Sunday, September 23, 2018

His Discipline is Sharp

God will rather fetch blood than lose one of His sons!   See and admire the wisdom, power and goodness of God who can make His people better by their sufferings!

Behold, I show you a gospel mystery! God can extract gold, out of clay; draw the richest wine, out of gall and wormwood;  turn the greatest evil of the body, into the greatest good of the soul;  turn the chastening itself, into a blessing;
make the withered rod of affliction, to bud into a harvest of righteousness and peace!

The almond tree is said to be made fruitful by driving nails into it, thereby letting out a noxious gum which hinders its fruitfulness. In the same way, God never intends more good to his children, than when He seems to deal most severely with them! His discipline is sharp but the end is sweet!

O that the children of God in affliction, or entering upon sufferings, would sit down and dwell upon the fruit and advantage which God knows how to bring out of all their sorrows.

[Thomas Case]

Job 5:17 … Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Hebrews 12:11 … Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Hebrews 12:6 … For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Uproar Over Kavanaugh

The uproar over Judge Kavanaugh is not about what happened 35+ years ago, nor is it about getting the "facts" straight what may or might not have happened in a bedroom with two minors.   This circus playing out right now in the media over Kavanaugh is about ABORTION and a conservative court for the next two decades. Nothing more to add to this mayhem other than to - get on with it already.

[Christopher Gregory]

Psalm 11:2 … For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

Psalm 37:2 … The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Forever Contented

One lesson which God teaches us in the school of affliction, is how to prize and long for Heaven. In our prosperity, "When we wash our steps in butter, and the rock pours us out rivers of oil." (Job 29:6)  We could sit down with the present world, and say, "It is good for us to be here; let us build dwellings here."  While life is sweet  then death is bitter.   Heaven itself is no enticement while the world gives us her alluring baits.

But when poverty and imprisonment, reproach and persecution, sickness and sore diseases pinch and vex our hearts with a variety of afflictions then we are not so fond of the creature, and are pleased to parley with death, and take Heaven into our consideration.  God by putting us into the school of affliction, takes off our hearts by degrees from this present world, and makes us look homeward. Being burdened, we groan and with the dove we return to the ark, when the world is sinking round about us.

We would be forever contented with the garlic and flesh-pots of Egypt if God did not set cruel taskmasters over us to double our burdens. And when God thus lessens our esteem of the world, He reveals to us the excellency of heavenly comforts, and draws out the desires of the soul to Himself:  "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" (Psalm 42:1-2)  "Even so, come Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20)

Afflictions make Heaven appear as Heaven indeed!   To the weary, Heaven is rest; to the banished, it is home; to the scorned and reproached, it is glory; to the captive, it is liberty; to the soldier, it is victory; to the hungry, it is hidden manna; to the thirsty, it is the fountain of life; to the grieved, it is fullness of joy; and to the mourner, it is pleasures forevermore. In a word, to those who have lain upon the dunghill of affliction, and walked in holiness, Heaven is the throne on which they shall sit and reign with Christ forever and ever!

[Thomas Case]


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Spotlight of The Son

All the miracles of this world are in the spotlight of The Son. True Love has revealed His Word, His Presence and His Power. Therefore, All men are without excuse.

[Troi Nelson Cockayne]

Romans 1:20-21 … For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ❤

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Family Disease!

The sin which our Lord here denounces, is "self-righteousness."  We are all naturally self-righteous. It is the family disease of all the children of Adam. From the highest to the lowest, we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. We secretly flatter ourselves that we are not as bad as some, and that we have something to merit the favor of God.

We forget the plain testimony of Scripture:  "Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins."  "What is man, that he could be pure; or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?"  "There is no one righteous, not even one!"

[J. C. Ryle]

Leviticus 13:45 … And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.

Romans 3:10 … As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Luke 5:32 … I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Romans 5:6 … For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Spiritually Convicted

Christians have been misled by a generation of soft preachers. They would have us believe that to be good Christians we must be able to purr softly and accept everything that comes along with tolerance and understanding. Such ministers never mention words like commitment and conviction and standing on the truth. I am convinced that a committed Christian will show a strong desire for the cause of truth. He or she will live with a set of spiritual convictions taken from the Bible. They will be the toughest to move in their stand for Christ.

[A. W. Tozer]

Acts 20:28-29 …   Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Matthew 7:15 … Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Psalm 119: 2-4 … Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.  They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.  Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

Monday, September 17, 2018


Another provoking sin which is widespread among us, is using the most holy Name of the majestic God in vain.  This is a sin less excusable than debauchery, because I do not know any sense which is gratified with it. Though it is less bestial, yet is it more diabolical! O the horrid blasphemies which are daily belched out by the black-mouthed sons of Belial! A person is so likely to hear the name of God blasphemed, that he cannot walk the streets of the city without stopping his ears. The life, the blood, the wounds of our dear and precious Lord, are tossed to and fro by the mouths of wretched swearers. Truly, their tongues are set on fire by Hell! We wonder that they do not set our whole nation on flame!

The polluted breath of these wretches, have infected the very air we breathe! When men shall set themselves purposely to swear, and devise new blasphemies, what possible excuse do they have for this?   They are not ashamed to own themselves as the devil's vassals, and they dance in his chains while others hear their damnable cackling. What other design can these swaggering sinners have in such vile behavior but audaciously to affront the great Majesty of Heaven and earth, in the vilest manner they are capable of!

