Led By The Spirit

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(J.C. Ryle, “Heirs of God” 1878)

“As many as are led by the Spirit of God–they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14

All true Christians are under the leading and teaching of a power which is Almighty, though unseen–even the power of the Holy Spirit. They no longer turn to their own way, and walk in the light of their own eyes, and follow their own natural heart’s desire. The Spirit leads them. The Spirit guides them. There is a movement in their hearts, lives, and affections, which they feel–though they may not be able to explain; and a movement which is always more or less in the same direction.

They are all led . . .
away from sin,
away from self-righteousness,
away from the world!

This is the road by which the Spirit leads God’s children.
Those whom God adopts as His children–He teaches and trains.
He shows them their own hearts.
He makes them weary of their own ways.

They are all led to Christ.
They are all led to the Bible.
They are all led to prayer.
They are all led to holiness.
This is the beaten path along which the Spirit makes them to travel.
Those whom God adopts–He always sanctifies.
He makes sin very bitter to them.
He makes holiness very sweet.

When they are taken into the wilderness, and taught to see their own emptiness–it is the leading of the Spirit.

It is He who leads them to Mount Sinai, and first shows them the law–that their hearts may be broken.

It is He who leads them to Mount Calvary, and shows them the cross–that their hearts may be bound up and healed.

It is He who leads them to Mount Pisgah, and gives them distinct views of the promised land–that their hearts may be cheered.

Each and all of God’s children is the subject of these leadings.
Each and all is led by the right way, to bring him to a city of habitation.

Settle this down in your heart, and do not let it go: the children of God are a people “led by the Spirit of God,” and always led more or less in the same way. Their experience will tally wonderfully when they compare notes in Heaven.

“I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.” Proverbs 4:11

“In your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed.
In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling.” Exodus 15:13

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Disbelief in God’s Word Led to Disobedience

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“For Adam would never have dared oppose God’s authority unless he had disbelieved in God’s Word. Here, indeed was the best bridle to control all passions:  the thought that nothing is better than to practice righteousness by obeying God’s commandments; then, that the ultimate goal of the happy life is to be loved by him. ”  –John Calvin “Institutes of the Christian Religion” Edited by John T. McNeill published by The Westminster Press, Book Two, Chapter 1, p 246

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/disbelief-in-gods-word-led-to-disobedience/

The Christian and Prayer

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If any of you should ask me for the epitome of the Christian life, I would say that it is in one word–prayer.

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The habit of private prayer, and the constant practice of heart-communion with God–are the surest indicators of the work of the Holy spirit upon the soul.

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The more a man loves God and becomes more like Jesus–the more delight he takes in heart communion with God.

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All of our libraries and our studies are mere emptiness, compared with our prayer closets.

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We grow in Christlikeness, in private prayer.

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Prayer is the true gauge of spiritual health.

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I have now concentrated all my prayers into one–and that one prayer is this: that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.

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He who has the key of prayer can open Heaven! Yes, he has access to the heart of God!

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Nothing brings such leanness into a Christian’s soul, as lack of prayer.

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A prayerless soul, is a Christless soul. Prayer is . . .
the lisping of the believing infant,
the shout of the fighting believer,
the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus.

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A Christian’s vigor, happiness, growth and usefulness–all depend upon prayer.

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Prayer is the autograph of the Holy Spirit upon the renewed heart.

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Prayer is the indispensable mark of the true child of God.

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I would rather teach one man to pray–than ten men to preach!

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Nine times out of ten, spiritual declension from God begins in the neglect of private prayer.

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Prayer with the heart, is the heart of prayer.

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We make more real advance in the divine life in an hour of sincere prayer–than we do in a month of sermon-hearing!

the Broad Road of Death, Destruction, Hell, Torment…Etc!

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“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths!” 2 Timothy 4:1-4

That time has arrived! Church-goers today will not endure sound doctrine. Those who . . .
preach the total depravity of man,
insist upon the imperative necessity of the new birth,
set forth the inflexible righteousness and holiness of God, and
warn against the eternal and conscious torment awaiting every rejecter of Christ,
find it almost impossible to obtain a hearing. Such preachers are regarded as puritanic pessimists, and are not wanted.

In these degenerate times, the masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road! The multitude is affected with itching ears which crave novelty and that which is sensational. They have ears which wish to be tickled, ears which eagerly drink in the songs of professional and unsaved soloists and choristers, ears which are well pleased with the vulgar slang of our modern evangelists!

