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Friday, September 12, 2014

What Of My House?

Act 16:31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 

This gospel for a man with a sword at his throat is the gospel for me. 

This would suit me if I were dying, and it is all that I need while I am living.

I look away from self, and sin, and all idea of personal merit, and I trust the LORD Jesus as the Savior whom God has given. 

I believe in Him, I rest on Him, I accept Him to be my all in all. 

LORD, I am saved, and I shall be saved to all eternity, for I believe in Jesus. Blessed be Thy name for this.

May I daily prove by my life that I am saved from selfishness, and worldliness, and every form of evil. 

But those last words about my "house": LORD, I would not run away with half a promise when Thou dost give a whole one. 

I beseech Thee, save all my family. Save the nearest and dearest. Convert the children and the grandchildren, if I have any. 

Be gracious to my servants and all who dwell under my roof or work for me. 

Thou makest this promise to me personally if I believe in the LORD Jesus; I beseech Thee to do as Thou hast said. 

I would go over in my prayer every day the names of all my brothers and sisters, parents, children, friends, relatives, servants, and give Thee no rest till that word is fulfilled, "and thy house."

~Charles Spurgeon~

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

We Begin At The Lowest Grade

Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 

All of Christian life is a school.  

Learn from Me, said the Master.

We are only beginners when we first become Christians, and enter Christ's school. We begin at the lowest grade

We do not have to wait until we know a great deal before we begin to attend school. School is not for finished scholars but for the most ignorant. 

We may come to Christ when we know almost nothing. He is the teacher and all believers are learners. 

Learn from Me for I am gentle. Gentleness is a lesson which we are to learn. It will probably take us a good long while to learn this lesson but we must learn it because it is in Christ's curriculum for all His students.

Contentment is another lesson which we must learn. When he was well along in life, Paul said, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation." It was a long and difficult lesson for him to learn. 

Patience is a lesson that has to be learned. An impatient person is not a complete Christian.  

Thoughtfulness is a necessary lesson. There are a great many thoughtless Christians. They are always blundering in their interactions with others. They say the wrong word, they do the wrong thing. 

They are always hurting other people's feelings, giving pain to gentle hearts. Yet it is all from thoughtlessness. "I didn't mean to offend him. I didn't mean to be unkind. I just never thought!"  

There are few lessons in Christian life that more people need to learn, than this of thoughtfulness.

We have to learn to trust. Worry is a sin. It is probably as great a sin as dishonesty or profanity or bad temper. 

Yet a good many Christian people worry and one of the most important lessons in Christ's school, is to learn not to worry.  

Kindness is a lesson we must learn. It takes many years to learn the one little lesson of kindness.

Joy is a lesson to be learned.  
Peace is another.

Humility is another necessary lesson.

Praise is a great lesson.

All of life is a school
, and it is in learning these lessons that Jesus says we shall find rest for your souls

Christ Himself is our teacher, and with Him we should never fail to learn, though it be only slowly. 

Then as we learn our lessons, our lives will grow continually more and more into quietness, peace and Christlikeness.

~J. R. Miller~

Sunday, September 7, 2014

It Is Not The Work Of The Spirit To Produce Doubts And Fears, But To Overcome Them

I Corinthians 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  

It is not the work of the Spirit to produce doubts and fears, but to overcome them. 

And yet we are continually subject to them. Infidel thoughts fly across the mind; doubts and questionings suggest themselves; 

Satan is busy in plying his arguments; a guilty conscience falls too readily under his accusations; 

Painful recollections of past slips, falls, and backslidings strengthen the power of unbelief, so that to come to a spot wherein there is not the least shadow of a doubt of divine realities, and, what is far more, of our own saving interest in them, is a rare circumstance, and only attainable at those favored moments when the Lord is pleased to shine into the soul and settle the matter between himself and our conscience.

But these very doubts, these very questionings, these cutting, killing fears, these anxious surmising's work together for good, and are mercifully overruled for our spiritual benefit.

What else has brought us to this point that nothing short of demonstration will satisfy the soul really born and taught of God?

It must have demonstration--nothing else will do. We cannot live and die upon uncertainties. 

It won't do to be always in a state that we don't know whether we are going to heaven or hell; to be tossed up and down on a sea of uncertainty, scarcely knowing who commands the ship, what is our destination, what our present course, or what will be the end of the voyage.

