Thursday, April 19, 2018

God Speaks to His Children

Over and over and over throughout the entire Bible, God speaks to His Children, specific revelation, instruction and encouragement. Then we see the faithfulness of His words manifest on earth. If Jesus is the only one that knows the way to your personal destiny and eternal life, how important is learning to hear His voice?

God is closer to you than you may realize. I want to encourage you to cry out to God in a journal. Ask Him questions and ask Him for help and wisdom for the things you are going through right now. He wants to speak to you more than you want to speak to Him. As you interact with questions to God, subconsciously you will be setting your heart to ‘listen’ for His ‘inspired answers’.

True Love has a voice. As you become aware of His inspired voice above all others, you will begin to gain illuminated revelation and wisdom to walk in your inspired calling and destiny. There is nothing more important than you finding ‘His voice’.

[Troi Nelson Cockayne]

Exodus 3:14 ...  And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.

Joshua 3:7 ... And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.

1 Samuel 3:11 ... And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

Jeremiah 1:7 ... But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Acts 9:15 ... But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Worst Days

The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. Great hearts can only be made by great troubles.  The spade of trouble digs the reservoir of comfort deeper, and makes more room for consolation.  The Lord's mercy often rides to the door of our heart, upon the black horse of affliction!

I bear my witness that the worst days I have ever had, have turned out to be my best days! And when God has seemed most unfriendly to me, He has then been most kind. If there is anything in this world for which I would bless Him more than for anything else, it is for pain and affliction. I am sure that in these things, the richest tenderest love has been manifested to me.

Our Father's wagons rumble most heavily, when they are bringing us the richest freight of the bullion of His grace.  Love letters from Heaven, are often sent in black-edged envelopes.  The cloud that is black with horror, is big with mercy. Fear not the storm, it brings healing in its wings!

When Jesus is with you in the vessel, the tempest only hastens the ship to its desired haven.

[Charles H. Spurgeon]

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.❤

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Under All Circumstances

We might have been summoned to appear before the throne of Divine Justice and then every mouth would be stopped, and all would stand guilty before God.

But behold! We are invited to come to the throne of grace! And for what purpose? That we might obtain mercy, that we might receive a free pardon complete forgiveness of all our sins! And not only this, but that we might "find grace to help in time of need."

The throne of grace is never vacant. The gracious King ever sits there in all His power and in all His willingness, to bless His redeemed people.

The throne of grace is always accessible. Not once a year merely, nor once a week, nor once a day, may we approach it but at all times, and under all circumstances.

Oh, what a privilege, my soul, is this! To be permitted, nay, invited and welcomed to come to the throne of grace whenever you are in want, and for whatever you need! May I come as I have often come before only more reverently, more trustfully, with larger desires and fuller expectation.

[Author Unknown]

Hebrews 4:16 ...  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


Monday, April 16, 2018

The Greatest Sight

Jesus has borne the penalty of sin on behalf of His people.  Behold the wonder!  There He hangs upon the cross!  This is the greatest sight you will ever see!

Son of God and Son of Man there He hangs, bearing unutterable pains, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God.  Oh, the glory of that sight!

The innocent One, punished!  The Holy One, condemned!  The ever-blessed One, made a curse!  The infinitely glorious One, put to a shameful sin-atoning death!

[Charles H. Spurgeon]

2 Corinthians 5:21 ... For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ❤

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Great Mercy

His mercy is so great, that it forgives great sins to great sinners after great lengths of time and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great Heaven of the great God!

[Charles H. Spurgeon]

Psalm 103:11 ... For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Psalm 145:8 ...  The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Ephesians 2:4-5 ... But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Your Shepherd

Do not allow fear of lack drive you. But, allow inspiration to lead you. Pay no attention to the splashing waves of fear. They seek to keep you in the boat of the natural. I am with you and all of heaven watches over your steps of faith. Shut the clamoring voices of the world and fear from effecting your walk. Look to Me. Be divinely instructed.

The LORD says: Open your ears and your heart to Me your Shepherd. Learn to listen for My lead when you are out and about. I AM your Shepherd not just in the quiet. I AM also your Shepherd in the clamor of your daily life. Learn to tune to My lead in the midst of the battlefield of life. I walk with you even there. It's not as much what you do, but the way you do it. Are you driven or are you led by My Spirit?

Repent of your self reliance and for allowing Fear to drive your activity. Again, rest in My peace and My presence. Flow from My instruction every moment.

[Troi Nelson Cockayne]

John 10:27-28 ...  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Psalm 23:1 ... The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 25:5 ... Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Alarm to The Unconverted

O unbeliever! Look down into the bottomless pit! Do you see how the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever? What do you think of those chains of darkness? Can you be content to burn forever? Do you see how the worm gnaws how the fire rages? Do you see that great gulf of perdition? Will you take up your habitation there?