The things which are now done in so many churches–the socials, the fund-raisers, the bazaars, the concerts, the moving picture shows and other forms of entertainment–what are these but idolatrous commercialization of these houses of prayer! No wonder that such places are devoid of spirituality and strangers to the power of God. The Lord will not tolerate an unholy mixture of worldly things with spiritual.

“Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father’s house into a marketplace!” John 2:16 

A clean path to Hell!

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Unbelief will destroy the best of us!

Faith will save the worst of us!

There is a clean path to Hell–as well as a dirty one.

You will be lost if you trust to your good works–as surely as if you trusted in your sins.

There is a road to perdition along the ‘highway of morality’–as surely as down the ‘slough of vice’!

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us!” Titus 3:5

How to be Saved!  J.C. Ryle, superb.
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What Are Being Saved From?

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“You shall call His name Jesus–for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

The mere professor loves a salvation from Hell.

The true Christian loves a salvation from sin.

Everyone desires to be saved from the bottomless pit–but only a child of God pants to be saved from every false way. We love the Gospel because it saves us . . .
from selfishness,
from pride,
from lust,
from worldliness,
from bitterness,
from malice,
and from sloth.

“Because I consider all Your precepts to be right, I hate every wrong path.” Psalm 119:128

Admin”s note: I will also add, that we are saved from the wrath of God as well. In order to be saved from sin and all that that implies, we must first be placed i right standing with God.

What Makes You Think You’re Different?

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Who makes you different from anyone else?
What do you have, that you did not receive?
And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” 1 Corinthians 4:7

It is grace–free sovereign grace, which has made you to differ!

Should any here, supposing themselves to be the children of God, imagine that there is some reason “in them” why they should have been chosen–let them know that as yet they are in the dark concerning the first principles of grace, and have not yet learned the gospel.

If ever they had known the gospel, they would, on the other hand, confess that they were . . .
the off-scouring of all things,
undeserving,
ill-deserving,
and Hell-deserving!

They would ascribe it all to distinguishing grace, which has made them to differ; and to discriminating love, which has chosen them out from the rest of the world.

Great Christian, you would have been a heinous sinner–if God had not made you to differ!

O! you who are valiant for truth, you would have been as valiant for the devil–if sovereign grace had not laid hold of you!

A seat in Heaven shall one day be yours, but a chain in Hell would have been yours–if grace had not changed you!

You can now sing His love; but a licentious song would have been on your lips–if grace had not washed you in the blood of Jesus!

You are now sanctified, you are quickened, you are justified; but what would you have been today–if it had not been for the interposition of the divine hand?

There is not a crime you might not have committed–there is not a folly into which you might not have run.  Even murder itself you might have committed–if grace had not preserved you.

You shall be like the angels; but you would have been like the devil–if you had not been changed by grace!

Therefore never be proud, though you now have a wide domain of grace.
Once you had not a single thing to call your own–except your sin and misery.

You are now wrapped up in the golden righteousness of the Savior, and accepted in the garments of the Beloved! But you would have been buried under the black mountain of sin, and clothed with the filthy rags of unrighteousness, if He had not changed you!

And are you proud?

Do you exalt yourself?

O! strange mystery, that you who have nothing but sin and misery, should exalt yourself!
That you, a poor dependent pensioner upon the bounty of your Savior, should be proud!

Go, hang your pride upon the gallows as high as Haman! Hang it there to rot, and execrate it to all eternity!

Surely of all things most to be despised–is the pride of a Christian. He, of all men, has ten thousand times more reason than any other to be humble, and walk lowly with his God, and kindly and meekly toward his fellow-creatures.

“By the grace of God I am what I am!” 1 Corinthians 15:10

Why Your Prayer Life is So Bad – Michael Phillips Sermon

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Why Your Prayer Life is So Bad – Michael Phillips Sermon

TEXT: I John 5:13-17

SUBJECT: I John #17: Why Your Prayer Life is So Bad

How’s your prayer life? In almost sixty years of going to church, I have met only one person who said her prayer life was good. Whether it was or not, I don’t know, but that’s what she said.

As for the rest of us? Our prayer lives are not what we want them to be-and they’re not what the Lord wants them to be. We don’t pray without ceasing; we don’t pray in faith; we don’t pray in hope; we don’t in charity. In a word, we hardly pray at all, and when we do, we pray more like the Pharisees and Sadducees than the disciples of Christ and the children of God.

