Saturday, December 20, 2014

Love and Humility

Without true humility all religion is nothing. All prayer without it is in vain. Our Lord Jesus CHRIST is that book, out of which this is best learnt; as who is indeed a most perfect mirror unto us of all virtues and graces.
 
 
Look on his life, and you shall find it made up of nothing but love and humility. Look on his doctrine, and you shall see it to be mere wisdom and truth; a doctrine consisting not in words, but in power; not in shadows, but in the substance of the things that we are taught of him.
 
[John Wesley]
 
 
 
 
Luke 18:14 ...  tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
 
 
Philippians 2:8 ... And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 
 
Psalm 113:5-6 ... Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,  Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
 
 
Proverbs 22:4 ... By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.❤

Friday, December 19, 2014

Strength

I am mended by my sickness, enriched by my poverty, and strengthened by my weakness.

[Abraham Wright]




1 Corinthians 4:10 ... We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
Jeremiah 17:14 ... Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
2 Corinthians 12:10 ... Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 13:4 ... For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
1 Thessalonians 1:6 ... And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.


Philippians 4:13 ... I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.❤

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Counted Worthy

This weighty burden thou dost bear,
This heavy cross,
It is a gift the Lord bestows,
And not a loss;
It is a trust that He commits
Unto thy care,
A precious lesson He has deigned
With thee to share.
Rejoice that He so honors thee
And so esteems
Of highest worth; the crown of thorns
With Him to wear,
And all the suffering of that crown
With Him to bear,
That by and by His glory, too,
With Him thou’lt share.


[Annie Johnson Flint]


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 Peter 3:14 ... But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;


Romans 8:17-18 ... And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  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.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Would You See What Sin Is?

There is a picture which represents the after-scenes on that day of the crucifixion.

It is all over. The crowds have gone away. The evening sun is shining out again on Calvary. The body of the Savior has been borne to the sepulcher. The cross has been taken down, and lies on the ground. A company of little children, bright with the glow of childhood's innocence, led to the place by accident or curiosity, are seen bending over the signs of the day's terrible work. One of the children holds in his hand, a nail which a little time before, had pierced a hand or a foot of the patient Sufferer, and stands spellbound with horror as he gazes at it. His gentle heart is shocked at sin's dreadful work! On all the children's faces, the same expression of horror is depicted.

No one with pure and gentle heart, can ever look at the death of Christ on the cross, with any but feelings of amazement and horror at sin's awfulness!

It was sin that nailed Jesus on the cross!

It was sin that wreathed the circlet of thorns for His brow!

We say the Jews crucified Christ; yes—but WE helped to do it!

Our sins drove the nails!

Would you see what sin is? Stand by the cross and ponder its terrible work, there in the death of the Redeemer. See what it cost the Lamb of God, to take away sin!

[J.R. Miller]
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John 1:29 ... The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Matthew 27:46 ... And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Romans 5:8 ... But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Corinthians 15:3 ... For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What is God's Will?

A woman once asked John Wesley what he would do if he knew that he would die at midnight the next day. “Why, Madam,” he replied, “just as I intend to spend it now. I would preach this evening at Gloucester, and again at five tomorrow morning, after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I would then go to Martin’s house talk and pray with the family as usual, retire myself to my room at 10 o’clock, commend myself to my Heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in glory.”

So many people wonder what God’s will is for their lives. John Wesley seemed to be quite confident that He was already walking in it!

We all need to work on offering our bodies as Living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God and no longer conforming to the pattern of this world but being transformed by the renewing of our minds. THIS, before anything else, is God’s will for our lives! THEN, the Word says, we WILL be able to test and approve what His good pleasing and perfect will is!

Let’s offer our bodies, minds and hearts again to the Lord today and commit ourselves wholeheartedly to His perfect plan for our lives. There is so much work to be done!


[George Whitten]
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Romans 12:1-2 ...  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  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 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ... For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:


Hebrews 13:16 ... But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.


1 John 2:17 ... And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Suffering

To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.

[ Dietrich Bonhoeffer ]



Romans 8:17 ... And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.


