DO NOT JUDGE TOO HARD
Pray do not find fault with the man who limps
Or stumbles along the road
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
Though hidden away from view,
Or the burden he bears, placed on your back,
Might cause you to stumble too.
Don’t sneer at the man who is down today,
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall, or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, if dealt to you
In the self-same way at the self-same time
Might cause you to stumble too.
Don’t be too harsh with the man who sins
Or pelt him with words or stones,
Unless you are sure, yea, doubly sure,
That you have no sins of your own.
For you know, perhaps if the tempter’s voice
Should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray,
“Twould cause you to falter too.
Fanny Crosby, the famous Methodist hymn writer and poet, once attended several services during a revival in New York and she said that her heart remained hard and unmoved while people all around her seemed to be greatly blessed of God. And it was this which caused her to return to her room and write the following lines-
“Pass me not, O gentle Saviour,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others Thou art calling,
Do not pass me by.”
Friends, God isn’t going to bless any sinner who doesn’t have this attitude. Every idea of rights and merit must be put out of our minds before we can approach God. He deals with sinners on the grounds of pure grace—unmerited favor. Sinners are only received of God in the righteousness and worth of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Sinners are justified FREELY: that means that there is no obligation on God’s part and no work or worth on the part of the sinner. “The GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Now think about this” God has not set salvation before sinners on a timeless, propositional basis, whereby the sinner may take it as if he were making or closing a deal with God, in his own time, his own way and at his own arbitrary choosing! Yes, God has promised to save “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord,” but “how shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how can He be known except through the revelation of the Holy Spirit? (Matthew 16:17; Galatians 1:12-16; II Corinthians 4:6).
Yes, God has promised to save those who “call upon the name of the Lord,” but “no man can call Jesus Lord but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Cor. 12:3); and the Holy Ghost is not like a water faucet which sinful men can turn on and off! (John 3:8; Phillipians 2:13; Psalm 65:4). —By Maurice Montgomery
TRUE CONVICTION OF SIN
When we think of conviction of sin, we usually think of strong feelings of guilt or remorse over things we have done. But when the Lord tells us what true conviction of sin is, He says “of sin, because they believe not on me” (John 16:9). The sin of sins is to not trust Christ for salvation. You have experienced Holy Spirit conviction when you see the wickedness of attempting to come into God’s presence any other way than the way of Christ alone. —-Todd Nibert
O WRETCHED MAN THAT I AM
There are some professing Christians who can speak of themselves in terms of admiration; but, from my inmost heart, I loathe such speeches more and more each day that I live. Those who talk in such a boastful fashion must be constituted very differently from me. While they are congratulating themselves, I have to lie humbly at the foot of Christ’s Cross, and marvel that I am saved at all, for I know that I am saved. I have to wonder that I do not believe Christ more, and equally to wonder that I am privileged to believe in him at all – to wonder that I do not love Him more, and equally to wonder that I love Him at all – to wonder that I am not holier, and equally to wonder that I have any desire to be holy at all considering what a polluted, debased, depraved nature I find still within my soul, notwithstanding all that Divine grace has done in me. If God were ever to allow the fountains of the great deeps of depravity to break up in the best man that lives, he would make as bad a devil as the Devil himself is. I care nothing for what these boasters say concerning their own perfections; I feel sure that they do not know themselves or they could not talk as they often do. There is tinder enough in the saint who is nearest to heaven to kindle another hell if God should but permit a spark to fall upon it. In the very best of men, there is an infernal and well-nigh infinite depth of depravity. Some Christians never seem to find this out. I almost wish that they might not do so, for it is a painful discovery for any one to make; but it has the beneficial effect of making us cease from trusting in ourselves, and causing us to glory only in the Lord.
WHY IS THE GOSPEL A MYSTERY TO MOST?
Why is the Truth such a mystery to most? Why is the Gospel so clear to the believer, yet the world does not see it that way at all? Because Christ said, “It is not given to them but to you it is given .” The Gospel is a revelation, a gift, a very personal one at that. Just as you and I give gifts to whomever we will, so it is with the unspeakable gift of a revelation of the Truth. He reveals it to whomsoever He will. And when He reveals the Truth, it is, “all plain to him that understandeth and right to them that find knowledge.” (Proverbs 8:9)
—By: Paul Mahan
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” – Ecclesiastes 8:4