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NECESSARY PETITION

NECESSARY PETITION

For those who watch and pray.

Abba Father revive your work in the midst of the years.

Make known yourself to those who are lost and dead in sins.

Lord speak with that voice that wakes the spiritually dead.

Call forth your chosen people from the darkness of the world

Place into the hands of Jesus the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Cause the wheat to spring up from the ground into a bountiful harvest.

Make the fowls of the air lodge in the branches which grow from a mustard seed.

Send forth labourers into your vineyard to reap the fruit of your hands.

Equip your people to do your work and glorify you for your great and glorious doings.

Lord purify your people that they may be light in the world, the salt the earth.

Lord indeed move with your Spirit through our lands to raise up a people for thyself.

Lord make them a sweet smelling savour of Christ unto the saved and unto the lost.

Lord bring forth a fitting bride, clothed in white, for your Son Christ Jesus.

Send forth Thy victorious, all glorious, Son to conquer and prevail.

It is time for Thee to work O Lord,

lift Thy Voice, lift up Thy Hands,

spread forth Thy arms, gather in and redeem,

from the grasp the evil one, wresting Thy own children,

from the darkness of death.

Amen

© Jeff Maxwell 2015 (Revised 2020)

COVID-19 ISOLATED MEDITATION

COVID-19 Meditation.

These days are distressing, all life is frail,
Toil appears, in every sphere;
If you’re expecting, the norm to prevail,
Wake up now, become aware.

However secure, your life seems to be,
In a moment, all can change;
If change and decay, all around I see,
Why do you think, this so strange ?

My flesh is as grass, as flowers soon fade
As white mists, soon blown away;
Days pass as shadows, so never evade,
Life’s gone ! and never replayed.

In Powers that be, our trust is misplaced,
Resources, are not secure;
Limitation in life, soon must be faced,
Our health we cannot procure.

You may be feeling, some calm before storm,
Yet whirlwind, soon shall you see;
Your efforts alone, will never transform,
Whatever God’s Will decrees.

If fear fills your brow, you need to declare,
Fear has some uses so clear;
It makes you aware, it helps you prepare,
To long for God, to come near.

A life without God, is always in vain,
So soon it comes to an end;
If true life obtains, Jesus Christ must reign,
And be the sinners true friend.

With Christ at the helm, the frailest of barques,
Will come to the further shore;
With pilot onboard, its safe to embark,
This Ark most safe, I implore.

We aren’t immune, from sins consequences,
The whole of creation groans;
But by Christ alone, my dire offences,
His shed blood, alone atones.

The future to face, His love I embrace,
All good to me He desires;
You cannot replace, provisions of Grace,
In life or death, it transpires.

Amen.


© Jeff Maxwell 24/3/2020

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

GOD’S   SOVEREIGNTY

As thy days are so shall thy strength be.
God sets the boundary for the sea.
Whether or not we would disagree.

Waxing or waning in harmony.
The moon plies it course unfailingly.
God declaring His Sovereignty. 

Wisdom and power belong to Him.
Kings are appointed but not by whim.
Wonderful providence shown herein. 

He is the Potter we are the clay.
Shaped by His Hand for life everyday.
Though some are unwilling to obey.

Sometimes our lot is in pastures green.
Blessings abound and life is serene.
How quickly we agree to His scheme.

Every new day brings change and decay
Sometimes we linger long in sickbays.
Sensing His care and constant surveys.

Living or dying by His Decree
God declares He is the Appointee
Showing He is not an Absentee. 

How do I react to Sovereign truth.
God controlled my life before my youth.
His Word declares it and that is proof.

His future plans I await with joy.
My present times I fully employ.
My soul convinced He will not destroy. 

So I wait with peace God’s future plans.
Content that nothing can break loves bands
And wrest me out of  my Saviour’s hands

© Jeff Maxwell 13 April 2018

 

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to seek Him above…
who sought me.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to acknowledge Him…
who found me.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to let God’s Spirit…
guide my life.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to reflect in life…
Jesus Christ.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to pray fervently…
constantly.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to live a pure life…
in God’s sight.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to live the new life…
before all.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to increase talents…
I received.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to preach Gospel truth …
to the lost.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to always practice…
what I preach.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to bring some succour…
to the poor.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to encourage all…
Christ’s brethren.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to bring constant praise..
to our God.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to ever prepare…
to meet God.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to humbly give thanks…
EVERMORE.

© Jeff Maxwell 6th April 2018

John Newton’s Works: A Recommendation.

John Newton’s Works: A Recommendation.

This is a great set of books including most of the Works of the Rev. John Newton.*
The 3rd Edition is now very collectable and not often seen complete.
The Banner of Truth Trust printed their edition from this 3rd edition printed in 1824.

* The life of the Rev. Mr. Grimshaw is omitted as the copy-right was in the hands of others.

You cannot read many of these letters and sermons without feeling that spiritually you have been fed and watered. They do good to your soul. The life of John Newton, first as a slave and then a Minister of the Gospel, is well-known, superficially, because not many have taken the time to read the whole of his life and circumstances.

Some of John Newton’s hymns are likewise well-known, take for instance “Amazing Grace” and “How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds” or “Glorious things of Thee are spoken” and “Sometimes a light surprises” but in the Olney hymns, written with William Cowper, there are 348 hymns of which William Cowper wrote 67 and the other 281 came from the hand of Newton himself. Many are unknown today but repay the time it takes to read them, abundantly.

There are within these volumes such tender gems, as when Newton writes “Letters to a wife”,   his wife !! , and says ” Oh! that it was possible for you to go with me where I go, to cheer and enliven me amidst fatigues and difficulties, without sharing  them ! How light would they seem to me! But I submit. At least, happen what may, it will give me pleasure to think that my better, dearer part, is in safety at home.

Many instructive hours can be spent reading Newton’s Cardiphonia (the utterance of the heart) and other letters, if you are like me, you will be able to identify and find a resonance with what he writes, often he bares his own heart, the inner working of his mind, the longings of his soul, and the spiritual battles that war within his breast, which at least, in my case, gives me an assurance that I am not travelling the narrow way alone, others have passed this way before, having similar experiences, and finding such sweet succour in Christ alone to answer their deepest spiritual needs.

