Posted by Jerry White on Sep 30, 2010
“How hard it is to talk of love in such a way as to convey what is really meant by it!
How often have my eyes been full of tears when I have realized the thought that Jesus loves me! How my spirit has been melted within me at the assurance that He thinks of me and carries me in His heart! But I cannot kindle the same emotion in others, nor can I give, in writing, so much as a faint idea of the bliss that is contained in that exclamation, ‘Oh, how He loves!’
Dear reader, can you say of yourself, ‘He loved me’? (See Galatians 2:20) Then look down into this sea of love, and try to guess its depth. Does it not stagger your faith that He loves you so? Or, if you have strong confidence, does it not enfold your spirit in a flame of admiration and adoring gratitude? Even the angels have never known such love as this! Jesus does not engrave their names upon His hands or call them His bride. No, this highest fellowship He reserves for worms such as ourselves, whose only response is tearful, hearty thanksgiving and love.”
Joy In Christ’s Presence, 72-73
As the Father has loved me, so have I love you. Abide in my love.
Our dear Heavenly Father intends for us to experience His love and not just know it as a Biblical fact. When we do, our heart is melted and our soul is filled (Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:19).
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 27, 2010
He [Jesus Christ] had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
Isaiah 53:2 (ESV)
The world emphasizes outward beauty. All kinds of body enhancements are performed in this generation so that someone moves closer to what they think will make them attractive. The world system is rooted in vanity and pride, and by means of magazines, television, storefront displays, and all other means of communications, it relentlessly imposes its message that outward appearance is what is most important. Indeed, I cannot imagine the Lord Jesus being sloppy in His appearance, nor should we as Christians be so. However, if physical beauty is so important then why did sovereign God send His Son as an unattractive man? For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7, ESV).
“Our Lord Jesus Christ…did not come in the pomp of pride and arrogance, although He might have done so. Rather, He came in a lowly condition, as the Holy Spirit had declared regarding Him. For he says…’He has no form nor glory. Yes, we saw Him and He had no form nor comeliness. But His form was without eminence, yes deficient in comparison with the [ordinary] form of men.’”
Clement of Rome (90-100)
“Our Christ appeared without comeliness and inglorious.”
Justin Martyr (100-165)
“There was not in Him attractiveness or glory. We saw Him, and He had no attractiveness or grace. Rather, His manner was unhonored, deficient in comparison with the sons of men.”
Tertullian (160/70 – 215/20)
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 23, 2010
“Our knees, then, must bow to Him who thus walks in the midst of the golden candlesticks. Back we must go until the glorious Lord stands among us in all the majesty of His Holy Person, and until the Church, which is His by gift of the Father and by His own purchase, comes under His complete control. For too long our remiss ways have shut the gates against the heavenly breathing of His Holy Spirit. Back we must go until the Lord Jesus is gloriously unveiled so that the fragrance of His Holy Presence becomes again the saviourness and power of the Gospel. It is only our full return to the first state of the Church which will once again make our faith strong and vigorous, active and confident, and without fear and doubting. It is our return to what the early Christians were which will once more make our worship spiritual and our prayers and devotions fervent and zealous. Those mighty acts wrought by the apostles are possible again but only when those who love Him walk with Him in white. Therefore, He says, ‘Do the first works’—that is, do ye as the first Christians did.”
Quoted by Leonard Ravenhill
Revival Praying, 98
I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.
Revelation 2:5 (ESV)
We see in the book of Acts what the Lord Jesus longs to do in His bride in every generation. He loves His church with tender, perfect love, and He gave all He could give for her. Will He who died in utmost anguish for her be satisfied now to see her be less than what He purchased for her? By His blood He purchased His beloved’s forgiveness and cleansing so His life could indwell and fill her to overflowing and therefore shine through her with the glory of who He is. How long—oh, how long— will we be content not to satisfy His heart by being His revived people? Please awaken us, Lord!
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 20, 2010
“Christ lives his life in us when we walk by the Spirit. Jesus is not our helper; he is our very life. Instead of making us stronger, God brings us to the point of weakness so that Christ can be strong in us (‘power is perfected in weakness’ [2 Corinthians 12:9-10].
