Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Is the papacy the anti-Christ?

The mercy of Christ

When this seductive world intrudes itself into the mind, and is insidiously busy in establishing its ascendancy over the heart; when wealth is riveting its chains, to fasten us in bondage; when ambition invites us to the high places of power and distinction, and promises that we shall be as gods in grandeur and glory; when pleasure informs us, that we have “much goods laid up for many years,” and bids us “take our ease, eat, drink, and be merry;” in a word, when temptation, sense, and sin, crowd around us, and prepare us to absorb all our affections in selfish gratification; let us look to the mercy of Christ, and remember and behold what he has done for us. If we are not hardened indeed, . . . we shall find it difficult, and I hope impossible, not to go, and in some measure, do likewise. We shall, like him, “love our enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return:” we shall “bless them that curse us, and pray for them who despitefully use us and persecute us.”                       

Timothy Dwight, 1752‐1816

God's attributes

(Stephen Charnock, "The Attributes of God")

Power is God's hand or arm.

Omniscience is God's eye. 

Mercy is God's heart.

Eternity is God's duration. 

Holiness is God's beauty. 
Without holiness . . .
  His patience would be an indulgence to sin,
  His mercy would be a sentimental fondness,
  His wrath would be a madness,
  His power would be a tyranny,
  His wisdom would be an unworthy subtlety.
Holiness gives balance to all of God's attributes

I see not an inch of the road

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I see not an inch of the road before me, and
have no stock of strength or ability for the journey.
But I must live moment by moment on the Lord God,
who will make my feet like hinds' feet, to tread upon
very high places—even the God who performs all
things for me.

Moreover, to use another figure, I must lie in the
arms of my Beloved as a helpless infant—without
wisdom or power to do anything for myself—but
believing that "the everlasting arms of love" will
prove a safe conveyance.

Oh! what a blessed Jesus we have—who can so soften
affliction and so sweeten Marah's bitter stream, making
us exceeding joyful even in tribulation.

Ruth Bryan