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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Make use of thy God

It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God himself. Though He is "our own God", we apply ourselves but little to Him, and ask but little of Him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business without seeking His guidance! In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord, that He may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say: "I am thine, soul, come and make use of me as thou wilt; thou mayest freely come to my store, and the oftener, the more welcome"

It is our own fault if we make not free with the riches of our own God. Then, since thou has such a friend, and He invites thee, draw from Him daily. Never want whilst though hast a God to go to; never fear or faint whilst thou hast God to help thee; go to thy treasure and take whatever thou hast need of - there is all that thou canst want. 

Learn the divine skill of making God all things to thee. He can supply thee with all, or, better still, He can be to thee instead of all. Let me urge thee, then, to make use of thy God. 

Make use of Him in PRAYER. Go to Him often because He is THY God. O, wilt thou fail to use so great a privilege? Fly to Him, tell Him all they wants. Use Him constantly BY FAITH at all times. If some dark providence has beclouded thee, use thy God as a "sun"; if some strong enemy has beset thee, find in Jehovah a "shield", for He is a sun and shield to His people. If thou hast lost thy way in the mazes of life, use Him as a "guide", for He will direct thee. Whatever thou art, and wherever thou art, remember, God is just WHAT thou wantest, and just WHERE thou wantest, and that He can do ALL thou wantest. 

C. H. Spurgeon

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