Sunday, August 30, 2015

Daily Walk with God

The daily business of a Christian is to resist the devil, deny himself, overcome the world, crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts,  imitate Christ,  walk with God.



[William S. Plumer]


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James 4:7 ... Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.



Luke 9:23 ... And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.



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.



Galatians 5:24 ... And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.



Romans 13:14 ... He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.



1 John 2:6 ... He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.❤

Saturday, August 29, 2015

We Must Come to Him

We are here invited to Christ as our Priest, to be saved by Him, our Prince, to be ruled by Him, and our Prophet, to be taught by Him.

First, we must come to Christ as our
Rest, and repose ourselves in Him.

Second, we must come to Him as our
Ruler, and submit ourselves in Him, 'Take My yoke upon you.' This must go along with the former, for Christ is exalted to be both a Prince and a Savior, 'a priest upon his throne'. The rest He promises is a release from the drudgery of sin not from the service of God. Christ has a yoke for our necks as well as a crown for our heads; and this yoke He requires that we should take upon us.

Third, we must come to Him as our
Teacher, and set ourselves to learn of Him. We must learn of Him to be 'meek and lowly,' and to mortify our pride and passion, which render us so unlike to Him. We must so learn of Christ, for He is both Teacher and Lesson, Guide and Way.

[Matthew Henry]


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Acts 5:31 ... Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.



Zechariah 6:13 ... Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.




Matthew 11:28-30 ...  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.❤

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Stethoscope

 photo stethoscope_zpstcxrgjfa.jpgA nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones' chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own heart.

Their eyes would always light up with awe, but he never got a response equal to four-year old David's comment.

Gently he tucked the stethoscope into his ears and placed the disk over his heart. 'Listen', he said, 'What do you suppose that is?'

David drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap - tap - tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin and he asked, 'Is that Jesus knocking?' 



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Afflictions of the Godly

Psalm 119:67 ...  Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.✟


Psalm 119:71 ...  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.✟


Psalm 119:75 ... I know, O
Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. ✟




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We link these three verses together because they treat of the same subject, namely the attitude of the heart of one who had been afflicted by God. Each of them breathes the language of a gracious soul, and not that of a natural man. Each of them acknowledges the beneficial effects of sanctified trials. Each of them evidences a humble heart, for so far from murmuring at God's dispensations, unpleasant though they be to flesh and blood, there is a grateful acknowledgment of their benevolent design. Each of them is a confession made not while smarting under the rod but after it has done its appointed work.

[A.W. Pink]

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Sin of Idolatry

There is much danger lest I should fall into the same sin of idolatry.  Idolatry is as prevalent today as well as yesterday.  It is as prevalent in Christendom, no less than in heathendom.

There are the idols of wood and stone. Lurking in my heart I find too strong a sympathy with the grosser forms of evil; untold possibilities of heinous sin are within me still. But these impure gods must go!

There are the idols of silver and gold. I pay an undue deference to fashion and wealth. I covet a high position and a place among the prominent ones of the earth. But these gods too must be dethroned!

There are the carved images. I may easily be beguiled by my regard for the culture and arts of the world. Contagion and poison haunt its literature, its arts, its amusement. At whatever cost, these deities must be cast out!

There are the molten images. Sudden fires of appetite, swift flames of temptation, leap up within me; and before I know, I may be overcome by them. These powers of darkness must be conquered in a heavenlier strength than my own!

There are the teraphim, the idols made in the likeness of men. I am in peril of exalting friends, wife, children, to the seat which Jesus Christ alone should occupy. My dearest idol must be thrown down, and He must be Lord of all.

May Zinzendorf s motto be mine: "I have one passion, and it is Jesus, Jesus only!"

[Alexander Smellie]


 

 




2 Kings 17:12 ... For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.


Ezekiel 14:4 ...  Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;



Ezekiel 20:16 ...  Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.


1 Corinthians 10:14 ...  Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.❤

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This Nation

I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation.

If
truth is not diffused, error will be.

If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy.

If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will.

If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, then anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end!

[Daniel Webster]




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Psalm 9:17 ... The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.






Proverbs 13:34 ... Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.




Matthew 4:4 ... But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.❤

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Come Unto Me"


The questions that matter in life are remarkably few;
And they are all answered by these words:
"Come Unto me."

[Oswald Chambers]



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Matthew 11:28 ... Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.❤

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Christ Crucified

Ponder the amazing love exhibited in the death of Christ. Would you see the highest manifestation of eternal love? Then contemplate Christ crucified! Here is the grand exhibition of infinite love.  In the crucifixion of the glorious Redeemer, the brightest love that ever shone on earth is displayed.

