Pastor Joe. What a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God. It signifies that we are the objects of divine complacence, nay, even of divine delight. How marvellous that we worms, mortals, sinners, should be the objects of divine love! When their spirit is lively and their hopes bright, they think God accepts them, for they feel so high, so heavenly minded, so drawn above the earth! It seemed to me to be a beautiful picture of the grace of God to sinners.
We are all outcasts and have no claim upon His love. And Finally here is a great old hymn…. In the Beloved — how safe my retreat, In the Beloved accounted complete; Who can condemn me? You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Blog at WordPress. Follow: RSS Twitter. Refrain Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Isidro permalink. Juanita Weldon permalink.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here We must have faith; but we may have, and we ought to have, the full assurance of faith. In full assurance lies the spring of perpetual serenity. The Lord can create in us habitual calm: in the midst of trouble he can give us joy; in the hour of struggle he can give us confidence.
Oh, rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; then shall your times be of the halcyon order, and your days as the days of heaven upon the earth. It may be so, if you have grace enough to claim the whole of the wide territory which the Lord has allotted you. Oh, for grace to cry: "Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; over Edom will I cast out my shoe.
Who will bring me into the strong city? Once more: when we come to Christ by faith we have communion with God; and this is a land that floweth with milk and honey. Out of communion comes usefulness, and there are certain who fancy that they can never be very useful.
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The Lord cannot do many mighty works through them because of their unbelief. They have to be fed with a spoon, like invalid children.
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If they had but faith enough to receive power from on high by fuller communion with God, they might become as David. There is no limit to the possibilities of usefulness in any man or woman when perfectly consecrated. Let us not imagine that we are doomed to small usefulness. That branch of the vine which hitherto has yielded little or no fruit, may yet be made by the heavenly Fine-dresser to bring forth much fruit.
By faith let the divine sap of grace be received. Let living graces bring the living Christ into us, and then we shall bring forth clusters large as those which the spies brought from Eshcol of old. Thus much, then, concerning our survey of the goodly heritage of salvation; the land of promise is exceeding broad. Next, it is exceedingly desirable. The country into which Israel entered was of a very choice kind. Travellers in Palestine tell us that it is the world condensed.
Within that narrow strip of territory, you get plains and hills, frosts of winter and heats of summer, with products both of the semi-tropical and temperate zones. Palestine is the whole earth in miniature, and all the advantages of all lands are gathered into it.
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It was, in Joshua's days, a place of extreme fertility: "A land that floweth with milk and honey. It was a land "whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. Besides being fertile and wealthy, it was prepared for immediate habitation. The tribes had not to build houses, they inhabited what others had builded; they had not to plant vineyards, but to eat the fruit of former labors. All things were waiting for the true heirs of the land.
Beloved, when faith gets her heritage in Christ, she is brought into a wealthy place. When sin is driven out, and we come to live in God's own land, then we find precious treasure; we dig, and we are enriched.
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We have all things in Christ; yea, in him we have all that our utmost want can require. As he has gone in heaven to prepare a place for us, so on earth he has already prepared, in the covenant of grace, everything that is needed for the way home.
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Why do we not take possession of that which he has prepared for us? This heritage, upon which we are now looking down from the summit of our faith, is full of variety. In Palestine there were fertile plains and rich valleys, between rising hills and towering mountains. It was a land of brooks and rivers, a land which the Lord God thought upon. It was, in those days, the joy of all the earth: it was as the garden of the Lord for exceeding excellency. Beloved, if you come to Christ, you shall never need to go away from him to find variety of joys.
In his teaching you shall find Lebanons of sublime doctrine, and Sharons of pleasant precept. Here are Hermons of experience, Tabors of communion, Jabboks of prevailing prayer, and Cheriths of divine providence. The revelation of God is a blessed country, full of all manner of delights.
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They that live in Christ dwell in spiritual realms, which for light and joy are as heaven below. Above all things, it is "thy land, O Immanuel! The saints' inheritance is the choicest form of life, and peace, and joy.
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We come to live with Christ, in Christ, for Christ, as Christ: we rise in him to fellowship with the Father, and with the church of the Firstborn. One heart sympathizes with all the purposes of God, and we joy in God himself. I cannot properly describe all this, but I live in the enjoyment of it. We live through our Lord, and with our Lord; and this is life eternal. This is "the life which is life indeed.
Grace is glory in the bud: it will be full-blown by-and-by. This privilege is enjoyed none the less because of daily affliction, bodily pain, opposition, and reproach: it may even be enjoyed all the more because of these, if they are borne for Jesus' sake. Our light afflictions are like the black shadows of a picture, which throw up the bright lights, and set them out more vividly.
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