Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Getting Your Eye Where God’s Eye Is

It is a wonderful thing to recognize that the Lord's glory became imparted to Moses by reason of that which became the common object of their eyes.

What the Lord was looking at, Moses was looking at, and as they both looked at it together they shared the same glory. 

When does the Lord’s own face light up with glory? 

When is the Father’s face full of glory?

When He looks upon the Lord Jesus.

The tabernacle was only the Lord Jesus in a representation, and it was the Lord Jesus in all His Mediatorial, Priestly Person and work gathered up in a great system...

But it was the person of the Lord Jesus as relating to man’s fellowship with God...

The place, the sphere where God and man come into oneness, where God can, without sacrificing His holiness, have fellowship with man...

And where man can, without being consumed by the very holiness of God, have fellowship with God.

From Him, the Lord Jesus Christ, with a central-most reality of the mercy seat, He will speak with you face to face.
 
God has set forth Christ as a propitiation.

God sees beyond the pattern to the reality, His Son, and it was Christ Who was in the eye of the Father in all His wonderful, mediatorial work to bring men nigh to God and God nigh to man.

When that is in the eye of God, His face is full of glory, and when we get what is in His eye, we partake of the glory of the shining face of God.

Simply, it just means that when we are occupied with the Lord Jesus in all that He is from the Father to us and to the Father for us, when we are occupied with Him, then we know the shining face.

Be occupied with anything else and you lose the shining face.

Be occupied with yourself and your own spiritual life and condition, so that you are always self-analyzing, and it will not be long before you have lost the shining face.

Keep your eye upon Jesus and you will know the secret of the shining face.

Look around on things as they are in the world and you will lose it.

The secret of the shining face is to get God’s thought about the Lord Jesus, to get your eye where God’s eye is.

That is tremendously important.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Monday, November 28, 2016

Me Last!

Among the truly popular girls I have known, one stands out preeminently. I never knew one person who did not find her just lovable.

Once during her Sophomore year in high school, a group of her chums were discussing mottoes and naming their favorites. "Hitch your wagon to a star!" and "To the stars through difficulties!" were favored.

Turning to Jessie, someone said, "Haven't you a motto?"

Yes, she said; it is this: "Me last!"

What do you mean by that? the others asked.

That's my motto, and I think it is a good one.

But what does it mean?

Then Jessie explained: "It means just what it says--'me last.'


That is, I am to think of myself last.

I am to put everyone else ahead of me, and then can look after myself when everybody else is taken care of.

The girls saw, and they knew that right there lay the secret of her popularity.

Mark 9:35  And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.


John 13:4  He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

John 13:5  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

John 13:14  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
 

John 13:15  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.   

~J. C. Pittman~

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"He Worketh"

                                                                                                        
The translation that we find in Young of "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass," reads: "Roll upon Jehovah thy way; trust upon him: and he worketh."

It calls our attention to the immediate action of God when we truly commit, or roll out of our hands into His, the burden of whatever kind it may be; a way of sorrow, of difficulty, of physical need, or of anxiety for the conversion of some dear one.

He worketh. When? Now. 

We are so in danger of postponing our expectation of His acceptance of the trust, and His undertaking to accomplish what we ask Him to do, instead of saying as we commit, "He worketh." "He worketh" even now; and praise Him that it is so.

The very expectancy enables the Holy Spirit to do the very thing we have rolled upon Him.

It is out of our reach. We are not trying to do it any more. "He worketh!"

Let us take the comfort out of it and not put our hands on it again.

Oh, what a relief it brings!

He is really working on the difficulty.

But someone may say, "I see no results." Never mind. "He worketh," if you have rolled it over and are looking to Jesus to do it.

Faith may be tested, but "He worketh"; the Word is sure!

~V. H. F.~

Psalm 57:2  I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

The beautiful old translation says, "He shall perform the cause which I have in hand." Does not that make it very real to us today?

Just the very thing that "I have in hand"-my own particular bit of work today, this cause that I cannot manage, this thing that I undertook in miscalculation of my own powers-this is what I may ask Him to do "for me," and rest assured that He will perform it. 

The wise and their works are in the hands of God.

~Havergal~

The Lord will go through with His covenant engagements.

Whatever He takes in hand He will accomplish; hence past mercies are guarantees for the future and admirable reasons for continuing to cry unto Him.

~C. H. Spurgeon~

Saturday, November 19, 2016

We Would See Jesus

John 12:21  The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

When any great blessing is awaiting us, the devil is sure to try and make it so disagreeable to us that we shall miss it.

It is a good thing to know him as a liar, and remember, when he is trying to prejudice us strongly against any cause, that very likely the greatest blessing of our life lies there.

