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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Thorough Cleansing

Eze 36:25  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

What an exceeding joy is this! He who has purified us with the blood of Jesus will also cleanse us by the water of the Holy Spirit.

God hath said it, and so it must be, "Ye shall be clean."

LORD, we feel and mourn our uncleanness, and it is cheering to be assured by Thine own mouth that we shall be clean.

Oh, that Thou wouldst make a speedy work of it!

He will deliver us from our worst sins.

The uprisings of unbelief and the deceitful lusts which war against the soul, the vile thoughts of pride, and the suggestions of Satan to blaspheme the sacred name-all these shall be so purged away as never to return.

He will also cleanse us from all our idols, whether of gold or of clay: our impure loves and our excessive love of that which in itself is pure. 

That which we have idolized shall either be broken from us or we shall be broken off from it.

It is God who speaks of what He Himself will do.

Therefore is this word established and sure, and we may boldly look for that which it guarantees to us.

Cleansing is a covenant blessing, and the covenant is ordered in all things and sure.

~Charles Spurgeon~

Friday, October 28, 2016

How Do I Mortify The Flesh?

The flesh is a bosom traitor; it is like the Trojan horse within the walls, which does all the mischief.

The flesh is a sly enemy - it kills by embracing.

The embraces of the flesh are like the ivy embracing the oak; which sucks out the strength of it for its own leaves and berries. 

So the flesh by its soft embraces, sucks out of the heart all good.

The pampering of the flesh, is the quenching of God's Spirit.

The flesh chokes and stifles holy motions - the flesh sides with

There is a party (the flesh) within us, which will not pray, which will not believe.

The flesh inclines us more to believe a temptation than a promise.

The flesh is so near to us, its counsels are more attractive. 

There is no chain of adamant which binds so tightly as the chain of lust.

In the best of saints, sin can fasten its roots in them, and spring out sometimes with inordinate desires.

Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

How Do I Mortify The Flesh?

1. Withdraw the fuel that may make lust burn. Avoid all temptations.

Take heed of that which nourishes sin.

Those who pray that they may not be led into temptation must not lead themselves into temptation.

2. Fight against fleshly lusts with spiritual and prayer.

The best way to combat with sin is upon our knees.

Beg strength from Christ. Samson's strength lay in his hair; our strength lies in our head - Christ.

This is a mystery to the major part of the world who gratify the flesh rather than mortify it.

~Thomas Watson 1669~

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Living By Your Reason, Emotions, Or Your Will Makes You Ready Prey For Deception

Children of God who lean to the soul on any or all of its sides-reason (intellect), emotion (feelings) or will (volition) will be a ready prey for deception.

First of all, such people are already a contradiction of their essential nature as now - by new birth - spiritual.

It becomes clear at the outset that they are locked up and a law unto themselves.

Their way is the way, and they see no other.

As to further light, they are largely unteachable; as to further experience, they are content; as to another course, they cannot conceive of it.

Christians who live in their own mind will often be found occupied with a question.

They cannot live without a question or a problem.

If one is shattered, they will soon have another.

Thus they go ever round in a circle, and come back to their starting point, making no real spiritual progress.

Like a horse in the ring, they are whipped and driven, and there is no expanse of life or vision.

Or they lash others with their ideas and seek to subject other minds to their own.

It may eventuate in some very weird, unsound and untrue conclusions.

At length somewhere in this occult position-for it is nothing less-a deception will be found, and Satan's hand will be seen.

The same thing is true with regard to Christians living on the emotional side of the soul.

This side demands experiences, evidences, manifestations.

Indeed the whole realm of sense-life governs here.

If we intensify and project our emotional side sufficiently, we can have any experience that is possible.

The whole body and mind can be involved. Vocal cords or solar plexus may be affected. There may be facial distortions, rigidity, 'second sight', visions, extra capabilities, prodigious strength, mirth, ecstasy, etc.

All these, from simple beginnings, may come through the psychical or soul-life as extended and strained along the line of intense desire.

