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The Wednesday Word: Is Jesus enough to bring us through Discouragement?

Here’s an important thing to learn! Not everything we attempt to do for Jesus is going to please everyone. People may not rally to us! But this is the price of the call! As followers of Jesus, we will attempt the things others refuse to do. David was like that. He stood against Goliath while the rest of Israel cowered and cowed down in troubled fear. Yet his elder brother, Eliab, was furious and rebuked him when it became apparent he would undertake the fight. David wanted to bring glory to God, but it brought him harsh criticism and attacks from those who should have known better.

When the great missionary Patton was preparing to bring the Gospel to the savages of the New Hebrides an old gentleman in his church took him aside to warn him he was on a fool’s errand. “The cannibals, the cannibals,” cautioned the older man, “they will surely eat you.” Patton replied, “Mr. Dickson, with respect, you are advanced in years, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.”

For Patton, Jesus was enough! With Jesus, he was more than able to endure the discouragements thrown into his life. His ministry in the New Hebrides would last for over forty-three years. Did cannibals eat him? No, but some of his fellow workers perished that way! However, serving Jesus brought him a far from trouble-free life. He endured multiple disappointments. His first wife and child died—–he dug their graves with his own hands. He withstood affliction, shipwrecks and illness. But perhaps the biggest disappointments of all were the indifference of the Christians back home and the betrayal of friends and converts on the field. His life was filled with major disappointments. But for John G Patton, Jesus was enough! And what of his work? He lived to see the entire culture of the New Hebrides transformed by Christ. Men who once had hated and eaten one another would come to sit down together and worship the Lamb who was slain.

Maybe the Lord is calling you to feed orphans and widows in India; maybe your call is to partner financially with those who are spreading the gospel throughout the world. Maybe it is to go feed the poor and homeless in your hometown. You have only one life, make it count for Jesus. But be warned, not everyone will love you for taking the Word of God seriously. Members of your own family may think you’ve gone mad (Mark 3:21).

Let’s face it then, it is nothing for us to serve the Lord when everything is easy, when there is no opposition; when there are no roadblocks. However, what will happen when we encounter disappointments? Will we give up or be faithful in the midst of discouragement? The more we learn that Jesus is enough, the more we will be equipped to withstand the storms which come against you.

Look at Jesus, He didn’t abandon His mission when He encountered opposition and discouragements. Just think, what if He had given up! What if, when He was hanging on the cross being insulted and mocked by the passersby He had said, “that’s it, I quit!” I believe the universe would have collapsed like a deck of cards. But, Jesus was no quitter, and we have His Spirit so let us find our very life in Him. He is enough.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

If sin were but a light thing

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

If sin were a light thing, how is it that the Father of mercies should have doomed all mankind to death, and to all the miseries that prepare its way, on account of it? How is it that wicked men die under such fearful apprehensions? Above all, how is it that it should require the eternal Son of God to become incarnate, and to be made a sacrifice, to atone for it?

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

The Man Christ Jesus drew His support from the Triune God

From the very commencement of His earthly life, the Lord Jesus lived by faith. Marvelously is this revealed to us in the 22nd Psalm. There we behold the Saviour in the midst of His dying agonies: doubtless tempted by Satan to give way to unbelief and despair— for it was there he was permitted to fully vent his enmity against the woman’s seed (Gen. 3:15, Luke22:53); yet vain were the Enemy’s attacks. There we hear our blessed Redeemer declaring, “But thou art He that took Me out of the womb: Thou didst make Me hope when I was upon My mother’s breasts. I was cast upon Thee from the womb: Thou art My God from My mother’s belly” (vv. 9, 10). How this brings out His uniqueness! In His faith, as in everything else, He has the “pre-eminence” (Col. 1:18). It was not only in manhood, or childhood, but from very earliest infancy, that the Man Christ Jesus drew His support from the Triune God.

Arthur Pink-Studies in the Scriptures Volume XI. No10 Oct. 1932

Driven to God

Did you never run for shelter in a storm, and find fruit which you expected not? Did you never go to God for safeguard, driven by outward storms, and there find unexpected fruit?

John Owen

 

Concerning a Bad Conscience

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.

John Calvin (1509-1564)

 

Concerning Music

Nothing on earth is so well-suited to make the sad merry, the merry sad, to give courage to the despairing, to make the proud humble, to lessen envy and hate, as music.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

If God be for Us

When I look into the perfect law of liberty and see how dirty I am, I am reminded of the scripture in Romans that speaks of God being for us, of God not sparing his own Son for us, and of God not laying anything to our charge. Let us read these scriptures:

 

Rom8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Rom8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Rom8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

 

Here we find the semi-Pelagian’s views discredited. He would just assume that these scriptures were not in the Bible. He gnashes his teeth against God’s electing forever a certain people for his own. The semi-Pelagian’s belief that one can lose ones salvation because it all depends upon the sinners doing or not doing, striving or not striving is plainly refuted in these scriptures. Thank God these scriptures refute the semi-Pelagian. Thank God these scriptures offer us consolation and hope.

We tremble when we think of how holy we ought to be and then look at ourselves through God’s word and see clearly how filthy our lives are. We mourn and wonder at times how a Christian such as us could have such vain thoughts? How can we even call ourselves a Christian? Who are we to be counted and numbered among the elect? When our minds get clouded with these thoughts we are to remember what Paul wrote in this blessed book of Romans. We ought to let it echo through our minds and hearts that God is for us. God is not against us. God stepped out of glory, in the person of his Son, laying his royal garments to the side, in order to save us.

What a mighty blessed God we have. One that cares so much that he would spare no expense for us. Look at verse 32. God spared not his own Son. He gave his Son on our behalf. O what glorious raptures of joy ought to fill our souls when we think on these things. We ought to be overwhelmed. We ought not to shake these things off as if they were common events of everyday life. How many times have you ever heard of some event so spectacular that it ought to make one leap for joy? There are not many events in this world of despair, troubles, trials, tribulations, heartaches, sicknesses, and even death that make us leap for joy. Yet there has been one event. There is one event in history that has surpassed all others. This event is when God himself spared not his own Son to save a sinner like us. What a Saviour. What a blessed God who doesn’t lie anything to the charge of his elect, but justifies them through the death, burial, and resurrection of his Son.

What can be said more concerning these things than this: Be gone doubt, be gone despair, be gone distress, and be gone clouded mind. It might be true that I am not what I hope to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I should be, but thank God through the death of his Son Jesus Christ, I am not what I used to be.

Praise God.

 

Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.