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Friday, April 18, 2014

Trust In Him And He Shall Bring It To Pass

Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

I once believed that after I prayed, it was my responsibility to
do everything in my power to bring about the answer.Yet God
taught me a better way and showed me that self-effort always
hinders His work. 


He also revealed that when I prayed and had confident trust in Him for something, He simply wanted me to wait in an attitude of praise and do only what He told me.
 

Sitting still, doing nothing except trusting in the Lord, causes a feeling of uncertainty, and there is often a tremendous temptation to take the battle into our own hands.
 

We all know how difficult it is to rescue a drowning person
who tries to help his rescuer, and it is equally difficult for the
Lord to fight our battles for us when we insist upon trying to
fight them ourselves.


It is not that God will not but that He cannot, for our interference hinders His work. 

~C.H. P.~

Spiritual forces cannot work while we are trusting earthly forces.
 

Often we fail to give God an opportunity to work, not realizing that it takes time for Him to answer prayer.

It takes time for God to color a rose or to grow a great oak tree. And it takes time for Him to make bread from wheat fields.He takes the soil, then grinds and softens it. He enriches it and wets it with rain showers and with dew.Then He brings the warmth of life to the small blade of grass, later grows the stalk and the amber grain, and finally provides bread for the hungry.
 

All this takes time.Therefore we sow the seed, till the ground, and then wait and trust until God’s purpose has been fulfilled.
 

We understand this principle when it comes to planting a field,
and we need to learn the same lesson regarding our prayer life.
It takes time for God to answer prayer.


~J. H. M.~

Monday, April 14, 2014

Faith Rests On The Pure Word Of GOD Alone.

Psa 119:42  So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

The strength of our faith is in direct proportion to our level of belief that God will do exactly what He has promised.


Faith has nothing to do with feelings, impressions, outward appearances, nor the probability or improbability of an event.

If we try to couple these things with faith, we are no longer resting on the Word of God, because faith is not dependent on them.
 

Faith rests on the pure Word of God alone. And when we take Him at His Word, our hearts are at peace.
 

God delights in causing us to exercise our faith.  

He does so to bless us individually, to bless the church at large, and as a witness to unbelievers.

Yet we tend to retreat from the exercising of our faith instead of welcoming it.

When trials come, our response should be,“My heavenly Father has placed this cup of trials into my hands so I may later have something pleasant.”
 

Trials are the food of faith. Oh, may we leave ourselves in the hands of our heavenly Father!

It is the joy of His heart to do good to all His children.Yet trials and difficulties are not the only way faith is exercised and thereby increased.

Reading the Scriptures also acquaints us with God as He has revealed Himself in them.
 

Are you able to genuinely say, from your knowledge of God and your relationship with Him, that He is indeed a beautiful Being? 

If not, let me graciously encourage you to ask God to take you to that point, so you will fully appreciate His gentleness and kindness, so you will be able to say just how good He is, and so you will know what a delight it is to God’s heart to do good for His children.
 

The closer we come to this point in our inner being, the more willing we are to leave ourselves in His hands and the more
satisfied we are with all of His dealings with us. Then when
trials come, we will say, “I will patiently wait to see the good
God will do in my life, with the calm assurance He will do it.”

 

In this way, we will bear a worthy testimony to the world and
thereby strengthen the lives of others. 


~George Mueller~

Friday, April 11, 2014

Have You Thanked Him For The Thorns?

2Co 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

The literal translation of this verse adds a startling emphasis
to it, allowing it to speak for itself with power we have probably
never realized. It is as follows: “Therefore I take pleasure in
being without strength, being insulted, experiencing emergencies, and being chased and forced into a corner for Christ’s sake; for when I am without strength, I am dynamite.”
 

The secret of knowing God’s complete sufficiency is in coming to the end of everything in ourselves and our circumstances.
 

Once we reach this point, we will stop seeking sympathy for
our difficult situation or ill treatment, because we will recognize
these things as the necessary conditions for blessings.


