Monday, May 22, 2017

Everything is Against Me

Those circumstances, which to the dim eye of Jacob's faith wore a hue so somber were at that very moment developing and perfecting the events which were to shed around the evening of his life, the halo of a glorious and cloudless sunset! God was working all things together for his good!

Just so, troubled soul, the "much tribulation" will soon be over and as you enter the "kingdom of God" you shall then see, no longer "through a glass darkly" but in the unshadowed sunlight of the Divine presence, that "all things" did  indeed "work together" for your personal and eternal good!

[A. W. Pink]


Genesis 42:36 ...  And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

Psalm 3:1 ...  Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

Romans 8:28 ...  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.❤

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time of Old Age

I am drawing nearer and nearer to the season which the Psalmist either expected or felt. Many reasons teach the aged believer the need of this prayer. As his graces are still imperfect so his powers are feelingly upon the decline. It was but little he could do at his best and now less and less!

He feels other props and comforts dropping off apace. When he was young, he had warm spirits and pleasing prospects; but now, what a change of the friends in which he once delighted! In some he has found inconstancy they have forsaken and forgotten him; and others have been successively taken away by death. They have fallen like the leaves in autumn--and now he stands almost a naked trunk. If any yet remain, he is expecting to lose them likewise unless he is first taken from them.

Old age abates, and gradually destroys the relish of such earthly comforts as might be otherwise enjoyed. Pains, infirmities, loss of sleep, the failure of sight and hearing, and all the senses are harbingers, like Job's messengers arriving in close succession, to tell him that death is upon his progress, and is not far away!

If youth has no security against death then old age has no possibility of escaping the grim monster. But though friends fail, cisterns burst, gourds wither, strength declines, and death advances if God does not forsake me then all is well.

[John Newton]

Psalm 71:9 ... Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

Isaiah 46:4 ... And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Zechariah 8:4 ... Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.❤

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Made For Frivolities?

Were you made only to be a machine for digging holes, laying bricks, or cutting out pieces of wood? Were you created only to stand at a counter and measure or weigh out goods? Do you think your God made you for that and that only? Is this the chief end of man to earn so many dollars a week, and try to make ends meet?

Is that all immortal men were made for? As a man with a soul, capable of thought and judgment and not a mere animal like a dog, nor a machine like a steam engine; can you stand up and look at yourself, and say, "I believe I am perfectly fulfilling my destiny"?

God has made man that he may glorify him and whatever else man accomplishes, if he attains not to this end, his life is a disastrous failure! Others are lovers of pleasure. They are merry as the birds, their life is as the flight of a butterfly, which lightly floats from flower to flower, according to its own sweet will.

It cannot be that an immortal spirit was made for frivolities, spending all its time on the playthings of the world.  So great a thing as an immortal soul could not have been made by God with no higher object than to spend itself upon trifles as light as air.

Oh, pause a while, you careless, godless one! There is something more than the fool's laugh. All things are not a comedy. Death and Heaven and Hell are serious and should not life be?

The charms of music, the merriment of the mirthful assembly, the beauties of art, and the delights of banqueting there must be something more for you than these. Something more must be required of you than that you should waste your precious time from morn to night upon nothing but to please yourself!

[Charles H. Spurgeon]

Colossians 3:17 ... And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ... Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Galatians 6:8 ... For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.❤

Friday, May 19, 2017

Is Abortion Murder?

Biologically speaking, human life begins at conception. When the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm come together, they combine and create a new string of DNA that is personalized and totally unique. DNA is coded information, the blueprint for the new human’s growth and development. No more genetic material needs to be added; the zygote in the womb is as human as the mother in whose womb it dwells. The difference between a fetus and any one of us is one of age, location, and level of dependence. When a mother aborts the process of fetal development, she is destroying a unique life.

The Bible considers a fetus to be an unborn child, a planned human being that God is forming from the moment of conception. This being the case, it doesn’t really matter what human jurisprudence says or how socially or politically acceptable abortion is. God’s law takes precedence. A mother who decides to abort her child is unilaterally making a decision to end another person’s life and that is and always has been the definition of murder.

Psalm 139:13 ... For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

Jeremiah 20:17 ... Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.

Isaiah 44:2 ... Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Great Hospital

We see in these verses, how well our Lord foreknew the weakness and infirmity of His disciples. He tells them plainly what they were going to do: "All of you shall desert Me." He tells Peter in particular of the astounding sin which he was about to commit, "This night, before the rooster crows twice, you shall deny Me three times."

