Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resurrection Power

Let us be confident, Christian brethren, that our power does not lie in the manger at Bethlehem nor in the relics of the Cross. True spiritual power resides in the victory of the mighty, resurrected Lord of glory, who could pronounce after spoiling death: "All power is given me in heaven and in earth."  The power of the Christian believer lies in the Savior's triumph of eternal glory!
 
Christ's resurrection brought about a startling change of direction for the believers. Sadness and fear and mourning marked the direction of their religion before they knew that Jesus was raised from the dead-their direction was towards the grave. When they heard the angelic witness, "He is risen, as He said," the direction immediately shifted away from the tomb "He is risen, indeed!"
 
If this is not the meaning of Easter, the Christian church is involved only in a shallow one-day festival each year. Thankfully, the resurrection morning was only the beginning of a great, vast outreach that has never ended-and will not end until our Lord Jesus Christ comes back again!

[A. W. Tozer]


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Matthew 28:6 ... He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
 
 
Matthew 28:18 ... And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
 
 
Romans 8:34 ... Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
 
 
John 11:25 ... Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Would Jesus Do It?

When anything presents itself, think: if He were alive and in my place, would Jesus do it?  Or if I were about to die, would I still do it?

I must walk as He has walked; and I must live as I intend to die. If the thing in question is not Christ's will it is my sin. And if I die in that sin it will be my ruin.

I will therefore in every action so conduct myself as if Christ were on the one hand and death on the other!

[Thomas Sherman]



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1 Peter 2:21 ...  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:


John 13:15 ... For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
 
 
Ephesians 2:10 ... For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.❤


Friday, April 18, 2014

Conquered Death

Prophecy:
 
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.  Hosea 13:14✞



 
Fulfilled:
 
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?   The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:55-57✞

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Christian Pilgrim

The Christian pilgrim has to journey to the heavenly Canaan, through the wilderness of this world; therefore, like the Israelites of old, his soul is sometimes discouraged because of the difficulty of the way.

The world frowns!

Satan assaults!

Providences darken!

Corruptions harass!

All these things produce, for a season, much discouragement. Like Peter, he looks at the raging waves, instead of the omnipotent Savior; and then he begins to sink into despondency, and would be overwhelmed in the depths of mental affliction, did not the compassionate Jesus stretch out His hand of mercy, and uphold him by His mighty power.

Thus, to every humble pilgrim, strength is imparted; realizing views of the faithfulness of Emmanuel are granted; and he is made to rise superior to every discouragement, and to walk, with increasing alacrity and joy, along the narrow way which leads unto life eternal.
 
[Thomas Reade]
 
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Matthew 14:27-32 ... But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.


1 Peter 1:7 ... That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:


1 Peter 5:6-7 ... Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Happy Man

The happy man was born in the city of Regeneration in the parish of Repentance unto Life. He has a large estate in the county of Christian Contentment.

He was educated at the School of Obedience and often does jobs of Self-denial.

He wears the garment of Humility, and has another suit to put on when he goes to Court, called the Robe of Christ's Righteousness.

He is necessitated to travel through the world on his way to heaven but he walks through it as fast as he can. All his business along the way is to make himself and others happy. He often walks in the valley of Self-Abasement, and sometimes climbs the mountains of Heavenly-mindedness.

He breakfasts every morning on Spiritual Prayer, and sups every evening on the same. He has food to eat, which the world knows nothing of and his drink is the sincere milk of the Word of God.

Thus happy he lives—and happy he dies.

Happy is he who has  Gospel submission in his will,  the love of God in his affections,  true peace in his conscience,  sincere Divinity in his breast,  the Redeemer's yoke on his neck,  the vain world under his feet, and  a crown of glory over his head!

Happy is the life of that man who believes firmly,  prays fervently,  walks patiently,  labors abundantly,  lives holy,  dies daily,  watches his heart,  guards his senses,  redeems his time,  loves Christ, and  longs for glory!

[Lachlan MacKenzie]



 






2 Chronicles 9:7 ... Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.
 
 
Job 5:17 ...  Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
 
 
Psalm 144:15 ... Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.❤

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Great Lesson

At best we know but little—and we are slow to learn. But the Lord has promised to instruct us. The Lord's teaching always produces humility,  self-loathing,  confidence in God,  zeal for His glory, and  heart devotion to Christ!


The Lord's teaching always brings us to the feet of Jesus, and  delivers us from the present evil world.


Under Divine instruction we learn the true nature of sin,  the vanity of the world,  the emptiness of creatures, and the fullness and preciousness of Christ!

 
The Lord will teach us to profit, and sanctify us through the truth He imparts. Christ is our great lesson and to know Him rightly is life, peace and joy!

Is Jesus your Teacher? Then sit at His feet,  treasure up His Words,  and show forth His praise!

He says, "Learn of Me." Learn to
know Him,  love Him,  obey Him, and  live upon Him!

[James Smith]


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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.


Psalm 27:11 ... Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.


