Truly Amazing Grace

When we somewhat grasp that God exists outside of time and space and that He surrounds or envelops all of creation, we begin to realize how great He is. What is staggering to a human mind is that this God once “contracted” Himself to the size of a virgin’s womb! What is even more astonishing is that He resides in the “inner being” of all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior. That is truly amazing grace! I recall a book title from years ago: “My Heart; Christ’s Home.” In all who are Spiritually reborn, God is “resident.” The question follows: “Do we yield to Him as “President” of our lives? In Galatians 2:20, Paul was inspired to eloquently declare: “I am crucified with Christ: Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me….” May our prayer and determination be those musically expressed by Edwin Hatch in his hymn, “Breathe on Me, Breath of God:”Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love the way you love, and do what you would do. Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure, until my will is one with yours, to do and to endure. Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die, but live with you the perfect life for all eternity.” Selah! May His Presence touch others through us and may they desire Him to be their Lord and Savior!    Ron

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Knowing Him Better

For too many folk that claim Jesus as Savior, little time is spent with Him! How much would we know about a person we count as a friend, if we spent as little time with him or her as we do with Jesus? If we are going to really know Him, we have to seriously apply ourselves to developing and deepening the relationship. First and foremost, we need to carefully listen to Him. He tells us all about Himself, His desires, His plans, His counsel and advice, and what He expects of us, in the Word Of God. But, while we listen, we observe Him. Quality time with true friends lets us see what they are really like. We learn their character qualities. We observe and respect their dependability, their integrity, their willingness to listen and help. We value their correction and explanations. We highly value them and let them know it. We like to get together with them and often share each other’s heart concerns. We “talk them up” to other people, even brag on them at times. The friendship grows stronger and stronger and we can count on each other. Isn’t that just how it should be on a much higher level with Jesus?! Remember that James ( In James 4:8 ) tells us to “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” W. C. Martin wrote of this holy friendship in his hymn entitled, “Still Sweeter Every Day.” This is his testimony: “To Jesus ev’ry day I find my heart is closer drawn; He’s fairer than the glory of the gold and purple dawn; He’s all my fancy pictured in its fairest dreams and more; each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before. His glory broke upon me when I saw Him from afar; He’s fairer than the lily, brighter than the morning star; He fills and satisfies my longing spirit o’er and o’er; each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before. My heart is sometimes heavy, but He comes with sweet relief; He folds me to His bosom when I droop with blighting grief, I love the Christ Who all my burdens in  His body bore; each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before.” Selah! What a friend we have in Jesus!      Ron
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Paul’s Vision

What a vision Paul had on the road to Damascus! He had an encounter with Jesus in that vision! Those who know Jesus today might wish they could have a vision of Him. They can! We most likely won’t see Him in the way that Paul did, but we can see Him! Just the way He revealed Himself to Paul, He stands ready to reveal Himself in God’s Word to those who know Him as Lord and Savior. That is, unless we settle for only knowing facts about Him. Granted, that is a necessary starting point. However, it is not the place to settle back and think of it only as “interesting!” What if Paul’s response to his encounter was to think that it was very interesting and he never went further? No, his heart was set on fire; he was consumed with desire to experientially know Jesus! Listen to his passionate heart-cry in Philippians 3:10. Paul cried out from his heart: “That I may know Him.”  Do our hearts intensely crave to really know Him? Eliza E. Hewitt’s hymn,More about Jesus,” reveals a craving that we would do well to experience: “More about Jesus in His Word, holding communion with my Lord; hearing His voice in ev’ry line, making each faithful saying mine. More, more about Jesus, more, more about Jesus; more of His saving fullness see, more of His love who died for me.” Selah! We go into the Word to learn about Jesus; the Word is ready to come alive in us so that we can see Him, Himself! As the Word takes hold, we become aware of His Presence!   Ron

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When God Whispers

God is so great and so powerful that we may assume that He only speaks in powerful ways. Such is not always the case, however. Sometimes it seems like we can hardly hear Him. There’s a reason why it seems like that many times. “And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD (but) the LORD (was) not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; (but) the LORD (was) not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire (but) the LORD (was) not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice” (I Kings 19:11-12). This was Elijah’s experience. Does something like that happen often to those who know Jesus? Excitement and enthusiasm can get us listening to something less than God. So can the cares of this world. Being constantly busy can keep us from hearing the “still, small, voice.” We urgently need times of quiet  when we can shut out all distractions and listen to God’s “whispers.” “There is a place of comfort sweet, near to the heart of God, a place where we our Savior meet, near to the heart of God. O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God, hold us, who wait before Thee near to the heart of God.” (“Near to the Heart of God” By Cleland B. McAfee). Selah! What a loss to have to say, “Sorry, God! I can’t hear You in all this activity around me.”      Ron

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How Hard Do You Work?

