Sunday, September 25, 2016

God Has Two Fires

God has two fires: one where He puts His gold,  one where He puts His dross.

The fire where He puts His gold, is the fire of affliction to purify them.

The fire where He puts His dross, is the fire of damnation to punish them.

[Thomas Watson]


One ~ Isaiah 48:10 ... Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Two ~ Matthew 25:41 ... Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fattening For Worms

If you are wealthy, you may reside in a splendid mansion but it is only to leave it one day for a dark and narrow house! You may pamper the body with the costliest luxuries but you are only fattening it for worms! Nor can the flashing blaze of a thousand diamonds blind our eyes to the melancholy fact that this mirthful, beautiful, charming body shall, stripped of all its luxury, be wrapped in a shroud, nailed up in a coffin and thrust down into a black hole to rot!

But give me the treasures of redemption my food is heavenly manna, my wine is divine love, my sweet pillow is the bosom of the Son, my strong defense is the arm of Almighty God, my home is that palace, eternal in the heavens!

[Thomas Guthrie]


1 Timothy 6:7-10 ... For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Colossians 3:1-3 ... If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Matthew 6:19-21 ... Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.❤

Friday, September 23, 2016

Living Upon Christ

We are as much to live upon Christ for sanctification as for pardon and justification.

The grace which delivers us from Hell also fits us for Heaven.  That grace which cancels our guilt also subdues our corruptions.  That grace which emancipates us from our bondage to sin equally dethrones the tyrant.

O wondrous, precious grace that, by its divine sanctity and power brings first one, and then another indwelling corrupt principle, passion, and desire of our hearts into subjection to Christ.

Precious and marvelous grace that molds and fashions us into the image of Jesus!

[Octavius Winslow]

Acts 20:32 ... And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Colossians 3:1 ... If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Romans 5:9 ... Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.❤

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fountain of Blessings

Come, then, my soul, to Him as an empty vessel to be filled. A supply is waiting for you in Christ Jesus. "It has pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell." He is the never-failing Fountain of blessing! Out of His fullness, you may receive grace upon grace. Whatever you need come to God in Christ for it.

Is your faith weak? He can strengthen it.

Is your hope dull? He can enliven it.

Is your love cold? He can warm it.

Is your patience failing? He can sustain it.

Is your zeal languishing? He can invigorate it.

And observe, the Lord gives not only a new supply of grace, but He also gives it in a larger measure: "He gives more grace!" He came not only that we might have life but that we might have it "more abundantly."

Come, then, to Him with enlarged desires. He can fill you with joy and peace in believing.  He can enable you to bear much fruit to the glory of the Father.
He can bless you, and make you a blessing to many.

O Lord, enlarge my desires, raise my expectations, and help me to receive, not only constant supplies of grace but increased supplies out of Your fullness! For You give "more grace!"

[Author Unknown]

Psalm 81:10 ... I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

James 4:6 ... But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Isaiah 41:18 ... I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.❤

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Ant's Obstacle

Scripture tells us “Go to the ant” meaning, learn from the ant. If an ant is bringing a piece of food to the colony and you put something in its path, it doesn’t drop the food and say, “What did I do to deserve this? I can’t take it anymore. Take me now Lord! Send a shoe to kill me!”

Sometimes we get discouraged so easily. Something obstructs our path and we get discouraged and give up. Temptation comes and we give in or we lose the zeal we had in the Lord because something hindered us. But the ant just keeps going without batting an eyelid. Obstacles come up, they happen. Don’t throw up your hands and stop.

If somethings of God, keep going. Fight for it. You keep going in righteousness and love. Persevere in what’s good. Ants persevere for a bread crumb. You need to show the same righteous perseverance for God. Ants persevere for crumbs, but you persevere for some thing better–for loving, serving, doing, hoping, standing and overcoming. Because you need to be at least as strong as an ant.

[Jonathan Cahn]


Proverbs 6:6-8 ... Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,  Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

Proverbs 30:25 ... The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

James 1:12 ... Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.❤

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Rod of Correction

Whenever our heavenly Father uses the rod of correction, it is in love, and for our profit. We should not, therefore, on the one hand make light of it and on the other hand, we should not sink under it in despondency.

If we err by treating Divine correction with indifference, we thereby ask for severer treatment, for the strokes of the rod must be repeated until we feel them and submit to them!

And if we err by fainting under rebuke, it is a proof that we forget how pitiful and tender a Father corrects us, and that He intends nothing but our present profit and everlasting good. Chastening only benefits us as we are "exercised" by it and therefore we must feel it. But if we faint, we shall fail to apprehend the gracious purposes of it.

O my Father, let me ever turn to You, when You use the rod, in submission, in trust, and love. Do not allow me to slight Your gentler rebukes, and permit me not to faint under Your severer discipline. May I remember that, though "no chastening for the present seems to be joyous but grievous, nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto those who are exercised thereby."

[Author Unknown]


Hebrews 12:5-6 ... And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Micah 6:9 ... The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

Revelation 3:19 ...  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.❤

Monday, September 19, 2016

One Goal

What is the supreme purpose of our lives? The Israelites were of one heart to make David king. Is this our purpose, to prepare the Bride, to prepare the world, to prepare His way?

Does this objective dwarf and dim all other ambitions, all other cares?

Does it fill and satisfy every capacity, every power, every desire?

Does it absorb every moment, every energy, every resource?

Does it give direction and tone to every plan and work of life?

Does it decide for us the education of our children, the investment of our means, the friendships and associations of life, the whole activity, interest and outlook of our beings?

Are we in it, spirit, soul and body-all we are, all we do, all we hope for-of one heart to make Jesus King?

