GOD’S VOICE IN HIS WORD

GOD’S VOICE IN HIS WORD

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me!” [John 10:27]

To have a functional fellowship with a living God we must develop the habit of stillness. We can’t hear God speak when there is a din of noise inside us. He doesn’t speak to our flesh and our emotions. We must learn to be still and know He is God. Jesus said, enter into your closet and shut the door. There is a closet inside of you where you can shut the door while life goes on around you. And so often, when you shut that door, you get direction about how to proceed in the midst of what’s going on. You must practice being present to God. It is very little comfort to know that God is present everywhere if you are not present to Him where you are. That’s stillness. We are to wait on Him, worship Him, recognize it is Him we want, not His blessings. It is Him we want, not the experience of Him speaking.

How do we discern the difference between our own thoughts and His Voice? When we are quiet there are many thoughts that come; but our task is to hear Him in the midst of those thoughts. It’s like tuning in a radio to a particular frequency, you have to ignore the whole mass of static and strange voices coming in, and zero in on the one you are searching for. He’s speaking, we’re just not always listening. At work, you puzzle over a problem and then He comes and you know the answer to it. You only know it because He told you. He gives you wisdom beyond your own. There are times when you are wallowing in depression, there seems no way out, but He’s there. Just as He was with Paul. And He speaks a word and suddenly a peace that passes all understanding comes over you. Nothing in your circumstances has changed, but you now have His perspective on them, you are learning like Paul to be content in whatsoever state you are in.

If God is going to be heard clearly, we must live in a habitation of mediation upon His word. We must immerse ourselves in the Scriptures, basing our thinking upon His Word, filling ourselves with it; letting His Living Water wash our minds clean of the world’s distortions of reality. Then, when through His Word He speaks to us, we are in the right state of mind to receive what He says.

“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart!” [Heb 4:12]

Those words describe Jesus dealings with us as the Word of God. The first test of whether I’ve really heard God speak to me is to check what was said against the written Word. The first two screening questions must be: does this add to the written Word of God? Does this contradict what He has already said? If it disagrees with the Scriptures, it is not of Him.

Paul wrote some harsh words to the Galatians. Galatians 1:8-9 Even if we or an angel from heaven should speak to you a gospel that is contrary to that which we have preached, let him be accursed. In verse 9 he repeats the same thing. Twice over in two verses. When angels come to visit, we aren’t to drop the Bible and receive them without question. Rather, we should say, “sit down, angel, let me check what you say with the scripture.” Gods Word is the last word!

If what were hearing doesnt line up with the Word of God, its not His Word. There’s more out there than the Holy Spirit; we dare not walk in this world except in the Spirit. Without His protection we can get really weird; we can commit gross sin. Every confused and amateur Christian is in that condition due to ignorance or disregard of Gods written Word. Listening to God never means seeking extra-Biblical revelations. If what we hear really is God speaking in our hearts, it will be encompassed in a principle already written in the Word of God. He will be showing us a Biblical principle to apply to our lives today. Jesus was saturated in the Scripture; he quoted it continually. In this, as in all things, He is our model.

“Let the peace of God rule in your heart.” [Col 3:15]

Finally, there is the confirmation of His Peace. Whenever God speaks, even if what He is saying to us is corrective, there will always be His peace with it. The peace of God acts as an umpire in your heart. This is how we know what we are hearing is from Him; there is a peace that accompanies it. Maybe there comes a time when an opportunity opens for you, but you don’t feel right about taking it. Just stop. Your peace is disturbed. Wait for His peace to tell you it is OK to go ahead; if you don’t receive it; don’t go. In walking with Him, in making decisions, keep consulting His umpiring peace.

May the Peace of God umpire your heart and mind as you continue to learn how to listen to Him. God bless you with a full knowledge of who you are in Christ.” [ A.G. Veal]

Though the Lord does manifest Himself and speak to His people today in many ways, the first and foremost is always the WORD OF GOD!

There is the printed Word of God and the audible Word when one reads it . . . but then there is the VOICE of His Word which we need to tune in to. It is a ‘still small voice’!

