Friday, July 31, 2009

Abundance Of Promises

Daily Wisdom

"Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn."
Ruth 2:2

It has been said that by immersing yourself in God’s word and infusing it into your soul you become rigid and angry losing touch with the so called real world. How foolish, it is true you do find in there the harsh words of the law and the wrath of God towards a stiff necked and disobedient people yet, to those who love the Lord you also find there the love of God, His redeeming grace at the hands of Jesus along with the sweet promises of forgiveness, mercy and protection from the evil one who would hold you in bondage to sin, the promise of freedom and eternal life, all of this contained in the Kings covenant with His chosen. All this is waiting for you, if you would but repent and come to the cross of Christ. Come sinner, says the Lord, glean the harvest fields, simply pick it up and claim it as your own, and you also will receive your inheritance, for it is the Fathers good pleasure to receive you into His family as his very own child and heir.
Jim Haynes – August 1, 2009

Downcast and troubled Christian, come and glean today in the broad field of promise. Here are abundance of precious promises, which exactly meet your needs. Take this one: "He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.” Does not this promise suit you? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and that reed bruised, yet, He will not break you; but on the contrary, will restore and strengthen you. You are like the smoking flax: no light, no warmth, can come from you; but He will not quench you; He will blow with His sweet breath of mercy till He fans you to a flame. Would you glean yet another ear? "Come unto Me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” What soft words! Your heart is tender, and the Master knows it, and therefore He speaks so gently to you. Will you not obey Him, and come to Him even now? Take another ear of corn: "Fear not, you worm Jacob, I will help you, said the Lord and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” How can you fear with such a wonderful assurance as this? You may gather ten thousand such golden ears as these! "I have blotted out your sins like a cloud, and like a thick cloud your transgressions.” Or this, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Or this, "The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, and let him that is thirsty come, and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.” Our Master's field is very rich; behold the handfuls. See, there they lie before you, poor timid believer! Gather them up; make them your own, for Jesus bids you take them. Be not afraid, only believe! Grasp these sweet promises, thresh them out by meditation and feed on them with joy.
Spurgeon's Morning & Evening - For August 1st AM by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Somthing To Consider

Society today is obviously all too aware of the decadent and perverse lifestyles which are prevalent in the world and are generally prepared to accept their presence in the name and spirit of freedom of choice. Living an unordered life with no restrictions gives the secular spirit the feeling of power over their own destiny without obligation to any form of higher authority or deity. As a consequence it is mandatory that Society suppress any serious threat to that which they perceive as their serene little world. Even those religious institutions purporting themselves to be Christian, in the interest of maintaining a peaceful coexistence more commonly referred to as “not rocking the boat” have adopted a cocoon mentality content to remain huddled safely in cloistered little gatherings being generally quick to say that the world has their standards and we have ours. Therefore it would seem we as Christians must either adopt a live and let live philosophy in some kind of vain attempt to be more palatable to those living destructive lifestyles or exclude ourselves from the world and lock ourselves in our rooms where they won’t see us and be angry. The problem here becomes we cannot do that without compromising those beliefs on which our Christian foundations rest. In Johns Gospel Jesus clearly tells us that we are not “of” the world yet we must remain “in” the world. God has called us to live by example the Gospel message that the world may see and come to the cross, we cannot answer that call from the closet!
Thought for the Day
The foolish man will place himself in jeopardy by flirting with evil when by definition temptation is the very thing he lusts for in his heart requiring only a little enticement therefore for him to fall. It is through no great struggle that Satan wins these battles for in fact victory is virtually thrust upon him. If therefore a man would honestly wish to avoid the temptation to sin let Him flee from its presence before he comes upon the power of the thing. Listen to the whisper of the Holy Spirit when it urges you elsewhere for God will offer you another way which is far more pleasing to Him and at the end of the day more beneficial to you for your soul will be a peace with itself having won a victory at least this day.