2001-07-17 - Tidbits and Gems
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.
Many of you have enjoyed the small tokens I have shared in the past from my reading and so I thought I would do this once again. It is interesting how some items hit a cord and others miss. I hope to have some hits today and that these are a blessing to you.
"Let a man profess what he will, if his thoughts are generally conversant about worldly and sensual things, he has an earthly and worldly mind; as he thinks, so he is; there is the image and likeness of the soul. If, then, we are affected with the love of Christ, it will beget in our souls many thoughts of Christ, in our lying down and in our rising up, in our beds, in our ways, on our occasions, as well as in ordinances. If, indeed, our hearts are affected with the love of Christ, our thoughts will abound, and those thoughts will work again on our affections, and conform us more and more to the image of Christ." --John Owen
"Come here and see the victories of the cross. Christ's wounds are thy healing, his agonies thy repose, his conquests thy conflicts, his groans thy songs, his pains thine ease, his shame thy glory, his death thy life, his sufferings thy salvation." --Matthew Henry
The Rev. James Harvey writing shortly before his death said this: "Were I to enjoy Hezekiah's grant, and have fifteen years added to my life, I would be much more frequent in my applications to the throne of grace: we sustain a mighty loss by reading so much, and praying so little. Were I to renew my studies, I would take my leave of those accomplished trifles, the historians, the orators, the poets of antiquity, and devote my attention to the Scriptures of Truth. I would sit with much greater assiduity at my Divine Master's feet, and desire to know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified. This wisdom, whose fruits are everlasting salvation after death, this I would explore through the spacious and delightful fields of the Old and New Testament."
"Never are men more unfit than when they think themselves most fit, and best prepared for their duty; never more fit, than when most humbled and ashamed under a sense of their own unfitness." -Martin Luther
Naimbanna, a Prince, arrived in England from Sierra Leone, in 1791. The man who received him told him that the Bible was the Word of God. Here is what he said convinced him that this was true. "When I found all good men minding the Bible, and calling it the Word of God, and all bad men disregarding it, I then was sure that the Bible must be what good men called it, the Word of God."
Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray, when looking over the coffin of the Duke of Burgundy said the following regarding the will of God, "There lies my beloved prince, for whom I had the affection of the tenderest parent; nor was my affection lost, he loved me with the ardor of a son! There he lies, and all my worldly happiness lies dead with him; but, if the turning of a straw would call him back to life, I would not, for ten thousand worlds, be the turner of that straw, in opposition to the will of God."
Soli Deo Gloria,