May I heartily recommend you to own and read of the Works of the Rev. John Newton. J.M.

Vol 1 CONTENTS
Memoir of the author.
41 Letters on religious subjects by OMNICRON and VIGIL
Cardiphonia or the Utterances of the Heart in the course of real correspondence.

Vol 2  CONTENTS
Cardiphonia Continued.
Six Sermons (Or Discourses) as intended for the Pulpit
20 Sermons preached in the Parish Church at Olney.

Vol 3 CONTENTS
A review of Ecclesiastical History
Book 1 The first period of Christianity
Book 2 The second period of Christianity
Olney Hymns  Books 1: 2 : 3

Vol 4  CONTENTS
Fifty Sermons on Various subjects.

Vol 5  CONTENTS
Tracts
Apologia in four letters.
A Plan of Academical Preparation for the Ministry
A Monument of Praise of the Lord’s Goodness in the Memory of Dear Eliza Cunningham
Sermons 7 on various subjects.
Letters to a wife written during three voyages to Africa from 1750 to 1754.
Letters to a Wife written in England from 1755 to 1785.
7 Appendix’s

Vol 6  CONTENTS
Letters intended to be a sequel to Cardiphonia (143 in all)
Miscellaneous Papers Extracted from periodical publications.

Ps. The Banner of Truth have now produced a 4 volume set which has been entirely reset, some archaic words updated, and notes added. It also includes Newton’s Authentic Narrative in which he tells the story of many remarkable events in his life, in fourteen letters to his friend Rev. T. Haweis of Northamptonshire.

© Jeff Maxwell 2017

 

FRIENDSHIP

FRIENDSHIP

Let those be thy choicest companions who have made Christ their chief companion.”
Thomas Brooks

He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God.
Abraham Kuyper

By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds of which brave men and women are capable
Jeremy Taylor

He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Saviour is unmerciful to himself.
John Bunyan

I am convinced, by the way, that friendships provide the most fertile soil for evangelism. When the reality of Christ is introduced into a relationship of love and trust that has already been established, the effect is powerful. And it seems that invariably, when someone becomes a true follower of Christ, that person’s first impulse is to want to find a friend and introduce that friend to Christ.
John MacArthur

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.
Oswald Chambers

Show me a man’s books and show me a man’s companions–and I will tell you what sort of a man he is.
William Tiptaft

Love is friendship set on fire.
Jeremy Taylor

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.
E B Browning

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24

Christ Jesus is that FRIEND (of Sinners) that stays closer than a brother.

MY SIN AND SALVATION

MY SIN AND SALVATION

The ink has long since dried upon the page
That early wrote my sin:
There is no possibility that age
Should let me now begin.

To purge away my sins of deepest dye
Hide and obscure them all:
No merits have I, that will rectify
The sin that made me fall

The longer I live, the worse it shall get
Darker the page shall be:
With sins so damming, I cannot object
To death applied to me.

No effort of mine, can set me quite free
God’s Holy judgement I see:
It’s out of my hands, I cannot decree
My perfect liberty.

To where shall I turn, to whom shall I go ?
To shift the penalty:
Undo the damage, remove all the woe
Gain immortality.

There is a testament, which speaks the truth
I cannot pass it by:
It tells the contrite sinner, there is proof
That one for him did die

The Just for the unjust, so can it be
That God’s Son died for me
The great Creator hung upon a tree
To die at Calvary

God’s wrath appeased, with one sacrifice
Atonement has been made
The shedding of His precious blood, the price
Our ransom fully paid

The benefits of this redemption sure
Holy Spirit apply
Wash me and cleanse me, cure me, I implore
That I from death may fly

So I return to give this grateful praise
I have escaped from Hell
By Jesus Christ I have been fully raised
Higher than tongue can tell

© Jeff Maxwell 3/2/2016

AN EVENING PRAYER

AN EVENING PRAYER

O God, your greatness is unsearchable. Your name is most excellent in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens. Thousands minister unto you and ten thousand times ten thousand stand before you.

We feel ourselves in your awesome presence to be nothing, less than nothing, and vanity: we do not presume to approach you because we are deserving of your notice, for we have sinned, we have incurred your righteous displeasure,  we acknowledge that you are justified when you speak, and clear when you judge. 

But our necessities compel us to come; and your promises encourage us. You are near to those with a broken heart, and save those with a contrite heart. You have provided and revealed a Mediator, who has not only obeyed, but magnified the law, and made it honourable; and you have made us accepted in the beloved. We behold an innumerable multitude returning from your throne of grace, successful, rejoicing, and encouraging us to go forward. They were not, though guilty and destitute, refused, nor upbraided; but freely obtained pardon, holiness, righteousness, strength, and were blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

O look upon us Lord, and be merciful unto us, as you have done to those that love your name ! Convince us of sin both in its penalty, and in its pollution; and may we mourn over it with a godly sorrow. Give us that faith by which we shall be enabled to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; and believing may we have life through His Name. May we not only have life, but have it more abundantly.

We often question the reality of our grace; because  the imperfections of our Christian life are too obvious not to be acknowledged, and to great not to be deplored. Our souls cleave unto the dust; quicken us according to your Word. Strengthen us in the things that are ready to die. May we not only live in the Spirit, but also walk in the Spirit. May we put on the Lord Jesus Christ. May the same mind be in us which was also in Him; and may we feel our dignity and delight to go about doing good. As He suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in His footsteps, may we learn to suffer with the same spirit as He did. When reviled, may we not revile again, but commit ourselves to Him that judges righteously. Who ever is the instrument of our grief, may we never lose sight of your over-ruling agency, in preparing and presenting it, but be able to say, “The cup which my Father gives me shall I not drink it ?” In patience may we possess our souls. May we calmly enquire what you are doing with us. Let us not by weeping, hinder sowing, nor by sorrowing, hinder duty.

