Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Heart Affecting Views

Ah, who can grasp the thought of never-ending joy, or everlasting woe! The mind labors to conceive, and yet can never reach beyond the first impression of eternity. Numbers, years, ages, all, all are lost in the immeasurable, unfathomable abyss!

The riches of grace are the only durable riches, without which the mightiest monarchs of the earth are poor. When earth with all its glories shall have passed away, the lowly followers of Jesus will abide forever, and shine forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.

How difficult it is to get heart affecting views  of sin, of Christ,  of hell, and of heaven. We talk about them, but alas! how little are we practically affected by them.  Nothing but the Spirit of Christ can open our eyes to see the deformity of sin, the preciousness of the Savior, the misery of hell, the bliss of heaven.
"Quick as the apple of an eye;
O God my conscience make;
Awake my soul, when sin is nigh,
And keep it still awake.
O may the least omission pain,
My well-instructed soul;
And drive me to the blood again
Which makes the wounded whole."

[Thomas Reade]
Matthew 13:43 ... Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Psalm 146:8 ... The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
Psalm 25:14 ... The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

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.
John 16:13 ... Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.