Applauding yourself brings contempt

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. This agrees with what Christ said more than once, 1. That those who exalt themselves shall be abased. Those that think to gain respect by lifting up themselves above their rank, by looking high, talking big, appearing fine, and applauding themselves, will on the contrary expose themselves to contempt, lose their reputation, and provoke God by Continue Reading

The eyes of the LORD preserve Knowledge

Proverbs 22:12 12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor. Here is, 1. The special care God takes to preserve knowledge, that is, to keep up religion in the world by keeping up among men the knowledge of himself and of good and evil, notwithstanding the corruption of mankind, and the artifices of Satan to blind men's minds and keep them in ignorance. It is a wonderful instance of the Continue Reading

The Rich and the Poor Meet together before the LORD

Proverbs 22:2 2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all. Note, 1. Among the children of men divine Providence has so ordered it that some are rich and others poor, and these are intermixed in societies: The Lord is the Maker of both, both the author of their being and the disposer of their lot. The greatest man in the world must acknowledge God to be his Maker, and is under the same obligations to be subject to Continue Reading

The mighty power which creates and sustains faith

‘The exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.’ Ephesians 1:19–21 Suggested Further Reading: 1 Chronicles 29:10–13 Our text twice over uses the strongest words which Continue Reading

Self-examination

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5 Suggested Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 “Examine:” that is a scholastic idea. A boy has been to school a certain time, and his master puts him through his paces—questions him, to see whether he has made any progress,—whether he knows anything. Christian, Continue Reading

Inward conflicts

‘Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies.’ Song of Solomon 6:13 Suggested Further Reading: Romans 7:15–25 The new nature which God implants in his people is directly the opposite of the old one. As the old nature comes of Satan, being defiled and depraved by the fall, so the new nature comes direct from heaven, pure and without spot. As Continue Reading

A blow for Puseyism

‘It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.’ John 6:63 Suggested Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23–26 Do not men receive the body and blood of Christ in the Lord’s Supper? Yes, spiritual men do, in a real and spiritual sense, but not in a carnal way—not so as to crush it with their teeth, or taste it with their palate, or digest it by the gastric Continue Reading

Precious fragments of time

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made. Proverbs 7:14 This day have I payed my vows. Every day is a little life; and our whole life is but a day repeated. Those therefore, that dare lose a day are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it, desperate. – Joseph Hall. Oh, waste them not ! the minutes God has given- Use them to soothe poor hearts by sorrow riven. Use them to teach whom ignorance has enslaved, Use Continue Reading

Scientism and Morality

From American Thinker.Com October 5, 2014 By Taylor Lewis When ther famed utilitarian Jeremy Bentham wrote, “Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure,” I suspect he knew what he was unleashing. When human life is limited to the corporeal, there isn’t much room for moral philosophy. That goes twice for religion. Bentham was an avid opponent of spirituality, writing a number of Continue Reading

GOD’s fearless Messengers

Jeremiah 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord. Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Although the following advice, from the pen of G.D. Watson, may apply particularly to ministers and preachers, it can also come as an appeal to all of us, rank and file Christians. Which of us Continue Reading