All You Need

Posted by Jerry White on Apr 4, 2016

“Lift up your heads, ye poor, ye needy, ye disconsolate!

Lift up your heads and rejoice that Christ is all to you,

all you need in this vale of tears,

all you need in the deepest sorrow,

all you need under the heaviest affliction,

all you need in sickness,

all you will need in the hour of death

and in the day of judgment.

Yea, and Christ is in all, too.

He is in all your salvation;

He is in all your mercies;

He is in all your trials;

He is in all your consolations

and in all your afflictions.

What more can you want?

What more do you desire?”

Octavius Winslow

Morning Thoughts, July 10

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1

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Psalm 23 is David’s testimony about his relationship with the Lord, which he wrote in his personal devotions. These were not merely nice words, or a bit of poetry, or a doctrinal statement, or wishful thinking. He wrote what He had experienced through difficult circumstances and deeply knew to be true. For us these can be just familiar words of comfort, or a teaching we listen to in a message, but only as we learn how to turn to the Lord Jesus in every circumstance and experience does it become our own personal and real testimony. Peace and security that passes all understanding then becomes ours.




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All You Need

Posted by Jerry White on Nov 15, 2015

“Lift up your heads, ye poor, ye needy, ye disconsolate! Lift up your heads and rejoice that Christ is all to you, all you need in this vale of tears, all you need in the deepest sorrow, all you need under the heaviest affliction, all you need in sickness, all you will need in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. Yea, and Christ is in all, too. He is in all your salvation; He is in all your mercies; He is in all your trials; He is in all your consolations and in all your afflictions. What more can you want? What more do you desire?”

Octavius Winslow

Morning Thoughts, 341

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

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Psalm 23 is David’s testimony about his relationship with the Lord, which he wrote in his personal devotions. These were not merely nice words, or a bit of poetry, or a doctrinal statement, or wishful thinking. He wrote what He had experienced through difficult circumstances and deeply knew to be true. For us these can be just familiar words of comfort, or a teaching we listen to in a message, but only as we learn how to turn to the Lord Jesus in every circumstance and experience does it become our own personal and real testimony. Peace and security that passes all understanding then becomes ours.




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Christ Is All

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.”
Octavius Winslow
Morning Thoughts, 341

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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)
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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.




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Christ, Our Refuge

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 29, 2015

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12
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Is there ever a time and place when Christ’s presence is not enough? Did He not say, I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) Doubting Him offends Him. Any worry, anxiety or fear reveals our doubt and unbelief about His comforting love, presence and promises.

Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843) wrote:

“Christ is like our own chamber with the door shut, in many respects.

There is safety in Him. There is no place in all the world to which we look more often in an hour of danger, as a refuge and place of safety, than our own home—-the inner chamber with the door locked. Likewise, brethren, there is safety in Christ….

There is quietness and rest in Him. In the world, we look for the bustle and harassment of business. But when we enter our chamber and shut the door behind us, we shut out the bustling, noisy world; all is tranquility and peace. Brethren, such is Christ….

Our home is a ready made retreat, near and easy of access. When we seek our home, we don’t have to soar with the eagle to the top of the rugged rocks or be like the dove that nests in the hole’s mouth. Neither must we dig into the earth so that we may hide our head there. Our home is near us. Just such is Christ. He is a ready-made Savior, at hand and not far off. This is the all-sufficient refuge that God bids His people to flee into during every storm.”

Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior—-so precious Thou art!
Fold me, oh, fold me close to Thy breast.
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest.
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest.

Mrs. C. H. Morris (1898)

JRW




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Christ Is All

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 28, 2010

“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 corruption but Christ can subdue it, no guilt but Christ can remove it, no sin but Christ can pardon it, no want but Christ can supply it. Lift up your heads, ye poor, ye needy, ye disconsolate! Lift up your heads and rejoice that Christ is all to you, all you need in this vale of tears, all you need in the deepest sorrow, all you need under the heaviest affliction, all you need in sickness, all you will need in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. Yea, Christ is in all, too. He is in all your salvation; He is in all your mercies; He is in all your trials; He is in all your consolations and in all your afflictions. What more can you want? What more do you desire? A Father who loves you as the apple of His eye; a full Savior to whom to go, moment by moment; a blessed indwelling, sanctifying, comforting Spirit, to reveal all to you, and to give you Himself, as the ‘earnest of your inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession’ (Eph. 1:14). ‘Happy is that people that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people whose God is the Lord’ (Psalm 144:15).”

Octavius Winslow

Morning Thoughts, 341-342

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Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)

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“The man who has God as his treasure has all things in one, and he has it purely, legitimately, and forever.”

A. W. Tozer

The Pursuit of God, 20