If this is true in these two directions, how true it is on the side of the will.

A forceful, dominating, assertive soul, not under the government of the Holy Spirit, is a terrible menace to the interests of God.

Decisions will be made, courses adopted, objectives secured, positions occupied, in the name of devotion to God, which will be Towers of Babel, Pyramids of Egypt, Ishmaels of Abram (not Abraham).

There will be a good deal of remorse bound up with these achievements eventually, and a wish that they had never been.

The result will be something false, and many may be involved in the tragedy.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Rejoice In The Flood

It is a striking assertion, "through the floods" (the place where we might have expected nothing but trembling and terror, anguish and dismay) "there," says the Psalmist, "did we rejoice in him!"

How many there are who can endorse this as their experience: that "there," in their very seasons of distress and sadness, they have been enabled, as they never did before, to triumph and rejoice.

How near their God in covenant is brought! How brightly shine His promises!

In the day of our prosperity we cannot see the brilliancy of these.

Like the sun at noon, hiding out the stars from sight, they are indiscernible; but when night overtakes, the deep, dark night of sorrow, out come these clustering stars-blessed constellations of Bible hope and promise of consolation.

Like Jacob at Jabbok, it is when our earthly sun goes down that the Divine Angel comes forth, and we wrestle with Him and prevail.

It was at night, "in the evening," Aaron lit the sanctuary lamps.

It is in the night of trouble the brightest lamps of the believer are often kindled.

It was in his loneliness and exile John had the glorious vision of his Redeemer.

There is many a Patmos still in the world, whose brightest remembrances are those of God's presence and upholding grace and love in solitude and sadness.

How many pilgrims, still passing through these Red Seas and Jordans of earthly affliction, will be enabled in the retrospect of eternity to say-full of the memories of God's great goodness-"We went through the flood on foot, there-there, in these dark experiences, with the surging waves on every side, deep calling to deep, Jordan, as when Israel crossed it, in 'the time of the overflowing' (flood), yet, 'there did we rejoice in Him!'"

~Dr. Macduff~

Hos 2:15  And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Let Them Alone!

God sometimes leaves men to themselves...their furious passions are unchained, and they are given up, without restraint, to the lusts of their own evil hearts!

A more dreadful judgment than this, cannot be inflicted on this side of hell. 

Matthew Henry writes, "People go on in sin until the Lord says, 'Let them alone!' 

Then they receive no more warnings and feel no more convictions.

Satan takes full possession of them and they ripen for destruction!

It is a sad and sore judgment for any man to be let alone in sin! 

Those who are not disturbed in their sin will be destroyed for their sin!

May we be kept from this dreadful state;

For the wrath of God, like a strong tempest will soon hurry all impenitent sinners into eternal ruin!"

~John Newton~

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lean Hard!

It is by an act of simple, prayerful faith that we transfer our cares and anxieties, our sorrows and needs, to the Lord.

Jesus invites you come and lean upon Him, and to lean with all your might upon that arm that balances the universe, and upon that bosom that bled for you upon the soldier's spear!

But you doubtingly ask, "Is the Lord able to do this thing for me?"

And thus, while you are debating a matter about which there is not the shadow of a shade of doubt, the burden is crushing your gentle spirit to the dust.

And all the while Jesus stands at your side and lovingly says, "Cast your burden upon Me and I will sustain you.

I am God Almighty! I bore the load of your sin and condemnation up the steep of Calvary; and the same power of omnipotence, and the same strength of love that bore it all for you then - is prepared to bear your need and sorrow now.

Roll it all upon Me! Child of My love! Lean Hard! Let Me feel the pressure of your care.

I know your burden, child! I shaped it I poised it in My own hand and made no proportion of its weight to your unaided strength.

For even as I laid it on, I said I shall be near, and while she leans on Me, this burden shall be Mine, not hers.

So shall I keep My child within the encircling arms of My own love.

Here lay it down!

Do not fear to impose it on a shoulder which upholds the government of worlds!