Yet our Lord's fore-knowledge did not prevent His choosing these twelve disciples to be His apostles. He allowed them to be His intimate friends and companions, knowing perfectly well what they would one day do. With a clear foresight of the melancholy weakness and lack of faith which they would exhibit at the end of His ministry.  He granted them the mighty privilege of being continually with Him, and hearing His voice. This is a remarkable fact, and deserves to be had in continual remembrance.

Let us take comfort in the thought that the Lord Jesus does not cast off His believing people because of failures and imperfections. He knows what they are. He takes them, as the husband takes the wife with all their blemishes and defects; and once joined to Him by faith, He will never leave them. He is a merciful and compassionate High-priest. It is His glory to pass over the transgressions of His people, and to cover their many sins.

He knew what they were before conversion, wicked, guilty, and defiled; yet He loved them. He knows what they will be after conversion, weak, erring, and frail; yet He loves them. He has undertaken to save them, notwithstanding all their shortcomings and what He has undertaken, He will perform.

Let us learn to pass a charitable judgment on the conduct of professing believers. Let us not set them down in a low place, and say they have no grace because we see much weakness and corruption in them. Let us remember that our Master in Heaven bears with their infirmities and let us try to bear with them too.

The Church is little better than a great hospital. We ourselves are all, more or less, weak and infirm and all daily need the skillful treatment of the heavenly Physician. There will be no complete cures until the resurrection day!

[J. C. Ryle]


Mark 14:27-30 ... And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.   But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.   But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.❤

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Do You Ask Why He is Angry?

He is angry to see rational, immortal and accountable beings spending twenty, forty, or sixty years in trifling and sin; serving numerous idols, lusts, and vanities, and living as if death were an eternal sleep!

He is angry to see you forgetting your Maker in childhood, in youth, in manhood and making no returns for all His benefits.

He is angry to see you casting off His fear and rebelling against Him who has nourished and sustained you.

He is angry to see you laying up treasures on earth and not in Heaven.

He is angry to see you seeking everything in preference to the one thing needful.

He is angry to see you loving the praise of men more than the praise of God; and fearing those who can only kill the body, more than Him who has power to cast both soul and body into Hell.

He is angry to see that you disregard alike His threatenings and His promises, His judgments and His mercies. 

He is angry that you bury in the earth the talents He has given you, and bring forth no fruit to His glory.

He is angry that you neglect His Word and His Son, and perish in impenitency and unbelief.

These are sins of which every person, in an unconverted state, is guilty. And for these things God is angry, daily angry, greatly and justly angry! And unless His anger is speedily appeased, it will most certainly prove your everlasting destruction!

[Edward Payson]


Psalm 7:11 ... God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

James 1:20-21 ... For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Matthew 10:28 ... And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.❤

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It Was Not Human Misery--But Divine Love!

Jesus came into the world having  a definite people in His mind,  a definite work in His hand, and a definite principle in His heart.  He had a definite PEOPLE in His mind! They are simply called "His people." He had  a special interest in them, a special right to them, and  a special concern for them.

They were given to Him as a pledge of His Father's love to be His associates, joy and delight, His crown and glory. They were  sunk in sin and wretchedness,  under the condemnation of the law,   the captives of the prince of darkness!

They were His sheep but lost sheep! They were His jewels but jewels in a heap of rubbish! They were His  bride but in a state of adultery! He had the eye of His omniscience watching them, the love of His heart pursuing them, and  the arm of His omnipotence protecting them!

His eye was upon them when in Heaven in His Father's bosom,  and when enclosed in Mary's womb! His eye ever was and ever will be on them from the beginning to the end of time to save and to bring them safely to glory!

He had a definite WORK in His hand!  It was a work for His Father and a work for his people.  He had  the law to fulfill, justice to satisfy, sin to remove,  Heaven to open,  Satan to conquer,  death to destroy! This work He proceeded to perform until in triumph He exclaimed, "It is finished!"

He had a definite PRINCIPLE in His heart.  And what was that powerful principle, which brought Him  from Heaven to earth,  from glory into contempt, from unutterable bliss into inconceivable sorrow?

It was LOVE! Love,  the ruling attribute of His nature, the prominent feature of His character,  the rule of His conduct towards His people! It was love which eternally existed in His bosom,  fanned His heart, and directed His ways!

It was  eternal love, immutable love, omnipotent love, unconquerable love, unfathomable love!  It was this sacred principle which led Jesus into our world and conducted Him through all the stages of His redemptive work!

