Lamb Without Blemish

18 For you know that you were not redeemed from your vain way of life inherited from your fathers with perishable things, like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

1 Peter 1:19

My Refuge

Psalm 59:16


My Heart’s Desire

 

But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

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Christ Is The Reason For Our Belief!

 

“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
John 11:26 (KJV)

READ ON:  BLESSED PRIVILEGE OF THE BELIEVER

 


 

Peace

Matthew 419

John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.   (Read More…)

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:   (Read More…)

James 4:11-12 – Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.   (Read More…)

Galatians 5:16-26 – [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.   (Read More…)


 

PRAISE YOU JESUS!


THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN AND TOOK AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD! (ISAIAH 9:6/JOHN 3:16)

THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST

Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Luke 2:7 – And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Matthew 1:18-25 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.   (Read More…)

Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:3 – All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Colossians 1:15-17 – Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:   (Read More…)

Matthew 2:1-12 – Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,   (Read More…)

Matthew 2:1 – Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Revelation 1:8 – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

John 17:3 – And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Hebrews 1:3 – Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Colossians 1:15 – Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

John 1:18 – No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].


By:  Malinda Kathleen Reese


Return unto the Lord thy God

John 1:36 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Revelation 22:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

1 Peter 1:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

John 1:29 | View whole chapter | See verse in context The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.


1 Corinthians 15:23 23But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.


IS THE CHURCH READY FOR THE WEDDING?

Matthew 22:1-14  (KJV)

22 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

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[ Psalm 150 ] Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. …

Huppah = “canopy”

Matthew 25:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Revelation 19:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

2 Corinthians 5:20 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ‘s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Colossians 3:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

1 Corinthians 15:23 | View whole chapter | See verse in context But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ‘s at his coming.



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REV 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

WHAT DOES SWEET PRAYER TEACH US?

Morning

James 1:2-3 (KJV) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

James 1:2-3
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My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

 

“Let us not sleep, as do others.”

1 Thessalonians 5:6

There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed towards the Celestial City, said to themselves, “To prevent drowsiness in this place, let us fall into good discourse.” Christian enquired, “Brother, where shall we begin?” And Hopeful answered, “Where God began with us.” Then Christian sang this song–

“When saints do sleepy grow, let them come hither,

And hear how these two pilgrims talk together;

Yea, let them learn of them, in any wise,

Thus to keep open their drowsy slumb’ring eyes.

Saints’ fellowship, if it be managed well,

Keeps them awake, and that in spite of hell.”

Christians who isolate themselves and walk alone, are very liable to grow drowsy. Hold Christian company, and you will be kept wakeful by it, and refreshed and encouraged to make quicker progress in the road to heaven. But as you thus take “sweet counsel” with others in the ways of God, take care that the theme of your converse is the Lord Jesus. Let the eye of faith be constantly looking unto him; let your heart be full of him; let your lips speak of his worth. Friend, live near to the cross, and thou wilt not sleep. Labour to impress thyself with a deep sense of the value of the place to which thou art going. If thou rememberest that thou art going to heaven, thou wilt not sleep on the road. If thou thinkest that hell is behind thee, and the devil pursuing thee, thou wilt not loiter. Would the manslayer sleep with the avenger of blood behind him, and the city of refuge before him? Christian, wilt thou sleep whilst the pearly gates are open–the songs of angels waiting for thee to join them–a crown of gold ready for thy brow? Ah! no; in holy fellowship continue to watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation.

 

Evening

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“Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.”

Psalm 35:3

What does this sweet prayer teach me? It shall be my evening’s petition; but first let it yield me an instructive meditation. The text informs me first of all that David had his doubts; for why should he pray, “Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation,” if he were not sometimes exercised with doubts and fears? Let me, then, be of good cheer, for I am not the only saint who has to complain of weakness of faith. If David doubted, I need not conclude that I am no Christian because I have doubts. The text reminds me that David was not content while he had doubts and fears, but he repaired at once to the mercy-seat to pray for assurance; for he valued it as much fine gold. I too must labour after an abiding sense of my acceptance in the Beloved, and must have no joy when his love is not shed abroad in my soul. When my Bridegroom is gone from me, my soul must and will fast. I learn also that David knew where to obtain full assurance. He went to his God in prayer, crying, “Say unto my soul I am thy salvation.” I must be much alone with God if I would have a clear sense of Jesus’ love. Let my prayers cease, and my eye of faith will grow dim. Much in prayer, much in heaven; slow in prayer, slow in progress. I notice that David would not be satisfied unless his assurance had a divine source. “Say unto my soul.” Lord, do thou say it! Nothing short of a divine testimony in the soul will ever content the true Christian. Moreover, David could not rest unless his assurance had a vivid personality about it. “Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” Lord, if thou shouldst say this to all the saints, it were nothing, unless thou shouldst say it to me. Lord, I have sinned; I deserve not thy smile; I scarcely dare to ask it; but oh! say to my soul, even to my soul, “I am thy salvation.” Let me have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am thine, and that thou art mine.

