Thursday, June 30, 2016

When He Has Tried Me ...

To purify gold or silver, the refiner puts it into a furnace. Great heat separates the dross from the precious metal. Out of the fire, comes forth the precious substance clean and pure.


So likewise with the child of God. The character may be true gold yet not pure gold. And so the Lord's mercy says, "I will turn my hand upon you, and purely purge away your dross. I will purify you in the furnace of affliction!" Yes, even as in great heat gold is tried so in the sharpness of pain and sorrow, does God test and purify His redeemed children.


Let me, then, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is afflicting me. This testing of my faith is the gracious dealing of the Refiner, who seeks to cleanse me. In the furnace of affliction, God's mercy wills to purify me. May I strive to say, as righteous Job said: "When He has tried me I shall come forth as gold!"


The pain of passing through the fire is keen. The fiery test is not easily endured. Such is our nature, that we all shrink from the furnace of affliction. Indeed, it is very hard to bear the of pain of bodily weakness. But the Refiner's love chooses the trial! His wisdom limits it! His power strengthens us to bear it!


[William Purton]






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


Job 23:10 ... But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.


Proverbs 25:4 ... Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.❤

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Bible!!

The Bible is . . .

an armory of heavenly weapons,
a pharmacy of infallible medicines,
a mine of exhaustless wealth,
a guidebook for every road,
a chart for every sea,
a medicine for every malady, and
a balm for every wound!
Rob us of our Bible, and our sky has lost its sun!




[Thomas Guthrie]


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Psalm 119:97 ... O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.



Psalm 119:50 ... This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.


Jeremiah 15:16 ... Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Intertwined

We cannot be reminded of this too often. Sadly, we are apt to forget that there is a close relationship between sin and sorrow, holiness and happiness, sanctification and comfort. God has so wisely ordered it, that our happiness and our holiness are linked together. He has mercifully provided that even in this world it will be to a person’s best interest to be holy.


Our justification is not by works, our calling and election are not according to our works, but it is vain for anyone to suppose that he will have a active sense of his justification, or an assurance of his calling, so long as he neglects good works, or does not strive to live a holy life.


A believer may just as soon expect to feel the sun’s rays on a dark and cloudy day, as to feel strong comfort and happiness in Christ while he does not completely follow Him. When the disciples deserted the Lord and fled, they escaped danger, but they were miserable and sad. But when, a little while later, they confessed Him boldly before men, they were cast into prison and beaten;  Oh, for our own sakes, if there were no other reason, let us strive to be holy! They that follow Jesus most fully will always follow Him most happily.




[J. C. Ryle]



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Acts 5:41 ... And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.


1 John 1:3 ...  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.



1 John 3:19 ... And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.❤

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mourning Turned Into Dancing

This is one of my favorite promises in the Bible: that God turns mourning into dancing!  He takes away the anguish of being clothed in sadness and replaces it with gladness. However, notice what God doesn’t do: simply stop your mourning and make it disappear. No, He transforms it into joy!  He turns your sorrow into gladness.  He takes your failure and creates success!

Let’s take time to dwell on this promise. Our sorrows, disappointments, tragedies and failures are very real but they are also raw material for a divine transformation that our Lord will accomplish in His time for His glory. And we WILL dance!  God will do it.  Our part is simply to wait, believe, and cling tightly to this wonderful promise!

[George Whitten]











Psalm 30:11-12 ... Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;  To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.



Isaiah 61:3 ... To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.


Romans 8:28 ... And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.❤

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Indulging Self-Applause

Among the many general causes of decline in grace, we may assign a principal place to spiritual pride and self-admiration. If our attainments in knowledge and giftedness, and even in grace seduce us into a good opinion of ourselves, as if we were wise and good we are already ensnared, in danger of falling every step we take, of mistaking the right path, and proceeding from bad to worse without a power of correcting or even of discovering our deviations! That is unless and until the Lord mercifully interposes, by restoring us to a spirit of humility, and dependence upon Himself. For God, who gives more grace to the humble resists the proud! He beholds them with abhorrence in proportion to the degree in which they admire themselves! It is the invariable law of His kingdom, that everyone who exalts himself shall be abased!


