Hunger for His Word

How much you have been loved

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Grace Gems, Horatius Bonar | 0 comments

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us!”  Romans 5:8

The CROSS is the pledge and standard of divine love!

The Father’s love is here–for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son! Christ’s love is here–the love that passes knowledge, the love which many waters could not quench, nor the floods drown; love to the uttermost; love grudging no toil, nor pain, nor weariness, nor reproach–for us!

Believer! If you want to know how much you have been loved, look to the cross of Jesus! That meets and answers all our doubts!

ht Grace Gems (Horatius Bonar, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”)

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Why You Are Discouraged

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in J. Ligon Duncan, Videos, Wretched | 0 comments

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A kind of omnipotence in it!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Grace Gems, Thomas Brooks | 0 comments

Faith is an appropriating grace.

Faith looks upon God, and says with David,
“This God is my God forever and ever!
He shall be my guide unto the death!”

Faith looks upon Christ, and says with the spouse,
“I am my Beloved’s–and my Beloved is mine!”

Faith looks upon an immortal crown, and says
“Henceforth is laid up for me a crown of glory.”

Faith looks upon the righteousness of Christ,
and says, “This righteousness is mine to cover me.”

Faith looks upon the mercy of Christ, and
says, “This mercy is mine to pardon me.”

Faith looks upon the power of Christ, and
says, “This power is mine to support me.”

Faith looks upon the wisdom of Christ, and
says, “This wisdom is mine to direct me.”

Faith looks upon the blood of Christ, and
says, “This blood is mine to save me.”

Faith has a kind of omnipotence in it;
it is able to do all things.

(Thomas Brooks, “Heaven on Earth” 1667)

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In Need of a New Heart

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in J.C. Ryle, J.C. Ryle Quotes | 0 comments

Excellent quote from J.C. Ryle on the necessity of a new nature.

Life is the mightiest of all possessions. From death to life is the mightiest of all changes. And no change short of this will ever avail to fit a person’s soul for heaven. It is not a little mending and alteration – a little cleansing and purifying – a little painting and patching – a little whitewashing and varnishing – a little turning over a new leaf and putting on a new outside that is needed. It is the bringing in of something altogether new – the planting within us of a new nature, a new being – a new principle – a new mind. This alone, and nothing less than this, will ever meet the necessities of person’s soul. We need not merely a new skin, but a new heart.

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The Only Thing We Have a Right to

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Challies.com, David Murray, Tim Challies | 2 comments

I was listening to Tim Challies and David Murray talk about entitlement today and this stuck out to me.  Right now we’re in a time where people think we’re entitled to everything we want.  This quote is specifically from David Murray about the only entitlement that we truly have.

As a Christian, I believe in one entitlement.

I’m entitled to Hell. That’s the only entitlement I have. That’s all I deserve, because of my sin. Anything else is grace, an unmerited bonus from the God of all grace. I don’t deserve a breath of life, a crumb of food, a drop of water, a stitch of clothing, a cent in my wallet, or an hour of education. I’m not entitled to one friend, one vacation, one verse of Scripture, or even one sermon. I’m certainly not entitled to salvation and heaven. I’m entitled to damnation and Hell.

That sense of entitlement makes me seek mercy, receive mercy, enjoy mercy, and be merciful to others. To paraphrase the Apostle Paul, “What have I that I did not receive as a free gift of divine grace? How therefore can I ever boast as if I had actually been entitled to it or earned it?”

So, there are basically only two ways to live: with a proud and angry sense of entitlement or with a humble and thankful sense of responsibility.

To summarize, “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

You can listen to the full podcast on Challies website.  It’s a quick listen, only about  14 minutes long, but very informative and packed with a lot of truth.

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True Christianity is a fight!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Grace Gems, J.C. Ryle | 0 comments

“Fight the good fight of faith.” 1 Timothy 6:12

True Christianity is a fight!

True Christianity! Let us mind that word “true.” There is a vast quantity of religion current in the world which is not true, genuine Christianity. There are thousands of men and women who go to churches and chapels every Sunday and call themselves Christians. They make a “profession” of faith in Christ. Their names are in the baptismal register. They are reckoned Christians while they live. They are married with a Christian marriage service. They mean to be buried as Christians when they die.

But you never see any “fight” about their religion! Of spiritual strifeand exertion and conflict and self-denial and watching and warring–they know literally nothing at all. Such Christianity may satisfy man, and those who say anything against it may be thought very hard and uncharitable; but it certainly is not the Christianity of the Bible. It is not the religion which the Lord Jesus founded, and His apostles preached. It is not the religion which produces real holiness. True Christianity is “a fight!”

The principal fight of the Christian is with . . .
the world,
the flesh, and
the devil.
These are his never-dying foes! These are the three chief enemies against whom he must wage war. With a corrupt heart, a busy deviland an ensnaring world–he must either “fight” or be lost!

To be at peace with the world, the flesh and the devil–is to be at enmity with God and in the broad way that leads to destruction! We have no choice or option. We must either fight–or be lost!

It is a fight of universal necessity. No rank or class or age can plead exemption, or escape the battle–all alike must carry arms and go to war.
All have by nature a heart full of pride, unbelief, sloth, worldliness and sin!
All are living in a world beset with snares, traps and pitfalls for the soul.
All have near them a busy, restless, malicious devil.
All, from the queen in her palace down to the pauper in the workhouse–all must fight, if they would be saved.

We may take comfort about our souls, if we know anything of an inward fight and conflict. It is the invariable companion of genuine Christian holiness.

The saddest symptom about many so-called Christians, is the utter absence of anything like conflict and fight in their Christianity. They eat, they drink, they dress, they work, they amuse themselves, they get money, they spend money, they go through a scanty round of formal religious services once or twice every week. But of the great spiritual warfare–its watchings and strugglings, its agonies and anxieties, its battles and contests–of all this they appear to know nothing at all.

(J.C. Ryle, “The Fight!“)

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