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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

I Will Spare Them

February 11   I will spare them   Malachi 3:17

And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts,
in that day when I make up my jewels; 
and I will spare them, as a man spareth 
his own son that serveth him.

Precious assurance! But whom will the Lord spared? All His children, - especially those who speak of His goodness, witness to His faithfulness, think upon His name, and honour Him before an evil generation.

He says, “They shall be mine, in that day when I make up my jewels, and I will spare them as a father spareth his obedient son.”

If we are still aiming at the Lord’s glory, and walking by the Lord’s word, we have nothing to fear from any of His dispensations.

He will shield us from danger, sanctify our troubles, and secure our best interest. If we are living to His praise, we may safely leave our wants and our comforts in His hands; He will supply the one and preserve the other.

He says “Fear thou not, for I am with thee.” “Bring every trouble to my throne, every want to my fulness; I am EL-SHADDAL, God all-sufficient; enough in the absence of every one and every thing.

I am your God; I may punish the nations, but I will spare you.

Believe this and be happy. Rejoice in this and you glorify me. You are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then AN HEIR of God through Christ.

Though I punish the world, I will spare you.”

Jesus, my Saviour, and my Lord!
‘Tis good to trust thy name:
Thy power, thy faithfulness, and love,
Will ever be the same.

James Smith

Monday, February 10, 2020

God is with me. Psalm 56:9

February 10    God is with me.  Psalms 56:9

Psalm 56:9  When I cry unto thee, then shall mine
enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

Beloved, the greatest mercy a sinner can enjoy is to have God on his side, engaging in his quarrel, and employed in his most important concerns; this mercy is yours.

God is for you; He chose you in Christ before the world began.

He formed you to show forth His praise; He preserved you in Christ until He called you by grace: He quickened you by His Spirit, and led you to Jesus; He has given you His Son, and promised every additional good.

He has said to you “Thou art mine.” You have said, “I am Thine.” He is now your refuge and strength; He is tenderly concerned for your welfare, devotedly attached to your cause, and observes every step you take. He may try your faith, but certainly supply your wants.

He may exercise your patience, but will never turn a deaf ear to your cries, except you indulge iniquity in your heart. No parent ever felt so deeply interested in the welfare of a beloved child, as thy God does in thine.

He says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold the with the right hand of my righteousness.” Trusting such a promise, who can fail!”

If God is mine, I need not fear
The rage of earth and hell;
He will support my feeble frame,
Their utmost force repel.

James Smith

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Be Watchful Rev. 3:2

February 9   Be watchful.   Revelation 3:2

Revelation 3:2  Be watchful, and strengthen the things
which remain, that are ready to die: for
I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Satan is watching to ensnare us, the world is watching to exult over us, and God is watching to protect us.

Jesus are best friend says to us “BE WATCHFUL.”

Watch against the spirit of the world, against thy easily besetting sins, against seasons of temptation, and against Satan the sworn enemy of thy soul.

Watch for opportunities to do good, for answers to prayer, for the appearance of God as a God of providence.

Unite prayer to God, dependence on His holy word, and watchfulness together, pray to be kept from sin, in temptation unspotted from the world; trust in God to answer but do not leave the throne; and then watch as though all depended upon the diligence and efforts.

Blessed is he that watches and keep his garments

“Watch year therefore and pray always.” But trust not to thy I watchfulness, but while watching trust in God.

He that keepeth thee will not slumber: He is with thee When on guard, as well as when thou art feasting on His word and rejoicing at His table.

He withdraws not His eyes from the righteous. “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.”

Watch ye, therefore, and pray always.

Oh gracious God, in whom I live,
My feeble efforts aid;
Help me to watch, and pray, and strive,
Through trembling and afraid.

James Smith

Saturday, February 8, 2020

That I may win Christ

February 8   That I may win Christ    Philippians 3:8

Philippians 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things
but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus
my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

The aim of men in general is to make fortune, enjoy the world, and live respectively; the aim of the believer is to win Christ.

Jesus possesses all he desires and to possess Christ would satisfy every wish. We have now a title to Him, we receive much from Him, and we often enjoy His love; but we want to be present with Him, and to have full possession of Him as our everlasting all.

He is set before us as our mark, He has held out as the prize, and is promised as the everlasting portion of every overcomer.

Where is the heart this morning?

Which way do the desire tend?

What is to be the object of pursuit to-day?

 If Jesus is the principle object, failing in our pursuit after other things, losses, or crosses, will not much affect us; but I conduct will say ”I am to win Christ; if He is mine, all is well, other things are but trifles compared with him.”

Keeping Jesus in view thus, will prevent murmuring, cure our impatience, and keep our hearts in comparative piece. O may our every action cry in the ears of every observer, “That I may win Christ.”

He who has Christ, has an infinite portion; unsearchable wealth; and the boundless resources.

Not softest strains can charm mine ears,
Like His beloved name;
Nor aught beneath the skies inspire
My heart with equal flame.

James Smith

Friday, February 7, 2020

My time are in thy hand. Psalm 31:15

February 7    My time are in thy hand.   Psalms 31:15

Psalm 31:15  My times are in thy hand: deliver me
from the hand of mine enemies, and
from them that persecute me.

Every event is under divine control; nothing is left to chance. The hand of God is in all that occurs; directly, overruling, or sanctifying to our good. He appointed all that concerns us, and appointed all in infinite wisdom and love; therefore we should not judge rashly or conclude hastily.

We know not white may occur today, but we know that the purpose of God cannot be frustrated, nor can his promises fail.

He worketh at all things after the council of His own will. He says “My purpose shall stand, and I will do all my pleasures.”

