He Chooses Our Inheritance For Us

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(Charles Spurgeon)

“He chooses our inheritance for us.” Psalm 47:4

“Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.” Psalm 25:12

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

“As for God, His way is perfect. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 18:30

“He guides the humble in what is right, and teaches them His way.” Psalm 25:9

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

Believer, if your place is a lowly one, you should be satisfied with your earthly portion–for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected the safest and best condition for you!

Christian! You would run aground and suffer shipwreck–if your divine Captain did not steer you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each other in quick succession.

It may be that you are planted where you get but little sunshine. Be assured that you are put there by the heavenly Gardener because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection. Had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are in–divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances.

Take up your own daily cross–it is the burden best suited for your shoulder and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good work to the glory of God.

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:11-12

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Have You Been Lied To?

This may come as a shock to you, but if you are willing to learn and grow in maturity, take time to listen to this excellent video. Listen with an open mind and you will understand that you have been lied to your entire life.

The remedy of all our miseries!

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“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men–the man Christ Jesus!” 1 Timothy 2:5

God, apart from Christ, is an angry, offended Sovereign.

Unless we behold God in and through Christ, the only Mediator–the terrors of His Majesty would overwhelm us.

Because of our sins–we dare not approach the Father, except in Christ.
We first fasten our eyes upon Christ, then upon the Father.

If Christ does not bear our guilt and reconcile us unto God, we must surely perish everlastingly!

Before any man can think . . .
to stand before the face of God’s justice,
be admitted to the secret chamber of God’s mercy,
or partake of the riches of His grace–
he must look to one the Mediator, Christ Jesus.

Let us look upon a crucified Christ, as the remedy of all our miseries.
His cross has procured our crown.
His passion has expiated our transgressions.
His death has disarmed the law.
His blood has washed our sinful souls, spotless.

His death is . . .
the destruction of our enemies,
the spring of our happiness, and
the eternal testimony of divine love!

The Most Eloquent WOUNDS of Christ

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“Behold, I saw a Lamb looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne!” Revelation 5:6

Why should our exalted Savior appear in Heaven with His wounds? The wounds of Jesus are . . .
His glories,
His jewels,
His sacred ornaments!

To the eye of the believer, Jesus is more than beautiful because He is “white and ruddy” Song of Solomon5:10. He is white with innocence, and ruddy with His own blood.

We see Him as the ‘Lily’ of matchless purity–and as the ‘Rose’ encrimsoned with His own blood.

Christ never was so matchless as when He hung on the cross! There we behold all His beauties in perfection.

The wounds of Jesus are far more beautiful than all the splendor and pomp of kings.

Jesus appears as the slain Lamb who sought our souls and redeemed them by His complete atonement.

His wounds are the trophies of His love and of His victory.

He has redeemed for Himself a great multitude which no one can number–His scars are the memorials of the fight.

If there were not an audible word, those wounds are the mouths which speak of His love!

The most eloquent mouths that ever spoke, are the wounds of Christ!

Listen! Listen!

Every blood-drop says, “Pardon!”
Every wound says, “Life, eternal life!”

“In a loud voice they sang: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain–to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12

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Isaiah 53:12 King James Version (KJV) 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

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Don’t Bother Me With That Stuff!

My dad told me this on more than one occasion. “Don’t bother me with that, I get that from church, I don’t need it from you…”

When I asked him what was he to expect when he died then? He said, “God will sort it out.”

Well, he was right. God did sort it out. He sorts the goats from the sheep and the vessels of righteousness from the vessels of damnation (Romans 9).

Dear reader…if you are uncertain about the state of your own soul, or if you were led into reciting a sinner’s prayer at one point in your life, take heed! You might not be saved. My dad died in his false security, now he burns in hell. Don’t make the same mistake.

Feed Grace…Starve Sin

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(Thomas Case, “The Rod and the Word, A Treatise on Afflictions” 1653)

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

Take heed of feeding your heart’s corruption with thoughts of the sweetness that is in sin.

Take heed also, of starving grace by withdrawing from it suitable nourishment.

Meditate much upon . . .
the sinfulness of sin,
the vanity of the creature,
the fullness of Christ,
the exquisiteness of His sufferings,
the finality of the judgment,
the torments of Hell,
the joys of Heaven,
the infinite perfections of the divine nature,
and the solemnity of eternity!

Rich in meditation–rich in grace!