True Christians, through the remaining evil of their hearts, and the subtle temptations of their enemy, are liable, not only to the workings of that pride which is common to our fallen nature but to a certain kind of pride, which, though the most absurd and intolerable in any person can only be found among those who make profession of the gospel. We have nothing but what we have received, and therefore to be proud of our titles, wealth, knowledge, success, or any temporal advantages by which the providence of God has distinguished us is downright sinful! For those who confess themselves to be 'sinners', and therefore deserving of nothing but misery and wrath to be proud of those peculiar blessings which are derived from the gospel of God's grace is a wickedness of which even the demons are not capable of!


The apostle Paul was so aware of his danger of being exalted above measure, through the abundant revelations and peculiar favors which the Lord had afforded him that he says, "There was given me a messenger of Satan to buffet me." He speaks of this sharp trial as a great mercy, because he saw that it was necessary, and designed to keep him humble and attentive to his own weakness.


Ministers who are honored with singular abilities and success, have great need of watchfulness and prayer on this account! Simple-hearted hearers are apt to admire their favorite preacher taking it for granted that he is deeply affected himself with the truths, which, with so much apparent liberty and power he proposes to them. While, perhaps the poor worm is secretly indulging self-applause, and pleasing himself with the numbers and attention of those who hang upon his words!


Perhaps such thoughts will occasionally rise in the minds of the best ministers; but, if they are allowed, if they become habitual, and enter strongly into the idea he forms of his own importance; and if, while he professes to preach Jesus Christ he is preaching himself, and seeking his own glory he is guilty of high treason against the Majesty of Him in whose name he speaks! And sooner or later, the effects of his pride will be visible and noticed. Doctrinal errors, gross misconduct, an abatement of zeal, of gifts, of influence are evils always to be dreaded, when spiritual pride has gained an ascendancy, whether in public or in private life.


[John Newton]


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Isaiah 23:9 ... The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.


Matthew 23:12 ... And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.


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

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Focus On Him!

On the Temple Mount in Jerusalem sits a mosque. On its walls are written the words, “Allah has no son.” This central statement in Islam, is really an anti-statement talking about Messiah. It’s actually affirming what it denies because Psalm 2 says, “They rage against the Lord’s anointed,” His Son, “but I have set my King on my holy mountain.”  It’s on this mountain that Islam rages against God’s Son. Even Islam cannot help but focus on Yeshua.  It’s the same with Rabbinic Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and even Satanism. Those who are against Him still end up focusing on Him.

How much should we, His followers, focus everything on Him? Make Him the focus of your day-to- day, of your thoughts, your heart, your plans, your every word, your actions, everything you do, because that’s the way existence works. It’s all focused on Him anyway. The more you focus on Him, the more blessed your life will be. He’s the Lamb; He’s the center of the throne. He’s the focus of everything. Make Him your focus and from that will come all blessings.




[Jonathan Cahn]


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Psalm 97:9 ... For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.



Psalm 1:2 ... But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.



Hebrews 12:2 ...  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.❤

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friends of God

Of all the preachers and teachers and religious folk of our day, how few impress us that they know God! Able and successful, earnest and aggressive, we find in them much that is good. But can we not count on our fingers those who have gone far into the deeper things of the Spirit, who have learned those precious secrets of intimacy with God? To how few could we go in an hour of deepest trouble, to how few dare we tell our inmost problems!


This age of Phenobarbital and psychoses does not lend itself to a closer walk with God. The price is great nowadays, and he who chooses to be God’s friend may be overlooked in the worship of celebrities. But in our better and needier moments we turn from heroes to seek some lowly soul who has learned those rare lessons of the school of Enoch who walked with God. Our efficient American Christianity is too busy putting things over to be interested in the quiet, slow saints who take time to be holy instead of just singing about it.


