Posted by Jerry White on Sep 27, 2015
“What a witness, then, the Eternal Spirit bears for Jesus! He assures the believer
that all he can possibly want is treasured up in Christ,
that he has no cross but Christ can bear it,
no sorrow but Christ can alleviate it,
no guilt but Christ can remove it,
no sin but Christ can pardon it,
no want but Christ can supply it.”
Morning Thoughts, 341
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:19-20 (ESV)
Is the Lord Jesus all we need, or should we look to someone else, or something else, to meet our needs? Is the Lord Jesus alone enough for every need of our lives? Does He not promise to shepherd us so that we will not want? (Psalm 23) Whatever your need is, or may become, He is pleased when your heart turns to Him with steadfast confidence because you trust Him to supply your every need according to His riches. It is impossible for Him to be faithless to the one who has faith. He cannot deny the trusting child whom He purchased with His own blood. His compassionate heart of love is waiting to meet you with His riches in Christ when you turn to Him with steadfast faith.
In the beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ, the Heavenly Father has given so much that heaven can give no more.
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 21, 2015
“Death to self means a total despair of self—that is, to give up all thoughts of having or doing anything that is good in any other way but that of a meek, humble, patient, total resignation of ourselves to God. All that we do in religion without this conviction is in ignorance of what we are, and is often rather the life than the death of self. When we are ashamed or vexed at our own pride, it is simply because we expected something better of ourselves. When we condemn ourselves for having been angry, it is with the hope of not doing so again. When we purpose not to sin, it is in a secret hope that by resolve and strength of will, we may be kept from it. All this is the life of self. What we need is to be brought to the inward full conviction that as little as we can see with our hands, can we ourselves conquer self or sin. It is this alone which will bring us to that entire dependence upon God and that simple faith in Christ Jesus through which the operation of God’s Spirit can proceed freely in us.
God must do all, or all is nothing. God cannot do all till all is expected from Him. And all is not expected from Him till by a true and good despair of every human help, we have no hope, or trust, or longing after anything but a patient, meek, humble resignation of all to God. In these three simple sentences we have the sum of [William] Law’s practical theology: there is no true good but what God works himself. In the Son and the Spirit, God has taken possession of man, to dwell and work in him as before the Fall. The one thing God asks of man is faith—that he expect all good from Him alone. And the one hindrance to a true and full faith is that meek, humble, patient, total resignation to God, to His mercy and power is so little known and sought. It is for the lack of this that self exercises such a mighty malignant power in the believer and the Church.”
Freedom From A Self-Centered Life / Dying to Self, 97-98
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
John 12:24 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 13, 2015
I awake before dawn from the nether world of sleep aware of unknown threats for this new day obscured by darkness covering my future. Immediately I whisper, “my Father.” With this simple call my soul recognizes whose I am and that He is my safe dwelling place. My Shepherd watched over me while I slept under the cover of darkness, and this awakening moment in His presence is my safe haven regardless of how the lion roars or the wolves circle snarling and howling. The whispered call, “my Father,” or “Lord Jesus”—so simple and spontaneous—expresses my trust in Him who abounds in steadfast love and faithfulness to me. His peace then rules because I have acknowledged I am at the feet of Him who is my everlasting, all powerful, all-knowing Father, and I trust Him. Praise and thankfulness rises in my soul, and gladness overrules the howling wolves, the threatening whispers, and my soul’s insecurities. My day can begin with deep assurance that turns on those simple two word heart confessions.
His Word declares:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow [pursue, run after, chase] me all the days of my life.”
When doubt and fear assail me
And bend my spirit low,
I know there is a Saviour,
To whom I e’re can go;
He’s promised to be with me,
No matter what betide;
Till some day when he’ll call me
To sit down at his side.
A. A. Payn
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 7, 2015
“Many of us have moved from quiet country lanes to busy city streets. Concrete jungles and crowded subways are a far cry from rolling meadows and roaming herds. Distractions have increased a hundredfold. Everyone wants to get his message across, bombarding us with information we never wanted. They keep on coming from all directions—-by telephone, by radio, by computer, by billboard. Words! Words! Words! At night they’re in lights—-moving, blinking! It all leaves us little opportunity to think about God.
Toffler’s Future Shock vividly portrayed our insatiable appetite for time-saving devices. With disposable dishes, instant cameras, microwave ovens and ATMs, we have succeeded in producing a computerized generation that wants everything without waiting. And even when the Internet provides it, we don’t even like having to wait to boot up the computer.
This malaise has infected the Church. Instant holiness is now part of the expectation of Sunday ‘worshipers’ who roll out of bed at 10:40 and slide into the pew at one minute past 11. Conditioned by TV, we expect we can ‘change channels’ and instantly be in tune with our Maker. But it takes time to be holy!…
We used to go to church to see God. But activity has largely replaced meditation; noise has supplanted quietness; entertainment has superseded ministry; and programs have almost taken over from the preaching of the Bible.
Seldom do we encourage quietness to think at the start or the close of a service. We rush into public prayer with pocketed hands, little reverence and no time for examination. The invocation, which used to lift the worshiper into the presence of God, is now rarely more than a quick sentence….
Our lives are likely to become increasingly rushed and crowded. As we speed up our frantic search for shortcuts, filling gaps with action-packed projects, we shall be less and less able to discover the majesty of God.”
Thirsting after God, 166-168