LEAVE EVERYTHING WITH THE LORD

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.—Psalm 37:5.

We shall find it impossible to commit our way unto the Lord unless it is a way that He approves. For it is only by faith that a man can commit his way unto the Lord; and if there be the least suspicion in the heart, that the way is not a good one, faith will refuse to have anything to do with it. As well might you expect Achan to bring his wedge of gold and Babylonish garment to Joshua and ask him to take care of them; or a deserter to inquire of his general the way to the enemy’s camp.

Having found a reason to believe that your chosen way is approved of Heaven, let Heaven have the entire direction of whatever relates to it. Having resolved to go to Rome to preach the gospel there, be content that God should bring you there in chains, as a culprit, and keep you there as a prisoner.

And this committing must be a continuous, not a single act. You are to trust ever in his wisdom, goodness, and power—not only in generals but in particulars. And however extraordinary may seem to be his guide, however near to the precipice he may take you, you are not to snatch the reins out of his hand. “Whatever is, is best,” to him who, with an enlightened and genuine faith, has committed his way unto the Lord, and to him alone.

Are we really willing to have all our ways submitted to God for Him to pronounce upon them? Are there not some of our ways which have become to us through long habit like a second nature, concerning which we have never really taken counsel of God? There is nothing about which a man needs to be more scrutinizing than about his oldest ways, his most confirmed habits, and views. He is too apt to take for granted the divine approbation of them.

Why are some Christians so anxious and fearful, in view of some anticipated contingency? Evidently, because they have not left the matter with him. They have taken it to him and brought it away with them.

It may seem a prodigious faith to regard God on his throne as studious of all that concerns us, but such faith is really no bolder than is the faith that God spared not his only begotten Son.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

LET NOTHING ROB US OF PRAYER

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.

146 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.

147 I prevented the dawning of the morning and cried: I hoped in thy word.

148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate on thy word. —Psalm 119:145-148

To be heavenly-minded, in the true and scriptural sense, is to carry our holy Christianity into every department of life, and with it to elevate and hallow every relation and engagement. There is no position in which the providence of God places His saints, for which the grace of Jesus is not all-sufficient if sincerely and earnestly sought. Nor is there any sphere, however humble, or calling, however, mean, to which the life of Jesus in the soul may not impart dignity, luster, and sacredness. Christianity, through all grades, and classes, and occupations is capable of diffusing a divine, hallowing, and ennobling influence, transforming and sanctifying all that it touches. Blessed and holy are they who know it from personal and heartfelt experience. This act must be a personal experience with your God.

But “if we are risen with Christ,” what is it to seek those things which are above, and to set our affections, not on things on the earth? In other words, what is true heavenly-mindedness? It involves the habitual and close converse with God. The life of the soul can only be sustained by constant and ceaseless emanations from the life of God. There must be a perpetual stream of existence flowing into it from the “Fountain of Life”…

As the total absence of the breath of prayer marks the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” so the warning of the spirit of prayer in the quickened soul as surely defines a state in which all that is spiritual within is “ready to die.” Let nothing, then, rob you of this precious means of advancing your heavenly-mindedness—nothing can be its substitute.

Therefore, it behooves us to make the connection with our Heavenly Father and this can only be done through prayer and fasting. There must be some alone time with Him in some quiet place. May we find that solitude today and safeguard our devotion to Him.

DON’T BE SURPRISED BY DARK TIMES

And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him. —Genesis 15:12.

There is something very gloomy and awful in what is called “a total eclipse of the sun.” When the earth is darkened, creation puts on a melancholy aspect and seems to mourn in silent sadness. But the surprise and astonishment which naturally affect us on these accounts are greatly abated, as these are not uncommon appearances in nature; and as they are foretold and accounted for. As in the natural, so it is in the spiritual world. The children of God in all ages have experienced the darkness of soul: therefore none should think this particularly when they are exercised thus, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: (1 Peter 4:12).

We see Abraham, the friend of God, and father of the faithful, under an eclipse of the bright shining of the sun of righteousness. The consequence of this darkness was a horror; yes, a horror of great darkness fell on him. And this too, after an extraordinary appearance of the Lord himself to him, who called him by his name, bid him FEAR NOT—assures him, I AM THY SHIELD AND THY EXCEEDING GREAT REWARD: then gives him the comfortable promise of the seed that should spring from him. Upon which, Abraham “believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for righteousness;” and he offers a sacrifice as the Lord commanded. But, alas, how soon did his bright sun of comfort disappear! How soon did darkness and horror fall upon him! How changeable are our frames! Extraordinary manifestations of comfort and joy are often succeeded by the darkness of soul and trials of faith. So it was with our dear Saviour after the Father’s declaration, “This is my beloved Son:” after the visible descent of the Holy Ghost upon him, he was led into the wilderness, to undergo the sharpest and trying temptations. Thus again St. Paul, after he had been caught up to the third heavens, a messenger of Satan was sent to buffet him.

Hence, O believer, under spiritual darkness and distress of soul write not bitter things against yourself. Think not God ceases to love you and visits in wrath. No: God ever rests in love; he changes not; his love is ever the same. You are equally as safe in His hands in the dark, though not so comfortable as in the light…

Hear Mystical children these trials are to strengthen your faith. There is a time coming when you will need all the energy to stand and be tested in order to be an overcomer. It is so distressing how some of the very people among whom you stood to proclaim this word have retreated and waged a war to destroy the things you believe. How the enemy checks these pages daily to find flaws of the teachings and the revealed truth.

Your day may have already visited you or very soon. I encourage you today knowing that our times are in God’s hands. Have a great day.