Do You Think God Cannot Love You?

Mention any sin you like, and I will assure you that people have committed the same sins and have been saved.

Think of David, who’s committed adultery and murder… that didn’t stop God’s love from flowing to him.

Or think of the case of Manasseh; he shed innocent blood very much; he bowed before idols; he put his own child to death as a sacrifice to the false god, and yet God’s love laid hold upon him, and Manasseh became a bright star in heaven, though once as vile as the lost in hell.

And again…Paul says he was the chief of sinners, and he meant it; he spoke by inspiration, and there is no doubt he was.

Now if the greatest of sinners has passed through the strait gate, there must be room for the next greatest; if the greatest sinner in the world has been saved, then there is a possibility for you and for me, because we cannot be worse sinners than the very chief of sinners.

God doesn’t refuse to love us because there is sin in us. If there is anything in you, then, that makes you think God cannot love you, I reply, “Impossible!” for surely your sins do not exceed those of the chief of sinners.

But I will dare to say that even if we were, even if we could exceed Paul, even that could be no barrier; for man’s sin is the act of a finite creature, but God’s grace is the act of infinite goodness.

God forbid that I should downplay your sin. They are loathsome, they are hellish in themselves. But the grace, the love, and the pity of God, oh! these are infinite, eternal, everlasting, boundless, matchless, unconquerable, and therefore the grace of God can overcome and prove itself mightier than your guilt and sin.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

…go and sin no more. (John 8:11)

– Charles Spurgeon

Jesus Won’t Turn You Away

“Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37)

We sometimes fear being rejected by Jesus, but the Lord answers all our doubts and put our hearts at ease with one simple phrase – “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out”

You say: “But I am a great sinner.”
Jesus answers: “I will never cast you out.”

You say: “But I am a life-long sinner.”
Jesus answers: “I will never cast you out.”

You say: “But I am a hard-hearted sinner.”
Jesus answers: “I will never cast you out.”

You say: “But I am a backsliding sinner.”
Jesus answers: “I will never cast you out.”

You say: “But I have served Satan all my days.”
Jesus answers: “I will never cast you out.”

You say: “But I have sinned against God.”
Jesus answers: “I will never cast you out.”

You say: “But I have sinned against mercy.”
Jesus answers: “I will never cast you out.”

You say: “But I have nothing to offer.”
Jesus answers: “I will never cast you out.”

If you come to Christ for forgiveness of sin He will forgive you.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”(Romans 19:13)

And again…

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

– John Bunyan

Your Sin Dropped Into The Sea

You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. – Micah 7:19

As soon as a person trusts in Christ Jesus, their sins are gone from them, and gone away for ever.

They are blotted out now. What if a man owes a hundred dollars? If he has a receipt for it, he’s free, it’s blotted out, there is an erasure made in the book, and the debt is gone.

Though the person committed sin the debt has been paid, he is no more a debtor to the law of God. Doesn’t our text say that God has cast his people’s sins into the depths of the sea?

Now, if they’re in the depths of the sea, they cannot be on his people too. Blessed be his name, in the day when he casts our sins into the depth of the sea, he views us as pure in his sight, and we stand accepted in the beloved (Eph 1:6).

Then he says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) They cannot be removed and be here still.

Then if you believe in Christ, you are no more in the sight of God a sinner, you are accepted as though you were perfect, as though you had at kept the law, for Christ has kept it, and his righteousness is yours. You’ve broken it, but your sin is his, he has been punished for it and you’ve been pardoned from it.

– Charles Spurgeon

Materialism Never Satisfies

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” – Augustine

The pursuit of materialism is described in Scripture:

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? (Isa 55:2)

Materialism is wandering from object to object in a quest for happiness, but always ending up frustrated by unfulfillment and repeated disappointments.

We would feel sorry for a person whom we saw seeking some necessary thing day after day in a place where we knew it was impossible to be found. This is what happens with all people until they come to Christ.

Satisfaction is what people say they’re working for, and they turn over every stone in an attempt to find lasting happiness, but never find it.

Jesus calls us to find satisfaction and rest in Him:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28)

Real satisfaction is only found in Jesus. When people come to Him, they are fully satisfied.

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Phil 4:12-13)

And again:

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. (Jhn 4:13-14)

– John Newton

Run Over By Shadows

Donald Grey Barnhouse, a famous bible teacher from the 1950”s, lost his wife to cancer when she was in her thirties. On the way to the funeral his oldest daughter asked him, “If Jesus died for our sins why do we still die?”

At that moment a large truck roared past them. Barnhouse turned to his daughter and asked, “Tell me, sweetheart, would you rather be run over by that truck or its shadow?”

“By the shadow,” she replied, “it can’t hurt you.”

Barnhouse nodded and said, “Did you know that the truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus in order that only its shadow might run over us? Your mother has not been overrun by death, but by the shadow of death. That is nothing to fear.”

“I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus told us, “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:24) Christians hold fast to this promise.

That’s why everyone who call Christ their Savior, can say, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

Never Cast Away

“Be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

Take comfort in the thought that the Lord Jesus does not cast off those who believe in him because of their failures and imperfections.

