I come from a long line of Scottish people. Proud. Powerful. Lost. For many years now I have read of the downgrade in Scottish society and it saddens me.
Of course this can be said for the world as a whole, but Scotland is near and dear to me.
I remember watching the Revival Hymn for the very first time and it scared me. It shook me and rocked my religious foundations to their very core.
I remember listening to Duncan Campbell and staring in disbelief over how “God stepped down!”. Imagine? What must it have been like to have revival in the town of Lewis? Imagine having people, strangers stop on the sides of the road and throw themselves down pleading to an angry God for mercy?
To have the public houses closed down and the churches filled with repentant sinners.
I would be honored to be part of a revival like that one day, if God chose.
The problem is, we, for the most part can live without revival–can’t we? As long as we’re saved, that’s good enough, right?
I can still remember the feeling of gratitude toward God over how He saved me. The difference between my living a religious lie and actually being set free from all my sin. I felt the weight of my sin lift, never to return. And I’m not willing to help others feel that? I’m comfortable in my security and don’t want to be bothered by anyone else? The attitude of “They’re sinners and if God wants to save them, He will…” has crept into me on more than one occasion, and I am ashamed. The world is full of lost people and many of the elect who don’t even know it yet, and here I am safe and secure…and complacent.
I will pray for the salvation of Scotland, my bonny homeland. I will pray that God sends His fires of revival to this dark and oppressed land. May God show mercy upon whom He will, and may He receive the reward He deserves for His suffering.
What He has purposed in eternity past–He works in time
(James Smith, “The Evening Sacrifice; Or, A Help to Devotion” 1859)
“Remember the former things, those of long ago. I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times–what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please!” Isaiah 46:9-10
Thus the Lord speaks–and thus the Lord acts.
What He has purposed in eternity past–He works in time. Then the plan was drawn–and then the provision was made. God’s purposes cannot fail, nor shall His work ever be left unfinished. What He has promised to us–He will give to us; and the work He has commenced in us–He will complete. Whatever concerns our salvation–He will perfect, according as it is written, “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. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son . . . And those He predestined–He also called; those He called–He also justified; those He justified–He also glorified!” Romans 8:28-30
This is God’s plan–commenced, carried on, and completed by Himself–to the praise of the glory of His grace!
Very true, A good reminder in this age of deception.
“Nor should we ever forget that God’s word, though tried so long, and by so many, in every condition of life, has never failed in one instance. Could such a case be found our joy would be at an end. Morison: ‘The accumulated experience of the whole church of God has but served to demonstrate, that gold seven times purified is not more genuine or unmixed, than is that word of the living God, which has been the guide, the spiritual nourishment, and the divine support of the children of God in every age.’ ” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 251
“Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone–for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle!” Proverbs 23:5
People are badly cheated in this world. They often imagine that gold, silver, houses, lands, and stocks are the real treasures. So they toil for these things and gather them into their possession, and pile up what they suppose to be wealth. Thus they live like princes in their fine houses, and call themselves millionaires.
But one day their supposed riches take to themselves wings and fly away like eagles to the skies. Or they may keep their wealth, perhaps, and die at last in the midst of it, and have a great funeral. But then they find that they cannot carry a penny of it with them!
“How much did he leave?” was asked about a rich man who had died.
“He left all of it!” was the answer.
If men only knew that there are other things far more worth setting eyes and heart upon–things which will never fly away–they would pass by these glittering unrealities–to lay hold of the true riches!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived–what God has prepared for those who love Him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9
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We have just published Arthur Pink’s superb 36 page booklet, “Eternal Punishment“. You may want to make time to read this helpful booklet this weekend.
“They will be Mine!” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up My jewels!” Malachi 3:17
God’s people are His jewels–His own special treasure!
In what sense are the saints, God’s jewels?
Jewels are precious things; the Hebrew word for jewels signifies a treasure. A treasure is made up of costly things–gold, and diamonds and rubies. Such a precious treasure, are the saints to God.
They are jewels for their sparkling quality. Their holiness shines and sparkles in God’s eyes! (Song of Solomon 4:9), “You have ravished My heart, with one glance of your eyes!” That is, with one of your graces.
The godly are jewels for their scarcity. Diamonds are not common. Just so, the godly are scarce and rare. There are but few of these to be found. There are many false professors (as there are many plastic diamonds)–but few true Christians. Among the millions in Rome, there were but few senators. Just so, among the swarms of people in the world–there are but few true believers.
The godly are jewels for their price. Queen Cleopatra had two jewels which were worth half the price of a kingdom. Thus the saints are jewels, for their value. God esteems them at a high rate; He parted with His best jewel for them–Christ’s precious blood was shed to ransom these jewels!
The saints are jewels for their adorning quality. Jewels adorn those who wear them. The saints are jewels which adorn the world. Their piety mixed with prudence honors the gospel. Hypocrites eclipse true religion and make it badly spoken of. The saints as jewels, render it illustrious by their sanctity.
God the Father has chosen these jewels, and set them apart for Himself!
Christ has bought these jewels with His blood!
The Holy Spirit has sanctified them. When they were a lump of sin–He made them into His jewels! He will string these pearls together–and put them into His celestial cabinet!
Bless God who has wrought such a change in you! From lumps of dirt and sin–He has made you into His jewels!
Those who believe the doctrines of sovereign grace often act inconsistently with their own principles–when they are angry at the defects of others.
A company of travelers fall into a pit; one of them gets a passerby to draw him out. Now he should not be angry with the rest for falling in; nor because they are not yet out, as he is. He did not pull himself out. Instead, therefore, ofreproaching them–he should show them pity.
In the same way, a truly saved man will no more despise others–than blind Bartimaeus, after his own eyes were opened, would take a stick and beat every blind man he met!
“For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive?” 1 Corinthians 4:7
“By the grace of God I am what I am!” 1 Corinthians 15:10
on October 13, 2017
Contrary to what some have taught, full assurance is possible in this life for every believer because Jesus Christ has secured their justification by His finished work. Assurance of salvation is resting in Christ’s finished work. If we look to ourselves, we will never have a well-grounded hope of eternal life.