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, June 26, 2016

A small remnant

Isaiah 1:9

We must never forget that “the remnant of Jacob” in this world is always a very small remnant (Isaiah 1:9; 16:14). In the end, it will be a number which no man can number, a great multitude, ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands. But at any one time in this world, in any society, in any place, God’s remnant is small. As it is written, “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). Only a few go in at the strait gate and walk in the narrow way.
God has always done his work with a small, feeble remnant. He would not use Gideon and his army until he had whittled the army down to 300 men who were too scared to stoop down and drink water (Judges 7:5-6). In Noah’s day, one man found grace in the eyes of the Lord. In Abraham’s day, one family obtained mercy. In all the ages of the Old Testament, one nation was called. After three years of preaching, our Lord Jesus had only 120 who worshipped in his name.
Throughout the ages, God has used a very small, feeble remnant to build his kingdom. But that remnant always prevails and is never defeated. His remnant (his church) goes forth in his strength to his cause. Acting under the name and authority of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the worm Jacob is enabled to thresh the mountains (Isaiah 41:14-15).
As a lion, strong and mighty, powerful and courageous, every foe is utter weakness before God’s Church. As we assault the gates of hell in the name of Christ by the preaching of the gospel, the very gates of hell shall fall before us. Because the Lion of the tribe of Judah is at our head, none can prevail over us!
God works through a small, feeble remnant, so that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). — Let us never despise small things!

Don Fortner

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