"This needs some salt. Ughh, excuse me, Mr. Pig! Can I get some salt over here!"
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thou art my hope in the day of evil.
-Jeremiah xvii. 17
The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm... At certain periods clouds cover the believers sun, and he walks in darkness and sees no light. There are many who have rejoiced in the presence of God for a season... they have walked along the "green pastures" by the side of the "still waters,"but suddenly... in the place of sweet waters, they find troubled streams, bitter to their taste, and they say, "Surely, if I were a child of God, this would not happen."
Oh! say not so, thou who art walking in darkness. The best of God's saints must drink the wormwood; the dearest of His children must bear the cross... We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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April 26, 2010
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
God invites everyone to satisfy their thirst. Our thirst being the deep spiritual longing for God and the drink being God's mercy, grace and salvation. It is free for all to drink, though it was very costly to purchase, far to costly for us to afford; thankfully Jesus paid in full on our behalf! All we need to do is come. We must come to the place where the drink is poured out, the feet of our Lord. He bids us come there, recognize His provision and drink constantly and deeply of His mercy, grace and salvation. To try and purchase or even earn this drink is an insult to the giver, for we never could afford it nor do we need to. We need just to come and accept the only drink that satisfies, Christ Jesus our Lord.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
God, even our own God.
-Psalm lxvii. 6
It is strange... 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 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!...
Then, since thou hast such a friend, and He invites Thee, draw from Him daily... He can supply thee with all, or, better still, He can be to thee instead of all.... Go to Him often, because He is thy God. O, wilt thou fail to use so great a privilege?
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.
Monday, April 26, 2010
We all know Mondays can be a little humdrum. That's why every Monday I will be posting a memorable movie scene to help cure your case of the Mondays. So "don't cry ShopGirl," the weekend will be here before you know it!
This do in remembrance of Me.
-1 Corinthians xi. 24
It seems then, that Christians may forget Christ! There could be no need for this loving exhortation, if there were not a fearful supposition that our memories might prove treacherous...
Forget Him who never forgot us! Forget Him who poured His blood forth for our sins! Forget Him who loved us even to death! Can it be possible? Yes, it is not only possible, but conscience confesses that it is too sadly a fault with all of us, that we must suffer Him to be as a wayfaring man tarrying but for a night. He whom we should make the abiding tenant of our memories is but a visitor therin...
Do you not find yourself forgetful of Jesus?... It is the incessant turmoil of the world, the constant attraction of earthly things which takes away the soul from Christ. While memory too well preserves a poisonous weed, it suffereth the rose of Sharon to whither. Let us charge ourselves to bind a heavenly forget-me-not about our hearts for Jesus our Beloved, and, whatever else we let slip, let us hold fast to Him.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
-Romans viii. 37
We go to Christ for forgiveness, and then too often look to the law for power to fight our sins. Paul rebukes us..."who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth?... Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?...Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" Take your sins to the cross, for the old man can only be crucified there: we are crucified with Him....
Are you covetous? Do you feel the world entangle you? You may struggle against this evil so long as you please, but.... you will never be delivered from it in any way but by the blood of Jesus. Take it to Christ. Tell Him, "Lord, I have trusted Thee, and Thy name is Jesus, for Thou dost save Thy people from their sins; Lord, this is one of my sins; save me from it!...
You must be conquerors through Him who hath loved you, if conquerors at all.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Him hath God exalted.
-Acts v. 31
Jesus, our Lord, once crucified, dead and buried, now sits upon the throne of glory... He is exalted at the Father's right hand, and though as Jehovah he has eminent glories, in which finite creatures cannot share, yet as the Mediator, the honours which Jesus wears in heaven are the heritage of all the saints. It is delightful to reflect how close is Christ's union with His people... He cannot be glorified without His bride.
Look up, believer, to Jesus now; let the eye of your faith behold Him with many crowns upon His head; and remember that you will one day be like Him, when you shall see Him as He is; you shall not be so great as He is, you shall not be so divine, but you still shall, in a measure, share the same honours, and enjoy the same happiness and the same dignity which He posses... Oh! wonderful thought for the children of God!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
"I know that my Redeemer liveth."
-Job xix. 25
The marrow of Job's comfort lies in that little word "My"-"My Redeemer," and in the fact that the Redeemer lives... We must get a property in Him before we can enjoy Him... What is gold in the mine to me?... It is gold in my purse which will satisfy my necessities... Rest not content until by faith you can say, "Yes, I cast myself upon my living Lord; and He is mine."...
But there is also another word here, expressive of Job's strong confidence, "I know...." Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murders of peace and comfort... If I have any suspicion that Christ is not mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if I know that Jesus lives for me, than darkness is not dark: even the night is light about me....
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I'm guessing very few of you noticed that I deleted my blog, but I did. I needed to take some time off to asses what the blog was saying about me. I was plagued by this feeling that I was propitiating an image of all that is good, true and lovely apart from the One who makes all those things good, true and lovely, God.
My desire for this fresh start, this new beginning if you will, is to dedicate more effort and energy in my posts to the One who truly inspires all I do. Of course I will continue to post on things things that inspire me on the web as well, just with a healthier perspective. I hope you are on board as I think this is a good change.