Spurgeon once said that the best evidence that God was on our side is the devil's growl, and we are generally pretty safe in following a thing according to Satan's dislike for it.

Beloved, take care, lest in the very line where your prejudices are setting you off from God's people and God's truth, you are missing the treasures of your life.

Take the treasures of heaven no matter how they come to you, even if it be as earthly treasures generally are, like the kernel inside the rough shell, or the gem in the bosom of the hard rock.

I have seen Jesus and my heart is dead to all beside, I have seen Jesus, and my wants are all, in Him, supplied.

I have seen Jesus, and my heart, at last, is satisfied, Since I've seen Jesus.

~A. B. Simpson~

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"A Solitary Way"

They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; a way not tracked; a path in which each has to walk alone; a road where no company cheers him, and without landmarks to direct his course.

This is a mark peculiar to the child of God...that the path by which he travels is, in his own feelings, a solitary way.

This much increases his exercises, that they appear peculiar to himself.

His perplexities are such as he cannot believe any living soul is exercised with; the fiery darts which are cast into his mind by the wicked one are such as he thinks no child of God has ever experienced; 

The darkness of his soul, the unbelief and infidelity of his heart, and the workings of his powerful corruptions, are such as he supposes none ever knew but himself. 

To be without any comfort except what God gives, without any guidance but what the Lord affords, without any support but what springs from the everlasting arms laid underneath...

In a word, to be in that state where the Lord alone must appear, and where he alone can deliver, is very painful.

But it is the very painful nature of the path that makes it so profitable.

We need to be cut off from resting upon an arm of flesh; to be completely divorced from all props to support our souls, except that Almighty prop which cannot fail.

And the Lord will take care that his people shall deal only with himself; that they shall have no real comfort but that which springs from his presence, and no solid testimonies but those which are breathed into their conscience from his own lips.

His object is to draw us away from the creature; to take us off from leaning on human pity and compassion...

And to bring us to trust implicitly on himself, "whose compassions fail not,"

To lean wholly and solely upon him, who is "very pitiful, and of tender mercy."

~J. C. Philpot~

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lie Still And Trust

Psalm 27:13  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

FAINT NOT!

How great is the temptation at this point!

How the soul sinks, the heart grows sick, and the faith staggers under the keen trials and testings which come into our lives in times of special bereavement and suffering.

I cannot bear up any longer, I am fainting under this providence. 

What shall I do? 

God tells me not to faint.

But what can one do when he is fainting?

What do you do when you are about to faint physically?

You cannot do anything.

You cease from your own doings. 
                                                  
In your faintness, you fall upon the shoulder of some strong loved one.

You lean hard. You rest. You lie still and trust.

It is so when we are tempted to faint under affliction.

God's message to us is not, "Be strong and of good courage," for He knows our strength and courage have fled away.

But it is that sweet word, "Be still, and know that I am God."

Hudson Taylor was so feeble in the closing months of his life that he wrote a dear friend: "I am so weak I cannot write; I cannot read my Bible; I cannot even pray. I can only lie still in God's arms like a little child, and trust."

This wondrous man of God with all his spiritual power came to a place of physical suffering and weakness where he could only lie still and trust.

And that is all God asks of you, His dear child, when you grow faint in the fierce fires of affliction.

Do not try to be strong. Just be still and know that He is God, and will sustain you, and bring you through.

God keeps His choicest cordials for our deepest faintings.

Stay firm and let thine heart take courage

Stay firm, He has not failed thee In all the past, And will He go and leave thee To sink at last?
 

Nay, He said He will hide thee Beneath His wing; And sweetly there in safety Thou mayest sing.

~Selected~

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Walk Without Stumbling

If the LORD will not suffer it, neither men nor devils can do it.

How greatly would they rejoice if they could give us a disgraceful fall, drive us from our position, and bury us out of memory!

They could do this to their heart's content were it not for One hindrance, and only one: the LORD will not suffer it; and if He does not suffer it, we shall not suffer it.

The way of life is like traveling among the Alps. Along the mountain path one is constantly exposed to the slipping of the foot.

Where the way is High the head is apt to swim, and then the feet soon slide; there are spots which are smooth as glass and others that are rough with loose stones, and in either of these a fall is hard to avoid.

He who throughout life is enabled to keep himself upright and to walk without stumbling has the best of reasons for gratitude.

What with pitfalls and snares, weak knees, weary feet, and subtle enemies, no child of God would stand fast for an hour were it not for the faithful love which will not suffer his foot to be moved.

 Amidst a thousand snares I stand Upheld and guarded by thy hand; That hand unseen shall hold me still, And lead me to thy holy hill.


~Charles Spurgeon~