Monday, October 20, 2014

At The Proper Time We Will Reap

We never know how little benefactions of ours, may bless a life and stay in it as a blessing forever! We know not, how even a small word may bless a life. We should always keep our heart and hands ready for whatever little ministry we may have an opportunity to render. The least word of good cheer may start a song in a heart which shall sing on forever. The good may drop unconsciously from your lip and hand and you may never think of it again, and yet it shall not be lost. It carries in it the life of God, and is immortal.

 

There is a difference in the way various people give though the gift or favor or act be precisely the same. One gives the help only; the other gives part of himself in the help. There are some very beautiful flowers that have no fragrance but how much more a flower means which has in it perfume as well as loveliness! We should give ourselves with our gifts. We should let part of our own lives flow out with every deed of kindness we do.

 
 
Love is the fragrance of the flowers of the heart, and what we do in love, love for Christ and love for man, shall never be lost. The world will be richer and better for even the smallest deeds of Christlike love. We may not reap the harvest in this world but beyond the skies, we shall gather the sheaves in our bosom! So then, though our lives are imperfect and evil, and our work is marred with sin we know that the Master will accept the humblest thing we do for Him. He will cleanse our work and use it, even though it is only a fragment, in the building up of His kingdom!
 
[J. R. Miller]


 

 
 
 
Hosea 10:12 ... Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.


2 Corinthians 9:6 ... But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
 
 
Galatians 6:9 ... And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The True Light

Jesus is the true light. Darkness is sin and guilt, light is pardon and peace. In the light of Jesus I see the horrid nature of sin and abhor it; the terrible consequences of guilt and seek to be delivered from it. When Jesus enlightens my mind, I perceive that God has forgiven me all trespasses, and delivered me from all condemnation. I feel that I am at peace with God, and that God is at peace with me. Doubt vanishes, slavish fears depart, confidence springs up, and I have joy and peace in believing.
 
Truly this light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is to see God reconciled to us in Jesus, and loving us with an everlasting love. Now, if I look up to heaven, I see it is my Father's house; if I look at death, I see it is my Father's servant, sent to fetch his child home; if I look at the grave, I see it is a quiet resting-place for the poor, diseased worn-out body, where it will repose until the resurrection morning; if I look forward into eternity, I see it is the lifetime of my happiness, and that which perfects and perpetuates my soul's joys.
 
Jesus is the true light. Darkness is impurity, light is holiness and love. Human nature is impure, it is rotten at the heart's core. While in the dark, it is not discovered, consequently it is not deplored. But when light, celestial light, shines, we see our defilement, loathe our pollution, and seek freedom from our filthiness. And the light that discovers the disease, reveals the remedy. The light that shows me that I am a sinner, leads me to the Savior; for Jesus, like nature's sun, is only seen in his own light. Blessed, for ever blessed, be the day, when this light shone into my soul, revealed to me my filthiness, and led me to the open fountain, and became a means of my cleansing. Now I love purity; I enjoy purity; I long for perfect purity; and, blessed be God, I shall enjoy perfect purity too.
 
In the land where this luminary shines in all his splendour, all is pure. There are no spots on this sun, and there are no spots on those on whom this sun in perfection shines; for as the light of nature's sun chases away night's darkness, and introduces perfect day, so will the sun of righteousness; and in a little time all on whom he now shines will be "without fault before the throne of God." (Revelation 14:5)
 
Jesus is the true light. Darkness is enmity and cruelty; light is love and sympathy. Man, by nature, is enmity against God, and cruel to his fellow man. While in our natural condition we are led captive by the devil, (who is the personification of enmity,) at his will, and are influenced by the prince of the power of the air, the most cruel of all God's creatures, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. But when Jesus shone upon us, our enmity was subdued, and we loved God because he first loved us; the cruelty of our natural disposition was destroyed, and we felt a love to all mankind. Just in proportion as this light shines upon us with strength and clearness do we love and delight in God; and just in the same proportion do we sympathize with and strive to benefit our fellow men. The light that enlightens the Gentiles, always disperses ignorance, guilt, misery, and cruelty; and produces knowledge, peace, purity, and love. Light of life, shine with clearness and power into every reader's heart!
 
