Monday, March 19, 2018

Deeper Doctrines

Our Savior did not hesitate to preach the deeper doctrines of the gospel to the masses gathered before him. When he began to preach where he was brought up, they all gathered around him with admiration, until he preached the doctrine of election; and then, immediately, they were so angry with him that they wanted to destroy him. They could not bear to hear that the widows of Israel were passed by, and the widow in Zarephath chosen; nor of a heathen leper healed, while the many Jewish lepers were left to die. Election seems to heat the blood and fire the wrath of many. Not only did they not really care to be chosen by God themselves; but they also wanted to keep other people from having the privilege.

Not even the bad attitude of these Jews prevented our Lord from sharing these critical truths of the Word. Here, when addressing the Jews, he did not hesitate to speak, even to a rude crowd, concerning that glorious doctrine. He said, “You do not believe because you are not my sheep.” [John 10:26] He does not lower the standard of doctrine; but he holds his ground, and carries the war into the enemy’s camp. The notion that certain truths are not fit to be preached to a mixed gathering of people, but are to be kept for the special gathering of the saints, is, I believe, horribly wrong. Christ has not commanded us to keep a part of our teaching secret; reserved from the common folk, and set aside only for the spiritual elite. He is for openly proclaiming all truth.

[Charles H. Spurgeon]

Matthew 10:27 ... What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Present Concerns

We must simply accept it that we are spirits, free and rational beings, at present inhabiting an irrational universe, and must draw the conclusion that we are not derived from it. We are strangers here. We come from somewhere else. Nature is not the only thing that exists. There is ‘another world’, and that is where we come from. And that explains why we do not feel at home here. A fish feels at home in the water. If we ‘belonged here’ we should feel at home here. All that we say about ‘Nature red in tooth and claw’, about death and time and mutability, all our half-amused, half-bashful attitude to our own bodies, is quite inexplicable on the theory that we are simply natural creatures. If this world is the only world, how did we come to find its laws either so dreadful or so comic? If there is no straight line elsewhere, how did we discover that Nature’s line is crooked?

[C. S. Lewis]

1 Chronicles 29:15 ... For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

If My Pocket Was Full of Stones!

If my pocket was full of stones, I have no right to throw one at the greatest sinner upon earth. I have either done as bad, or worse than he or I certainly would have done so, if the Lord had left me to myself, for I am made of just the same materials. If there is any difference between myself and the greatest wretch it is wholly of sovereign grace!

[John Newton]

John 8:4-5 ...  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.   Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

1 Corinthians 15:10 ... But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Christ, The Example of Ministers

It is not only our great duty, but will be our greatest honor, to imitate Christ, and do the work that He has done and so act as co-workers with Him.  The ministers of Christ should be persons of the same spirit that their Lord was of the same spirit of humility and lowliness of heart; for the servant is not greater than his Lord.  They should be of the same spirit of heavenly-mindedness, and contempt of the glory, wealth, and pleasures of this world.  They should be of the same spirit of devotion and fervent love to God.

They should follow the example of His prayerfulness; of whom we read from time to time of His retiring from the world, away from the noise and applause of the multitudes, into mountains and solitary places, for secret prayer, and holy converse with His Father.

Ministers should be persons of the same quiet, lamb-like spirit that Christ was of; of the same spirit of submission to God's will; of the same patience under afflictions, and meekness towards men; of the same calmness and composure of spirit under sufferings from the malignity of evil men; of the same spirit of forgiveness of injuries; of the same spirit of charity, of fervent love and extensive benevolence; of the same disposition to pity the miserable, and to weep with those who weep; of the same spirit of condescension to the poor and lowly, tenderness and gentleness toward the weak, and great and sincere love to enemies.

They should also be of the same spirit of zeal, diligence, and self-denial for the glory of God, and advancement for his kingdom, and for the good of mankind; for which things sake Christ went though the greatest labors, and endured the most extreme sufferings.

