Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hold Me Up

Almighty Father,
Conscious of our own weakness, and trusting only in Your grace and power, we beseech You this day to increase and multiply Your mercy upon us.

We are going forth to tread on slippery ground, may You uphold us.

Our march is through a land of which Satan is the prince, may You protect us.

Snares at each turn await our steps, may You guide us.

We look around and fear. We look up to You and take courage. By Your grace alone can we stand. If Your grace should fail us, instantly we fall.

[Henry Law]



Psalm 119:117 ... Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

Psalm 18:35 ... Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

Isaiah 41:10 ...  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.❤

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Give Thanks

O, give thanks to the Lord, Christian, for He has not dealt with you after your sins, nor rewarded you according to your iniquities! He has pardoned your sins, justified your soul, renewed your nature, and given you a title to everlasting life!

He has thus prevented your eternal ruin, borne with your faults and follies, supplied all your needs, guided your steps, and promised to conduct you to glory! His mercy has been ever great toward you!

[James Smith]

1 Chronicles 16:34 ... O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Romans 5:8 ... But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Colossians 3:15 ... And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.❤

Friday, November 27, 2015

Desire of The Soul

What do you desire, O my soul? With what imaginable excellency would you clothe yourself! What desirable object would you pitch upon?

Is it beauty? The righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. So shall they be forever with the Lord.

Is it riches? Wealth and riches are the portion of all God's children; every one in His family shall have a rich, a glorious, an incorruptible, and eternal inheritance among the saints!

Is it honor? What honor can compare to this to be a friend and favorite of God, and a spouse of Christ to have a crown of righteousness, of life, and of glory! Nay more, a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory set upon your head!

Is it pleasure? The just shall enter into their Master's joy, and there are rivers of pleasure at God's right hand for evermore!

In a word, what would you have, O my soul? A confluence of all the glorious things of eternity?

If heaven, and the holiness thereof are what you seek; then heaven and the excellences thereof you shall find!

Lord, make me holy, then I shall be happy!

[Thomas Sherman]

Matthew 13:43 ... Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

1 Peter 1:4 ... To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

2 Timothy 4:8 ... Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Psalm 16:11 ... Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 73:25-26 ... Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.❤

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving is Never Out of Season

Everything we enjoy, should be viewed as coming from the gracious and liberal hand of our sovereign God.   All was forfeited by our sin. All that we receive is by His grace.  The providence that supplies us is the wisdom, benevolence, and power of God in operation for us as expressive of His infinite love and unmerited grace!

Our talents to provide supplies, our opportunities to obtain them, and our abilities to enjoy them, are alike from the Lord.  Every mercy increases our obligation and deepens our debt to free grace!

Thanksgiving is never out of season, for we have always much to be grateful for. We must view all things as arranged by His wisdom, dependent on His will, sanctified by His blessing, according with His promises, and flowing from His love!

[James Smith]

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ... In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.❤

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

All is Transparent

We live in a world of mysteries! They meet our eye, awaken our inquiry, and baffle our investigation at every step.

Nature is a vast arcade of mysteries. Science is a mystery. Truth is a mystery. Religion is a mystery. Our existence is a mystery. The future of our being is a mystery.

And God, who alone can explain all mysteries, is the greatest mystery of all! How little do we understand of the inexplicable wonders of a wonder working God, "whose thoughts are a great deep," and "whose ways are past finding out."

But to God, nothing is mysterious. In His purpose, nothing is unfixed. In His forethought, nothing is unknown. In His providence, nothing is contingent.

His glance pierces the future as vividly as it beholds the past. "He knows the end from the beginning."

All His doings are parts of a divine, eternal, and harmonious plan!

He may make ''darkness His secret place; His pavilion round about Him dark waters;" and to human vision, His dispensations may appear gloomy, discrepant, and confused. Yet He is "working all things after the counsel of His own will," and all is transparent and harmonious to His eye!

[Octavius Winslow]

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Job 24:1 ... Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?

Mark 4:22 ... For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

1 Corinthians 4:5 ... Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.❤

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The World's Golden Sands

If you would not fall short of the kingdom of heaven, take heed of worldly-mindedness. A covetous spirit chokes holy affections, as the earth puts out the fire.

"The riches of the world, are the snares of the devil!"

Riches are golden snares! If a man were to climb up a steep rock, and had weights tied to his legs, it would hinder him in his ascent. Just so, many golden weights will hinder us from climbing up the steep rock which leads to heaven.

The world is no friend to grace. The more the babe sucks, the weaker the mother is. Just so, the more the world sucks, the weaker our grace is.

