Holy Thoughts

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“Holy thoughts breed holy words and holy actions, and are hopeful evidences of a renewed heart. Who would not have them? To keep chaff out of a bushel, one sure plan is to fill it full of wheat, and to keep out vain thoughts, it is wise and prudent to have the mind stored with choice subjects for meditation: these are easy to find, and we should never be without them. May we able able to say with David, ‘In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Thy comforts delight my soul.”  –Charles Spurgeon “Spurgeon’s Practical Wisdom” p. 48

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/holy-thoughts/

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Christ Uses Garbage!

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(Charles Spurgeon, “The Meek and Lowly One”)

Jewelers can only prepare and polish the choicest diamonds.
But Jesus Christ polishes a common pebble, and makes a jewel of it!

Jewelers make their precious treasures, out of precious materials.
Christ makes His precious things, out of dross!

He always begins with bad material. Christ takes . . .
the despicable,
the vilest,
the scum,
the off-scouring,
the filth,
the garbage of the world,
and out of such stuff and matter as that, He builds up a holy temple, and gathers to Himself trophies for His honor and praise!

“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.
And that is what some of you were! But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Christ, Who Is Our Life

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(Charles Spurgeon)

“When Christ, who is our life, appears–then you also will appear with Him in glory!” Colossians 3:4

Paul’s marvelously rich expression indicates that Christ is the source of our life. “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins!” Ephesians 2:1. That same voice which brought Lazarus out of the tomb, raised us to newness of life.

Christ is now the substance of our spiritual life. It is by His life that we live. He is in us, the hope glory, the spring of our actions, the central thought which moves every other thought.

Christ is the sustenance of our life. What can the Christian feed upon but Jesus? O wayworn pilgrims in this wilderness of sin–you never get a morsel to satisfy the hunger of your spirits, unless you find it in Him!

Christ is the solace of our life. All our true joys come from Him. In times of trouble, His presence is our consolation. There is nothing worth living for but Him. His loving-kindness is better than life!

Christ is the object of our life. As speeds the ship towards the port–so the believer hastens towards the haven of his Savior’s bosom. As the arrow flies to its goal–so the Christian flies towards fellowship with Christ Jesus.

Christ is the exemplar of our life. If we live in near fellowship with the Lord Jesus, then we shall grow like Him. We shall set Him before us as our Divine copy, and we shall seek to tread in His footsteps. “Whoever claims to live in Him, must walk as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6

Oh! how safe, how honored, how happy is the Christian–since Christ is our life!

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain!” Philippians 1:21

This God!

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This God is our God forever and ever! He will be our Guide even unto death!” Psalm 48:14

Those who have fled for refuge to the hope set before them in the gospel, all who are living a life of faith–are privileged to say of the Lord, “This God is our God forever and ever!”

Believers are privileged to say that the God who has all power in Heaven and earth, whose understanding is infinite, who is good, and who does good continually: “This God is our God forever and ever!”

Believers are privileged to say the God of holiness, righteousness, and justice; the God of mercy, truth, and grace; the “just God and the Savior”: “This God is our God forever and ever!”

Believers are privileged to say the God whose name and whose nature is love, and who has manifested His love toward us in sending His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him: “This God is our God forever and ever!”

Believers are privileged to say the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort; the Refuge of the oppressed, the Helper of the helpless, the Hope of the hopeless, and the Savior of the lost:“This God is our God forever and ever!”

Believers are privileged to say the Source of every good and perfect gift; the promise-keeping God: “This God is our God”–and always will be; for He never leaves nor forsakes His redeemed people. “He will be our Guide even unto death,” and our portion forever and ever!

“This God is the God we adore;
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend;
Whose love is as great as His power.
And knows neither measure nor end!

The Word of God

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“His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2

“Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” Psalm 119:24

“I delight in Your commands because I love them.” Psalm 119:47

“The law from Your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” Psalm 119:72

The Word of God is:
a light to our path,
the key of the kingdom of Heaven,
our comfort in affliction,
our shield and sword against Satan,
the school of all wisdom,
the mirror in which we behold God’s face, and
the only food and nourishment for our souls!
(Preface to the Geneva Bible)

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

“Truly, I love Your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.” Psalm 119:127

“I obey Your statutes, for I love them greatly.” Psalm 119:167

Christ Intercedes!

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“But I have prayed for you Simon, that your faith may not fail.” Luke 22:32

We see in this verse–one great secret of a believer’s perseverance in the faith.
It was owing to Christ’s intercession–that Peter did not entirely fall away.

