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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 4

Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 4

The Mercy of God

"Oh, give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever" (Psalm 136:1).

This psalm is wholly devoted to the praise of God's mercy. In each of the twenty-six verses we have the expression:

"His mercy endureth forever." The Psalmist was full of this glad thought. Our hearts too should be filled with the blessed assurance. The everlasting, unchangeable mercy of God is cause for unceasing praise and thanksgiving.

Let us read what is said about God's mercy in the well-known Psalm 103.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul: who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies" (v. 4).

Of all God's other attributes, mercy is the crown. May it be a crown upon my head and in my life!

"The Lord is merciful and gracious, and plenteous in mercy" (v. 8). As wonderful as God's greatness is, so infinite is His mercy.

"As the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him" (v. 13).

What a thought! As high as the heaven is above the earth, so immeasurably and inconceivably great is the mercy of God waiting to bestow His richest blessing.

"The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him" (v. 17). Here again the Psalmist speaks of God's boundless loving-kindness and mercy.

O my soul, how frequently we have read these familiar words without the least thought of their immeasurable greatness! Be still and meditate until the heart responds in the words of Psalm 36:

"Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens."

"How excellent is Thy loving-kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings."

"Oh, continue Thy loving-kindness unto them that know Thee."

Blessed Lord and Father, O my soul, I take time to thank Thee with great joy for the wonderful mercy with which Thou crownest my life. "Thy loving-kindness is better than life." Amen

~Andrew Murray~
God's Best Secrets

Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 3

Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 3

Christ's Love to Us

"Even as the Father hath loved Me, I also have loved you: abide ye in My love" (John 15:9).

In communion between friends and relations everything depends on their love to each other. Of what value is abundance of riches if love is lacking between husband and wife or parents and children? And in our religion of what value is all knowledge and zeal in God's work without the knowledge and experience of Christ's love? (See 1 Cor. 13:1-3). O Christians, the one thing needful in the inner chamber is to know by experience how much Christ loves you and to learn you may abide and continue in that love.

Think of what Christ says: "As the Father hath loved Me" - what a Divine, everlasting, wonderful love! "Even so have I loved you." It was the same love with which He had loved the Father and that He always bore in His heart which He now gave into the hearts of His disciples. He yearns that this everlasting love should rest upon us and work within us, that we may abide in it day by day. What a blessed life! Christ desires every disciple to live in the power of the self-same love of God that He Himself experienced. My brothers and sisters, do you realize that in your fellowship with Christ, in secret or in public, you are surrounded by and kept in this heavenly love? Let your desire reach out to this everlasting love. The Christ with whom you desire fellowship longs unspeakably to fill you with His love.

Read from time to time what God's Word says about the love of Christ. Meditate on the words, and let them sink into your heart. Sooner or later you will begin to realize: The greatest happiness of my life is that I am loved by the Lord Jesus. I may live in fellowship with Him all the day long.

Dear Lord Jesus, my heart continually says: Thy love to me is unspeakable, Thou wilt keep me abiding in Thy love. Amen

~Andrew Murray~

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 2

Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 2

From Day to Day

"The inner man is renewed from day to day" (2 Corinthians 4:16)

There is one lesson that all young Christians should learn, namely this - the absolute necessity of fellowship with Jesus each day. This lesson is not always taught at the beginning of the Christian life nor is it always understood by the young convert. He should realize that the grace he has received of the forgiveness of sins, of acceptance as God's child, of joy in the Holy Spirit can only be preserved by the daily renewal in fellowship with Jesus Christ Himself.

Many Christians backslide because this truth is not clearly taught. They are unable to stand against the temptations of the world or of their old nature. They strive to do their best to fight against sin and to serve God, but they have no strength. They have never really grasped the secret: The Lord Jesus will every day from heaven continue His work in me. But on one condition - the soul must give Him time each day to impart His love and His grace. Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power.

Read Matthew 11:25-30. Listen to Christ's word: "Come unto Me, and I will give you rest. Learn of Me, and ye shall find rest unto your souls." The Lord will teach us just how meek and humble He is. Bow before Him, tell Him that you long for Him and His love, and He will let His love rest on you. This is a thought not only for young Christians but for all who love the Lord, and this would gladly help those who desire to live this life of fellowship with Christ. 

"Blessed Father, for Christ's sake and in order to please Him, for my own sake and to enable me to enjoy this blessed experience each day, I will learn the lesson, to spend each day - without exception - in fellowship with Thee. So will my soul be renewed from day to day. Amen

~Andrew Murray~
"God's Best Secrets"

Monday, April 10, 2017

Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 1

Words of Wisdom and Revelation # 1

Everything God Does Is Worthy of Our Praise

"God is spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).

It is characteristic of the unregenerate man that he sees God only in nature, and of the immature Christian that he can see God only in grace!

Because sin has injured us so deeply and because the whole transaction of repentance and deliverance from the guilt and power of iniquity makes such a mighty impression upon us emotionally, we naturally tend to appreciate the work of God in redemption more than in nature.

But everything God does is praiseworthy and deserves our deepest admiration. Whether He is making or redeeming a world. He is perfect in all His doing and glorious in all His goings forth.

Yet the long, long ages, however far they may carry us into the mysteries of God, will still find us singing the praises of the Lamb that was slain. For it is hardly conceivable that we sinners can ever forget the wormwood and the gall.

We human sinners above all other creatures have benefited by His grace, so it is altogether natural that we above all others should magnify the blood that bought us and the mercy that pardoned our sins.

Yet we glorify God's redeeming grace no less when we glorify His creating and sustaining power. If we miss seeing God in His works we deprive ourselves of the sight of a royal display of wisdom and power so elevating, so ennobling, so awe-inspiring as to make all attempts at description futile. Such a sight the angels behold day and night forever and ask nothing more to make them perpetually satisfied!

~A. W. Tozer~
Renewed Day by Day