Paul gave us an inspired command to work out our salvation. We can only work out what God works in us. How many of us are really working out what He works in? How intense are we about the things of God? How many of us are only coasting in our walk with God? How do we work out our salvation? How does God work in what He wants us to work out? Good question! How does He work it into us?  What He works into us is the Truths of His Holy Word! So, if we are going to work it out, we have to go where He has placed it. It is a serious failure when a child of God is casual about his or her involvement with Scripture. Paul made that clear to Timothy (and to us) with this inspired order in II Timothy 2:15. Read it, think on it, and get busy doing it: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Study, analyze, trust, apply, and obey what God speaks to you. Remember that what He shows you is not some “feeling” or imagining. It is solid Truth carefully gleaned from God’s Word, while relying upon the Holy Spirit’s granting of understanding. Make quality time daily to really absorb God’s Truth and teaching. Spiritual laziness must be resisted and overcome! “Work, For the Night is Coming, a hymn by Mrs. Harry Coghill, reminds us that we are to work while we can: “Work, for the night is coming, work thro’ the morning hours; work while the dew is sparkling, work ‘mid springing flow’rs. Work when the day grows brighter, under the glowing sun; work, for the night is coming, when man’s work is done. Work for the night is coming, work thro’ the sunny noon; fill brightest hours with labor–rest comes sure and soon. Give every flying minute something to keep in store; work, for the night is coming, when man works no more. Work for the night is coming, under the sunset skies: while their bright tints are glowing, work, for daylight flies. Work till the last beam fadeth, fadeth to shine no more; work, while the night is dark’ning, when man’s work is o’er.Selah! Spirit-given Truth is a wonderful gift of understanding what God wants us to know; DIg in!  Ron

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You and Him

What a total and complete spiritual loss is experienced by all who do not surrender to Jesus, receiving Him as Lord and Savior! No matter what blessings or troubles they have in this life, in eternity future they will have only misery and agonizing regret! And it’s all so needless! On their path to eternity, God has placed a gigantic roadblock: The Cross of Calvary and what Jesus did there for fallen humanity. Some will offer the feeble foolishness that they don’t believe all that stuff! I ask: WHAT IF YOU ARE WRONG? “He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18). On the other hand, those who have turned their lives over to Him, yielding the control of their lives to Him, have wonderful fellowship with Him now and forever! The well loved hymn: “In the Garden” speaks of the intimate fellowship we have here with Jesus. Charles Gabriel’s hymn, “Oh, That Will Be Glory,” speaks of the fellowship to come: “When all my labors and trials are o’er, and I am safe on that beautiful shore, just to be near the dear Lord I adore, will through the ages be glory for me. O, that will be glory for me, glory for me, glory for me, when by His grace I shall look on His face, that will be glory, be glory for me.” Selah! Glory or grief forever? The choice is ours!   Ron

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Anticipation!

 

“….weeping may endure for a night, but joy (cometh) in the morning.” (From Psalm 30:5).

The problems of life can be overwhelming. Sin and its tragic results seem to be increasing rapidly. It’s often been declared:  “The world’s in a mess!” Pain, illness and death are so hard to bear. Much more could be added to these trials. And add to that, for those outside of Christ, eternal misery awaits! But, for those who know Jesus in a saving relationship, what anticipation! Against the backdrop of eternity, time is like a “blip” on an endless horizon of eternity. Sin and sorrow has its brief but agonizing period of time. The day will come, for those who know Jesus, that the Apostle Paul had in mind when he said that the sufferings of the present amount to nothing when compared with the glory to come. Esther Kerr Rusthoi’s gospel song speaks to this: “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus, life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ; one glimpse of His dear face all sorrow will erase, so bravely run the race ‘till we see Christ.” That’s anticipation! Selah! In a moment, in the “twinkling” of an eye: Home! Hallelujah!  Ron

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