Pithem Gems from Thomas Moor
Pithy gems from Thomas Moor
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The sum of all progress in spiritual life is . . .
more of Christ in the mind, to better know Him;
more of Christ in the heart, to better love Him, and to be more influenced by Him;
more of Christ in the life, to better serve Him.
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Without that one very unpleasant thing!
“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28
“According to His purpose”—for He had purposed before the world was who His called ones would be, and also purposed that all things would work for their good. The doings of His grace in time, are ever the result of the purposes of His grace before the foundation of the world! Romans 8:30
“Those who are CALLED according to His purpose.”
These are called to know themselves as guilty before God and deserving of eternal condemnation.
These are called to know the all-sufficiency of Christ to save.
These are called to trust in His sin-atoning death as their only hope of salvation.
These are called out of the world. They no longer revel in the world’s gaieties, or are swayed by its corrupt principles.
These are called to be followers of the despised Lord Jesus, treading in His footsteps.
This is the calling which distinguishes those who love God, and for whose good God causes all things to work together.
Yes, “God causes all things to work together for good . . . ” It is not said that they work singly or alone, but in relationship to one another—they “work together.” One little thing which we cannot at all understand, or see the reason of—the Lord sees is necessary to make several other things properly work for our good. Without that one very unpleasant thing—all the rest would not be for our benefit.
We are too apt to look at things singly, and therefore our mind often becomes perplexed. A single thread is not of much importance in itself—but if left out in the weaving, the pattern in the loom would be rendered imperfect.
These “all things” are so many shuttles running to and fro, weaving the web of goodness and blessing for the children of God. The hand that throws the shuttles is the hand of Jesus. In the web which He weaves, no thread will be found misplaced, when the weaving is over.
Therefore let us leave all things in the hands of Jesus, who has the whole plan of the life of each believer always before Him, and who in His infinite wisdom causes all things to work together for good to them, so as to produce the best results and accomplish all His purposes of love.
Let us trust Him at all times, even when . . .
our expectations of earthly things are disappointed,
or when our plans are frustrated,
or when darkness surrounds our path,
or when trials and affliction are our portion.
Be assured that when we have attained a keener vision and a fuller understanding than our pilgrim state affords us—we shall see that God caused all things to perfectly work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose! We will then testify to the wisdom, power, and love of Him who does all things well!
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What a believer would do, if he could!
“The flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary the one to the other, so that you cannot do the things that you want to do.” Galatians 5:17
“You cannot do the things that you want to do” is indeed often a true testimony as regards the experience of the believer.
He would follow Christ in heart and life—but, alas, he sees how little there is of Christ in either heart or life.
He would be spiritually-minded in all things—but often finds that he has been guided by worldly policy and worldly influences, rather than by spiritual principle.
He would be meek and lowly in heart—but he has cause for sorrow that pride of heart is so often and so quickly manifested.
He would sincerely pray—but often finds that he knows not what to ask, and cannot pray as he ought.
He knows that the reading of God’s Word should always be a pleasure to him—but he often finds that Scripture reading is rather a task than otherwise.
He would be gentle and easily entreated—yet sometimes he stands upon his rights with a sternness and stubbornness which is not of the Spirit.
He would always please Christ—but, alas, he sees how often his motive has rather been self-pleasing, or the pleasing of his fellows.
He would have more firmness in holy desires—but he sees how faint, even at the best, are those desires.
He would have his mind often engaged with spiritual things—but finds how much more readily it runs after things that are trifling and profitless.
He would have a more determined will against the seducing influences around him—yet too often his will plays the coward when most needed to be firm and decided.
He would be thankful to God for the many and great things He has done for him and given him—but sometimes he forgets all, in regret for the loss or refusal of some one thing which his Heavenly Father has in love denied him.
This is a very sad and very humbling exhibition of a believer. It is, however, too often a true one, as many a child of God will sorrowfully testify, who truly knows the evil of his own heart.
“You cannot do the things that you want to do.” This, however, is not written to make us satisfied with such a state of things, but rather to show us that the life of the believer is one of much conflict amidst many opposing influences, and that we have no sufficient strength of our own to overcome them. Also, to teach us to walk with more watchfulness, humility, and self-distrust, and to go more constantly and earnestly to our Heavenly Father, seeking for the increased assistance of the Holy Spirit, that we may thereby live a life of faith in the Lord Jesus, who alone can enable us to war a good warfare, and continually overcome every evil.
