His Favor Is For Life

“For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.” – Psa. 30:5

Never was faith in the Divine love more beautifully expressed.

Convict the World Regarding Sin

And He, when He comes, will convict the world regarding sin, and righteousness, and judgment” – John 16:8

Where the Holy Spirit is, there will always be deep conviction of sin.

“It is His special office to convict of sin. 

He shows the exceeding holiness of God. 

He teaches the exceeding corruption and infirmity of our nature. 

He strips us of our blind self-righteousness. 

He opens our eyes to our awful guilt, folly and danger. 

He fills the heart with sorrow, contrition, and abhorrence for sin–as the abominable thing which God hates. 

He who knows nothing of all this, and saunters carelessly through life, thoughtless about sin, and indifferent and unconcerned about his soul–is a dead man before God! He has not the Holy Spirit.” – J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)

Only A Cup of Cold Water

And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” – Jesus (Matt. 10:42)

Nothing done for Christ is lost – even the smallest of kind gestures; the giving of a cup of cold water. (J. R. Miller, 1897).

Crowned With Rosebuds

If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” – Jesus (Matt. 16:24)

MUST!

We think of “self-denial” as quitting some pleasure. This falls short of the Greek meaning; man is to deny his whole self, all his natural motives and impulses, anything that comes into conflict with the claims of Christ.

Jesus is our supreme example.

Was He crowned with thorns and we crowned with rosebuds?” – Thomas Brooks (1608–1680)

But By Grace

But by the grace of God I am what I am,” – 1 Cor. 15:10

If some of my congregation knew me better, they would love me less.  Yet my heavenly Father knows me well, favors me much, and loves me wonderfully!” – James Smith, 1857.

You Who Still the Noise

You who still the noise of the seas, The noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.” -Psa. 65:7

Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of God.

Clothed With Power

“Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power; – Psa. 65:6

The mountains did not make themselves. God, through His mighty power, established them.

You Who Are the Confidence

“By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas;” – Psa. 65:5

God is our confidence.

The Man You Choose

“Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts.” – Psa. 65:4

God causes believers to approach Him.