Had a man a monopoly of all the wealth of the world; could he heap up riches to the stars, yet his heart would not be filled. Covetousness is never satisfied. Joshua could stop the course of the sun but could not stop Achan in his covetous pursuit of the wedge of gold. He whose heart is locked up in his chest, will be locked out of heaven!

Some ships which have escaped the rocks have been wrecked upon the sands. Just so, many who have escaped gross sins have been wrecked upon the world's golden sands!

[Thomas Watson]

James 4:4 ... Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

John 12:25 ... He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

1 John 2:15 ...Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.❤

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Universal Principle

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

This same principle is applicable in all common actions and every day affairs. No single moment of our lives, no single action ought to be taken outside of the sphere of this rule. Our rising up and lying down, the disposal of our time, the spending of our money, our social gatherings, our conversations, our recreations, the way of conducting the affairs of our household, the books we read, buying and selling, business transactions of various kinds;  all these, and a multitude of other suchlike matters, are all to be ordered under the daily guidance of this same principle. We are to do all to glorify Him who is our Creator, our Savior, our Preserver, our most loving Father.

Reader, beware of neglecting to exercise this universal principle in little things. Great occasions for serving God occur but seldom; lesser ones arise every moment. Little things are not to be despised. "He who despises little things, shall fall little by little." Little omissions of duty, little acts of disobedience, as they may seem to us may prove a great hindrance along our path. A few grains of dust, or a small insect in the eye, will often cause great pain and annoyance. A little stone in a horse's foot will make it stumble again and again.

The Christian will find much the same thing from the indulgence of apparently trivial sins. They will harass the mind, destroy the peace and comfort which he might enjoy, prove a stumbling-block to him as he endeavors to run the heavenly race.

[George Everard] ❤

Sunday, November 22, 2015

That is Heaven!

Heaven is the habitation of the great God, where He dwells in His infinite glory!

Heaven is a freedom from all evil, both of sin and suffering.

There is no SIN there. Grace weakens sin but it is glory which abolishes sin!

There is no affliction there. Sin and sorrow came in together and they shall go out together. There the Shunamite's son no more complains of his aching head; nor Mephibosheth of his lame feet. There Job's blotches are perfectly cured; and Lazarus' sores are all dried up!

Heaven is the quintessence of all blessedness, the sum of all felicity. Reckon up all comforts and pleasures, and satisfactions, and delights, and happiness, and put them all together; and then separate from them all finiteness and imperfection; that is Heaven!

All the objects of joy which are scattered among the creatures are everlastingly heaped up in Heaven! Whatever it is that you delight in; it will be in Heaven!

[Matthew Mead]

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Proverbs 8:18 ...  Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.

Psalm 16:11 ... Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Revelation 21:18-21 ...  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.❤

Saturday, November 21, 2015

If We Were Left To Ourselves

Reader, are there not the same lusts lodging in your heart which are reigning in wicked men's lives? The reason why there is so little self-condemnation, is because there is so little self-examination.

If we were left to ourselves but for a moment, we would destroy ourselves in that moment! We can defile ourselves but we cannot cleanse ourselves. The sheep can go astray alone but can never return to the fold, without the assistance of the shepherd.

[William Secker]

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1 Corinthians 4:7 ... For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

John 10:11 ... I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Psalm 23:1-3 ... The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Matthew 18:12-13 ... How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?  And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Do Not Forget!

Were a kind earthly parent to be hourly bringing us new tokens of his favor would we not express our gratitude for such favors? Why then are we not found praising our heavenly Father, "Who daily loads us with benefits," and "who gives us richly all things to enjoy?"

O, the very abundance and constancy of His gifts seem, in some instances, to harden the heart. Ungrateful man! Often do days and weeks pass away marked by this guilty forgetfulness.

Is it possible, that we can forget that Being "in whom we live and move and have our being" whose hand is open to satisfy our every reasonable desire, and to whose protecting care we owe our safety? Above all, can we forget the love which He has bestowed upon us, in giving His dear Son to die for our sins or the compassion which our Savior has manifested in dying to redeem us? Never, never let us forget these infinite favors!

[Jared Waterbury]


Psalm 103:2 ...  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Romans 8:32 ... He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Acts 17:28 ... For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Revelation 2:5 ... Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.❤

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ladder Rungs

All base desires, all bad habits, all longings for ignoble things which we vanquish and trample down become ladder-rungs on which we climb upward out of earthliness and sinfulness into purer and Christlier character. There really is no other way by which we can rise upward.

If we are not living victoriously in our little common days we surely are not making any progress. Only those who climb, are mounting toward the stars. Heaven itself at last, and the heavenly life here on earth are for those only who overcome.

[J. R. Miller]

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1 John 5:4 ... For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Revelation 3:21 ... To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Revelation 21:7 ... He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.❤