The Wonders of Heaven

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Among the wonders in Heaven, shall be these three:

The first wonder is that we shall see so many there, whom we did not expect to see.

The second is that we shall miss so many there, whom we did expect to see.

But the third wonder will be the greatest wonder of all–to see ourselves there!

And can it be, that should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O my God, it found out me!
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

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How Do You Esteem Yourself?

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(Charles Spurgeon)

A high esteem of yourself?

You are not a mature Christian, if you have a high esteem of yourself.

He who boasts in himself is but a babe in Christ–if indeed he is in Christ at all.

Young Christians may think much of themselves.

Growing Christians think themselves nothing.

Mature Christians know that they are less than nothing.

The more holy we are, the more we mourn our infirmities, and the humbler is our estimate of ourselves.

“Though I am nothing.” 2 Corinthians 12:11
“Although I am less than the least of all God’s people . . .”  Ephesians 3:8
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15
Wonderful was the grace that taught the once proud Pharisee thus to speak!

Pride may be set down as “the sin” of human nature.

The demon of pride was born with us–and it will not die one hour before us!

We are never so much in danger of being proud–as when we think we are humble.

There is no sin into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride–and yet there is no more vice which is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture.

We are all proud. Pride can hide under a beggar’s rags–as well as under a minister’s robes. Pride is a weed that will grow on a dunghill–as well as in a palace garden; but it ought never to be allowed to grow in the heart of a Christian!

No matter how dear you are to God–if pride is harbored in your heart, He will whip it out of you!

Time…Don’t Use It So Foolishly

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“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16

Gather up the fragments that are left over. Let nothing be wasted!” John 6:12

“Time is short!” 1 Corinthians 7:29

Time is made up of golden minutes–not one of which we should allow to be wasted! The Master said that for every idle word that men speak–they must give account. This can be no less true of idle minutes or hours.

Most of us live as if we had a thousand years to stay here in this world! We loiter away the golden hours of our little days–as if the days were never to end! We do not see how swiftly the sun is whirling toward his setting, while our work is but half done, our task perhaps scarcely begun!

We fritter away days, weeks, months–not noticing how our one little opportunity of living in this world is being worn off, as the sea eats away a crumbling bank until its last shred is gone! We set slight value on time, forgetting that we have only a hand-breadth of it–and then comes eternity!

Many of us fail to appreciate the value of ‘single days’. “A day is too short a space,” we say, “that it cannot make much difference if one, just one, is wasted–or idled away!” Yet the days are links in a chain, and if one link is broken–the chain is broken. In God’s plan for our life–each little day has its own load of duty.

How these lost days shame us–as they turn their reproachful eyes upon us, out of the irrevocable past!

Many people are wasteful of time. They fail to realize its value. They appear to have time in such abundance–that they dream it can never end. They do not know that a day lost–may mean misfortune or failure for them sometime in the future. They do not know that squandered hours, minutes spent in idleness–may cost them the true success of their life, bringing failure or disaster!

They should not make the mistake of imagining they have so much time–that they can afford to let days or hours or even minutes be wasted. They cannot afford to lose one golden minute of any day. We do not know what momentous issues, affecting all our future–are involved in any quietest hour of any common-place day. There is ‘a time for everything’–but the time is short, and when it is gone, and the thing is not done–it never can be done!

What you make of your life–you must make in a few years at the most; for the human span is short–and any day may be your last one!Every day that passes–leaves life’s margin a little less for each of us. Our allotment of time is ever shortening!

There are a great many things it is not worth our while to do. Some of us spend our days in poor trivialities which bless no one, and which will add no lustre to our crown.

Therefore, waste no opportunity! Squander no moment! There is just time enough for you to live your life well–if you spend every moment of it in earnest, faithful duty. One hour lost–will leave a flaw. A life thus lived in unbroken diligence and faithfulness, will have no regrets when the end comes.

