May I live and praise you! May your regulations help me! [Ps 119:175]
When we “live,” we live by faith; as the Apostle says, “The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.” We live by faith when the Lord is pleased to communicate true faith, the precious gift of faith to the heart. Then indeed we believe. We then believe in Jesus, believe in his blood, believe in his righteousness, believe in his Person, believe in his dying love; and as faith begins to lift up its drooping head in the soul, we begin to live a life of faith in the Son of God. And as we begin to live, we also begin to love. When we are in darkness, coldness, and barrenness, there is neither love to God nor man; the very ways of God are a thorough misery to us; the Bible is neglected, and prayer is little attended to; under preaching we are cold, dead, and listless; the company of God’s people is forsaken, and the things of eternity seem to fade from our view.
But let the Lord revive his work upon the heart, let him bestow a gracious renewing, let him drop the unction of his Spirit, let the rain and dew of his grace fall, let him manifest himself with life and power; then the whole scene changes. It is like spring after a dreary winter; it is like the outpouring of the rain from heaven after a long season of drought, “You renew the face of the earth.” There is a blessed change when the Lord himself is pleased to appear in the soul. Then it begins to live.
And this life will manifest itself in various ways. While we are dead, prayer is a burden; when we have life, prayer is our very breath. When we are dead, the very thoughts of God are grievous; when we are alive, the thoughts of God are sweet and pleasant. When we are dead, our affections cleave to the things of time and sense; when we are alive, our affections mount upward. When we are dead, the world is our home, though it is but a miserable one; when we are alive, we are looking upward to heaven as the home of the soul when time shall be no more.
But you remain; your years do not come to an end. – Ps 102:27 NET
Even before the mountains came into existence, or you brought the world into being, you were the eternal God.
“I, the Lord, do not go back on my promises, you, sons of Jacob, have not perished.”—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!
All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change.—For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a human being, that he should change his mind.—The Lord’s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end.
But he holds his priesthood permanently since he lives forever. So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.—“Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last.”
Ps 90:2, Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8, Jas 1:17, Rom 11:29, Num 23:19, Lam 3:22, Heb 7:24-25, Rev 1:17
~ Samuel Bagster ~
And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things. [Eph 1:22 NET]
How vast, how numerous, how complicated are the various events and circumstances which attend the Church of God here below, as she travels onward to her heavenly home! But if all things as well as all persons are put under Jesus’ feet, there cannot be a single circumstance over which he has not supreme control. Everything in providence and everything in grace are alike subject to his disposal. There is not a trial or temptation, an affliction of body or soul, a loss, a cross, a painful bereavement, a vexation, grief or disappointment, a case, state or condition, which is not put under Jesus’ feet.
He has sovereign, supreme disposal over all events and circumstances. As possessed of infinite knowledge he sees them, as possessed of infinite wisdom he can manage them, and as possessed of infinite power he can dispose and direct them for our good and his own glory. How much trouble and anxiety should we save ourselves, could we firmly believe, realize, and act on this! If we could see by the eye of faith that every foe and every fear, every difficulty and perplexity, every trying or painful circumstance, every looked-for or unlooked-for event, every source of care, whether at present or in prospect, are all, as put under his feet, at his sovereign disposal, what a load of anxiety and care would be often taken off our shoulders!
~ J.C. Philpot ~
“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.”
Father God, I know that if I listen I will learn and if I watch I will see which direction You want me to go. Some days I start out well but then stuff happens. Let this not be one of those days. Today, I will do all within my power to keep in step with You. Amen
But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication will rise with healing wings, and you will skip about like calves released from the stall.
[Mal 4:2 NET]
Reveal your light and your faithfulness! They will lead me, they will escort me back to your holy hill, and to the place where you live.
[Ps 43:3 NET]
Open our eyes, thou Sun of life and gladness,
That we may see that glorious world of Thine!
It shines for us in vain, while drooping sadness
Enfolds us here like mist; come, Power benign,
Touch our chilled hearts with vernal smile,
Our wintry course do Thou beguile,
Nor by the wayside ruins let us mourn,
Who have th’ eternal towers for our appointed bourn.
Because all those scattered rays of beauty and loveliness which we behold spread up and down over all the world, are only the emanations of that inexhausted light which is above; therefore should we love them all in that, and climb up always by those sunbeams unto the eternal Father of lights: we should look upon Him, and take from Him the pattern of our lives, and always eying Him, should, as Hierocles speaks, “polish and shape our souls into the clearest resemblance of Him;” and in all our behavior in this world (that great temple of His) deport ourselves decently and reverently, with that humility, meekness, and modesty that becomes His house.
[DR. JOHN SMITH]
If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. [Isaiah 8:20]
To the convicted Christian there can be but one true religion. The self-converted may shy away from the bigotry and intolerance which he fears lie in an exclusive devotion to Christianity, but the wholly converted will have no such apprehensions. To him Christ is all in all, and the faith of Christ is God’s last word to mankind. To him there is but one God the Father, one Lord and Savior, one faith, one baptism, one body, one Spirit, one fold and one Shepherd. To him there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. For him Christ is the only way, the only truth and the only life. For him Christ is the only wisdom, the only righteousness, the only sanctification and the only redemption.
When, therefore, I ask the question, “Are we having a revival of true religion?” I have only one religion in mind. I mean the faith of the New Testament as held and experienced by the fathers. I mean religion of which Moses and all the prophets did write, that religion which originated in the heart of God the Father, was made effectual through the dying and resurrection of God the Son and is vitalized by God the Holy Spirit. Of this religion the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures are the source book, the first and last word, to which we dare add nothing and from which we dare take nothing away.
Lord, You are my all in all, my righteousness. I pray that I will not be caught up with religious accoutrements but that my focus will always be on the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
~ Aiden Wilson Tozer ~