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August 19, 2018

“I know their sorrows.”
 Exodus 3:7
           The child is cheered as he sings, “This my father knows”; and shall not we be comforted as we discern that our dear Friend and tender soul-husband knows all about us?
1. He is the Physician, and if he knows all, there is no need that the patient should know. Hush, thou silly, fluttering heart, prying, peeping, and suspecting! What thou knowest not now, thou shalt know hereafter, and meanwhile Jesus, the beloved Physician, knows thy soul in adversities. Why need the patient analyze all the medicine, or estimate all the symptoms? This is the Physician’s work, not mine; it is my business to trust, and his to prescribe. If he shall write his prescription in uncouth characters which I cannot read, I will not be uneasy on that account, but rely upon his unfailing skill to make all plain in the result, however mysterious in the working.
2. He is the Master, and his knowledge is to serve us instead of our own; we are to obey, not to judge: “The servant knoweth not what his lord doeth.” Shall the architect explain his plans to every hodman on the works? If he knows his own intent, is it not enough? The vessel on the wheel cannot guess to what pattern it shall be conformed, but if the potter understands his art, what matters the ignorance of the clay? My Lord must not be cross-questioned any more by one so ignorant as I am.
3. He is the Head. All understanding centres there. What judgment has the arm? What comprehension has the foot? All the power to know lies in the head. Why should the member have a brain of its own when the head fulfils for it every intellectual office? Here, then, must the believer rest his comfort in sickness, not that he himself can see the end, but that Jesus knows all. Sweet Lord, be thou for ever eye, and soul, and head for us, and let us be content to know only what thou choosest to reveal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              —Charles Spurgeon
     Try as he may, the preacher cannot make a sinner.  The Word of God alone cannot make a sinner.  One may read or hear the truth of man’s condition before God until it is committed to memory, but that will not make him to be a sinner in the true biblical sense of the word.
     It is the Lord alone who can make men and women to be sinners in the biblical sense.  God the Holy Spirit does some writing in the hearts of those whom He saves (II Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 8:10-12).  In big black letters God writes SINNER in the heart of each one He saves.   And when God does this writing, try as one may, it cannot be erased, removed, ignored, covered up or forgotten.  That person, in the true biblical sense of the word, is a SINNER; an acknowledged, self-condemned SINNER; and will be so throughout eternity.
     However, THANK GOD!  He does not stop writing there.  Over the top of SINNER He writes another word in big red letters (blood red letters) – WASHED!  This puts that heavenly song of everlasting thanksgiving and praise in their hearts (Revelation 1:1-4; 5:9, 10).
     Remember, one and all, every reader: Christ came into the world to save SINNERS.  He does save sinners.  He is saving sinners.  He delights to save sinners.  Are YOU a sinner?  If so, then believe on Him, trust Him, rest your soul upon His precious promises – AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED!                                                                                                                                                            Maurice Montgomery
          Lay the foundation of your hope in Jesus Christ. Begin with Christ and end with Christ. As Christ Jesus becomes more to you, self will grow less and less. If your faith puffs you up – it is not the faith of Christ. God will help us when we are weak. He will bless us as long as we confess our dependence upon His blessing. He will fill us when we are empty. He will feed us when we are hungry. He will be our all when we are nothing. He will forgive us when we are guilty. But the moment we begin to boast in ourselves and feel sufficient, we will be left to learn, in no uncertain terms that we are naked, poor, blind, and miserable. Terrible will be the day when proud rebels discover, too late, the dust and ashes of human merit.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                         —Pastor Henry Mahan
DISCONTENTMENT is the penalty we must pay for being ungrateful for what we have.  Very little is needed to make a happy life; but unfortunately, one of the weaknesses of our age is an apparent inability to distinguish need from greed.  Paul said,  “Having food and raiment, let us be content.”  Remember, it is not the happy people who are thankful. It is the thankful people who are happy!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Copied

                                                                                          EVEN FOR THIS SAME PURPOSE

Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.                                                                Psalm 76:10
     Isn’t it incredible how the Lord overrides the will of man to accomplish His own will and purpose? Isn’t it amazing how God can easily take man’s wrath and use it to bring praise and glory to His great name?
     Pharaoh made a decree to have every male child of Israel thrown into the Nile River to be drowned. But God, according to His sovereign will, purpose and providence, sends the very male-child that will be His people’s deliverer to live in the palace of Pharaoh. In the purpose of God, Pharaoh is going to feed, clothe, educate and provide in every way for the very one that would deliver Israel out of the bondage of Egypt. It wasn’t by chance or accident that Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the river that day at that exact time. Moses wasn’t lucky that Pharaoh’s daughter found him. There is no luck, no accidents and no chance happenings in a world ruled by God Almighty. Again we see the power and providence of God at work in the lives of His people. Pharaoh’s daughter finds the child, determines to adopt him, and then sends the child back home with his own mother, all the while paying her wages to nurse and raise her own child. Only God could accomplish such a thing!
     Yet, why should I be surprised and astonished? “For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                        —David Eddmenson     

   Brother Scott Richardson once wrote – “I defy anyone to find a solitary text of Scripture in the New Testament that uses the law to motivate, inspire, regulate, or even guide the believer. Believers are motivated by love, inspired by gratitude, regulated by grace, and guided by the Holy Spirit. The whole Word of God, the complete revelation of His will is our law. Our lives are governed by love, not by fear.  We walk by faith, not by legislation.  We walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh (Romans 8:9-14; Galatians 3:3).”

So great is the depravity of unregenerate man that, although there is nothing that he needs more than the Gospel, there is nothing that he desires less.                                                                                                                                                                                                        —Copied