Friday, February 27, 2015

The Yoke of Christ

My object is to lead the mind from SELF --- to Jesus;  from sin --- to salvation;  from the troubles of life --- to the comforts of the gospel.
My aim is to humble the sinner and exalt the Savior; to strip the creature and place the crown on the head of God's free grace! I cannot ascribe too much to Jesus or too little to man!
[James Smith]
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.
1 Peter 5:6 ... Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Matthew 11:29 ... 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.
John 3:30 ... He must increase, but I must decrease.❤

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Amidah

תפילת העמידה
Also known as Tefilat HaAmidah.

The standing prayer.

Judaism's central prayer.

The Amidah is often designated simply as tefila (תפילה  - prayer.)

Psalm 5:1-2 ... Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
Philippians 4:6 ... Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Colossians 4:2 ... Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;✞

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Palm Tree

Psalm 92:12-14 ... The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;


The palm tree, to which God's people are in this psalm compared, is remarkable for its lengthened and increasing fruitfulness. The best fruit are said to be gathered when it has reached a hundred years. How beautiful an emblem of the aged believer, growing in grace and maturing in holiness to the close of his earthly existence! Each day, each year, added to his life, adds to the loveliness and perfection of his Christian virtues. His character has a mellowness and sweetness, which it lacked in earlier seasons. He is ripening for Heaven. In knowledge, in wisdom, in love, in humility, in gentleness, in patience, in peace, in usefulness, in happiness, he is steadily and constantly advancing. He is filled with the Spirit, and therefore brings forth the fruits of the Spirit.
Is this portraiture of an aged Christian yours, reader? Alas, it does not belong to all who profess and call themselves by the Savior's name. Nay, it may be feared that there are some, really and manifestly His, to whom it bears but little resemblance. They have long been "planted" in the house of the Lord but they do not appear to "flourish" in the courts of our God; and as years augment, they seem to imagine that the infirmities of old age are excuses for their little fruitfulness. But they certainly never gathered such an idea from God's Word, nor rightly studied and pleaded His promises to themselves.

Do not follow their example. Do not rest satisfied with past attainments. Strive to glorify God more than you have ever yet done. Let your last days be your best days; and your last fruit the richest.
[Author Unknown]

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

10 Marks of the Holy Spirit in a Believer

1. The Spirit quickens men's hearts.

2. The Spirit teaches men's minds.

3. The Spirit leads to the Word.

4. The Spirit convinces of sin.

5. The Spirit draws to Christ.

6. The Spirit sanctifies.

7. The Spirit makes people spiritually minded.

8. The Spirit produces inward conflict.

9. The Spirit makes people love the brethren.

10. The Spirit teaches to pray.

These are the great marks of the Holy Spirit's presence. Put the question to your conscience like a man.  Has the Spirit done anything of this kind for your soul?
[J. C. Ryle]
Titus 3:5 ... 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;
2 Corinthians 2:14 ... Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
Acts 2:38 ... Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
John 14:26 ... But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Religious Entertainment

The great god 'Entertainment' amuses his devotees mainly by telling them stories. The love of stories, which is characteristic of childhood, has taken fast hold of the minds of the retarded saints of our day, so much so that many manage to make a comfortable living by spinning yarns and serving them up in various disguises to church people. What is natural and beautiful in a child, may be shocking when it persists into adulthood, and more so when it appears in the sanctuary and seeks to pass for true religion!

So today we have the astonishing spectacle of millions of dollars being poured into the unholy job of providing earthly entertainment for the so-called people of God. Religious entertainment is in many places rapidly crowding out the serious things of God. Many churches these days have become little more than poor theaters, where fifth-rate "producers" peddle their shoddy wares with the approval of evangelical leaders who can even quote a holy text in defense of their delinquency. And hardly a man dares raise his voice against it!
[A. W. Tozer]

2 Timothy 4:3-4  ... 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;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Acts 20:29-30 ... For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

1 John 4:1 ... Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Getting to Heaven

We can all get to heaven without health, without wealth, without fame, without learning, without culture, without beauty, without friends, without ten thousand things.   But we can never get to heaven without Christ.

[Corrie Ten Boom]
John 14:6 ... Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
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.
Romans 6:23 ...  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Three Sisters

Three sisters age 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together.

One night the 96 year old draws a bath, puts her foot in and pauses.  She yells down the stairs, "Was I getting in or out of the bath?"

The 94 year old yells back, "I don't know, I'll come up and see." She starts up the stairs and pauses, then she yells, "Was I going up the stairs or coming down?"

The 92 year old was sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, "I sure hope I never get that forgetful."
She knocks on wood for good measure. She then yells, "I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door." 


Friday, February 20, 2015

Manna in the Wilderness

Job 36:22 ... Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
Isaiah 48:17 ... Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
Psalm 143:10 ...Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Psalm 32:8 ... I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalm 25:4-5 ...Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.  Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

God teaches all of His people the true nature, and awful consequences of sin  and instructs them "to flee from the wrath to come." His teaching makes them wise unto salvation and holy in heart and life. Under His instructions, they  withdraw from the world,   enjoy private devotion,   unite with the saints, and   abound in every good work.

The truth which he unfolds to the understanding He impresses upon the heart. His scholars learn to imitate Him.

Untaught by Him, we are  vain, ignorant, and wicked;  estranged from God, and  hastening to eternal perdition!

To His divine teaching we owe all that we know of self, sin, salvation, and eternal felicity.

He teaches freely and variously  but always effectually.
Reader, are you taught of God? Has he taught you   to hate sin and flee from it,   to know Christ and love Him,   to discover the beauty of holiness and pant to possess it?
[James Smith]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Flowery Path?

Acts 14:22 ... Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
John 16:33 ... These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Psalm 34:19 ... Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
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.
Does the road to heaven lie across a smooth, grassy meadow, over which we may quietly walk in the cool of a summer evening, and leisurely amuse ourselves with gathering of flowers and listening to the warbling of the birds?

No child of God ever found the way to heaven a flowery path. It is the wide gate and broad way which leads to perdition. It is the strait gate and narrow way, the uphill road, full of   difficulties,  trials,  temptations,  and enemies, which leads to heaven, and issues in eternal life.

But our Father manifests mercy and grace. He never leaves nor forsakes the objects of His choice. He fulfills every promise,  defeats every enemy,  appears in every difficulty,  richly pardons every sin,  graciously heals every backsliding,  and eventually lands them in eternal bliss!

[Joseph Philpot]

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This God Our God

There are two passages in the Scripture which ought never to be separated.

One is "The LORD's portion is His people."
Deuteronomy 32:9. That is God's side.

And the other passage is this:
"The LORD is my portion."
Lamentations 3:24

God and I possess each other. God finds His portion in His people and His people find their portion in God.

His heart is mine; for He loves me.

His ear is mine; for I may pour into it all my tales of sorrow and all my songs of joy.

His eyes are mine; for they watch me from morning until night.

His hand is mine; for it is stretched out to uphold me.

This God is mine; in all His glorious perfections!

[Sermon by Archibald Brown]


Psalm 48:14 ... For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
Isaiah 43:1 ... But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Song of Solomon 6:3 ...I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.❤