We live in a world of changes, and have no continuing city, so we seek one to come; having our minds kept in perfect peace, being stayed upon God. Be with us Lord to the end of our journey, and after honouring you by the life we have lived, may we glorify you by the death we shall die. When heart and flesh shall fail, be the strength of our heart and our portion for ever, for at death we shall fall asleep in Jesus, and in the resurrection morning, He will change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like His own glorious body, so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Who can understand his errors ? Forgive O God, the sins of the past day, in thought, word, and deed, against your divine majesty. We bless you for our preservation, in our going out and coming in, and in all our ways. We bless you for all the supplies and indulgences which your good providence has afforded us.

Now, O Lord, keeper of Israel, we commit our souls and our bodies to your all sufficient care. Suffer no evil to befall our persons, and no plagues to come near our dwelling. May our sleep be sweet, or if you hold our eyes waking, may we remember you upon our bed, and meditate on you in the night watches. So now with the innumerable company who never slumber nor sleep, who rest not day or night, we would join in ascribing blessing, honour, glory, and power unto him that sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever Amen.

William Jay (1769  – 1853)

English nonconformist Pastor for sixty years at Argyle Chapel in Bath.

From  1st week Thursday Evening.

The Domestic Minister’s Assistants; or, Prayers for the use of Families. (Twelfth Edition 1830)

© Reproduced and Modernised  Jeff Maxwell March 2016

 

YOU HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME … John 15:16

John 15:16

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

This verse, especially the first part of it, is often quoted in support of God’s Decree of Election proper, while the context  is of being chosen disciples (v 8), appointed Apostles, preachers of the Gospel (v 27).

This work is God’s free gift to them out of undeserved grace and favour; to live out and preach the Gospel.
The main thrust of the verse and indeed most the chapter, is that they “go and bring forth fruit and that their fruit should remain” this is what they have been chosen to and appointed to bring forth.

They should earnestly engage in the work God has given them, they must labour and toil to make Christ known and bring forth fruit that will remain. What fruit ? Fruit in their own lives as they abide in the vine, then the fruit of the Gospel, lives transformed by the message that is preached. Hearts of stone changed to hearts of flesh having the love of God shed abroad in their hearts.

Another fruit of the Gospel is obedience to the Lord’s commands specifically in this context it is to love one another as He has loved us (v 12 & 17). The quality of that love is to be the same as His love for us. The example is this  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (v 13) and you are my friends if you do what I command you (v 14) Christ’s life, that He laid down, is the supreme example of this love.

Now there are three immediate applications for this love,

firstly love among those who preach the Gospel, sometimes not evident today,

secondly love to those who respond to and believe the Gospel, a love for the brethren.

Lastly love to all whom the Gospel is preached, in reality love for mankind, even those who are naturally hard to love. Are we bringing forth this fruit ?

Now we must remember that although they are appointed to bring forth fruit that remains, it is not in their power to produce fruit in their own lives or to produce fruit for the Gospel or fruit in the lives of men or women.

They must abide in the vine, they must be diligent, faithful labourers, working together with God, waiting and expecting God the Father to give the increase and the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in their lives and in the lives of men and women. This is why the last clause is included  “that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Producing fruit of the Gospel in themselves and in the lives of men or women is impossible for them or us; But the Lord graciously adds the promise to ask of Him and He will give it them and indeed us.

So they must be diligent in asking God, but be careful why and how they do it,  “you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:2-3)

How many disciples today and preachers of the Gospel  seem to want the fruit of the Spirit in their lives to boost their own standing and egos. ?

How many long for much increase for the Gospel so that they may “Profit” out of  and “Lord” it over what is God’s heritage ?

How many are there who humbly long for fruit in their own lives, fruit from Gospel proclamation, and fruit in the lives of believers ? how many are there who plead with God constantly for this ? and with no other motive than the Glory of God.

© Jeff Maxwell March 16th 2016

Lord continue to work in me and bring forth fruit to thy Glory. Amen.

PATRICK HAMILTON ……… THE DOCTRINE OF FAITH

THE DOCTRINE OF FAITH

1

Faith is to believe God;

” Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” (Gen. 15.)

“He that believes God, believes his Word.” (John 5.)

To believe God, is to believe his Word, and account what He speaks as true. 

He that believes not God’s Word, believes not God Himself.

He that believes not God’s Word, counts God false, a liar,

and believes not that God can and will fulfil his word;

and so he denies both the power of God and God himself.

2

Faith is the gift of God.

“Every good thing is the gift of God.” (James 1.)

Faith is good.

Therefore, faith is the gift of God.

The gift of God is not within our power 

“Faith is the gift of God.”

Therefore, faith is not within our power.

3
Faith pleases God.

He that lacks faith cannot please God.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11)

All that comes not of faith, is sin; for without faith no man can please God.

Besides, he that lacks faith, trusts not God.

He that trusts not God, trusts not in His Word.

He that trusts not in His Word, holds God false and a liar.

He that holds God false and a liar, does not believe that God can do what He promises, so he denies  that God is God.

And how can a man, being of this mind, please God? 

No way; even if he could do all the work of man and angel.

All that is done in faith, pleases God

“The Word of the Lord is righteous, and all His works are faithful” (Psalm 33)

“Lord, Your eye looks for faith.”

That is to say, Lord, You delight in faith.

God loves him that believes in Himself.

How can they then displease Him?

He that has true faith, is just and good.

 A good tree brings forth good fruit.

Therefore, all that is done in faith pleases God.

4

He that has faith, and believes God, cannot displease him.

Moreover, he that has faith believes God.

He that believes God and believes His Word.

He that believes His Word, knows well that He is true and faithful, and may not lie.

He knows well that God can and will fulfil his Word.

How can he then displease Him?

For you can not do any greater honour unto God, than to count Him true.

Will you say then, that theft, murder, adultery, and all vices please God?

No, assuredly ; for they can not be done in faith:

“for a good tree bears good fruit.”

He that has the faith knows well that he pleases God; for all that is done in faith pleases God. (Heb. 11.)