“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.” (1Kings 19:11,12)

Keep your spiritual ears open for that ‘still small voice’ my dear friend. Even the angels do His bidding, not just by hearing His Word, but by hearing the ‘voice of His Word’! “Bless the Lord , ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the VOICE OF HIS WORD.” (Psalm 103:20)

Read Psalm 119 and notice the importance and priority David places on God’s Word. He uses many synonyms like ‘Thy testimonies’, ‘Thy law’, ‘Thy precepts’, ‘Thy comforts’, ‘Thy statutes’, ‘Thy judgments’, ‘Thy commandments’ etc . . . But they all mean one and the same thing – The Word of God!

The more acquainted you are with the Word, the more closer you will be to Jesus, for the Lord Jesus is that Word made flesh who dwelt among us. It is the SPIRIT that quikeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing! The Words that He spoke unto us THEY are Spirit and they are LIFE! (John 6:63) So spend time in the Word and always ask – “Dear Lord, WHAT will Thou have me to do in this situation?” And trust me, God is ever faithful to guide the soul that seeks Him! As it is written – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In ALL thy ways acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy paths.” [Prov 3:5,6]

Most of the time our fallen nature gets in the way and we think WE know what to do! This is a grave mistake. When we are involved in a spiritual war like we are, even the most logical thing to do might not be the ‘will of the Lord for us!’ So we must imitate Jehoshaphat and say – “O our God . . . we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; NEITHER KNOW WE WHAT TO DO: but OUR EYES ARE UPON THEE!” [2Chron 20:12]

 

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NONE BELIEVE SAVE THOSE ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE

NONE BELIEVE SAVE THOSE ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE

A.W. Pink

“As many as were ordained to eternal life, believed” (Acts 13:48).

Every artifice of human ingenuity has been employed to blunt the sharp edge of this Scripture and to explain away the obvious meaning of these words, but it has been employed in vain, though nothing will ever be able to reconcile this and similar passages to the mind of the natural man. “As many as were ordained to eternal life, believed.”

Here we learn four things:

First, that believing is the consequence AND NOT THE CAUSE of God’s decree.

Second, that a LIMITED NUMBER only are “ordained to eternal life,” for if all men without exception were thus ordained by God, then the words “as many as are a meaningless qualification.

Third, that this “ordination” of God is not to mere external privileges but to “eternal life,” not to service but to SALVATION ITSELF.

Fourth, that ALL—”as many as,” NOT ONE LESS—who are thus ordained by God to eternal life WILL most certainly believe.

The comments of the beloved Spurgeon on the above passage are well worthy of our notice. Said he –

“Attempts have been made to prove that these words do not teach predestination, but these attempts so clearly do violence to language that I shall not waste time in answering them. I read: ‘As many as were ordained to eternal life believed’, and I shall not twist the text but shall glorify the grace of God by ascribing to that grace the faith of every man.
Is it not God who gives the disposition to believe? If men are disposed to have eternal life, does not He—in every case—dispose them?

Is it wrong for God to give grace? If it be right for Him to give it, is it wrong for Him to purpose to give it? Would you have Him give it by accident? If it is right for Him to purpose to give grace today, it was right for Him to purpose it before today—and, since He changes not—from eternity.”

[ Quoted from A.W. Pink’s ‘Sovereignty of God’ ]

IF A MAN LOVES CHRIST IT IS BECAUSE CHRIST FIRST LOVED HIM

IF A MAN LOVES CHRIST IT IS BECAUSE CHRIST FIRST LOVED HIM

C.H. Spurgeon

“We love Him because He first loved us.” [1 John 4:19]

There is no light in the planet but that which proceeds from the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which comes from the Lord Jesus himself.

From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and certain truth, that we love Him for no other reason than because He first loved us. Our love to Him is “the fair offspring” of His love to us.

Cold admiration, when studying the works of God, anyone may have. But the warmth of love can only be kindled in the heart by God’s Spirit.

