Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Be Ye Also Patient

February 18

Be Ye Also Patient

James 5:8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh

Our God is a God of patience.

The Lord Jesus is the great example of patience.

The Holy Spirit is the agent producing patience.

Trials, troubles and disappointments are the means which exercise and strengthen it. The patience required, is a disposition to bear all that God has appointed for us, without complaining; yea, with resignation and hope: to wait God’s time for the mercies we need, or for answer to the prayers we put up.

Patience is the daughter of faith; and it is only as we believe that God has appointed, overrules, or commands, for our good and His glory, that we can be patient.

Patience produces his self-possession, shuts the mouth from complaining, keeps back the heart from seeking revenge, and is the principal point of self-government.

Are you impatient?

Then confess it, and mourn over it before God; it will make you miserable, and lead you to dishonour God.

Watch against it; the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Look at the prophets, apostles, martyrs, at Jesus; and be ye also patient:

“In your patience possess ye your souls.”

Oh for grace! to aid us on,
And arm with fortitude the breast,
‘Till life’s tumultuous voyage o’er,
We reach the shores of heavenly rest.
Oh may we still with patience strive,
Till we at Zion’s gate arrive!

James Smith

Monday, February 17, 2020

Now is the Day of Salvation

February 17

Now is the day of salvation

2 Corinthians 6:2  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

What an unspeakable mercy to live at such a period.

We are poor, lost, ruined sinners; but this is the day when salvation is freely bestowed, without money and without price. The Lord saves from love, power, and consequences of sin;  gives His Holy Spirit,    writes His law in the heart,   and directs our feet into the way of peace.

He gives us Jesus, who is the Saviour;
gives us grace which conquers sin;
gives us heaven, to enjoy when the journey of life is ended.

This is the day in which He works deliverance for His people;   He employs His power, His wisdom, His word, His providence, and His angels for our deliverance.

What then shall we fear?

Of whom shall we be afraid?

Let us go to His throne, remembering that it is the day of salvation; let us plead for deliverance from all that mars our peace, prevents our enjoyment, or hinders us in our Christian course.

Let there be no despondency, for this is the day of good tidings; it is,
Believe, and be saved;
pray, and be delivered;
wait on the Lord, and He will strengthen your heart.

 “By grace are you saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Salvation, O the joyful sound!
‘Tis pleasure to our ears;
A sovereign balm for every wound,
A cordial for our fears.
James Smith

Sunday, February 16, 2020

I Will Be To Them A God

February 16

I will be to them a God

Hebrews 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my
laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:
and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

That is, to all His people. The object of their adoration and trust, the subject of their meditation, and the source of all their happiness. To be our God is more than being a friend, helper, or benefactor; (creatures may be so:)

He engages to do us good according to His all-sufficiency, to bestow upon us blessings which none else can.

He will pardon us, and pardon like a God –
He will sanctify us, and sanctify us like a God-  
He will comfort us, and comfort us like a God –
He will glorify us and glorify us like a God.

If He is our God, He is our all; and all He has is ours.

He is our inheritance, and a glorious inheritance He is.

Consider, when in danger, in darkness, in distress, temptation, in duty, or in pain; God will be with you a God, delivering, enlightening, comforting, strengthening, and sanctifying you.

Make a God of Him, look at Him for all He has promised, which is all you want; adore His divine perfections, and rejoice that they are all engaged to make you blessed.

Live to His glory, walk by His word, and He will glorify Himself in your present and everlasting welfare.

He rejoiceth to do good unto to His people. He delights to bless them.

Here would I do well, and ne’er remove;
Here I am safe from all alarms;
My rest is “everlasting love,”
My refuge, “everlasting arms.”

James Smith

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Grieve Not the Holy Spirit

February 15 Grieve not the Holy Spirit  Ephesians 4:30

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

We are absolutely dependent upon the Holy Spirit for life, light, teaching, and sanctification.

Without his presence, power, and operation, we are dead, dark, ignorant, and carnal.

We should therefore be very careful not to grieve, or dishonour Him. We do so when we neglect, slight, or make any improper use of God‘s holy word; when we indulge in hard thoughts of God, or low thoughts of the Lord Jesus; when we mind the things of the flesh in preference to spiritual things; when we trifle with, or indulge in any sin of omission or commission; when we slight His intimations, abuse His gifts, and listen to Satan, the world, or the flesh in preference to Him.

