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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Who Is Leading?

                                                    
Jeremiah 10:23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Many people want to direct God, instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him; to show Him a way, instead of passively following where He leads.

~Madame Guyon~
     
I said: "Let me walk in the field"; God said: 'Nay, walk in the town"; I said: "There are no flowers there"; He said: "No flowers, but a crown."

I said: "But the sky is black, There is nothing but noise and din"; But He wept as He sent me back, "There is more," He said, "there is sin
     
I said: "But the air is thick, And fogs are veiling the sun"; He answered: "Yet souls are sick, And souls in the dark undone."
I said: "I shall miss the light, And friends will miss me, they say"; He answered me, "Choose tonight,  If I am to miss you, or they."
     
 I pleaded for time to be given; He said: "Is it hard to decide?

It will not seem hard in Heaven To have, followed the steps of your Guide.

 I cast one look at the fields, Then set my face to the town; He said: "My child, do you yield? Will you leave the flowers for the crown?"
     
Then into His hand went mine,  And into my heart came He; And I walk in a light Divine, The path I had feared to see.

~George MacDonald~


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

An Angel Of Light - Satan

Satan is never more a devil, than when he looks most like an angel.

But let him look and talk as he will...he is Satan still;

And those who are experienced and watchful may discern his cloven foot hanging below his fine garment of light.

Let us beware of him, for many wise have been deceived, and many strong have been cast down by him.

Let us continually apply to Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us spotless in the end.

~John Newton~

Sunday, December 22, 2019

He Will Sustain You!

                                                
Psa 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

The promise is not that the Lord will remove the load we cast upon Him...


Nor that He will carry it for us...

But that He will sustain us so that we may carry it.
 

He does not free us from the duty...

But He strengthens us for it.
 

He does not deliver us from the conflict...

But He enables us to overcome.
 

He does not withhold or withdraw the trial from us ...

But He helps us in trial to be submissive and victorious...

And makes it a blessing to us.
 

He does not mitigate the hardness or severity of our circumstances...

Taking away the difficult elements...

Removing the thorns...

Making life easy for us...

But He puts Divine grace into our heart...

So that we can live sweetly in all the hard, adverse circumstances.

2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.


~J. R. Miller~

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

GOD Finishes His Work

Psalm 138:8  The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

He who has begun will carry on the work which is being wrought within my soul. 


The LORD is concerned about everything that concerns me.

All that is now good, but not perfect, the LORD will watch over, preserve, and carry out to completion. 


This is a great comfort.

I could not perfect the work of grace myself. 


Of that I am quite sure, for I fail every day and have only held on so long as I have because the LORD has helped me.

If the LORD were to leave me, all my past experience would go for nothing, and I should perish from the way.

But the LORD will continue to bless me. 


He will perfect my faith, my love, my character, my lifework. 

He will do this because He has begun a work in me.

He gave me the concern I feel, and, in a measure, He has fulfilled my gracious aspirations...


He never leaves a work unfinished; this would not be for His glory, nor would it be like Him.

He knows how to accomplish His gracious design, and though my own evil nature and the world and the devil all conspire to hinder Him, I do not doubt His promise.

He will perfect that which concerneth me, and I will praise Him forever. LORD, let Thy gracious work make some advance this day!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Friday, December 13, 2019

Spiritual Discernment Is Vital!

We must seek more and more from the Lord a quickening and purifying of spirit...

And we must walk after the spirit in whatever discernment we have so that we are saved from the imitation "oil" which deceives...

And at length lands us either into error or gets us into a spiritual cul-de-sac. 

Such are they that are carried about by every wind of teaching.

Spiritual discernment is one of the Most Vital Needs of God's people today. 

Nothing can take its place, not even the wisest and best teaching or counsel. 

Only those who have it will be saved from the distraction and despair of the bewildering mass of conflicting teaching, "manifestations," and movements of these and the coming days...

~T. Austin Sparks~

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Happiest Homes In The World


Nothing is lovelier in life, than the spirit of contentment.  

Fretting mars the beauty of many a face.

Discontent spoils all one's world. 


Out of whatever window he looks - the discontented person sees something that is not pleasing.

But a contented person sees only good everywhere. 


The happiest homes in the world are not those in which are the finest carpets, the costliest pictures, the most luxurious furniture...

But those in which contented, joyful hearts dwell.

A mind at peace, beautifies the plainest surroundings and even the hardest conditions.
 


Php 4:11  Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Php 4:12  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Do Not Pick The Lock To Which He Has Allowed No Key!