How great the wonder that such as we should ever have been brought to love Jesus at all! How marvellous that when we had rebelled against Him, He should, by a display of such amazing love, seek to draw us back. No! never should we have had a grain of love towards God unless it had been sown in us by the sweet seed of His love to us.

Our love, then, has for its parent the love of God shed abroad in the heart: but after it is thus divinely born, it must “be divinely nourished”.

Love is an exotic– it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above. Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it received no nourishment but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither.

As love comes from heaven, so it must feed on heavenly bread. It cannot exist in the wilderness unless it be fed by manna from on high.

Love must feed on love.
The very soul and life of our love to God is His love to us.

“I love Thee, Lord, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love Thee, Lord; but all the love is Thine,
For by Thy love I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in Thee.”

If Christ has our love…

If Christ has our LOVE He has our ALL; and Christ never has what He deserves from us, until He has our love! True love withholds nothing from Christ, when it is sincerely set upon Him. If we actually love Him, He will have our time, and He will have our service. He will have the use of all our resources, and gifts, and graces. Indeed, then He shall have our possessions, and our very lives, whenever He calls for them.

In the same way, when God loves any of us, He will withhold nothing from us that is truly good for us. He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? [Rom.8:32]

When Christ loves us, He gives us everything we need – His merits to justify us, His Spirit to sanctify us, His grace to adorn us and His glory to crown us. Therefore, when any of us love Christ sincerely, we lay everything down at His feet, and give up all to be at His command and service. ”

“The desire of our soul is to Thy name, and to the remembrance of Thee. With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early!” [Isaiah 26:8,9]

ALL YOUR EGGS IN JESUS’ BASKET

ALL YOUR EGGS IN JESUS’ BASKET

They said you should never put all your eggs in one basket . . . but I went and ahead and put them anyway, because that ‘basket’ to me was the Lord Jesus! Have I been the better for doing such a thing? No, not as far as THIS world is concerned! In fact as far as THIS world goes, I am an utter failure!

But hey, THIS world isn’t everything! There IS a world to come! And in that world I shall be glad that I obeyed the Lord Jesus and put all my eggs in His basket! And all the glory shall be to GOD ALONE!

As Jim Elliot said long ago – “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose!”

And as Luther said – “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess!”

THEN shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear”! [Matt 13:43]

Love
Michael Jeshurun

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO READ YOUR BIBLE – YOU MUST MEDITATE ON IT

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO READ YOUR BIBLE – YOU MUST MEDITATE ON IT

Saturation with the Scriptures is the Secret to Satisfaction of our Souls

The Puritan writer Thomas Brooks offers an excellent description of Biblical meditation…

Remember that it is not hasty reading—but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee which gathers honey (cp Ps 19:10-note; Ps 119:103-note)—but her abiding for a time on the flower which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most—who will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.”

Meditation is CHEWING. Meditation is aptly depicted by the cow’s process of mastication (chewing). God has so constructed bovines to bring up previously digested food for additional grinding to enable optimal assimilation of the “cud.” Meditation is pondering and reviewing various thoughts (especially the thoughts/words of God) by mulling them over in one’s mind and heart (our “control center” so to speak – see Pr 4:23-note).

Meditation is the processing of God’s food for our soul (real “soul food!) One might call it “divine thought digestion.” “Chewing” upon a divine thought, deliberately and diligently, a process which (enabled by the Spirit our “Sanctifier”) provides the vital link between theory and action, between God’s Word on paper and God’s Word in our life. What mastication is to the physical life of the cow, meditation is to the spiritual life of those created in the image of God.

C H Spurgeon asks a good question…

“Have you a spiritual taste, dear Hearer? It is one thing to hear the Word. It is another thing to taste it. Hearing the Word is often blessed, but tasting it is a more inward and spiritual thing—it is the enjoyment of the Truth in the innermost parts of our being! Oh, that we were all as fond of the Word as were the old mystics who chewed the cud of meditation till they were fattened upon the Word of the Lord and their souls grew strong in the Divine Love! I am sure of this—the more you know of God’s Word, the more you will love it!”—The True Sayings of God – #3144

Meditation is ANALYZING. Literally analyzing describes the art of taking an intentional, lengthy look at a given object as the jeweler does when he puts his eyepiece on to examine the character and qualities of a flawless diamond. Indeed, “The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” (Ps 12:6-note) Meditation on the living and active (energetic) Word (Heb 4:12-note) is like gazing at a prism, which breaks a single beam of sunlight into many component colors. As we take time to steadily focus on the “diamond” of God’s Word, the Spirit illumines the Son’s light in His many and variegated “colors and hues.”

