Friday, March 5, 2021
1. Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
2. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
3. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
4. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
5. Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.
Romans 12:2 ... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.❤
Thursday, March 4, 2021
The Unchangeableness of God. What an anchor for a storm tossed sea! Change is our portion here! Scenes are altering. Joys are fading. Friends! some of them are removed at a distance; others have gone to their 'long home'. Who, amid these checkered experiences, does not sigh for something permanent, stable, enduring? The vessel has again and again slipped its earthly moorings.
We long for some secure and sheltered harbor. "I am the Lord, and I do not change!" Heart and flesh may faint; yes, do faint and fail. But there is an unfainting, unfailing, unvarying God. All the changes in the world around cannot affect Him. Our own fitfulness cannot alter Him. When we are depressed, downcast, fluctuating; our treacherous hearts turning aside "like a broken bow," He does not change. "God who cannot lie," is the superscription on His eternal throne; and inscribed on all His dealings. "I am the Lord, and I do not change!" This forms a blessed guarantee that nothing can befall me but what is for my good. I cannot doubt His faithfulness.
I dare not arraign the rectitude of His dispensations. It is 'covenant love' which is now darkening my earthly horizon. This hour He is the same as when He "spared not His own Son!" Oh, instead of wondering at my trials, let me rather wonder that He has borne with me so long! It is because of the Lord's unchanging mercies that I am not consumed. Had He been man, changeful, vacillating, as myself, long before now would He have spurned me away, and consigned me to the doom of the cumberer.
Malachi 3:6 ... For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. ❤
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
The roots of original sin did not begin in the garden but on a throne. Yet, it was man who yielded to sin and brought about our corruption. Every wicked and evil thing created, invented, birthed or acted upon stems from that same throne to this day, and the one who sits upon it, whose name is Satan. This is why our battle is not with flesh and blood, but spiritual powers which are active in bringing chaos to what should be order.
God has a time that is set which cannot be changed or altered, where he and he alone will bring order to rebellion, peace to chaos, stability to disorder, and life to what was death. Until then our cause is Christ, our path is straight, and our hope is eternity. Everything else is pointless.
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Ephesians 6:12 ... For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Mark 1:15 ... And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Matthew 24:36 ... But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.❤
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
God's holiness is manifested at the Cross. Wondrously and yet most solemnly, does the Atonement display God's infinite holiness and abhorrence of sin. How hateful must sin be to God, for Him to punish it to its utmost deserts when it was imputed to His Son!
Psalm 5:5 ... The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Psalm 7:11 ... God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
Hebrews 12:29 ... For our God is a consuming fire. ❤
Monday, March 1, 2021
Jesus is bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, a garment to the naked, healing to the wounded. Whatever a soul can desire is found in Him!
2 Peter 3:14 ... Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. ❤
Sunday, February 28, 2021
The Holy Spirit is the author of the great work of regeneration. He takes up His abode in the renewed heart, as His temple. He dwells in us, and shall be with us. Jesus does all for us, in our justification; and the Holy Spirit does all in us, for our sanctification.
The Holy Spirit is the source of all holy desires, consistent purposes and good works. There is no good thing in us, but what He produces. He dwells within us as the Teacher, the Comforter and the Advocate of the soul. He leads us into truth, against Satan, and to labor for God. He warns us of evil, directs us to Jesus, and applies the blessings of salvation to our souls. He is in us as a well of water springing up into everlasting life. Without the Holy Spirit there is not, there cannot be, genuine religion; for He is its author, guardian, and guide.
To Him we are indebted for every good desire, for every holy thought, for every good word, and for every fruitful work. He works in us to will and to do of His own good pleasure. Every tear of penitence, every contrite sigh, every fervent prayer, every ray of spiritual light, every holy emotion toward God is from the Holy Spirit.
If He left us our graces would soon wither, fade and die. When we grieve Him our comforts decline, our evidences are beclouded, and our hands wax feeble. But, if we sow to the Spirit, if we walk in the Spirit, if we aim in all things to please Him then our souls are vigorous, our graces are lively, and we are enabled to find our joy in God.
John 3:6 ... That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
The proper study of God's elect, is God. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father! There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep that our pride is drowned in its infinity!
Other subjects we can compass and grapple with in them we feel a kind of self-contentment, and go our way with the thought, "Behold I am wise!" But when we come to this master-science, finding that our plumb-line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild donkey's colt; and with the solemn exclamation, "I am but of yesterday, and know nothing!"
No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God. The most excellent study for expanding the soul, is the science of Christ and Him crucified and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity. Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing will so magnify the whole soul of man as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity. While humbling and expanding, this subject is eminently consolatory.
Oh, there is in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound! In musing on the Father, there is a quietus for every grief. In the influence of the Holy Spirit, there is a balsam for every sore. Would you lose your sorrows? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead's deepest sea! Be lost in His immensity and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated.
I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of grief and sorrow; so speak peace to the winds of trial as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead!
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
Ephesians 3:19 ... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Friday, February 26, 2021
Depend upon it, our hearts are all alike. To know that they are deceitful and desperately wicked, and to look to Jesus for mercy, help, and salvation are, I think, the greatest attainments we can rise to in this imperfect state.
Jeremiah 17:9 ... The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Ezekiel 11:19 ... And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
Psalm 51:10 ... Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.❤
Thursday, February 25, 2021
You need to be born again children. You need to come to personal repentance and faith. And if you die before you come to personal repentance and faith, you are not going to Heaven; you are going to Hell. That's the warning we must give to children. We must not presume they're regenerated. We must tell them: You must be regenerated; you must come to faith and repentance.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The cross of Christ is the Christian's crown!The reproach of Christ is the Christian's riches! The shame of Christ is the Christian's glory!
If I had the wings of a dove, I would fly from the winds, the storms and tempests of this wicked world and rest myself in the bosom of my Father!
God often gives the trinkets of this world to His greatest enemies. He gives eternal glory to none but His redeemed children!
The worldling thinks he makes a very wise bargain, when he sells his conscience, God, and Heaven for a little of that which some call riches.
How can they look for Heaven when they die, who thought it not worth their minding while they lived?
How many seeming saints shall gain nothing at death, but a thorough knowledge of their own folly!
He who counts nothing worth the having, except Christ, and for Christ, cannot be miserable when he is lodged safely in His embraces.
God is oftentimes better, but never worse, than His Word.
How will the heavens echo with joy, when the Bride, the Lamb's wife, shall come to dwell with her Husband forever!
Those who die in sin, must be burned in Hell!
Your children are not too young to die; they are not too young to go to Hell.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Worldly pleasures seem solid in their pursuit but are mere clouds in the enjoyment.
Romans 12:2 ... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Colossians 2:8 ... Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
1 John 2:15 ... Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.❤