Friday, July 25, 2014

Who Could Have Thought

How wondrously did Jesus display His love when He assumed our nature, took upon Him the form of a slave, and was found in appearance as a man! What love to stoop so low as to  be conceived in a virgin's womb,  be brought forth in pain, and   experience all the weakness and ignorance of infancy!

Yes, He was brought forth in poverty, a stable for His birth-place, and a feeding-trough for His bed! He passed by the palaces of the noble, and the mansions of the great, yes, even the comfortable cottages of the poor and was born in circumstances of misery and degradation!

Who could have thought, if they had entered that stable and seen that infant weeping on His mother's bosom that that infant was the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of peace! That all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in that little babe! That it was love incomparable and inconceivable love, which brought Deity and humanity together in such a wonderful and indescribable union! This is the mystery of Godliness! The mystery of love! He left  the bright abodes of blessedness and glory,   the songs of Cherubim and Seraphim,  the bosom of His Father, and  the infinite delights which He had eternally enjoyed to be a worm and not a man; to be scorned and despised by all!

Jesus was once a helpless infant, a feeble child; and yet, at the same moment He was the Almighty, the self-sufficient God!
 
[James Smith]
 
 
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Psalm 22:6 ... But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.


Isaiah 9:6 ... For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


1 Timothy 3:16 ... And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What is Your Burden?

Who has not a burden to bear in this world of burdens? All men have some burden or another and they have the heaviest burden who think that they have none to bear.

Do you ask me, reader, what I mean? Why, is not sin a burden, unpardoned sin? What man has such a heavy load upon his back, as he whose transgressions are not forgiven, whose sins are not covered as he, who walks about with a burden on him which will sink him into the bottomless pit, if he has it not taken off him? And yet, for the most part, those are the very men, who do not feel the burden.

They don't see their sins, they don't see their danger. They are full of earthly pleasure, their heart is as light as a feather. What do such men know of the burden of sin? How can they value the Savior's words, "Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest?" (Matthew 11:28.)

Poor souls, may God have mercy upon them! May He open their eyes to see their sin! May He cause them to feel their burden, before they sink under it, never more to rise! May He show them the way to Jesus, that the burden that is upon them may be taken off, and all their sins be cast into the depths of the sea!
 
 
[George Mylne]
 
 
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Isaiah 1:18 ... Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
 
 
Micah 7:19 ... He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
 
 
Acts 3:19 ...  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Plato's Wish

Plato expressed a desire that the moral law might become a living personage, that men seeing it thus incarnate, might be charmed by its beauty. Plato's wish was fulfilled in Jesus Christ! The holiness and the beauty of the divine law were revealed in Him. The Beatitudes contain an outline of the ideal life but the Beatitudes are only a transcript of the life of Christ Himself! What He taught about love was but His own love stated in a course of living lessons for His friends to learn. When He said that we should be patient, gentle, thoughtful, forgiving, and kind, He was only saying, "Follow Me!"

If we could gather from the most godly people who ever have lived, the little fragments of lovely character which have blossomed out in each, and bring all these fragments into one personality we would have the beauty of Jesus Christ! In one person you find gentleness, in another meekness, in another purity of heart, in another humility, in another kindness, in another patience. But in the holiest of men, there are only two or three qualities of ideal beauty along with much that is stained and blemished, mingled with these qualities. In Christ, however, all that is excellent is found, with no flaw!
 
[J. R. Miller]
 
 
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Song of Solomon 4:7 ... Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.

 
 
Matthew 5:2-11 ... And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,   Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.   Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
 
 
 
Mark 8:34 ... And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

See

We see mountains ~ God sees molehills. 
We see problems ~ God sees opportunity. 
We see challenges ~ God sees a miracle in the making.

We must learn to ~ See what HE sees.

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Mark 11:23 ... For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
 
 
1 Corinthians 10:13 ... There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
 
 
Matthew 19:26 ... But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.


