GOD’S OATH CANNOT FAIL

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:—Hebrews 6:18.

It is the glory of the gospel that it reveals glad tidings to hopeless sinners. It finds nothing in us to entitle us to the favour of God: but it brings all hope and consolation to the soul, founded upon the most absolute promises, and the strongest assurance of an immutable God, as verily as it is impossible for any of the heirs of promise to perish. Such is the blessed hope set before us. Happy souls, who have fled to Jesus for refuge, and have laid hold of this hope. Henceforward nothing but consolation, strong consolation, arises to such poor sinners from the word of truth. This hope can never fail them; whatever within or without fluctuates or changes, this never can.

This hope is ever to be held fast, even though appearances wear a gloomy aspect, sense of comfort declines, feelings of joy seem dead, and all hope from ourselves forsakes us. But, Father, your mercies never die; your counsel shall stand, your oath cannot fail. Hope in these is an anchor to the soul.

Whatever storms or tempests are without, or when the swelling waves of corruption lift up their voice within, yet the God of hope is mightier than all, and the Christian hope rises above all; therefore is it sure and steady. It is cast out of sight within the veil. By this blessed hope of the gospel—poor sin-condemned, soul—distressed sinners are kept steady to Jesus and find a comfortable and secure refuge. And that precious Spirit who shows them their danger, and guides them to safety, causes the joy of hope to spring up in their souls. They enjoy a good hope through grace and are made to abound in hope by the power of the Holy Ghost. This is a comforting operative grace; it leads the soul to expect all that God has promised, even all the blessings of the everlasting covenant of grace, which flow to us from the life and death of Jesus. All are secured by the immutable counsel and solemn oath of an unchangeable God, both for time and eternity. And as a fruit and evidence that it is a holy, godly hope, it influences the soul in obedience to all the Lord’s commands. “And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure” (1 John 3:3 Holman). Thus Jesus is the only and alone object, through whom God reveals the hope of salvation. His work is finished: it is our happiness to believe this and to rejoice in the hope it affords us. Christ is therefore ever to be looked to, and daily trusted in. And the more you are exercised in this way, so much the more inward hope and joyful consolation will be experienced in the soul. “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” (Psalm 39:7).

GOD OFTEN CALLS US TO GIVE UP OUR RIGHTS

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. —Philippians 4:5

The very test of consecration is our willingness not only to surrender the things that are wrong but to surrender our rights, to be willing to be subject. When God begins to subdue a soul, he often requires us to yield the things that are of little importance in themselves, and thus break our neck and subdue our spirit.

No Christian worker can ever be used by God until the proud self-will is broken, and the heart is ready to yield to God’s every touch, no matter through whom it may come.

Many people want God to lead them in their way [not His] and they will brook no authority or restraint. They will give their money, but they want to dictate how it shall be spent. They will work as long as you let them please themselves, but let any pressure come and you immediately run up against, not the grace of resignation, but a letter of resignation, withdrawing from some important trust, and arousing a whole community of criticizing friends, equally disposed to have their own opinions and their own will about it. It is destructive of all real power.

Divisional Patriarch,

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

WHAT DO YOU TELL YOURSELF EVERY MORNING AS YOU START THE DAY?​​

● ​​Moses would say, “Lord, if You don’t go with us or before us, we are not going anywhere.”​​

● ​​Abraham would say, “The Lord will provide.”​​

● ​​Jacob would say, “I won’t let go of You unless You bless me.”​​

● ​​Joshua would say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”​​

● ​​Samuel would say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”​​

● ​​Nehemiah would say, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”​​

● ​​David would say, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”​​ ​_and “This is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”​_

● ​​Solomon would say, “Trust in the Lord, oh my soul, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”​​

● ​​Isaiah would say, “Arise and shine for my Glory has come.” and “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”​​

● ​​Jeremiah would say, “The Lord has plans to prosper me and not to harm or fail me.”​​

● ​​Jabez would say, “Oh, that you may bless me and enlarge my territory.”​​

● ​​Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would say, “We will not bow down to any image but will serve the Lord.”​​

● ​​Ezekiel would say, “Any dry bones in my life, live again.”​​

​Choose your daily statement of faith. Meditate on it! Speak it every morning.

 

I AM A CHRISTIAN

Beautiful Poem by Maya Angelou

When I say that ‘I am a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living. I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!

Today is Beautiful Christian Person’s Day.

Pretty is as Pretty does but, Beautiful is just plain Beautiful..

Share this poem with another person, they will know you care about them!

OUR LIVES BELONG TO ANOTHER

But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. —Acts 16:28

It is true that God promises forgiveness if we repent, but what assurance have we of obtaining it tomorrow?

When for the deliverance of Paul and Silas, an earthquake shook the prison of Philippi, and all bonds were loosed, the jailor, fearful lest the prisoners should escape, and certain that if they did so he must die a dishonoured death, drew his sword and prepared to take his life. The disciples did not, in revenge for the uncalled for cruelty with which they had been thrust into the inner prison, and made fast in the stocks, permit him to execute the deed. In the mild and merciful spirit in which true religion speaks to the sinner, Paul exclaimed to the jailor, “Do yourself no harm” (Acts 16:28). To all tempted to suicide, the word of God addresses the same call.

It is a melancholy truth, that in all ages multitudes are exposed to the temptation.…It proceeds upon the assumption that man is the proprietor of his own life, and may dispose of it at pleasure, though plainly he is but the steward of another’s gift.…

And what is it which leads to such a crime?…It is almost always owing to intense attachment to the world, and consequent insupportable distress when thwarted of its goods, or threatened with its evils. It is often, too, the fruit of intemperance, and other vices…If the world were not man’s idol, he would not be maddened by its disappointments. If he knew the gospel remedy under trial, he would not surrender himself to despair. Let us remember that our lives are entirely God’s property, and in his hands—that the Christian is never useless to the world, or a burden to society, while he can exemplify the graces of meekness and resignation to those around, or pray for the advancement of God’s glory and cause.

…Above all, let us remember that the best defense against the absorbing love of the world, and all the perilous evils to which it conducts, is the love of Christ, and of heaven, established in the heart.