His name then, is 'Jesus' because He loves and saves all of His people! Never think that it was merely human misery, or the doleful cries of suffering mortals which brought Jesus to our world; for if these would move Him then He would assuredly empty Hell itself! It was not human misery but divine love!

It was not man's cries but His own glory, which brought Jehovah Jesus into suffering circumstances and a miserable condition!

O the love! O the depth of the love of Jesus!

[James Smith]

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

Ephesians 3:19 ... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Matthew 1:21 ... And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. ❤

Monday, May 15, 2017

Strewing Flowers on a Dead Corpse!

External morality is not heart-purity. A person may be clothed with great moral virtues, such as justice, charity, prudence, and temperance and yet go to Hell.

We must not rest in mere outward morality. A swine may be washed yet be a swine still. Morality does but wash a man, grace changes him.  Morality may shine in the eyes of the world but it differs as much from purity, as a pebble differs from a diamond!

Morality is but strewing flowers on a dead corpse! A man who is but highly moral is but a tame devil!  How many have made 'morality' their savior!  Morality will damn as well as vice!  A boat may be sunk with gold as well as with dung!

The moral person, though he will not commit gross sins yet he is not sensible of heart sins. He is not troubled for unbelief, hardness of heart, vanity of thoughts. He abhors gross-sins not gospel-sins.

The snake has a fine appearance but has a deadly sting! Just so, the moral man is fair to look on but has a secret antipathy against the holy ways of God. Morality is not to be rested in. The heart must be pure. God would have Aaron wash the inner parts of the sacrifice.  Morality does but wash the outside, the inside must be washed.

[Thomas Watson]

Leviticus 9:14 ... And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar.

2 Corinthians 4:16 ... For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Matthew 5:8 ...  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.❤

Sunday, May 14, 2017

An Arm That Can Never Be Broken

The thought of God's embracing arms is very suggestive. What does an arm represent? What is the thought suggested by the arm of God enfolded around His child?  One suggestion, is protection. As a father puts his arm about his child when it is in danger so God protects His children. Life is full of peril. There are temptations on every hand! Enemies lurk in every shadow enemies strong and swift! Yet we are assured that nothing can separate us from the love of God. "Underneath are the everlasting arms!"

Another thought, is affection. The father's arm drawn around a child is a token of love. The child is held in the father's bosom, near his heart. The shepherd carries the lambs in his bosom. John lay on Jesus' bosom. The mother holds the child in her bosom, because she loves it. This picture of God embracing His children in His arms tells of His love for them, His love is tender, close, intimate.

Another thought suggested by an arm, is strength. The arm is a symbol of strength. His arm is omnipotence. "In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength" (Isaiah 26:4). His is an arm that can never be broken! Out of this clasp--we can never be taken. "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand!" (John 10:28)

Another suggestion is endurance. The arms of God are "everlasting." Human arms grow weary even in love's embrace; they cannot forever press the child to the bosom. Soon they lie folded in death. A husband stood by the coffin of his beloved wife after only one short year of wedded happiness. The clasp of that love was very sweet but how brief a time it lasted, and how desolate was the life that had lost the precious companionship!

A little baby two weeks old and was left motherless. The mother clasped the child to her bosom and drew her feeble arms about it in one loving embrace; the little one will never more have a mother's arm around it.  So pathetic is human life with--its broken affections, its little moments of love, its embraces that are torn away in one hour. But these arms of God are everlasting arms! They shall never unclasp!

There is another important suggestion in the word "underneath." Not only do the arms of God embrace His child but they are underneath always underneath! That means that we can never sink for these arms will ever be beneath us!  Sometimes we say the waters of trouble are very deep like great floods they roll over us. But still and forever, underneath the deepest floods are these everlasting arms! We cannot sink below them or out of their clasp!

And when death comes, and every earthly thing is gone from beneath us, and we sink away into what seems darkness out of all human love, out of warmth and gladness and life into the gloom and strange mystery of death still it will only be into the everlasting arms! This view of God's divine care is full of inspiration and comfort. We are not saving ourselves.

A strong One, the mighty God holds us in His omnipotent clasp! We are not tossed like a leaf on life's wild sea driven at the mercy of wind and wave. We are in divine keeping. Our security does not depend upon our own feeble, wavering faith but upon the omnipotence, the love, and the faithfulness of the unchanging, the eternal God!  No power in the universe can snatch us out of His hands! Neither death nor life, nor things present, nor things to come can separate us from His everlasting arms!