It is by thus showing us what we are, in our sinfulness and our need—that the Holy Spirit brings us more lowly and willingly to the Lord Jesus to find our all in Him.
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All things, the bitter and the sweet
“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Infinite wisdom, as well as infinite love, guides the Lord Jesus in all His doings. Thus it is He sees it best for His own glory and our good, that His doings should at times be contrary to our own desires for ourselves. All things, the bitter and the sweet, are from the hands of Him who makes all work together for our good.
All the trials and afflictions the believer meets with in this life, are for the promotion of . . .
our growth in grace,
the true knowledge of self,
love to Christ, and
faith in our covenant God and Father.
Christ’s rough-hewn diamonds are precious to Him, but it is His polished ones that shine the brightest, and most reflect His holy image, and have the most conspicuous place among His jewels. Though the process of polishing is often painful to the flesh and trying to the spirit—yet the result is worth it all, for that result is “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!”
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The consciousness of all our infirmities, our inward lusts, and our utter helplessness
The Christian life is one of continual conflict from its commencement to its close. There is no hope whatever that it can be otherwise. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and never can be anything else but flesh. It continually wars against the spirit—so that oftentimes, as the Apostle says, “When I would do good, evil is present with me.”
This was Paul’s own experience to the end of life, for never did he find any good thing in himself, that is, in his flesh. The flesh never changes for the better. Our only expectation and our encouragement is that through the grace of our Lord Jesus, with watchfulness and prayerfulness, it will be kept under control, and that the spiritual nature will increase in vigor daily.
The consciousness of all our infirmities, our inward lusts, and our utter helplessness—but makes the Lord Jesus more precious! The very lusts we abhor, do serve our best interests when they cause us to look more to Him. Thus they are among the all things that work for our good, by keeping us in our proper place and exalting the Lord.
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Regeneration, repentance, faith, conversion
The Holy Spirit quickens the sinner with new spiritual life. He is thus born again. It is a work complete at once, and one in which the sinner is completely passive.
This is regeneration.
The sinner knows not that he is born again, but by the results which are manifested in the mind, heart and life.
His MIND is enlightened. He becomes deeply conscious of his personal relationship to God’s holiness, to eternity, and to the judgment to come. These are to him realities such as they had never been before. He sees himself to be guilty before God, and deserving of eternal condemnation.
This is repentance.
His HEART becomes restless in consequence of his change of mind. He is weary and burdened under a consciousness of guilt. He looks to Jesus dying on the cross as the sinner’s substitute. He trusts in Him as his only hope of salvation, and thus with the heart he believes and is saved.
This is faith.
His LIFE is now changed. The mind and heart being thus affected, the whole current of his outer life is altered. The man turns from the ways of sin and turns to God. He becomes a true disciple and follower of the Lord Jesus.
This is conversion.
In other words:
I. REGENERATION is the impartation of a new nature, and is in Scripture termed “being born again.” It is an instantaneous work of the Holy Spirit, complete at once, though capable of increase in vigor and manifestation.
II. REPENTANCE is a change of mind about our relationship to God, whereby we become conscious that however moral or religious we may have been—we are really without God, and without hope in the world. We deeply sense that we are guilty before God and deserving eternal condemnation.
III. FAITH is the trust of the heart in Christ crucified, as the way of deliverance from guilt and deserved condemnation.
IV. CONVERSION is the change of the outward life. Having received Christ as his Savior, the believer now serves and follows Him as his Lord and Master.
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The deeper the work of grace
It is the characteristic of a growing state of grace not to see its growth, but to see more clearly its shortcomings.
The nearer the light, the more visible are the imperfections.
In the same way, the deeper the work of grace, the more opposition will it usually encounter in the heart; and the inward evil will generally become more vividly realized by the believer.
The more we have of each grace, the more clearly shall we discern its opposite within:
The more we have of humility, the more shall we know and mourn over our pride.
The more we have of patience, the more shall we know and mourn over our impatience.
