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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What a preacher can't do

“A preacher may induce a man to believe what Scripture says about his lost condition, persuade him to bow to the divine verdict, and then accept Christ as his personal Savior. No man wants to go to hell, and fire is assured intellectually that Christ stands ready as a fire escape, on the sole condition that he jump into His arms (“rest on His finished work”), thousands will do so. But a hundred preachers are unable to make an unregenerate person realize the dreadful nature of sin, or show him that he has been a lifelong rebel against God, or change his heart so that he now hates himself and longs to please God and serve Christ. Only the Spirit can bring man to the place where he is willing to forsake every idol, cut off a hindering right hand or pluck out an offending right eye.”

“The preacher who most honors Christ is not the one who produces the largest “visible results,” but he who sticks the closest to His commission and preaches the Word most faithfully.”

A.W. Pink


Susan said...

So true and amen.

lyn said...

Too bad so many think they have to give a 'method' on how to be saved. There are no guarantees someone will be saved upon hearing the Gospel, if God has chosen them before the foundation of the world, the Spirit will indeed work in their heart. Sadly, most today do not even realize the ministerial work of the Spirit!

Susan said...

What I was contemplating on this morning was that there are many doing a Christian act but however when the storm s bit only those who are truly saved can weather the storms. We cannot make it without the Holy Spirit helping us. He is our sword and shield. Those who are faking it won't last and will fall away. We can't do it in our own strength. The proof will be in the pudding. Those who are His make it through all these perils and those who aren't and are trying to do the things they think will earn it for them will fail terribly.

lyn said...

You are exactly right Susan. It is always good to recall, 'apart from me you can do nothing' isn't it?! Even now we are seeing those who are faking it being exposed for what they really are, like Doug Phillips of Vision Forum and his horrendous sex scandal. It seems like there are more and more sex scandals being exposed everywhere, God is 'cleaning house'.