DESPERATE DAYS ARE HERE

    Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for him that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

The faith for desperate days.

      The Bible is full of such days. Its record is made up of them, its songs are inspired by them, its prophecy is concerned with them, and its revelation has come through them.

The desperate days are the stepping-stones in the path of light. They seem to have been God’s opportunity and man’s school of wisdom.

There is a story of an Old Testament love feast in Psalm 107, and in every story of deliverance, the point of desperation gave God His chance. The “wit’s end” of desperation was the beginning of God’s power. Recall the promise of seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sands of the sea, to a couple as good as dead. Read again the story of the Red Sea and its deliverance, and of Jordan with its ark standing mid-stream. Study once more the prayers of Asa, Jehoshaphat, and Hezekiah, when they were sore pressed and knew not what to do. Go over the history of Nehemiah, Daniel, Hosea, and Habakkuk. Stand with awe in the darkness of Gethsemane, and linger by the grave in Joseph’s garden through those terrible days. Call the witnesses of the early Church, and ask the apostles the story of their desperate days.

      Desperation is better than despair.

Faith did not make our desperate days. Its work is to sustain and solve them. The only alternative to a desperate faith is despair, and faith holds on and prevails.

There is no more heroic example of desperate faith than that of the three Hebrew children. The situation was desperate, but they answered bravely, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning, fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” I like that, “but if not !”

I have only space to mention Gethsemane. Ponder deeply its “Nevertheless.” “If it is possible…nevertheless!” Deep darkness had settled upon the soul of our Lord. Trust meant anguish unto blood and darkness to the descent of hell–Nevertheless! Nevertheless!!

Now get on your knees and in desperate faith cry out to God and tell Him all about your trials and troubles. I know you are hurting and seems like no one is listening. I have good news for you this morning. There is one whose ear is always opened and His hand is not short to save. He will never let you suffer and will plead your case.

Many are in a lost hope and in need of deliverance and I pray for you even at this very minute, and the moment that our God will hear our cry together and deliver us from this wicked, evil and corrupt world. I know like all you ever had is taken away, your child is sick, your mother or father is old and may be mistreated, no health insurance and you are stuck with the bills. Tell Him, talk to Him now and believe for your deliverance. Hallelujah (Someone that has a serious problem that the doctor told only a few weeks or months to live) God is your deliverer. Believe Him at His word. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

THE ANCIENT GRAVEYARD

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div 

Adam, Sheth, Enosh. 1 Chronicles 1:1

THIS is an ancient graveyard. The names of past generations who were born and died, who loved and suffered, who stormed and fought through the world, are engraved on these solid slabs. But there is no inscription to record their worth or demerit. Just names, and nothing more.

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Brethren you who have laboured in Christ and have impacted the lives of others will live on. Your memories will be recounted and passed on to the next generation. Some of you will not want to mention names, but it will be engraved on your hearts and may choke you not to repeat it.

How strange to think that if Christ tarry, our names will be treated with the same apathy as these! So far as this world is concerned, we and all our generation shall pass away. As the flowers of the field, so we shall perish from the earth.

But each of these lives fulfilled a necessary part of the progress of the race. Each was in turn father and son; each passed on the torch of life; each contributed something to the fabric of humanity rising like a coral island from unknown depths. The hilltops would not be possible but for their lower courses which touch the valleys. We could not have the somebodies without an immense number of nobodies. The flowers of the race were prepared for by the slow progress of the plant through years of growth.

But each was the object of the love of God. Each was included in the redemptive purpose of our Lord; each contributed some minute particle to his nature; each is living yet somewhere; each will have to stand before the judgment bar of God; each is predestined to live in the unknown world that lies on the other side. It is a stupendous thought to imagine the whole race, rooted in Adam, like one vast far-spreading tree. Ah, reader, be sure that thou art is taken out of the first Adam, and grafted into the second the Lord Jesus; and abiding in him, see ‘that thou bring forth much fruit to his glory.

My life has been touched by many people and in my writings, I make mention of you day by day. I can assure you that as long as God grants me the energy and this outlet I will continue to make mention of things that drove nails into my heart. As His Eminence Lewis Roberts would say “God is too wise to make a mistake”.  I think of those words daily but I never asked him what it means to him?

FORESHADOW OF ANOTHER MARRIAGE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day. Ruth 4:10

So this exquisite idyll, which began with three deaths and famine, ends with marriage rejoicings. Shall not all God’s idylls end thus? Shall it be left to the dream of the novelist only to make happy forever after? God has eternity at His disposal, as well as time. Only trust Him; “thy darkest night shall end in the brightest day.”

It is impossible not to read between these lines and see the foreshadowing of another marriage, when the purchase of the Church shall issue her everlasting union with the Son, in the presence of God the Father. Let us, however, apply these words to ourselves as individuals.

The Lord Jesus has purchased us to be His own, not with corruptible things, as silver and gold, but with His precious blood.

He has also won back our patrimony; this earth is His; and shall be yet rid of all intruding evil, to shine as the brightest jewel in His crown.

He has received the shoe, the symbol of dominion and authority. He is not only our lover but our Lord.

He waits to take us to Himself, in a love that shall not cease, and compared to which all the love we have ever known is as moonlight compared with sunshine.

CHARACTER OF A MAN

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Then said she, Sit still, my daughter until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be at rest until he has finished the thing this day. Ruth 3:18

Boaz had many good traits–his religious demeanor and speech, his courtesy in greeting his servants, his refusal to take advantage of Ruth’s trust; but none are more satisfactory as an index of a noble character than this well-known and acknowledged promptness of action, when he had once taken in hand the cause of the needy. From of old, Naomi had recognized this quality in her kinsman and knew that he was a man of his word, who would assiduously complete what he had undertaken to perform.

It is a characteristic that we should do well to cultivate. Let us not arouse hopes, and finally disappoint them; let us not make promises to forget them. Our words should be yea, yea. Those who commit their cause to us should feel perfectly at rest about our executing what we have promised.

How true this is of Jesus! If we have put our matters into His hands, we have no further need of worry or fear, but may sit still in assured trust. For Zion’s sake He does not hold His peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake, He will not rest. He has undertaken the cause of the Church, albeit that it is so largely composed of Gentiles, and He will not be at rest until the marriage-feast is celebrated. He has made Himself responsible for thee and me, and He will not rest until He has played the part of a Goel to the furthest limit, and accomplished our redemption. When we have fully yielded ourselves to Him, and have tasted the joys of complete rest, we may assuredly say with the Apostle, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.”