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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

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

A POEM OF ENCOUAGEMENT TO TWEET FOR GOD

LITTLE BIRDIE

There was a little birdie
Sitting in a tree
There was a little birdie
Looking down on me

There was a little birdie
Such a joy to see
There was a little birdie
Singing yet to be

There was a little birdie
Hear my call to thee
There was a little birdie
Do not silent be

There was a little birdie
Bring some glee so free
There was a little birdie
Sing a song my plea

There was a little birdie
As I sat for tea
There was a little birdie
Tweet a tune in key

There was a little birdie
Make a tuneful spree
There was a little birdie
Fit for more than three

There was a little birdie
Rings a melody
There was a little birdie
Such that none should flee

There was a little birdie
Trill without a fee
There was a little birdie
Abba watches thee

There was a little birdie
 List’ning now to me
There was a little birdie
Warbling from the tree

There was a little birdie
Lilting now to me
There was a little birdie
Out across the sea

© Jeff Maxwell 23/8/2013
Dedicated to
 @daughterofFostr

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb, saying,
Great and marvellous are thy works,
Lord God Almighty;
just and true are thy ways,
thou King of saints.
Rev 15:3

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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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THE CHRISTIAN’S TRIUNE GOD

THE CHRISTIAN’S TRIUNE GOD

The FATHER creates us,
and our dwelling,
manna releasing,
meat in due season,
laws for me,
my sins to see,
salvation to bestow
forgiveness to show
as to glory we go.

The SON shines in our hearts,
and on our faces,
touched our lips,
and moved our hands,
made our feet to walk,
our eyes to see,
our ears to hear,
we smell a sweet savour of the Lord,
as we feed upon HIM.

The SPIRIT  bears witness,
with our spirits,
that  we are sons,
joint heirs with Christ,
of the family of faith,
members one of another,
in sweet fellowship,
we give glory to the SON,
as the Spirit moves.

© Jeff Maxwell 14/8/2013

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER AND WITNESS

Christian Character and Witness

If you don’t speak for Christ at all

your life should be lived,

so it speaks so loud,

that all may SEE you are a Christian.

 

  A life of  J  oy

  Even amidst  bad times

  A life of  E  ndurance

  Even amidst   hardships

  A life of   atisfaction

  Even amidst  want.

  A life of   sefulness

  Even amidst  busyness

  A life of   elflessness

  Even amidst  need

 

  A life of   Faithfulness

  Even amidst  apostasy

  A life of  Peace

  Even amidst  strife.

  A life of  Hope

  Even amidst  chaos.

  A life of  Love

  Even amidst  tragedy.

  A life of  Self-control

  Even amidst  provocation

  A life of  Obedience

  Even amidst  trials

  A life of  Patience

  Even amidst  difficulties

  A life of  Kindness

  Even amidst  hatefulness

  A life of  Goodness

  Even amidst  spitefulness

  A life of  Forgiveness

  Even amidst  retribution

  A life of  Gentleness

  Even amidst  conflict

  A life of  Integrity

  Even amidst  corruption

  A life of  Meekness

  Even amidst  egotism

  A life of  Purity

  Even amidst  immodesty

  A life of  Gratitude

  Even amidst  greediness

  A life of  Contentment

  Even amidst  restlessness

  A life of  Perseverance

  Even amidst  fickleness

  A life of  Submission

  Even amidst  unruliness

  A life of  Compassion

  Even amidst  indifference

  A life of  Friendship

  Even amidst  hostility

  A life of  Zeal

  Even amidst  lukewarmness

But you should have

courage enough

to speak for Christ

who saved you.

© Jeff Maxwell 2013

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THE SECRET OF TRUE HAPPINESS

GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN

If you cannot find peace and happiness within your heart you will not find it whatever situation you are in or wherever you live.

To find true peace and happiness you need the Triune God to dwell with you: God as your Father; Christ Jesus as your Saviour, the Holy Spirit as your Guide and Comforter.

If you have this, then Bunyan’s Jail (Gaol), Latimer’s stake, Solomon’s Palace, and Dives’ condition, will not have power to remove that peace and happiness.

Whatever your circumstances, wherever you dwell, you will be content.

