“Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered,” -Psalm 105:5
Rather than starting the new year, beating yourself up for what you failed to do, start by building yourself up by remembering what God has done for you. Honest confession comes easier when you’re basking in God’s unrelenting grace. -Paul Tripp via Twitter
“And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the beau shall be seen in the cloud.” -Genesis 9:14
Just now clouds are plentiful enough, but we are not afraid that the world will be destroyed by a deluge. We see the rainbow often enough to prevent our having any such fears. The covenant which the Lord made with Noah stands fast, and we have no doubts about it. Why, then, should we think that the clouds of’ trouble, which now darken our sky, will end in our destruction? Let us dismiss such groundless and dishonoring fears.
Faith always sees the bow of covenant promise whenever sense sees the cloud of affliction. God has a bow with which He might shoot out His arrows of destruction. But see, it is turned upward! It is a bow without an arrow or a string; it is a bow hung out for show, no longer used for war. It is a bow of many colors, expressing joy and delight, and not a bow blood-red with slaughter or black with anger. Let us be of good courage. Never does God so darken our sky as to leave His covenant without a witness, and even if He did, we would trust Him since He cannot change or lie or in any other way fail to keep His covenant of peace. Until the waters go over the earth again, we shall have no reason for doubting our God. -Charles Spurgeon
“For the Lord will not cast off for ever.” -Lamentations 3:31
He may cast away for a season but not forever. A woman may leave off her ornaments for a few days, but she will not forget them or throw them upon the dunghill. It is not like the Lord to cast off those whom He loves, for “having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” Some talk of our being in grace and out of it, as if we were like rabbits that run in and out of their burrows; but, indeed, it is not so. The Lord’s love is a far more serious and abiding matter than this.
He chose us from eternity, and He will love us throughout eternity. He loved us so as to die for us, and we may therefore be sure that His love will never die. His honor is so wrapped up in the salvation of the believer that He can no more cast him of than He can cast off His own robes of office as King of glory. No, no! The Lord Jesus, as a Head, never casts off His members; as a Husband, He never casts off His bride. Did you think you were cast off? Why did you think so evil of the Lord who has betrothed you to Himself? Cast off such thoughts, and never let them lodge in your soul again. “The Lord hath not cast away his people which he foreknew” (Romans 11:2). “He hateth putting away” (Malachi 2:16).
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” -Hebrews 12:3
One reason people drift from the Lord and get caught up in the things of the world is because they do not consider Jesus. They do not ponder and think upon Him.
-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon
“Looking to Jesus” from Hebrews 12:1-4)
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” -Joshua 1:8
In 2021, determine to be men and women of the Bible.
• Hearing the Word (Jer. 3:15)
• Reading the Word (Deut. 17:19)
• Studying the Word (Prov. 2:1-5)
• Memorizing the Word (Ps. 119:11)
• Meditating on the Word (Josh. 1:8)
• Doers of the Word (Jam. 1:22)
-Dustin Benge via Twitter
“There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” -Deuteronomy 33:26-27
The changes in your life won’t rattle you if you’re resting in the One who is eternally constant. -Paul Tripp via Twitter
“I will strengthen thee.” -Isaiah 41:10
When called to serve or to suffer, we take stock of our strength, and we find it to be less than we thought and less than we need. But let not our heart sink within us while we have such a word as this to fall back upon, for it guarantees us all that we can possibly need. God has strength omnipotent; that strength He can communicate to us; and His promise is that He will do so. He will be the food of our souls and the health of our hearts; and thus He will give us strength. There is no telling how much power God can put into a man. When divine strength comes, human weakness is no more a hindrance.
Do we not remember seasons of labor and trial in which we received such special strength that we wondered at ourselves? In the midst of danger we were calm, under bereavement we were resigned, in slander we were self-contained, and in sickness we were patient. The fact is that God gives unexpected strength when unusual trials come upon us, We rise out of our feeble selves. Cowards play the man, foolish ones have wisdom given them, and the silent receive in the self-same hour what they shall speak, My own weakness makes me shrink, but God’s promise makes me brave. Lord, strengthen me “according to thy word.”
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“saying, ‘Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours, be done.'” -Luke 22:42
Sometimes God answers our prayers even when He knows it is not what is best for us. Hezekiah prayed for 15 more years of life, but they ended up being the worst years of his life.
Hezekiah wanted his own will. We need to learn “Not my will but Yours be done.”
-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Evening Sermon
“The Selfish Prayer” from 2 Chronicles 32)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9
Thank you, Lord Jesus. You don’t promise to give us storm-less lives. But you do promise never to give us a Christ-absent day… including today. -Scotty Smith via Twitter
“For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” -John 1:14
“You wake up this morning to big, powerful grace, bigger than your biggest weakness, bigger than your biggest failure and more powerful than your most powerful sin.” -Paul Tripp via Twitter