Wednesday, April 8, 2020

He Will Save

April  8

He will save.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee
is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Whom? the loss, the wretched, the unworthy.

Every applicant, for ”Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.” “Him that cometh  to me, I will in no wise cast out.”

How? –freely, without money and without price; fully, by His blood, power, and providence; eternally, all who flee to Him for refuge, all who build on Him for a pardon, peace, and life, shall be saved with an everlasting salvation, they shall not be ashamed nor confounded, world without end.

Why? -because it is His Father‘s will; because He delighted in mercy; because it will eternally glorify His name.

From what? -from sin, in its guilt, filth, and power; from the present evil world; from Satan; from the wrath of God; from every evil work; and from all the evil designs of men.

He has saved us by receiving grace for us and dying in our stead.

He does save us, by His presence, word, providence, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.

He will see in every trouble, from every foe, even unto the end.

Look to Him then, and to Him alone, to deliver, direct, relieve, and preserve.

He says “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

Why should I doubt his love at last,
With anxious thoughts perplex’d!
Who saved me in the troubles past,
Will save me in the next.

James Smith

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

One Thing Is Needful

April 7

One thing is needful.

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath
chosen that good part, which shall not be
taken away from her. Luke 10:42

The things of time are transient, the things of eternity are permanent. The world passeth away. The body must die; earthly connections must be dissolved; but the soul must live for ever.

The welfare of the soul is the one thing needful. If the soul is in a sanctified and healthy state, it will be found at the feet of Jesus; it will relish His words; and enjoy His communications more than riches feast.

We shall be seeking to know Him, love Him, believe Him, obey Him, and enjoy Him.

Fellowship with Jesus is needful as an evidence of interest in Him, and as a source of satisfaction and comfort.

He that finds a home at the feet of Jesus, will enjoy an eternal heaven in the presence of Jesus.

Let not then the many trifles of time affect, distract, and bewilder you; but let the one thing needful be the constant object of pursuit and desire.

Live at the feet of Jesus, and you are safe. Seek above all things to enjoy Jesus, and you will be happy.

Aim in all things to glorify Jesus, and you will be holy.

Look daily for the coming of Jesus, and you will be consistent.

O Jesus! manifest thyself to me; draw me to thy feet, and keep me there!

Engage this roving treacherous heart
To fix on Mary’s better part;
To scorn the trifles of a day,
For joys that none can take away.

James Smith

Monday, April 6, 2020

Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain

April 6

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength,
and honour, and glory, and blessing. Revelation 5:12

This is an ascription of the praise to Jesus, thy Jesus, as the sacrifice for sin, the atonement of the church, the Saviour of His body.

Jesus who died for thy sins is worthy to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessings.

We can never ascribe too much to Jesus.

But He is worthy also to be BELIEVED, in perference to Satan, unbelief, the world or appearances; to be TRUSTED with all, for all, before all; to be LOVED, more than any other, in opposition to any other that would rival Him; to be obeyed, though He commands us to cut off a right hand, or pluck out the right eye; to be FOLLOWED, wherever He may lead us, through evil report and good report; to be PREFERRED to ease, pleasure, wealth, health to any thing and every thing.

Jesus is worthy to be our example, our confidant, our king, and our all.

He is worthy of all He requires, all we can give, all His people have done for Him, or suffered in His cause.

Believe His word, trust His grace, love His name, obey His commands, and prefer Him before all others.

Make it your daily business to endeavour to bring sinners to His feet; He is worthy of every effort you can make.

Jesus is worthy to receive
Honour and power divine,
And blessings more than we can give,
Be, Lord, for ever thine.

James Smith

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Without Me Ye Can Do Nothing

April 5

Without Me ye can do nothing.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: 
He that abideth in me, and I in him, 
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.

Never forget that in the Lord is our righteousness and strength.

We are not sufficient to think rightly of ourselves, but through Him we can do all things.

Never attempt any thing without looking to Jesus for power.

Let a knowledge and constant sense of weakness keep you near Him; sensibly depending on Him, and ascribing all good unto Him.

You cannot, He can.

You have destroyed yourself, in Him is your help found. It is only by union to Him, and receiving from Him, that you can glorify God, adorn your profession, enjoy your privileges, and obey the holy precepts of the gospel.

Never presume, but come up out of the wilderness leaning on Him, your beloved, Live as one deeply sensible of your dependence upon, and obligation to, the Lord Jesus.

