Tuesday, March 16, 2010

From my reading yesterday.....

"Every sin strikes at the honor of God, the being of God, the glory of God, the heart of Christ, the joy of the Spirit, and the peace of a man's conscience; and therefore a soul truly repentant strikes at all, hates all, conflicts with all, and will labor to draw strength from a crucified Christ to crucify all."

"Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5 This short storm will end in an everlasting calm, this short night will end in a glorious day, that shall never have end. It is but a very short time between grace and glory."

"True happiness and satisfaction is too big and glorious a thing to be found below.....certainly if happiness were to be found in these things the Lord Jesus, who is the right and royal heir of all things, would have exchanged his cradle for a crown, his birth chamber, a stable; for a royal palace; his poverty for plenty; his despised followers for shining courtiers.....certainly happiness lies not in these things. Is it not rather faith in the blood of Christ, the witness of the Spirit of Christ, the sense and feeling of the love of and favor of Christ, and the hopes of eternally reigning with Christ?"

"The treasures of a saint are the presence of God, the favor of God, union and communion with God, the pardon of sin, the joy of the Spirit, the peace of conscience, which are jewels which none can give but Christ, nor none can take away but Christ. "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." 2 Timothy 1:12"

"You shall gain more in the service of God, and by walking in righteous and holy ways, though troubles and afflictions should attend you, than you can possibly suffer, or lose, by your being found in the service of God. "godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6"

"While you are in the very service of the Lord, you shall find by experience, that the God of heaven will prosper you, and support you, and encourage and strengthen you, and carry you through the hardest service...Remember this, that God will suit your strength to your work. and in the hardest service you shall have the choicest assistance."

"Christians that would hold on in the service of the Lord must look more upon the crown than the cross, more upon their future glory than their present misery, more upon their encouragements than their discouragements."

"All the strange, dark, deep, and changeable providences that believers meet with, shall further them in their way to heaven, in their journey to happiness....As the waters lifted Noah's ark nearer heaven, and as the stones that were about Stephen's ears did knock him closer to Christ, the cornerstone, so all the strange rugged providences that we meet with, they shall raise us nearer heaven, and knock us nearer to Christ, that precious cornerstone."
~ Thomas Brooks

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1