(J.R. Miller) “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles!” Isaiah 40:31
A gentleman had an eagle which had been caught when young, and brought up in a cage like a domestic bird. At length the owner was going away over the sea, and decided to give the eagle its freedom. So he brought it out of its cage, and it walked about, but seemed to have no thought whatever of flying away. The gentleman was disappointed. At length he lifted the great bird to the garden wall. It stood there a moment, and then looked up toward the sun. It seemed suddenly to remember that it was an eagle, whose home was amid the crags and the cliffs. A moment more and it lifted one wing, then the other, and was gone–soaring away into the blue of the sky! Continue reading
“It is appointed for man once to die–and after that comes judgment!” Hebrews 9:27
There was a mediaeval dungeon of singular construction. When the prisoner first entered it–it seemed very bright and pleasant. It had a cheerful appearance. But in three or four days, he saw that the walls, which were of iron, were slowly contracting. On oiled hinges and in silent grooves, the metal plates were ever drawing nearer and nearer to each other.
By and by the prisoner could hardly move. Then the place was too small for him to lie down in. The next day, there was only room for him to stand. Now he put his hands frantically against the iron walls to keep them from crushing him. But all was in vain. The walls silently and remorselessly closed upon him. Continue reading
“Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” Titus 2:7
“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands, so that if any of them do not believe the Word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.” 1 Peter 3:1-2
Unbelievers do not read the Bible, nor come to church to hear the gospel message. All that they learn about Christ and the Christian life–they must learn from those who bear Christ’s name and represent Him–as they view our character.
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son!” Romans 8:29
No sooner do we begin to behold the beauteous face which looks out at us from the gospel chapters, than a great hope springs up in our hearts–we can become like Jesus! Indeed, if we are God’s children, we shall become like Him. We are predestined to be conformed to His image!
It matters not how faintly the Divine beauty glimmers now in our soiled and imperfect lives–some day we shall be like Him! As we struggle here with imperfections and infirmities, with scarcely a trace of Christlikeness yet apparent in our life, we still may say, when we catch glimpses of the glorious loveliness of Christ, “Some day I shall be like that!”
“We know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is!” 1 John 3:2
Today’s Puritan Audio Devotional:
Modern science and the Bible do not agree!
William Bacon Stevens, very insightful
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Our own imperfections unfit us for judging fairly
"Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law." James 4:11
"And why do you look at the mote in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the beam in your own eye?" Matthew 7:3
Our own imperfections unfit us for judging fairly. With beams in our own eyes–we cannot see clearly to pick motes out of our brother’s eye.
One of the qualities which make us incapable of impartial judgment of others, is envy. There are few of us who can see our neighbor’s life, work, and disposition–without some warping and distortion of the picture. Envy has a strange effect on our moral vision. It shows the beautiful things in others, with the beauty dimmed. It shows the blemishes and faults in them, exaggerated.
Then, the lack of personal experience in struggle and pain, makes many people incapable of sympathy with sorely afflicted ones. Those who have never known a care, nor felt the pinching of poverty–cannot understand the experiences of the poor.
Thus in very many ways, we are unfitted to be judges of others.
"Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls." Romans 14:4
"You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother?" Romans 14:10
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Grace Gems (choice ELECTRONIC books, sermons & quotes)
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:13
“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast!” Proverbs 15:15
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.” Ecclesiastes 3:12
“There is a time to weep–and a time to laugh; a time to mourn–and a time to dance” Ecclesiastes 3:4
A minister lay dying in Scotland. A fellow-minister called to see him, and inquired, “Well, my brother, what are you doing?”
“Doing?” answered the dying servant of God. “Doing? I will tell you: I am gathering together all my prayers and sermons, all my good deeds and bad deeds–and am going to throw them all overboard together, and swim to glory on the plank of free grace!“
“We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved!” Acts 15:11
“It is by God’s grace that you have been saved!” Ephesians 2:5
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