Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tailor Made For The Flesh

Jesus Christ has almost no authority at all today, among the groups that call themselves by His name. By these I mean not the Roman Catholics, nor the liberals, nor the various quasi-Christian cults.


I do mean Protestant churches generally, and I include those that protest the loudest that they are in spiritual descent from our Lord and His apostles, namely the evangelicals.


We evangelicals also know how to avoid the plain instructions, and sharp point of obedience of our Lord in the New Testament by means of fine and intricate explanations. These are tailor-made for the flesh! They excuse disobedience, worldliness, and carnality and make the words of Christ of no effect. And the essence of it all is that Christ simply could not have meant what He said. His teachings are accepted even theoretically, only after they have been weakened by our interpretations.


[A. W. Tozer]

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2 Timothy 4:3 ... For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;


Ephesians 2:2 ... Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:


Mark 7:13 ... Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.❤

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Numerous and Necessitous Family

What a multitude of eyes and hearts wait at the Throne of Grace! He has a numerous and necessitous family but He is rich enough to supply them all and His tender compassions extend to the poorest and most unworthy of them! Like the sun, He can cheer and enlighten millions of His poor pensioners at once! He gives to each one as bountifully as if there were no others to partake of His favor!


His best blessings are not diminished by being shared among many. The greatest earthly monarch would soon be poor if he was to give but a pittance to all his subjects. But Jesus has unsearchable, inexhaustible riches of grace to bestow!


The innumerable assembly around the Eternal Throne are all continually supplied from His fullness; and yet there is enough and to spare for His earthly children also and for all who shall come after us! May He give us an eager appetite a hunger and thirst that will not be satisfied with anything short of the Bread of Life. We may confidently open our mouths wide for He has promised to fill them!




[John Newton]

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Hebrews 4:16 ...  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


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


Matthew 5:6 ... Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.❤

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Matthias Principle

The Lord had left, Judas was gone, and the disciples had to choose another to replace him. They chose Matthias, a substitute, yet he was actually better. His name means “Gift of God.” That says something to our life. God’s gift comes often as a substitute for what we hoped for. Salvation turns out to be a life that we didn’t plan for. It’s something that happens when what we wanted didn’t happen. Often we view what God does as second best.

For example, your marriage might have fallen apart, your spouse left you for another person, or maybe you suffered great loss in your life, or career and you feel like you are living a consolation life. But remember Matthias. The substitute is actually a gift. God doesn’t give hand-me-downs, He only gives the best. Rejoice in what God has given you, and it will all work for good. Rejoice, because it will become God’s best. In God, there is no substitute for His best. He never gives substitutes, only gifts.


Today’s Mission – Give thanks today that God is on your side and is working all things together for good in your life!




[Jonathan Cahn]








Acts 1:23 ... And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.


2 Corinthians 9:15 ... Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.



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.❤

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Candle of The Godly

Who can put out the candle of the godly?  Not God, for He has justified His people.  Not Christ, for He has died for His people.  Not the Holy Spirit, for He seals His people for the day of everlasting redemption.  Not death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers; for none shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Yes, and if we were to ascend amid the throng of the upper sanctuary, we would see, among glorified lamps set in that heavenly Temple, those who were once "flickering candles," feeble sparks but who now, purified from the smoke and dross of earthly corruption, are shining "like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever!"

[John MacDuff]





Isaiah 42:3 ... A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.


Daniel 12:3 ... And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.


Romans 8:38-39 ... For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.❤

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fruit is The Thing

God will often increase the holiness of true Christians by His providential dealings with them. The meaning of this language is clear and plain. Just as the gardener prunes and cuts back the branches of a fruitful vine, in order to make them more fruitful so does God purify and sanctify believers by the circumstances of life in which He places them.


Trial, to speak plainly, is the instrument by which our heavenly Father makes Christians more holy. By trial, He calls out their passive graces, and proves whether they can suffer His will as well as do it. By trial, He weans them from the world, draws them to Christ, drives them to the Bible and prayer, shows them their own hearts, and makes them humble. This is the process by which He "prunes" them, and makes them more fruitful.




The lives of the saints in every age, are the best and truest commentary on the text. Never, hardly, do we find an eminent saint, either in the Old Testament or the New, who was not purified by suffering, and, like His Master, a "man of sorrows."


Let us learn to be patient in the days of darkness, if we know anything of vital union with Christ. Let us remember the doctrine of the passage before us, and not murmur and complain because of trials. Our trials are not meant to do us harm, but good.




Fruit is the thing that our Master desires to see in us and He will not spare the pruning knife if He sees that we need it!  In the last day, we shall see that all was well done.




[J. C. Ryle]


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John 15:2 ... Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.


Psalm 65:3 ... Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.




Hebrews 12:10 ... For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.❤

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Way of Peace

A great many people think that the Christian life is hard and unpleasant, that it is a rough and steep road; but truly it is a way of pleasantness and peace.