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Father God

How do you see God as Father?

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“To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”

John 1:12 NLT

God’s fatherhood

Most people in the world would agree with the statement that “we are all God’s children.” It’s a nice sentiment. It just isn’t what the Bible teaches. According to God’s Word, unrepentant sinners are actually God’s enemies (see Romans 5:10 and Colossians 1:21)! It’s only when we put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that we are reconciled to God and experience forgiveness and adoption into God’s forever family (Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5).

For a Christian going through hard times, this “adoption” truth is the best of all possible news. God is not just the powerful Creator or a righteous Lord, he is a loving Father. He sees your trials. He listens to your pleas. He cares and protects and supports. He is never harsh or impatient with you. He is never “too busy” for you.

Take all the best qualities of all the best earthly dads you’ve ever seen, add them together, and multiply by infinity. That’s the kind of heavenly Father God is to Christians who hurt.

Lord Jesus, I do believe in you. I have accepted you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for revealing yourself to me. Thank you for saving me! Because of your grace and my faith, I am a child of the living God. I praise you. What a privilege! What joy to know that in every situation I have a loving, wise, and good heavenly Father to counsel and help me.

Adapted from Praying God’s Promises in Tough Times by Len Woods, Tyndale House Publishers (2002), pp 68-9


As a substitute father for hundreds of youth over the past thirteen years, I’ve yet to encounter a young person in trouble whose difficulty could be traced to the lack of a strong father image in the home. PAUL ANDERSON

A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father. AUSTIN L. SORENSEN

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

Holy Spirit Gives Us Grace and Works In Us

The Spirit of Grace

    RED ROCKS MORRISON CO 10 2013

James Smith, 1864

    “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem  the Spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one     they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only     child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”     Zechariah 12:10

Grace is one of the most beautiful words in God‘s Book. The very sound of it is musical to the believer who understands     it. It just meets our case, for it tells us that God is inclined to be favorable unto us; more, that he is prepared to shower down the richest blessings upon us; and that what he gives — he gives freely, from the love of his own heart.

Grace is favor shown to the unworthy, without any  cause or reason — but what is found in God’s own bosom. Grace never looks outside of itself for a motive — but is its own motive. It dwells in all its     fullness in Jesus, and is the glory of the gospel scheme. But we are not  going to dwell upon grace itself — but to fix the eye upon the Holy  Spirit, as called, “the Spirit of grace.”

The Spirit is the gift of God’s grace — one of  it’s greatest gifts. Indeed, it has no greater. Grace gave Jesus, and it     gives the Holy Spirit; these gifts are equal in value and importance, as     they are equal in nature, power, and glory. Without Jesus, we could have no deliverance from wrath, or title to Heaven; and without the Holy Spirit, we     would never realize deliverance, or be made fit for glory. The Father     promised the Spirit to his Son, and the Son bestows the Spirit upon his     church, and makes us new creatures in Christ Jesus. The Father laid up our  fortune in Jesus; Jesus has preserved for us all that the Father entrusted to him; but it is the Holy Spirit who makes known to us — the wealth which our heavenly Father has laid up for us, and conveys the foretastes and     pledges of it into our souls. Holy and blessed Spirit, daily bring down into our souls fresh and fuller supplies of grace from the Father and the Son!

The Holy Spirit produces all our graces within us.  He is the root — and our graces are his fruits; hence we read, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness,     faith, meekness, temperance.” If we believe, it is through grace. If     we love, it is because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts     by the Holy Spirit. If we rejoice, it is in consequence of his revealing and applying the truth to our souls. When his influence is put forth within us — then we . . .     believe God’s word,  hope in his mercy, rejoice in his goodness, cleave to his cause,  walk in his ways, love his truth, his people, and himself, holiness is then happiness, duties are then pleasant, and even the cross lays light upon our shoulders.

But if the Spirit hides Himself, withdraws His  influences, and leaves us to ourselves — then we . . .     doubt and fear, fret and pine,  kick and rebel, rove from thing to thing, and  nothing will either please or satisfy us.

We often . . .     question the past,     are wretched at present,     and dread the future.

But when he puts forth his power in us again . . .     our graces shoot forth like bulbous roots in the spring,     our sighs are exchanged for songs, our fears are exchanged for fortitude, our doubts are exchanged for confidence, and our murmurings are exchanged for gratitude and love.

We then . . . sink into the dust of self-abasement, admire the forbearance and longsuffering of God,     condemn our own conduct, and wonder that we are out of Hell.

