To Ponder:

“Worship has always been characteristic of the people of God. When God created man He made him in His own ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ (Gen. 1:26-27). The chief end of God’s image-bearers was ‘to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.’ Human nature was programmed to worship God. But when sin entered the world at the fall, the program became corrupted. Human beings are still worshippers; but since the fall they ‘worship and serve the creature rather than the  Creator’ (Rom. 1:25). The word ‘godly’, which occurs frequently in the Bible, means to be ‘godlike’. It is the will of God that all His children are godly (1 Thess. 4:3): this is good and pleases God (1 Tim. 2:3); to ‘live…godly lives in the present age’ is also one of the reasons why the saving grace of God appeared (Titus 2:11-12). God wants to reproduce His holy character in His people” “The Church, Glorious Body, Radiant Bride” Mark Johnston

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Perhaps no figure of speech represents God in a more gracious light, than when He is spoken of as stooping from His throne and coming down from Heaven to attend to the wants and woes of His redeemed people. How can we but love Him, when we know that He numbers the very hairs of our heads, marks all our paths, and orders all our ways? When a tear is wept by you–do not think that God does not behold it, for “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle.  You have recorded each one in Your book.” Psalm 56:8. Your sigh is able to move the heart of Jehovah, your whisper can incline His ear unto you, your prayer can stay His hand, your faith can move His arm! Do not think that God sits on high taking no account of you. For the eyes of the Lord run to and for throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. (Charles Spurgeon)

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“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. Upon some points, a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that an invisible hand is always on the world’s rudder. He also knows that wherever providence may drift–Jehovah steers it. That reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He knows that God is always wise, and knowing this he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes–that nothing can occur which ought not to occur. He can say, “If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose it, than have it–if God so wills. The worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing which could befall me–if God ordains it!” “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.” The Christian does not merely hold this as amere theory, but he knows it as a certain fact. Everything has worked for good as yet. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results. So believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil–the believer’s heart is assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes. The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, “Send me what You will, my God–as long as it comes from You. There has never come a bad portion from Your table, to any of Your children!” (Charles Spurgeon)

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“Hold me up–and I shall be safe!” Psalm 119:117. The voyage of life is a perilous ocean! People talk about the terrors of death–but living has greater terrors than dying! In Miss Procter’s poem, a child asks, “What is life, father?” and gets the answer that life is a battle, where many fall and fail. Then the child asks, “What is death, father?” We are not surprised that when she learns that death is the rest which comes at the end of the strife of life, she says: “Let me die, father–for I fear to live.” The wise answer is, “You must live first–and persevere through the battlefields of life.” Life is full of perils, but there is One who can guard us from stumbling and present us faultless before the presence of God at last. We need only to have Christ for our Friend–and He will bring us safely through all peril. But without Christ, we never can get home to Heaven. “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far!” Philippians 1:23. “Blessed are those who die in the Lord!” Revelation 14:13. (J.R. Miller)

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The Christian is not a good man. He is a vile wretch who has been save by the grace of God! (Martyn Lloyd Jones)
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. “When we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son” Romans 5:10. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst!” 1 Timothy 1:15.

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Oh! look before you, and see where it leads! “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it!” Matthew 7:13-14. This, my friends, and this alone–is the way of salvation. Is this the way in which you are walking? Or is it the smooth, easy downward road to destruction? You may slide along that without exertion or difficulty, like a dead fish floating with the stream; but oh! look before you, and see where it leads! Most people form some easy system of religion, from their own vain imaginations, suited to their depraved taste, indulgent to their sloth and carnality, and favorable to their lusts–and this they call ‘Christianity’! But this is not the religion of the Bible! This is not the way to life laid out by God in His Word–but it is the smooth downward road to destruction! (Samuel Davies, “Saints Saved with Difficulty; and the Certain Perdition of the Wicked”)

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I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God! “Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God!” Psalm 90:1-2. The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He himself may be rich today–and poor tomorrow, he may be sickly today–and well tomorrow, he may be in happiness today–tomorrow he may be distressed;
but there is never any change with regard to his relationship to God. If He loved me yesterday–then He loves me today. My unmoving mansion of rest, is my blessed Lord. Let prospects be ruined, let hopes be blasted, let joy be withered, let mildews destroy everything, I have lost nothing of what I have in God. He is “my strong habitation where unto I can continually resort.” I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation. “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign LORD is my strength!” Habakkuk 3:17-19. (Charles Spurgeon)

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