Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Only Way.

Truth Bomb ~ There are thousands of religions in the world.  But there is only one empty tomb.  Jesus is LORD and the only way to Heaven.



 


Mark 16:6 ... And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.


John 14:6 ... Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

~ Noah

Sometimes faith will make you look like a fool ~ until it starts to rain. 



Genesis 7:11-12In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.  ✞

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Amazing Spectacle

A most amazing spectacle is here; the Son of God turns His back on Heaven! He leaves the bosom and happy fellowship of his Father, He bares his own bosom to the sword of justice, and in the depths of a love never to be fathomed.  He dies on that accursed tree, the just for the unjust, that we might be saved!


[Thomas Guthrie]


1 Peter 3:18 ... For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:


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Monday, July 26, 2021

Pray!!

Meditation and Prayer resemble the spies that went to search the land of Canaan: the one views, and the other cuts down; and both bring home a taste of the fairest and sweetest fruits of heaven. Meditation, like the eye, views our mercies; and Prayer, like the hand, grasps those mercies! Or, Meditation is like a land agent, who goes abroad to purchase what we need; and Prayer, like a ship, goes forth and brings in what we desire. 

Lord, it is my misery, that I cannot be so perfect as not to be in need; but it magnifies your mercy that I cannot be so miserable as not to be supplied. Meditation cannot find out a real need but Prayer can obtain suitable comfort. Lord, if mercy is so free, I will labor to know my poverty that I may be enriched with your grace; and yet I will not rest, until you shall do more for me than I am able either to ask or think! Prayer was appointed to convey, The blessings God designs to give; Long as they live should Christians pray, For only while they pray they live.

[Thomas Sherman]

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Matthew 26:41 ... Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 ... Pray without ceasing.

Philippians 4:6 ...  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Clasp That Cross!

Backsliding Christian, go at once to the cross! There, and there only, can you get your spirit quickened. No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead you may have become, go again in all your rags and poverty.

Clasp that cross!  Look into those languid eyes!  Bathe in that fountain filled with blood!  This will bring back your first love. This will restore the simplicity of your faith, and the tenderness of your heart. 

[Charles H. Spurgeon]



Proverbs 4:23 ... Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Crucify Your Sins!

Crucify your sins, which have crucified your Savior. Did the rocks rent, when Christ died for our sins? And shall not our hearts rent, who have lived in our sins? Oh, that the nails which pierced His hands, should now pierce our hearts. Oh, that they should wound themselves with their sorrows, who have wounded Christ with their sins. Oh, that they who have grieved His heart, should be grieved in their hearts. Oh, that I should be such a bad a child to Him, who has been such a good a Father to me. My sins have been my greatest terror, and my Savior has been my choicest helper. Oh, put sin to death, for sin was the cause of Christ's death. 

[William Dyer] 

Galatians 5:24-25 ... And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Who Can Wonder?

Look into some families of professors follow them through the history of only one week, and see their worldly-mindedness, their gaiety, their frivolity, their unsanctified tempers, their worldly reading, their amusements, their homage to talent, their low esteem of holiness, their negligence of family prayer, their neglect of godly instruction to their children  and who can wonder that young people brought up amidst such scenes, do not become pious but go off into the world or into sin? 

Too often the children are like their parents, and bring into the church no higher or better kind of religion than what they have learned at home!  And thus a low tone of piety, a lukewarm Laodicean spirit is extended and perpetuated. There must be a revival of piety in the parents!  It is vain to expect that a worldly-minded father, whose spirituality, if he ever had any, has been utterly evaporated by the exclusiveness of concern about business and politics. Or a frivolous, pleasure-loving mother, who thinks far more about adorning the bodies of her children, than about saving their souls should be at all concerned about the pious education of their children. 

Recollect what a solemn thing it is to be a parent! What a weighty responsibility attaches to those who have the immortal souls of their children committed to their care! 