2 Corinthians 1:5 ... For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.


Philippians 1:29 ... For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;


2 Timothy 3:12 ... Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.


1 Peter 4:13 ... But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rejoice ~ Celebration Awaits Us

The God-ordained Feast of Tabernacles is a prophetic feast, and one which will be kept by all the people of the world in the coming age. In resurrected bodies, we will be celebrating this feast, year to year in Jerusalem during the millennial reign of Yeshua (Jesus)! Can you imagine it: celebrating with the King of Kings! If that’s not something to anticipate, I’m not sure what is!
Right now, there’s quite a bit of turmoil in the world, which is producing a level of uncertainty and anxiety that I’ve not witnessed as a believer. Yet despite all of these scary situations, we have something wonderful to look forward to  and if you’re like me, you can’t wait!

Don’t let the times we’re living in control your life; instead, use these turbulent times as an opportunity to display the goodness and grace of God in your life! As Yeshua (Jesus) said, when you see these things begin to take place lift your heads high because your redemption draws near!

[George Whitten]
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Zechariah 14:16-17 ... And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.  And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.


Luke 21:28 ... And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.


Revelation 19:9 ... And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Print of the Creator's Finger

Let me walk through the world, so various, so beautiful, so pleasing with an open eye. It is strange that there are many who have no discernment of its wonderousness. They are dwellers in a palace, which has a variety and a magnificence that India's Taj Mahal never possessed and they are blind to its marvels!
But I would ask for a purged and illuminated vision  and then Your works in nature will astonish me. Let me walk through the world, which is the many-colored vesture of the Lord, with a believing mind.


It is both strange and sad, that men should be atheists in a universe which carries the print of the Creator's finger on   each grain of sand,   each blade of grass,   each beam of light. They are as senseless as one who would go through a large factory, with its complicated mechanisms and machinery, and would say, "I do not believe man exists!"


But I would be wiser than they. I would subscribe to William Law's sentiment, "Nature is what it is for this end only that the hidden riches, the invisible powers, the blessings, the glory, and the love of the unsearchable God  may become visible, sensible, and manifest in it and by it!" This is a saner conclusion than the atheist's.




And let me walk through the world with a joyous soul. No doubt, there is much in it to fill the heart with painfulness; and pessimism has turned to the strifes and sorrows of creation for proof of its dismal creed.


But the goodness of God is written, too, in letters of gold on hill and lake and mountain and forest and stream. Not a sunrise, but speaks of His patient and enduring grace. Not a sunset, but stirs the conscience of the sinner, and opens Heaven itself to the saint. So much of His divine glory, the Almighty Maker conveys   by His sunrise and sunset touches,   by His flowers and woodland trees,   by His vast ocean and starry sky. Therefore let me be strong and of a good courage, He remembers me, His redeemed child!
 

The sights and sounds of the landscape ought to be preachers and trumpets of the glory of God. In the cool of the day, when I pass through the country fields, or climb to the summit of the hill, or sit and gaze across the sea God and my soul should meet and talk.


[Alexander Smellie]
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Psalm 104:24 ...  O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Psalm 19:1-3 ... The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.


Isaiah 40:28 ... Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.❤

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Christliest Life

Thanksgiving should never be lacking in a Christian life. It is not enough to observe one day in the year for ‘Thanksgiving’ although that is a beautiful thing to do. Nor is it enough to put a sentence of thanksgiving into our daily prayers, although that, also, is proper.
It is the grateful spirit which pleases God, the spirit that is always full of praise. There should be a note of thanksgiving running through all our life.
Too many of us go to God only with requests, with our burdens, our worries, our troubles; while we but rarely go to Him with any word of thanks.
We are not to be thankful only for the pleasant and agreeable things that come into our days–we are to be thankful, too, for the things that appear to us to be adversities. “Give thanks in everything.” That means in the sad days, as well as in the glad days, when clouds are in the sky, as well as when the sunshine is pouring everywhere.
It is said here that this is the will of God for us. The Christliest life–is the one that is always keyed to the note of praise and thanksgiving.

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

Psalm 106:1 ... Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Ephesians 5:20 ... Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;


Colossians 3:15 ... And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.❤

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seed of Abraham

Prophecy:

And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.  Genesis 22:18 ✞




Fulfilled:


The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  Matthew 1:1 ✞