The more we have of faith, the more shall we know and mourn over our unbelief.
The more we have of conformity to the image of Christ, the more shall we know and mourn over our lack of conformity to Him.
The more we have of self-denial, the more shall we know and mourn over our selfishness.
The more we have of love to Christ, the more shall we know and mourn over our lack of love to Him.
Thus each grace becomes a light to show us how much of the contrary we have by nature.
Indeed, by this means we grow in grace, because thus we more fully know our great need of the Lord Jesus, and are led to look more humbly, confidently, and helplessly to Him, to whom we can never look in vain. Nothing draws so abundantly from His fullness, as a helpless trusting heart.
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There are no difficulties, no sorrows or joys which are matters of chance
“Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered!” Matthew 10:30
“But not a hair of your head will perish!” Luke 21:18
Nothing is more clearly revealed in Scripture than the reality of God’s dealings with each of His redeemed people as individuals, in all that pertains to their providential path through life. In a special manner God is daily working providentially in everything small or great, for those whom He has led to seek for refuge in His once crucified Son.
There are no difficulties, no sorrows or joys which are matters of chance.
Every step in their providential path is watched over with the tenderest love and care.
There are no rough places in the way, but those which have been particularly ordained and arranged.
There are no lessons to be learned, but had long been prepared by the most wise and loving of Teachers.
There are no trials, but were planned to work out great and exceeding good by Him who has all power in Heaven and earth.
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Just what is best for you!
Remember that among your chief thoughts of the Lord Jesus, this one must ever have a prominent place: that He is ever looking down upon you and watching you with tenderest love, and ordering all things for your eternal good.
Sometimes it is spiritual medicine, at other times it is spiritual nourishment—but at all times it is spiritual good and just what is best for you! He sees and knows beyond anyone else what is best for you in each circumstance of each moment. So, always when you think of Him, think of Him as thus looking down upon you and ever caring for you.
Often the Lord, in His discipline of love, not only withholds what the heart longs for, but gives what the heart shrinks from naturally. If this is not patiently received at His hands, the discipline is of no avail and the Lord has to begin the discipline again, and sometimes again and again, but all in love—that the believer may at last leave it to Him to give, or take away, or withhold, even as He pleases.
To enjoy rest in the Lord Jesus in every providence however trying—each trying providence should be interpreted in strict accordance with His covenant love and faithfulness. To the believer, He is all love. His providences never contradict this—however unpleasing, undesirable, or disappointing they may be.
The Lord Jesus by affliction calls His people to draw still nearer to Himself in daily fellowship, in secret and personal communion, so that, having become the still deeper necessity of their souls, He may still more become their fullness of life, and peace, and joy.
With believers who are often in much affliction, the question should not be, “Why am I thus afflicted by Him more than many are who appear to be always well?” But rather, “Why am I so loved by Him more than many are; I who deserve this love no more than they do!”
The Lord Jesus wants the believer to look to Him as his all—both in providence and grace, in temporal things and in spiritual.
Affliction, pain, and trial, are not evil things. Nothing is evil but sin!
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One of the sure results of living by faith, is to bring everything in the daily life, and every thought of the heart, into subjection to the Lord Jesus, and to have no will but His.
Walking with Christ, you are sure to walk in the path of safety and blessing. What if the way is sometimes marked with rough and thorny places? What if the difficulties and perplexities are many and unexpected? Looking unto Jesus, they will be but His opportunity to prove to you more vividly and fully—what a ready helper, and what a faithful and ever-present friend you have in Him.
All that the Lord Jesus does in relation to you, is prompted by His special individual love for you.
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The gentleness of Jesus in His dealings with us every step of the way
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
His hand is a gentle one, though it be a mighty one—for to us, it is the once pierced hand of Jesus. The gentleness of Jesus is as much a feature of His character as His love. It is because He loves so much, that He is so gentle in His dealings with His people. No mother can lead her darling child so gently, or watch its path so carefully, or stoop to do such lowly acts for its well-being—as our Jesus leads, and watches over, and works for His people.
Adversity often finds rough voices and unfriendly conduct where least expected, but it always meets with gentleness in Jesus. Those whose eyes are often blinded by affliction’s tears—best know how gently the gentle hand of the Lord Jesus can wipe sorrow’s tears away. More glorious is omnipotence in wiping those tears away, than in the creation of a universe!