5

Faith is certainty, an assuredness.

“Faith is a sure confidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11.)

“The Spirit bears itself with our spirit that we are the children of God.” (Rom. 8.)

Moreover, he that has the faith, knows well that God will fulfil his word

Therefore, faith is a certainty, an assuredness.

 

Patrick Hamilton 1503/4 – 29 February 1528 (Burnt for his faith in St Andrews)

Patrick’s Places.

© Extracted, Edited, Arranged  and Modernised by Jeff Maxwell Feb 2016

Making Christ known.

Making Christ known.

Christians are called to be Ambassadors for Christ, to Live, Preach, Share, Make Known the Gospel to all.

More over we are to earnestly contend for the Faith which was once delivered unto the Saints. If you don’t know what the Bible teaches how can you do these things ?

Error abounds today as it has always done,

Have we equipped ourselves ?

Have we a firm grasp upon the doctrines within the Word ?

Have we protected ourselves from being led astray by every peddler of false doctrine ?

Do we know how to answer every man that asks us the reason of the hope that we have ?

We will not have every answer immediately to hand but do we know where to point the serious, the gainsayer, and the heretic ?

We are servants of the Most High GOD who have been given talents and told to occupy until HE comes and who will be called to give account.

How will you or I feel if the verse below is true of us on any day….. but especially on that day when we meet our Saviour face to face ?

“Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.” 2 Kings 7:9

Rather may this be true of us! ……..

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.  1 Thess. 1:8

Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

2 Cor. 2:14

Be prepared, be ready, be enthusiastic, go and make Christ Jesus known!

The disciples “turned the world upside down”

 Why do the vast amount of true Christians (not false professors) have so little effect today ?

God does not change.

 

© Jeff Maxwell 2016

LACK OF POWER

Lack of Power

Why have Christians so little of the Power of God in their lives and the world ?

We have left our first love !
We have driven our beloved away from us !
We have embraced the standards of the World !
We have undervalued the Word of God !
We have sinned and hidden the face of God from us !
We have been ashamed of professing Christ boldly !
We have spurned real fellowship with Him !
We have grown cold in prayer, praise, and petition !
We have allowed faith to become little, weak, and misplaced !
We have been inconsistent in love and faithful living !
We have set our affections on the things of earth !
We have turned our eyes away from Jesus !
We have served mammon rather than God !
We have thought so highly of ourselves that we have fallen !
We have hardened our hearts in the deceitfulness of sin !
We have been too proud to be humble and lowly in heart !
We have disobeyed the leading of the Holy Spirit !

ARE SOME OF THE REASONS..

and if you search your own heart, you will, with the Spirits help, understand what you have done, failed to do, and so return, grow, and flourish in the presence and power of the Lord.

But the Lord God is gracious, full of mercy, loving kindness, and tender mercies. He will not break the bruised reed or quench the smoking flax…

Lord forgive us. Lord restore us, Lord move us to seek thy face without delay. Lord restore unto us the years that the locust have eaten. Lord revive thy people again, that they might rejoice in Thee. LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

Lord make known Your power. Arise Lord go forth with Your people. Quicken Your people to do Your will. Give success unto the Gospel. Pour honour upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Glorify Him in the Salvation of sinners in this our day and generation.

And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.     Jeremiah 24:7

…. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, says the LORD of hosts….  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.       Malachi 3:7-10

© Jeff Maxwell 16/5/2015

The Cross and Gospel of Christ

The Cross and Gospel of Christ

What is your attachment to the gospel of Christ?

Is it increasingly precious to your soul, sanctifying your heart, and influencing your life?

Would you bid high for the truth of Jesus, at any cost to your personal ease or worldly advantage, and sell not that truth, for earth’s richest gem or greatest rewards?

Do you increasingly love the truth of Jesus, because it searches, rebukes, and humbles you, yet, also strengthens, comforts, and sanctifies you?

Do you feel a growing love for those doctrines that are especially identified with, springing from, and leading the soul to, the Cross of Jesus?

That is how you may test the closeness of your soul to the Crucified Christ.

Christ being precious to you, then oh how precious will be the truth He taught!

Purer than the purest silver, richer than the richest gold, sweeter than the sweetest honey, lovelier than the fairest gem, will be to you those doctrines, precepts, and promises which your Lord and Saviour demonstrated in His life and by His teachings.

They demand your simple faith, your fervent love, your holy walk, your zealous evangelism, and, if need be, your testimony at the martyr’s stake.

The doctrines of the substitutionary offering, the expiatory suffering, the atoning blood, the imputed righteousness of Christ, derive their virtue, their power, and their efficacy from, the divine dignity and spotless holiness of His person, and need to be combined with your increasing love and unswerving faith.

The precepts which encourage your bearing Christ’s cross, your confession of His name, your self-denying service in His cause, your death to the world, and your simple, unreserved obedience to His commands, will be to you His easy yoke and His light burden.

Test, then, your spiritual nearness to the Cross by your ardent attachment to the doctrines of the Cross.

“If any man will do His will, He shall know of the doctrine.”

“O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.”

“How sweet are your words unto my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”

“Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”

Originally by Octavius Winslow in “The Foot of The Cross” 1864

© Extracted, edited, updated by Jeff Maxwell 7/12/2014

FLEEING TO CHRIST Rev G B Cheever

Let us flee to Christ, and, by His Grace, live the life of righteousness, and so our last end shall be like His !

Of true peace in death there is no possibility but by being in Christ: but even the peace of a true Christian may be greatly obscured and troubled if he has been willing to live at a distance from His Saviour.

But where the soul is in Christ, relying on His precious blood and righteousness, and the affections are habitually fixed upon the things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God, then indeed dying is but going home; and such blessedness is worth all the daily watchfulness in life, that can possible be given for it.

Such blessedness makes the soul live on the borders of Heaven, in the Land Beulah; for to be in the land Beulah is to be spiritually minded, and that is the secret of all the blessed visions to be seen in that land.

“To be spiritually minded is life and peace;”  and they who are eminently so, are eminently happy. Nor is any labour to be accounted painful, in comparison to the sweetness of so resting upon God.

