The Grace of Election

The Believer’s Daily Remembrancer by James Smith

(James Smith preceded CH Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel in London from 1841-1850)

“Ye are chosen generation.” 1 Pet 2:9

RELIGION does not originate in chance, but in the purpose of God; it flows not from the nature of man, but from the unalterable decree of the Most High. Every believer is a chosen vessel. The church had its origin in Jehovah’s eternal election. Election flows from love; it is the exercise of sovereignty; it secures man’s salvation and God’s glory. It injures none, but it pours incalculable blessings upon thousands. It was the act of God before time. He chose us in Christ as our Head; it was of pure grace; it was to holiness. We were chosen to be redeemed from death; purified from sin; separated from the world; devoted to God; and raised to a state of oneness with Jehovah. Being chosen of God, we choose God in return. He chose us to be His people, we choose Him to be our God. He chose us to be the beloved Bride of Jesus, and we choose Jesus to be our beloved Bridegroom. His election is the cause, our choice is the effect. His choice prevented ours; or else we had chosen death, in the error of our ways. Beloved, if we are the elect of God, we are holy; we are in union with Jesus. Let use endeavour to prove and enjoy this.

(HT:JF)

Another Day, Another Dollar

Do you find yourself struggling with your motivation as you to head in to work today? Wake yourself up and say to yourself, “Self, this is the Day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. It is His purposes and calling that matter today, and He has called me to work six days and rest one. Today is one of those six days He has called me to work. This is part of his purpose for me today, so I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Then remember that whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. So say to yourself, “Self, this is God’s calling for me today, so I will rejoice and do this ordinary, daily task for His glory.”
Don’t let Satan discourage you by causing you to think of work as a daily grind, but let the purpose that God has called you to do this task bring joy to your vocation.

Quote: JC Ryle

The Dangerous Mindset of a Pharisee

No state of soul can be conceived so dangerous as that of the Pharisee. Never are men’s bodies in such desperate plight, as when disease and insensibility set in. Never are men’s hearts in such a hopeless condition, as when they are not sensible of their own sins. He that would not make shipwreck on this rock, must beware of measuring himself by his neighbors. What does it signify that we are more moral than other men? We are all vile and imperfect in the sight of God. “If we contend with Him, we cannot answer him one in a thousand” (Job 9:3). Let us remember this. In all our self-examination let us not try ourselves by comparison with the standard of men. Let us look at nothing but the requirements of God. He that acts on this principle will never be a Pharisee.

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 2 , [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1986], 260, 261. {Luke 18:9-14}

John 17 Praying for Believers

How does Jesus pray for Christians?
Notice he does not pray that His Father would make them happy or healthy. He does not pray that they would have an easy day. Mind you, Jesus loves his disciples and had the their best in mind.
He prays that his Father would keep them; keep them from the evil one, keep them from being lost. He prays that they would be sanctified by the truth of God’s word; to sanctify them as He for their sakes was sanctified. What an amazing thought. Christ did not need to be improved morally, but did consecrate himself to sacred service. He prays that they would be one, so much so that the world would recognize that Christ had been sent by God and that God loves his people just as he loves his son. Finally, He prays His desire for them to be with Him where He is be granted that they may behold His glory.

Jesus has prayed this for us.

How do we pray for ourselves? Are those your deep longings in the private of your crying to God?

How do we pray for others?

State of the Union of Your Soul to Christ

I received this in an email today:

Let us never forget that our feelings about Sundays are sure tests of the state of our souls. The person who can find no pleasure in giving God one day in the week, is manifestly unfit for heaven. Heaven itself is nothing but an eternal Sabbath. If we cannot enjoy a few hours in God’s service once a week in this world, it is plain that we could not enjoy an eternity in His service in the world to come. Happy are those who walk in the steps of her of whom we read today! They shall find Christ and a blessing while they live, and Christ and glory when they die.

~ J.C. Ryle

Stop It! Stop Sinning

Good quote by Lloyd-Jones.  Plan on hearing a bit more about this in a few weeks.

I do not know of a single scripture—and I speak advisedly—which tells me to take my sin, the particular thing that gets me down, to God in prayer and ask him to deliver me from it and then trust in faith that he will.

Now that teaching is also often put like this: you must say to a man who is constantly defeated by a particular sin, “I think your only hope is to take it to Christ and Christ will take it from you.” But what does Scripture say in to the man who finds himself constantly guilty of stealing, to a man who sees something he likes and takes it? What am I to tell such a man? Am I to say, “Take that sin to Christ and ask him to deliver you?” No, what the apostle Paul tells him is this: “Let him that stole, steal no more.” Just that. Stop doing it. And if it is fornication or adultery or lustful thoughts, again: Stop doing it, says Paul. He does not say, “Go and pray to Christ to deliver you.” No. You stop doing that, he says, as becomes children of God.

I wonder if he would have liked Newhart