Always Back to God

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(John Flavel)

It was an excellent reply that a Christian mother once made to a friend–when her beloved and only child lay in a dangerous sickness at the point of death.

The friend asked the mother, “What would you now ask of God, in reference to your child? Would you beg Him for your child’s life?”

The mother answered, “I refer that to the will of God.”

“But,” said her friend, “if God would refer it to you–what would you choose then?”

“Why truly,” said she, “if God would refer it to me–I would refer it back to Him again!

“He is the LORD. Let Him do what seems good to Him.” 1 Samuel 3:18

“Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead!” Job 1:19
“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away–may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job1:21

“Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Nevertheless, I want Your will to be done, not Mine.” Luke 22:42

“May the Lord’s will be done.” Acts 21:14

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The Son Of God

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“The Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me!” Galatians 2:20

Out of Christ’s condemnation–flows my justification!

Out of His agony–comes my victory!

Out of His pain–comes my ease!

Out of His stripes–comes my healing!

Out of His gall and vinegar–comes my honey!

Out of His curse–comes my blessing!

Out of His crown of thorns–comes my crown of glory!

Out of His sin-atoning death–comes my eternal life!

O what a melting consideration is this!

Sentenced To Hell By One Scripture

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“I will place My Spirit within you, and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.” Ezekiel 36:27

The design and end of God in the infusion of the Spirit of grace, is practical holiness and obedience. The indwelling Spirit of God . . .
elevates their minds,
sets their affections upon heavenly things,
purges their hearts from earthly dross, and
fits them for a life of holiness and obedience.

None are more forward to claim the privileges of religion–than those who reject the duties of it. Multitudes hope to be saved by Christ–who yet refuse to be governed by Him. But such hopes have no Scripture warrant to support them–yes, they have many Scripture testimonies against them!

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10

O how many thousand vain hopes are laid in the dust, and how many thousands of souls are sentenced to Hell by this one Scripture!

Short Pithy Gems from John Flavel

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The soul is of more value than ten thousand worlds!

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Whatever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon–God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it. So that we find the readiest course to be rid of our comforts–is to set our hearts inordinately upon them!

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Brethren, it is easier to declaim against a thousand sins of others–than to mortify one sin in ourselves!

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Those who know God, will be humble.
Those who know themselves, cannot be proud.

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Affliction is a bitter pill, which, being enrapt up in patience and quiet submission, may be easily swallowed. But discontent chews the pill, and so embitters the soul.

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When God gives you comforts–it is your great evil not to observe His hand in them.

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Jesus Christ is in every way sufficient to the vast desires of the soul.