Reader, has Jesus shone upon you at all? Have you discovered your true state and condition, as revealed in God's most holy word? and have you fled for refuge to the cross of the Son of God? Do you hate and abhor sin, because it is filthy and abominable? and do you desire and pant for holiness, because it is pure and beautiful? You were in the dark once if you are not now. Can you look back and see that you were once in darkness? Can you contrast the past with the present, and so conclude that you are now in the Lord?  Can you say with John, in reference to your own state and experience, The darkness is past, and the true light now shines? (1 John 2:8)
 
 
Is this world to you a dark place, and do you look upon heaven as the land of light? If so, you daily seek grace to make "you fit to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light." (Colossians 1:12)  Blessed, for ever blessed be the Lord, that we ever enjoyed this light, and that we have the prospect of a period before us when the sun shall be no more our light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto us; but the Lord shall be our everlasting light, and our God our glory.  (Revelation 21:23) Our sun shall no more go down, neither shall our moon withdraw itself; for the Lord shall be our everlasting light, and the days of our mourning shall be ended.
 
[James Smith]

 
 
Luke 2:32 ... A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
 
 
Isaiah 60:1-2 ... Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
 
 
John 12:46 ... I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
 
 
1 John 1:5 ... This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kissed by Jesus

We are made beautiful when we are kissed by the King of kings.

[Author Unknown]



Song of Solomon 1:2 ... Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
 
 
Isaiah 61:10 ... I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
 
 

1 John 4:15-17 ... Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.❤

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

He Does As He Pleases!

To say that God is sovereign, is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in heaven and earth so that none can   defeat His counsels,  thwart His purpose,  or resist His will.
 
 
Whatever takes place in time is but the outworking of that which He has decreed in eternity.
 
The sovereignty of the God of Scripture, is   absolute,  irresistible  and infinite!We insist that God does   as He pleases,  only as He pleases,  always as He pleases!
 
[A. W. Pink]
 
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Isaiah 14:27 ... For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
 
 
Daniel 4:35 ... And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
 
 
Psalm 115:3 ... But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
 
 
Psalm 135:6 ... Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Spirit of Grace

Grace is one of the most beautiful words in God's Book. The very sound of it is musical to the believer who understands it. It just meets our case, for it tells us that God is inclined to be favorable unto us; more, that he is prepared to shower down the richest blessings upon us; and that what he gives, he gives freely, from the love of his own heart.
 
Grace is favor shown to the unworthy, without any cause or reason but what is found in God's own bosom. Grace never looks outside of itself for a motive but is its own motive. It dwells in all its fullness in Jesus, and is the glory of the gospel scheme. But we are not going to dwell upon grace itself but to fix the eye upon the Holy Spirit, as called, "the Spirit of grace."

 
The Spirit is the gift of God's grace one of it's greatest gifts. Indeed, it has no greater.  Grace gave Jesus, and it gives the Holy Spirit; these gifts are equal in value and importance, as they are equal in nature, power, and glory.  Without Jesus, we could have no deliverance from wrath, or title to Heaven; and without the Holy Spirit, we would never realize deliverance, or be made fit for glory.

The Father promised the Spirit to his Son, and the Son bestows the Spirit upon his church, and makes us new creatures in Christ Jesus. The Father laid up our fortune in Jesus; Jesus has preserved for us all that the Father entrusted to him; but it is the Holy Spirit who makes known to us the wealth which our heavenly Father has laid up for us, and conveys the foretastes and pledges of it into our souls. Holy and blessed Spirit, daily bring down into our souls fresh and fuller supplies of grace from the Father and the Son!

The Holy Spirit produces all our graces within us. He is the root and our graces are his fruits; hence we read, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." (Galatians 5:22) 

If we believe, it is through grace. If we love, it is because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. If we rejoice, it is in consequence of his revealing and applying the truth to our souls. When his influence is put forth within us  then we believe God's word,  hope in his mercy,  rejoice in his goodness,  cleave to his cause,  walk in his ways,  love his truth, his people, and himself, holiness is then happiness, duties are then pleasant, and even the cross lays light upon our shoulders.
 