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law (Psalm 119:18).

Meditation is ACTION. Someone has described it: “Making words into thoughts and thoughts into actions.” It is mental planning ahead with definite action in mind for accomplishing a job. Andrew Murray describes it: “Holding the Word of God in your heart until it has affected every phase of your life… this is meditation.”

Now tie these three thoughts together: chewing, analyzing and action. Reflect on each of them now before reading any further. Give God time for divine polishing in His secret place in order to more effectually reproduce His glory and beauty in public.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou SHALT MEDITATE therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for THEN thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” [Joshua 1:8]

[Quoted from Precept Austin.org]

BOTH THE ‘LOOKING UNTO JESUS’ AND THE ‘RUNNING AFTER HIM’ IS BY GOD’S ENABLING

BOTH THE ‘LOOKING UNTO JESUS’ AND THE ‘RUNNING AFTER HIM’ IS BY GOD’S ENABLING

J.C. Philpot

“Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith.” [Hebrews 12:2]

No one can ever run the race set before him, except by looking unto Jesus. He is at the head of the race; He stands at the goal; holding the crown of victory in His hand, which He puts upon the head of the successful runner. And we can only run on as we view Jesus by the eye of faith at the right hand of the Father opening His blessed arms to receive us into His own bosom at the end of the race.

Nor indeed can anyone really look to Him BUT BY THE SPECIAL GIFT AND GRACE OF GOD. He must be REVEALED to the soul by the power of God; we must behold His glorious Godhead and His suffering manhood by the EYE OF FAITH; and we must view Him as the incarnate God; the only Mediator between God and man.

We must see the efficacy of His atoning blood to purge a guilty conscience; the blessedness of His obedience to justify a needy, naked soul; the sweetness of His dying love as an inward balm and cordial against all the thousand ills and sorrows of life. We must see His glory, as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth; His suitability to every want and woe; His infinite compassion to the vilest and worst of sinners; His patient forbearance and wondrous long-suffering of our sins and backslidings; His unchanging love, stronger than death itself; His readiness to hear; His willingness to bless; and His ability to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him.

Thus the heavenly runner looks not to the course however long, nor to the ground however rough, nor to his own exertions however multiplied, nor to his own strength whether much or little; nor to applauding friends nor condemning foes; but wholly and solely to the incarnate Son of God.

Jesus draws him onward with His invincible grace. Every glance of His beauteous Person renews the flame of holy love; every sight of His blood and righteousness kindles desires to experience more of their efficacy and blessedness; and every touch of His sacred finger melts the heart into conformity to His suffering image.

This is the life of a Christian,—day by day, to be running a race for eternity; and as speeding onward to a heavenly goal, to manifest his sincerity and earnestness by continually breathing forth the yearnings of his soul after divine realities, and to be pressing forward more and more toward the Lord Jesus Christ, as giving him a heavenly crown when he has finished his course with joy.

AIN’T NO SUCH THING AS A ‘SECRET’ BELIEVER

AIN’T NO SUCH THING AS A ‘SECRET’ BELIEVER

Michael Jeshurun

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy!” [Psalm 107:2] 

The story is told of Sam the miner who came to town as he always did once in a month to report to his head quarters and do his regular shopping before he went back to the mining fields. This time while in town he happened to run into a street evangelist who was preaching the gospel and after hearing him got convicted and ‘accepted Christ’ as his Lord and Saviour.