Deuteronomy 29:29  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Do not be anxious to understand the secrets of God.  

Do not 'pick the lock' to which He has allowed no key!  

He who will be scanning every cloud...may be smitten with a thunderbolt...

And he who will labor to pry into God's secrets...may be overwhelmed with His judgments!

Adam would presumptuously increase his knowledge; therefore Adam dreadfully lost his goodness!

The Bethshemites would pry into the ark of God; therefore the hand of God slew more than fifty thousand of them!

For my part, I will carefully be improved by things revealed, and not presumptuously inquire into, or after, what He has concealed.
 


~Thomas Sherman~

Saturday, October 5, 2019

An Angel Of Light - Satan

Satan is never more a devil, than when he looks most like an angel.

But let him look and talk as he will...he is Satan still;

And those who are experienced and watchful may discern his cloven foot hanging below his fine garment of light.

Let us beware of him, for many wise have been deceived, and many strong have been cast down by him.

Let us continually apply to Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us spotless in the end.

~John Newton~

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Perfect Willingness

Psalm 110:3  Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

Blessed be the God of grace that it is so! 


He has a people whom He has chosen from of old to be His peculiar portion. 

These by nature have wills as stubborn as the rest of the froward sons of Adam...

But when the day of His power comes and grace displays its omnipotence, they become willing to repent and to believe in Jesus.

None are saved unwillingly, but the will is made sweetly to yield itself. 


What a wondrous power is this, which never violates the will and yet rules it!

God does not break the lock, but He opens it by a master key which He alone can handle. 


Now are we willing to be, to do, or to suffer as the LORD wills.

If at any time we grow rebellious, He has but to come to us with power, and straightway we run in the way of His commands with all our hearts.

May this be a day of power with me as to some noble effort for the glory of God and the good of my fellowmen!

LORD, I am willing; may I not hope that this is a day of Thy power?

I am wholly at Thy disposal; willing, yea, eager, to be used of Thee for Thy holy purposes.

O LORD, let me not have to cry, "To will is present with me, but how to perform that which I would, I find not"; but give me power as Thou givest me will.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Hindrances In The Realm Of Daily Living

There is one more area of life in which this hindering work may be found, and that is that the flow of the Spirit may be checked by inconsistencies in the daily life. 

The question which constantly faces us is whether or not we want to know the free flow from the well within. 

Do we want that springing up of living water, of which the Lord Jesus spoke? 

Do we want that, as He promised, rivers of living water shall flow out from our inner life? 

If we do, then we must always give serious consideration to anything which may serve as a blockage. 

Any disobedience, yes, any reservation in obedience, from our side will be sure to hinder the flow from God's side, acting as a deterrent to the Holy Spirit in our lives. 

We can never know the well springing up and the river flowing out if at any point where God has revealed His will, we fail in the matter of obedience.

This well is choked by disobedience to the known will of God.


It is choked and blocked by inconsistency of walk. 

The Lord wants more than mental agreement with His Word; He expects to see it working out in practical terms. 

He is concerned with how we spend our time, how we manage our financial affairs, how we behave both alone and before others. 

He watches us in the home and at our work, as well as in our fellowship activities, always looking for a walk worthy of the gospel which we believe and preach. 

Not that He desires us to have a narrow life. Far from it! 

The Spirit has come to bring enrichment and fulfilment to us. 

God's command to us, though, is that we must not quench the Spirit nor must we grieve Him...

In other words that we do not allow any rocks, stones or rubbish to accumulate as a hindrance to the springing-up well. 

We need to watch the practical expression of our daily life and so avoid a quagmire of suppression, whereas God provides for a well of water springing up into eternal life.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Causes Of Heart Wanderings~Imperceptible Inroads Of Satan


Heart wanderings from God are almost imperceptible at first.

There are slow degrees of the leakage of grace, almost imperceptible inroads of temptation.

The Devil insinuates himself in soft, silent ways and through unguarded avenues, and in such an assumed celestial raiment, that before the soul is aware, he has well-nigh captured the magazines of the heart.

A little spiritual laziness and little tonings down of self-sacrifice are like the coming of gray hairs.

The Bible speaks of a certain one who had "gray hairs... here and there upon him, yet he knoweth [it] not."

The loss of property and of health have the same imperceptible beginning as backsliding from God.

~G. D. Watson~

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Proud

                                                   
Proud professors and proud worldlings. 

All who unduly value themselves, and despise others.

All, who are too proud to submit to the righteousness of God...


