Mary said, “Behold me. Thy voice I have heard. Be it unto me, according to thy Word.” The Lord will form in me His Son (undeterred). For nothing is impossible with the Lord.
Our Lord came from heav’n to do His Father’s will. The work of salvation, He came to fulfill. “Lo, I come to do Thy will”, on Calv’ry’s hill. The Lord’s finished work says to me, “Peace, be still.”
In the Garden He prayed, “Not My will, but Thine. I’ll drink that cup of bitterness for all mine.” He became sin for us, though sinless, Divine. He imputed His righteousness by design.
What He purposed for me is all by His grace. Sufficient is His pow’r, my sure Hiding Place. O, may I of His will these good things embrace. All things work for good to those called by His grace.
By Gary Spreacker
(Tune: ‘How Firm a Foundation’, page 468)
We Preach Not Ourselves
2 Cor. 4:5
There is not a God called preacher who preaches himself. What could they say about themselves? What do they know but what God taught them, what do they do without Gods grace working in them. Does he labor in the gospel; does he love Christ, and the Lord’s dear people? All these are the gifts and blessings from the Lord Jesus.
In what can they Glory in but Christ and His blessed Cross and the salvation he accomplished on his cross? What does he have that he didn’t receive?
If you hear a preacher talking about his ministry, his accomplishments, his labors, his abilities, his degrees, and the souls he has won, he is preaching himself.
Gods preachers are servants first of their Master the Lord Jesus and then serve you in the gospel with joy and thanksgiving. We want nothing from you, we want you, and that you owe one another nothing but love.
Is God your Father? Jn. 8:42
Our Lord Jesus gave us a simple answer to that question; “ If God were your father, you would love me”.
Do you love Christ? His word, his will, his glorious person, his precious blood, his righteousness as your only acceptance before God.
We may have to sometimes say as Simon Peter did when the Lord asked him three times, “Do you love me? O Lord you know all things; you know that I love you”.
When you love someone you need them, we really, really need The Lord Jesus in every way. Is God your Father?
A VIPER TO THE HEART
The following is from Jonathan Edwards' sermon, "Safety, Fullness, and Sweet Refreshment in Christ".
Sin is the most evil and odious thing, as well as the most mischievous and fatal. Sin is the most mortal poison. Sin, above all things, hazards life and endangers the soul. Sin exposes to the loss of all happiness, to the suffering of all misery, and brings the wrath of God. All men have this dreadful evil hanging about them, and cleaving fast to the soul, and ruling over it, and keeping it in possession, and under absolute command. Sin hangs like a viper to the heart! Sin holds us powerfully, as a lion does his prey.
How can a poor worm bear the wrath of the great God? O prize that Savior, Who keeps your soul in safety, while thousands of others are carried away by the fury of God's anger, and are tossed with raging and burning tempests in hell! O, how much better is your case than theirs! And to whom is it owing but to the Lord Jesus Christ? Remember what was once your case, and what it is now, and prize Jesus Christ!
- Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
God creates out of nothing. Therefore until a man is nothing, God will make nothing out of him.
- Martin Luther
TO WHOM BE GLORY!
If all be of Him and through Him, there is all the reason in the world that all should be to Him and for Him. It is only through divine sovereignty that we can understand the things of God, and only in divine sovereignty that we can rest our souls.