Now the street evangelist cautioned him, “Brother Sam, make sure you regularly read the Bible I gave you and spend time in prayer, and remember it isn’t going to be easy for you; because your beer drinking buddies are gonna revile you, mock you and persecute you for having become a true Christian. But I will be praying for you and the Lord’s grace will be sufficient for you. So long, take care.”

A month later Sam is back in town for his usual business and shopping and runs into the evangelist again. And the excited evangelist asks, “So how was it back at the mines, Brother Sam? Did your unbelieving friends ridicule you, make fun of you and persecute you?”

Sam sheepishly retorted, “No one actually found out I’d become a Christian!”

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid!” [Matt 5:14]

Notice the Master says not, “A city that is set on an hill SHOULD NOT be hid!” but rather “CANNOT be hid!”
If you’re truly saved, it’ll show! “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard!” [Acts 4:20]

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy!” [Psalm 107:2] Not only does the truly redeemed man testify of the One who delivered him but also exposes from WHAT he was delivered from!

The drunkard who has been delivered by Christ from his sin of drunkenness and intemperance has the Bottle as his enemy from which he was delivered from and so he testifies against it! Likewise the prostitute who has been delivered from a life of prostitution has for her enemy her harlotry and whoredom and so testifies against it! And both the saved drunkard and the harlot so testify with a purpose to not only glorify God but with a desire to see other drunkards and harlots be delivered like them!

But there is a greater enemy of souls which men are delivered from! And that is the LIE which masquerades as the Truth! All false religions which call themselves ‘Christian’, be they Roman Catholics, Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses or those deceived by the Pentecostal Word Faith heresy . . . they ALL fall under THIS category!

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death!” [Prov 14:12]

The drunkards in the bars or the prostitutes in the whorehouse needs nobody to tell them that their sinful lifestyle will send them to hell. Most such sinners already know that! But the nominal Christian who is trusting in his ‘wafer God’ or his fake ‘born-again’ Pentecostal experience thinks that he is on his way to heaven, and so is in a GREATER DARKNESS than the drunkard and the whore! The Master said, “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, HOW GREAT is that darkness!” [Matt 6:23]

And if we have been delivered from the darkness of these false Christian religions and false Christ’s then it is our bounden duty to expose it and testify to all WHAT it is that Christ delivered us from! In fact THIS is true love . . . i.e. to tell our loved ones that the religion in which they are trusting in will damn their eternal souls!

But if like Billy Graham or Mother Teresa we are telling the Roman Catholics to go back to their Catholic Church and be a ‘better Catholic’ it only goes to show that we have not really been saved as we claim to!

Almost every so called Reformer, Puritan or Baptist worth his salt spoke out against the Roman Whore and warned people to come out of it! [Rev 17:1, 18:4] And some of them sealed their testimony with their blood!

Nothing has changed, beloved! The Devil is as vile as he always was! Only now he is packaging his lies with more attractive gift wrappers – like the Prosperity health wealth gospel, the G12 vision, the flesh appealing ‘praise and worship’ services of the Assemblies of God etc . . .

It doesn’t take make much to preach a loving Jesus who loves all and is benevolent to all including unrepentant gays and lesbians and promises perfect health, wealth and prosperity! That kind of wimpy ‘Jesus’ stirs no controversy and that kind of sugar coated ‘gospel’ carries no offence with it! [Gal 5:11] It is welcomed by all and if you’re interested in numbers you’d better make sure you preach this false Christ!

But if it is your prayer and desire to preach as the apostle did ‘the whole counsel of God’[Acts 20:27] and someday hear your Master commend you with a “well done thou good and faithful servant!” not a “well done thou good and SUCCESSFUL servant” but a “well done thou good and FAITHFUL servant!” then you’d better start telling it like it is and stop mincing words and let the chips fall where they may!