Now all human wisdom leaves us upon this sea of uncertainty. It is useful in nature, but useless in grace. 

It is foolish and absurd to despise all human learning, wisdom, and knowledge. Without them we would be a horde of wild, wandering savages. 

But it is worse than foolish to make human wisdom our guide to eternity, and make reason the foundation of our faith or hope. 

What you thus believe today, you will disbelieve tomorrow; all the arguments that may convince your reasoning mind, all the appeals to your natural passions, which may seem for the time to soften your heart, and all the thoughts swaying to and fro which may sometimes lead you to hope you are right and sometimes make you to fear you are wrong--all these will be found insufficient when the soul comes into any time of real trial and perplexity.

We want, therefore, demonstration to remove and dispel all these anxious questionings, and settle the whole matter firmly in our heart and conscience; and this nothing can give us but the Spirit by revealing Christ, taking of the things of Christ, and showing them unto us, applying the word with power to our hearts, and bringing the sweetness, reality, and blessedness of divine things into our soul. 

It is only in this way that he overcomes all unbelief and infidelity, doubt and fear, and sweetly assures us that all is well between God and the soul.

~J. C. Philpot~

Friday, September 5, 2014

Before The Storm Breaks

Now, dear friends, there are two things which are important for us to notice. 

One is this: that you cannot settle that matter when the storm breaks.

If you have ever been in a really good storm you know very well that that is not the time to get things settled.

If you have not got them settled before then, you are just going to be all at sea indeed.

The forces will be far too much to cope with. You will just be thrown all over the place. 

An emergency is not the time to get quietly down to our foundations, for we are too much caught up in things.

If it is not all settled beforehand, if you do not know where you are beforehand, you will not be able to see to it when this thing breaks.

It is important to recognize that. 

Therefore this Letter would say: 'In the light of testings which will come, in view of that which is bound to break upon us at some time, now is the time to make sure that our position is an absolutely sound one, an absolutely true one, and that there is nothing doubtful about our position at all, no question about it and we know where we are, that we are not at the mercy of other people's judgments and ideas. 

We know the Lord for ourselves. We know where we are. 

Let everything go to pieces! We know where we are with the Lord.' 

That is the thing that has to be settled, and it cannot be settled when everything is going to pieces.

The other thing that is important is that we should recognize that it may not be necessary for the great ultimate upheaval and chaos and cataclysm to take place in order to bring that issue out.

Is not this the heart of every trial that comes into the Christian life? 

Any day there can come a temptation, or an adversity, some suffering, or some thing that is just calculated to throw you all over the place. 

In any such experience the question arises: What have I got of the Lord that is going to get me through this?

What have I really got now of the Lord that will stand me in stead in this crisis?

It may be something in everyday life, a family matter, a business matter, a church matter, or a personal matter, but it is something that is most testing, unsettling, upsetting.

It comes like a shock or a blow and could knock us to pieces. 

What have we got of the Lord which will see us through and will not go with the wind, will not be carried away in this hour of trial, but will stand and remain?

That is the issue of this Letter, whether it is a historic crisis in the life of Israel, or Jewry, or in the ultimate experience of the Church. 

It is coming, and has already come to multitudes of people on this earth.

It is the position today in a large part of the world, where the test is: What have we got that will see us through this terrible time? 

It is a question for many in the East today, but it is the ever-present question. 

~T. Austin Sparks~

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Company Of The Wicked Corrupts

Under the law, one who touched any dead carcass was defiled. And one who had a running sore even if he was to wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water...he would be unclean until the evening.

Now, if thus that which only represented sin, defiled under the ceremonial law...how must sin itself, the source of all uncleanness, everywhere defile!

Alas! As he was rendered unclean, if he had but touched, though unawares, the bed whereon one who had the running sore lay; so am I defiled, not only by sin rising in my own bosom...but by hearing and seeing the sin of others!

For the corruption of my nature is so great, that I am ready to catch the contagion. And if I do not detest, hate, and abhor it, as I should then am I polluted by it.

How pernicious, then, is the presence of the ungodly!

How are these fools to be avoided, whose companions are sure to be destroyed!

How gloomy that company, and how disagreeable to enter into it, where God never comes, where his glory never shines!

Surely grace rather needs oil to support its flame, than water to extinguish its fire; but water is all I can expect from the wicked.