‘Simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ’ (2 Corinthians 11:3) is the essence of devotional spirituality and the key to renewing and sustaining the passion of our first love (Revelation 2:4). We all experience a natural inertia, a downward pull, an entropy of relational energy that deteriorates our communion with God and with others. Unless we are vigilant, the flame of our initial love for Christ can quietly diminish, and even the embers can grow cold. But if we are faithful to the practice of meditating on the glory of God and the beauty of Jesus, we will love him by beholding him. If we spend time with him, practice his presence, follow him, and learn from him, we will love him and become like him.”
Conformed to His Image, 190-191
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”
Luke 11:1 (ESV)
The Lord Jesus had just finished praying. The disciples had often seen him go aside to pray (Luke 5:16). Time alone with His Father held the place of priority in His life. The disciples concluded from watching His lifestyle that prayer was the secret of His life. They had seen the same in John the Baptist. They wanted to know how they could pray this way.
We seem so slow to learn this life changing lesson. Time alone with our incomparable Lord is the secret for staying fresh in our walk with Him. Continuing to drink from His living water is necessary for rivers to keep flowing from our inner being. Prayer is essential for knowing the Father’s will. True lovers of Christ pursue this practice.
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 15, 2010
“Mr. Spurgeon cried fervently to his flock, as he pleaded for a recognition of the Spirit’s presence. ‘Death and condemnation to a church that is not yearning after the Spirit, and crying and groaning until the Spirit has wrought mightily in her midst. He is here; He has never gone back since He descended at Pentecost. He is often grieved and vexed, for He is peculiarly jealous and sensitive, and the one sin never forgiven has to do with His blessed Person; therefore let us be very tender towards Him, walk humbly before Him, wait on Him very earnestly, and resolve that there should be nothing knowingly continued which would prevent Him working in our midst.
Brethren, if we do not have the Spirit of God, it were better to shut the churches, to nail up the doors, to put a black cross on them and say: ‘“God have mercy on us!’” If you ministers have not the Spirit of God, you had better not preach, and you people had better stay at home. I think I speak not too strongly when I say that a church in the land without the Spirit of God is rather a curse than a blessing. This is a solemn word; the Holy Spirit—or nothing, and worse than nothing.”
James A. Stewart
Heaven’s Throne Gift, 48
How much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!
Luke 11:13 (Amplified Bible)
The Lord Jesus could do nothing without the Spirit of God. Neither can we. He clearly taught us to ask and continue to ask for the Spirit. Often our asking is perfunctory and casual rather than with an urgency of serious longing. The Holy Spirit is the only One who can minister a strong awareness of God’s presence. This was the power of the early church. They prayed with desperation and God answered dramatically. If them, why not us?
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 12, 2010
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
“What I heard in those times of listening was more than a voice. It was a presence. Yes, I heard the Lord call my name. But I also ‘heard’ his tenderness. I soaked up his love. And this listening was on a level which runs deeper than mere words. Sometimes it seemed as though Jesus himself stood in front of me or beside me or above me. This encounter with him overwhelmed me. Was it his radiance? Was it the tenderness of his gaze? Or was it the fact of his gaze? The only way I can describe it is to liken it to the overwhelming a person feels when they love someone very deeply. That person’s heart burns with pure pleasure at the joy of being in the presence of the loved one, that person’s eyes sparkle or shine or mist over with warmth and deep-felt emotion, but that person does not speak. No words are necessary. They might even be intrusive for they could trivialise the love. And nothing must spoil the ecstasy of their encounter which may be all too brief in any case. They are content simply ‘to be’ in one another’s presence. But that silence is packed with warm communication.”
The Joy of Listening to God, 33-34
“Thomas Goodwin, the Puritan, said, ‘I have known men who came to God for nothing else but just to come to Him, they so loved Him. They scorned to soil Him and themselves with any other errand than just purely to be alone with Him in His presence.’ We might say with some justification that that is a little extreme, but it betokens an intimacy with God and desire for fellowship with Him that we might well covet.”
J. Oswald Sanders
Enjoying Intimacy With God, 22
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 9, 2010
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Psalm 34:8
“There is all the difference in the world between knowing a thing and feeling a thing—between having a knowledge of a thing and having a sense of it. There is all the difference in the world between knowing that honey is sweet and tasting that it is sweet in order to have a sense of its sweetness. There is a great difference between knowing that a person is beautiful and actually seeing in order to have a present sense of the person’s beauty. There is a great difference between knowing that a glove will fit the hand and putting the glove on in order to have a sense of its fitness.
Like wise, brethren, there is all the difference between having a head knowledge of Christ and His righteousness and having a heart feeling of His fitness and preciousness. The first may be acquired from flesh and blood, or from books; the second must come from the Spirit of God.