The way of blessedness may be trying, the steps taken may cost much self denial, but the results are unspeakably glorious and delightful.

Nor is there any happiness to be compared with that which is to be enjoyed by a growing Christian, a saint, whose life is truly hid with Christ in God. The happiness of walking with God daily is very great.

It is blessedness to breathe after God, to hunger and thirst after righteousness, and to long for the communication of His Spirit. It is blessed to feel with the Psalmist that the soul thirsts for God, thrice blessed to cry out  “As the hart pants for the water-brook so pants my soul after Thee, O God !”

If the experience of such desires be blessed, much more is the fruition of them, when God reveals himself to the soul that waits on Him. “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

A watchful earnest attention to the increase of one’s personal piety, makes every part of the Christian’s experience animated and delightful . There is a divine relish in all the exercises of the Christian life, a savour of Heaven, a foretaste of the enjoyments of the saints in glory.

The Word of God is precious, the duty of prayer is precious, the vision of faith is clear and strong, and heavenly realities come in with vivid power upon the soul, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keeps the heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. He will hold it up to their view, unfold its rich blessings in their sight, and show them that they have a part and a place in it. He will open and expound its glories, its glories of wisdom and knowledge in the revelation of Christ, its glories of spiritual things, into which the angels desire to look, its glories in the purchased possession of the saints and the riches of their heavenly inheritance, amid the wonders of that infinite love, by which such celestial, everlasting treasures were procured.

All this, and infinitely more than can be described, is the heritage of them that fear the Lord, that rest upon the Saviour, and who earnestly endeavour, renouncing every sin, to maintain daily that close walk with him which he requires, and to follow on after that perfection, which he has exhibited as the only right standard of the soul.

Is not this a life to be chosen, to be greatly desired, to be laboured after with exceeding great diligence, perseverance and earnestness ? Is it not worth a great deal of self-denial and fervent energy in prayer, and a great deal of time given to the, Word of God, and to all the secret exercises of the Christian life ?

Is it not worth a great many sacrifices of external ease and comfort, if that were necessary, and of external business, if that presses too urgently ? Is it not worth every thing, and are not all things else laid in the balance with it empty and worthless ?

Is it not the pearl of great price which he that is wise will readily sell all that he hath to be master of; the one thing needful, for the attainment of which all other things may well be given up, and forgotten as of no moment?

Yea, it is the kingdom of God and his righteousness, without which the universe cannot make you happy, but with which all things else shall be added unto you. Give what God will, without that you are poor, but with that rich, take what He will away. For when He gives himself, He gives all blessings.

Who would not rather be the poorest wanderer that walks the earth, the most down trodden and despised outcast of creation, and have his daily meals at God’s spiritual table, his daily walks with his Redeemer, his daily visits of refreshment at the full fountain of his love, than without that refreshment to possess the riches of all kingdoms, or be the worshipped idol of the world .

Yea, who would not rather be perishing for want of daily bread, or begging from door to door, if that were necessary, and yet daily faithful in prayer, growing in grace, and having his life hid with Christ in God, than surrounded with all affluence and at ease amidst all luxuries, and yet living in that worldly frame and at that distance from the Saviour, and in that gloomy coldness of spirit, which worldly prosperity, without great secret diligence in walking with God, so invariably produces !

 

Rev G B Cheever.  

Lectures on the Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan)

Extracted and typed by Jeff Maxwell

 

 

 

 

A DEVOTIONAL MEDITATION ON PSALM 130

A devotional meditation on Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

The Psalmist firstly indicates that he is in the depths. Many believe and accept that the Psalmist here is none other than David; others say we can not be certain. I am content to call him “The Psalmist” in this meditation, without prejudice to either argument.

“out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord” .

He is aware that he is in deep trouble, either by outward circumstances, heart felt emotions, or inward spiritual condition. The text does not confirm which, but the whole context clearly shows that a consciousness of sin is evident. He readily admits his trouble, he does not hide it. This trouble weighs heavily on his mind, takes him to the depths, keeps him awake at night, but does not bring him to despair…   for he

“cried unto the Lord”   

The Psalmist  is earnestly pleading with the Lord to help him, for there is no depths we can sink into, except into hell, from which, we cannot call upon the Lord. He cries from deep within, from the certainty of his need, with a lively expectation, as we shall see further on.

“O Lord” 

Refers the One and Only God, the Creator, Sustainer, and Judge of all. This is the God who is revealed as to His Eternal Power and Godhead  by Creation, so that we are without excuse; but is progressively revealed as to His Nature, Attributes, and His Fullness in the Bible, the Word of God.

“Lord hear my voice”

“Lord”  here and in verse 6 is “Adonai” while in 1, 5, and 7 it is “Jehovah” and in verse 3 it is “Jah” the shortened form of Jehovah.

This plea is not, that the Lord will hear him, for the Lord hears all and misses nothing. The desire here is, that the Lord will hear his voice with grace and favour, in mercy and loving kindness. That the Lord will come to his aid and relieve his troubles, lifting him out of the depths.

“let  thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications”

He wants the Lord’s ears to be attentive, that is alert, attuned, and focussed on his voice. Now here is a wonder; that anyone could expect that Lord God, in all His Omnipotence, would, as it were, bow, stoop down and listen to one in the deepest depths, who had no seeming claim upon his attention. Why does the Psalmist expect this? It is because he has had dealings with God before and believes His Word, which over and over again, promises that God will listen to and answer the lowly and humble of heart.  Just a side note: The Psalmist does not believe the Lord has “ears” this is anthropomorphic, speaking of God in human terms to aid our understanding. God is Spirit and is cognisant of all things.

“the voice of my supplications”

His “supplications”  demonstrates his earnestness. It is stronger  than the “cry” of verse one. He wants the Lord to hear his prayers and pleas concerning himself, and perhaps for others, if his troubles stem from a consideration of others, as might be indicated by the last two verses.

The Psalmist is in trouble and wants help, whether this help concerns his “sins” is not confirmed but clearly the Psalmist is aware that Sin separates from God and that in the matter of prayer, sin is a great hindrance.