It is the glory of omnipotence to be gentle.
It is the sweetness of majesty to condescend.
It is the beauty of love to walk in lowliness and uplift the fallen.
Hearts wounded by disappointed hopes, by misplaced confidence, by harsh treatment—ever meet with sweet solace and soothing consolation in the gentleness of Jesus.
When the believer’s feet have slipped and he has fallen into sin, fellow-Christians may speak harshly, and upbraid and condemn—but the returning wanderer always meets with gentleness in Jesus. Love never hesitates, and can never stoop too low to multiply the comforts and the joys of the beloved one.
Psalm 18:35, “Your gentleness has made me great,” for it has raised me up from sin and shame, from sorrow and despair.
How low our Jesus stooped—let Bethlehem, and Gethsemane, and Calvary tell.
He still stoops low, for He comes down to our lowly walk and our little needs to be our daily companion, and to multiply our daily blessings. And when our lowly walk on earth is over, and from the light of glory we contemplate the path of our earthly pilgrimage—among the many manifestations of love then made clear, will be seen the gentleness of Jesus in His dealings with us every step of the way.
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Disagreement with the path, is disagreement with Him who ordained it
“Be content with such things as you have, for He has said: I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
The Lord Jesus never leaves His people. Whether they realize His presence or not, it does not alter the fact, for He is ever with them as their loving and sympathizing friend and helper—true God, yet always true man.
“I will never leave you”—there is the assurance of His gracious presence.
“Nor will I ever forsake you”—there is the assurance of His watchful care and changeless love.
It is possible for a person to have much of the company of one by whom he is forsaken in heart affection. The Lord Jesus does not deal thus with His people. His language means, “My presence shall ever go with you, My heart shall ever be towards you, and My hand shall ever hold you.” There is nothing in the darkest and most trying path in which a believer can possibly be placed, that need prevent him constantly realizing the presence and love of His Lord, and quietly resting in Him.
Fully, however, to realize the Lord’s presence and love, and quietly rest in Him, there must not only be looking up, and trusting, and waiting—but the heart must also be content with the providential path below.
If a believer would walk in loving fellowship with the Lord Jesus when in the path of trial—there must be a quiet, contented, patient abiding in that path where the Lord has placed him; for there, and there alone, will the Lord Jesus meet with him. Disagreement with the path, is disagreement with Him who ordained it.
There should be not only abiding with the Lord as the source of rest and comfort, but abiding in the path as the way of His appointment in love. The lack of this patient abiding is the reason why so many believers have such a joyless, anxious, troubled, barren experience. “Be content with such things as you have, for He has said: I will never leave you nor will I ever forsake you.”
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Heaven’s hiding-place for earth-worn souls
“In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world!” John 16:33
Stern conflict makes the experienced warrior. It is the battle alone that produces the conqueror. The believer’s path is one of warfare, because he is walking through an opposing world; but it is also one of victory, if therein he walks with Jesus. So much depends upon the soul’s position in faith. If from the midst of worldly associations it views Jesus afar off, it will be often overcome; but if it views the world and its associations from a walk of close fellowship with Him, it will always conquer, for it is ever in the place of victory. To such, the world’s tribulations but make Jesus, who is Heaven’s hiding-place for earth-worn souls, more welcome and more precious; for here on earth the Lord Jesus is best known by the help He affords, and the joy He gives to His needy and tempted ones.
The conscious need of the believer is one of his highest claims upon his Lord’s omnipotence. It is that experience of soul which most prevails with Jesus and moves Him to send forth His choicest covenant blessings.
Oh, my soul, do not be cast down though tribulations multiply; for your Jesus is ever near. Look to Him, walk closer with Him, listening to His words of love and grace, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” and you too shall be conqueror, yes, more than conqueror through Him who loves you.
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“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls!” 1 Peter 1:8-9
Much of the joy of believers may be the joy of pleasant circumstances. The result, therefore, is that, when circumstances are changed, the joy of the believer ceases. Whereas, if his joy were in the Lord, then no circumstances would alter it. Yes, even adverse circumstances would, through His grace, cause the soul more than ever to look for consolation and joy in Him.
