Posted by Jerry White on Jan 26, 2015
Through these sixty years of being a believer, like any pastor/teacher, I have gathered along the way notes, articles, poems, etc. that I found encouraging for my walk with Christ. From these I have posted articles on this blog site so other Christians may be encouraged. I am aware that others may not have come across some of these rich tidbits from writings that have been left behind by faithful saints of previous generations.
The following is from the respected Bible scholar, Handley C. G. Moule (1841-1920). He wrote many hymns, poems, commentaries on nearly all of the epistles, and books on devotion. In a post August 21, 2013 (Morning Watch) I shared his “Morning Act of Faith” Below is Moule’s “An Evening Act of Thanks, Confession and Surrender.”
From all this day has brought me, I come apart to Thee, O dear and sovereign Master.
For all that Thou hast been to me each hour, I bless Thee. For everything which of Thy mercy Thou hast done through me, I give Thee humble thanks.
All transgressions and shortcoming, even in the most secret thought, I now confess and renounce.
I lay it on Thy Head for pardon and under Thy feet for deliverance. Thou dost accept and deliver me even now.
Now more than ever I owe myself Thine. Night and day. Thy bond-service is my one and perfect freedom.
It is good to live day by day to Thee, my Lord, my life, and to lie down night by night beneath Thy smile. Amen.
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 18, 2015
Meeting with God alone is the single most important priority for continuing a rich, loving relationship with Jesus Christ. If quiet times slip into the realm of mere duty and discipline then it becomes no more than religious fleshly effort. The soul is not satisfied and becomes weary. Rest, restoration, and revival of heart blossoms from living fellowship with the glorious person of Jesus Christ who is made real to us by the Holy Spirit. Loving Him, seeking Him, worshiping Him, and enjoying Him is the secret of a steadfast walk of intimacy with Him. This is His purpose for creating us. We live in the midst of a vile and ugly world system, and to be in His presence is a respite of beauty, peace, love, and joy.
Some questions follow to encourage you in the “how” of meeting with God so that your quiet times are personal enjoyment of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who loves you with His whole heart and soul.
Do I believe I am in God’s invisible presence?
Do I recognize that in this moment my Father awaits my fellowship with Him?
Do I know that my loving, compassionate Father sees me and hears me?
Is my conscience clear before Him, and with others, of any and all offenses?
Do I truly believe His Word and trust His heart to do what He promises?
Is my mind and heart still and quiet from distractions?
Am I seeking to experience God intimately so I can enjoy and glorify Him more?
Am I prepared to take enough time to meditate slowly in God’s Word until it digests in my soul?
Do I want to know my Father’s heart so I can pray His will?
Does my time alone with my Father stir and deepen my loving desire for Him?
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 11, 2015
God commands His people to love. In His Law of the old covenant we are commanded to love God with our entire being and our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27). The Lord Jesus added a new dimension to this love when He gave a new commandment, “that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34, ESV). He further remarked that love like His will be the distinguishing mark of those who are His. This kind of love sacrifices one’s self in order to seek another’s well-being.
We cannot force ourselves to love this way any more than we can transform ourselves into a brand new species. Love like this must come from God Himself and flow out from us like rivers of living water (John 7:38). Jesus did not make Himself to love. He was saturated and controlled by God’s love. It flowed from Him profusely and spontaneously without any aforethought.
If we will love like Jesus we must recognize our absolute helplessness to love this way. Our bankrupt poverty must be thoroughly felt and known so we call on our Father to do what He alone can do—love through us. This anonymous poem says it well:
Love through me, Love of God,
There is no love in me,
O Fire of love, light Thou the love
That burns perpetually.
Shine through me, Joy of God,
Make me like Thy clear air,
Through which, unhindered, colors pass,
As though it were not there.
Flow through me, Peace of God,
Calm river flow until
No wind can blow, no current stir
A ripple of self-will.
O blessed Love of God,
That all may taste and see
How good Thou art, once more I pray,
Love through me, even me.
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 5, 2015
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (ESV)
O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Psalm 39:4 (ESV)
The Bible reminds us of “that day.” (Romans 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
The Bible also reminds us to prepare today for “that day.”
“That day” will be the day we stand individually before the judgment seat of Christ.
“That day” will be in the brilliance of His all seeing and all knowing presence.
Each of us will receive our due for what we have done while on earth, whether good or evil.
“That day” will either be one of deep regret and sadness or a day of supreme gladness.
How we faithfully live today and every coming day will determine our response “that day.”
Frances R. Havergal (1838-1879) wrote this New Year’s prayer of consecration in 1874:
Another year is dawning! Dear Father, let it be, in working or in waiting, another year with Thee; another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast; another year of trusting, of quiet happy rest.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace; another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face; another year of progress, another year of praise, another year of proving Thy presence all the days.
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love; another year of training for holier work above. Another year of dawning! Dear Father, let it be, on earth, or else in heaven, another year for Thee.