Give us more friends of God!


[Vance Havner]










James 2:23 ... And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.



Proverbs 22:11 ... He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.



John 15:14 ... Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.❤

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Our Doctrine

The study of the Bible should always be practical and applicable to our lives day by day. That is to say, we are to set forth in our lives as well as in our doctrine the beauty, glory, and attractiveness of the gospel of Christ. We must have our lives regulated and governed by the gospel.

Let us take great care to conform our lives to our doctrine.
Doctrine and duty cannot be separated. Every truth discovered in the Word of God ought to be applied to our lives. If our character and conduct does not reflect the grace and glory of God revealed in the gospel, our doctrine is utterly meaningless!

Gospel preachers are responsible to pointedly apply the gospel to the daily affairs and responsibilities of men and women in this world. It is every pastor's responsibility to faithfully to teach people how to live in this world for the glory of Christ, applying the Word of God to every area of life. It is the responsibility of God's saints to obey the gospel, applying it personally to every area of their lives.

Always be prepared to give up any doctrine or practice that is not found in holy Scripture and to embrace anything revealed in the Book of God, not matter what the sacrifice, no matter what the consequence.

[Don Fortner]

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Titus 2:10 ... Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.



1 Thessalonians 4:1 ... Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.



1 Corinthians 15:2 ... By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.❤

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Bridegroom and His Church

The blessed Holy Spirit who possesses the consecrated heart is intensely concerned for our highest life and watches us with a sensitive and even a jealous love.  Very beautiful is the true translation of that ordinary passage in James 4:5, The Spirit that dwelleth in us loveth us to jealousy.  The heart of the Holy Spirit is deeply concerned in preserving us from every stain and blemish and in bringing us into the very highest possibilities of the will of God.


The heavenly Bridegroom would have His Church not only free from every spot, but also from every wrinkle, or any such thing. The spot is the mark of sin, but the wrinkle is the sign of weakness, age and decay; Jesus wants no such defacing touch upon the holy features of His beloved. So the Holy Spirit, who is the Executor of His will and the Divine Messenger whom He sends to call, separate and bring home His Bride, is jealously concerned in fulfilling in us all the Master’s will.


Lord, take from me every blemish and mark of weakness and decay and make me Thy spotless Bride.




[A. B. Simpson]







Ephesians 5:27 ... That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. ❤

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Complete and Effective Dominion

Eternal life is the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human level. And it is this same life, not simply a copy of it, which is made evident in our mortal flesh when we are born again. Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God. The energy and the power which was so very evident in Jesus will be exhibited in us by an act of the absolute sovereign grace of God, once we have made that complete and effective decision about sin.


The life that was in Jesus becomes ours because of His Cross, once we make the decision to be identified with Him. If it is difficult to get right with God, it is because we refuse to make this moral decision about sin. But once we do decide, the full life of God comes in immediately. Jesus came to give us an endless supply of life. Eternal life has nothing to do with time. It is the life which Jesus lived when He was down here, and the only Source of life is the Lord Jesus Christ.


Even the weakest saint can experience the power of the deity of the Son of God, when he is willing to “let go.” But any effort to “hang on” to the least bit of our own power will only diminish the life of Jesus in us. We have to keep letting go, and slowly, but surely, the great full life of God will invade us, penetrating every part. Then Jesus will have complete and effective dominion in us, and people will take notice that we have been with Him.

[Oswald Chambers]




Acts 1:8 ... But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.



Ephesians 3:19 ... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.



Romans 6:9-11 ... Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.❤

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Infinite Has Become An Infant!

Oh, how surprised angels were, when they were first informed that Jesus Christ, the Prince of Light and Majesty, intended to shroud Himself in clay and become a babe, and live and die! We do not know how it was first mentioned to the angels but when the rumor first began to get afloat among the sacred hosts, you may imagine what strange wonderment there was.


