Believer’s Daily Treasure

Eminent Holiness the Desire of the Believer

Not that I have already attained this – that is, I have not already been perfected – but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me.

[Phil 3:12 NET]

Oh for a closer walk with God,

A calm and heavenly frame,

A light to shine upon the road

That leads me to the Lamb!

Comfort

One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, was at the table to the right of Jesus in a place of honor.

[John 13:23 NET]

I like the word leaning. John leaned his weight on Jesus, on his bosom, near his heart. We need to learn better our privilege of leaning, nestling, in the bosom of divine love. We think of giving a few of our burdens to Christ; but he wants to carry both us and all our load!

A gentleman was moving his library, and his boy was helping him. The child had gathered his arms full of books, and had gone off proudly with his load. Presently, however, the father heard a call for help. The little fellow had gotten half-way up the stairs when the load proved too heavy, and he sank down. The father heard the call, and, coming up the stairs, lifted and carried both the boy and his load.

That is like what Jesus will do for us. He takes our sins–and forgives them. He takes our wicked heart—and changes it. He takes our ruined life–and restores it. He takes all our mistakes and faults—and corrects them. He takes into his hands the ordering of our steps, the shaping of our circumstances, the ruling and overruling of the events of our days, our deliverance in temptation. We really have nothing whatever to do with our own life–but our simple duty day by day, hour by hour.

Evening Prayer

GOD’S FAMILY

[Galatians 3: 22, 26, 27, 29]

Remember that you have been made a child of God through your faith in Jesus Christ. May you have faith to believe that when you came to know Christ as your personal savior, you also have been adopted into God’s loving family. I pray that you will have the faith to know that you are an heir to all of God’s promises. May you praise God for calling you into His family, as you inherit the blessings of a loving relationship with Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Blessings

And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive

[Rom 7:9 NET]

The Apostle describes in his own case how men are affected toward the law before it enters as a condemning sentence into their heart. “I was alive without the law once.” The law was hanging over him as a condemning sentence, as a minister of death, as a messenger of wrath, as a consuming fire, but he felt it not. As with a thunderstorm in the remote distance, he might hear the low mutterings of the thunder which once rolled over Sinai’s fiery mount, or might see from far the play of those lightnings which scorched its top. But at present the storm was in the distance. He went about without thinking, or feeling, or fearing, or caring whether the law was his friend or enemy. In fact he rather viewed it as his friend, for he was using it as a friendly help to build up his own righteousness. He had gone to it, but it had not come to him; he knew its letter, but not its spirit; its outward commands, but not its inward demands. He therefore speaks of himself as being “alive without the law,” that is, without any knowledge of what it was as a ministration of condemnation and death.

But in God’s own appointed time and way, “the commandment came;” that is, it came with power into his conscience. He found that he could keep every one of the commandments but the tenth; for according to his apprehension and his interpretation of them, they did not extend beyond an external obedience. But the tenth commandment, “You shall not covet,” struck into the very depth of his conscience, for it was a prohibition from the mouth of God of the inward lusts of the heart, and that prohibition attended with a dreadful curse.

Under this stroke sin, which before lay seemingly dead in his breast, revived like a sleeping serpent; and what was the consequence? It stung him to death, for he says, “And I died;” for the commandment which was ordained unto life he found to be unto death! Sin could not brook to be thwarted or opposed; it therefore rose up in enmity against God, took advantage of the commandment to rebel against the authority of Jehovah, and its guilt in consequence falling upon his conscience, made tender in the fear of God, slew him.

It would not have done so had there been no life in his soul; but there being light to see and life to feel the anger of God revealed in the commandment, when the law came into his conscience as a sentence from a just and holy Jehovah, the effect was to produce a sentence of death in himself. And this experience which the Apostle describes as his own is what the law does and ever must do when applied to the conscience by the power of God. It kills, it slays the condemned sinner; it is a sentence of death in a man’s own conscience, which only awaits the hour of death and the day of judgment to be carried into execution.

Our Daily Walk

Co-operation In Christian Service

So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink.

[Luke 5:7 NET]

We all want to fill our nets and boats with the fish that we have caught for Christ. How shall we do it? There are certain conditions for successful Christian service which must be observed. Our nets must be clean. They were “washing their nets.” It was a good thing that this necessary work had been performed; otherwise they would have been unable to sail at a moment’s notice, and to let down their nets at the Master’s command (Luk 5:4). “If a man shall cleanse himself.., he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use.” Let us see to it that we are always ready to respond at Christ’s call.

We must be prepared to obey Christ in little things. Our Lord first asked Peter to put out his boat a little from the land. He knew what He was going to do afterwards in making great demands on Peter’s obedience and faith; but first, He made this slight request. With alacrity the Master’s wishes were complied with, and the floating pulpit, rising and falling with the ripple of the water, was at the Lord’s service as He sat down and taught the people. Remember that whenever you lend your empty boat to Jesus, He will pay for it by giving it back to you filled with fish.

Christ’s will must be obeyed even against our own judgment. Peter had spent the whole of his life apprenticed to the lake, and knew everything of the art of fishing. When our Lord bade him: “launch out into the deep, and let down your nets,” it was against all his knowledge and practical experience to let down his nets in the daytime, especially as he had toiled all night in vain! Happily for him, he said: “At Thy word I will let down the nets!”

We must be willing to share with others. He might have kept the haul for himself, but he longed that the others should share in the Master’s bounty, “and they came and filled both the boats.”

O God,

Thou hast committed our work to us, and we would commit our cares to Thee. May we feel that we are not our own, and that Thou wilt heed our wants while we are intent upon Thy will.

Amen.