“if  thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities,”

“If” – There is no question… God does notice, take account, and call to account, all sins and iniquities. The “if” here really denotes a certainty as shown by many other scripture texts.

“O Lord” – refers the One and Only God, the Creator, Sustainer and Judge of all. See above.

“shouldest mark iniquities” – means to note and take account of them. Many, men and women, boys and girls, think that they can sin and break God’s rules without any redress by God at all. But God, as this Psalmist knows and feels keenly, keeps an accurate account, so that the Psalmist is aware that his personal sin, and from verse 8, Israel, the National sins, are a real problem when approaching the Lord God.

“who shall stand” – is to show that none could be in the presence of Almighty God and have any acceptance with God in their own pretended righteousness. We have all sinned and come short of God’s requirements, so that in our own strength we cannot ever stand in God’s presence and expect to gain any favour.

“but  there is forgiveness with Thee” – God alone can forgive sin, but because of His Holiness and Justice, He can forgive only on the basis of the finished substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ. What does this mean? It means that Jesus Christ, God’s own son, who was sinless and undefiled,  took upon Himself Sin, and suffered and died on the cross at Calvary, for God’s own chosen people, who God gave to His Son. Death was not the end, for on the third day, Jesus arose victorious over sin and death, ascending unto His Father, entering in with His own precious blood to make satisfaction for the sins of His people.

“that he may be feared” – not a servile, quaking, demeaning fear, but to behold God with awesome reverential fear, that causes us to cling to him as a loving, forgiving, merciful Father. Many do not like to think of a God who should be feared, they prefer a God of their own making that is ALL Love, but that is not the God of the Bible, He is to be obeyed, respected, and to held in reverential fear. We should be afraid to sin against Him, afraid to disobey Him, but it is the kind of fear that should be out of love towards Him, for what He is and does. It should grieve us deeply to resist His Will for us and to fall short of His Purposes for us.

“I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait,”

The Psalmist waits patiently. His is a humble, submissive attitude, not a demanding insistent one, expecting God to act immediately. Waiting and hoping are closely linked together, as he waits, he lives in hope, expectant of the Lord’s goodness. His soul waits, there is no turmoil within, no restlessness of mind and heart, the trial of the depths, do not defeat him, it drives him to patience, faith, and hope. The Psalmist’s waiting and hoping is spoken of in a tense that shows that it is his normal habit, he habitually waits and hopes, it is his normal demeanour.

“and in his word do I hope.”

The Psalmist here declares that he hopes in God’s Word. He is confident that God is merciful and forgiving, that he will find grace in God’s eyes. Why ? It is a matter of faith, he trusts God. As “waiting” and “hoping” are inseparably linked so is “faith” and “hope”, we believe God and therefore our hope make us not ashamed, it gives us that inner confidence to wait patiently and trust God to deliver us from the deepest depths. God has spoken that is all I require.

“My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning”.

This verse shows that he waits eagerly and expectantly “More than they that watch for the morning.” The night can be long, and the wait tedious, especially for those in trouble, but the Psalmist is not waiting for the morning, he is waiting for the Lord. He has a real longing for the Lord to be attentive, to answer his distress and supplication. This is no half hearted desire, that is soon diminished or a weak cry, that is soon stifled by his own self pity. The repetition is for emphasis “More than they which watch for the morning” Here is real longing, an earnest desire, a lively expectation, a patient hope, a fervent faith, waking, watching, waiting, for the appearance of his Lord.

“Let Israel hope in the LORD”

Here is a change, the Psalmist previously seems to have been talking personally, perhaps now he has been graciously answered by the Lord and obtained his supplications. He turns to exhortation, he cannot keep his blessing to himself, he would share it with all Israel. The Psalmist’s faith and hope is centred, fixed, and anchored on the Lord, no other is worthy, suitable, or able: so his exhortation is that Israel should hope and trust in the Lord.

” for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.”

The Psalmist gives two reasons why Israel should hope in the Lord. He affirms firstly that “there is mercy with the Lord”,  that is his firm belief and the basis of all his cries and supplications. Secondly  “with Him is plenteous redemption” . The Lord is able to show mercy, loving kindness and to redeem out of all situations, the idea is that the Lord is able to multiply both mercy and redemption. There are no depths that the Lord is not able to lift the believer out of, if we wait, pray, and hope in the Lord. Is there not much encouragement here?

“And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities”

The Psalmist adds an additional encouraging thought “And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities” the phrase, being singular, shows that the Psalmist has the Nation in mind, but the import is that God is able to forgive sins and he is the one that they should look to. What an encouragement to us, that all Spiritual Israel will be redeemed and forgiven, of all that God has given to Christ he shall lose nothing.

Permit me another aside, what if the Psalmist’s trouble stems from his awareness of Israel’s spiritual condition and iniquities? That his view of these brought him to the depths and drove him to both to wait on and make supplications to the Lord. Many Pastors are brought low by the condition of the Church and are driven to earnest prayer. How does your Church’s sins and your nation’s sin move you? Do they move you at all? I could guess  there is a relationship, a correlation, as to how your own sins affect you e.g. to what extent they drive you to wait on the Lord,   …..   and your attitude to the Church’s and National sins !

Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the Omnipotent Reigns and is able to deliver from the deepest, darkest place either in outward circumstances, heart felt emotions, or an inward spiritual condition. Praise His Blessed and Holy Name.

© Jeff Maxwell 03/03/2014

RECENTLY READ AND RIPE FOR CONTEMPLATION

RECENTLY READ AND RIPE FOR CONTEMPLATION

COUNTING THE COST

If any reader of this paper really feels that he has counted the cost, and taken up the cross, I bid him persevere and press on. I dare say you often feel your heart faint, and are sorely tempted to give up in despair. Your enemies seem so many, your besetting sins so strong, your friends so few, the way so steep and narrow, you hardly know what to do. But still I say, persevere and press on.

