This week's "thoughts" come from various authors. They are timeless truths having to do with salvation or growth in godliness. They are self-explanatory and obviously written from a grounding in Scriptural truth mixed with the "yes" of personal experience. Take a moment to meditate on each one and you will surely find food for your soul as well as guidance for walking with Christ. Enjoy.
"Always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are struggling to understand a text. I would make an absolute law of this -- always obey such an impulse. Where does it come from? It is the work of the Holy Spirit (Phil. 2:12-13). This often leads to some of the most remarkable experiences in the life of the minister. So never resist. Never postpone it. Never push it aside because you are busy. Give yourself to it; yield to it... Such a call to prayer must never be regarded as a distraction. Always respond to it immediately and thank God if it happens to you frequently."
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) "Preaching and Preachers."
"Tell the young, tell the poor, tell the aged, tell the ignorant, tell the sick, tell the dying -- tell them about Christ. Tell them of His love; tell them of His doings; tell them what He has done for the chief of sinners; tell them what He is willing to do until the last day of time; tell it to them over and over again. Never be tired of speaking of Christ. Say to them broadly and fully, freely and unconditionally, unreservedly and undoubtingly -- 'Come unto Christ, as the penitent thief did; come unto Christ and you shall be saved."
J. C,. Ryle (1816-1900) Sermon - "Christ's Greatest Trophy."
"Grace stands in direct opposition to any supposed worthiness on our part. To say it another way: Grace and works are mutually exclusive. As Paul said in Romans 11:6, "And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; for if it were, then grace would no longer be grace." Our relationship with God is based on either works or grace. There is never a works-plus-grace relationship with Him."
Jerry Bridges (1929-2016) "Transforming Grace."
"Loving a holy God is beyond our moral power. The only kind of God we can love by our sinful nature is an unholy god, an idol made by our own hands. Unless we are born of the Spirit of God, unless God sheds His holy love in our hearts, unless He stoops in His grace to change our hearts, we will not love Him... To love a holy God requires grace, grace strong enough to pierce hardened hearts and awaken moribund souls."
R. C. Sproul (1939- ____) "The Holiness of God."
"Grace does away with the distance between the sinner and God, which sin had created. Grace meets the sinner on the spot where he stands; grace approaches him just as he is. Grace does not wait till there is something to attract it, nor until good reason is found in the sinner for its flowing to him... It was free, sovereign grace when it thought of the sinner; it was free grace when it found him and laid hold of him, and it is free grace when it hands him up into glory."
Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) Sermon - "God's Purpose in Grace."
"I know of no other way to triumph over sin long-term, than to gain a distaste for it because of a superior satisfaction in God."
John Piper (1946- _____) "Desiring God."
"If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, "I am sure I am here by mistake... I have no claim to it." But if it be by grace and not by works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness."
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
"When I stand before the throne,
Dressed in beauty not my own,
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart,
Then Lord shall I fully know -- not till then,
How much I owe."
Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843)
That about sums it up for today!
Blessings on your tomorrow, Pastor Jeff