COME NEAR TO THE LORD AND SEE HIS BEAUTY

16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. 17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;  Isaiah 48:16-17

16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. 17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; Isaiah 48:16-17

Psalms 19:14    (KJV)
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Morning

“Ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone.”
John 16:32

Few had fellowship with the sorrows of Gethsemane. The majority of the disciples were not sufficiently advanced in grace to be admitted to behold the mysteries of “the agony.” Occupied with the passover feast at their own houses, they represent the many who live upon the letter, but are mere babes as to the spirit of the gospel. To twelve, nay, to eleven only was the privilege given to enter Gethsemane and see “this great sight.” Out of the eleven, eight were left at a distance; they had fellowship, but not of that intimate sort to which men greatly beloved are admitted. Only three highly favoured ones could approach the veil of our Lord’s mysterious sorrow: within that veil even these must not intrude; a stone’s-cast distance must be left between. He must tread the wine-press alone, and of the people there must be none with him. Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, represent the few eminent, experienced saints, who may be written down as “Fathers;” these having done business on great waters, can in some degree measure the huge Atlantic waves of their Redeemer’s passion. To some selected spirits it is given, for the good of others, and to strengthen them for future, special, and tremendous conflict, to enter the inner circle and hear the pleadings of the suffering High Priest; they have fellowship with him in his sufferings, and are made conformable unto his death. Yet even these cannot penetrate the secret places of the Saviour’s woe. “Thine unknown sufferings” is the remarkable expression of the Greek liturgy: there was an inner chamber in our Master’s grief, shut out from human knowledge and fellowship. There Jesus is “left alone.” Here Jesus was more than ever an “Unspeakable gift!” Is not Watts right when he sings–

“And all the unknown joys he gives,

Were bought with agonies unknown.”

Evening

“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?”
Job 38:31

If inclined to boast of our abilities, the grandeur of nature may soon show us how puny we are. We cannot move the least of all the twinkling stars, or quench so much as one of the beams of the morning. We speak of power, but the heavens laugh us to scorn. When the Pleiades shine forth in spring with vernal joy we cannot restrain their influences, and when Orion reigns aloft, and the year is bound in winter’s fetters, we cannot relax the icy bands. The seasons revolve according to the divine appointment, neither can the whole race of men effect a change therein. Lord, what is man?

In the spiritual, as in the natural world, man’s power is limited on all hands. When the Holy Spirit sheds abroad his delights in the soul, none can disturb; all the cunning and malice of men are ineffectual to stay the genial quickening power of the Comforter. When he deigns to visit a church and revive it, the most inveterate enemies cannot resist the good work; they may ridicule it, but they can no more restrain it than they can push back the spring when the Pleiades rule the hour. God wills it, and so it must be. On the other hand, if the Lord in sovereignty, or in justice, bind up a man so that he is in soul bondage, who can give him liberty? He alone can remove the winter of spiritual death from an individual or a people. He looses the bands of Orion, and none but he. What a blessing it is that he can do it. O that he would perform the wonder tonight. Lord, end my winter, and let my spring begin. I cannot with all my longings raise my soul out of her death and dulness, but all things are possible with thee. I need celestial influences, the clear shinings of thy love, the beams of thy grace, the light of thy countenance; these are the Pleiades to me. I suffer much from sin and temptation; these are my wintry signs, my terrible Orion. Lord, work wonders in me, and for me. Amen.

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I WISH I COULD DESCRIBE HIM TO YOU

Fulfilled In Your Presence

Fulfilled In Your Presence

THAT’S MY KING

That’s My King, Do You Know Him? S. M. Lockridge

 

 