[J. R. Miller]


Deuteronomy 33:27 ... The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

Isaiah 40:11 ...  He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 46:4 ... And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.❤

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Leave Us Alone!

Sinners do not like to retain God in their knowledge because He is omniscient and omnipresent. In consequence of His possessing these attributes, He is a constant witness of their motives and conduct, and is perfectly acquainted with their hearts. This must render the thoughts of His holiness still more disagreeable to a sinner for what can be more unpleasant to him, than the constant presence and inspection of a holy being  whom he cannot deceive,  from whose keen, searching gaze he cannot for a moment hide, to whom darkness and light are alike open, and  who views his conduct with the utmost displeasure and abhorrence?

Even the presence of our fellow creatures is disagreeable, when we wish to indulge any sinful propensity which they will disapprove. How exceedingly irksome, then, must the constant presence of a holy, heart-searching God be to a sinner! No wonder, then, that sinners banish a knowledge of Him from their minds, as the easiest method of freeing themselves from the restraint imposed by His presence.

[Edward Payson]


Job 21:14 ... Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

1 Corinthians 2:14 ... But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

2 Timothy 4:3 ... For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;❤

Friday, May 12, 2017

Flinging Gold Coins and Diamonds Into The Sea!

If you saw a man standing by the shore, and flinging gold coins and diamonds into the sea, you would say that he was insane. Yet God sees many people continually doing something very like this. Not gold and precious stones, do they this throw away but minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years of time possessions which are of greater worth than any gems of earth!  If we knew the intrinsic value of time we would not allow a moment of it ever to be wasted!

It is said that in the mints, where gold is coined, that the sweepings of the floors are gathered and passed through the fire, and that in the course of a year large amounts of gold are saved from the mere dust of the precious gold which flies from it as it passes through the various processes of minting.

In the same way, what vast values would be saved if there were some way of gathering up all the little fragments of the days and hours, the golden dust of time, which people let drop amid the wastes! Then think how much most of us would really add to the length of our life, if we had learned to use every hour and moment. We talk seriously of the brevity of life. We are often heard complaining about the shortness of the days, wishing they had many more hours in them. Probably the majority of people waste one-half of their time, and have made only one-half as much of their life as they might have done, if they had only used their time with wise economy, and had not squandered any of it.

There are many ways of wasting time. Many people waste a great deal of time in little fragments, five minutes here, ten minutes there, half an hour today, and an hour tomorrow. Those who understand the true value of time, and have learned the secret of using it, always have something worth while to fill up all the little interstices. They have a good book to read when they find a few minutes to spare; or on any occasion of delay.

Time is also well spent, in which we get a beautiful thought, an important fact or a suggestion of a lesson into our mind. Or the fragments of time may be filled with little acts of helpfulness or kindness. It is one of the finest secrets of life, to know how to redeem the minutes from waste, and to make them bearers of blessing, of cheer, of encouragement, of good, to others. Then the whole world is sweeter, because of every kindness done or good word spoken.

Much time is wasted in useless activities in doing things which are not worth while. There are things which are not regarded as sins but which are of no value to anyone, and bring no benefit to him who spends his time in doing them.

There is a great deal of reading that is not worth while. You go through book after book, and from all the pages you do not get one enriching thought, one helpful inspiration, or one impulse toward a holier life. All you have at the end of a year of such reading, is only a confused memory of exciting sensations, unwholesome incidents, and unreal experiences. You would better have spent the time in sleep or in sheer idleness, than in going through such worthless books!

There is altogether too much of such reading done. There are good novels, great works of fiction, which teach splendid lessons, which show magnificent character and noble conduct, which inspire their readers to truer, holier living. But there are novels which give unworthy and unwholesome thoughts of life, which leave in the mind of readers a residuum of unholy thoughts, false ideals, the trail of the serpent. Then there are novels which, if they are not positively evil in their spirit and tendency are inane, senseless, with nothing in them to make any one truer, holier, or sweeter-spirited.

A great deal of the popular reading of our day is but a waste of time, if not worse! If instead of it people would read only that which is worth while how much richer they would be at the end of their life!

No problem that comes before us is more important than this what to do with time. In youth, we learn how to live. The habits we form then, will go with us to the end of our days. If we learn then the value of moments, and form the habit of giving every minute something worthy to do we shall have found a secret of successful living.

[J.R. Miller]

Ephesians 5:15-16 ...  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Psalm 56:3 ... What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Psalm 90:12 ... So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.❤