Believe, Receive and Live

 

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”-Jeremiah 8:20
 
Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life, and yet at this moment not saved! You know the way of salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and therefore you are not saved. You will be without excuse when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead. The Holy Spirit has given more or less of blessing upon the word which has been preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ. All these hopeful seasons have come and gone-your summer and your harvest have past-and yet you are not saved. Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last year will soon be here: youth has gone, manhood is going, and yet you are not saved. Let me ask you-will you ever be saved? Is there any likelihood of it? Already the most propitious seasons have left you unsaved; wi ll other occasions alter your condition?
Means have failed with you-the best of means, used perseveringly and with the utmost affection-what more can be done for you? Affliction and prosperity have alike failed to impress you; tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart. Are not the probabilities dead against your ever being saved? Is it not more than likely that you will abide as you are till death for ever bars the door of hope? Do you recoil from the supposition? Yet it is a most reasonable one: he who is not washed in so many waters will in all probability go filthy to his end. The convenient time never has come, why should it ever come? It is logical to fear that it never will arrive, and that Felix like, you will find no convenient season till you are in hell. O bethink you of what that hell is, and of the dread probability that you will soon be cast into it!
 
Reader, suppose you should die unsaved, your doom no words can picture. Write out your dread estate in tears and blood, talk of it with groans and gnashing of teeth: you will be punished with everlasting destruction from the glory of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. A brother’s voice would fain startle you into earnestness. O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost. Consecrate these last hours to lonely thought, and if deep repentance be bred in you, it will be well; and if it lead to a humble faith in Jesus, it will be best of all. O see to it that this year pass not away, and you an unforgiven spirit. Let not the new year’s midnight peals sound upon a joyless spirit! Now, NOW, NOW believe, and live.
 
“ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE;
LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE,
NEITHER STAY THOU
IN ALL THE PLAIN;
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAIN,escape from sodom
LEST THOU BE CONSUMED.”

C.H.Spurgeon

Looking Back To Look Forward

 

Looking back …

I see the good Hand of the Lord

Taking me back home

reuniting me with my family

rekindling long-lost intimacy

After a long time away from Rome

Taking a good friend back Home

in a twinkling of an eye, suddenly

God graciously made provision

Befitting the August occasion

Aligning  me with  new people

Allowing new battles and struggles

To show all things are possible

In each phase, threshold and level.

The Most High allowed or orchestrated pains

To bring me into or show me vision of a new gain

He ordered steps into certain difficulties

To show another dimension of possibilities

He brought me to strange undiscovered places

To manifest a new vista of hope and sweet grace.

He enabled me to mourn and from it have a song-

Song of deliverance, song in the night, song of songs.

I see the birth of Sing a New Song

A promise that had lingered long

Looking back, I see His unmerited favour

Where all I had was fruitless, futile labour.

Wow! How some disappointments

Became times of  great appointment

How some moments of rigour

Brought unforgettable humour.

Looking forward

I know He is my Helper, Comforter

Provider, Healer, Shelter, Strengthener

I know He is the Unchanging Changer

The Alpha and the Omega, Author and Finisher.

Great is His faithfulness and  loving kindness

Great His goodness and graciousness

The Glorious, victorious God will remain strong

Whether I am alone or in a throng.

He will continue the good work He has begun

Through Jesus Christ, the Redeemer-His Son.

The road ahead may be foggy, cloudy, hazy

Crooked, twisted, rough, muddy or scary

I know whom I serve and Whom I believe

He remains constant; He does not swerve.

I look forward to new exploits, great in-roads

Into the Promised Land that has been a load

Adamant ants and stubborn giants must flee

Giving way t the will of the Almighty.

He can be trusted during rain or shine

And regardless of the weather, I’ll be fine

Yea, though I walk through the valley

Of the shadow of death, I will look to the Lilly-

Lilly of the Valley, Sweet Rose of Sharon

The Resurrection and the Life, my Sun

He is exceedingly abundantly able

To turn every stumbling wicked tables

Into a sumptuous table of divine delicacies

To show forth the glory of the High and Holy.

 

Isaiah 41:10 (New King James Version)

10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:

“ Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isa43:1-2

3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Isa26:3

Isaiah 54:1-3 (King James Version)

Isaiah 54

 1Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.

 2Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

 3For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

 

 

3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

 5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.Ps103:3-5

Psalm 111

Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice

1 Praise the LORD!

I will praise the LORD with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

2 The works of the LORD are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
3 His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever.
4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
6 He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.

7 The works of His hands are verity and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
8 They stand fast forever and ever,
And are done in truth and uprightness.
 9 He has sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His covenant forever:

Holy and awesome is His name.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.

Psalm 92:4 (New King James Version)

4 For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (New King James Version)

5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:

“ The LORD is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me? ’Heb 13:5-6

31/12/10

©Fenny West2010