O lay your ear to the door of Hell! Do you hear the curses and blasphemies, the weepings and wailings? How they lament their follies, and curse their day! How do they roar and gnash their teeth! How deep their groans! How inconceivable their miseries!

O how fearful would the cry be if God would take the covering off the mouth of Hell, and let the cry of the damned ascend in all its terror among men! And of their moans and miseries this is the piercing, killing emphasis and theme: "Forever! forever!"

As God lives, you are but a few hours away from all this unless you are converted! If there is anything that may be called madness and folly, and anything that may be counted absurd, brutish, and unreasonable, it is this to go on in your unconverted state!

O sinners, see what a God you have to deal with. If you will but turn, "He will have compassion on you He will subdue your iniquities, and cast all your sins into the depths of the sea!"

[Joseph Alleine]

Matthew 25:46 ... And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lessons The Spirit Teaches

1. The Spirit teaches us the worth of the soul.

2. The Spirit teaches us the value of time.

3. The Spirit teaches us to venerate the holy Scriptures as the infallible rule to guide our faith and practice.

4. The Spirit teaches us of our ruined and condemned state. He gives the soul a glimpse of indwelling sin by which it is convinced of its total depravity. Oh, what a multitude of evils! What a fountain of impurity! What a mass of corruption! The heart is found to be deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. There is found nothing in it truly good.

5. The Spirit teaches us to prize Christ above all. "To you who believe He is precious." The disciple treasures Jesus as  his infallible Prophet, his sovereign King, his sin-atoning Priest.

6. The Spirit teaches us to roll all our burdens on the Lord, and to live outside of ourselves by daily desiring vital supplies from Christ.

7. The Spirit teaches us the beauty of holiness.

8. The Spirit teaches us the reality and sweetness of communion with God. While many are contented to worship in the outward court the Christian desires to penetrate into the holy of holies, where he can hear the words, and see the resplendent face of Immanuel.

[Archibald Alexander]

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.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Not a World of Chance

This is not a world of chance, it is our Father's world! Events do not happen without divine order and direction. There is a great divine plan running through the ages which includes all things, and subordinates all forces and all experiences to itself. Our Scripture passages above are full of this great thought.

We will never fully understand these great truths, with their tremendous reach of meaning. We may say, however, at least, that they assure us of a divine plan for the elect, a divine love, a divine purpose of mercy, dating from the infinite past, and running through the eternal ages to come!

All of the elect are eternally secure in Christ the Redeemer!

[J. R. Miller]

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Romans 8:33-34 ... Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.  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.

Ephesians 1:4-5 ...  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Ephesians 1:11 ...  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Chequered Life

This life that we live in the flesh, is a chequered life.  The grain requires both rain and sunshine to bring it to maturity; but either of them without the other, would destroy the crop.  Thus, if we had only the sun of prosperity the plant of grace would be burnt up.  If we only had the rain of affliction the plant of grace would be overwhelmed and drowned.

The Lord, who knows exactly what we are, and where we are adjusts these different means, in season and measure, as He, in His wisdom, sees most for our advantage.  Were health at all times and in all respects best for those who fear Him then they would not feel a moment's illness!

We pass through so many changes, that when it rains we may always hope for fair weather.  And when the sky is bright and serene we may expect rain before long. He prescribes all our afflictions in number, weight, and measure, and season, exactly according to what our case requires!  What a mercy to know that all our concerns are in the hands of Him who so loved us, as to wash us from our sins in His own blood.

[John Newton]

Job1 1:21 ...  And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Unspeakable Consolation

We have the unspeakable consolation of knowing that the same divine and compassionate Redeemer who suffered, and bled, and died on for us has the entire management of our affairs; and that nothing can happen in the course of providence, which is not appointed by Him "Who loved us and gave Himself for us!"

In proportion to our persuasion of His love for us, should be our confidence in His government over us. And what proof of sincerity, or what pledge of love, can we desire which is not given by His past dealings on our behalf? If He died for us on the cruel cross then certainly He will now, when all things are put under His power, "make all things work together for our good!"

We may rest assured that the love which He manifested for us on earth, is but a pledge of the love which He still bears to us and that He will neither forget nor forsake us, until He has accomplished the grand end of His mission, by our deliverance from all evil, and our joyful entrance into the glorious kingdom of Heaven!

Oh! how cheering to know, that amidst the joys of Heaven, Jesus has not forgotten any one of His "little flock" for whom He suffered in the garden and on the cross!

[James Buchanan]

Romans 8:32 ... He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?