Ah, besotted wretches, could your mind find no other way to vent your malice on any other object? Do you have no other or cheaper way to eternally condemn yourselves? Are you afraid that you would miss entering Hell? What did you mean by your blasphemies to dare God to His face? Would you force Him to give you a convincing evidence of His wrath? If so, I hope you are satisfied by this time but if not, you shall be shortly.

Were you resolved to see how far His patience would extend? Did you fear that He is so merciful, that you would never feel His wrath? Or were you in such haste to be with your everlasting companions, the devils and the damned that you thought your judgment lingered, and damnation slumbered, and would therefore do your best to hasten it? Or were you so fully bent on the satisfaction of your lusts that you were resolved to pursue them, even to the burning Lake of Fire?

Are you resolute to do all that you can before-hand, to outrage that God, who will treat you so severely in Hell? Or were you now getting used to the language of Hell, that you might not have to learn it when you are thrown there?  Shall we wonder when such rebels have risen up against the Lord if He grows jealous for His great Name and rises, and vindicates His glory and power from the contemptuous affronts of insolent mortals!

Yes, how many roaring swearers have we got, who, as if they were already entered into familiarity with devils, make nothing of it to curse themselves to the pit of Hell in their common discourse! They can scarcely speak a sentence without their abominable blasphemies. Were their tongues plucked out by the roots it would be a small punishment in no way suited to the heinousness of their crimes!

Let them stay a while longer in their contempt of God and His threatenings. They shall too soon find to their sorrow that all their accursed curses are accomplished! The devil, whom they have so often wished to fetch them, shall very shortly have that commission which he eagerly waits for! Then let them say whether the dreadful God is to be jested with and blasphemed!

[Matthew Mead]

Exodus 20:7 … Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

What a Treasure!

What a treasure is the Word of God!  Here we have: light, to dissipate our darkness. Truth, to guide us amid the mazes of error. Consolations, to gladden us in a world of misery.

The Bible is the Revelation of our Father's love; the Expression of Jehovah's grace to sinners; the Depository of heavenly blessings; the Charter of our highest privileges; the Religion of true Christians; the Glory of our churches;
the poor man's Friend.  Everything sublime in conception, and tender in expression--is to be found in the sacred Scriptures.

The Eternal Jehovah has there revealed Himself as clothed with majesty and honor; glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders; of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; in whose sight the heavens are not clean.

In the sacred Scriptures, He has manifested His glory as mighty to save, forgiving iniquity transgression and sin.  In that blessed volume, Mercy is seen to arrest the arm of Justice and all the tenderness of the Father is displayed in the person of the adorable Son.

Love breathes throughout its sacred pages!

[Thomas Reade]

Psalm 1:2 … But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalm 119:97 … O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

Jeremiah 15:16 …. Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

True Excellency

Worldly men imagine that there is true excellency and true happiness in those things which they are pursuing. They think that if they could but obtain them, that they would be happy. But when they obtain them, and cannot find happiness then they look for happiness in something else, and are still upon the futile pursuit.  There is a transcendent glory, and an ineffable sweetness in Christ.

Jesus Christ has true excellency, and so great an excellency, that when you come to truly see Him, you look no further, but your mind rests there.  You see that you had been pursuing shadows, but now you have found the substance.  You realize that you had been seeking happiness in the stream, but now you have found the ocean.

The excellency of Christ is an object adequate to the natural cravings of the soul, and is sufficient to fill its capacity.  Christ has an infinite excellency, such as the mind desires, in which it can find no bounds.  The more the mind contemplates Him, the more excellent does He appear.  Each new discovery of Christ makes His beauty appear more ravishing, and the mind can see no end to His excellency. There is room enough for the mind to go deeper and deeper, and never come to the bottom.

Christ's excellency is always fresh and new, and will as much delight us after we have beheld Him a thousand, or ten thousand years--as when we have seen Him the first moment.  The soul is exceedingly ravished when it first looks on the beauty of Christ. It is never weary of Him.

[Jonathan Edwards]

Song of Solomon 5:16 … His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Your Heart is a Hand

What you hold onto effects your very life. Release offense. Release sin. They sicken your soul. Hold His Perfect Love in the hand of your heart. Release all bitterness and lies that come to occupy the hand of your heart. Release!! Lay hold of His Perfect Love, His Truth and His Life. Hold His love with all of your heart, all your soul, and all of your strength. Above all else, is there anything more important than the hand of your heart fully grasping His pure love for you?”

[Troi Nelson Cockayne]

Deuteronomy 6:5 … And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Matthew 22:37 … Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.❤

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Will Jesus Find Us Watching?

Oh can we say we are ready brother,
Ready for the soul's bright home. 
Say will He find you and me still watching, 
Waiting ,waiting when the Lord shall come.

When Jesus comes to reward His servants,
Whether it be noon or night,
Faithful to Him will He find us watching,
With our lamps all trimmed and bright?

Oh, can we say we are ready, brother?
Ready for the soul’s bright home?
Say, will He find you and me still watching,
Waiting, waiting when the Lord shall come?

If, at the dawn of the early morning,
He shall call us one by one,
When to the Lord we restore our talents,
Will He answer thee, “Well done”?

Have we been true to the trust He left us?
Do we seek to do our best?
If in our hearts there is naught condemns us,
We shall have a glorious rest.

Blessed are those whom the Lord finds watching,
In His glory they shall share;
If He shall come at the dawn or midnight,
Will He find us watching there?

[Fanny Crosby]

Proverbs 8:34 … Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.