I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight. Psalm 119:174.
The true Christian will never complain that the yoke of Christ is galling to the neck. He accounts the service of Jesus as the truest freedom. The law of God is his delight. Instead of seeking to bring down the divine commands, to accord with his deficiencies, he is constantly striving to rise to the level of their perfection.
Such an experience must be ours if we would be prepared to stand in the day of God. Now, while probation lingers, while mercy’s voice is still heard, is the time for us to put away our sins….
God has made ample provision that we may stand perfect in His grace, wanting in nothing, waiting for the appearing of our Lord. Are you ready? Have you the wedding garment on? That garment will never cover deceit, impurity, corruption, or hypocrisy. The eye of God is upon you…. We may conceal our sins from the eyes of men, but we can hide nothing from our Maker.
God spared not His own Son, but delivered Him to death for our offenses and raised Him again for our justification. Through Christ we may present our petitions at the throne of Grace. Through Him, unworthy as we are, we may obtain all spiritual blessings. Do we come to Him, that we may have life?
The will of God is expressed in the precepts of His holy law, and the principles of this law are the principles of heaven. The angels of heaven attain unto no higher knowledge than to know the will of God, and to do His will is the highest service that can engage their powers.
But in heaven, service is not rendered in the spirit of legality. When Satan rebelled against the law of Jehovah, the thought that there was a law came to the angels almost as an awakening to something unthought of. In their ministry the angels are not as servants, but as sons…. Obedience is to them no drudgery. Love for God makes their service a joy. So in every soul wherein Christ, the hope of glory, dwells, His words are re-echoed, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
Maranatha p. 79
—–please pray for K who is twelve weeks pregnant and has a large hematoma that is located near where the baby has implanted. The doctor says that most likely she will miscarry but they’ll just have to wait and see at this point.
—–Please add my grandson Ben and his Mommy Lacy to your prayer lists. Lacy missed a step and fell while carrying Ben. Goose egg for Mom but Ben has a broken femur and will have a waist down cast for the next 6 weeks. He’s in a lot of pain, so we ask for the pain to get under control and for a speedy recovery. Linda
—–Seems like I am always requesting from my friends. This time the prayers are for me. I have a job interview Wednesday & request your prayers that God will find me fit for the position. Only God’s will & God’s way. Kim
—–Keep me in your prayers. I have some huge decisions to make. BJ
—–Carol Update!!!! Just returned from the Drs and got the go ahead for Carol to start standing on her new ankle!! It is healing well and by next month we should be able to start WALKING!! Thanks for all your wishes and prayers! Jack
—–Please, I ask for prayer for my Mother she’s at the ER with extreme high blood pressure, dizziness and confusion. Valerie
Sabbath, Brian’s sermon was entitled “In Ruts We Rust.” He spoke about the Pharisees who were in such a rut of observing manmade laws that when their Messiah was in their midst, they rejected Him. Then he contrasted that with the Apostle Paul, who when confronted on the road to Damascus, did not reject the Saviour but allowed Him to change His life.
I’ve since been thinking about the sermon title’s catchy phrase. Day by day we live our routine lives with scarcely a though Heavenward. Before we realize it, we are in a deep rut. Before we realize it, we are old and have many regrets. Before we realize it, we have rusted in a sinful position and cannot escape of ourselves. We are in danger of rejecting the Lord of Glory just as surely as the Pharisees rejected Christ.
How much we need a Saviour to pull us out of the rut we have dug for ourselves. How much we need to take hold of the Mighty Hand of the One Who will bring us “up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set [our] feet upon a rock, and establish [our] goings.” Ps 40:2 He will “put a new song in [our] mouth, even praise unto our God” vs 3 He assures us, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isa 41:10
May we never rust in the ruts of our own making but allow Jesus to rescue us. May we be able to declare with David, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Ps 46:1 May we “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” is my prayer. Heb 8:1