What! Was it true that He whose crown was all bedecked with stars, would lay that crown aside?
What! Was it certain that He about whose shoulders was cast the government of the universe, would become a man dressed in a peasants garment?  Could it be true that He who was everlasting and immortal, would one day be nailed to a cross?


And when He descended from on high, they followed Him; for Jesus was "seen by angels," and seen in a special sense, for they looked upon Him in rapturous amazement, wondering what it all could mean. Oh, can you conceive the yet increasing wonder of the heavenly hosts when He put aside His majesty when they saw the tiara taken off, when they saw Him unbind His belt of stars, and cast away His sandals of gold?


Can you conceive it, when He said to them: "I do not disdain the womb of the virgin I am going down to earth to become a man!"  And now wonder, you angels, the Infinite has become an infant! He, upon whose shoulders the universe hangs, hangs at His mothers bosom!  He who created all things, and bears up the pillars of creation has now become so weak that He must be carried by a woman!  And oh, wonder, you angels who knew Him in His riches, while you admire His poverty!


Where does the new-born King sleep? Had He the best room in Caesar's palace? Has a cradle of gold been prepared for Him, and pillows of down, on which to rest His head? No! Where the ox fed, in the dilapidated stable, in the feeding trough there the Savior lies, swathed in the swaddling bands of the children of poverty!


See Him who made the worlds handle the hammer and the nails, assisting Joseph in the trade of a carpenter!  Mark Him who has put the stars on high, and made them glisten in the night; mark Him without one star of glory upon His brow a simple child, as other children.  Let us leave the scenes of His childhood and His earlier life. See Him when He becomes a man as for His food, He oftentimes hungered; and always was dependent upon the charity of others for the relief of His needs!


He who scattered the harvest over the broad acres of the world at times had nothing to stop the pangs of His hunger! He who dug the springs of the ocean sat upon a well and said to a Samaritan woman, "Give me a drink! He rode in no chariot, but He walked His weary way, foot-sore, over the flints of Galilee! He had no where to lay His head. He looked upon the fox as it hurried to its burrow, and the fowl as it went to its resting-place, and He said, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests but I have nowhere to lay my head."  He who had once been waited on by angels becomes the servant of servants, takes a towel, girds Himself, and washes His disciples' feet!  He who was once honored with the hallelujahs of ages is now spit upon and despised!


Oh, there are no words to picture the humiliation of Christ! What leagues of distance between Him that once sat upon the throne and Him that died upon the cross! Oh, who can tell the mighty chasm between yon heights of glory and the cross of deepest woe!


Trace Him, Christian. Follow Him all His journey through. Begin with Him in the wilderness of temptation, see Him fasting there, and hungering with the wild beasts around Him. Trace Him along His weary way, as the Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with grief. He is the byword of the drunkard, He is the song of the scorner, and He is hooted at by the malicious see Him as they point their finger at Him, and call Him a "drunken man and wine-bibber!"


Follow Him along His 'Via Dolorosa', until at last you meet Him among the olive groves of Gethsemane see Him sweating great drops of blood!  Follow Him to the pavement of Gabbatha, see Him pouring out rivers of gore beneath the cruel whips of Roman soldiers!  With weeping eye follow Him to the cross of Calvary, see Him nailed there!  Mark His poverty so poor that His unpillowed head is girt with thorns in death!  Oh, Son of Man, I know not which to admire most Your height of glory or Your depths of misery!


If I had a tale to tell you this day of some king, who, out of love to some fair maiden, left his kingdom and became a peasant like herself you would stand and wonder, and would listen to the charming tale. But when I tell of God concealing His dignity to become our Savior our hearts are scarcely touched!


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2 Corinthians 8:9 ... For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.


Hebrews 2:9 ... But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.


1 Peter 1:12 ... Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.❤