“I will overturn, overturn, overturn it, and it shall be no more, until he comes whose right it is; and I will give it him.”
There is one then to come, “whose right it is;” there is a King who has a right to the throne, and to the allegiance of his subjects; a right to all that they are and to all that they have. But whence has he gained this right? “Until he comes whose right it is.” It is his right then, first, by original donation and gift, the Father having given to the Son all the elect. “Here am I,” says Jesus, “and the children that you have given me.” “All that the Father gives me shall come to me.” Then, so far as we are his, Jesus has a right to our persons; and in having a right to our persons, he has, by the same original donation of God the Father, a right to our hearts and affections.
But he has another right, and that is by purchase and redemption, he having redeemed his people with his own blood, having laid down his life for them, and thus bought and purchased them, and so established a right to them by the full and complete price which he himself paid down upon the cross for them. This twofold right he exercises every time that he lays a solemn claim to any one of the people whom he has purchased. And this claim he lays when the blessed Spirit comes into the soul to arrest and apprehend a vessel of mercy, and bring it to his feet, that he may be enthroned as King and Lord in its affections.
For be it remembered, that the possession of the heart with all its affections is his right; and “his glory he will not give to another;” his property he will not allow to pass into other hands; he is not satisfied with merely having a right to the persons of his dear people, he must have their hearts; and in exercising his right to their affections, he will reign and rule supreme, allowing no rival, admitting no co-operation with SELF in any shape or form, but he himself to be established as King and Lord there.
Then where is the soul before he comes into it in power, in sweetness, in beauty, in preciousness? What and where is it? A heap of ruins. And no man ever knew much of the preciousness of Christ, whose soul was not a heap of ruins, and in whom self had not been overturned and cast to the ground. No; no man ever ardently panted that the Lord of life and glory should visit his heart with his salvation, should come in the power of his resurrection, in the glory of his righteousness, in the preciousness of his presence; no man ever spiritually desired, sighed, cried, groaned, sued, and begged for the manifestation of Christ to his soul, who was not a ruined wretch before God, and in whom self had not been overturned so as to be a desolate heap, so overthrown that all the power of man could not put any one stone in its place, or rebuild the former edifice.
Our Heritage And Our Goal
Ye are come unto the City of the living God … to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant.
We are far from being perfect. When in our deepest moments, we ascend into the Holiest, on the wings of faith and prayer, we pass through a vast host of sympathetic spirits, all of whom are devoted to the same Lord and Master, and are joining in the same act of worship. Many of them have known and helped us in our earthly life, and they have been sent forth to minister to us, and to help us on our way. “Ye are come to the spirits of just men made perfect.”
We are also come unto God, the Judge of all. When Moses stood before God on the Mount, he said: “I exceedingly fear and quake.” But we may come with boldness to the footstool of the Eternal Throne, though our God is a consuming fire, for in Christ Jesus we stand accepted. He is the Mediator of the New Covenant, and His Blood speaks better things than that of Abel. That blood cried against Cain. But the Blood of Jesus cries on our behalf; it has opened the way into the Holiest; has cleansed us from our sins; has ratified the New Covenant, and is the Pledge of our redemption.
Therefore, although we realise our sinfulness and imperfection, let us arise into the unseen, and join with the One Church of the Redeemed in heaven and on earth. We are come to it in the purpose of God, and by the all-sufficing work of Christ our Lord, but let us see to it that we come also in our spiritual realization, communion, and fellowship.
We are members of the Church Universal, citizens of the Heavenly City. Heirs of that precious Redemption, which has severed us from things that are seen, and made us part of that blessed throng that no man can number—“the general Assembly and Church of the First-born, which are written in heaven.” Neither life, nor death, nor rite, nor church-order, can divide those who are for ever one with each other because they are one with Christ. Nothing but sin and obtuseness of soul can exclude us from living fellowship with saints of all communions and sects, denominations and ages.
Accept our thanks, O God, for this foretaste of the bliss of Paradise. To Thee we would pour forth our tribute of adoring love, and join with angels and the spirits of the Redeemed in worship. Unto Him that sitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb, be blessing and honour, glory and dominion, for ever. Amen.
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
We were designed for community, for intimacy, and relationship. Isolation is one way the enemy-of-our-souls begins to deceive us into believing we are not seen or loved by God. Are you making an effort to share the burdens of the people in your life that you know are hurting? Afraid? Isolated? Scared? Depressed? Reach out and remind them that God has not forgotten them in this difficult season.
GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR FAMILY
Joshua 24:15; Colossians 3:18-21
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I speak the blessing of God over you and your family. I pray that everyone in your family will know Christ and live their lives for Him. I pray each member of your family will be rooted in God’s Word and will live in a manner that glorifies Him. May every member of your household fulfill their God-given role in a way that will please Him. I declare that you and your household will be saved, and that you will choose to serve the Lord.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
When worry starts to overrun our minds we are functioning as unbelievers. Worry shows that we don’t understand our status in the family of God. God cares about the temporary things like the flowers. God will take even better care of you! We are called to trust God with our lives. When we start to worry rather than acting like an unbeliever instead bring your need to God and trust that He will provide.
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock.”
Jesus is the hiding-place, the only hiding-place from sin and self. “You are my hiding-place,” said David of old. This was shown to Moses, in figure, when the Lord put him into the cleft of a rock, which Toplady has so beautifully versified, to paint the longing desires of his soul–
“Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee!”
It is on this “Rock of Ages” that God has built his Church. As a rock, he is deep as well as high—so deep as to have under-bottomed the depths of the fall, so high as to be God’s fellow, seated at his right hand. As a rock, also, he is broad as well as long—broad enough to bear millions of living stones built on him, and long enough to reach from eternity to eternity. The Apostle, therefore, prays that the Church at Ephesus may comprehend with all saints, “what is the breadth and length, and depth and height, and know the love of Christ which passes knowledge.”
At times throughout the day, as I work in my office, I find myself on my knees thanking God for his goodness. When I eat a meal with my wife, talk with a friend, or take our dog for a walk, I worship God for his goodness. The world is full of praise-prompters—the New Earth will overflow with them. I’ve found great joy in moments where I’ve been lost in worship—many of them during church services—but they’re too fleeting. If you’ve ever had a taste of true worship, you crave more of it, never less.
~ Randy Alcorn, Heaven
A young lady whose parents had died while she was an infant, had been kindly cared for by a dear friend of the family. Before she was old enough to know him, he went to Europe. Regularly he wrote to her through all his years of absence, and never failed to send her money for all her wants. Finally word came that during a certain week he would return and visit her. He did not fix the day or the hour. She received several invitations to take pleasant trips with her friends during that week. One of these was of so pleasant a nature that she could not resist accepting it. During her trip, he came, inquired as to her absence, and left. Returning she found this note: My life has been a struggle for you, might you not have waited one week for me? More she never heard, and her life of plenty became one of want. Jesus has not fixed the day or hour of His return, but He has said, Watch, and should He come today, would He find us absorbed in thoughtless dissipation? May we be found each day, in the expectant attitude of those watching for a loved one.