Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bid the Laboring and Heavy-Laden "Go and Work."?

The Lord Jesus does not bid the laboring and heavy-laden "go and work." Those words would carry no comfort to heavy consciences - it would be like requiring labor from an exhausted man. No! He bids them "Come!" He does not say, "Pay Me what you owe." That demand would drive a broken heart into despair - it would be like claiming a debt from a ruined bankrupt. No! He says, "Come!" He does not say, "Stand still and wait." That command would only be a mockery - it would be like promising to give medicine at the end of a week to one at the point of death." No - He says, "Come!" Today; at once; without any delay,"Come unto Me!"
~ J.C. Ryle

Thursday, February 2, 2012

“A man who fears not God, will break all his laws with an easy conscience, but one who is the favorite of heaven, who has been indulged to sit at royal banquets, who knows the eternal love of God to him, cannot bear that there should be any evil way in him that might grieve the Spirit and bring dishonor to the name of Christ. A very little sin, as the world calls it, is a very great sin to a truly awakened Christian.”

~ Charles Spurgeon

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Power of the Incarnation

“The power of the incarnation is that it makes the presence and glory of God visible. By taking flesh and blood, Christ made known the unseen God.”

~ Paul David Tripp

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Don't Mix the Law with the Gospel

Oh", when will all professors, and especially all professed ministers of Christ, learn the difference between the law and the gospel? Most of them make a mingle-mangle, and serve out deadly potions to the people, often containing but one ounce of gospel to a pound of law, whereas, but even a grain of law is enough to spoil the whole thing.

It must be gospel, and gospel only. "If it be of grace, it is not of works, otherwise grace is no more grace; and if it be of works, then it is not of grace, otherwise work is no more work.""

~ Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Supreme Sense of Worship

"Legalism lacks the supreme sense of worship. It obeys but it does not adore."
~ Geerhardus Vos

Monday, January 23, 2012

If We Regularly Beheld the Glory of Christ

“If we regularly beheld the glory of Christ our Christian walk with God would become more sweet and pleasant, our spiritual light and strength would grow daily stronger and our lives would more gloriously represent the glory of Christ. Death would be most welcome to us.”

John Owen

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thou God of all Grace

"Thou God of all Grace, thou has given me a saviour, produce in me a faith to live by him, to

 make him all my desire, all my hope, all my glory." -from "The Saviour" (page 44)
~ Valley of Vision

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The All-Perfect Author

The all-perfect author, the Holy Spirit, could inspire nothing untrue, trivial, or degraded. Reading and studying Scripture is therefore an urgent necessity.
~Herman Bavinck

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Meanest Instrument

Though we can but lisp a little word about the Lord’s goodness, yet when He is pleased to be near us, his presence and blessing can work by the meanest instrument, and cause our hearts to burn within us.
~John Newton

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Man’s Will is Like a Beast

Man’s will is like a beast standing between two riders. If God rides, it wills and goes where God wills… If Satan rides, it wills and goes where Satan wills. Nor may it choose to which rider it will run, or which it will seek; but the riders themselves fight to decide who shall have and hold it.
~Martin Luther

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Is God a Debtor to the Arminians?

What? doth any thing come into his mind that changeth his will? “Yes,” saith Arminius, “He would have all men to be saved; but, compelled with the stubborn and incorrigible malice of some, he will have them to miss it.” However, this is some recompense,—denying God a power to do what he will, they grant him to be contented to do what he may, and not much repine at his hard condition. Certainly, if but for this favour, he is a debtor to the Arminians. Thieves give what they do not take. Having robbed God of his power, they will leave him so much goodness as that he shall not be troubled at it, though he be sometimes compelled to what he is very loath to do. How do they and their fellows, the Jesuits, exclaim upon poor Calvin, for sometimes using the hard word of compulsion, describing the effectual, powerful working of the providence of God in the actions of men; but they can fasten the same term on the will of God, and no harm done! Surely he will one day plead his own cause against them.
~John Owen

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

He that Rightly Handles the Word of God...

He that rightly handles the word of God will never use it to defend men in their sins, but to slay their sins. If there be a professing Christian here who is living in known sin, shame upon him; and if there be a non-Christian man who is living in sin, let his conscience upbraid him. What will he do in that day when Christ comes to judge the hearts of men, and the books shall be opened, and every thought shall be read out before an assembled universe?

I desire to handle the word of God so that no man may ever find an excuse in my ministry for his living without Christ, and living in sin, but may know clearly that sin is a deadly evil, and unbelief the sure destroyer of the soul. He has indeed been made to handle the word aright who plunges it like a two-edged sword into the very bowels of sin.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Monday, January 16, 2012

Of Your Own Free Will, Might You Avoid Sin?

For if out of your own free will you might avoid sin and do that which pleases God, what need would you have of Christ?
~Martin Luther

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Gospel, A Sacrifice

Paul never glamorized the gospel. It is not success, but sacrifice. It’s not a glamorous gospel, but a bloody onea gory gospel, and a sacrificial gospel. Five minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more, wept more, grieved more, loved and prayed more, and given more.
~ Leonard Ravenhill

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Christian in a Good Frame

“I think it is not very difficult to discern by the duties and converses of Christians, what frames their spirits are under. Take a Christian in a good frame, and how serious, heavenly, and profitable, will his converses and duties be! what a lovely companion is he during the continuance of it!”
~ John Flavel

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wherever God sees these things, He is well pleased

God approves and honors heart-religion in the present life. He looks down from Heaven, and reads the hearts of all people. Wherever He sees . . .
heart-repentance for sin,
heart-faith in Christ,
heart-holiness of life,
heart-love to His Son, His law, His will, and His word
. . . wherever God sees these things, He is well pleased.
~ J.C. Ryle

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Glory of the Gospel

“The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first. That is how revival comes. That must also be true of us as individuals. It should not be our ambition to be as much like everybody else as we can, though we happen to be Christian, but rather to be as different from everybody who is not a Christian as we can possibly be. Our ambition should be to be like Christ; the more like Him the better. And the more like Him we become, the more we shall be unlike everybody who is not a Christian.”

~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones