"And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word."
In the world of men, fear and great joy are completely incompatible. Not so in the spiritual realm. Often our times of greatest joy are times when we are awe-struck by the demonstration of His power and glory. When we first came to Christ, fear filled our hearts as the terrors of law and of God took hold on our hearts, but almost simultaneously, surpassing joy was ours as we came to recognize that the Saviour had died to deliver us from all our sins. (W.H. Burnett)
When free grace awoke me with light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me I trembled to die.
No refuge, no safety, in self could I see,
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Saviour must be.
(R. Murray McCheyne)
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"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience."
"Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
Mark yon broad and rapid stream!
Brilliant though its surface seem,
Mingling in its depths below / Poisonous currents surely flow.
Christian parents, pause to think / On that treacherous river's brink,
Ere you launch your tiny bark / On those waters deep and dark.
Yours the path of Jesus here, / Seek it for your children dear.
Though you cannot life impart, / Cannot bow the stubborn heart,
Do not help to weave a chain / You would gladly break again.
Shall not He who for you died, / Food and raiment still provide?
He who has your children given, / He can bless for earth and heaven.
Seek then first His holy will, / Seek His pleasure to fulfill,
Constant still in faith and prayer / That this blessing they may share.
And when by the Spirit's power / Comes the gladly welcomed hour,
When the lips you love so well, / Of a Saviour's grace shall tell,
They will have no cause to say / That you turned their feet astray;
Rather, from their earliest youth, / Taught and nurtured in the truth,
May their light unhindered shine, /To the praise of grace divine.
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. . . . And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
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"Mary . . . sat Jesus' feet." (Luke 10:39)
"Mary . . . fell down at His feet." (John 11:32)
"Mary . . . anointed the feet of Jesus." (John 12:3)
Mary of Bethany was always at the feet of the Saviour. Whether at the feet of the Prophet, learning; or at the feet of the Priest, weeping; or at the feet of the King, worshipping; she had learned the sweetness and joy of occupation with Him. Where do we spend our time? (Jim Flanigan)
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"God is love."
"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
(1 John 4:8,11)
Whichever way the Wind Blows
Spurgeon went down into the country to visit a friend who had built a new barn, and on the barn was a cupola upon which they had put a weather vane with this text of Scripture on it: "God is love." Spurgeon said to the man:
"What do you mean by putting that text of Scripture on the weather vane? Do you mean that God's love is as changeable as the wind?"
"Oh, no," was the reply; "I mean to say that God is love whichever way the wind blows." (D.L. Moody)
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"Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come unto you."
It is a mistake to suppose that we can be endowed, so to speak, with spiritual power. God never gives a fund of strength to any of His servants on which they can draw from time to time until the whole is used. The power is always in Himself, and not in them, and only supplied moment by moment to those who are walking with and in dependence upon Him. (Edward Dennet)
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"How do ye say, we are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made He it; the pen of the scribes is in vain." (Jeremiah 8:8)
It is incredible how utterly unaware the learned of this world are of the wintry judgment about to be poured out on the nations of the earth.
Never was there a day of more boasting, "We are wise." It is quite true the Word of God is in men's hands; but who believes it? The rapture of the Church before the day of the Lord is clearly revealed. God has said it. He has made it perfectly clear? - both the departure of his saints to meet the Lord in the air, and the terrible judgments that shall follow. Has He made it clear? Yes; but, "Lo, certainly in vain made He it; the pen of the scribes is in vain." Yes, in vain has God spoken in His Word; men will not believe Him. "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition" (Mark 7:13). (Charles Stanley - 1821-1888)
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