BEHOLD THE KING, JESUS CHRIST COMES, AND HIS REWARDS ARE WITH HIM


  1. Being with Christ – John 12:26, John 14:3, Phil 1:23, 1 Thess 4:17
  2. Beholding the Face of God – Psalm 17:15, Matt 5:8, Rev 22:4
  3. Beholding the Glory of Christ – John 17:24
  4. Being Glorified with Christ – Rom 8:17-18; Col 3:4; Phil 3:21; 1 John 3:2
  5. Sitting in Judgment with Christ – Dan 7:22, Matt 19:28, Luke 22:30, 1 Cor 6:2
  6. Reigning with Christ – 2 Tim 2:12, Rev 3:21, Rev 5:10, Rev 20:4
  7. Reigning Forever and Ever – Rev 22:5
  8. A Crown of Righteousness – 2 Tim 4:8
  9. A Crown of Glory – 1 Peter 5:4
  10. A Crown of Life – James 1:12, Rev 2:10
  11. An Incorruptible Crown – 1 Cor 9:25
  12. Joint-Heirs with Christ – Rom 8:17
  13. Inheritance of All Things – Rev 21:7
  14. Inheritance with Saints In Light – Acts 20:32, Acts 26:18, Col 1:12
  15. Inheritance Eternal – Heb 9:15
  16. Inheritance Incorruptible – 1 Peter 1:4
  17. A Kingdom – Matt 25:34, Luke 22:29
  18. A Kingdom Immovable – Heb 12:28
  19. Shining As The Stars – Dan 12:3
  20. Everlasting Light – Isaiah 60:19
  21. Everlasting Life – Luke 18:30, John 6:40, 17:2-3, Rom 2:7, 6:23, 1 John 5:11
  22. An Enduring Substance – Heb 10:34
  23. A House Eternal in the Heavens – 2 Cor 5:1
  24. A City which had Foundation – Heb 11:10
  25. Entering Into The Joy of the Lord – Matt 25:21, Heb 12:2
  26. Rest – Heb 4:9, Rev 14:13
  27. Fullness of joy – Psalm 16:11
  28. The Prize of the High Calling of God in Christ – Philip 3:14
  29. Treasure in Heaven – Matt 19:21, Luke 12:33
  30. An Eternal Weight Of Glory – 2 Cor 4:17
  31. Is Great – Matt 5:12, Luke 6:35, Heb 10:35
  32. Is Full – 2 John 1:8
  33. Is Sure – Proverbs 11:18
  34. Is Satisfying – Psalm 17:15
  35. Is inestimable – Isaiah 64:4, 1 Cor 2:9
  36. Godly Christians May Feel Confident Of – Ps 73:24, Is 25:8-9, 2 Cor 5:1-2, 1 Tim 4
  37. Hope of Rewards – A Cause of Rejoicing – Rom 5
  38. Be Careful Not To Lose Rewards – 2 John 1:8

JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

By:Kerrigan Skelly


WE ARE TO BE DILIGENT AND PERSEVERE

  1. Diligence – 2 John 1:8
  2. Pressing forward – Philip 3:14
  3. Enduring Suffering for Christ – 2 Cor 4:16-18; Heb 11:26
  4. Faithfulness to Death – Rev 2:10
  5. Present Afflictions not to be compared with – Rom 8:18, 2 Cor 5:17
  6. Shall be given at the Second Coming of Christ – Matt 16:27, Rev 22:12

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FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST

Build up your faith!

March 21, 2013

But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Jude 20,21 NASB
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For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:16,17 KJV
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But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:16,17 NKJV
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Thanks be unto God for His wonderful gift:
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God
is the object of our faith; the only faith
that saves is faith in Him.

THE LORD SAVES THOSE WHO CALL UPON HIS NAME.

Romans 10:13      King James Version (KJV)

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV

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  • Acts 17:11

    New International Version (NIV)

    11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

THE HAND OF THE LORD

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Kept by His Hand…

March 21,2013

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:
and he delighteth in his way.Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

Psalm 37:23,24 KJV
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Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6,7 KJV
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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3-5 NASB
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Thanks be unto God for His wonderful gift:
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God
is the object of our faith; the only faith
that saves is faith in Him.

 

OUR HOPE IS IN JESUS CHRIST!

From Despair to Hope

Psalm 42:1-11

Throughout the day, many thoughts flow through our mind’s from what we will cook for dinner to wondering if our friend’s struggling marriage will survive. In the midst of our thinking, an undercurrent of despair can creep in while we watch the nightly news, hear of a cancer diagnosis, sort out a misunderstanding or deal with whatever we’re facing that day.

Exiled north to Jordan and overflowing with a longing to return to Jerusalem, the psalmist voiced his deep sadness. Rather than denying or minimizing his pain, he clearly identified his sorrow and proclaimed his thirst for God.

Then what? The psalmist spoke to his soul! Was he mad? Did he have a personality disorder? No! He practiced the secret to overcoming hopelessness; the hopelessness that can trickle into our hearts and minds until we find ourselves in the rushing current, tumbling toward a waterfall of despair. Three times in Psalms 42 and 43, the psalmist admonishes his soul to hope in God, for I will yet praise him!

The psalmist encouraged his soul to praise God in other words, to acknowledge, affirm and adore God  character, even when he was feeling downcast in spirit or disturbed in heart. Our souls need similar encouragement. When we choose to dwell upon God’s character, we always have something to praise him about: his loving-kindness, goodness, power, faithfulness and mercy. If we want to bolster our souls with hope, we can start by filling our mouths with praise. When we choose to dwell on God’s light and truth, our souls can overflow with the comfort of being guided by God (see Psalm 43:3). When we choose to live close to God’s heart, we overflow with delight and joy (see verse 4).

If you are submerged in pain, sorrow, despair or confusion, maybe you need to give your soul a good talking to. What will you say?

Reflection

  1. What thoughts are threatening to overflow and leave you feeling hopeless?
  2. What words does your soul need to hear right now?
  3. What are some specific reasons why you can hope in God? Spend some time meditating on God’s loving-kindness, goodness, power, faithfulness and mercy. Practice sitting quietly in his presence.

Psalm 42:5
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Related Readings

Psalm 27:13-14; 43:1-5; 84:1-12; Hebrews 6:13-20

BE A BEAREANACT 17:11

BE A BEAREAN
ACT 17:11

Acts 17:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

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