He knows what they are. He takes them, as the husband takes the wife, with all their blemishes and defects, and once joined to Him by faith, will never leave them. He is a merciful and compassionate High Priest.

He knew what they were before conversion – wicked, guilty, and defiled; yet He loved them. He knows what they will be after conversion – weak, erring, and frail; yet He loves them.

He has promised to save them, despite all their shortcomings, and what He has promised He will perform.

– J.C. Ryle

My King, Do You Know Him?

The Bible says my King is a seven way King. He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King; He’s the King of Israel – that’s a national King; He’s the King of Righteousness, He’s the King of the ages, He’s the King of Heaven, He’s the King of Glory, He’s the King of Kings and He’s the Lord of Lords!

He’s my King, I wonder – do you know Him?

David said the Heaven’s declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. My King is a sovereign King. No means of measure can define His limitless love, no far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shore-less supply, no barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings

He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast, He’s immortally graceful, He’s imperially powerful, He’s impartially merciful.

Do you know Him?

He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world! He’s God’s son, He’s the sinners Savior, He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He stands in the solitude of Himself, He’s august and He’s unique! He’s unparalleled, He’s unprecedented, He’s the loftiest idea in literature, He’s the highest personality in philosophy,

He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism, He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology, He’s the miracle of the age, He is – yes He is, He is the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him, He’s the only one who qualified to be an all sufficient Savior;

Do you know Him?

He supplies strength for the weak, He’s available for the tempted and the tried, He sympathizes and He saves, He strengthens and sustains, He guards and He guides, He heals the sick, He cleansed the lepers, He forgives sinners, He discharges debtors, He delivers the captives, He defends the feeble, He blesses the young, He serves the unfortunate, He regards the aged, He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.

Do you know Him?

My King is the key to knowledge: The wellspring of wisdom; the doorway of deliverance; the pathway of peace; the roadway of righteousness; the highway of holiness, and the gateway of glory!

His office is manifold: His promise is sure. His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His reign is Righteous. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

I wish I could describe Him for you, but He’s indescribable! He’s Incomprehensible! He’s invincible! He’s Irresistible!

You can’t get Him out of your mind or off your hands! You can’t out-live Him and you can’t live without Him! The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him. The witnesses couldn’t agree. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Death couldn’t handle Him, and the grave couldn’t hold Him!

That’s my King, That’s my King, That’s my King, and He’s the kingdom and the power and the glory – Forever! AMEN!!!

Do you know Him?

– Dr S.M. Lockridge

Live Beautifully

“Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.” Psalm 90:17

Humanity was made to be beautiful. God’s ideal for man was spotless loveliness — man was made in God’s image. But sin has tarnished this image. We see the result of sin wherever we go.

All of Christ’s work of grace is geared towards restoring the beauty of the Lord in His people. In our Christian lives His great work is the fashioning of holiness in us.

We’re commanded to follow in the footsteps of our Lord. Jesus Himself was “altogether lovely” (Song 5:16) and so His followers are to live in a “manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Phil 1:27)

We’re commanded to put away all that is sinful, marring, every blot and blemish, every unholy desire, feeling and affection, everything that would defile, and put on whatever is lovely and Christ-like.

The things which are noble, just, pure, lovely, and good are the things we’re to focus on so we may live a beautiful, redeemed life. (Phil 4:7-9)

The goal is to be transformed into the likeness of Christ which, we’re promised in 1 John 3:2-3, we shall attain:

“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

– J.R. Miller

Afterwards You’ll Understand

Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” – John 13:5-7

At this time Peter didn’t know why the Savior he really needed was a Savior with basin and towel. He was thinking of a Savior with throne and crown. He didn’t understand it until after the blood of Calvary had been shed. Christ referred to these days as “afterwards.”

This saying of Christ, however, may be used in a much wider sense. There are a great many things that He does, which at the time we cannot understand, but in due time all of them will become clear. As they appear to us, while we are passing through them, they’re unfinished acts but when the work is completed it will appear beautiful.

One time Jacob thought, “Everything is against me!” (Gen 42:36) But he lived to see that the very things which he thought were against him were really all working together for his good. In God’s providence “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” (Rom 8:28)

The back of a needlepoint appears to be a mystery of tangle and confusion but there is a beautiful picture on the other side. In the same way we’re looking at our lives on the back side. We cannot see the Master’s plan until ‘afterwards’.

– J.R. Miller

We Can Approach The King

Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Eastern kings were secluded, and surrounded themselves with impassable barriers. It was very difficult for even their most loyal subjects to approach them.

You remember Esther, who, though the monarch was her husband, took her life in her hand when she presented herself before the king Ahasuerus, because there was a commandment that none should come to the king unless they were called, at peril of their lives.

This isn’t the case with Christ, the King of kings. His court is far more splendid; his person is far more worshipful; but you may draw near to him at all times without fear or hindrance.

He has set no guard around his palace gate. The door of his house of mercy is set wide open, and above it is written, “Everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt 7:8)

– C.H. Spurgeon