The Devil plainly has much knowledge of the Bible. From the quotations he made to Christ, it is plain that he understood much of the work of redemption. Yet he is none the better for it; he only trembles and gnashes his teeth more. Ah, my friends, if you have no more than head knowledge of Christ and His righteousness, you have no more than the Devil’s.”
The Best of Robert Murray McCheyne, 147-148
Edited and Compiled by Stephen W. Sorenson
“An ounce of heart knowledge is worth a ton of head knowledge.” Charles Spurgeon
I have a friend who thirsts for God’s Word, who longs to know the Lord Jesus more intimately, who seeks to please Him in all things, and who lives like a flowing spring of water with truth that is so real in his heart. His life in the marketplace where he works is a continual refreshment to those with whom he works.
I wonder why there are so few like him.
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 6, 2010
“Those who love most deeply, suffer most intensely. For Mary, ‘the greatest of all privileges was to bring with it the greatest of all sorrows.’ At the time of Simeon’s prediction it must have seemed remote and improbable to the young mother, but now its mystery is resolved. The mother of the Man of sorrows must share the sorrows of her Son.
‘There He hung before her eyes,’ wrote James Stalker. ‘But she was helpless. His wounds bled, but she dare not staunch them. His mouth was parched but she could not moisten it…. The nails pierced her as well as Him. The thorns round His brow were a circle of flame around her heart.’
‘There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother’ (John 19:25).
Where else would one expect to find such a mother? It was her very own Son who was suffering. The outstretched arms and nail-torn hands once had clung around her neck. The head now tortured with a crown of thorns was once pillowed on her breast. The mouth on which she had once lavished her kisses of love was now parched and swollen. Though powerless to help, she could at least be beside Him in loyalty and love.
Sympathetically she entered into all His sufferings. The spear pierced her heart as it rent His flesh. With joy she had followed His career, had feared and prayed for Him, had rejoiced in His successes and wept over His disappointments. But now He was dying as a criminal, not as a hero. What an end to the life of such a Son! Lest she add to His sufferings, she did not give way to uncontrolled weeping, but repressed her grief as the sword pierced her soul. She did not faint or swoon, she ‘stood.’ He had enough suffering of His own without her adding to His overflowing cup of sorrow.”
J. Oswald Sanders
The Incomparable Christ, 172-173
To love with deep love means sometimes to suffer with deep pain. To love a son but see him wayward. To love a spouse and see them suffer with life-taking cancer. To see a dear friend betrayed by adultery in a marriage. To see a loved one falsely accused and viciously attacked. Pain in love is what the Lord Jesus suffered. He knows tears and groans in His heart too deep for words. He understands. Oh, how He understands.
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 2, 2010
“One of the most extraordinary lives that blessed and challenged my young Christian life was that of a young girl in my city of Glasgow, who came to the Lord about the same time as I. Although this young lady went to glory at about the age of twenty-two, she left behind her one of the most fragrant Christlike testimonies I have ever known. She was born into a working class home, even as I had been. Soon after her conversion she dedicated her life for foreign missionary work, and set herself to prepare for the task. Her one thought, one desire, one object in life was Christ; she was filled with Christ. Her one delight was to talk of the One she loved so well, so that when believers left her presence they felt the glory of the Lord in their own souls. In the University where she studied, it was even as in the church, her simple testimony was backed by the power of the Holy Spirit of God. Yet, perhaps it was her prayer life which was her greatest testimony for the Lord. She kept a prayer diary over which she prayed, and in which she recorded marvelous answers to her prayers, both for individuals whom she knew at home, and for missionaries with their needs on the foreign field.
Thus it was that when God was pleased to call my young friend home at an early age, many thousands of us cried like David of old: ‘How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!’ Lonely missionaries in far-off places wept when they heard the news. A large crowd attended her funeral. An unsaved grave-digger told me that in all his experience he had never felt the mighty power of God in such a way as at the burial of this young lady. She had not been a preacher, nor a singer, nor anyone famous, but rather just an ordinary believer in the Lord Jesus who had given her life to be filled with Him. Yet, to my mind, her lone testimony produced greater and more far-reaching results than the combined witness of hundreds of believers around her. Hers was the supernatural life in the Spirit which encouraged my own soul at that time.”
James A. Stewart
Heaven’s Throne Gift, 92
But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like sweet perfume. 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT)