Morning And Evening
“I came not to send peace on the earth, but a sword.” Matt. 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 it’s 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 faithul to the Most Hight, 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.”
This is definitely true because when you take a stand for truth you will see many turn away from you. You will see sometimes even your best friend turn on you! This has happened to us before and I expect it will happen again. When a person is no longer willing to do what is right in God’s eyes then they will turn on their best friend if that friend is still doing what is right in God’s eyes. In the end, the peace that comes from doing what is right is a whole lot better then the guilt that comes from following your own path.
As we see the New Year come in let us, as true believers, seek to do what is right according to the Word of God with His help and not in our own strength!
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The more you know about Christ, the less will you be satisfied with superficial views of Him; and the more deeply you study His transactions in the eternal covenant, His engagements on your behalf as the eternal Surety, and the fulness of His grace which shines in all His offices, the more truly will you see the King in His beauty. Be much in such outlooks. Long more and more to see Jesus. Meditation and contemplation are often like windows of agate, and gates of carbuncle, through which we behold the Redeemer. Meditation puts the telescope to the eye, and enables us to see Jesus after a better sort than we could have sen Him if we had lived in the days of His flesh.
Would that our conversation were more in heaven, and that we were more taken up with the person, the work, the beauty of our incarnate Lord. More meditation, and the beauty of the King would flash upon us with more resplendence. Beloved, it is very probably that we shall have such a sight of our glorious King as we never had before, when we come to die. Many saints in dying have looked up from amidst the stormy waters, and have seen Jesus walking on the waves of the sea, and heard Him say, ‘It is I, be not afraid’. Ah, yes! when the tenement begins to shake, and the clay falls away, we see Christ through the rifts, and between the rafters the sunlight of heaven comes streaming in.
But if we want to see face to face the ‘King in His beauty’, we must go to heaven for the sight, or the King must come here in person. O that He would come on the wings of the wind! He is our Husband, and we are widowed by His absence; He is our Brother dear and fair, and we are lonely without Him. Thick veils and clouds hang between our souls and their true life: when shall the day break and shadows flee away? Oh, long-expected day, begin!
by Charles Spurgeon
‘Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen‘ Zechariah 11:2
“When in the forest there is heard the crash of a falling oak, it is a sign that the woodman is abroad, and every tree in the whole company may tremble lest tomorrow the sharp edge of the axe should find it out. We are all like trees marked for the axe, and the fall of one should remind us that for every one, whether great as the cedar, or humble as the fir, the appointed hour is stealing on apace. I trust we do not, by often hearing of death, become callous to it. May we never be like the birds in the steeple, which build their nests when the bells are tolling, and sleep quietly when the solemn funeral peals are startling the air.
“May we regard death as the most weighty of all events, and be sobered by its approach. It ill behoves us to sport while our eternal destiny hangs on a thread. The sword is out of its scabbard – let us not trifle; it is furbished, and the edge is sharp – let us not play with it. He who does not prepare for death is more than an ordinary fool, he is a madman. When the voice of God is heard among the trees of the garden, let fig tree and sycamore, and elm and cedar, alike hear the sound therof.
“Be ready, servant of Christ, for thy Master comes on a sudden, when an ungodly world least expects Him. See to it that thou be faithful in His work, for the grave shall soon be digged for thee. Be ready, parents, see that your children are brought up in the fear of God, for they must soon be orphans; be ready, men of business, take care that your affairs are correct, and that you serve God with all your hearts, for the days of your terrestial service will soon be ended, and you will be called to give account for the deeds done in the body, whether they be good or whether they be evil. May we all prepare for the tribunal of the great King with a care which shall be rewarded with gracious commendation, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’.”
By Charles Spurgeon
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Here is the second part of the devotional by Oswald Chambers in ‘My Utmost For His Highest’. This carries on with the idea that not only are we to be holy but we are not here just to be blessed. We are here to live out our lives in such a way that reflect that we are becoming like the Lord Jesus Christ more and more every day. Let us remember, today, that we are supposed to suffer with Christ — Philippians 3:10.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
“Jesus did not say — ‘he that believeth in Me, shall realize the blessing of the fulness of God,’ but — ‘he that believeth in Me out of him shall escape everything he receives.’ Our Lord’s teaching is always anti-self-realization. His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure. If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain, but what He pours through us that counts. It is not that God makes us beautifully rounded grapes, but that He squeezes the sweetness out of us. Spiritually, we cannot measure our life by success, but only by what God pours through us, and we cannot measure that at all.
“When Mary of Bethany broke the box of precious ointment and poured it on Jesus’ head, it was an act for which no one else saw any occasion; the disciples said it was a waste. But Jesus commended Mary for her extravagant act of devotion, and said that wherever His gospel was preached ‘this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.’ Our Lord is carried beyond Himself with joy when He sees any of us doing what Mary did, not being set on this or that economy, but being abandoned to Him. God spilt (shed) the life of His Son that the world might be saved; are we prepared to spill (shed) out our lives for Him?
“‘He that believeth in Me out of him shall flow rivers of living water’ — hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed. It is time now to break the life, to cease craving for satisfaction, and to spill the thing out. Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?” By Oswald Chambers.
So I ask you now. Are you willing to pour out your life for the Lord? It’s easy to say yes, but to be committed even in the midst of hard times is very difficult and it means that you will have to pour out your life for the Lord. Are you willing to go even to the death for the One that died for your sins?
Today, as I was reading ‘My Utmost For His Highest’ I felt the reading for September 1st was apropo! Let the devotional speak for itself!
1 Peter 1:16 “Be ye therefore holy; for I am holy.”
“Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is. The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. Nowadays we have far too many affinities, we are dissipated with them; right, good, noble affinities which will yet have their fulfilment, but in the meantime God has to atrophy them. The one thing that matters is whether a man will accept the God Who will make him holy. At all costs a man must be rightly related to God.
“Do I believe I need to be holy? Do I believe God can come into me and make me holy? If by your preaching you convince me that I am unholy, I resent your preaching. The preaching of the gospel awakens an intense resentment because it must reveal tha I am unholy; but it also awakens an intense craving. God has one destined end for mankind, viz., holiness. His one aim is the production of saints. God is not an eternal blessing-machine for men; He did not come to save men out of pity: He came to save men because He had created them to be holy. The Atonement means that God can put me back into perfect union with Himself, without a shadow between, through the Death of Jesus Christ.
“Never tolerate through sympathy with yourself or with others any practice that is not in keeping with a holy God. Holiness means unsullied walking with the feet, unsullied talking with the tongue, unsullied thinking with the mind–every detail of the life under the scrutiny of God. Holiness is not only what God gives me, but what I manifest that God has given me.”
Isn’t it amazing how difficult things can be at times? When one thing happens then it seems like a whole bunch of things happen at times, quite similar to the saying, “When it rains, it pours.” What is worse, when it happens is that we (as human beings) tend to shake our fist in God’s face and blame Him for all the calamities that come our way. Although God allows these things to happen, a lot of times He has to simply to get our attention. We are like little children and our attention wanders from our Saviour’s face quite easily.
One second we will vow to worship and serve the Lord forever then the next second we are selfish monsters, following our own path. Many times the Lord has to discipline so that we will look to Him (once again) and desire to serve Him. To become bitter towards the Lord in the midst of chastisement is to mock the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ loved us enough to die for our sins. Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” It later goes on to say that chastening is not pleasant at the time but yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness! Just as we must discipline our children so the Lord must discipline us (a lot) in our Christian walk!
I pray we are desiring to glorify God in every area of life throughout each day!