There’s a price to pay for that kind of preaching! But hey, you’ll be in good company, for THAT is how your Lord and His disciples preached! “And when they were come, they say unto Him (Jesus), Master, we know that Thou art true, and CAREST FOR NO MAN: FOR THOU REGARDEST NOT THE PERSON OF MEN, BUT TEACHEST THE WAY OF GOD IN TRUTH! [Mark 12:14]

Can this be said of YOU, my dear ‘born-again’ Christian?!
“The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, BECAUSE I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil!” [John 7:7]

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy!” [Psalm 107:2]

 

UNLESS GOD CHOOSES YOU AND CAUSES YOU TO APPROACH HIM YOU NEVER WILL

UNLESS GOD CHOOSES YOU AND CAUSES YOU TO APPROACH HIM YOU NEVER WILL

Michael Jeshurun

“Blessed is the man whom THOU CHOOSEST, and CAUSEST to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in Thy courts”! [Psa 65:4]

Watch carefully, that God not only ‘CHOOSES’ but ‘CAUSES’ the one chosen ‘TO APPROACH’ Him. In other words, or in the words of our Lord “DRAGS HIM’ to Himself!

“No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me DRAW him”! [John 6:44] The word ‘DRAW’ in the Greek literally means to DRAG! Its first occurrence is here in John 6:44. Here it is the power of God overcoming the enmity of the carnal mind. It occurs again in John 18:10 –

“Then Simon Peter having a sword DREW it, and smote the high priest’s servant.”

Here the term signifies that Peter laid FIRM HOLD of his sword and PULLED IT OUT of its sheath. It is found again in John 21:6, 11, “Simon Peter went up and DREW the net to land full of great fishes.” Here it signifies the putting forth of strength so as to DRAG AN INANIMATE AND HEAVY OBJECT. It is used (in a slightly different form) in James 2:6, “Do not rich men oppress you and DRAW YOU before the judgment seats?” Here it has reference to the IMPELLING OF UNWILLING subjects.

Hence from its usage in the New Testament we are therefore obliged to understand that fallen man if he is to ‘come to God’ at all, he MUST BE DRAWN OR DRAGGED BY THE POWER OF OMNIPOTENCE! In raising the sinner from spiritual death to eternal life God employs the same power which He put forth in raising Christ from the dead! [Eph 2:4-6]

This is why when the apostles exclaimed – “WHO then can be saved”? The Lord replied – “With MEN IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, but not with God: for WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”! [Mark 10:27] Hallelujah!

But it is a known fact that God the Father does not draw EVERYONE to Christ! WHY?!

BECAUSE HE DOES NOT LOVE EVERYONE!

The love of the father is a DISCRIMINATIVE love! It CHOOSES whom to love and whom to hate. “Jacob have I loved, Esau have I hated”! [Rom 9:13]

In the same line He chooses on whom He will have mercy and whom He will harden! [Rom 9:18]

If God was dealing with a bunch of ‘INNOCENT’ men and women this would seem unjust! But God is dealing with a fallen bunch of God haters who are His enemies (Rom 5:10), and if there is anything He owes them it is HELL!

So out of this ‘Hell-Deserving’ bunch or ‘lump’ He chooses to display His UNCONDITIONAL MERCY on some and the rest He ordains to eternal damnation which they rightly deserve!

These are the facts! You’ve got to put it in your pipe and smoke it whether you like it or not!

If the Father was choosing everyone and drawing everyone as some suppose, then, scriptures like these make no sense –
“Blessed is the man whom Thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in Thy courts”! [Psa 65:4]

Notice that these few whom the Father loves, He not only ‘CHOOSES’, but ‘CAUSES’ to approach unto Him!

Fallen man is so depraved that just ‘choosing him’ is not going to save him!! God must ‘CAUSE’ him to approach!
In other words, the Father must not only choose or elect those whom He loves, but He must DRAW them to Christ!

And He does not draw ALL, because He has not chosen ALL. And He has not chosen ALL, because He has not loved ALL!

I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, “Wherein hast Thou loved us”? Was not Esau Jacob’s BROTHER? saith the LORD: YET I LOVED JACOB, AND I HATED ESAU, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness”! [Malachi 1:2,3]

HOW do I know that God loves ME and that I am one of His elect?

Why, I look around me and see so many of my own family who are morally better off than me, who are either lost in unbelief or in a false religion, and that God has loved me and DRAWN ME to Himself and taught me truths which ‘angels desire to look into’ [1Pet 1:12], by this I KNOW I am one of His elect!

