Food for thought     9th March 09


“Abide in me.”
- John_15:4

Communion with Christ is a certain cure for every ill. Whether it be the wormwood of woe, or the cloying surfeit of earthly delight, close fellowship with the Lord Jesus will take bitterness from the one, and satiety from the other. Live near to Jesus, Christian, and it is a matter of secondary importance whether thou livest on the mountain of honour or in the valley of humiliation. Living near to Jesus, thou art covered with the wings of God, and underneath thee are the everlasting arms. Let nothing keep thee from that hallowed intercourse, which is the choice privilege of a soul wedded to THE WELL-BELOVED. Be not content with an interview now and then, but seek always to retain his company, for only in his presence hast thou either comfort or safety. Jesus should not be unto us a friend who calls upon us now and then, but one with whom we walk evermore. Thou hast a difficult road before thee: see, O traveller to heaven, that thou go not without thy guide. Thou hast to pass through the fiery furnace; enter it not unless, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, thou hast the Son of God to be thy companion. Thou hast to storm the Jericho of thine own corruptions: attempt not the warfare until, like Joshua, thou hast seen the Captain of the Lord’s host, with his sword drawn in his hand. Thou art to meet the Esau of thy many temptations: meet him not until at Jabbok’s brook thou hast laid hold upon the angel, and prevailed. In every case, in every condition, thou wilt need Jesus; but most of all, when the iron gates of death shall open to thee. Keep thou close to thy soul’s Husband, lean thy head upon his bosom, ask to be refreshed with the spiced wine of his pomegranate, and thou shalt be found of him at the last, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. Seeing thou hast lived with him, and lived in him here, thou shalt abide with him for ever.


The Lord is saying

I am here close by. I am watching. I know what will happen concerning what you are going through and I am watching you, watching to see a look of trust, a look of knowing that I will not let you down. A look of love and gratitude, a childlike joy in sharing with me the anticipation of what I am doing and what I am going to do. It seems to you a mighty task but for me it is nothing, nothing. Wait upon me child in wonder and see what a mighty thing I will do in this 'impossible' situation.


Unshakeable Confidence Part 2

Hebrew 12:18-29

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

When all is shaking around us, where should we find refuge?..... In Hebrews it tell us of two mountains, Sinai and Zion. One represents the Old Covenant law and speaks of terror, of fire and wrath. The other, Mount Zion, signifies mercy and grace, the New Testament Covenant of promise, and of the blood of Jesus that speaks better things...... .

When all is shaking around us we need to run to the mountain of grace to find a firm foundation for our feet, not to the mountain of law. For when we look within ourselves to see where we have gone wrong, looking to see where we have missed it, its always shaky ground, for we always fall short. When we put ourselves under law again, we find no help there... only darkness, gloom and fear..

However, when we remind ourselves of our forgiveness, purchased by the precious blood of Jesus, of our right standing with God, of His grace and mercy... that is truly the place of help, that is the solid ground that cannot be shaken for it is founded on what Jesus did and not what we did. Thank God believer, it doesn't depend on us but on him that cannot fail.

In this grace, God will show us if there is anything we need to do, anything we need to change how we are best to serve Him. He will do it in the most wonderful way of a loving Father. For He has promised.... He will finish the work He started in you..

Hebrew 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We're justified - Song by Shirley Howitt