We will then turn from our circumstances to God, realizing they are the evidence of Him working in our lives.
~A. B. Simpson~
 

George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland,
once said,“My dear God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. 


I have thanked you a thousand times for my roses but not once for my thorns.

I have always looked forward to the place where I will be rewarded for my cross, but I have never thought of my cross as a present glory itself.

Teach me, O Lord, to glory in my cross.Teach me the value of my thorns.

Show me how I have climbed to You through the path of pain. Show me it is through my tears I have seen my rainbows.
 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

There Stood By Me This Night The Angel Of GOD

Act 27:23  For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve

Tempest and long darkness, coupled with imminent risk of shipwreck, had brought the crew of the vessel into a sad case; one man alone among them remained perfectly calm, and by his word the rest were reassured.

Paul was the only man who had heart enough to say, “Sirs, be of good cheer.”

There were veteran Roman legionaries on board, and brave old
mariners, and yet their poor Jewish prisoner had more spirit than they all. He had a secret Friend who kept his courage up. 


The Lord Jesus dispatched a heavenly messenger to whisper
words of consolation in the ear of his faithful servant; therefore he wore a shining countenance, and spake like a man at ease.
 

If we fear the Lord, we may look for timely interposition's when our case is at its worst.
 

Angels are not kept from us by storms, or hindered by darkness. Seraphs think it no humiliation to visit the poorest of the heavenly family.

If angel’s visits are few and far between at ordinary times, they shall be frequent in our nights of tempest and tossing.

Friends may drop from us when we are under pressure, but our intercourse with the inhabitants of the angelic world shall be more abundant; and in the strength of love-words, brought to us from the throne by the way of Jacob’s ladder, we shall be strong to do exploits.

Dear reader, is this an hour of distress with you? then ask for peculiar help. Jesus is the angel of the covenant, and if his presence be now earnestly sought, it will not be denied. 

What that presence brings in heart-cheer those remember who, like Paul, have had the angel of God standing by them in a night of storm, when anchors would no longer hold, and rocks were nigh.

O Angel of my GOD, be near, Amid the darkness hush my fear; Loud roars the wild tempestuous sea, Thy presence, Lord, shall comfort me.”

~Charles Spurgeon~



Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sensitive To Warning

Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before Me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD
2 Kings 22:19.

Many despise warning and perish. Happy is he who trembles at the Word of God. Josiah did so, and he was spared the sight of the evil which the LORD determined to send upon Judah because of her great sins.

Have you this tenderness? Do you practice this self-humiliation? Then you also shall be spared in the evil day. God sets a mark upon the men that sigh and cry because of the sin of the times. 

The destroying angel is commanded to keep his sword in its sheath till the elect of God are sheltered: these are best known by their godly fear and their trembling at the Word of the LORD. 

Are the times threatening? Does infidelity advance with great strides, and do you dread national chastisement upon this polluted nation? 

Well you may. Yet rest in this promise: "Thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace: and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which l will bring upon this place." Better still, the LORD Himself may come, and then the days of our mourning shall be ended. 

~Charles Spurgeon~

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I Solemnly Warn You!

                                                                       
Some professors are always trying to keep in with the world

They are ingenious in discovering reasons for not separating decidedly, and in framing plausible excuses for attending questionable amusements, and keeping up questionable friendships.

One day you are told of their attending a Bible class; the next day perhaps you hear of their going to a ball!

One day they fast, or go to the Lord's table and receive the sacrament; another day they go to the racecourse in the morning, and the opera at night!

One day they are almost in hysterics under the sermon of some sensational preacher; another day they are weeping over some novel!

But to walk closely with God; to be really spiritually-minded; to behave like strangers and pilgrims; to be distinct from the world in use of time, in life-style, in amusements, in dress; to bear a faithful witness for Christ in all places; to leave a fragrance of our Master in every society; to be prayerful, humble, unselfish, good-tempered, quiet, contented, charitable, patient; to be jealously afraid of all manner of sin; to be tremblingly alive to our danger from the world— these, are rare things!


They are not common among those who are called Christians; and, worst of all, the absence of them is not felt and bewailed as it should be!

