Thursday, May 17, 2012
"Oh! I love God's "shalls" and "wills." There is nothing comparable to them. Let a man say "shall," what is it good for? "I will," says man, and he never performs; "I shall," says he, and he breaks his promise. But it is never so with God's "shalls." If he says "shall," it shall be; when he says "will," it will be. Now he has said here, "many shall come." The devil says "they shall not come;" but "they shall come." Their sins say "you can't come;" God says "you shall come." You, yourselves, say, "you won't come;" God says "you shall come."
God will meet all your needs
"And my God will meet all your needs according
to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:19
Until we are brought into the depths of poverty,
we shall never know nor value Christ's riches.
If, then, you are a child of God, a poor and
needy soul, a tempted and tried believer in
Christ, "God will meet all your needs."
They may be very great.
It may seem to you, sometimes, as though there
were not upon all the face of the earth such a
wretch as you—as though there never could be
a child of God in your state . . .
so blind and ignorant,
so proud and worldly,
so presumptuous and hypocritical,
so continually backsliding after idols,
so continually doing things that you
know are hateful in God's sight.
But whatever your need be—it is not beyond the
reach of divine supply! And the deeper your need,
the more is Jesus glorified in supplying it.
Do not say then, that . . .
your case is too bad,
your needs are too many,
your perplexities too great,
your temptations too powerful.
No case can be too bad!
No temptations can be too powerful!
No sin can be too black!
No perplexity can be too hard!
No state in which the soul can get, is beyond
the reach of the almighty and compassionate
love, that burns in the breast of the Redeemer!
PEARLS FROM J.C PHILPOT
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
"God has surely promised His grace to the humbled, that is, to those who mourn over and despair of themselves. But a man cannot be thoroughly humbled till he realizes that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends, absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and works of Another - God alone."
Labels: Martin Luther
Friday, May 4, 2012
This illustration came to mind last night; A bird sees the writings of Shakespeare, and after bobbing around it, begins to rip out the paper and turns it into shreds to build a nice nest. Of course, how resourceful this intelligent bird is. So likewise another branch of evolution, monkeys to mankind studies astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and morality, continually assuming that their "facts and theories" are all reliable uses of the materials around them; when in reality they have perverted the real purpose of the resource. Man can no more expect to properly and accurately understand chemistry and we can expect a bird to understand Shakespeare, just as the bird is the circular reference to his application, so man is the circular reference to his application, and both are wrong.
Labels: ask the atheist
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
How confident are you that if you were born in the Amazon Jungle 2000 years ago that your free-will could cause your regeneration considering you would never hear/read a solitary verse of Scripture in your life. General Revelation leaves men without excuse, but it is not sufficient to regenerate; If you disagree you have destroyed any basic significance or purpose in evangelism, and have placed faith and confidence in the sinner's mind, instead of the Savior's mercy (Romans 9 mercy).
Labels: Diagnostic Questions
man may love another as his own soul, yet perhaps that love of his
cannot help him. He may thereby pity him in prison, but not relieve him;
bemoan him in misery, but not help him; suffer with him in trouble, but
not ease him. We cannot love grace into a child, nor mercy into a
friend; we cannot love them into heaven, though it may be the greatest
desire of our soul. … But now the love of Christ, being the love of God,
is effectual and fruitful in producing all the good things which he
wills unto his beloved. He loves life, grace, and holiness into us; he
loves us also into covenant, loves us into heaven."
-- John Owen, "Works" (London, 1826), 2:63
Labels: John Owen