“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: THEREFORE with loving kindness have I DRAWN THEE”! [Jer 31:3] Hallelujah!

THE LEADING OF THE LORD

THE LEADING OF THE LORD

A.W. Pink

“He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; He led him about, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” [Deut 32:10]

“He led him about.” The “finding” is not the end, but only the beginning of God’s dealings with His own. Having found him, He remains never more to leave him. Now that He has found His wandering child He teaches him to walk in the Narrow Way. There is a beautiful word on God “leading” in Hosea 11:3: “I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms. Just as a fond mother takes her little one, whose feet are yet too weak and untrained to walk alone, so the Lord takes His people by their arms and leads them in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Such is His promise: “He will keep the feet of His saints” (1 Sam. 2:9). There is a threefold “leading” of the Lord:

EVANGELICAL.—The Lord Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me” (John 14:6). But again He said, ‘No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” John 6:44). Here then is how God leads: He leads the poor sinner to Christ. Have you, my reader, been brought to the Saviour? Is Christ your only hope? Are you trusting in the sufficiency of His precious blood? If so, what cause have you to praise God for having led you to His blessed Son!

DOCTRINAL.—The Lord Jesus declared, “When He the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all the truth” John 16:13). We are not capable of discovering or entering into the Truth of ourselves, therefore do we have to be guided into it. “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14). It is He who makes us to lie down in the “green pastures of Scripture and who leads us beside the “still waters” of His promises. How thankful we ought to be for every ray of light which has been granted us from the lamp of God’s Word.

PROVIDENTIAL.—”Thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way wherein they should go” (Neh. 9:19). Just as Jehovah led Israel of old, so today He leads us step by step through this wilderness-world. What a mercy this is. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delighteth in his way” (Ps. 37:23). Yes, every detail of our lives is regulated by the Most High.

All my times are in Thy hand,
All events at Thy command,
All must come and last and end,
As doth please our Heavenly Friend.

STRUGGLE WITH SIN – A SIGN OF REGENERATION

STRUGGLE WITH SIN – A SIGN OF REGENERATION

A.W. Pink

He who is really honest with himself and has had his eyes opened in some degree to see the awful sinfulness of self, and who is becoming more and more acquainted with that sink of iniquity, that mass of corruption which still indwells him, often feels that sin more completely rules him now than ever it did before. When he longs to trust God with all his heart, unbelief seems to paralyze him. When he wishes to be completely surrendered to God’s blessed will, murmurings and rebellion surge within him. 

When he would spend an hour in meditating on the things of God, evil imaginations harass him. When he desires to be more humble, pride seeks to fill him. When he would pray, his mind wanders. The more he fights against these sins, the further off victory seems to be. To him it appears that sin is very much the master of him, and Satan tells him that his profession is vain. What shall we say to such a dear soul who is deeply exercised over this problem?

The very fact that you are conscious of these sins and are so much concerned over your failure to overcome them, is a HEALTHY SIGN. It is the blind who cannot see; it is the dead who feel not – true alike naturally and spiritually. Only they who have been quickened into newness of life are capable OF REAL SORROW FOR SIN. Moreover, such experiences as we have mentioned above evidence a spiritual growth: a growth in the knowledge of self. As the wise man tells us, ‘he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow’ (Eccl. 1:18). In God’s light we see light (Ps. 36:9). The more the Holy Spirit reveals to me the high claims of God’s holiness, the more I discover how far short I come of meeting them.

Let the midday sun shine into a darkened room, and dust and dirt which before were invisible are now plainly seen. So with the Christian: the more the light of God enters his heart, the more he discovers the spiritual filth which dwells there. Beloved brother, or sister, it is not that you are becoming more sinful, but that GOD IS NOW GIVING YOU A CLEARER AND FULLER SIGHT OF YOUR SINFULNESS. Praise Him for it, for the eyes of the vast majority of your fellows (religionists included) are blind, and cannot see what so distresses YOU!