[John Angell James] 

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1 Timothy 4:12 ...  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 Ephesians 6:4 ... And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Family Time.

Hearts that are drawn together at God's feet every day in family devotions cannot drift very far away from each other. The domestic frictions of the day are forgotten  when all voices mingle in the same heavenly song.  As the tender words of Scripture fall with their gracious counsels, all feeling of unkindness melts away. The family altar in the midst wondrously hallows and sweetens the whole home. 

Besides, the family altar puts new strength into every heart, comforts all sorrows, is a shield against temptation, smooths out the wrinkles of care, inspires strength for burden-bearing, quickens every holy sentiment, and keeps the fires of devotion burning on every heart's altar.

[J.R. Miller]

1 John 1:7 ... But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Eyes of Faith

Love knows no bounds. With Him, all things are possible. He opens doors according to His will. Doors swing wide open in His perfect timing. Your obedience to that point brings you to its opening. Exchange your natural vision for eyes of faith to see its path. Speak to your mountains to be removed. Speak to the dry bones of your visions, that they be wrapped in His life. They will all rise up a vast army by His Spirit. ARISE AND SPEAK!

[Troi Nelson Cockayne]


Romans 4:17 ... (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Heaven-Entitled Souls

No one word can fully express all that God has done for my soul, though in general it may be described as saved. Saved! Ah, that is a grand word worthy of being written in letters of gold! A saved soul includes many things I can only mention them: 

1. A saved soul is a God-pardoned soul. All its sins are forgiven, and its iniquities are drowned in that deluge of pardoning love that rises high above the topmost peaks of all its mountain sins! 
 
2. A saved soul is a God-reconciled soul. Once at enmity, God and the sinner are now at peace. All differences are at an end. The prodigal sinner has been embraced and kissed by the father. The rebel has thrown down his weapons, and bent his knee to the Monarch and the Monarch has raised him up, and with a smile of love, has put him among His children. If I may so express it, God and the sinner have met and shaken hands beneath the shadow of the cross! They are at at-one-ment there. 

3. A saved soul is also a sin-delivered soul. This is something more than pardon, or reconciliation. It is a higher blessing. Pardon remits the punishment of sin, but leaves the guilt of sin. But justification acquits the person of every charge. Believer, your sins are not merely forgiven but they are done away with, put out of sight, removed from you as far as the remotest east is from the extreme west! In the eye of God, you are as guiltless as His spotless Son! "You are altogether beautiful, My love; there is no flaw in you!" (Song of Songs 4:7) 

4. A saved soul is also a God-arrayed soul. This is higher still. The former blessing was a negation of guilt, this is a possession of righteousness. A righteousness, mark you, that is not capable of improvement, but a righteousness that is superlative in its quality, it is the righteousness of God Himself! A saved soul, even to the omniscient eye of Deity, is not only without spot or wrinkle or any such thing but it is altogether lovely and glorious, robed in the splendor of "Jehovah Tsidkenu," "The Lord our Righteousness!" 

5. A saved soul is a Heaven-entitled soul. This crowns all. Not merely am I delivered from Hell, but in my hand is placed a title-deed to eternal glory! This is no fiction or flight of imagination, but a blessed fact. Possessed by every saint, is a title to Heaven that God Himself will declare to be valid to all eternity. Now believer, if all these things are included in what God has done for our souls, then did I not say rightly that many words were necessary to describe the work? Let us then, as God-pardoned, God-reconciled, Sin-delivered, God-arrayed, Heaven-entitled souls call on all, far and near, to come and listen to our joyous tale. 

God looks upon His redeemed people as the masterpieces of His love and power; and He will before assembled worlds exhibit us as the grandest trophies Heaven contains! 

 [Archibald Brown] 

Psalm 66:16 ... Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

A Prophet Like Moses

Prophecy:

The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;  Deuteronomy 18:15 




Fulfilled: 

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)  Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. John 7:37-40