Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Love of The Lord

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
- Jeremiah 31:3 -

Sometimes the Lord Jesus tells His Church His love thoughts. In her very presence He says them.

The Lord is a wise lover. He knows when to keep back the intimation of love and when to let it out.

The Holy Spirit is often pleased, to witness with our spirits, the love of Jesus. He takes of the things of Christ and reveals them to us.

We have had times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. Our faith has mounted to the topmost heights of assurance.

We have had confidence to lean our heads upon the bosom of our Lord. He has kissed us with the kisses of His mouth.

The Lord has killed our doubts by the closeness of His embrace.

His love has been sweeter than wine to our souls.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Abundant Salt

"up to one hundred talents of silver, one hundred kors of wheat, one hundred baths of wine, one hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribed limit." - Ezra 7:22 -

Salt was used in every offering made by fire unto the Lord.

The preserving and purifying properties of salt is the grateful emblem of divine grace in the soul.

When king Artaxerxes gave salt to Ezra the priest, he set no limit to the quantity.

When the King of kings distributes grace among His royal priesthood, the supply will not be cut short by Him.

The Lord God is always gracious to His people.

He who chooses to gather much manna will find that he may have as much as he desires.

Some things in the economy of grace are measured.

But the salt of grace is given abundantly.

A man may have too much money, or too much honour.

But he cannot have too much grace.

There is no fear of a man becoming too full of grace.

More wealth will bring more care.

But more grace will bring more joy.

Increase in wisdom may bring in more sorrow.

But abundance of the Spirit is fullness of joy.

Let us go to the throne for a large supply of heavenly salt.

It will season our afflictions.

It will preserve our hearts from corruption.

It will kill our sins.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Our God Is Faithful

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

(1) Heaven is the land of perfect holiness.

It is the place where we shall never sin.

Here, we shall cease from constant watch and struggle against our enemy.

Here the weary are finally at rest.

(2) Heaven is the land of complete security.

All who are in union with the Lamb are safe.

Our God is faithful.

He will do all He promised.

All committed Christians shall find Christ a faithful and immutable preserver.

They can enjoy security even on earth.

They can rest in the sure promise of Jesus that none who believe in Him shall ever perish, but shall be with Him where He is.

Let us reflect with joy on the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints.

Let us have confidence in Jesus, the great Surety of the covenant, who is faithful and true.

Our God is faithful.

He will do it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Servant To All Men

"to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."
1 Corinthians 9:22

Paul's desired not only to instruct sinners but also to save them.
He would have them renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, and saved.
Paul knew the ruin of man's natural state.
He saw men sinking to hell.
He wanted to save them from the wrath to come.
He traveled everywhere to preach the gospel.
He never stopped his labor for the gospel.
He warned and pleaded with men to be reconciled to God.
To save souls was his consuming passion, his ambition, his calling. 
He wanted to become a servant to all men.
He laid aside his will and preferences.
His all-absorbing desire was only to preach the gospel.
If he might save some, he would be content.
Let us desire to live like Paul.
Let us be filled with an undying zeal for the souls of men.
Let us seek to honor our Lord Jesus Christ in the salvation of men.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Lord Triumphs!

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
- Psalm 24:8 -

The Lord is glorious in the eyes of His people, for He has wrought wonders for them, in them, and by them.

(1) The Lord has wrought wonders for us.

He had routed every foe upon Calvary, breaking all the weapons of the enemy in pieces by His finished work of satisfactory obedience.

By His triumphant resurrection and ascension, He had completely overturned the hopes of hell, making a show of His enemies openly, triumphing over them by His cross.

(2) The Lord has wrought wonders in us.

Grace had won in our evil hearts!

As for our remaining corruptions, they shall sustain an equally sure defeat.

Every temptation, doubt, and fear, shall be utterly destroyed.

The name of Jesus shall be great beyond compare.

He has won our love.

(3) The Lord has wrought wonders by us.

We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

We shall cast down the powers of darkness which are in the world, by our faith, and zeal, and holiness.

We shall win sinners to Jesus.

We shall overturn false systems, and  convert nations.

God is with us, and none shall stand before us.

Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Be Ready To Fight

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, (Revelation 12:7)

War always rages between the two great sovereignties until one is crushed. Peace between good and evil is an impossibility.

Michael will always fight. His will not endure sin.

Jesus will always be the dragon's foe, actively, vigorously, and with full determination to exterminate evil.

We also must fight, firm in our defense and fierce in our attack. And we must fight daily, with all our heart, our soul, and our strength.

The dragon and his angels are incessant in their onslaughts. We are foolish to expect to serve God without opposition.

Glory be to God, we know the end of the war. The great dragon shall be cast out and forever destroyed. The Lord Jesus and those who are with Him shall receive the crown.

Let us get ready to fight. We are warriors of the cross.

May the Lord give us the victory.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Redemption Through His Blood

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).

"Forgiveness" is a sweet word in a guilty sinner's ear.
Our hearts rejoice in receiving God's good news.
Our gracious and merciful God has given the perishing souls a gleam of hope amid their despair.
Our sins are forgiven altogether and forever.
Hell is our portion as sinners.
But Jesus tells us that our sins can be forgiven.
We can rest secured in Jesus.
Our sins are forgiven by virtue of the substitutionary pains and death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Oh! What joy is this! What bliss to be a perfectly pardoned soul!
In Christ we have redemption through His blood.
Thank God we are now a pardoned soul.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Little Slumber

A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
So shall your poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
(Proverbs 24:33-34)

The sluggards ask for a little slumber; a little folding of the hands to sleep.

The day dies out, the time for labor is over, and the field is overgrown with thorns.

It is by a little procrastination that men ruin their souls.

May the Lord teach us this sacred wisdom.

Poverty overtakes the slothful. Ruin overthrows the undecided. He who is doing his master's business must not tarry.

Let us seek diligently the Lord Jesus Christ. The day will come when it will be too late to plough and to sow, too late to repent and believe.