Christianâ’s heaviness and rejoicing

The Christianâ’s heaviness and rejoicing

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” 1 Peter 1:6

Suggested Further Reading: Philippians 2:25-30

“Though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness.” It does not say, “Though now for a season you are suffering pain, though now for a season you are poor”; but “you are in heaviness;” your spirits are taken away from you; you are made to weep; you cannot bear the pain; you are brought to the very dust of death, and wish that you might die. Your faith itself seems as if it would fail you. That is the thing for which there is a ‘need be’. That is what my text declares, that there is an absolute ‘need be’ that sometimes the Christian should not endure his sufferings with a gallant and a joyous heart; there is a ‘need be’ that sometimes his spirits should sink within him, and that he should become even as a little child, smitten beneath the hand of God. Ah! Beloved, we sometimes talk about the rod, but it is one thing to see the rod, and it is another thing to feel it; and many a time have we said within ourselves, “If I did not feel so low spirited as I now do, I should not mind this affliction;” and what is that but saying, “If I did not feel the rod I should not mind it?” It is that breaking down of the spirit, that pulling down of the strong man, that is the very festering of the soreness of God’s scourging—the blueness of the wound, whereby the soul is made better.

For meditation: Whenever you are overwhelmed by such distress, remember that your Saviour also experienced it on your behalf (Mark 14:33-34). He knows what it is like and can help you (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15-16).

Sermon no. 222 7 November (1858)

ARE YOU DESPERATE?

Blessed Are the Desperate

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Zechariah 1:1–21

I’m a colorful sinner, and I’ve fallen woefully short of God’s glory. I’m desperate for divine help. We all are.

C.S. Lewis paints a vivid description of how we humans seem to desecrate every good thing God does for us. In his book Letters to Malcolm, Lewis writes, “We poison the wine as He decants it into us; murder a melody He would play with us as the instrument. We caricature the self-portrait He would paint. Hence all sin, whatever else it is, is a sacrilege.”

Maybe you expect rejection from a perfect God because of your less-than-perfect past. Or maybe you’re spiritually crippled by a sin that seems unforgivable. But the good news of the gospel is that our heavenly Father loves us with an everlasting love.

We need to acknowledge the fact that we’re crippled—that there is nothing righteous in us, that we are desperate for his mercy. And when the Spirit prompts us to recognize our need for salvation, God provides a Savior through the sacrifice of his only son, Jesus, who rescues us from barren places and gives us a seat next to him at the Lord’s banquet table.

Because of God’s mercy, our stained hearts have been bleached by the blood of the Lamb. The God who spoke the universe into existence, who breathed life into Adam, who stretched out the heavens and the necks of giraffes, has looked down, taken our hand in his, and said, “Yep, she’s mine.” Even though we’re crippled, we have been royally adopted by the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are listed as his next of kin. Our names are written on his hands and in his book of life. His love for us is based on his character, not our performance. And it is greater than we could ever hope for or imagine.

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

Blessed are the desperate.

—Lisa Harper

Reflection

  1. Describe a time when you felt desperate for God’s mercy. How did God rescue you from the barren place?
  2. When did you know that you belonged to God? How does knowing that your name is written on his hand and in his book of life comfort you?
  3. In today’s passage, the Lord spoke of those who would not listen to him. Do you know people like that? Spend time praying that they will begin to hear God’s voice and turn or return to his Son.

Zechariah 1:4, 6
“Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the LORD . . . But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors?”

Related Readings

Isaiah 55:6–13Malachi 3:6–71 Peter 2:22–24

 

June 28, 2013 God Trumps satan

God will guard you from the evil one

What do I do when Satan attacks?

1 Peter 5:8-9

1 Peter 5:8-9

Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.

James 4:7-8 NLT 

Not the real thing

 

Wickedness, when you examine it, turns out to be the pursuit of some good in the wrong way. You can be good for the mere sake of goodness; you cannot be bad for the mere sake of badness. You can do a kind action when you are not feeling kind and when it gives you no pleasure, simply because kindness is right; but no one ever did a cruel action simply because cruelty was wrong — only because cruelty was pleasant or useful to him. In other words, badness cannot succeed even in being bad in the same way in which goodness is good. Goodness is, so to speak, itself; badness is only spoiled goodness.…Evil is a parasite, not an original thing.

C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity
Quoted in The Quotable Lewis edited by Wayne Martindale and Jerry Root (Tyndale) p 193

 

until the going down of the sun

Morning

“The precious blood of Christ.”
1 Peter 1:19

Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is “precious” because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ’s people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with him. Christ’s blood is also “precious” in its cleansing power; it “cleanseth from all sin.” “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Through Jesus’ blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, notwithstanding the many ways in which we have rebelled against our God. The blood of Christ is likewise “precious” in its preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the sprinkled blood. Remember it is God’s seeing the blood which is the true reason for our being spared. Here is comfort for us when the eye of faith is dim, for God’s eye is still the same. The blood of Christ is “precious” also in its sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin, does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and lead it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God. There is no motive for holiness so great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus. And “precious,” unspeakably precious, is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, “They overcame through the blood of the Lamb.” How could they do otherwise? He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which cannot know defeat. The blood of Jesus! sin dies at its presence, death ceases to be death: heaven’s gates are opened. The blood of Jesus! we shall march on, conquering and to conquer, so long as we can trust its power!

Evening

“And his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”

Exodus 17:12

So mighty was the prayer of Moses, that all depended upon it. The petitions of Moses discomfited the enemy more than the fighting of Joshua. Yet both were needed. So, in the soul’s conflict, force and fervour, decision and devotion, valour and vehemence, must join their forces, and all will be well. You must wrestle with your sin, but the major part of the wrestling must be done alone in private with God. Prayer, like Moses’, holds up the token of the covenant before the Lord. The rod was the emblem of God’s working with Moses, the symbol of God’s government in Israel. Learn, O pleading saint, to hold up the promise and the oath of God before him. The Lord cannot deny his own declarations. Hold up the rod of promise, and have what you will.

Moses grew weary, and then his friends assisted him. When at any time your prayer flags, let faith support one hand, and let holy hope uplift the other, and prayer seating itself upon the stone of Israel, the rock of our salvation, will persevere and prevail. Beware of faintness in devotion; if Moses felt it, who can escape? It is far easier to fight with sin in public, than to pray against it in private. It is remarked that Joshua never grew weary in the fighting, but Moses did grow weary in the praying; the more spiritual an exercise, the more difficult it is for flesh and blood to maintain it. Let us cry, then, for special strength, and may the Spirit of God, who helpeth our infirmities, as he allowed help to Moses, enable us like him to continue with our hands steady “until the going down of the sun;” till the evening of life is over; till we shall come to the rising of a better sun in the land where prayer is swallowed up in praise.

All rights belong to collection of Charles Spurgeon

 

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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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.

 

HEAVEN DANCES

Lord's Word Is A Sweet Fragrance

Lord’s Word Is A Sweet Fragrance

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