I beseech you not to be content with a small measure of grace not to be satisfied with being a little better than the world!

I solemnly warn you not to attempt doing what never can be done: to serve Christ — and yet keep in with the world. 


I call upon you and beseech you to be a whole-hearted Christian,to follow after eminent holiness, to aim at a high degree of sanctification to live a consecrated life, and to present your body a "living sacrifice" unto God!

~J. C. Ryle~

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Solemn Warning

This is a solemn warning to those who walk in darkness and who try to help themselves find the light.They are described as the kindling for a fire that is surrounding itself with sparks.
 

What does this mean? It means that when we are in darkness, the temptation is to find our own way without trusting in the LORD and relying upon Him. Instead of allowing Him to help us, we try to help ourselves.
 

We seek the light of the natural way and the advice of our friends.We reason out our own conclusions and thereby may be tempted to accept a path of deliverance that would not be of God at all.
 

The light we see may be the fires from our own kindling, or deceptive beacons leading us toward the danger of the rocks.  

And God will allow us to walk in the false light of those sparks, but the end will be sorrow.
 

Beloved, never try to get out of a dark place except in God’s timing and in His way. A time of trouble and darkness is meant
to teach you lessons you desperately need. 


Premature deliverance may circumvent God’s work of grace in your life.

Commit the entire situation to Him,and be willing to abide in darkness,knowing He is present.
 

Remember, it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light.

~From The Still Small Voice~
 

Stop interfering with God’s plans and with His will.Touching anything of His mars the work.  

Moving the hands of a clock to suit you does not change the time.You may be able to rush the unfolding of some aspects of God’s will, but you harm His work in the long run.

You can force a rosebud open, but you spoil the flower. 

Leave everything to Him, without exception. Not what I will, but what you will. Mark 14:36.  

~Stephen Merritt~
 

His Way God sent me on when I would stay (’Twas cool within the wood); I did not know the reason why.
 

I heard a boulder crashing by ’Cross the path where I had stood. He had me stay when I would go; “Your will be done,” I said.
 

They found one day at early dawn, Across the way I would have gone, A serpent with a mangled head. I ask no more the reason why, Although I may not see The path ahead, His way I go; For though I know not, He does know, And He will choose safe paths for me.

~From Sunday School Times~

Friday, March 21, 2014

Love's Expenditures

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because “He laid down His life for us.”

And the real test of any love is what it is prepared to “lay down.” How much is it ready to spend? How much will it bleed? 

There is much spurious love about. It lays nothing down; it only takes things up! It is self-seeking, using the speech and accents of love. It is a “work of the flesh,” which has stolen the label of a fruit of the Spirit.

Love may always be known by its expenditures, its self-crucifixions, its Calvarys. Love is always laying down its life for others. Its pathway is always a red road. You may track its goings by the red “marks of the Lord Jesus.”

And this is the life, the love-life, which the LORD Jesus came to create among the children of men. 

It is His gracious purpose to form a spiritual fellowship in which every member will be lovingly concerned about his fellows good. 

A real family of God would be one in which all the members bleed for each, and each for all.

How can we gain this disposition of love? “God is love.” “We love because He first loved us.”

At the fountain of eternal love we too may become lovers, becoming “partakers of the divine nature,” and filled with all the fulness of God.

~John Henry Jowett~

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Speech A Register Of Moral And Spiritual Condition

Your doctors often test our physical condition by the state of our tongue. With another and deeper significance the tongue is also the register of our condition. 

Our words are a perfect index of our moral and spiritual health. 

If our words are unclean and untrue, our souls are assuredly sickly and diseased.

A perverse tongue is never allied with a sanctified heart. 

And, therefore, everyone may apply a clinical test to his own life: 

What is the character of my speech? What do my words indicate? 

What do they suggest as to the depths and background of the soul? 

By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

God delighteth in truthful lips. Right words are fruit from the tree of life. 


The LORD turns away from falsehood as we turn away from material corruption, only with an infinitely intenser loathing and disgust.

