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The Inward Persuasion of the Holy Spirit

Scripture will ultimately suffice for a saving knowledge of God only when its certainty is founded upon the inward persuasion of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, these human testimonies which exist to confirm it will not be vain if, as secondary aids to our feebleness, they follow that chief and highest testimony. But those who wish to prove to unbelievers that Scripture is the Word of God are acting foolishly, for only by faith can this be known.

John Calvin (1509-1564)

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Concerning Assurance of Salvation

Beware, I pray thee, of presuming that thou art saved. If thy heart be renewed, if thou shalt hate the things that thou didst once love, and love the things that thou didst once hate; if thou hast really repented; if there be a thorough change of mind in thee; if thou be born again, then hast thou reason to rejoice: but if there be no vital change, no inward godliness; if there be no love to God, no prayer, no work of the Holy Spirit, then thy saying “I am saved” is but thine own assertion, and it may delude, but it will not deliver thee.

Charles Spurgeon

Thinking about God’s Graciousness

January 23, 2012 3 comments

As I sit here and think about what I have in Christ, I rejoice. God has forgiven my sins, clothed me with Christ righteousness, and seated me in the heavens in Christ. I was a beggar, a poor wretch, who needed saving. Why did the God of all grace reach down and decide to save this wretch? I do not mean to exalt my wretchedness above God’s grace. O but no that is not my intent. Yet I can look over my life and see that I was not worthy for the God of all grace to save.

Nevertheless this is what glorifies God. This is what exalts him as the Supreme Being of this universe. He is the only one who can take a filthy vessel and make it white as snow. He is the only and true Potter that can make a broken vessel over again. If it were not for his great mercy, where would I be? Better yet, if it were not for his great mercy, where would any of us be? All that have received his grace knows the answer to this. Hell would be our abode for eternity.

Therefore I want too say with the Psalmist this morning,

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalms 90:12

 To many times we get caught up with the things of this life and forget that we need to seek God. We forget the great gifts he has given us and forget to be thankful and to apply our hearts to wisdom. Therefore let us apply our hearts to wisdom, so that we may have an abundant entrance into God’s presence.

This is my hearts desire as I go into this New Year with my upgraded means of communicating the Gospel. I pray that it is your desire as well.

God bless,

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Concerning Assurance

Sit not down without assurance. Get alone, and bring thy heart to the bar of trial: force it to answer the interrogatories put to it to set the qualifications of the saints on one side, and the qualifications of thyself on the other side, and then judge what resemblance there is between them…. Yet be sure thou judge by a true touchstone, and mistake not the Scripture description of a saint, that thou neither acquit nor condemn thyself by mistake.

Richard Baxter

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January 1, 2012 2 comments

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God bless your study,

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.

Happy New Year

January 1, 2012 4 comments

I am writing this post to update all those who have been following this blog. First I want to say thank you for being friends with me and for staying connected. It has been a very difficult year for “Reformed on the Web.” The technical problems of trying to keep internet were atrocious. Good signal one day and poor reception the next. It was very hard to work under these conditions.

However, I am very happy to announce now that “Reformed on the Web” is back up and running. I have been able to obtain some wireless internet, pay-as you go, for a very reasonable price. I was skeptical at first on whether it would work in this area. But after using it for nearly a month now, it seems to be doing just fine. I have also upgraded my Blackberry phone and taken on an Android. Boy what a difference. Not only is there a major difference because I am not on At & T anymore, but there is a major difference in the technology between the two phones. I am sure to be able to stay connected to all my sites, at all hours of the day, in order to keep them up to date.

Finally I want to say happy New Year and I hope you are blessed continually in our Lord Jesus Christ throughout the coming months. I am very excited myself and plan some major updates to aide you in your study of the word of God. So stay tuned for my next post.

God bless you,

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.