MAKE YOUR CALLING SURE

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give the diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” 2 Peter 1:10

Have you any testimony to your effectual calling? Has grace indeed laid hold of your heart? O that you might know more fully–more powerfully–what a blessed hope of eternal life is laid up in the bosom of this heavenly calling, that it might cheer and encourage you to press on more and more to realise all that is given you in Christ, both for here and hereafter, in present grace and in future glory! In knowing what is the hope of their effectual calling, the saints of God learn that this hope embraces all things which are made theirs in Christ, whether life or death, or things present or things to come, that all are theirs; and for this blessed and all-sufficient reason, that they are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.

It is by making sure our calling that we make sure our election,–for the one is the sure evidence of the other; and thus if doubt and uncertainty hang over our calling, the same doubt and uncertainty must rest upon our election to eternal life. But as these doubts and fears are removed by the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, and we can clearly see and fully believe that the grace of God effectually called us out of darkness into his marvellous light, then we see by faith what is laid up in the bosom of this calling, and what a glorious hope of eternal life is thereby afforded as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and thus abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.

LET THE DEW FALLS

“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.” Deuteronomy 32:2

In the falling of the natural dew, there is something soft, stilly, (in a calm manner) and gentle. We, therefore, read, “We will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground” (2 Samuel 17:12), that is, stealthily and unseen. It does not rush down like the pelting hail, but falls still and often imperceptibly; so that we scarcely know it has fallen, till we go out in the morning and see every blade of grass tipped with the sparkling dew-drops; by these bright gems we know that dew has fallen during the still hours of the night.

So spiritually, the kingdom of God is not in noise, rant, or wild excitement. The Lord was not in the strong wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the fire, but in the still small voice (1 Kings 19:11, 12). And thus there may be a great deal of religious fire, but no presence of God felt; fleshly passions worked up into a storm, but no “still small voice” speaking to the conscience; a very earthquake of natural convictions, but no inward “demonstration of the spirit and of power.” But when the spiritual dew falls, it drops gently, softly, and still into the heart, and it is only known by the sweet and blessed effects it produces.

Dew also has a softening effect, especially in warm climates, where it falls very copiously. We, therefore, read, “Thou makest it soft with showers” (Psalm 65:10). It does not tear up the ground as with thunderbolts, but by moistening and softening penetrates into the soil. And thus the dew of God’s grace moistens and softens the heart, humbles, dissolves, and fertilises it; not by tearing it up with the thunderbolts of wrath and condemnation, but by dropping gently and stilly (in a calm manner) into it, so as to melt it into contrition, meekness, and godly sorrow before the throne of mercy and grace.

And so brethren there is no room for condemnation when the dew is falling. Too, many people do not know what is spiritual dew and without a knowledge and understanding will swing a service on a carnal level because they have something to trash about someone. When the dew is falling there is only room to receive “like a piece of sponge” being saturated with water. It is time to open up and ask the Lord to have His way in your life to serve His purpose and will.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

GOING FORWARD

“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.” Psalm 43:3

A living man cannot, in his right mind, bear the idea of standing still, that is to say, standing still so as to have no spiritual work going on within; and still, less can he bear the idea of going backward. He wants to go forward.

He is often dissatisfied with his state; he feels how little he knows; he is well certified of the shallowness of his attainments in the divine life, as well as of the ignorance and the blindness that are in him; and therefore, labouring under the feeling of his own shortcomings for the past, his helplessness for the present, and his ignorance for the future, he wants to go forward wholly and solely in the strength of the Lord, to be led, guided, directed, kept, not by the wisdom and power of the creature, but by the supernatural entrance of light and truth into his soul.

The mercy-seat is continually covered with clouds; God hideth himself, and he cannot behold him; the truth seems obscured so that he cannot realize it. He often cannot find his way to Christ; he cannot perceive the path of life, nor whether his feet are in that path. He sees so few marks of grace in his soul, and feels so powerfully the workings of sin and corruption; he finds so few things for him and so many things against him, that he often staggers, and is perplexed in his mind, and seems almost to come to a feeling in his heart, that he is destitute of the grace of God altogether, that the secret of the Lord is not with him, but that he is a hypocrite in Zion, who has never had even the beginning of wisdom communicated to his soul.

Brethren we have it before us acknowledging that we are helpless and weary, we do not know the way forward. We are appealing for the understanding and help to make that move to the place where we will break the cloud and see for ourselves the Christ whom we adore.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

WHAT ARE YOUR DESIRES?

“Lord, all any desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hidden from thee.” Psalm 38:9

Many of the Lord’s people cannot clearly read their names in the book of life; many are the doubts and fears that work in their bosom whether the Lord really has begun a work of grace upon their souls and whether they truly are among the Lord’s loving family. But this thing they must know–whether at times and seasons they can lie in humility at the footstool of mercy, and appeal to a heart-searching God.

“All my desire is before thee.” They must know whether they ever fell down in humility and brokenness of heart before the divine Majesty, and felt these living desires going out of their bosom into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth; and whether they can, with honesty, uprightness, and godly sincerity, say to the Lord in the language before us, “O Lord, all my desire is before thee.”

“Thou seest my heart, and knowest everything that passes in my troubled breast.” If you can say that, it is a mark of life. If that has been the feeling of your heart from time to time, you find it was the same feeling that worked in the bosom of David. And God saw fit that it should be written by the finger of the Spirit, and placed upon solemn record for the consolation and encouragement of souls in similar circumstances.

Then, my brothers and sisters with a bold assurance we can say,¬†“All my desire is before thee.” Outside those parameters, we have to find our way to the cross or the fountain and ask for cleansing to start this journey again till you can say, “All my desire is before thee.”