O! miserable man, who has no other to walk with you by day, no other to talk with by night, none else to deal with abroad, or to discourse with at home!

Yet, out of the world we must go, unless we have dealings with the men of the world.

Let that, however be only in the common affairs of life, let it be dispatched with little expense of precious time, and without contracting an intimate acquaintance with them unless in view of doing good to their immortal souls.

And still, may the saints, the excellent ones of the earth be the chosen companions of my life.

Hitherto, alas! I have been ignorant of my danger; for the wicked are ever casting arrows, fire-brands, and death, in their sporting with true religion, and trifling with a world to come!

Among such madmen must I not be wounded?

Hence, let me every day beware that their filth may not cleave to me.

And bathe myself in the righteousness of the Son of God by faith; and purge my daily walk, (which, like the flesh under the law, is apt to receive the infection,) by sincere repentance; that, at the evening of my life, I may not lie down polluted in the grave, and rise in the morning of eternity with the putrefaction of sin!

~James Meikle~

Monday, September 1, 2014


Never are the ungodly further from the mark--never committed to a mistake more suicidal and fatal than when they lay the hand of injustice and oppression upon the saints of the Most High! 

God is for the saints. He is the Avenger of all those who put their trust in Him-the widow and the fatherless-and those who touch them touch the apple of His eye. 

If God is for us, who can be against us? 

A simple missionary incident may illustrate this truth. A little band of missionaries in the Fiji Islands found their home, on one occasion, surrounded by a troop of armed savages, bent upon their destruction. 

Unable, as unwilling, to fight, they closed the door, and betook themselves to prayer. Presently, the war-whoop suddenly ceased. 

On opening the door they found only one savage there. "Where are your chiefs?" he was asked. "They are gone," was the reply; they heard you praying to your God, and they knew that your God was a strong God, and they left.

How true this testimony of the savages! The God of the Christians is a strong Lord. All that strength is on the side of His people. 

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself STRONG in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.

Consider, O my soul, this truth, that the Lord is the strength of His people and the Avenger of all who are oppressed, and will set them in a safe place from those who malign them. 

The Lord's people are an OPPRESSED people.

The ungodly oppress them-sins oppress them-afflictions oppress them-temptations oppress them-needs oppress them-infirmities oppress them-the body of sickness and suffering oppresses them-and, alas! that it should be said, even the saints often oppress them-for some of their keenest shafts have been forged and flung by a brother's hand.

But, the Lord stands up for His oppressed ones. He is the Avenger of all such. "It is God who avenges me," says David. 

Leave Him, O my soul, to vindicate your character, to redress your wrong, to rid you of your adversary, and He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noon-day.

O Lord, You have pleaded the causes of my soul."The sighing of the needy." Jesus was a sighing Savior! He often "sighed deeply in His spirit." And still He is in sympathy with His members, who sigh by reason of sin and suffering and need. For these He will arise.

Sigh on, O my soul! the sigh that breathes from a broken heart, or is wrung from an anguished spirit, or is awakened by the unkindness of the oppressor, or the wounding of a Christian brother, ascends to heaven as music in the ear of the Great High Priest within the veil, and awakens the echoes of His loving and compassionate heart.

Weeping has a voice-sighs have a language-and Jesus hears the one and understands the other. 

To nothing belonging to a saint can the Lord be indifferent. "O Lord! I am oppressed--undertake for me." 

Thus, let the burden of oppression, and sigh of need, prompt you to prayer; then shall you thank and praise Him for both.

Give to the winds your fears; Hope, and be undismayed;
God hears your sighs, and counts your tears, God shall lift up your head."

~Octavius Winslow~

Friday, August 29, 2014

They Shall Not Swoon, Nor Halt, Nor Turn Back

How full of encouragement is the language of the prophet Isaiah

Isa 40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

This beautiful passage contains a promise of continued supplies of grace and strength to all who really desire to serve the Lord with integrity and simplicity.

In the image of the eagle, the prophet alludes to the strength of wing and of vision possessed by this noble bird-whereby it
ascends to a lofty height, untired and undazzled-soaring even above the fogs and mists of the lower regions of the air, mounting above the very clouds, undeterred by the lightning, and floating in the pure azure above!

Thus shall all who hope in the Lord rise higher and higher, upon the mighty wings of strong devotion, and with the unblinking eye of faith-into the regions of heavenly mindedness; and shall approach nearer and nearer to God-the sun of our spiritual day.

