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, February 28, 2016

“God is doing wonderful things in these days.”

We are persistently being told that “God is doing wonderful things in these days.” What an absolutely empty, meaningless use of words. Murders, riots, rapes, drug addiction, drunkenness, adultery, sodomy, uncleanness, strikes, vandalism, violence and vice. The whole catalogue of evil which advertises the state of our nation in these days in which we live is an open invitation to look and see what terrible things the devil is doing today.

 The Lord is Sovereign; of course he is, and the evil one doesn’t take one step that is out of control of Him who sitteth upon the Throne. But the state of things in the nation today is an account of the state of things in the churches today; and the state of things in churches today is on account of God having turned His face away from a people bent on having their own wills satisfies. Years of banner-waving evangelism and “factory farming” methods in conversion have neither stemmed the tide of corruption nor increased the flow of Godliness by one iota.

How much we could do with the spirit of Bunyan’s “Old Mr. Honest.” To see what the present trend of things is and to have courage to denounce the course fearlessly, proclaiming what a continued following of that course will result in, for ourselves, for our churches, for our demonstrations, for the whole church in this land, for the land itself. We will be no better off for simply calling barreness blessing: neither will we be any worse off for seeing and confessing that the “pleasant places” have become desolate. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord.” Do we really believe that great things are happening today? “Now therefore, thus saith the Lord hosts; consider your ways. Ye have sown much and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; consider your ways.” (Haggai chapter 1 verse 5-7)

 One ounce of spiritual perception, my friends, will show that this is our state today. One ounce of spiritual foresight will undoubtedly show us the consequences of remaining in that state in blissful unawareness.

W.J Seaton (1971) 

2 comments:

Darrel said...

And here we are forty five years later and the number of those who tell this lie (peace, peace---------when there is no peace) has multiplied. They promise "revival" but never preach against sin or talk about repentance. Instead, we find idol worship on every corner, in (nearly?) every house of prayer, in the mouth of all the false prophets, all of which is loved by those who give their money to these charlatans who make them comfortable in their sins. And such people have the gall to claim they love God and serve Him-----------LIARS!!!! Even the building where they gather has become an idol, in the OT it's called the "high places", a site for Baal worship. The hireling pastors and their henchmen ('elders' and 'deacons') act like mad dogs as they intimidate their flock into subjection to their rule by every means at their disposal. They may champion 'biblical literacy' but will allow no one to challenge them, even with a simple question.

Is God doing 'great things' in our day, right now? The answer is a resounding****YES****but not in the way that the frauds of our day insist. He saved me out of a pit I didn't even know I was trapped in, as He did you, and countless others who now worship Him in Spirit and in truth. He has given all such believers a heart to know Him and fear Him and humble themselves before Him. THAT is THE great thing that our God is doing today. And He will continue to do so unabated as He sees fit. May our heart and soul be satisfied with the Lord Jesus Christ.

lyn said...

A hearty amen Darrel - yes, He IS doing marvelous things in our day, but it isn't as the wolves say. He is still saving sinners, which is truly a marvel.

May Christ be our all in all, may our hearts long for Him and cry out "Come Lord Jesus!"