It is only the lips that have been purified with flame from the holy altar of God that can offer words that are pleasing unto Him.


Take my lips and let them be Filled with messages from Thee.

~John Henry Jowett~

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Is This Pleasing To GOD?

                                                  
1Th 4:1  Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.  

In every place, in every circumstance, in every undertaking the Christian should ask, "Is this pleasing to God?"
 

GOD is pleased or displeased with every thought we think, with every word we speak, with every action we perform, with every emotion we feel.
 

Perhaps we do not sufficiently realize this. 

We think, speak, feel, and act without ever considering whether we are pleasing God, or not. 

But this ought not to be, for He gave us our being, redeemed us from sin and damnation, called us by His grace, and has blessed us with innumerable and interminable blessings and all that we may glorify Him! 

And how can we glorify Him — but by habitually aiming to please Him?

If we forget or lose sight of this — we forget and lose sight of the principal end of our being, and well-being.

For instance, the manner in which I employ my spare time — the amount of time I give to  recreation or entertainment.


Many Christians seem never to think whether the way in which they spend their time, is pleasing to God or not. 

If they did, would they ever go to some entertainments, or indulge in certain pleasures? 

Would the world have so much of their time, and the prayer-closet so little?

How much time is wasted in frivolous ways, which are neither conducive to the health of the body, nor calculated to promote the spirituality of the mind.

Also, how many squander their money on dress, ornaments, or delicacies for the body — who never relieve the poor, or contribute to establish God's cause in the world.


Or if they do so at all, it is not in due proportion to their means. The pence are given to the Lord the pounds are spent in the gratification of SELF!

If, when I am going to lay out money in ornaments or dress, or indulgences for the table, I was to ask, "Is this pleasing to God?" —


Would it not check my lavish expenditure? 

Would it not often change the course in which my money flows?
 

Col 1:10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

My object in everything I do should be to please God.


The one grand end of my life, the grand thing I am to aim at is to please my Heavenly Father. 

I have nothing to dread, but His frown, nothing to fear, but His displeasure, nothing to seek, but His approbation.

If my Heavenly Father is pleased with me it is enough. 

What a comfort it is to know that my God is easily pleased — that it is not the amount of what I do — but the motive from which I do it, which He looks at!

He is pleased with my poorest performances, with my most imperfect services, with only a cup of cold water given to one of His children if my object is to please Him!

In everything I do, I should ask, Is this pleasing to God? If so, all is well.  


1Co 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.   

This is the rule — and we should walk by it.

~James Smith~

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The FIRE Of Envy

Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work!

In Milton’s “Comus” we read of a certain potion which has the power to pervert all the senses of everyone who drinks it. Nothing is apprehended truly. Sight and hearing and taste are all disordered, and the victim is all unconscious of the confusion. The deadly draught is the minister of deceptive chaos.

And envy is like that potion when it is drunk by the spirit. It perverts every moral and spiritual sense. 


The envious is more fatally stricken than the blind.

He gazes upon untruth and thinks it true. He looks upon confusion and thinks it order.

Envy is colour-blind. It is like jealousy, of which it is a blood-relation. It never sees anything in its natural hues. It misinterprets everything.

No one can quench the unholy fire of envy but the mighty God Himself. It is like a prairie fire: once kindled it is beyond our power to stamp it out. 


But God’s coolness is more than a match for all our feverish heat. His quenchings are transformations.

He converts the perverted and changes envy into goodwill. The bitter pool is made sweet. For confusion He gives order, for ashes He gives beauty, and in the face of an old enemy we see the countenance of a friend.

~John Henry Jowett~

Monday, March 17, 2014

Planted Together In The Likeness Of His Death


May I remind you that the nature of this planting is just that with which we are so familiar. “Planted together in the likeness of His death.”

That is the word of the Apostle, “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.”

The enemy is the instrument so often, of planting us more deeply into the death of Christ. 

His assaults, his attacks, his accusations, everything – yes. The Lord is not the source of evil, but the Lord allows it.