They will run in the heavenly race, for the crown of immortal glory, "and not grow weary." Their strength, instead of being exhausted, shall, contrary to what occurs in bodily effort-be increased by exertion. 

No length nor greatness of labor shall be too much for them. 

God shall pour into their souls, fresh energy for every fresh effort.

"They will walk and not be faint." Their pilgrimage may be arduous; the road may be long and rugged; often up steep ascents, and down into deep and rocky crags, where every step is a labor-but they shall not lose heart or hope; they shall not swoon, nor halt, nor turn back-but go forwards, sustained by a
power greater than their own!

~John Angell James~

Monday, August 25, 2014

An Angel On The Outside And A Devil Within

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 

Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish; but inside you are filthy  full of greed and self-indulgence!

A hypocrite's outside never corresponds with his inside.
A hypocrite's outside is one thing and his inside another.
A hypocrite's outside is religious but his inside is wicked.


Hypocrites are like the Egyptian temples, which were beautiful
outside but within there was nothing to be found but serpents
and crocodiles, and other venomous creatures. 

They are like white silver but they draw black lines.

They have a seeming sanctified outside but are stuffed within with malice, pride, worldliness, envy, etc. They are like window cushions, made up of velvet and richly embroidered but stuffed within with hay.

A hypocrite. . .may offer sacrifice with Cain, and fast with Jezebel, and humble himself with Ahab, and lament with the tears of Esau, and kiss Christ with Judas, and follow Christ with Demas, and be baptized with Simon Magus; and yet for all this, his inside is as bad as any of theirs!

A hypocrite is. . .a Jacob on the outside and an Esau within; a David on the outside and a Saul within; a John on the outside and a Judas within; a saint on the outside and a Satan within;
an angel on the outside and a devil within.


But let all such hypocrites know, that pretend sanctity is double iniquity and accordingly at last they shall be dealt with. "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?"

Mat 23:33  Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

~Thomas Brooks~

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sweet Poisons!

Mat 4:9  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Satan presents the world in such a dress, and in such a garb, as to ensnare the soul, and to win the affection of the soul.

He represents the world to them in its beauty and finery, which proves a bewitching sight to carnal men.

Satan can no sooner cast out his golden bait- but we are ready to play with it, and to nibble at it! 

He can no sooner throw out his golden ball-but men are apt to run after it--though they lose God and their souls in the pursuit!

Ah! the time, the thoughts, the hearts, the souls--which the inordinate love of this wicked world eats up and destroys!

Where one thousand are destroyed by the world's frowns--ten thousand are destroyed by the world's smiles!

The world, siren-like, sings to us--then sinks us!

It kisses us--then betrays us, like Judas!

It kisses us--then stabs us under the rib, like Joab.

The honors, splendor, and all the glory of this world, are but sweet poisons, which will much endanger us, if they do not eternally destroy us.

Ah! the multitude of souls that have glutted on these sweet baits, and died forever! Such men
will sell Christ, heaven, and their souls for a trifle! 

How long will you love what is worthless and pursue a lie?

Psa 4:2  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

Ah, how many thousands are there now on earth, who have found this true by experience; who have spun a lovely rope to strangle themselves, both temporally and eternally, by being bewitched by the beauty and finery of this world!

The main reason why men dote upon the world, and damn their souls to get the world, is, because they are not acquainted with a greater glory!

Men ate acorns, until they were acquainted with the use of wheat. Ah, did men but taste more of heaven, and live more in heaven, and had more glorious hopes of going to heaven, ah, how easily would they trample the world under their feet!

Heb 10:34  For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

Let heaven be a man's object, and earth will soon be his abject.

Assurance of more great and glorious things, breed in the soul a holy scorn and contempt of all these poor, base worldly things--which the soul before valued above God, Christ and heaven.

~Thomas Brooks~

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Avoid Every Kind of Temptation

1 Thessalonians 5:22 " Abstain from all appearance of evil."

He who now gives way to the least sin-may yet be given up to the greatest sins. 

We are never far enough from lust-while we are on earth; or near enough to Christ-while we are out of heaven. 

O, stand far off from the devil’s mark unless you would be hit by his arrows!

The drawing near to the appearance of evil is the first step to the accomplishment of the most enormous evil. 