Job 36:22 ... Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Grave Spoiled

Christian! the grave is lit with Emmanuel's love. The darkest of all clouds, that which rests over the land of Hades, has the brightest rainbow in it. These gloomy portals are not to hold your loved and lost ones forever. The land of forgetfulness, where your buried treasures lie, is not a winter of unbroken darkness and desolation. A glorious spring time of revival is promised, when the mortal shall put on immortality, and the corruptible shall be clothed with incorruption. 


 
The resurrection of the body! It is the climax of the work of Jesus; its culminating glory. Paul represents a longing Church as "waiting for the adoption, the redemption of the body." It was the pre-eminent theme of his preaching; "He preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection." It was the loved article in his creed, which engrossed his holiest aspirations, "If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead." It was the grand solace he addressed to other mourners. It is not when speaking of the immediate bliss of the departed spirit at the hour of death, but it is when dwelling on the "last trump"; the dead "rising incorruptible," and "caught up," in their resurrection bodies, "to meet the Lord," that he says, "Therefore comfort one another with these words."


[John MacDuff]



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Hosea 13:14 ... I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
 
 
Isaiah 25:8 ... He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
 
 
1 Corinthians 15:54 ... So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.


1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ... For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

All Our Tears

God keeps all our tears in a bottle; so precious is the water that is distilled from penitent eyes; and because he will be sure not to fail, he notes how many drops there be in his register. It was a precious ointment wherewith the woman in the Pharisee's house anointed the feet of Christ; but her tears, wherewith she washed them, were more worth than her spikenard.
 
[Abraham Wright]
 









Luke 7:44 … And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
 
Psalm 56:8 … Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
 
Psalm 126:5 … They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. ❤

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Commune With God

Blessed are they, who find their constant pleasure-ground in the luxuries of the Bible! They commune with the mind of God. They listen to a heavenly voice. They bask in rays of purest light. They feed in wholesome pastures of refreshment. They fear no poison from the weeds of error. No devious path can lead their steps astray. Wisdom from above guides sweetly them. The Spirit, as high Teacher of the Church, instructs the students. They advance safely, happily, from grace to grace.

The lessons are vast, as the mine from which they spring. They are pure, as the realms to which they call. They warn of sin--its filth--its misery--its end. They unfold Jesus in all the glories of redeeming love. They exhibit holiness, as the road to holy heaven.

Reader! heed a salutary admonition. Study the Bible, as holding treasure for your soul. Study in the earnestness of prayer. Study with eternity outspread before you. Study with the lowliness of a poor sinner before a speaking God. Study with faith devoutly grasping every word. Close not the volume without inquiring, "Is sin more hateful--the world more worthless--the flesh more treacherous in my sight? Is Jesus brought nearer to my adoring soul? Is my heart won to more entire devotedness? Am I more resolute to live for Him, who died for me?" The lively word should thus give life.
 
[Henry Law]


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John 8:12 ...  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


2 Corinthians 13:14 ... The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.


2 Timothy 2:15 ... Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.❤

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Rainbow in The Clouds

No rainbow of promise in the "dark and cloudy day" shines more radiantly than this. God, my God, the God who gave Jesus, orders all events, and overrules all for my good! "When I," says He, "send clouds over the earth." He has no wish to conceal the hand which shadows for a time earth's brightest prospects. It is He alike who "brings the cloud", who brings us into it, and in mercy leads us through it! His kingdom rules over all. "The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord." He puts the burden on, and keeps it on, and at His own time will remove it! 
 
Beware of brooding over second causes. It is the worst form of atheism! When our most fondly cherished gourds are smitten; our fairest flowers lie withered in our bosom; this is the silencer of all reflections– "The Lord prepared the worm!" When the temple of the soul is smitten with lightning, and its pillars rent: "The Lord is in His holy temple!" Accident, chance, fate, destiny, have no place in the Christian's creed. He is no unpiloted vessel left to the mercy of the storm. "The voice of the Lord is upon the waters!" There is but one explanation of all that befalls him: "I will be dumb, I will open not my mouth, because You did it."

Death seems to the human spectator, the most capricious and severe of all events. But not so. The keys of death and Hades are in the hands of this same reigning God! Look at the parable of the fig-tree. Its prolonged existence, or its doom as a cumberer, forms matter of conversation in heaven; the axe cannot be laid at its root until God gives the warrant! How much more will this be the case regarding every "Tree of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord?" It will be watched over by Him, "Lest anyone hurt it."
 
Every trembling fiber He will care for; and if made early to succumb to the inevitable stroke, "Who knows not in all these things, that the hand of the Lord has wrought this." Be it mine to merge my own will in His; not to cavil at His ways, or to seek to have one jot or tittle of His will altered; but to lie passive in His hands; to take the bitter as well as the sweet, knowing that the bitter cup is mingled by One who loves me too well to add one ingredient that might have been spared!
 
[John MacDuff]

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Genesis 9:14-15 ... And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.


Isaiah 61:3 ... To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.


Psalm 93:1 ... The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. ❤