[James Smith]




 
 
 
Zechariah 12:10 ... And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
 
 
Luke 11:13 ... If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
 
 
Titus 3:5-6 ... Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
 
 
Philemon 1:25 ... The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.❤

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

God is Everywhere!

The teaching of the Bible on this point is clear, plain, and unmistakable. God is everywhere! There is no place in heaven or earth, where He is not. There is no place in air or land or sea, no place above ground or under ground, no place in town or country, no place in Europe, Asia, Africa, or America where God is not always present.

Enter into your room and lock the door, God is there. Climb to the top of the highest mountain, where not even an insect moves, God is there. Sail to the most remote island in the Pacific Ocean, where the foot of man never trod, God is there. He is always near us, seeing, hearing, observing; knowing every action, and deed, and word, and whisper, and look, and thought, and motive, and secret of everyone of us, wherever we are.

[J. C. Ryle]
 
 
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Genesis 16:13 ... And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
 
 
Proverbs 15:3 ... The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
 
 
Job 34:21-22 ... For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
 
 
Psalm 139:23-24 ... Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

God's Precious Jewels

Jewels are precious things; the Hebrew word for jewels means a treasure. A treasure is made up of costly things: gold, and diamonds and rubies. To God, Christians are His jewels, His own special treasure! They are jewels for their sparkling quality. Their holiness shines and sparkles in God’s eyes! The godly are jewels for their scarcity. Diamonds are not common. In the same way, the godly are scarce and rare. There are only a few to be found. There are many false professors (just as there are many fake diamonds) but few true Christians.
 
The godly are jewels for their price.  God values the saints so highly that He parted with His best jewel to obtain them; Christ’s precious blood was shed to ransom these jewels!
 
 
Christians are jewels for their beauty.  Christians are jewels which adorn the world. Hypocrites dishonor true religion and give it a bad name but living a godly life honors the gospel.
 
God the Father has chosen these jewels, and has set them apart for Himself.
Christ has bought these jewels with His blood.  The Holy Spirit has sanctified them. They were sin but He made them into His jewels! Thank God who has brought such a change in you! From lumps of dirt and sin, He has made you into His jewels!
 
[Thomas Watson]

 
Malachi 3:16 ... And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
 
 
Isaiah 61:10 ... I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
 
 
Philippians 2:15 ... That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
 
 
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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

These Streams of Defilement

Until we taste the bitterness of our own misery, we will never relish the sweetness of God's mercy. Until we see how foul our sins have made us, we will never pay our tribute of praise to Christ for washing us.

Outward acts are most scandalous among men but inward lusts are most atrocious before God!

Reader! if you would know the heart of your sin, then you must know the sins of your heart! "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are the things that defile a man!" 


These streams of defilement which appear in your life, do but show what a fountain of wickedness there is in your heart! Even the "thought of foolishness is sin!" There is no sin so little as not to kindle an eternal fire!
 
[William Secker]


 
 
 
Matthew 15:19-20 ... For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
 
 
Jude 1:7 ... Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
 
 
1 John 1:8-9 ... If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

All is Vanity

Sorrow attends worldly joy, danger attends worldly safety, loss attends worldly labors, tears attend worldly purposes.  As to these things men's hopes are vain,
their sorrow is certain, and their joy is artificial. The apostle calls this world a sea of glass, a sea for the trouble of it, and glass for the brittleness and bitterness of it.

Saving faith makes a man see  the prickles that are in every rose,  the thorns that are in every crown,  the poison that is in the golden cup,  the spot that is in the shining pearl.

[Thomas Brooks]
 
 
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1 Corinthians 7:31 ... And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
 
 
Ecclesiastes 1:2 ... Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
 
 
1 John 2:17 ... And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Persevere

Even the tired horse, when he comes near home, mends pace: Be good always, without weariness, but best at last; that the nearer thou comest to the end of thy days, the nearer thou mayest be to the end of thy hopes, the salvation of thy soul.
 
[Thomas Adams]
 
 
 
Proverbs 21:31 ... The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.


Psalm 31:24 ... Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
 
 
1 Corinthians 9:24 ...  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.