Friday, October 24, 2014

Shepherd-Less Sheep

There is a great harvest, a large number of sheep without a shepherd!  Jesus has compassion for these sheep, he brings the good news and miracles so these people would see the glory of God, and follow him.
 
God wants his sheep to find him!  There are people in the world that Jesus wants to bring his truth and provide miracles for.
 
 
The only way he’s going to do this is through you – who Christ lives in. He wants to share his message and power through you! And you can be assured that you are empowered to share his glory!  Is there someone in your world that God is wanting you to reach out to?
[Jack Nuttall]


 
 
 
Colossians 1:27-28 ... To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:


 
 
Matthew 9:35-38 ... And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
 
 
Matthew 28:19-20 ... Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
 
 
Luke 4:18-19 ... The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Only Thing That Matters

The only thing that matters in this life is not how much money you made in your lifetime, nor if you married the prettiest girl in school, or had a "name" in life. None of that will even matter when you breathe your last breath. Your wealth, your popularity, your worldly achievements while on earth might have been celebrated, will burn up in the echelon of eternity.
 
It won't matter how many friends you had, if you were applauded by men, reaping many rewards - none of it will matter. The fact is, the only thing which will count when you give up the ghost is this - were you saved? Did you repent? Was everything right between you and God when your heart stops beating? Your works, all of them, every claim you could boast of will not matter when the sheet is laid over your face, the lid is closed and you are lowered into the ground - none of that will matter.
 
 
The only thing which will last was did you have a personal relationship with Christ. We spend too much time investing in tomorrow, when in reality we need to be investing in eternity. Sadly, many never realize this until it's too late. Don't let that happen to you, whether you're 12 or 82, for death comes for all, yet Christ keeps deaths final grip from your soul. Think about it.
 
[Christopher Gregory]
 
 
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Ecclesiastes 2:11 ... Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
 
 
Psalm 68:20 ... He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.
 
 
Hebrews 9:27-28 ... And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.


Acts 4:12 ... Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.


1 Corinthians 15:54 ... So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.❤

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

No Comparison

The present is our only suffering time. As, therefore, our sufferings are but partial so they must be short. Time, at best, is not long. But what is our time? Like the insect, we are born, flutter about and die in a day. True, an hour's suffering appears longer than twelve hours' pleasure; but the sufferings of all time will be as nothing if compared with the joys of eternity!
 
For believers in Jesus, sufferings are confined to earth; they cannot enter heaven; they are confined to time; they cannot run forward into eternity.  Present sufferings will introduce us to future glory. Our sufferings are only those of children who are going home to take possession of the family inheritance.
 
If the inn is not pleasant; we shall leave it tomorrow! If our conveniences and comforts are not now first-rate; they soon will be! If the road is rough; we have only to pass over it once. If the weather is harsh; it will very soon be fine; storms are not generally very long-lived. We get nearer home every day! The last pain will soon be felt; the last groan will soon escape us; the last conflict will soon be ended. We shall soon cross the threshold of our Father's house!
 
Soon, very soon, we shall be absent from the body and be present with the Lord. Our glory is prepared; it only waits to be revealed. Glory and honor are to be brought unto us at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is laid up for us in heaven. It is reserved in heaven for us. When Christ who is our life shall appear—then shall we also appear with him in glory.
 
"Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling!" (2 Corinthians 5:1-2) What, O what will it be to be clothed upon with our heavenly dwelling! How shall we feel when we inhabit a body which is spiritual, powerful, incorruptible, and immortal!
Is it not a wonder that, in this world of sin and sorrow, suffering privations and sorrows, pained as we are both in body and mind that we do not look, long, and cry aloud for the coming of Jesus! If we sympathized with the sorrows of others if we were properly affected with the groans of a suffering creation if we desired as we should the manifestation of the sons of God surely, surely, we should daily, yes hourly, cry out, "Come, Lord Jesus! Come Quickly!"
 
[James Smith]
 
     
 
 
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ... For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


Mark 4:30 ... And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
 
 
1 Corinthians 2:9 ... But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
 
 
Romans 8:18 ... For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.❤

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

He Has Done All Things Well

Yes, from first to last, from our cradle to our grave, from the earliest pang of sin's conviction, to the last thrill of sin's forgiveness, from earth to heaven this will be our testimony in all the way the Lord our God has led us in the wilderness: "He has done all things well!"

In providence and in grace, in every truth of His Word, in every lesson of His love, in every stroke of His rod, in every sunbeam that has shone, in every cloud that has shaded, in every element that has sweetened, in every ingredient that has embittered, in all that has been mysterious, inscrutable, painful, and humiliating, in all that He gave, in all that He took away, this testimony is His just due, and this our grateful acknowledgment through time and through eternity: "He has done all things well!"

Has He converted us through grace by a way we had thought the most improbable? Has He torn up all our earthly hopes by the roots? Has He thwarted our schemes, frustrated our plans, disappointed our expectations? Has He taught us in schools most trying, by a discipline most severe, and lessons most humbling to our nature?Has He withered our strength by sickness, reduced us to poverty by loss, crushed our heart by bereavement?

And have we been tempted to exclaim, "All these things are against me!"  Ah! no! faith will yet obtain the ascendancy, and sweetly sing: "I know in all things that befell,  My Jesus has done all things well!"

Beloved, it must be so, for Jesus can do nothing wrong!

Study the way of His providence and grace with the microscopic eye of faith view them in every light, examine them in their minutest detail, as you would the petal of a flower, or the wing of an insect; and, oh, what wonders, what beauty, what marvelous adaptation would you observe in all the varied dealings with you, of your glorious Lord!
 
[Octavius Winslow]
 
     
 
Mark 7:37 ... And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
 
 
Mark 1:27 ...  And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
 
 
Matthew 28:18 ... And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
 
 
Colossians 2:10 ... And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:❤

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.