Yet closer come! You are not near enough!

I would embrace your burden, so I might feel My child reposing on My bosom.

You love Me! I know it. Doubt not, then. But, loving me, lean hard!" 

~Octavius Winslow~

Monday, October 17, 2016

He Is A Fool!

You will not be persecuted for holding gospel  truths in the head; but for having grace in your heart; for the former will not cause you to differ from the world. 

When the fruits of the Spirit manifest themselves in your life; when you are blind to your own interest in this world; when you are deaf to the advice of the worldly-wise, then it will be said of you, He is a changed man; he is a fool! 

Now, my dear brother, be assured of this, as God works in your dark soul, such changes as these will be caused; so that instead of panting after the riches of this world, you will pant after the unsearchable riches of Christ! 

Human nature cannot and will not make great sacrifices; but as you have a knowledge given to you by the Spirit of the exceeding great and precious promises laid up in Christ for God's chosen few, you will be led to see the nothingness and vanity of all things here below, and you will with joy cry out, We have a kingdom which cannot be moved!

God, by His Spirit, quickens, and He alone can enable you to separate from your old companions and the world, and so make great sacrifices for Christ's sake, who has died that you might live; who became poor that you through His poverty might be made rich!

~William Tiptaft~

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Desperate Situations

Act 12:7  And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Act 16:25  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Act 16:26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

This is God's way. In the darkest hours of the night, His tread draws near across the billows.

As the day of execution is breaking, the angel comes to Peter's cell.

When the scaffold for Mordecai is complete, the royal sleeplessness leads to a reaction in favor of the favored race.

Ah, soul, it may have to come to the worst with thee ere thou art delivered; but thou wilt be delivered!

God may keep thee waiting, but he will ever be mindful of His covenant, and will appear to fulfill His inviolable Word.

~F. B. Meyer~

There's a simplicity about God in working out His plans, yet a resourcefulness equal to any difficulty, and an unswerving faithfulness to His trusting child, and an unforgetting steadiness in holding to His purpose.

Through a fellow-prisoner, then a dream, He lifts Joseph from a prison to a premiership. And the length of stay in the prison prevents dizziness in the premier.

It's safe to trust God's methods and to go by His clock.

~S. D. Gordon~

Providence hath a thousand keys to open a thousand sundry doors for the deliverance of His own, when it is even come to a desperate case.

Let us be faithful; and care for our own part which is to suffer for Him, and lay Christ's part on Himself, and leave it there.

~George MacDonald~

Difficulty is the very atmosphere of miracle-it is miracle in its first stage.

If it is to be a great miracle, the condition is not difficulty but impossibility.

The clinging hand of His child makes a desperate situation a delight to Him.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Omnipotence Of GOD

Rev 19:6  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Believer! what can better support and sustain you amid the trials of your pilgrimage, than the thought that you have an Omnipotent arm to lean upon?

The God with whom you have to do is boundless in His resources!

There is no crossing His designs no thwarting His purposes no questioning His counsels.

His mandate is law! "He speaks and it is done!" 

Your need is great.

From the humblest crumb of providential goodness, up to the richest blessing of Divine grace you are hanging from moment to moment, as a poor pensioner on Jehovah's bounty!

But, fear not! "I am the Almighty God!" Finite necessities can never exhaust My infinite fullness!

My God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus! 

To You, O blessed Jesus! all power has been committed in Heaven and in earth.

ALL power! He has in His hands the reigns of universal empire!

To "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" has been entrusted the seven-sealed scroll of Providence. 

Whatever is the blessing which the poorest, weakest, loneliest, most afflicted of His saints require-if it is really for their good-the Wonderful Counselor secures it.

As a Prince, He has power with God, and must prevail.

He combines in His adorable Person, all that a sinner requires: a Heart tender enough to love; and a Hand strong enough to save.

The Elder Brother! the "Mighty God!"

How He delights in the exercise of His omnipotence in behalf of His own people-in ruling over their interests, and overruling their trials for their eternal good!