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When you have any cross to bear, when anything more than usually trying meets you in your path, if you would walk safely and cheerfully—you must bring it at once to the Lord Jesus, to receive from Him all needed power and grace.
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The weak, the poor, and the ignorant!
“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Our great aim is to be as little children before the Lord.
We should always be as little children before the Lord, looking to Him at every step as needy and helpless ones, and resting with believing hearts on His assurance of help and grace.
We should never go to the Lord as strong ones—but as weak ones, as very children. It is . . .
not strong ones to whom He gives grace,
nor rich ones to whom He gives treasure,
nor wise ones to whom He increases knowledge—
but the weak, the poor, and the ignorant are those whom He blesses.
Happy is that soul which learns to profit by learning that it has nothing in itself, but everything in Christ.
“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was Your good pleasure.” Matthew 11:25-26
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A consciousness of need, and ignorance and helplessness
The Lord Jesus delights in a childlike trust. Too often His people want to come to Him with a trust that is man-like. That is, with a trust that has some self-reliance, some self-reasoning, or self-ability, or some self-wise plans and arrangements, or a trust that commends itself by the many things its hand has accomplished.
Whereas a childlike trust—that trust which is the result of becoming like a little child—has no self-reliance, or reasoning, or ability, or plans, or great works to encourage it—but has only a consciousness of need, and ignorance and helplessness; and looks hopefully to Him who has never yet been known to fail His trusting ones.
The childlike trust which grows out of weakness, pain and affliction, is more honoring to the Lord Jesus—than the trust which grows out of health, and ease, and the impulse of many activities.
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Where there is true growth in grace, such growth is sure to manifest itself by . . .
a closer walk with the Lord Jesus,
an increased and increasing experimental knowledge of Him,
and an increasing power over evil within and around.
If evil is consciously encouraged in the heart of the believer, or if evil rises within which he does not at once oppose, by bringing it to the Lord, and seeking help against it—such evil will surely increase in power (though it may be for a time secretly and quietly) until it be eventually not only a complete hindrance to the soul’s walk in fellowship with the Lord, but the cause of growing inconsistency in life.
The way of safe walking is to look at the evil as an enemy to be overcome at once, by bringing it to the light before the Lord Jesus, and looking to Him for grace to overcome it. Evil thus treated will result in increased fellowship with the Lord, by bringing the believer to Him on an errand of need which is sure to meet with success.
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Living by faith in Christ includes the wish to have everything as He sees best, and to walk contentedly with Him in every incident in the path of life which He appoints; so that you would not have anything altered until He sees fit.
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The possession of much scriptural knowledge about Christ
Love for Christ, or joy in Christ, is not always according to the amount of doctrinal knowledge. There may be very much knowledge of revealed truth concerning Him—and yet but little true joy in Him, or desire after Him.
There may be, on the other hand, but little doctrinal knowledge—yet much joy in Him as a personal Savior, and Friend, and Helper.
The possession of much scriptural knowledge about Christ, without living more fully upon Him by faith, is like being in the possession of much food, and understanding its nature and excellency, but not partaking of it. The failure of spiritual strength, like the failure of physical strength—is caused either by hidden disease, open irregularities, improper food, or insufficiency of that which is good.
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Growing in grace
Remember that among your chief thoughts of the Lord Jesus, one must ever have a prominent place: that He is ever looking down upon you and watching you with tenderest love, and ordering all things for your good.
Sometimes it is spiritual medicine, at other times it is spiritual nourishment—but at all times it is spiritual good, and just what is best for you. He sees and knows beyond any one else just what is best for each day and hour. So, always when you think of Him, think of Him as thus looking down upon you and ever caring for you.
The Holy Spirit is always assisting us in our calm, judicious, prayerful thinking about Jesus and His Word, and also in looking to Jesus for grace to help in all we do. He is ever leading us in all to think of Christ and to live for Christ and continually to look to Christ. In fewer words, the Holy Spirit helps us to look to Christ for everything, and to serve Christ in everything.
The natural mind makes self the center, and self the end.
The spiritual mind makes Christ the center, and Christ the end.