God’s Grace in Our Trials

(Charles Spurgeon)

“But He said to me: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

If none of God’s saints were poor and tried, we would not know the consolations of divine grace half so well.

When we find the wanderer who does not have a place to lay his head, who yet can say, “Still I will trust in the Lord”; when we see thepauper starving on bread and water, who still glories in Jesus; when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction, and yet relying on Christ–oh what honor it reflects on the Gospel.

God’s grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers!

Saints bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good, and that out of apparent evils a real blessing shall ultimately spring. They know that their God will either work a deliverance for them speedily–or most assuredly support them in the trouble, as long as He is pleased to keep them in it. This perseverance of the saints proves the power of divine grace.

He who would glorify God, must reckon upon meeting with many trials. No man can be illustrious before the Lord, unless his conflicts are many. If then yours is a much-tried path, rejoice in it because you will better show forth the all-sufficient grace of God. As for His failing you, never dream of it–hate the thought. The God who has been sufficient until now, should be trusted to the end.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

The Eye of Faith – A. W. Pink / Studies in the Scriptures / Christian Audio Books

Christian Praise and Worship in Sermons and Songs

The Eye of Faith – A. W. Pink / Studies in the Scriptures / Christian Audio Books

Job 42:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You

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Laughing Your Way Into Hell

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“Then He will say to those on His left: Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!” Matthew 25:41

Sinners in Hell are not the fools they were on earth!

In Hell, they do not laugh at everlasting burnings.

In the pit, they do not despise the words, “eternal fire!”

The worm that never dies, when it is gnawing, gnaws out all joke and laughter.

You may despise and mock God now–but death will change your note! 

“Remember, you can laugh your way into Hell–but you can never laugh your way out of Hell!”

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life!” Matthew 25:46

Memories of God’s Mercies

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“We ought not to be unmindful of the way by which the Lord our God has led us, for if we are we shall lose much.  Some saints have very short memories.  It has been well said that we write our benefits in dust and our injuries in marble, and it is equally true that we generally inscribe our afflictions upon brass, while the records of the deliverances of God are written in water.  It ought not so to be.  If our memories were more tenacious of the merciful visitations of our God, our faith would often be strengthened in times of trial.”  –Charles H. Spurgeon “Sermons” Vol. 10, p. 265

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2018/11/09/memories-of-gods-mercies/

The Great Physician and His Patients/Patience

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(George Everard, “The Great Physician and His Patients” 1874)

“Those who are well have no need of a Physician, but those who are sick.” Luke 5:31

Our Great Physician possesses the most perfect skill to discern the peculiar needs of each case. He sees the working of all this sin and corruption and hardness of heart–and He can counteract it all by His all-sufficient grace. Before you have spoken a word, when you kneel down and cast yourself upon His mercy–He is prepared to forgive and save. Christ knows beforehand all that you are, and cannot fail to support His tempted or afflicted child.

In Christ there is not only Divine wisdom to discern every case of spiritual disease–but He also has Divine power completely to effect a cure. When He was upon earth, none were sent away unhealed. The blind and the lame, the deaf and the dumb, the palsied and the lepers, those possessed with demons and the dead–all alike were healed immediately by the touch of Jesus. “The whole multitude sought to touch Him–for virtue went out of Him, and healed them ALL.”

Thus completely and surely does Jesus restore all who come to Him. He can . . .
open the eyes long closed in the night of ignorance,
strengthen those who have yet had no power to walk in God’s ways,
unstop the ear long deaf to the sweet voice of the Gospel,
teach the prayerless lips to plead with God,
remove the paralysis of a careless indifference,
cleanse souls from the leprosy of debasing lusts,
cast out the evil spirits of envy, and hatred and unbelief,
save men from the fever of covetousness, and every evil temper.

His power, when on earth, reached to the very worst cases of disease! The man full of leprosy, and the woman whom other physicians had tried in vain to cure–both came, and others just as hopeless, and all were alike healed. Yes, and I see Jesus day by day saving such as man might reckon beyond the reach of His saving arm.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30