And in order to our imitating Christ in the work of the ministry, in any tolerable degree we should not have our hearts weighed down, and time filled up with worldly affections, cares, and pursuits.

The duties of a minister that have been recommended, are absolutely inconsistent with a mind much taken up with worldly profit, glory, amusements and entertainments.

[Jonathan Edwards]

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1 Peter 2:21 ... or even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

1 John 2:6 ...  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 Corinthians 11:1 ... Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Jesus' Yoke

Those who follow Jesus’ commandment entirely, who let Jesus’ yoke rest on them without resistance, will find the burden they must bear to be light. In the gentle pressure of this yoke they will receive the strength to walk the right path without becoming weary.  Where will the call to discipleship lead those who follow it? What decisions and painful separations will it entail? We must take this question to him who alone knows the answer. Only Jesus Christ, who bids us follow him, knows where the path will lead. But we know that it will be a path full of mercy beyond measure. Discipleship is joy.

[Dietrich Bonhoeffer]

Psalm 25:4–5 ... Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.   Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Each Life ...

Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.

[Billy Graham]

Hebrews 12:1 ... Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,❤

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Sword of God's Truth

This is the identifying mark of the "hireling," the false pastor. He aims at pleasing his hearers, making them feel satisfied with themselves, ever patting them on the back.  No matter how unpalatable it may be to the flesh, how much of a weariness to those who wish to have their ears tickled with novelties, or how loud the outcry against it is!

Ministerial faithfulness includes loyalty to his Master, devotion to His interests,
steadfast adherence to the preaching of His Word,dispensing the truth unto those whose souls are committed to Him,not mixing it with his speculations, much less substituting false doctrine.  A far higher motive than the pleasing of his hearers must actuate and regulate ministerial service.

Faithful preaching will render the minister unpopular, and will empty churches not fill them!  Souls are caught fast in the meshes of Satan's lies and nothing but the sword of God's truth can cut them free!

[A. W. Pink]

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Jeremiah 23:28 ...  The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.

John 8:32 ... And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Proverbs 12:22 ...  Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

Monday, March 12, 2018

For A Season

"Now I know in part then I shall know fully." Soon we shall see cause to number our sharpest trials, among our choicest mercies! Then we shall say, "He has done all things well." Our trials are but for a season. We shall not always live in this poor, dying, trying, suffering, sinful state! Yet a little while, and all our sorrows will be left below and this poor earth will be exchanged for a glorious Heaven!

Our present troubles will soon be to us as the remembrance of a dream when we awake!

[John Newton]

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ...   For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sinful Erring Creatures

In ourselves we are poor, sinful erring creatures and daily do we have occasion to blush and hang our heads in shame. Therefore we respectfully request that none will address us as 'Reverend'. No worm of the dust is due such a title.

[A. W. Pink]

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Deuteronomy 13:4 ... Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

Romans 3:12 ... They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Luke 18:19 ... And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

Galatians 6:14 ... But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Armor

The Christian is engaged in a warfare. There is a fight before him, hence armor is urgently needed. It is impossible for us to stand against the wiles of the devil unless we avail ourselves of the provisions which God has made for enabling us to stand. Observe it is called "the armor of God." Just as the strength we need, comes not from ourselves, but must be supplied by the Lord; so our means of defense lie not in our own powers and faculties, but only as they are quickened by God. It is called the "armor of God" because He both provides and bestows it, for we have none of our own; and yet, while this armor is of God's providing and bestowing, we have to "put it on"! God does not fit it on us; He places it before us; and it is our responsibility, duty, task, to put on the whole armor of God.

[A. W. Pink]

Ephesians 6:11 ...  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Friday, March 9, 2018

ALL Glory

All glory to the great I AM,
Who chose me in the blessed Lamb;
While millions of the human race,
Will never know or taste his grace!


Romans 11:36 ... For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. ❤