Thursday, March 25, 2010

Heaven taken by storm....

Some thoughts from the book I just read.....

"...the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
Matthew 11:12

"Jesus Christ went more willingly to the cross than we do to the throne of grace. Had not we need then provoke ourselves to duty?"

"Prayer is a lifting up of the mind and soul to God, which cannot be done aright without offering violence to one-self. The names given to prayer imply violence. It is called wrestling, Gen.32:24. and a pouring out of the soul, 1 Sam. 1:15. Prayer without fervency and violence is no prayer; it is speaking, not praying. -- Lifeless prayer is no more prayer than the picture of a man is a man."

"Faith holds the promise in one hand, and Christ in the other."

"A Christian has no time to lie fallow. He must be either praying or watching, either upon the mount or in the valley, on the mount of faith or the valley of humility."

"Such madness is it to hear men say they are so taken up about the world that they have no time for their souls -Could God find time to think of thy salvation? Could Jesus Christ find time to come into the world, and be here above thirty years in carrying on this great design of thy redemption, and canst thou find no time to look after it? Is the getting a little money that which obstructs this violence for Heaven? Your money will perish with you. Canst thou find time for thy body? time to eat and sleep? and not find time for thy soul? Canst thou find time to use for thy recreation? and no time to use for thy salvation? Canst thou find time for idle visits? and no time to visit the throne of grace? It may be the last time that God will ever speak to us in His word; it may be the last sermon that ever we shall hear; and we may go from the place of hearing, to the place of judging. Did people think thus when they come into the house of God; perhaps this will be the last time that God will counsel us about our souls, the last time that ever we shall see our minister's face, with what devotion would they come! how would their affections be all on fire in hearing? We give great attention to the last speeches of friends. A parent's dying words are received as oracles. Oh let all this provoke us to diligence in hearing!"

"Here is strong consolation to the violent Christian: thou art in the way to the kingdom. Though perhaps thou hast not the joy which some meet with, yet it is happy that thou art in the way. Bless God that while some lie in the total neglect of duty, God hath given thee a heart to seek him, Psalm 105:3. 'Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.' Nay, God hath not only given thee a heart to do duty, but to do duty mixed with love...Wait a while, and thou shalt be possessed of a kingdom. When Moses went up to receive God's commands, he staid six days on the Mount, and on the seventh day God called him Exod. 24:16. Though we wait long, and have not the thing waited for, yet let us continue doing our duty; shortly, God will call us from Heaven, come up hither, and we shall go from the mount of faith to the mount of vision, and behold those glorious things which 'eye hath not seen, nor can it enter into man's heart to conceive.'"

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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."
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