When He is grieved, He suspends His influence, and we find no assistance in duty, we get cold, carnal, and indifferent; we taste no sweetness in spiritual things, and the ministry of the word becomes dry and lifeless; the Bible is a sealed book; there is no power in prayer; no gratitude for mercies received; and religion becomes a task.

Oh grieve not the Holy Spirit of God by whom ye are sealed until the day of redemption; but sow unto the Spirit, and you shall reap life everlasting.

Return, O holy Dove! Return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made thee mourn
And drove thee from my breast.

James Smith

Friday, February 14, 2020

The LORD delight is in thee.

February 14 The Lord delight is in thee    Isaiah 62:4

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither
shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou
shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah:
for the LORD delighteth in thee
and thy land shall be married.

And is it possible, that such poor, depraved unworthy creatures, can be the object of Jehovah’s delight? Yes- the infinite love of God has been fixed upon us from eternity: because he loved us, He sent His only begotten Son to die for us; He sent His Holy Spirit into our hearts; and gave us a good hope through grace.

Hear the apostle: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for HIS GREAT LOVE wherewith He loved us, even when we were DEAD IN SINS, hath quickened us together with Christ; by whose grace ye are saved.”

Jehovah views us in Jesus, and loves us with an infinite love.

Yea, He has loved us, as He has loved Him.

Every believer, through his faith may be weak, his fears many, his corruption strong, his troubles great, and his temptation sore, is the object of Jehovah’s delight.

Let us, therefore, endeavour to pass through this day, yea, and every day, believing and realizing, “I am Jehovah‘s delight; the object of His highest love, the subject of His sweetest thoughts; and His portion for evermore.”

O incomparable privilege!

Source of comfort, holiness, and love!

Thou hast more cause for gratitude than an angel.

The greatest of eternal love
What angel-tongue can tell?
Oh may I to the utmost prove
The gift unspeakable.
James Smith

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Search me, O God.

February 13   Search me, O God.   Psalms 139:23

Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:

None can search the heart but God; none are desirous or willing for the heart to be searched but real Christians.

A believer desires to know the worst. He dreads deception. Grace has made him honest, and he prays, “Lord, search me.”

If a man wants to search, he would expose, irritate, and injure us; but if God search, He will humble, strengthen, and heal us. The man who sees himself in the light of truth, and knows himself as the effect of divine searching, cannot trust himself for one moment; he flies from self to Jesus; from law to grace; he loathes himself; and while he confidently trusts in Jesus, and rejoices in hope, he walks humbly with his God.

He cannot boast, he dares not presume; but walks in holiness, and ascribes all to free grace.

Beloved, take the heart to Jesus to be searched.

He says “I am He that searcheth the hearts and trieth the reins.” If He search you, He will save you from deception, self-righteousness, and every false way.

Be this your daily prayer, “Search me, O God, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Examine me, O Lord, and prove me: try my reins and my heart.”

Let a man examine himself. You need searching.

Lord, search my heart, and try my ways,
And make my soul sincere;
Then shall I stand before thy face,
And find acceptance there.

James Smith

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Hope Thou In God

February 12   Hope thou in God     Psalms 42:11

Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
and why art thou disquieted within me?
hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him,
 who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

However gloomy the day, however strange the trials, however distressing the visitation, hope thou in God.

He is with you, He is your God. He hath promised to befriend you, He is the faithful God. He will turn darkness to light, make crooked things straight, and make all grace abound towards you, so that you, having all sufficiency, may abound to every good work.

The changes that affect you, cannot affect Him. You cannot rely too simply upon Him, or expect too much from Him. If all within and without seem to conspire to distress you, still say “I will hope in God.”

Expect Him to be to you all a gracious and powerful God can be: expect Him to do all a loving Father and infinite God can do.

Hope for light in darkness, for relief in distress, for strength in weakness, for joy in sorrow, for deliverance when sinking beneath the wave,  and for life in death.

Hope for all you need, and for all God has promised.

Hope thou in God, and in God alone.

Hope because God has spoken, because He is true and faithful, and you cannot hope in the vain.

The foundation, of your hope is laid in the blood of Jesus, and the oath of God.

Hope in the Lord, whose mighty hand
Can all thy woes remove;
For thou shalt yet before Him stand,
And sing restoring love.

James Smith