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

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“When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.” Psalm 63:6

“I will meditate on all Your works and consider all Your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:12

“I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways.” Psalm 119:15

“Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long.” Psalm 119:97

“My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promises.” Psalm 119:148

Lord, I hate Buttermilk

800px-Runny_hunnyOne Sunday morning at a small southern church, the new pastor called on one of his older deacons to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head and said, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.” The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going.

The deacon continued, “Lord, I hate lard.” Now the pastor was totally perplexed.

The deacon continued, “Lord, I ain’t too crazy about plain flour. But after You mix ’em all together and bake ’em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits. Lord, help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don’t like, whenever we don’t understand what You are doing–that we need to wait and see what You are making. After You get through mixing and baking, it’ll be something even better than biscuits. Amen.”

“Jesus replied: You do not understand now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7

“Help me, O Lord, to make a blessed use of all the disappointments and calamities of life, in such a way that they may unite my heart more closely with You. Cause my disappointments to separate my affections from worldly things, and inspire my soul with more vigor in the pursuit of true happiness. Amen.” Susanna Wesley (1669-1742), mother of John and Charles Wesley and 17 other children.

“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Our Fathers and Mothers have been our Murderers!

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(Thomas Case, “A Word to Parents” 1653)

“Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not let your soul spare for his crying.” Proverbs 19:18

Behold, God counsels you who are parents to do with your children as He does with His–wisely to use the discipline of the rod, before vicious dispositions grow into habits, and folly becomes so deeply-rooted that the rod of correction will not drive it out.

“Error and folly,” says one, “are the cords of Satan with which he ties sinners to the stake to be burned in Hell!”

These cords are easiest cut early. If you make the child bleed in the cutting of them, let it not cause you to withdraw your hand; for so it follows, “Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not let your soul spare for his crying.”

It is not only foolish, but cruel pity to forbear correction for a few childish tears–to cause your child to wail in Hell for sin, rather than to shed a few tears for the preventing of it. Foolish fathers and mothers call thislove, but the Father of Spirits calls it hatred: “He who spares the rod, hates his son!” Proverbs 13:24. Such sparing is hatred–and because you hate your children in not correcting them, they may come afterwards to hate you for not correcting them.

But this is not all. The parent’s leniency in disciplining, makes way for God’s severity. Pity to the child’s flesh–is cruelty to the child’s soul. So the Hebrew may be rendered, “Spare not to his destruction”–that is, to cause his destruction. The foolish indulgence of the parent may be, and often is, the death of the child–eternal death! Parents spare their children in their folly–to the destruction of both body and soul!

“Withhold not correction from the child, for if you beat him with the rod he shall not die.” Proverbs 23:13. This verse reproves the silly and sinful soft-heartedness of parents, who are as afraid to use the rod, as if it were a sword. It is but a rod–it is not a serpent. It may hurt–but it will not give a poisonous sting.

They are monsters in the form of fathers and mothers–who thus hug their little ones to death! They are infanticides, rather than parents! “Surely it is better to be such people’s swine, than their sons!”

O hateful indulgence and merciless pity–to damn a child for lack of correction! Such parents throw both the rod and their child into the fire at once! They throw the rod into the fire of the chimney–and their child into the fire of Hell.

This is not done like God, for “whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives”–and so does every wise and loving parent! “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him early.”

As moths are beaten out of a garment with a rod–so must vices be beaten out of children’s hearts.

For lack of this disciplinary love–how have some children accused their parents on their death-bed, yes at the gallows! And how many do and will curse their parents in Hell–as Cyprian supposes some to do: “The wicked fondness of our parents has brought us into these torments! Our fathers and mothers have been our murderers! Those who gave us our natural life, have deprived us of eternal life! Those who would not correct us with the rod, have occasioned us now to be tormented with scorpions!”

Yes, even in this life, how do many godly parents smart for their indulgent fondness, because they will not make their children smart for their folly. Eli and David would not so much as rebuke their sons–and God gave them rebukes in their sons. It is said of Eli, “His sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.” 1 Samuel 3:13. The Hebrew has it, “He did not frown upon them.” How sad–for lack of a frown, to destroy a soul!

Such indulgent parents have laid the foundation of . . .
their own sorrows,
their children’s ruin, and
the destruction of the nation,
in withholding proper discipline from their children!

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You may want to read the whole 4 page article by Thomas Case, “A Word to Parents“.