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11

© Jeff Maxwell 2013

MY GOD

My GOD

My Times are in His Hands
My Soul is in His Care
My Spirit He Restores
My Sins He Forgives
My Righteousness He Imputes

My Fears He Subdues
My Tears He Relieves
My Joy He Bestows
My Longings He Satisfies
My Work He Supplies

My Faith He Imparted
My Helmet He Purchased
My Sword He Fashioned
My Breastplate He Fitted
My Peace He Prepared

My Prayers He Hears
My Groans He Shares
My Cries He Receives
My Pleas He Desires
My Sighs He Transforms

My Life He Guides
My Family He Provides
My Moments He Improves
My Future He Includes
My Inheritance He Assures

© Jeff Maxwell 2012  On the death of a friend.

Birthdays

Birthdays and Anniversaries

And of Asher he said,
Let Asher be blessed with children;
let him be acceptable to his brethren,
and let him dip his foot in oil.
Thy shoes  shall be iron and brass;
and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
Duet.33:24-25

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Are important times to reflect upon life and what it means.

Friends are important,
staying day by day,
cheering our way,
helping us along,
coping far beyond.

Family, more so,
always being near,
feeling every tear,
caring year by year,
calming our  fear.

God, our God abides
always by our side,
loves without condition,
gives without redress,
His Son, His Spirit, all to bless.

© Jeff Maxwell 14/10/2012

Thank you for friends, family, and our gracious loving God.

The words of a real poet sum up to me a great benefit of Birthdays and Anniversaries.

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

Words by Frances R. Havergal

Our Faithful God

MEETING WITH GOD

 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for
ever. 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

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

A PRAYER FOR MY FRIENDS

 

May the Presence of God go with you, everywhere!

May His Power overshadow you, always!

May His Spirit guide you, constantly!

May His Mercy be extended to you, infinitely!

May His Goodness embrace you, endlessly!

May His Patience be towards you, tirelessly!

May His Comfort uphold you, unwearyingly!

May His Grace preserve you, entirely!

 

May His Gifts be given to you, wisely!

May His Knowledge teach you, gently!

May His Joy be given you, over flowingly!

May His Wisdom control you, wonderfully!

May His Blessings be upon you, visibly!

May His Chastisements correct you, effectively!

May His Love encompass you, unconditionally!

May His Longsuffering bear with you, compassionately!

 

May His Word edify you, deeply!

May His Hands support you, tellingly!

May His Arms enfold you, completely!

May His Ear be open to you, mightily!

May His Intercession uphold you, steadily!

May His Beauty enhance you, glowingly!

May His Riches provide for you, abundantly!

May His Tests refine you, spiritually! 

© Jeff Maxwell 2004

ONE FAMILY IN CHRIST

1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Hebrews 13:1-3

 

We are bound together in Christ.
We are one family in Christ.

We have duty to reform.
We have privileges to perform.

We have burdens to share.
We have crosses to bear.

We have seeds to sow
We have harvests to grow.

We have material to provide.
We have gifts to utilise .

We have life to live.
We have witness to give.

We have strangers to feed.
We have young to lead.

We have hearts to sympathise.
We have love to prioritise.

We have prayers to say.
We have vows to obey.

We have truth to convey.
We have parts to play.

We have family to support.
We have friends for sport.

We have Peace to proclaim.
We have Sinners to reclaim.

We have Christ as Saviour.
We have changed behaviour.

We have work to undertake.
We have leisure to partake.

We have doctrine to read.
We have promises to plead.

We have time to use.
We have much to lose.

We have blessings abounding.
We have praises resounding.

We have joy to believe.
We have Saints to relieve.

We have now found certainty
We have hope for eternity.

We are bound together in Christ.
We are one family in Christ.

 © Jeff Maxwell 2012

MINISTRIES NECESSITY

Necessary for Ministry

Clean vessels unto Honour are meet for the Masters use”

“They need to be emptied of self and filled by the Power of God, with the Word of God, continually”

“Yesterday’s blessing are no good for tomorrow ministry…….  no more than manna collected today would serve Israel for tomorrow” **

Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 2 Tim. 2:19-21

I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Ps 81:10

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matt 5:15

Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Cor. 10:12-13

** except the day before the Sabbath which would last till the next day, but you needed to collect twice as much. See Exodus 16

© Jeff  Maxwell Original Sayings 2011

God’s Riches

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

“We do not diminish God’s riches by receiving from them.”

“God’s riches are absolutely inexhaustible”

“We daily receive bounty from the Riches of God but seldom realise to what extent”

“If our thanks were proportionate to the Riches of God received we would be seldom off our knees”

“According to His Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus…..Superlative riches enjoyed by God’s children, NOW and for EVERMORE”

©Jeff Maxwell's Original Sayings 2011
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