So often our hearts cry out: “Why did the Lord ever allow that in our lives?” That thing which has meant such a deep, dark passage. Why did the Lord allow it? He could have prevented it. 

Well, we were planted by it into the death of the Lord Jesus. We were brought more than ever to an end of ourselves. 

Yes, and therefore, to know the Lord in a larger measure than we have ever known Him, and to be brought to a place where it will not be so easy for the Devil to shake us next time.

That is the sovereign way of God in deeper death experiences. “Planted together in the likeness of His death.”

Have you been planted there initially? Have you been planted in Christ crucified? Or are you one of those attachments to something? Are you planted?

And when a deeper planting comes, remember it is the roots being driven downwards, and the issue is going to be most surely endurance, stability, and ability to stand; but, oh, there is going to be greater fruitfulness.

~T. Austin Sparks~





























































































































Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beware Of The Easy Way

 
Psa 30:6  And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. 

Moab settled on his lees, he hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel.”

Give a man wealth; let his ships bring home continually rich freights; let the winds and waves appear to be his servants to bear his vessels across the bosom of the mighty deep; let his lands yield abundantly: let the weather be propitious to his crops; let uninterrupted success attend him.
 

Let him stand among men as a successful merchant; let him enjoy continued health; allow him with braced nerve and brilliant eye to march through the world, and live happily; give
him the buoyant spirit; let him have the song perpetually on his lips; let his eye be ever sparkling with joy—and the natural consequence of such an easy state to any man, let him be the best Christian who ever breathed, will be presumption; even David said, “I shall never be moved;” and we are not better than David, nor half so good. 


Brother, beware of the smooth places of the way; if you are treading them, or if the way be rough, thank God for it. 

If God should always rock us in the cradle of prosperity; if we were always dandled on the knees of fortune; if we had not some stain on the alabaster pillar; if there were not a few clouds in the sky; if we had not some bitter drops in the wine of this life, we should become intoxicated with pleasure, we should dream “we stand;” and stand we should, but it would be upon a pinnacle; like the man asleep upon the mast, each moment we should be in jeopardy.
 

We bless God, then, for our afflictions; we thank him for our changes; we extol his name for losses of property; for we feel that had he not chastened us thus, we might have become too secure. 

Continued worldly prosperity is a fiery trial. “Afflictions, though they seem severe, In mercy oft are sent.”

~Charles Spurgeon~

Monday, March 10, 2014

Deep Ploughing

Despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

I do not agree with all of the Puritan writers’ doctrine, but I love their emphasis on holiness. These godly preachers called their sermons “deep ploughing.” 


They believed they could not sow true seeds of faith until the soil of their listeners’ hearts had been deeply plowed.

The Puritans made sure their preaching went deep, cracking all the fallow ground of their listeners’ souls. 


Their sermons produced genuine repentance in their congregations and, in turn, over the years this produced strong,
mature, faithful
Christians.

Today, however, most preaching is all sowing with no plowing. I hear very few sermons nowadays that dig deeper than the topsoil.


Deep plowing does not just address the disease of sin; it digs down to the very cause of the disease. 

Much of the preaching we hear today focuses on the remedy while ignoring the disease. It offers a prescription without providing surgery!

Sadly, we cause people to think they have been healed of sin when they never knew they were sick.


We put robes of righteousness on them when they never knew they were naked.  

We urge them to trust in Christ when they don’t even realize their need to trust. Such people end up thinking, “It can’t hurt to add Jesus to my life.”

C. H. Spurgeon, the powerful English preacher, said the following about the need for repentance:
 

I trust that sorrowful penitence does still exist, though I have not heard much about it lately. People seem to jump into faith very quickly nowadays...I hope my old friend repentance is not dead. I am desperately in love with repentance; it seems to be the twin sister of faith.

I do not myself understand much about dry-eyed faith; I know that I came to Christ by the way of weeping-cross. . . . 


When I came to Calvary by faith, it was with great weeping and supplication, confessing my transgressions, and desiring to find salvation in Jesus, and in Jesus only.”

~David Wilkerson~