He is the strength of the poor, the strength of the needy in his distress, and your strength too.

Beloved, Jesus is your life-giving Head, the Fountain from which you are to draw all your supplies, and the Friend to whom you are to carry all your cares.

He will work in you to will and to do His own good pleasure.

Jesus, immutability the same;
Thou true and living vine!
Around thy all- supporting stem
My feeble arms I twine;
Thou art my strength, my life, my hope,
Nor can I sink with such a prop.

James Smith

Saturday, April 4, 2020

It is I; Be Not Afraid

April 4

It is I; be not afraid.

John 6:20  But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.

The fears of the Christians are a dishonour to his Lord, a denial of his creed, and a fruitful source of distress to his own soul.

All things are of God, He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will, and in every event He will say to us, “It is I, be not afraid.”

If friends turn to foes and distress us, if death enters our dwellings and bereaves us, if sickness lays us aside and fills us with pain, He says, “It is I, be not afraid.”

If losses, crosses, and sore trials come upon us, and discourage, distress, and perplex us, He says, “It is I, be not afraid.”

If death approaches and calls upon us to leave the body, and close our eyes upon our beloved relations, friends, and connections, He says, “It is I, be not afraid.”

Should we hear the pillars of having crack, and feel the strong foundation of the earth give way; should the heavens be rolled up like a scroll, and the great white throne appear; still amidst the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds, He cries, “Be not afraid, it is I.”

Happy Christian! thy fears are groundless and thy brightest hopes well founded.

Rejoice in Jesus.

O, that I might so believe,
Stedfastly to Jesus cleave;
Only on His love rely,
Smile at the destroyers nigh;
Free from care and servile fear,
Feel the Saviour always near.

James Smith

Friday, April 3, 2020

I Flee Unto Thee To Hide Me

April 3

I flee unto thee to hide me

Psalm 143:9  Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies:
I flee unto thee to hide me.

This implies DANGER- the Christian may be in danger from sin, self, foes.

FEAR- his fears may be groundless, but they are often very painful.

INABILITY- to defend himself or overcome his oppossers.

FORESIGHT- he sees the storm in the distance, and looks out for the convert.

PRUDENCE- he hides before the storm, ere the enemy comes upon him.

A laudable CONCERN for safety and comfort.

The believer, if wise, will at all times flee Jehovah.

Jacob flies to Laban; the manslayer to the refuge; the bird to his mountain;     the Christian to his God.       Asa may seek to physicians;            Ephraim to king Jareb; and Saul to the witch;                but the believer looks to his God.

The Lord receives, befriends, and secures him. Let us flee to Him by prayer, in faith, with hope, for salvation; and He will receive us, shelter us, and be our refuge and strength.

Flee from sin, from self, from the world; but flee to Jesus.

His heart is ever towards us, His ear is open to us, and His hand is ready to help, protect, and deliver us.

His throne is our asylum, His promise is our comfort, and His omnipotence is our guard.

Happy soul, that, free from harms,
Rests within his shepherd’s arms!
Who his quiet shall molest?
Who shall violate his rest?
He who found the wandering sheep,
Loves, and still delights to keep.

James Smith

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I Shall Not Want.

April 2

I shall not want.

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

This was David‘s conclusion, from the belief that the Lord was his shepherd.  If we are the sheep of Christ, He will supply us. He has all things in His possession, the silver and the gold are His, and the cattle upon thousand hills.

His private mark is upon all.   All spiritual blessings are in His possessions also; and He has a kind, tender, and liberal heart.  He will give. He has engaged to supply, conduct, protect, and present His flock upon mount Zion.

He has promised to be to us, do for us, and bestow upon us, all that our circumstances require.

His conduct towards His flock in old times is a sufficient guarantee; when ever were the righteous forsake; or His sheep left neglected and unheeded?

Did David. ever want?   Few passed through greater changes, or severer trials; yet upon his dying bed he tells us, he had all his desires.

If you belong to Christ, you may safely conclude, “I shall not want.” Your fears are follies; your anxieties are groundless; your forebodings are sinful;   you have a God to provide for you, and you are to rejoice.

“My God,” says the apostle, “shall supply all your needs, according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

What want shall not our God supply
From His redundant stores?
What streams of mercy from on high
An arm Almighty pours.
James Smith