What boundless love is seen here; the infinite love of Christ, shining in all its glory!  What but infinite love brought Him from the height of glory and bliss to the depths of sufferings;  from the throne of Heaven to the cross of Calvary!  What but infinite love made Him a suffering man, and a dying Savior!  What but infinite love made Him hasten to Jerusalem, to suffer for rebellious sinners!  What but infinite love led Him to Gethsemane, to endure those agonies for sinners, where His blessed form was covered with bloody sweat!  What but infinite love nailed Him to the cross, there to bleed and die for sinners!

Think of this, wonder at it, be amazed at it!

Christ, the glorious Son of God dying for you, a vile sinner, a rebel worm!  O admire that love which pitied you in your lost condition, visited your world, and raised you from the depths of sin and suffering to become an heir of eternal bliss and glory!

How vast is this love! The all surpassing love of a dying Savior! Your breadths and lengths have never been compassed by a human thought;  your depths never fathomed by a created intelligence;  your heights never scanned by a seraph's gaze!

Stupendous love!

What a theme; the dying love of the crucified Son of God!  Well may angels desire to dwell on this mystery!  Well may saints be enraptured with this profound subject!  What heart is so obdurate as not to be melted by its touching exhibition or so benighted as not to be dazzled by its glory!  How wonderful! That He who kindled up the stars of Heaven should take upon Him our nature, and die in our room and stead!

Amazing love!

This is the wonder of wonders, the unsearchable riches of Christ!

Truly, the love of Christ surpasses knowledge!



[David Harsha]



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John 15:13 ...  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


Romans 5:10 ... For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.


Ephesians 3:8 ... Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;


Galatians 2:20 ... I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.❤

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Love Not The World

The good of mankind is not to be found on this earth. Don’t you listen to the liberals and the secular humanists; all of them hate God! They hate Him. They want nothing to do with His Law, they have no intention of making Jesus their King. They can’t stand the thought of God being the Judge of right and wrong. The very idea of it is an abomination to them.


They love Babylon, they love Sin, and they love having their own will with what they perceive to be their own life. Pray for them, be a witness but don’t try to get them to like you. Jesus never did that. Never. He just walked in Love, and many liked it. Some did not. What He always did was to speak the Truth wherever He went.


Those who loved the Truth came in, and those who did not love the Truth stayed out or opposed Him. If they hated Him, they will hate you. Don’t be troubled by it. If you live for God He promises that He’ll trouble those who trouble you. But it’s never our job to get back at those who’ve hurt us. Even though at times the desire to do so will be overwhelming.
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Vengeance belongs to the Lord. That’s His business, and He’ll see to it. You just let His Light in you shine through you. If you’ll just stay filled with the Word and stay in the Spirit, everyday you’ll do more for God’s Kingdom than most have done in a lifetime of their own best efforts with many resources and much money. Be a light by staying in the Light. God will take care of the rest.







John 15:19 ...  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.



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.



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.❤

Friday, August 21, 2015

Look At The King

Contemplate your blessed Redeemer, seated on His great white throne, encircled with heavenly glory. It is the sight of a glorified Savior, that will make the Heaven of the believer.

Endeavor now, by the eye of faith, to behold the Lord Jesus in all His matchless beauty and excellence. Contemplate   His glorious character,   His infinite mercy,   His unparalleled condescension,   and His boundless love!

There is enough in Jesus to employ the soul in rapturous meditation through a vast eternity! His excellence, His goodness, and His love can never be fathomed!

O keep your eye fixed on this adorable Savior, while you sojourn in this valley of tears; and in a little while you shall see Him as He is; face to face, and ascribe to Him unceasing praise! Look at the King in His beauty.

[David Harsha]


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Psalm 27:4 ... One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.



Isaiah 33:17 ...  Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.






Song of Solomon 5:16 ... His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.❤

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The King's Highway



Beloved, there is a way from earth to Heaven, from sin to holiness, from condemnation to justification,  from eternal death to eternal life!


That way is Jesus, to that way you are welcome. In that way you may walk and find peace with God, enjoy communion with Jesus,  escape dangers, and obtain everlasting life.


 
You will either walk in it or you will not.  If you will not, there is but one other way, and that is the way of eternal death!



Therefore Jesus exhorts in another place. "Strive to enter in at the strait gate," strive as if in an agony, as if eternal life and eternal glory depended upon it, strive, nor leave off striving, until you are safe through the gate, and traveling in the way to eternal glory!

[James Smith]

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Jeremiah 31:21 ... Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.


Isaiah 35:8 ... And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.



Proverbs 16:17 ... The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.



Matthew 7:13-14 ... Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:   Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.❤