This is not a new problem. The twelve disciples didn’t…

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Nothing In Life Is Left to Chance

800px-würfelspiel-denkmal_hofgeismar“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid–you are worth more than many sparrows!” Matthew 10:29-31


Charles Spurgeon: “Blessed is that man who is done with chance, who never speaks of luck–but believes that from the least, even to the greatest, all things are ordained by the Lord. We dare not leave out the least event! The creeping of an aphid upon a rosebud is as surely arranged by the decree of Providence–as the march of a pestilence through a nation! Believe this, for if the least thing is omitted from the supreme government, so may the next be, and the next–until nothing is left in the divine hands. There is no place for chance, since God fills all things.”


J.C. Ryle: “There is no such thing as chanceluck or accident in the Christian journey through this world. All is arranged and appointed by God. And all things are working together for the believer’s good!”


Charles Spurgeon: “God’s Providence not only extends to mankind in general, and to the beasts of the field, and the birds of the air, and the innumerable fish in the sea–but also to every atom of matter in the universe!”


Charles Spurgeon: “All things are ordained of God and are settled by Him, according to His wise and holy predestination. Whatever happens here on earth–happens not by chance, but according to the counsel of the Most High!”


Matthew Henry: “God who feeds the sparrows–will not starve His saints! God controls all the concerns of His people, even of those that are most minute, and least regarded. This is an encouragement to live in a continual dependence upon God’s providential care! If God numbers our hairs, much more does He number our heads. He takes care of our lives, our needs, our concerns, and our souls. God’s universal providence extends itself to all creatures, and to all their actions–even the smallest and most minute!”

Charles Spurgeon: “Providence may be seen as the finger of God, not merely in those events which shake nations and are duly emblazoned on the page of history–but in little incidents of common life. Yes, in the motion of a grain of dust, the trembling of a dew-drop, the flight of a swallow, or the movements of a fish!”

Charles Spurgeon: “We talk of God’s providence when we have hairbreadth escapes. But are they not quite as much divine providences, when we are preserved from danger?”


Charles Spurgeon: “It is most important for us to learn that the smallest trifles are as much arranged by the God of Providence–as the most momentous events! He who counts the stars–has also numbered the hairs of our heads. Our lives and deaths are predestined–but so, also, are our sitting down and our rising up.”

Louis Berkhof: “Scripture everywhere teaches that even the minutest details of life are of divine ordering!”

Charles Spurgeon: “Jesus rules the whole world for the good of His people. All the arrangements of Providence are under His control. Nothing is done in the entire universe, without His command or His permission.”


Charles Spurgeon: “The best remedy for affliction, is sweet submission to God’s providence. What can’t be cured, must be endured!”


J.C. Ryle: “If God has given His Son to die for us–let us beware of doubting His kindness and love in any painful providence of our daily life.”


Charles Spurgeon: “Divine Providence is a downy pillow for an aching head–and a blessed salve for the sharpest pain. He who can feel that his times are in the hand of God–need not tremble at anything that is in the hand of man!”

Shall I Ask For a Blessing or a Curse?

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“Jabez called on the God of Israel saying: ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed!’
So God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:10

There is much apparent good not worth calling by the name. What the world speaks of as blessings are, some of them, often worthless; and many of them are undoubtedly evil and detrimental. They are counterfeits–they do not bear upon them the coinage and currency of Heaven. Satan has disguised them–stamped them as true metal–while they are base alloy!

Let us leave our blessings, and the method of their bestowal, with the Giver of every good and perfect gift–into His hand committing our earthly all, with this prayer of intense fervor yet of simple faith, “Oh that You would bless me indeed!” I want nothing which the world calls a blessing, unless You think it proper for me. I want no shadows–no baubles. I do not ask for riches–they may be a snare to me. I do not ask for . . .
the cup running over,
the barns full,
the fig-tree blossoming,
the home-nest without the thorn.
These might alienate me from Yourself, and bind me only closer to earth!

I want blessings indeed. God, I am no judge of this. Whatever YOU give, will be a true blessing to me. And even if You take it away–I will strive to believe that the dark and painful dealing, is Your kindness to me also.

Yes, we repeat, the world’s pleasures are often curses in disguise–like Cleopatra’s viper, which was hidden in a basket of flowers. There is often . . .
an adder lurking in the bed of roses,
fly in the ointment,
poison in the wine-cup!

But the blessings of God are blessings bearing His own divine seal and signature. They may come . . .
in frowning providences,
in baffling dispensations,
in strokes of the chastening rod.
For the present they may seem not joyous, but grievous. But I am content to be in His hands–joyful or sorrowful, in health or in sickness, living or dying. O my Father, give Your own blessing, and I shall bow my heart in submission; for I can only hear in it accents of paternal love!

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For those who desire additional devotional reading, here is a two page article by J.R. Miller, “Finishing Our Work“. This is an altogether different article than yesterday–though it has the same title.