A spark will easily catch a box of tinder on fire. Little streams will find a passage to the great sea. 

Christian reader! Why should you venture on slippery places-when you can scarcely stand upon the firmest ground?  

Who will pity that man whose house is blown up with gun-powder-if he stores it in the chimney corner?

Such is the monstrous wickedness of men, that though the streams and currents of their own lusts carry them too swiftly already...yet they hoist up sails to catch the devil’s winds!

The fowler spreads his net but the wings of the bird carry her into it! 

If you would not step into the harlot’s house...you should not go by the harlot’s door! 

If you would not gather the forbidden fruit...then beware how you look on the luscious tree!

To pray against temptations, and yet to rush into occasions to sin...is to thrust your fingers into the fire and then pray that they might not be burnt!

If you hold the stirrup for him no wonder if Satan get into the saddle!

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

That man who is the most watchful is the least sinful. 

A soul without its watch is like a city without its wall, exposed to the attack of all its enemies!

Those who would not fall into the river should beware how they approach too near to its banks. 

He who crushes the egg need not fear the biting of the serpent. 

He who would not drink of the wine of divine wrath...let him not touch the cup of sinful pleasure.

A person who carries gun-powder with him can never stand too far from the fire. 

If we accompany sin one mile it will compel us to go two. 

Sin swells like Elijah’s cloud, from the size of a man’s hand to such an expansion, as to cover the whole sky.

Let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall. 
1 Corinthians 10:12. 

You will quickly lose your standing if you are fearless of falling.

~William Secker~

Monday, August 18, 2014

Do You Have A Divided Heart?

Our whole being must be surrendered to the service of our Maker. 

We must come to him with an entire dedication of ourselves,
giving up all we are, and all we ever shall be, to be thoroughly devoted to his service, otherwise we have never come to God aright.

I am astonished to see how people in these days try to love the world and love Christ too! 

Do you fancy you can walk with God and walk with mammon too? 

Will you take God on one arm, and the devil on the other? 

Do you suppose you can be allowed to drink the cup of the
Lord, and the cup of Satan at the same time?

I tell you, you shall depart, as cursed and miserable hypocrites,
if you come to God with a divided heart.

God will have the whole of you come, or else you shall not come at all. 

The whole man must seek after the Lord; the whole soul must be poured out before him; otherwise it is no acceptable coming to God at all. 

Oh, halters between two opinions, remember this and tremble!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Uncover And Confess Sin

Pro 28:13  He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Here is the way of mercy for a guilty and repenting sinner.  
He must cease from the habit of covering sin.

This is attempted by falsehood, which denies sin; by hypocrisy, which conceals it; by boasting, which justifies it; and by loud profession, which tries to make amends for it. 

The sinner's business is to confess and forsake. The two must go together. 

Confession must be honestly made to the LORD Himself, and it must include within itself acknowledgment of the wrong, sense of its evil, and abhorrence of it. 

We must not throw the fault upon others, nor blame circumstances, nor plead natural weakness.

We must make a clean breast of it and plead guilty to the indictment. There can be no mercy till this is done. 

Furthermore, we must forsake the evil; having owned our fault, we must disown all present and future intent to abide in it. 

We cannot remain in rebellion and yet dwell with the King's Majesty.

The habit of evil must be quitted, together with all places, companions, pursuits, and books which might lead us astray. 

Not for confession, nor for reformation, but in connection with them we find pardon by faith in the blood of Jesus.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weapon Of Spiritual Warfare~The Word Of GOD

Every victorious Christian must learn how to use the Bible effectively.

The Word of GOD is alive, powerful, and sharp.
(see Hebrews 4:12)

The Bible is your "sword" (Ephesians 6:17).

With GOD'S Word in your heart and in your mouth, you will dominate Satan.

Revelation 1:16 pictures Jesus with a sharp two-edged sword coming out of his mouth.

He used this weapon to defeat Satan in the wilderness.

Jesus declared, "It is written...It is written again..."

And the third time, "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written..." (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10).

Like Jesus, we can use this sword with our mouths against the enemy. (see Revelation 19:15)

The Bible is infallible and inspirational. It is inerrant in its information and supernatural in its application to daily living.

But GOD'S Word must be read and studied before it can be effective in our lives.

When I was in France on a preaching tour, a very lovely French lady came up to me and said, "I want you to know that I'm safe."

