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The sanctification of the Spirit

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

“God has chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13

To sanctify, is to separate and set apart for holy purposes and holy uses. The Lord has separated His people, by choosing them in Christ to be holy; and He sanctifies them now for Himself–by the power, operation, and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

In sanctification, a work is commenced which is to make us exactly like Christ. A sanctified person has…
his heart changed,
his will renewed,
his understanding enlightened,
his conscience purified, and
his affections spiritualized.

Sanctification extends to the whole man, soul and body; and is carried on through…
the Word,
the ordinances, and
the providence of God.

Sanctification has its seat in the heart; but it regulates the whole man, and appears in his conduct in every-day life. If a man experiences the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, then…
sin grieves him,
Satan tries him,
the world troubles him,
and Heaven attracts him.

Spirit of Jesus, sanctify us deeply, thoroughly–that we may be just like Jesus! Sanctify us…
by every trial,
by every affliction,
by every privilege,
by every comfort!

(James Smith, “The Great Comforter” 1858)

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Should it be according to your mind?

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith, Quotes | 0 comments

Should it be according to your mind?” Job 34:33
We are prone to be fretful, to complain of the dispensations of Divine Providence, and to reflect harshly upon the Lord’s dealings with us.

We want our own way.

We wish to carve for ourselves.

We would be treated as God’s favorites.

We want our ease, and prosperity, and pleasure, consulted in all things. And if this does not appear to be done–if our wills are crossed, if our schemesare frustrated, if our purposes are broken off–then we stumble, think ourselves badly treated, and look for everybody to sympathize with us.

Under these circumstances, God comes to us–as we sit among our broken cisterns, surrounded by our dethroned idols–and puts this question to us: “Should it be according to your mind?”

Are you wiser than God?

Are you kinder than God?

Are you holier than God?

Are you more just than God?

Are you better informed than God?

May not your mind be dark, or selfish, or foolish?

Should it then be according to your mind?

Should you reign–or God?

Remember that God acts in the highest wisdom; His motives are grace and justice; and all His purposes are worthy of Himself.

The least the Christian can do is to submit–and to prefer God’s wisdom, way, and work–to his own. Seeing God has so arranged all events, that all things must work together for the good of His people–they, at least, should daily say, “Father, may Your will be done!”

O my soul, seek grace from God, not only to submit and be resigned to the dispensations of Divine Providence–but to acquiesce in them, and bepleased with the whole of them! Your good is consulted–your best interests are secured; and soon, very soon, it will be seen that infinite wisdom and mercy, grace and goodness, have marked out every step of your road!

“Jesus replied: You do not understand what I am now doing–but someday you will.” John 13:7

(James Smith, “Important Questions!” 1858)

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He will guide us to the end of the journey!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

“He will be our guide–even unto death!” Psalm 48:14

What a precious assurance is this!

Our God is our guide!

He led us out of the world at first,
directed us to the cross, and
conducted us into the path of holiness. 

He has led us through all our past difficulties and trials; He leads us by the hand at present, and He will never give up His charge, for He will be our guide even unto death. He will . . .
choose our way;
lead us in the paths of righteousness;
kindly converse with us along the road;
point out the snares and dangers in our path;
keep us by His power through faith unto salvation,
and will patiently bear with us unto the end!

He may . . .

hide His face,
refuse communion,
withhold comforts,
smite us for our follies, and
teach us our dependence on Himself by painful experience;
but He will never forsake us–or give us up!

He will guide us to the end of the journey, and will go with us through the last dark valley!

He will not only lead us to the heavenly kingdom–but put us in possession of it! This He has promised–and He will faithfully perform it.

Beloved, it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom! He will guide us now–and by and by receive us to glory!

(James Smith, “The Pastor’s Evening Visit”)

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My first attempt

Posted by on Oct 5, 2010 in Greg Stoever, River City Grace, Videos | 2 comments

This is my first attempt at kinetic typography!  I absolutely LOVE kinetic typography and it can really add a lot to a sermon.

This is a short ~25 second snippet from my pastor’s sermon on August 29, 2010 titled The Saviors Willing Humiliation.  The actual snippet starts about 5 minutes into the sermon.

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O stand amazed at His free grace!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Grace Gems, Thomas Sherman | 0 comments

O precious saint! Three questions call for your answer:
1. What were you?
2. What are you?
3. What shall you be?

1. What were you?
Dead in your transgressions and sins,
a rebel to your God,
a prodigal to your Father,
a slave to your lust,
the devil’s captive,
on the highway to hell.

2. What are you?
Redeemed by Christ,
a royal child of God,
the spouse of Christ,
the temple of the Holy Spirit,
the heir of a priceless eternal inheritance!

3. What shall you be?
A glorious saint,
a companion of angels,
a triumphant victor,
a crowned king,
an attendant on the Lamb,
a participant in those soul-ravishing and ineffable excellencies that are in God! You shall behold the King of Glory face to face–and enjoy immediate communion with Jesus Christ! Nay more, you are made one with Him:
clothed with His excellencies,
enthroned with His glories,
crowned with His eternity,
and filled with His felicity!

“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard, and
no mind has imagined . . .
what God has prepared for those who love Him!”
1 Corinthians 2:9

O stand amazed at His free grace–and render all the glory to God!

(Thomas Sherman, “Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ”)

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The Christian’s choice

Posted by on Apr 14, 2010 in Grace Gems, Thomas Sherman | 0 comments

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” Ecclesiastes 1:2

I am frail–and the world is fleeting; but
my soul is immortal–and God is eternal.

If I choose earthly pleasures–I shall reap nothing but vanity and dissatisfaction.

If I aim at mammon, the god of this world–then shall I resemble the rich fool, who, for earthly gain, sacrificed his immortal soul; and, in consequence, went to eternal perdition!

But if I choose God for my portion, then mercy and goodness shall follow me while I live–and glory and eternal pleasure shall crown me when I die!

I will therefore now forsake that which I shall soon lose,

so that I may embrace that which I shall always enjoy!

You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are eternal pleasures!” Psalm 16:11

(Thomas Sherman, “Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ”)

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