But this is our comfort, that He taketh pleasure in His people, and in the prosperity of His servants.

Let us consider then, every thing passes under the our Father‘s eye; is overrule by our Saviours power; is directed by the Holy Spirit to do us good.

It shall not be as our enemies wish, or as our hearts fear; but as our God and Father pleases and has ordained. Be not therefore anxious, troubled, or cast down, the Lord God omnipotent reigneth, and He is God. He shall preserve thee from evil. He shall preserve thy soul.

I know not what may soon betide,
But Jesus knows, and He’ll provide;
My life is by His counsel plann’d
And all my times are in his hand:
I’ll therefore trust, nor yield to fear
But cast on Jesus all my care.

James Smith

Thursday, February 6, 2020

He Is Precious 1 Peter 2:7

February 6   He is precious.    I Peter 2:7

1 Peter 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:
but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the
builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

Yes- Jesus is precious to every believer, however Christians may differ upon some points, they all agree in this JESUS IS PRECIOUS. They cannot always feel towards Him as they wish, but they have always one and the same opinion of Him.

He is precious in His person, word, work, blood, righteousness, and intercession: as prophet, priest, and King; in every name He wears, every character He bears, every relation He fills, and every office He sustains; so precious that none can compared with Him.

His people love Him, but none of them think they love him enough; they adore Him, but mourn over their want of fervour when addressing Him; they prefer Him above all things, and consider Him altogether lovely.

Do you find Christ precious this morning?

If He was to be sold, what would you give for Him?

If you could be gratified, how would you feel towards Him?

He is precious to poor sensible sinners; to strong believers; to holy angels; and to God our heavenly Father.

Is He so to you?

Live near to Him, be intimate with Him, and you will feel Him precious.

The more you know of Him, the more you will prize Him.

Our Jesus is more precious far,
Than life and all its comforts are;
More precious than our daily food,
More precious than our vital blood.
James Smith

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Precious Blood I Peter 1:19

February 5   Precious Blood   I Peter 1:19

1 Peter 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ,
 as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

The blood of Jesus is the price of our redemption, the object of our faith, the ground of our peace, the subject of our meditation, and our constant plea at the throne of grace. It satisfied divine justice, and speaks peace to the humbled sinner’s heart.

It overcomes Satan, and cleanseth from all sin.

It purges the consciences from dead works, and leads us to joy in God.

We build on it as our foundation, flee to it as our refuge, look to it as the cure for sin, and sing of it as the joy of our hearts.

It has made a perfect, a satisfactory, and infinite atonement; and no sinner can perish who relies upon it,  washes in it, and pleads it before God.

It is indeed precious blood!

It is invaluable!

Whenever you feel guilt on your conscience, fear rising in your mind, or a gloom come over your spirit; look to, meditate upon, make use of, the precious blood of Jesus.

It makes peace, it gives peace, it secures peace.

It cleanses, heals, and sanctifies; and we could not live happily one day without it.

The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.

To this alone we must look as the foundation of our hope, and the ground of our peace.

Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power;
Till all the ransom’d church of God
Be saved to sin no more.

James Smith

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Precious Faith II Peter 1:1

February 4 Precious Faith   II Peter 1:1

2 Peter 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle
of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like
precious faith with us through the righteousness
of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Faith is the gift of God. It is the fruit of everlasting love, the effect of grace; we believe through grace.

The faith which is the evidence of salvation, includes giving credit to the gospel report, of a free and full salvation for poor unworthy sinners; on application to Jesus on the throne of grace,
founded on that report; and a trusting in the word, work, and death of Jesus, for life and salvation.

This always produces love to Jesus, and leads the soul to obey Him out of gratitude.

It is precious; being scarce, few thus believe; being valuable, without it we cannot please God, cannot be justified, cannot rejoice in hope, or enjoy the gospel blessings; but he that believeth it entitled to every precious promise, to all the fulness of Christ, to enjoy God in every new covenant relation, and show never see death.

He passed from death to life, and shall never come in the condemnation.

Gracious God! give unto thy people, and unto me especially, much precious faith, that believing in Jesus, I may rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Oh, to believe this day without wavering! Oh, to be strong in faith, giving glory to God!

Oh, for a strong, a lasting faith,
To credit what th’ Almighty saith!
To embrace the message of His Son,
And call the joys of heav’n our own.

James Smith

Monday, February 3, 2020

Cleave Unto the LORD

February 3   Cleave unto the Lord.   Acts 11:23

Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God,
was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose
of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

Every believer is united to Christ, and is one with Him. Jesus is the vine, he is a branch; Jesus is the husband he is the bride. Satan‘s design is to lead him from the Lord; he knows well he can do little or nothing, while the Christian cleaves to Jesus.

Oh, than, cleave to Him by faith, in love, with perseverance! Cleave to His truth, to His people, to His ordinances to His word, and to His throne.

Think of Jesus as the affectionate child thinks of his beloved father, as the tender bride thinks of her devoted bridegroom, as the way-worn traveller thinks of his cheerful home.

Let Jesus be uppermost in thy thoughts, let His love rule thy heart, and let nothing steal away thy affections from Him.

Live upon His faithfulness, live according to His word, live in the element of His love; no living safely, no living happily, but as you cleave unto the Lord.

Never let Satan find thee at the distance from Jesus, or he will assuredly be too much for thee. He is ever on the watch to find thee wandering, that he may worry, deceive, and distress thee.

Therefore cleave unto the Lord, with full purpose of heart. Cleave to Him as the ivy to the oak, or the child to his mother’s breast.

Saviour, let me cleave to thee;
Love the bond of union be;
And, lest I should e’er depart,
Keep thy dwelling in my heart.
James Smith