Then we take down our harps from the willows, and with a melting heart, a weeping eye, and a tremulous voice we sing, “The winter is     past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season     of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree  forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.” Our     wilderness is now turned into an Eden, and our desert into the garden of the Lord. Come, Holy Spirit, come, and produce a spring season in     our souls, for, with the church of old, we cry, “Turn us again, O Lord God  Almighty; cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved.”

The Holy Spirit is, emphatically, the gracious Spirit.     All that he does for us, and all that he works within us — is of grace. His grace is his glory, and he glories in his grace. We may obtain his presence,     and receive his blessing in answer to prayer — but we can never deserve either, nor can we by any works we perform merit them. He graciously . . .     quickens the dead, instructs the ignorant,     liberates the captives,     restores the wanderers,   comforts the dejected,     strengthens the weak and sanctifies the impure.     His work is his delight, and to see us holy and happy his pleasure!

Nothing grieves him like neglect, indifference, and going back to the beggarly elements of this present world. Such conduct  wounds his loving heart, grieves his kind and tender nature; hence it was     said of Israel: “They vexed and grieved his Holy Spirit.” And the apostle exhorts us: “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.”

Brethren, we need the Holy Spirit, as the Spirit of grace–to make us gracious and graceful Christians. Without     the Spirit of grace . . .    we cannot live up to our profession;  we cannot copy the example of our beloved Master;  we cannot keep His commandments; we cannot love one another as He has loved us;       we cannot sympathize with lost sinners as we should;  we cannot keep God’s glory in view in all that we do;  we cannot walk in high and holy fellowship with God;  we cannot meet death with peace and joy!

Let us look up, therefore, to our heavenly Father, let us  plead his precious promises, let us go in the name of the Lord Jesus, and let us entreat him to give us more of “the Spirit of grace.” He is not backward to bestow — if we are willing to receive. He will not refuse to listen to us — if we are earnest, hearty, and importunate. He will grant us the blessing — if we seek it as that which is essential to our holiness and happiness, and to his honor and praise. His word warrants us to expect that  he will give his Holy Spirit to those who ask him. (Luke 11:13). His nature and his name, encourage us to persevere in our application to his throne, until we receive. Oh, For Jacob’s spirit — that we may wrestle until we prevail! Oh, for David’s power with God — that a messenger may be caused to fly very swiftly, to assure us that our prayer is heard! Oh, for the     faith and fervor of the first Christians — that we may be all filled with the Holy Spirit and with power! Oh, for the fullness of “the Spirit of     grace,” to be poured out upon every member of the one church of Jesus, that we may all love each other, and endeavor, by all possible means, to glorify his glorious name!

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The work of the Holy Spirit (James Smith, “Rills from the Rock of Ages”, 1860)

I love to meditate on the work of the Holy Spirit, to whom we are so much indebted, and from whom we receive such great and invaluable blessings. To Him, I feel that I am indebted, for every good thought, and for every good work.  How wonderful His patience — that He should bear with me so long; and how wonderful His loving-kindness — that He  should confer on me so much! O that I was more  deeply sensible of my obligations!

It was the Holy Spirit who quickened me when I was dead in trespasses and sins — imparting a new life,            infusing new thoughts, and producing new desires in my soul.

Having quickened me, He conquered me — subduing the enmity of my heart, the obstinacy of my will, the worldliness of my affections — and bringing every thought into subjection to the obedience of Christ.

Having quickened and conquered me, He comforted me, assuring me of a saving interest in — the love of God, the perfect work of Jesus, the precious promises of the Word, and the eternal rest which remains for the people of God.

Having quickened, conquered, and comforted me, He sanctified me — separating me from the world, and setting me apart for my  Redeemer’s glory and praise.

As my Sanctifier, He became my Guide — leading me into the truth, conducting me out of the paths of danger, and directing me   into the everlasting way.

Not only my guide, but He became my Guard — preserving me from danger, protecting me from  foes, and becoming a wall of fire round about me.

Whenever I wander — He reproves me; when I willfully go astray — He corrects me, and makes me smart for my folly.

The work He began so long ago — He carries on, nor will He withdraw His hand from it, until it is perfected, and I am fully fitted for glory.

Reader, what do you experimentally know of the work of the Holy Spirit? Has He quickened you? Has He conquered          you? Does He comfort you? Are you sanctified by His presence, power, and operation in your heart? Does He . . .   guide you by His counsel,  guard you by His power, and   correct you for your follies?

The work of the Spirit within  us — is as necessary as the work of Jesus for us!  For if the atonement of Christ entitles us to glory — it is the work of the Holy Spirit that prepares us to  possess and enjoy it. We must be washed, justified, and sanctified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit  of God — or we cannot be saved!