The only really happy people in the world, are those who are following Christ along the way of redemption. They have their share of troubles, disappointments, sorrows but all the time in the midst of these, they have a secret peace of which the world knows nothing.


There are paths in the low valleys, among the great mountains, which are sweet pictures of the Christian's way of peace. High up among the peaks and crags the storms sweep in wild fury but on these valley-paths no breath of tempest ever blows. Flowers bloom and springs of water gurgle along the wayside, and trees cast their grateful shadow, and bird-songs fill the air. Such is Christ's "way of peace" in this world.


[J. R. Miller]







John 14:27 ... Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.



Galatians 3:14 ... That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.


Philippians 4:7 ... And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ❤

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Conditions of Peace

In a world like ours, with conditions being what they are, what should a serious-minded man or woman do?  First, accept the truth concerning yourself. You do not go to a doctor to seek consolation but to find out what is wrong and what to do about it.  Then seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Seek through Jesus Christ a right relationship to God and then insist upon maintaining a right relation to your fellow man. Set about reverently and honestly to amend your doings. Magnify God, mortify the flesh, simplify your life. Take up your cross and learn of Jesus Christ to die to this world that He may raise you up in due time. If you will do these things in faith and love, you will know peace, the peace of God that passes all understanding. You will know joy, the joy of resurrection. You will know, too, the comfort of the indwelling Spirit of God, for you have sought to do the will of God at any price!


[A. W. Tozer]





Acts 16:29-30 ... Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?



Matthew 6:33 ... But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.



Psalm 69:30 ...  I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.



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.


Philippians 4:6-7 ... Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.❤

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What Pagans Choose To Do

You have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do!  Here observe:


1. That Christians were not to live as formerly, and like other men in folly and dissipation.


2. That "revelings" and "banquetings" are specified, which covers all balls, parties, and masquerades, at least.


3. That the early Christians had ceased to run with those who walked in these follies.


4. That the ungodly thought this very "strange" and over-rigid.


5. That the ungodly spoke evil of Christians, on account of their peculiar abstinence and self-denial.


And today the same holy course meets the same unholy treatment, even at the hands of some who profess religion, and ought to be found wholly upon the Lord's side.


[Hiram Mattison]


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1 Peter 4:3-4 ... For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:



Romans 12:2 ... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


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.❤

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Refuge of The Soul

Often we do not learn the depth and riches of God's love, and the sweetness of His presence until our earthly joys vanish out of our hands, and other beloved presences fade away out of sight.


The loss of temporal things seems often to be necessary to empty our hearts that they may receive unseen and eternal realities. The heart's door is never fully opened to Him until the soul's worldly joys are removed; then, while it stands open, He enters bearing into it immortal joys.


How often is it true, that the sweeping away of our earthly hopes reveals the glory of our heart's refuge in God! Someone has beautifully said, "Our refuges are like the nests of birds: in summer they are hidden among the green leaves  but in winter they are seen among the bare branches." Worldly losses but strip off the foliage, and disclose to us our heart's warm nest in the bosom of God.




[J.R. Miller]








Deuteronomy 33:27 ... The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.




Psalm 142:5 ... I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.


Hebrews 6:18 ... That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:❤

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Don't Lose Sight

In ancient times, lepers were social outcasts because of their highly contagious disease. In this passage, ten lepers came to Jesus begging for mercy and He graciously healed them.


Can you imagine? These lepers had an awful disease. Their bodies were slowly deteriorating and worse, they were shunned from their friends and family and forced to live in a community of only those who were too withering away. Suddenly merciful Jesus comes along and “poof!” the sickness leaves them! How life changing! These people must have been overjoyed! Now they could go back to their families, their homes, their communities and live normal lives!


But as I reread this story today something struck me. Only one of them returned to thank the Lord! But how often do we do the same? We get so focused on our blessing and forget about the One who gave it!


Just as the Samaritan returned to Jesus to thank and worship Him who had redeemed his life, we too must thank God for every good and perfect gift comes from Him and He deserves all the honor and the glory! And as a matter of fact, one of the cornerstones of effective prayer is entering His gates with thanksgiving and praise. Let’s start thanking God for all His goodness toward us!


It’s easy to get caught up in the blessing God has given us so much! But let’s be sure that we make daily habit of thanking God first!


[George Whitten]


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Luke 17:15-16 ... And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.



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


Psalm 50:14 ... Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:❤

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Christian Fellowship

Satan always hates Christian fellowship; it is his policy to keep Christians apart. Anything which can divide saints from one another he delights in. He attaches far more importance to godly intercourse than we do. Since union is strength, he does his best to promote separation.


[Charles Spurgeon]


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1 Peter 5:8 ...  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.



1 Corinthians 1:10 ... Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.



Mark 3:25 ... And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.❤