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

Thursday, November 24, 2011

We must strive

There is another road to Hell quite as sure!

(J.C. Ryle, "Practical Religion" 1878)

"Strive to enter in at the narrow gate: for many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able!" Luke 13:24

"STRIVE" teaches that a man must expect many adversaries and a hard battle--if he would have his soul saved. And this, as a matter of experience, is strictly true. There are no "gains without pains" in spiritual things--any more than in temporal things. That roaring lion, the devil--will never let a soul escape from him without a struggle. The heart which is naturally sensual and earthly--will never be turned to spiritual things without a daily fight. The world, with all its opposition and temptations--will never be overcome without a conflict.

I warn you to take heed that you do not perish forever--for lack of "striving." Do not suppose that it needs some great scarlet sin to bring you to the pit of eternal destruction! You have only to sit still and do nothing--and you will find yourself there at last. Yes! Satan does not ask you to walk in the steps of Cain, and Pharaoh, and Ahab, and Judas Iscariot. There is another road to Hell quite as sure--the road of spiritual indolence, spiritual laziness, and spiritual sloth!

Satan has no objection to your being a respectable member of the Christian Church. He will allow you to sit comfortably in church every Sunday you live. He knows full well, that so long as you do not "strive"--that you must come at last to the worm that never dies, and the fire that is never quenched! Take heed that you do not come to this end. I repeat it, you have only to do nothing--and you will be eternally lost!

Think, think above all things, what a state this is to die in! Your life is but a vapor. A few more years at most--and you are gone! Your place in the world will soon be filled up; your house will be occupied by another.
The sun will go on shining;
the grass and daises will soon grow thick over your grave;
your body will be food for worms,
and your soul will be lost to all eternity!

from grace gems

Monday, November 14, 2011

the cross of Christ

"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!" Galatians 6:14

In the cross we see . . . the rights of divine justice maintained, the designs of divine mercy revealed; sin appearing exceedingly sinful; the law magnified and honored, and the law-breaker pardoned and delivered!

At the cross, God and sinners meet--and a reconciliation takes place. Here, man drops the weapons of rebellion--and God lays aside the sword of divine displeasure. Here, the works of Satan are destroyed--and the gates of paradise are thrown open. Here, the creditor is discharged, his every crime is atoned for--and everlasting righteousness is completed! Here, God is "just, and the justifier of the one who believes in Jesus."

At the cross . . . mercy takes the throne, justice guards her rights, holiness maintains her prerogative, the sinner has hope, and iniquity is forever atoned for!

At the cross . . . we are stripped of self--and clothed with Christ; we lose our fears--and obtain the sweetest comforts; we find paradise restored--and have a foretaste of glory; Jehovah is revealed as the sinner's friend; death is destroyed as the believer's foe; Satan's . . . folly is published, designs are frustrated, and character is exposed to perpetual shame.

At the cross . . . all the truths of revelation center, all the perfections of Deity unite, and the way to eternal life is opened!

The Cross of Jesus! May it be . . . the emblem of my faith, the subject of my song, the antidote of my sorrows, and the glory of my soul!

"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!" Galatians 6:14

From gracegems