Thursday, December 5, 2019
God's fixed purpose is not the destruction, but the instruction of His people.
Divine wisdom hangs up the thermometer at the furnace mouth, and carefully regulates the heat!
Our lusts are cords. Fiery trials are sent to burn and consume them.
None of us can come to the highest maturity without enduring the summer heat of trials.
I would not wish for any man a long time of sickness and pain; but a twist now and then one might almost ask for him.
A sick wife, a newly-made grave, poverty, slander, sinking of spirit, might teach lessons nowhere else to be learned so well. Trials drive us to the realities of religion.
Paul, who had more to suffer than we have, called his afflictions light, and yet we often consider ours to be heavy. Surely something must be amiss with the weights!
We never have yet experienced a trouble which might not have been worse.
Perhaps we are tried just now, in order to drive us nearer to Jesus.
Blessed be any wind that blows us into the port of our Savior's love!
Troubled one, you may go to your heavenly Father about anything, about everything.
Our place of comfort is the bosom of the Savior.
If God sent us trials such as we would wish for, they would be no trials at all.
"Any cross but the one I have!" cried one. Surely it would not be a cross if you had the choosing of it, for it is the essence of a cross that it should run counter to our likings.
The best remedy for affliction is submitting to providence. What can't be cured, must be endured.
Our sorrows are all, like ourselves, mortal. There are no immortal sorrows for immortal saints.
Great hearts can only be made by great troubles.
Mighty prayer has often been produced by mighty trial.
Blessed sickness, which make us seek the beloved Physician.
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Labor more for inward purity than for outward felicity. That man who is a laboring bee for earthly prosperity, will be but an idle drone for heavenly felicity.
Gold in your bags will make you greater but it is grace in your heart that will make you holier. He is a rich man who lives upon his wealth but he is a righteous man who lives upon his faith! A heavenly conversation, is better than any earthly possession. It is a great mercy to have a portion in the world but to have the world for a portion, is a great misery.
But, alas! some men are so in love with their golden bags, that they will ride with all possible haste to Hell if they are but paid well for their pains! They look upon gain as the highest good, and not upon godliness as the highest gain! They mind the present world so much as if it would never have an ending! They mind the world to come so little as if it would never have a beginning! The perishing things of this world are all the happiness of the men of this world! Oh, what wretched worldlings!
They are diligent about what is temporal but negligent about what is eternal! They are careful about fleeting vanities but slothful about durable excellencies! They feast their bodies but starve their souls! They lay up treasures on earth but none in Heaven! He who knocks at the creature's door for true happiness will find but an empty house kept there.
Oh, beloved, what is gold, compared to grace? What is earth, compared to Heaven? that you thus neglect the great things, the weighty things, the eternal things and busy yourselves about toys and trifles! You have a crown to look after, a Heaven to look after, a kingdom to look after!
I beseech you, beloved, labor more for inward holiness than for outward happiness! Labor more for the seed of grace than for the bag of gold! Labor more for inward piety than for outward plenty! Labor more for a heavenly kingdom than for an earthly possession! The earth is a saint's passage but Heaven is a saint's portion!
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Isaiah 55:2 … Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Colossians 3:1-2 … If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
John 6:27 … Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.❤
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
It is not every suffering that makes a martyr, but suffering for the word of God after a right manner. That is, not only for righteousness, but for righteousness' sake; not only for truth, but out of love to truth; not only for God's word, but according to it; to wit, in that holy, humble, meek manner, as the Word of God requires.
It is a rare thing to suffer aright, and to have my spirit in suffering bent only against God's enemy, sin: sin in doctrine, sin in worship, sin in life, and sin in conversation.
The devil nor men of the world can kill your righteousness or, love to it, but by your own hand; or separate that and you asunder, without your own act. Nor will he who does indeed suffer for the sake of it, or out of love he bears thereto, be tempted to exchange it for the good will of all the world.
I have often thought that the best of Christians are found in the worst of times. And I have thought again that one reason why we are no better, is because God purges us no more. Noah and Lot who so holy as they in the time of their afflictions? And yet who so idle as they in the time of their prosperity?
1 Peter 3:14 … But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;❤
Monday, December 2, 2019
Jehovah is bounteous in His nature to give is His delight. His gifts are precious beyond measure, and are as freely given as the light of the sun!
He freely gives grace in all its forms, to all His people: saving grace, comforting grace, preserving grace, sanctifying grace, directing grace, instructing grace, assisting grace!
He gives grace abundantly, seasonably, constantly, readily, sovereignly!
He doubly enhances the value of His grace, by the manner of its bestowal. He generously pours grace into their souls without ceasing and He always will do so, whatever may occur. Sickness may befall but the Lord will give grace. Poverty may come to us but grace will surely be afforded. Death must come but grace will light a candle at the darkest hour.
Reader, how blessed it is as years roll along, to enjoy such an unfading promise as this, "The Lord will give grace!"
The little conjunction "and" in this verse is the diamond rivet binding the present with the future! Grace and glory always go together. God has married them, and none can divorce them! The Lord will never deny a soul eternal glory, to whom He has freely given His saving grace. Indeed, glory is nothing more than grace in full bloom; grace like autumn fruit mellow and perfected.
How soon we may have glory, none can tell. It may be that before this month has run out, we shall see the Celestial City. But be the interval longer or shorter, we shall be glorified before long. The Lord will surely give glory to all His chosen ones: the glory of Heaven the glory of eternity, the glory of Jesus!
