Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When He Shows No Anger

There cannot be a greater evidence of God's hatred and wrath than His refusing to correct men for their sinful courses and vanities!

Where God refuses to correct there God resolves to destroy! There is no man so near God's axe, so near the flames, so near hell, as he whom God will not so much as spend a rod upon!


God is most angry
when He shows no anger!

Who can seriously meditate upon this, and not be silent under God's most smarting rod?

[Thomas Brooks]


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Revelation 3:19 ... As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
 
 
Job 5:17 ... Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
 
 
Psalm 94:12 ... Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law;
 
 
Hebrews 12:6 ... For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cross-Bearing

The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus. "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." O that you and I may gain distinction for the closeness of our walk to Christ! There is a class described in Scripture of whom it is said, "These are those who follow the Lamb wherever He goes." But sad to say, there is another class, and a large class, who seem to follow the Lord fitfully, spasmodically, half-heartedly, occasionally, distantly. There is much of the world and much of self in their lives and so little of Christ. Thrice happy shall he be, who like Caleb follows the Lord fully.

Now, beloved, our chief business and desire is to follow Christ but there are difficulties in the way. There are obstacles in the path, and it is to them, that the first part of our text refers. You notice that the words "follow Me" come at the end. SELF, self stands in the way, and the world with its ten thousand attractions and distractions is an obstacle; and therefore Christ says, "If any man will come after Me - (first) let him deny himself, (second) take up his cross, (third) and follow Me." And there we learn the reason why so few professing Christians are following Him closely, manifestly, consistently.
 
[A. W. Pink]


 


Matthew 16:24 ... Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.


Luke 14:27 ... And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.


1 Corinthians 15:31 ... I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I Am God ... And Not Man

Thus spoke the Lord, when assigning a reason for not executing the fierceness of His wrath upon guilty and rebellious Israel. A God can do what a man cannot; and a God can bear what a man cannot. God always acts in accordance with the grandeur, glory, and greatness of His nature. Every thought of His heart, every word of His mouth, and every work of His hand is worthy of Himself!

If we bear this in mind, it will   fortify our minds,   strengthen our faith,   and comfort our souls.
Why does God not cut down the wicked immediately? Because He is God and not man.

Why does He chasten His people so greatly, and allow them to suffer so much? Because He is God and not man.

Let us meditate on this declaration of our God for a few moments.

"I am God and not man," and therefore I am infinitely patient, and not soon moved to take vengeance upon My sinful and rebellious creatures!

"I am God and not man," and therefore I am ready to forgive, and receive back the returning prodigal to My heart and home!

"I am God and not man," and therefore I receive great sinners, taking to My heart, and putting among My children such despicable ones as no one else would notice or regard!

"I am God and not man," and therefore I pardon again and again, not only first offences but repeated transgressions, forgiving and forgetting them forever!

"I am God and not man," and therefore bear with such numerous affronts, such gross ingratitude, such inexcusable conduct in My own people!

"I am God, and not man," and therefore I invite, entreat, and beseech such base backsliders to return unto Me, and prove the power and freeness of My forgiving love!

"I am God and not man," and therefore I save freely, fully, and forever such degraded, depraved, and desperate sinners, to the praise of the glory of My grace!

"I am God and not man," and therefore I remain faithful to My promises and covenant engagements, amidst all the changes and faithlessness of My fickle people!

"I am God and not man," and therefore I give such rich, costly, priceless gifts to the poor, destitute, and unworthy sinners!

"I am God and not man," and therefore I hear, accept, and answer, such poor, imperfect, and worthless prayers which, no one else could tolerate, much less approve!

"I am God and not man," and therefore I work such wonders wonders in providence, and wonders in grace; wonders in the world, and wonders in the heart!

"I am God and not man," and therefore, I have prepared such mansions, and will confer such a glorious kingdom on sinners who have no claim upon Me, nor the least reason to expect any good thing from Me!

Yes, because He is Jehovah, and changes not therefore we poor, sinning, changeable creatures are not consumed!

Believer, to you the Lord says, "I am God and not man!" Therefore expect from Him as God and act toward Him as God! He can do exceedingly and abundantly, above all that you can ask or think! Do not measure His heart by yours but remember that as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His thoughts higher than your thoughts, and His ways than your ways!
 
[James Smith]
 
 
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Hosea 11:9 ... I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.
 
 
Isaiah 55:9 ... For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 
 
Ephesians 3:20 ... Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

No Fear

When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God's love.
 
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
 
 
 
 
Romans 8:35-39 ... Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.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, 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.