The continued existence of grace in a believer’s heart, is a great standing miracle. His enemies are so mighty–and his strength is so small; the world is so full of snares–and his heart is so weak; that it seems at first sight impossible for him to reach Heaven.

The passage before us explains his safety. He has a mighty Friend at the right hand of God, who ever lives to make intercession for him. There is a watchful Advocate, who is daily pleading for him–seeing all his daily necessities, and obtaining daily supplies of mercy and grace for his soul. His grace never altogether dies–because Christ always lives to intercede for him! (Hebrews 7:25.)

If we are true Christians, we shall find it essential to our comfort in religion–to have clear views of Christ’s priestly office and intercession. Christ lives–and therefore our faith shall not fail. Let us beware of regarding Jesus only as one who diedfor us. Let us never forget that He is alive for evermore. Paul bids us to especially remember that He is risen again, and is at the right hand of God, and also makes intercession for us. Romans 8:34

The work that He does for His people, is not yet over. He is still appearing in the presence of God for them, and doing for their souls, what He did for Peter. His present life for them–is just as important as His death on the cross eighteen hundred years ago! Christ lives–and therefore true Christians “shall live also.”

At the cross!

(Charles Spurgeon)

The cross, that deepest revelation of the glory of God–is the great weapon which breaks down the heart’s defenses! It is especially the love of Jesus  shown in the cross, which turns and transforms the hearts of sinners.

In the horrifying torture and crucifixion of Jesus, we see the highest proof of the highest love. His bleeding, makes our hearts bleed. His shame, makes us ashamed. In the cross we see the divine disgust at sin, which makes sin appalling in our eyes as well. But further, through the cross we see a love so unfathomable, that it pierces our apathy and overwhelms our desires for earthly trinkets.

At the cross . . .
our pride and sinfulness are mortified,
our self-deifying efforts are destroyed,
our wandering hearts are exposed,
the beauty of Christ in His humility and holiness are held before us,
and the glory of God shines brightest in all its transforming power.

The atoning work of Jesus is the great gun of our battery. The cross is the mighty battering-ram with which to break in pieces the bronze gates of human prejudices and the iron bars of sinful obstinacy!

Looking At Death Biblically

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(A Funeral Sermon for Mr. Christopher Love on the following Sabbath-Day after he was executed. By Mr. Edmund Calamy, London, August 24, 1651)

“Our friend Lazarus sleeps.” John 11:11

“And when Stephen had said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:60

Let me beseech the people of God, that they would look upon death, not as it is presented unto us in nature’s looking-glass, but as it is set down in a Scripture-dress. Nature presents death in a very terrible manner–and it is true, death is very terrible to a man outside of Christ. But to you who are in Christ, the sting of death is taken away–and death is nothing else but a quiet and placid sleep, a putting off of our clothes, and a going to bed until we awake in the morning of the resurrection.

Death to a child of God is nothing else but a putting off of his earthly tabernacle.

It is but a going from an earthly prison, into an heavenly palace.

Death is the letting of the soul out of prison, as a bird out of the cage, that it may flee to Heaven.

Death is change from a temporary Hell, to an eternal Heaven!

Death is not the death of the man, but the death of his sins.

It is the end of the pilgrim’s journey–and the seaman’s haven.

Death is being absent from the body, and being present with the Lord.

Let all God’s people look upon death through Scripture spectacles, and consider it as it is sweetly represented in this text! A child of God should be as willing to die as to put off his clothes–because death is nothing else to him but a sleep.

Death is a departure from earth’s misery–to the everlasting happiness of Heaven!

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15

(You may want to read an excerpt from a letter by Christopher Love to his wife, on the morning of his execution.)

Resting in Jesus

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(Octavius Winslow)

“This was the one who had reclined on Jesus’ bosom at the supper . . . ” John 21:20

The bosom of Jesus still pillows the head of the weary, loving disciple of the Lord. There is no real rest for the soul, but in Jesus.

Where should the Christ-loved, the Christ-loving disciple lean, with his sins and sorrows, with his weariness and want–but upon the bosom of his Lord? It is the place of repose, of faith, and of love.

There is room for you there amid the countless ones who fly to it for consolation, safety, and repose! Go and lean with your burden, your grief, and your sin–where the beloved disciple reclined; and you shall realize the blessedness of the oneness, confidence, and affection which exist between Jesus and all the disciples whom He loves.