Never! Never! Never!

Never! Never! Never!

JOHN 3:16 GOD'S PRECIOUS GIFT TO ALL!

‘He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’ Hebrews 13:5

Suggested Further Reading: Revelation 21:1–9

The Lord will not and cannot leave his people, because of his relationship to them. He is yourFather; will your Father leave you? Has he not said—‘Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.’ Would you, being evil, leave your child to perish? Never, never! Remember, Christ is yourhusband. Would you, a husband, neglect your wife? Is it not a shame to a man, unless he nourishes and cherishes her even as his own body, and will Christ become one of these ill husbands? Has he not said that, ‘he hateth putting away’? Will he ever put you away? Remember, you are part of his body. No man yet ever hated his own flesh. You may be but as a little finger, but will he leave his finger to rot, to perish, to starve? You may be the least honourable of all the members, but is it not written that upon these he bestows abundant honour, and so our uncomely parts have abundant comeliness? If he be father, if he be husband, if he be head, if he be all-in-all, how can he leave you? Think not so hardly of your God.

Consider, also, that his honour binds him never to forsake you. When we see a house half-built and left in ruins, we say, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Shall this be said of your God, that he began to save you and could not bring you to perfection? Is it possible that he will break his word, and so stain his truth? Shall men be able to cast a slur upon his power, his wisdom, his love, his faithfulness? No! thank God, no! ‘I give,’ he says ‘unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.’ If you should perish, believer, hell would ring with diabolical laughter against the character of God.

For meditation: ‘I’ve started, so I’ll finish’ may not always be true of us (Luke 14:28–30), but it is true of God (Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 46:10–11), whether we consider his work of creation (Genesis 2:1–3), his work on the cross (John 19:28–30) or his work in the Christian (Philippians 1:6).

Sermon no. 477     31 October (Preached 26 October 1862)

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What we owe God!

The strength of a horse does not impress him; how puny in his sight is the strength of man. Rather, the Lord’s delight is in those who honor him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.   Psalm 147:10-11

What we owe God!

The strength of a horse does not impress him; how puny in his sight is the strength of man. Rather, the Lord's delight is in those who honor him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.  Psalm 147:10-11

The strength of a horse does not impress him; how puny in his sight is the strength of man. Rather, the Lord’s delight is in those who honor him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Psalm 147:10-11

The strength of a horse does not impress him; how puny in his sight is the strength of man. Rather, the Lord’s delight is in those who honor him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Psalm 147:10-11

God being who and what He is, and we being who and what we are, the only thinkable relation between us is one of full lordship on His part and complete submission on ours. We owe him every honor that it is in our power to give Him.

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

What God delights in

In Psalm 147 we discover an important secret about relating to the Lord. Our great and mighty God, who has absolute power over everything in heaven and on earth, is not impressed with powerful people. Those who are strong and mighty in their own strength don’t get God’s attention. Instead, it is the brokenhearted and humble he notices and supports (vv. 3,6).

He chooses to work not through those who are strong but through those who are weak. And most of all, we don’t earn his approval by being great or strong. He delights in those who reverently honor him and put their hope and trust in his unfailing love and mercy, not in their own ability. Today, if you’ve put your hope in anyone or anything else, ask the Lord to forgive you. But don’t stop there. Ask his Spirit to so work in your life that your primary goal becomes honoring and pleasing God.

DEAR LORD, there have been times—even many—when I have relied on someone or something other than you. Forgive me.

Adapted from The One Year® Book of Praying through the Bible by Cheri Fuller, Tyndale House Publishers (2003), entry for June 29.

Digging Deeper: read Total Abandon by Gary Witherall and Elizabeth Cody Newenhuyse (Tyndale, 2005)

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House