[A. B. Simpson]

1 Chronicles 12:38 ... All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.

Acts 2:1 ...  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Philippians 2:2 ... Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.❤

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Faith That Pleases God

The essence of true faith is found in this single verse. God had just promised Abraham that he would have a son, one who would become the seed of many nations. Remarkably, Abraham didn’t flinch at this promise, even though he was well past the age of siring children. Instead, when Abraham received this word from the Lord, we’re told he “considered not his own body now dead nor the deadness of Sarah’s womb.”

To the natural mind, it was impossible for this promise to be fulfilled. But Abraham didn’t dwell on any such impossibility. According to Paul, the patriarch gave no thought to how God would keep His promise. He didn’t reason with God, “But, Lord, I have no seed to plant. And Sarah has no life in her womb to conceive. My wife is past the ability to bear children. So, how will You do it, Lord?” Instead of entertaining such questions, Abraham simply “considered not.”

The fact is, when God is at work producing a faith that is tried and better than gold, He first puts a sentence of death on all human resources. He closes the door to all human reasoning, bypassing every means of a rational deliverance.

The faith that pleases God is born in a place of deadness. I’m speaking here of the deadness of all human possibilities. It is a place where man-made plans flourish at first but then die. It is a place where human hopes bring temporary relief but soon crash, adding to a sense of helplessness. Have you been at this place of deadness? Has it seemed that you have no options left? You can’t call someone to advise you. The heavens are like brass when you pray, your requests falling to the ground.

I declare to you, this is God at work. His Spirit is working to get you to stop considering the impossibilities to stop looking to human ways and means—to stop trying to think your way out of your situation. The Holy Ghost is urging you, “Quit hunting for help from some man. And quit focusing on how hopeless you think your situation is. Those are hindrances to your faith.”

[David Wilkerson]


Romans 4:19 ... And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:

Galatians 1:10 ... For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Hebrews 11:6 ... But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.❤

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Grace, 'Tis a Charming Sound

Grace pitied us in our guilty, helpless condition and provided a Savior for us. 

Grace instituted the ministry of gospel reconciliation and brought the tidings of divine mercy to our ears.

Grace opened our blind eyes and led us to see and feel our need of the precious blood of Christ.

Grace led us to cast away the filthy rags of our own righteousness and to receive with thankfulness and joy, the spotless robe that Jesus wrought for us.

Grace brought us to the footstool of mercy, with the cry of the publican, "God be merciful to me a sinner!"

Grace enables us to live a life of dependence on Jesus alone, for all spiritual supplies.

Grace has begun a good work within us and grace will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

[Author Unknown]

Ephesians 2:8-9 ... For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 3:24 ... Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Titus 3:7 ... That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.❤

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Fires of Christ's Furnace

O my soul, what deep need is there for this refining and purifying of your Lord, what inward corruption, what carnality,  what worldliness, what self-seeking, what creature idolatry, what God dishonoring unbelief! All these imperatively demand the searching, burning, purifying fires of Christ's furnace!   My soul, your Refiner and Purifier is Jesus!  It is a consolatory thought that our refining is in the hands of Jesus in the hands that were pierced for us on the cross!

Jesus shapes all your trials!  Jesus sends all your afflictions! Jesus mixes all your sorrows!  Jesus shapes and balances all the clouds of your pilgrimage!  Jesus prepares and heats the furnace that refines you as silver and purifies you as gold!

Then, O my soul, tremble not at the knife that wounds you, at the flame that scorches you, at the cloud that shades you, at the billows that surge above you. Jesus is in it all and you are as safe as though you had reached the blissful climate where the vine needs no pruning, and where the ore needs no purifying, where the sky is never darkened, and upon whose golden sands where no storms of adversity ever blow, or waves of sorrow ever break.

Mark the Refiner's position. "He will SIT as a refiner and purifier of silver." It would be fatal to is purpose, if the human refiner were to leave his post while the liquid mass was seething in the cauldron. But there he patiently sits, watching and tempering the flame, and removing the refuse and the dross as it floats upon the surface of the molten ore.

Just so, Christ sits as a Refiner and with an eye that never slumbers, and with a patience that never wearies, and with a love that never chills, and with a faithfulness that never falters, He watches and controls the process that purifies our hearts, burnishes our graces, sanctifies our nature, and impresses more vividly His own image of loveliness upon our soul.

If He places you in the fire, He will bring you through the fire, "that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."

But sweet and soothing is the truth that the believer is not alone in the fire! The Refiner is with us, as with the three Hebrew children passing through the king's burning furnace.  The Lord will have us be polished stones. As some believers are more rusty and some more alloyed than others, they need a rougher file, and a hotter furnace! This may account for the great severity of trial through which some of the Lord's precious jewels are called to pass. Not less dear to His heart, are they for this refining.

Look up, my soul, to your Refiner! The knife is in a Father's hand! The flame is under a Savior's control! Be still, be humble, be submissive.

[Octavius Winslow]

Micah 6:9 ... The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

Zechariah 13:9 ... And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

Malachi 3:3 ... And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.❤

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Like A Babe For It's Rattle

But," says one, "are we not to have amusements?" Yes, such amusements as you can practice in the fear of God. You may do whatever Jesus would have done.

I have nothing to say against recreation in its proper place. Certain forms of recreation are needful and useful but it is a wretched thing when amusement becomes a lifestyle! Amusement should be used to do us good like a medicine it must never be used as the Christian's food.

From early morning till late at night, some spend their time in a round of frivolities or else their very work is simply carried on to furnish them funds for their pleasures. This is wicked. Many have had all holy thoughts and gracious resolutions stamped out by perpetual trifling. Pleasure, so called, is the murderer of thought!

This is the age of excessive amusement everybody craves for it, like a babe for its rattle!

[Charles H. Spurgeon]


1 John 2:5-6 ... But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 Peter 2:21 ... For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

2 John 6 ... And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.❤