took away the heart of stone, and gave me a heart of flesh. I was blind.
 
I saw no beauty in holiness or in Jesus Christ. He anointed my eyes, and I saw His glory, full of grace and truth. I once was afraid of the Almighty, but Christ has given me His spirit, so that I cry, Abba, Father.
 
I once loved sin, some forms of it very much; but by His grace I hate vain thoughts and every false way. I abhor that which is evil. Left to myself I was weak as water. I had no might to do good. But by His grace I can do all things, because He strengthens me. My experience surprises me and delights me.
 
[William S. Plumer]

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

...And Will You Murmur?

Is not Christ your treasure? Is not heaven your inheritance, and will you murmur?  Have you not much in hand, and more in hope? Have you not much in possession, but much more reserved in heaven,   and will you murmur? Has not God given you. a changed heart, a renewed nature, and a sanctified soul, and will you murmur?   Has He not given you. Himself to satisfy you, His Son to save you, His Spirit to lead you, His grace to adorn you, His covenant to assure you, His mercy to pardon you, His righteousness to clothe you, and will you murmur?   Has He not made you a friend, a son, a brother, a bride, an heir, and will you murmur? Has not God often turned your water into wine, your brass into silver, and your silver into gold, and will you murmur?
 
 
When you were dead, did not He quicken you? When you were lost, did not He seek you? When you were wounded, did not He heal you? When you were falling, did not He support you? When you were down, did not He raise you? When you were staggering, did not He establish you? When you were erring, did not He correct you? When you were tempted, did not He support you? and When you went in dangers, did not He deliver you?   And will you murmur?
 
What! you who are so highly advanced and  exalted above many thousands in the world?

Murmuring suits none so badly as saints.

 
 
[Thomas Brooks]
 
 
 
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Psalm 106:24-25 ... Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:  But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.
 
 
Ephesians 4:29 ... Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
 
 

1 Corinthians 10:10 ... Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
 
 
 
John 6:43 ... Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
 

Philippians 2:14 ...Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Richest Jewel

Hebrews 1:3 ... Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:



2 Corinthians 4:6 ... For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
 
 
 
Romans 16:27 ... To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Christ is the richest jewel in the cabinet of glory! He is the sparkling pearl of great price! Whoever has Him cannot be poor; whoever lacks Him cannot be rich!
 
Christ's members are the happiest! Christ's precepts are the purest! Christ's love is the truest! Christ's comforts are the sweetest! Christ's reward is the highest! Christ's riches are the most precious!  Christ's glory is the greatest!
 
 
Oh! sirs! Christ is the glory of God, the paradise of angels, the beauty of Heaven, the Redeemer of men!
 
[William Dyer]

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Windy Profession and Airy Talk

O soul, consider this deeply: it is the life of a Christian which carries more conviction and persuasion than his words. Though, like an angel, you talk of Christ, of the gospel, of the doctrines of grace, and of Heaven, yet, if you indulge devilish tempers, and live under the power of any sinful lusts and passions, you will hereby harden others against the things of God and prevent their setting out in the ways of God.

Study and pray to be a consistent walker in the ways of holiness; else, all is but windy profession and airy talk.  O how much harm is done to Christ's cause by the unholy walk of many professors!

 
[John Bunyan]
 
 
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Matthew 5:16 ... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
 
 
 
1 Thessalonians 4:7 ... For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
 
 
 
Colossians 2:6-7 ... As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
 
 
 
Romans 6:4 ... Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Imitate the Miser

Is not Christ our richest treasure? Should He not be ever in our minds, and our minds ever on Him? O Christian, the riches of your Christ are boundless and bottomless! You have in Christ, UNSEARCHABLE RICHES; an inexhaustible treasure which never fails!

O then, imitate the miser! Let your mind dwell on your treasure. Let your treasure be ever uppermost in your mind. Is the miser's mind ever upon, and ever going out after his treasure? Just so, let your minds dwell on Christ!  Does the miser value himself by his treasure? Just so, must you value yourself upon Christ!  Is he always poring over his precious wealth? Just so, should you pour over your precious Christ!

Does the miser love to inspect, and count over his beloved gold? O let your mind be ever inspecting your beloved Christ in His wondrous person; in His amazing love, in laying down His life for you, His enemy; and in His glorious salvation of you, an ungodly sinner!

Be constantly counting over   all the great and precious promises which you have in Him;  all the graces, blessings, and comforts which you have from Him, and the certain glory which you soon shall enjoy with Him!

Is the miser careful to keep, and fearful of losing, any part of his possession? So let it be between Christ and your mind. Hold Him fast. Cleave to Him. Be careful to enjoy Him always. Be ever fearful of losing any blessing or comfort He has promised to bestow.

Thus esteem Christ as your treasure! Let all your hopes center in Him, and all your affections fix upon Him! Until time is swallowed up in eternity be receiving out of His inexhaustible fullness  grace upon grace, blessing upon blessing,  comfort upon comfort!

Christ is your treasure! All other things are but dross and dung compared to Him! Look down with a holy contempt, upon all objects beneath your Beloved!

[William Mason]


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Matthew 6:21 ...  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 
 
 
Colossians 3:16 ... Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.


Philippians 3:7-8 ...  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Friday, March 20, 2015

You Alone Are God

Genesis 1:1 ... In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
 
 
Isaiah 46:9-10 ... Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
 
 
 
Colossians 1:16 ... For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
 
 
 
Revelation 4:10-11 ... The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.






 
 
Before there was a Milky Way — there was God!
Before there were galaxies, solar systems, constellations, and nebulae — there was God!
Before Mercury, Venus, and Mars were plugged into their sockets — there was God!
Before Polaris was fastened above the North Pole — there was God!
Before Orion the hunter had a belt, and Saturn had its rings — there was God; All alone, perfect and content, glorious in His solitary existence as the eternal I AM!

Before there was a sun, a moon, or an earth; before there was grass to clothe the field, and flowers to adorn it; before the mountains were brought forth, and the sea filled the depths; before the eagle soared through the sky, and the fish swam through the sea; before angels, devils, and men had their being — there was God alone!

If we would understand things aright, we must not begin with man, but with God, for He is the beginning of all things. To begin with man is folly, for man is but a creature, a production of the Creator. We must back up and begin where the Bible begins, with God!

God's people know, and have always known, what continues to baffle the minds of the scholars and scientists of our day, that "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Through faith, God's people understand the mystery of creation.
 
[Frank Hall]