“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
I received a note the other day from a person who is going through a very difficult time. This could be the greatest trial of this person’s life. But in the note, this person was acknowledging all of the goodness and mercy that the Lord has shown to His people. And in spite of all the sad news, the note ended with this word of great thankfulness to our savior: “He pulled us out!”
That’s exactly what Christ did for his people! He reached way down for us, and lifted us out of the deep miry clay! We were sold into the slavery pit of sin, but God in sovereign love sent His own Son to rescue us! And when He on the cross of Calvary cried: “It Is Finished!” God the father cried: “Deliver them!… I have found a Ransom”
In spite of the deep sorrow and tribulation that we must endure in this world because of sin; For the rest of time and eternity, the redeemed of the Lord will never get over the glory of the Gospel; “He pulled us out!”
But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
-Acts 24: 14-15
The mere knowledge of facts about the Bible, and even about the person and work of Christ, will not save us unless that knowledge leads us to really and truly trust our souls in the blessed Redeemer’s hands. Faith must act in this fashion: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; that He came to save sinners, and therefore, as a sinner, I rest myself in Him. I know that His righteousness and blood justify the ungodly; therefore, I trust Him to be both my righteousness and redemption before God.”
-Pastor Henry Mahan
Exceeding Abundantly Above (Ephesians 3:20)
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. A saved Gentile dog like myself desires only the crumbs that falls from my Master’s table. Yet, my loving heavenly Father does “exceeding abundantly above” when He prepares for me a great banquet and allows me, like Mephibosheth, to eat at His table as one of the King’s sons.’ (2 Samuel 9:11)
“A rebellious, heart-changed prodigal like me, now desires only to be as one of my Father’s hired servants. However, my gracious and forgiving Father says, “Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry.’ (Luke 15: 22-23)
“Child of God, how wonderful is it that our Father in heaven finds great pleasure in doing exceeding abundantly above ALL that we could think or ask?”
~ Pastor David Eddmenson
“Faith is not believing that God will do what I want Him to do, or what I think I need Him to do. Faith is believing that God will do what He said He would do. Faith in Christ is an abandonment of our own thoughts and ways, and a complete, unreserved trusting of Him as our Righteousness, Sin-offering and Sovereign.”
~ Pastor Chris Cunningham
“God has prepared a salvation for His elect, chosen by Him not because of any goodness in them, but because He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, and will have compassion on whom He will have compassion. Is this not a salvation that will suit thee, O poor sinner? If God had chosen them out of any merit, or if that choice depended on anything which men did or could do, thou wert a damned soul, for thou hast no goodness, and thou canst do nothing. If God’s election comes to those who are without merit, without hope, without strength, there is hope for thee”
~ C.H. Spurgeon
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” (Psalm 95:6)
There is a song that we love to sing that says: “We have come into this house, and gathered in His Name to worship Him”! That is the ONE and ONLY reason we are here! We have gathered together in this place to Worship, and Honor, and Praise, and Glorify One Man!… The God-Man! The High King of heaven! Our maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend: The Lord Jesus Christ!
“He is all our righteousness“! The only thing that makes us acceptable to God, and worthy to stand in His presence, is the Blood that Christ shed to put away our sin. It is NOT by any works that we have done. All of our works are “filthy rags” in God’s sight! All of our hope is in the fact that He “By Himself purged our sins“! Because of that, “we stand in Him complete“!
“So, let’s lift up holy faith, and magnify His Name, and worship Him“! If the Lord God has given us the gift of faith to see that Christ Is All! If He has shown us our need for mercy, and given us a heart to cry out to Him for it… Then “Let’s Magnify His Name“! That faith is the evidence of His work of grace! So even with a thankful and reverent heart, “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.”
“The cry of every gospel preacher is look to Christ.
John the Baptist cried, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:36).
My friend, my cry to you is look to Christ for everything. Don’t look for salvation in your obedience to the law. Look to Christ who kept the law for His people. Don’t look for salvation in your religious ceremonies. Look to Christ who is “the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:4). Look for atonement in Christ our Passover. Look for rest from all of your works in Christ our Sabbath. Don’t look for salvation in your doctrine. Believer, look to Christ for your comfort, peace, and assurance. LOOK AND LIVE and never take your focus and attention off of Christ who is our all and in all.”
~ Pastor Frank Tate
“There are really only two religions in the world. One of Cain and the other of Abel. One of Ishmael and the other of Isaac. One of Esau and the other of Jacob. One of law and the other of promise. One of Mount Sinai and the other of Mount Calvary. One condemns, the other finds no fault. One leads to bondage, the other to freedom. One tendeth to death, the other to life. One of weakness, the other of power. One of merit, the other of mercy. One of the weakness of the letter, the other of the power of the SPIRIT.”