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, December 28, 2016

True and faithful to the Most High

"I came not to send peace on earth, but a sword." — Mat_10:34
The Christian will be sure to make enemies. It will be one of his objects to make none; but if to do the right, and to believe the true, should cause him to lose every earthly friend, he will count it but a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be yet more friendly, and reveal himself to him more graciously than ever. O ye who have taken up his cross, know ye not what your Master said? "I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother; and a man's foes shall be they of his own household." Christ is the great Peacemaker; but before peace, he brings war. Where the light cometh, the darkness must retire. Where truth is, the lie must flee; or, if it abideth, there must be a stern conflict, for the truth cannot and will not lower its standard, and the lie must be trodden under foot. If you follow Christ, you shall have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels. If you would live so as to stand the test of the last tribunal, depend upon it the world will not speak well of you. He who has the friendship of the world is an enemy to God; but if you are true and faithful to the Most High, men will resent your unflinching fidelity, since it is a testimony against their iniquities. Fearless of all consequences, you must do the right. You will need the courage of a lion unhesitatingly to pursue a course which shall turn your best friend into your fiercest foe; but for the love of Jesus you must thus be courageous. For the truth's sake to hazard reputation and affection, is such a deed that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral principle which only the Spirit of God can work in you; yet turn not your back like a coward, but play the man. Follow right manfully in your Master's steps, for he has traversed this rough way before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest, than false peace and everlasting torment.

Spurgeon

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

Our days are numbered

"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Number our days how? Reflecting on all of them as the Lord gives them and recognizing that  every day that he gives us it is from his hand and it is for his glory and yet our breath is lent to us just like everything we have is lent. We don't own anything. People talk about owning property, owning oil wells and everything else going on. They don't own a thing. If they owned them, they'd take them with them when they went but it's like a borrowed library book. You're going to give it back one day. It's not yours. It's borrowed. Such is our lives and the Lord teach us to number our days. - http://media.sermonaudio.com/mediapdf/1221101013401.pdf

Judgment At The House Of God

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hated without cause

Here is an excerpt from a sermon by Ken Wimer.... 

It is a snare to those that are blind and simply read the Scriptures dutifully like many do in so-called Christian circles. They read it and they try to get some moral out of it. They try to find some practical experience, some example and you stop and think about those things, those are natural minded things. I read books regularly. In fact, I'm on a schedule this year and I'm behind but I set a goal to read one book a week. Now, I need to catch up about 3 books so I'm looking for one that's about 10 pages long just to be able to say I read a book. But why do I do that? Well, it stimulates the mind, it's in an area that I want some personal growth in my business professionally or whatever and that's a natural mind. That is what the world does when they take this book, the Bible, and read it but like Paul said of the Jews that the Scriptures were read every Sabbath in the synagogue but there was a veil over their hearts and that veil, it says, is only lifted in the Lord Jesus Christ by his Spirit. 
So the Lord has purposely written this book to be a snare to those that approach it religiously even in a "devotional" way dutifully like you'll hear many people, preachers at the beginning of the year saying, "Our goal this year is to read through the Bible in a year." I don't know if you've ever tried to read through the Scriptures in a year but that's a pretty fast pace and, I will tell you, it makes a bunch of hypocrites out of people because whenever they put it in front of the congregation and they get people signing up and saying they are reading the chapters, people make light of it. They will go through it, speed read, and they'll kind of laugh and say, "Well, I'm glad this time we had chapters that had nothing to do with names. I just skimmed down through there but I got it done." There are people that that's the way they read the Scriptures. They read it from an historic standpoint. How many times have you heard lessons about David and persecution and suffering and opposition and it makes good stories just like this Psalm, a cry to God for help, and certainly it is ascribed to David there in the subheading, "A Psalm of David," but he was the instrument for writing it. He is not the author. The Spirit is the author and always keep in mind what the Lord said, When the Spirit shall come, after his death," he said to his disciples, "he'll not speak of himself but he'll take the things pertaining to me and reveal them unto you."

This is, I know it says, "Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise," but this is not a worship prayer in that sense. It's a prayer, what writers call an imprecatory prayer, one that is prayed against the enemies. So when I read verses 1 through 5, I have to consider that I'm the guilty one. When it says there in verse 2, "For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me," how many times when someone reads this they think of somebody else? Because I've told you before the Spirit of God never convicts someone of somebody else's sin so when we read this word and your mind is thinking about somebody else, "Oh, I wish they were here," that's the flesh. The Spirit working in the heart of one of the Lord's own brings us, like Isaiah, to cry, "Woe is me! I am undone!" That's not just a one time thing. This is continually. You see, the work of the Spirit is to do this every time we open this word: it's to strip us of ourselves and to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. 

read this entire sermon by Ken Wimer at http://media.sermonaudio.com/mediapdf/329152024503.pdf  or listen at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=329152024503

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

foolish, weak and lowly

(Octavius Winslow)

"God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
 God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things . . ." 1 Corinthians 1:27-28

What doctrine is more emptying, humbling, and therefore sanctifying, than predestination? It lays the axe at the root of all human boasting!
In the light of this truth, the most holy believer sees that there is no difference between him and the vilest sinner that crawls the earth--but what the sovereign grace of God has made!

"By the grace of God I am what I am!" 1 Corinthians 15:10

Sunday, December 4, 2016

I have much people in this city

"I have much people in this city." — Act_18:10
This should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs. They are as much redeemed by blood as the saints before the eternal throne. They are Christ's property, and yet perhaps they are lovers of the ale-house, and haters of holiness; but if Jesus Christ purchased them he will have them. God is not unfaithful to forget the price which his Son has paid. He will not suffer his substitution to be in any case an ineffectual, dead thing. Tens of thousands of redeemed ones are not regenerated yet, but regenerated they must be; and this is our comfort when we go forth to them with the quickening Word of God.
Nay, more, these ungodly ones are prayed for by Christ before the throne. "Neither pray I for these alone," saith the great Intercessor, "but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." Poor, ignorant souls, they know nothing about prayer for themselves, but Jesus prays for them. Their names are on his breastplate, and ere long they must bow their stubborn knee, breathing the penitential sigh before the throne of grace. "The time of figs is not yet." The predestinated moment has not struck; but, when it comes, they shall obey, for God will have his own; they must, for the Spirit is not to be withstood when he cometh forth with fulness of power-they must become the willing servants of the living God. "My people shall be willing in the day of my power." "He shall justify many." "He shall see of the travail of his soul." "I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong."

Spurgeon