Or to bow to be saved in the same way, by the same grace, as the thief on the cross, or the immoral woman.

All who in the pride of their hearts reject the gospel...


Put away the invitations of the Savior...

And refuse to be reconciled to God.

All who despise the poor saints, on account of their poverty...


Or any of the Lord's little ones, on account of their infirmities.

The proud always exalt man, insult God, yield to Satan, and grieve the Holy Spirit.

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

~James Smith~



Sunday, August 11, 2019

"NOAH'S ARK"

HE wiped out every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, from mankind to livestock, to creatures that crawl, to the birds of the sky, and they were wiped off the earth!

Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark!
 


And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. Genesis 7:23

Finally, the frightful morning began! 


The heavens gathered blackness. 

Angry tempests conflicted in the skies.

The lightnings flashed over the world! 


Word was spread, that Noah and his family had entered into the ark.

The ungodly then began to fear!

Before long, floods of water poured from the sky.

Some now began to turn their eyes towards the ark; others stood doubting; others still dared to scoff!

The waters go on to increase. 


The rivers fill and start to overflow.

The waters begin to rise in the streets. 


Some flee into their houses; others, more intimidated, hasten to the hills!

Others are now convinced, and with dreadful fright, are seen wading towards the ark!

The fountains of the great deep are now broken up! 


The waters rise more rapidly, and begin to rush with impetuous force.

With difficulty they stand against the stream. 


They struggle for their lives to reach the ark!

Thousands come...some wading, some swimming, some sinking, some hanging onto the ark with the grasp of death...all screaming for admission!

But it is too late!

Time was, when the ark was open and they might have entered in...but that time is past!

Where are now those tongues which derided the enormous vessel and the man who built it?

Now what do you think of him - who for more than a century has borne the character of a fool and madman!

They would give a thousand worlds to be in his condition now!

Those nearest to the ark, cry and plead for admission, but in vain!

The waters roar! 


The ark is lifted up!  

They sink and are seen no more!

By this time, every wretch on earth is thoroughly convinced.

Hear their cries from the tops of the houses, which are answered by wails from those on the hills.

See the multitudes who have fled to the mountains.

How like frightened sheep they crowd together! 


Now the waters, roaring and foaming, have reached their feet!

They flee up to the highest ridge - but the floods pursue them there!

Some are able to climb the lofty oaks and the waves overtake them there!

They flee to the highest branches, and for a moment have time to reflect on their former madness:
 


How could I disbelieve the Lord's prophet?

Where is now the ark which I scorned?

Where am I going? O eternity! eternity!

What a dreadful God have I despised!

 

On the topmost bough, the impetuous torrent sweeps them away!

Their hold is broken and they sink to rise no more!

The ark floats by and sails over the heads of the revilers and persecutors!

Only that blessed family in the ark are safe!

The same terrors will seize an unbelieving world when Jesus comes again!

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.


Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:38  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Mat 24:39  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

~Edward Griffin~

Friday, July 19, 2019

There Is Nothing Too Hard For Thee!

Jer 32:17  Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

At the very time when the Chaldeans surrounded Jerusalem, and when the sword, famine and pestilence had desolated the land, Jeremiah was commanded by God to purchase a field, and have the deed of transfer legally sealed and witnessed.

This was a strange purchase for a rational man to make. 


Prudence could not justify it, for it was buying with scarcely a probability that the person purchasing could ever enjoy the possession.

But it was enough for Jeremiah that his God had bidden him, for well he knew that God will be justified of all his children.

He reasoned thus: “Ah, Lord God!"


Thou canst make this plot of ground of use to me...

Thou canst rid this land of these oppressors...

Thou canst make me yet sit under my vine and my fig-tree in the heritage which I have bought...

For thou didst make the heavens and the earth, and there is nothing too hard for thee.o

This gave a majesty to the early saints, that they dared to do at God’s command things which carnal reason would condemn.

Whether it be a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land...


An Abraham who is to offer up his only son...

Or a Moses who is to despise the treasures of Egypt...

Or a Joshua who is to besiege Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams’ horns...

They all act upon God’s command...

Contrary to the dictates of carnal reason...

And the Lord gives them a rich reward as the result of their obedient faith.

Would to God we had in the religion of these modern times a more potent infusion of this heroic faith in God.

If we would venture more upon the naked promise of God, we should enter a world of wonders to which as yet we are strangers.

Let Jeremiah’s place of confidence be ours...


Nothing is too hard for the God that created the heavens and the earth.

~Charles Spurgeon~