The more we seek Christ, and the less we seek self—the more we please the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Christ is the source and end both of grace on earth and glory in Heaven.
Grace in the heart, is glory in its beginnings.
Glory in Heaven, is grace in its full consummation.
Growing in grace is living more upon Christ, and living more for Christ, and growing more like Christ here on earth.
To learn of Christ and live upon Christ, is the highest experience of the soul here or hereafter.
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The most prominent object of the soul’s regard
“I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
You would realize more of His love if you were to individualize it to yourself, even as you do His death for your individual personal salvation. Concerning the latter, nothing will satisfy you fully but your ability consciously to adopt the language of the Apostle, “He gave Himself for me!”
So, in relation to His love, nothing can fully satisfy you but to be able consciously to say, “He loved me!”
He so loved you as if He had singled you out that He might fix His special personal love upon you—upon you individually and personally. This He really has done. It is no vain supposition, but a fact—a wonderful fact for which you will praise Him hereafter, world without end.
The most prominent object of the soul’s regard, at all times, should be the God-man; the Lord Jesus, ever living, and loving, and sympathizing, and supporting; who is ever present with us, and to whom, though He is God, we can speak in holy, loving, childlike confidence, and with whom, because He is man, we can realize a nearness and relationship we could not do if He were only God. He it is who so often assures and comforts us by His presence and love.
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How comforting and assuring is this!
Jesus well knows what it is to pass through stormy waters and fierce fires. He is always with His people in similar experience, according to His Word: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior!” Isaiah 43:1-3
He does not say there will be no waters to pass through, nor fires to walk through—but He does say that they shall not harm us.
Mark the blessedness: it is not that He sends help by His angels, that would not be sufficient for His loving heart. It is, “I will be with you.” How comforting and assuring is this! Had omnipotence been joined to an angel, while the help would have been sure, the loving sympathy and precious fellowship could not have been the same. But, for our help and joy, omnipotence is for us in a man—a man true and tried in every respect—true God and real man. So the weary one finding his weak and trembling hand held by a man, and one who is not ashamed to call him brother—he finds also that it is held by omnipotence, for He is the Son of man with fellow-feeling to sympathize, and the Son of God with omnipotence to help!
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The Lord’s way of helping His people in trial, is most frequently not by removing the trial, but by Himself becoming their companion, and friend, and helper in it. Therefore the more sure way of blessing is to look to the Lord Jesus in the trial, to take it from His hand, and walk with Him in it.
Nothing can be more clearly revealed in Scripture than the reality of God’s dealings with each of His people as individuals in all that pertains to their providential path through life.
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The real, loving, gracious Father of each of His sinful children!
The Christian finds in the death of Christ, not only a way of deliverance from his fears, but a way to more personal thoughts of God, and to closer relationship and more intimacy with Him than he had ever thought possible. Reconciliation, deliverance, peace, forgiveness, redemption, acceptance—are all intensely personal, and he begins to understand them as such. He comprehends as he never could before, that God is to him a personal God, and a personal Father; not one who merely takes upon Himself the character of a Father—but the real, loving, gracious Father of each of His sinful children!
He is now also brought into personal fellowship with the Lord Jesus as a personal Savior and friend and helper, and as one who is the first-born among many brethren; not one who condescends to speak of Himself as merely having the feelings of such—but really, tangibly, personally, unchangeably so!
Heaven now is to him no longer a dim and perplexing uncertainty of the future, but a bright and sure prospect of endless fellowship with a real Father and a real Christ!
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If you would realize these blessings
The Gospel . . .
cheers the downcast,
strengthens the feeble,
encourages the timid,
heals the broken-hearted,
gives light in darkness,
supplies rest to the weary,
and stable joy to the sorrowful.
If you would realize these blessings, it can only be by having the chief and most prominent feature in your soul’s experience, the constant assurance of the presence of an unseen but real man—the God-man who is ever ever watching over you and caring for you with an unceasing love, however little you may have been conscious of it. A true man, who is also the true God, He is one to whom you can tell with confidence and comfort all your needs, all your evils, all your sorrows, and with whom you can walk in holy fellowship . . .
as an unseen but true-hearted friend,
and as the first-born among many brethren,
and an almighty and ever-loving helper!
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