Oh, rare promise of a faithful God! Two golden links of one celestial chain! Whoever has grace shall surely gain glory!
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
Psalm 84:11 … For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Saving faith and real converting grace will always produce some conformity to the image of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 3:18 … But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.❤
Saturday, November 30, 2019
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
I'd stay in the garden with Him
Tho' the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go; thro' the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.
[C. Austin Miles]
Friday, November 29, 2019
THE COMMAND. "You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently." His precepts are to be kept, we should keep them in our minds and memories, and in our practice and daily behavior. They are to be kept diligently, as our rule of conduct, as our guide in all of life. They are to be kept with sincerity, promptness, and careful attention. We should keep them as the command of God — of God who is our Father, the source and giver of all good things.
We should keep them too, as those who must give an account.
THE DEVOUT ASPIRATION. "O that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!" This expresses a love to the precepts, and an approval of them. It intimates that there are hindrances, or difficulties in the way of keeping them Satan hinders, the world hinders, the flesh hinders. It is a recognition of our weakness and a desire for Divine strength. Divine influence is necessary to enable us to keep God's statutes. He who gives the precept must give the wisdom and the strength, necessary to observe it. He who requires obedience is ready to give us ability to render it. Let us then take every precept to His throne of grace, and with a hearty desire to do all that God commands, just because he commands it, and with a view to His glory; and cry out from the depths of the soul, "O that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!"
Beloved, if we perform duty in a right spirit, it will soon become our delight. It will bring us near to God, keep us dependent on Jesus, and lead us into close fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It will preserve us from a thousand snares and introduce us to a thousand unknown, and unexpected joys! Gracious Lord, direct us daily, that we may keep your precepts diligently!
Psalm 119:4-5 … Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Thursday, November 28, 2019
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
[Johannes A. Gaertner]
After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.
Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
When you love what you have, you have everything you need.
We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
[Neal A. Maxwell]
Thanksgiving day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.
We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter what may be the burden of our wants, or the special subject of our petitions.
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
What if, today, we were grateful for everything?
We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
[John F. Kennedy]
Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.
If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.
[Frank A. Clark]
What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.
[Wilbur D. Nesbit]
The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Everything we enjoy should be viewed as coming from the gracious and liberal hand of our sovereign God. All was forfeited by our sin. All that we receive is by His grace. The providence that supplies us is the wisdom, benevolence, and power of God in operation for us as expressive of His infinite love and unmerited grace!
Our talents to provide supplies, our opportunities to obtain them, and our abilities to enjoy them, are alike from the Lord. Every mercy increases our obligation and deepens our debt to free grace! Thanksgiving is never out of season, for we have always much to be grateful for.
We must view all things as arranged by His wisdom, dependent on His will, sanctified by His blessing, according with His promises, and flowing from His love!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 … In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.❤
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
🔥 The voice of God is FULL OF LIFE
🔥 The Holy Spirit ALWAYS speaks 'inspired words' that correct, teach, encourage and guide us into a greater experience of True Love ((without undertones of condemnation))
🔥 Obedience to the voice of God leads to multi-layered blessings
🔥 Jesus is the 'Living Word' and He speaks today
🔥 Jesus died to restore us back to the presence of True Love. Hearing His voice is part of the living experience God intended
🔥 The voice of God has authority in it, yet FULL of grace and truth
🔥 The voice of God rings true in the heart and mind. As supposed to just the mind
🔥 The voice of God is never abusive, mean, condemning or oppressive
🔥 The voice of God always has our best benefit in mind
🔥 'What is wisdom saying to me right now?' Is a good place to start training oneself to hear God
🔥 The voice of God sounds like ((True Love))
🔥 The voice of God is the only voice in human history that is 100% TRUSTWORTHY
🔥 We are created to hear, interact and be l
🔥 The voice of God is like no other
🔥 The written Word of God(Holy Scriptures) trains the heart to hear the Living Word of God. His ways, His character, His tone, His wisdom and His love
🔥 The voice of God will WARN us((in love)) for our protection from sin, death and eternal separation
🔥 Sin darkens our ability to hear the lighted Counsel of God
🔥 Repentance from darkness to Jesus, God's Word and the invitation of the Holy Spirit leads to the atmosphere of heaven in our hearts AND the light voice and presence of God
🔥 Leaning in to listen, openness to the presence of God and a pen and journal GREATLY ENHANCES ones ability to communicate and interact with God(True Love)
🔥 Following the Supernatural voice of God, YOU WILL SEE MIRACLES, signs and wonders, guaranteed!!
[Troi Nelson Cockayne]
John 10:27 … My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Hebrews 3:7 … Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Revelation 3:20 … Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.🕊
Monday, November 25, 2019
The Christian is not a good man. He is a vile wretch who has been saved by the grace of God!
The tragedy of sin is that it affects man in his highest faculties.
Sin causes us to become fools and behave in an irrational manner.
The more Christian a person is, the simpler will that person's life be.
Modern man, far from being ruled by reason, is ruled by lust and passion.
I'd rather hobble into Heaven, than run into Hell!
God is nowhere more hidden, than in most churches!
We deserve nothing but Hell! If you think you deserve Heaven then you are not a Christian.
Pride is probably the deadliest and the most subtle of all sins, and it can assume many forms!
The ultimate test of our spirituality, is the measure of our amazement at the grace of God.
Grace is favor shown to people who do not deserve any favor at all.
[Martyn Lloyd Jones]