When He prays for Himself, it is "Not My will." 

When He prays for them, it is, "Father, I will!"

I may well take the motto which He still bears on His breastplate before the Throne, as the ground of support and encouragement in all time of tribulation, able to save to the uttermost!

My enemies are many - their name is Legion:
Satan, the great adversary; heart traitors- bosom sins; the world, and the world's trinity: the lusts of the flesh, and the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life!
But He who is for me, is greater far than all that can be against me.

He is "stronger" than the "strong man."

Christ the Power of God. "I, who speak in righteousness, am mighty to save!"

Believer, are you in trial, beaten down with a great fight of afflictions like the disciples, out in a midnight of storm, buffeting a sea of trouble? 

Fear not! When the tempest has done its work, when the trial has fulfilled its mission the voice which hushed the waters of old, has only to give forth the omnipotent mandate, "Peace, be still!"

And immediately there will be a great calm!

The "all power" of Jesus! what a pillow on which to rest my aching head; disarming all my fears, and inducing thoughts of sweetest comfort, consolation, and joy!

Psa 4:8  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

~John Macduff~

Monday, October 3, 2016

Progressiveness In GOD'S Dealings

In the course of our spiritual history God deals with us in ever-deepening ways.

Down, down, down, He goes, until He touches bottom to have things true at our very depth. 

He undercuts all our professions, doctrines, assumptions, pretensions, illusions, and customs.

There is no mere formalism about this; no mere Jewish ritual in this; no mere outward observance of rites and ceremonies in this! No! 

This has got to go right into the inmost being, in the inward parts.

God works toward that. God is ever working toward the most inward parts.

Do you recognize that?

Do you understand what He is doing with us? 

Oh, He will meet us with blessing on a certain level, as we walk before Him, like the man in Psalm 1.

He will meet us with His gracious provision when we transgress and trespass and fail, and do wrong - He will meet us there in grace.

But God is going to pursue this matter to the most inward place of our being, and register there His work of grace and redemption.

Thou desirest...and David did not come to that until he reached the profoundest, the deepest place of need, of failure, of conscious weakness and worthlessness.

Then he cried. 

It is not enough to just please God in ordinary ways;

It is not enough to observe the ritual of the Law, and go to the ceremonies, and carry out all that which is external.

God is after truth in the inward parts, right down into the depths of our being.

Why? Why?

Because truth is a major feature and constituent of the Divine nature.

God is called the God of Truth;

Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Godhead, called Himself the Truth...

I am... the truth; "To this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth";

The Holy Spirit is described as the Spirit of Truth--"when He, the Spirit of truth, is come".

The Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are characterized by this one feature - TRUTH!

And God desires and has set His heart upon having people who are partakers of the Divine nature, and so He is working ever more deeply toward this end:

What is true of Himself shall be true of His children - those begotten of Him...

That they should be true sons of God in this sense.

~T. Austin Sparks~

Saturday, October 1, 2016

"In The Secret Place Of The Stairs"

Song Of Solomon 2:14  O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

The dove is in the cleft of the rock-the riven side of our Lord. 

There is comfort and security there. It is also in the secret places of the stairs.

It loves to build its nest in the high towers to which men mount the winding stairs for hundreds of feet above the ground.

What a glorious vision is there obtained of the surrounding scenery.

It is a picture of ascending life.

To reach its highest altitudes we must find the secret places of the stairs.

That is the only way to rise above the natural plane.

Our life should be one of quiet mounting with occasional resting places; but we should be mounting higher step by step. 

Everybody does not find this way of secret ascent.

It is for God's chosen ones.

The world may think you are going down.

You may not have as much public work to do as formerly.

Blessed are the poor in spirit.

It is a secret, hidden life.

We may be hardly aware that we are growing, till some day a test comes and we find we are established.

Have you got above the power of sin so that Christ is keeping you from willful disobedience?

Does it give you a shudder to know the consciousness of sin? 

Are you lifted above the world?

~A. B. Simpson~