I must have looked confused because she went on to explain, "I bought a Bible yesterday and put it in my mailbox."

"In your mailbox?" I repeated.

She said, "The devil will have to pass by the mailbox to get to me. With the Bible inside it, he can't hurt me anymore."

I said, "You better sit down and let me tell you a little more about the Bible. We don't believe in using GOD'S Word like a lucky charm.

The Word of GOD must be read and studied in order to be effective in your life.

You must get it into your heart. GOD'S Word only works on the inside of the believer, not in the mailbox."

In my personal life the Bible has been a true guide in every crisis.

When GOD wants to lead me in a new direction, He directs me through His Word.

The Bible is my sourcebook for Truth.

When I want to know what is right and wrong, I refer to what the Bible says about the matter.

You can be a Mighty man or woman or GOD by giving the Word first place in your life.

If you feed your spirit daily on the Word of GOD, you will grow spiritually. (See I Peter 2:2)

Your spirit strong and well nourished, will dominate your being rather than being ruled by the outward man, the inner man will rule over your mind, will, emotions, and flesh.

You will know your GOD and do exploits in His Name.

~Lester Sumrall~

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Counsel Of The Wicked

Conversion is the soul's surrender to God, and acceptance of God as Guide through this world of sin.

Notice exactly how this is expressed it is not "does not walk in the open wickedness" nor even "the manifest folly of the wicked," but "does not walk in the counsel of the wicked." How searching that is! How it narrows things down!

The ungodly are ever ready to "counsel" the believer, seeming to be very solicitous of his welfare.

They will warn him against being too strict and extreme, advising him to be broad-minded and to "make the best of both worlds."

But the policy of the "ungodly" that is, of those who leave God out of their lives, who have no "fear of God" is regulated by self-will and self-pleasing, and is dominated by what they call "common sense."

Alas, how many professing Christians regulate their lives by the advice and suggestions of ungodly friends and relatives heeding such "counsel" in their business career, their social life, the furnishing and decorating of their homes, their dress and diet, and the choice of school or avocation for their children!

But not so with the "blessed man." He "does not walk in the counsel of the wicked." Rather is he afraid of it, no matter how plausible it sounds, or apparently good the intention of those who offer it. He shuns it, and says "Get behind me, Satan!"

Why? Because Divine grace has taught him that he has something infinitely better to direct his steps.

God has given him a Divine revelation, dictated by unerring wisdom, suited to his every need and circumstance, designed as a "lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path."

His desire and his determination is to walk by the wholesome counsel of God, and not by the corrupt counsel of the ungodly.

The "blessed man" does not walk according to the maxims of the world. "But his delight is in the Law of the Lord." "The carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the Law of God" (Romans 8:7).

The worldling seeks his "delight" in the entertainment furnished by those who scorn spiritual and eternal things.

Not so the "blessed" man—his "delight" is in something infinitely superior to what this perishing world can supply, namely, in the Divine Scriptures.

The unregenerate delight in pleasing self—but the joy of the Christian lies in pleasing God.

His Word is the daily bread of the "blessed" man.

Thereby does he evidence his "delight" therein—for where his treasure is, there is his heart also!

Here, then, is the occupation of the blessed man. The voluptuary thinks only of satisfying his senses; the giddy youth is concerned only with sports and pleasures; the man of the world directs all his energies to the securing of wealth and honors; but the "blessed" man's determination is to please God.

And in order to obtain a better knowledge of His will, he meditates day and night in His holy Word.

Thereby is light obtained, its sweetness extracted, and the soul nourished!

Your Words were found, and I ate them; and Your Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart!

Jer 15:16  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Meditation stands to reading—as digestion does to eating. It is as God's Word is pondered by the mind, turned over and over in the thoughts, and mixed with faith—that we assimilate it.

That which most occupies the mind and most constantly engages our thoughts—is what we most "delight" in.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.

Fruit is an essential character of a gracious man, for there are no fruitless branches in the true Vine.

"In season," for all fruits do not appear in the same month, neither are all the graces of the Spirit produced simultaneously.

Times of trial—call for faith.Times of suffering—call for patience.Times of disappointment—call for meekness.

Times of danger—call for courage.Times of blessings—call for thanksgiving.Times of prosperity—call for joy.

How far, dear reader, do you resemble this "blessed man"?

~Arthur Pink~