The time is very short. A few more years of watching and praying, a few more tossing’s on the sea of this world, a few more deaths and changes, a few more winters and summers, and all will be over. We shall have fought our last battle, and shall need to fight no more.

The presence and company of Christ will make amends for all we suffer here below. When we see as we have been seen, and look back on the journey of life, we shall wonder at our own faintness of heart. We shall marvel that we made so much of our cross, and thought so little of our crown. We shall marvel that in “counting the cost” we could ever doubt on which side the balance of profit lay. Let us take courage. 

We are not far from home. It may cost much to be a true Christian and a  consistent believer; but it pays. 

J C RYLE   (Holiness page 81/82 James Clark & Co. Edition 1956)

FOOD OF LOVE

The food of love is a sense of sin,

and a grateful sense of forgiveness.  

If you and I felt more deeply the guilt of our past lives, we should love Jesus Christ better.

If we had but a clearer sense that our sins deserve the deepest hell, that Christ suffered what we ought to have suffered in order to redeem us from our iniquities, we should not be the cold hearted creatures we are.

We are perfectly monstrous in our want of love to Christ, but the true secret of it is a forgetfulness of our ruined and lost estate, and a forgetfulness of the sufferings by which we have been redeemed from that condition.

O that our love might feed itself and find renewal of its strength in remembering what Sovereign Grace has done.

C H Spurgeon

( Flashes of Thought No:508 1880)

DIFFICULT TIMES

Steadiness of mind and heart under trial, is one of the highest attainments of faith. There is little exercise of faith when all things go well. But if God raises a storm, permits the enemy to send wave after wave, and seemingly stands aloof from our prayers, then, still to hang on and trust God, when we cannot trace Him, this is the patience of the saints.

Matthew Henry

When in prosperity, we are ready to think our mountain will never be brought low; so when in adversity, we are ready to think that our valley shall never filled up. But to conclude that tomorrow must be as this day, is absurd as to think that the weather, when fair or foul, will be always so.

Matthew Henry

Oh, He is a sweet Master! One smile from Jesus sustains my soul amid all the storms and frowns of this passing world. Pray to know Jesus better. Have no other righteousness, no other strength, but only Jesus. Soon we shall see Him coming in the clouds of heaven. May you be kept faithful to death. 

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

TEARS FOR SIN

Let your tears fall because of your sins;

but,

at the same time,

let the eye of faith steadily behold the Son of Man lifted up,

as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,

those that are bitten by the old serpent  my look unto Jesus and live.

Our sinnership is that emptiness into which our Lord pours His Mercy.

C H Spurgeon

 From Breaking the Silence   ( A Letter written from Menton  31/12/1891 approx 1 month before his death on 31/1/1892)

Adversity

Adversity is the best University.

Schola crucis est Schola lucis. 

School of the Cross is the School of Light.
Or

The School of Affliction is the School of Instruction.

Afflictions teach us to know God, not only in His power and greatness, in His anger, and His hatred for sin, but also in His Goodness and Mercy: For God so sweetens the bitter cup of affliction that a Child of God will taste more of God’s love in one month’s affliction than in many years of prosperity.

Add to this – afflictions teach us to know God experimentally and affectionately not just cerebrally but cordially (not just with the mind but the heart) so to know Him, as to love and fear  Him, and to fly to Him as our Rock and Hiding place in the day of our distress.

He that seeks after God in the night of adversity does not seek Him to see Him, to know Him formally or superficially, but to embrace Him, lean on Him, and know Him experimentally.

Here is rich comfort for the Children of God, under the greatest afflictions.
For the best of  Saints are subject to the worst afflictions.
This is the lot of all God’s children, Christ Himself was not excepted or exempt.

Let us labour that we may reap good by our afflictions and that “the good” may abide upon us after our recovery from the afflictions.

Let us labour that the good we get by afflictions may not vanish away with our afflictions after we are recovered; so we may be able to say with David ” It was good that I was afflicted” and to say that it was good; not only after the event but to say “it is good that I am afflicted now and it will be good if I am afflicted in the future.”

We need to be good Scholars in the School of Afflictions; for if we are, God will either deliver us out of affliction with much blessing or send us to Heaven by our afflictions to our eternal blessing. Amen

Extracted, edited and compiled by Jeff Maxwell ©

© Jeff Maxwell 2014

THE GOSPEL IS URGENT NEWS

GOSPEL URGENCY

Have I lost the urgency of the Gospel ?

Yes ” I ” …. ” Me.”…. indeed ” MYSELF “

Not the Church, the Pastor, the Evangelist,
the young Peoples Worker, the Church Planter,

BUT ” I ” ” me ” ” myself “

Have I lost the urgency of the Precious Gospel committed to me?

Have I done anything today to make Christ known…. ?

to those dying, yes, dying in sin ?

If I walked by and saw a person sinking into the mire

only moments to live…

Would I walk on by ? Looking the other way ?

I would feel useless and inadequate for the situation ..

BUT ….. I would do something, surely !

Yet ” I ” have Family Sinking in Sin !
Yet ” I ” have Friends Sinking in Sin !
Yet ” I ” have Colleagues Sinking in Sin !
Yet ” I ” have Neighbours Sinking in Sin !

” I ”   am weak,   ……..      ” I ”    am inadequate …..

BUT the Gospel is not ….

” It is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth “

Am    ” I ”    ashamed of Gospel ”       Romans 1:16

12 disciples ” turned the world upside down “

How far has my influence for the Gospel spread ?

Where’s ” MY ” URGENCY today !!

Where’s ” MY ” Boldness in the Gospel !!

© Jeff Maxwell 2013

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QUESTION FOR CONSIDERATION

 

A QUESTION FOR CONSIDERATION

I asked this question.

As a comment on the article  “RUNNING THE RACE-World Athletics Moscow”       

Tell me please.

Why is there not as much rejoicing and giving of praise, when a Christian finishes his earthly course, as when an athlete wins the race ?

Surely we are deficient in this !

I asked it here and on facebook, and not surprisingly, as yet, I have not had any comments or answers !
As I feel concerned about this subject I would like to stimulate debate by making a comment myself and chose to do so here as well.