1 Peter 1:3-5 ... Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Holy Shuddering!

My soul, do you feel this holy shuddering at the sins of others? If not, you lack inward holiness. David's cheeks were wet with rivers of waters, because of prevailing unholiness. Jeremiah desired eyes like fountains, that he might lament the iniquities of Israel. Lot, a righteous man, was distressed because of all the immorality and wickedness around him. Those upon whom the mark was set in Ezekiel's vision, were those who sighed and cried because of the abominations of Jerusalem.

It cannot but grieve gracious souls to see what pains men take to go to Hell. They know the evil of sin experimentally, and they are alarmed to see others flying like moths into its blaze!

Sin makes the righteous shudder, because it violates God's holy law, which is to every man's highest interest to keep. Sin pulls down the pillars of the society!

Sin in others horrifies a believer, because it puts him in mind of the vileness of his own heart. When he sees a heinous sinner, he cries, "He fell today and, but for God's grace I may fall tomorrow!"

Sin is horrible to a believer, because it crucified his Savior! He sees in every iniquity the nails and the spear! How can a saved soul behold that cursed Christ-killing sin without abhorrence?

Say, my heart do you sensibly join in all this? It is an awful thing to insult God to His face. The good God deserves better treatment; the great God claims it; the just God will have it or repay His adversary to his face!

An awakened heart trembles at the audacity of sin—and stands alarmed at the contemplation of its punishment. How monstrous a thing is sin! How direful a doom is prepared for the ungodly!

My soul, never laugh at sin's fooleries lest you come to smile at sin itself! Sin is your Lord's enemy, and your enemy, view it with detestation, for only so, can you evidence the possession of holiness, without which no man can see the Lord.
 
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
 
 
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Psalm 119:53 ... Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
 
 
Psalm 97:10 ...  Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
 
 
Proverbs 8:13 ... The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
 
 
Amos 5:15 ... Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
 
 
Romans 12:9 ... Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
 
 
Jude 1:23 ... And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Only Everlasting Flower

The flowers which grow in earth's garden, wither in our hands while we smell them. They are as frail as they are fair. They grow out of the dust and to the dust must they return. As Herbert says,"Their root is ever in their grave, and they must die!"

How speedy is their withering. They are gathered by the hand and laid before us and they wilt and become sickly, fainting, decaying objects. At the very longest, their lives smile through a day or two, and all is over.

Which of earth's joys is better than her flowers? Health flies, wealth takes to itself wings, honor is a puff of air, and pleasure is a bubble!

Only from Heaven can we expect "pleasure forever more," and "everlasting joy." The Rose of Sharon blooms through all the ages; and the Lily of the Valley, which is Jesus himself, outlasts all time. Yes, this is the only Everlasting Flower, for He alone has immortality. Why, then, should we seek for the living among the dead or search for substance in the land of shadows?

Henceforth, my soul . . .
gather your Hearts-ease in the garden of the Lord, pluck your Forget-me-nots from beds which Christ has planted, and look for your Crown-Imperial only in the Paradise above.
 
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
 
 
 


Colossians 3:2 ... Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.



Psalm 16:11 ... Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.



Song of Solomon 2:1 ... I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.


Isaiah 40:8 ... The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

View Sin in The Red Glass

View sin in the red glass of Christ's sufferings.  The least sin cost His blood. Would you take a true view of sin? Go to Golgotha! Jesus Christ poured out His soul, as an offering for sin! Read the greatness of your sin in the deepness of Christ's wounds! Let not Satan cast such a mist before your eyes that you cannot see sin in its right colors! Remember, not only do great sins carry men to hell but lesser sins as well.  Every sin is damnable. There is death and hell in every sin. The least sin without repentance will be a lock and bolt to shut men out of heaven.
 
[Thomas Watson]
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 Peter 3:18 ... For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
 
 
James 1:15 ... Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
 
 
Hebrews 13:12 ... Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
 
 
 
Romans 6:23 ... For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Age to Come

The present age is in the sunset of dissolution; the age to come is the dawn whose light bathes life, banishes its shadows, and illumines its meaning because this age is moving the people of God to that time when everything has become subject to Christ and he has rendered it all up to the Father.
 
