“And I said, This is my infirmity.” Psalms 77:10
While in the body, we are in such an imperfect state as to be liable to various exercises of mind, through indwelling corruption, and the suggestions of Satan. Saints in all ages have experienced fluctuating frames. Like mariners on a tempestuous sea, at one time they seem to mount up to heaven, in comfort and joy; at another they sink down, in apprehension, to the depths of hell; then, like persons at their wit’s end, they express themselves in a very unreasonable manner. Doubt and uncertainty take place of knowledge and truth; unbelief seems to prevail against faith; and they are ready to call all in question, not only past sweet experience of God’s love to their soul’s, but the very existence of God’s promises, faithfulness and truth. And they write with the pen of inspiration (though not of the Spirit of truth, but of a lying spirit) many false and bitter things against themselves. “Wo is me, I am undone,” saith Isaiah “Wo is me,” saith Jeremeiah. “Without were fightings, within were fears,” says the apostle Paul. “I shall one day perish by the hand of Saul,” saith David. And in this psalm, hope seems to be as it were giving up the ghost, and with languid, faint accents breathes, “Will the Lord cast off for ever? Will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone for ever; doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious; hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?” So that you see, oh tossed, tempted, tried believer, this is the way, saints in all ages have gone to glory. Thou hast thy lot with them now; soon thou also shalt be where they are. But what a gloomy prospect, what soul-distressing views, must that poor sinner have, who lives upon his frames; whose hope springs from his own faithfulness, or who trusts to the exercise of his own grace, instead of the God of all grace, the blessed Jesus, who is the same yesterday, to-day and forever. How comforting, how heart-reviving to know that the Lord, “who sent redemption unto his people, will ever be mindful of his covenant, which standeth fast forever.” Psalms 111:5. Therefore the Holy Spirit stands engages, in covenant-contract, to execute his office as the Comforter When he is pleased to revive the soul with the views of Jesus, his glorious work and finished salvation, Satan sculks away, like a mean, abashed liar. The believer returns to his right mind, takes shame to himself, and says, That I should ever doubt of thy love; call in question they truth, and suspect thy faithfulness: oh my God, this is my infirmity!
Mason’s Spiritual Treasury, June 6th William Mason
Hence from my soul sad thoughts be gone,
And leave me to my joys;
My tongue shall triumph in my God;
Christ pleads his righteous cause.
Darkness and doubt had veiled my mind,
And drowned my eyes in tears,
Till sovereign grace with shining rays
Dispelled my gloomy fears:
In vain the tempter frights my soul,
And breaks my peace again;
One glimse, dear Saviour, of thy face
Revives my joys again.
THINK ABOUT IT
When “the mystery of God is finished,” “time shall be no more,” and all of the redeemed of the Lord are gathered around their great Redeemer, perfected and glorified forever, the only visible evidence of the consequences of sin will be seen on the Redeemer Himself! Every mark and trace of sin will have been removed from the saints of God. The wounds inflicted upon Christ the Redeemer when He delivered Himself up to be crucified as the Substitute for sinners, “the just for the unjust,” that He might bring them to God, will be the only visible evidence of sin remaining. What an eternal reminder that “by His stripes they are healed!” They did all the sinning. He did all the suffering, dying, and saving. What amazing love and grace! What an amazing Redeemer-God! –Pastor Maurice Montgomery
“Praise the Saviour, ye who know Him!
Who can tell how much we owe Him?
Let us gladly render to Him,
All we are and have.”
I Am The Bread Of Life
John 6: 48
What bread is in a natural sense to men; Christ is in a spiritual sense to believers. ( John 6: 63) Here are six things I see in the word of God concerning this spiritual bread as I consider it in this type.
1. It is not a natural food. Bread is a prepared food. There are no bread trees or vines. Bread is a combination of different things. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the heavenly bread, is not a natural food but it is prepared by divine wisdom and purpose to give life to dead sinners. “A body hast thou prepared me.” (Hebrews 10: 5) He is both God and man in one glorious person. He is man to bare our sins in His own body on the tree and He is God to satisfy the demands of a perfect God.
2. This heavenly bread is given. Are we not exhorted in the scriptures to pray “give us this day our daily bread?” If our daily bread be the gift of God how much more our heavenly bread? You cannot merit the bread of life. You do not deserve the bread of life, nor can we produce this heavenly bread. He is given to us by our loving Father. (John 6: 57)
3. Bread is prepared and served by an experienced hand. Making bread is not like making stew. A dash of this and a pinch of that will work fine in a stew but bread requires an exact formula. Those who preach Christ, the bread of life, must be careful that He is preached as God has set Him forth.
4. Bread must be eaten to enjoy its true benefits. Our Lord told His hearers in John 6: 53, “except ye eat of the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.” Holding bread, defending bread, and hiding bread will not give life. Life comes by eating.
5. Bread, when it is eaten, becomes one with the eater. As bread is absorbed into the body and used to sustain life, so it is that “Christ in you is the hope of glory.” It is not the power of the flesh that yields its own substance but God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Paul said, “When ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received not as the word of man but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (I Thessalonians 2: 13)
6. Bread is a food set before all men. There is nothing in bread to prevent anyone anywhere from eating. But know this, there is only one bread that can give life and Christ said, “I am the bread of life.” We prepare Gods bread and set it before all men. But God, himself, must give the appetite. May God be pleased to give us all and appetite for His Son. Darvin Pruitt
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6