"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son; that ye may know that ye have eternal life."
(1 John 5:13)
Countless multitudes will rise this morning and retire tonight hoping that sometime, in some way, they will have that elusive assurance of eternal life when this life is done. Many will base their hopes on doing good works, praying, church activities, baptism, charitable giving, and a sacrificial lifestyle. Believers in Christ, however, can say with confidence, "I KNOW." Why? Because God's Word tells us if we put our trust in Christ alone we have eternal life. Far better to know than to hope. Believe and know today. (R.Steele)
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"Thou God seest me."
Man sees the fault, but God the heart's contrition;
Man gives the blame, but God the full remission;
Man deems indelible sin's crimson stain;
God views the soul, by blood made white again.
Man can forgive, and yet doth oft remember
The past transgression; but God's heart so tender
Doth cast our sins into the deepest sea,
Nor e'er brings back cleansed guilt to memory.
Man may not feel again love's lost emotion,
Nor yet confide, once wronged, with full devotion;
But God, foreseeing all, loves still the same,
Nor breaks His bond, where He has set His name.
Love wonderful, love vast, love all unmeasured!
Infinite heights and depths in God's heart treasured!
Reveal to us, O Christ, that love transcending
Our highest thought - the love that hath no ending -
THE LOVE OF GOD.
(Heaven's Cure for Earth's Care)
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"But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him." (Matthew 14:30-31)
"And beginning to sink." Only four words, but they bring us the certainty that we will never sink, for Peter never sank. It is like that word in Psalm 94:18, "When I said, My foot slippeth" - yes, in that very moment - "Thy mercy, O Lord, held me up."
Sometimes a single word may make all the difference to us, lifting us up, strengthening and refreshing us. Let us be careful not to miss these words of life, which come so suddenly, perhaps in the midst of the day's work.
Samuel Rutherford wrote: "in your temptations, run to the promises: they may be our Lord's branches hanging over the water, that our Lord's silly, half-drowned children may take a grip of them." And those boughs never break. (Whispers of His Power - Amy Carmichael)
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"Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me (Moses); how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?"
There is therefore nothing but failure. Pharaoh had rejected the Lord's demand; the children of Israel, stupified by their heavy yoke, will not hearken to the glad tidings of grace, and Moses is unwilling to proceed; for he recalls his old objection, showing that, while he knew something of his own natural incompetency, he had not yet learned that his all-sufficiency was to be found in the Lord. It is ever a fatal mistake when we measure the difficulties of service by what we are. The question is what God is; and the difficulties that appear as mountains, looming through the mists of our unbelief, are nothing to Him but the occasion for the display of His omnipotent power. (Edward Dennet - Typical Teachings of Exodus)
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