[David F. Wells]
 
 
 
 
John 6:54 ... Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
 
 
1 Timothy 6:19 ... Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
 
 
Jude 1:21 ... Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

His Names and Titles

Jesus Christ is a wonderful, a glorious person. His names and titles are as important as they are significant. Every one of them is as ointment poured forth. His people sit under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit is sweet to their taste. To them He is altogether lovely.

He is their Advocate, the angel of the covenant, the author and finisher of faith. He is as the apple-tree among the trees of the forest; the alpha and the omega.

He is their the Beloved, the Shepherd and Bishop of souls, the bread of life, the righteous Branch, the bridegroom, the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of His person. He is a bundle of myrrh.

To His saints He is and is owned to be Creator, captain, counselor, covenant, cornerstone, a covert from the tempest, and the chief among ten thousand.

He is to them as the Dew, the door into the fold, a days-man, a day-star, a deliverer, a diadem, and the desire of all nations, ranks, and generations of pious men.

In their eyes He is the Elect, Emmanuel, the everlasting Father and eternal life.

He is a Fountain of living waters to thirsty souls, of joy to troubled souls, of life to dying souls. He is the foundation on which His people of all ages safely build their hopes of heaven. He is the father of eternity, the fir-tree under whose shadow the saints rejoice, the first and the last, the first fruits of the greatest harvest ever gathered, the first-born among many brethren and the first-begotten from the dead.

To His chosen He is as the most fine Gold, a guide, a governor, a glorious Lord, God, the true God, God over all blessed for ever.

He is the Head of the church, the health, the hope, the husband, the heritage, the habitation of His people. He is the horn of their salvation.

He rides upon the heavens by His name JAH. He is the Jehovah, the inheritance, Judge and King of His saints. He is their Light, their life, their Lord, their leader, their lawgiver, their atoning lamb, the lily of the valley, the lion of the tribe of Judah.

He is the Man Christ Jesus, the master, the mediator, the messenger of the covenant, the minister of the true sanctuary. He is the mighty God of Isaiah, the Michael of Daniel, the Melchisedek of David and of Paul, the bright and morning star of John, and the Messiah of all the prophets.

He is the Only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. He is at once the root and the offspring of David.

He is the Peace, the prince, the priest, the prophet, the potentate, the purifier, the propitiation for our sins, the physician of souls, the plant of renown, the power of God unto salvation, the Passover of all saints. He is a polished shaft in the quiver of God.

He is the Rock, the refuge, the ruler, the ransom, the refiner, the Redeemer, the righteousness and the resurrection of all who walk in white. He is the rose of Sharon.

He is the Seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, the seed of David, the stem of Jesse, the Son of God, the son of man, the shield, the strength, the surety, the Shiloh, the sacrifice, the sanctuary, the salvation, the sanctification, and the sun of righteousness to all believers.

He is the Truth, the treasure, the teacher, the temple, the tree of life, the great testator of His church.

He is the Way, the well of salvation, the Word of God, the wisdom of God, the faithful witness. He is THE WONDERFUL.
 
[William S. Plumer]
 
 
 
 
 
Song of Solomon 5:6 ... His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
 
 
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.
 
 
Philippians 2:10 ... That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Looking At the World Through the Cross

Jesus could accomplish man's redemption in no other way than by crucifixion. He must die and die the death of the cross. What light and glory beam around the cross!

Of what prodigies of grace is it the instrument, of what glorious truths is it the symbol, of what mighty, magic power is it the source! Around it, gathers all the light of the Old Testament economy. It explains every symbol,it substantiates every shadow,it solves every mystery,it fulfills every type,it confirms every prophecy  of that dispensation which had eternally remained unmeaning and inexplicable except for the death of the Son of God upon the cross!
Not the past only, but all future splendor gathers around the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. It assures us of the ultimate reign of the Savior, and tells of the reward which shall spring from His sufferings! And while its one arm points to the divine counsels of eternity past with the other it points to the future triumph and glory of Christ's kingdom in the eternity to come. Such is the lowly, yet sublime; the weak, yet mighty instrument by which the sinner is saved, and God eternally glorified!
 
 
[Octavius Winslow]
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
Galatians 6:14 ... But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
 
 
 
1 Corinthians 1:18 ... For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.