Here we go then …..

When we come to glory we will realise the extent of rejoicing and praise there is on that side when a saved sinner enters into their rest. That rejoicing and praise will properly reflect the amazing sacrifice that was made with the extent of Grace that was daily in effect to bring that one to glory. The joyful adoration of God will be, because all their eyes are opened and their understanding enlightened fully.

The feeling of loss and sadness when loved one’s / fellow believer’s pass on, is very real, and that temporarily deadens the emotions of rejoicing and praise that we might otherwise feel and express.

 

One of the reasons for our deficiency is that we fail to see and appreciate NOW what God has been doing in their lives. We see good points, faults, failings, natural abilities, but do not fully appreciate what God is doing in the lives of those closest to us. We are not moved to give enough thanks now, much less then, when we feel our sadness and loss.

 

Another reason is that we fail to prepare for this great event. We all live, as if we shall always live! 

We do not converse about death (it’s still taboo), we do not prepare ourselves for the loss of loved ones. I have tried to engage with some who should have been mindful of the approaching end and it is not easy to get a useful conversation. I often fail to see an emotional anticipation of soon, being in His presence. If we talked more about our fears and anticipations, we could encourage and comfort now …. then come with more rejoicing and praise at this momentous event.

 

Why is there not as much rejoicing and giving of praise, when a Christian finishes his earthly course, as when an athlete wins the race ?

“Are we deficient in this?   YES     can we change?  YES  please Lord by your Grace.

© Jeff Maxwell 19/08/2013

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RUNNING THE RACE – World Athletics Moscow

RUNNING THE RACE

I have been watching with interest the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

I admire the way that all of these athletes are so dedicated to achieve honours in their chosen discipline.

They work hard, they deny themselves, they are disciplined, they put aside everything that would hinder them in their goal.

This is not a momentary effort either, the majority of them have been pursuing their excellence for many a year, in it for the long term.

They achieve a medal and high honours but are not satisfied, they press on to the next event, ever expecting to get better, they put disappointments behind them and press on.

These are the crème del la crème, the high achievers, but we should remember that there are many others with the same dedication who you will never see in the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games. They expend themselves equally with the best but will never be high achievers. Then there are others, who try hard at first, make every effort, about whom you have great expectations, but hurdles and difficulties come along, they fall by the wayside, they look back, then turn back, giving up the race.

We will long remember Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Meseret Defar, Brianna Rollins for their outstanding achievements this year, but who remembers Xue Lei, Jason Smyth, Felpipe Gomes, Cristian Valenzuela, El Amin Chentouff, all gold medal winners from the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, few indeed, if any, I expect.

The Christian is in a race, set before him is the example of the Lord Jesus Christ, around him are many witnesses, he is encouraged not to run in vain, he must not labour in vain, he must lay aside every weight and every sin that so easily besets him, he must run with patience, he must so run that he might obtain, as he strives for the mastery he must be temperate in all things, he must run but not uncertainly, he must fight but not as one that beats the air, he must bring his body into subjection, he must continue to run well and not let any hinder him.

What is this race, above all its the Christian Life, the obeying the truth, its becoming Christ like, communicating the Gospel, holding forth the Word of Life, its running to obtain an incorruptible crown, that the Christian may rejoice in the day of Christ. The Christian does not run for worldly honours, or to be remembered here on earth, as few will be, he might not be amongst the crème del la crème, but he will be regarded from on high, he will not achieve gold medals but he shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare him, as a man spares his own son that serves him.

The Christian has every advantage in this race, he runs with a manual of instructions, of help and encouragement. He has, as Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil the blind T12 runner, a guide who runs alongside, who will never fall, as Guilherme Soares,  just before the finish line, tripping her up. The Christian is given a comforter within who is always present to be called upon and has Power to share. The Christian does not travel alone, he has many who accompany him along the way. Above all the Christian has a dedicated direct line to one who has successfully run the race before who, can impart wisdom, knowledge, comfort, and encouragement.

But there are many that seem to enter the race, to start on the pathway to life, the Christian pathway, but fall away. Hurdles and difficulties come along, they fall by the wayside, they look back, then turn back, giving up the race. They turn as a dog to its vomit again, return as a sow to wallow in the mire, become as Lot’s wife, who heeds the warning, flees from the city of destruction, but then looks back in disobedience and is turned into a pillar of salt.

Now my questions are. What kind of athlete are you? What kind of race are you running? What is the expected end of your journey? How are you overcoming obstacles? Are you persevering unto the end?

Sally Pearson (100 metre hurdler) said, after coming second in her race,  “every single person out there is a competitor” are you in the Christian Race, is this true of you, are you a competitor ?    Ben Johnson said (of Usain Bolt) that successfully winning the races,  “is such a sweet place to be”

Are you a real competitor who is enjoying the sweetness of the presence of Jesus as you Run Christian’s Race to Glory ?

Are you pressing  toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ?  Philippians 3:14

The Saviour says at the end of the race “Well done good and faithful servant….. Enter into the joy of your Lord”  Matthew 25:21

CONSIDER

Mark 13:13
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Hebrews 3:14
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.

Hebrews 12:1
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

2 Timothy 4:6-8
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

See also:    1 Corinthians 9:24-27  :   Philippians. 2:16 :  Galatians 2:2  : Galatians. 5:7

© Jeff Maxwell 17/08/2013

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Truth to Tell and Ponder Well

Truth  to  Tell   and   Ponder   Well

How frail mankind

     How great is God

          How soon we die

                Face the Creator

                           Judge of all

 

Need an advocate

       Jesus our surety

            Takes our place

                   Speaks for us

                          Sets us free

 

God is satisfied

       Wrath turned away

                 Peace restored

                    Alive in Christ

                        For evermore

 

Go and tell

       Across the world

              Such great news

                     To one and all

                            Jesus Saves

 

Have you heard

            What to do

                Repent and live

                       Turn from Sin

                              Trust in HIM                         

© Jeff Maxwell 30/09/2012

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:8-18

 

 

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