Where pride cannot live

Where pride cannot live

He humbled himself. – Philippians 2:8 

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Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart.

We need daily to learn of him. See the Master
taking a towel and washing his disciples’ feet!

Follower of Christ, will you not humble yourself?

See him as the Servant of servants, and surely
you can not be proud! Is not this sentence the
compendium of his biography- “He humbled himself.”

Was he not on earth always stripping off first one
robe of honor and then another, until, naked, he
was fastened to the cross, and there did he not
empty out his inmost self, pouring out his life blood,
giving up for all of us, until they laid him penniless
in a borrowed grave?

How low was our dear Redeemer brought!
How then can we be proud?

Stand at the foot of the cross, and count the purple
drops by which you have been cleansed; see the
thorn crown; mark his scourged shoulders, still
gushing with encrimsoned rills; see hands and
feet given up to the rough iron, and his whole
self to mockery and scorn. See the bitterness,
and the pangs, and the throes of inward grief,
showing themselves in his outward frame.
Hear the chilling shriek, “My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?”

And if you do not lie prostrate on the ground
before that cross, you have never seen it.

If you are not humbled in the presence of Jesus,
you do not know him. You were so lost that
nothing could save you but the sacrifice of God’s
only begotten. Think of that, and as Jesus stooped
for you, bow yourself in lowliness at his feet.

A sense of Christ’s amazing love to us has a
greater tendency to humble us than even a
consciousness of our own guilt.

May the Lord bring us in contemplation to Calvary,
then our position will no longer be that of the
pompous man of pride, but we shall take the
humble place of one who loves much because
much has been forgiven him. 

Pride cannot live beneath the cross! 

Let us sit there and learn our lesson,
and then rise and carry it into practice.

Charles Spurgeon

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Love Not The World – Horatius Bonar

Love Not The World

..Begin this day at the beginning. Count all the past but loss. Fling away thy vain hopes and self-righteous confidences. Give up thy fond idea of securing both earth and heaven. Go straight to Calvary; there be thou crucified to the world, and the world to thee, by the cross of Christ (Gal 6:14). Go at once to Him who died and rose again, and drink into His love. One draught, nay, one drop of that love will forever quench your love of sin and be the death of that worldliness which threatens to be your eternal ruin.

Love Not The World—Why?

1. Because the gain of it is the loss of the soul—Matthew 16:25.
2. Because its friendship is enmity to God—James 4:4.
3. Because it did not know Christ—John 1:10; 17:25.
4. Because it hates Christ—John 7:7; 15:18.
5. Because the Holy Spirit has forbidden us—1 John 2:15.
6. Because Christ did not pray for it—John 17:9.
7. Because Christ’s people do not belong to it—John 17:16.
8. Because it will not receive the Spirit—John 14:27.
9. Because its Prince is Satan—John 13:31; 16:11.
10. Because Christ’s kingdom is not of it—John 18:36.
11. Because its wisdom is foolishness—1 Corinthians 1:20.
12. Because its wisdom is ignorance—1 Corinthians 1:21.
13. Because Christ does not belong to it—John 8:23.
14. Because it is condemned—1 Corinthians 11:32.
15. Because the fashion of it passeth away—1 Corinthians 7:31 .
16. Because it slew Christ—James 5:6; Matthew 21:39.
17. Because it is crucified to us—Galatians 6:14.
18. Because we are crucified to it—Galatians 6:14.
19. Because it is the seat of wickedness—2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:19.
20. Because its God is the evil one—2 Corinthians 4:4.

Love not the world! It cannot be your home,
Thy fatherland must be the world to come;
There lay up treasures for eternity;
And where thy treasure is thy heart shall be.

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From the TREASURES OF BONAR
By Horatius Bonar

Ye must be born again

“Do I address one here who imagines that an orthodox creed will save him? I suppose that no one is more orthodox than the devil, yet no one is more surely lost than he is. You may get a clear head, but if you have not a clean heart, it will not avail you at the last. You may know the Westminster Assembly’s Catechism by heart, but unless you are born again, it will not benefit you. Did you say you believe in the thirty-nine articles? There is one article that is essential

“Ye must be born again.”

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And woe to that man who has not passed through that all-important change.”

Charles H. Spurgeon

Train up a child in the way he should go

“Fail to teach your child to fear God and the devil will teach them to hate God. Fail to teach your children to guard their mind and the devil will teach him to have an open mind. Fail to teach your child to obey their parents and the devil will teach them to rebel and break his parents’ heart. Fail to teach your child to select his companions and the devil will choose them for him. Fail to teach your children to control their body and the devil will gladly teach them to give it over completely to lust. Fail to teach your children to watch their words and the devil will fill their mouths. Fail to teach your children to manage their money and the devil will teach them to waste it. Fail to teach your children to love their neighbor and the devil will gladly teach them to love only themselves.”

John MacArthur

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Promises by Martin Luther

Promises

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If God promises something, then faith must fight a long and bitter fight, for reason or the flesh judges that God’s promises are impossible. Therefore faith must battle against reason and its doubts. The Devil, too, approaches us with promises, and indeed such as seem very plausible. It certainly requires at times a keen mind rightly to distinguish between God’s true and the Devil’s false promises. The promises of the Devil are seemingly very pleasant and acceptable. Faith is something that is busy, powerful and creative, though properly speaking, it is essentially an enduring than a doing. It changes the mind and heart. While reason holds to what is present, faith apprehends the things that are not seen. Contrary to reason, faith regards the invisible things as already materialized. This explains why faith, unlike hearing is not found in many, for only few believe, while the great majority cling to the things that are present and can be felt and handled rather than to the Word.

This, then, is the mark of the true divine promises, that they are contrary to reason so that it refuses to believe them. The promises of the Devil, on the contrary, are in full agreement with reason and are readily and uncritically accepted. God’s promises which are true and faithful, lead to the cross, and by the cross to His eternal blessing. Therefore reason is offended at them in two ways. It regards as nothing what is invisible and far away in the future, and it detests the cross as a calamity that is everlasting and without end. That is the reason why despite the riches of the divine promises, few believe them. These are such whose hearts are led by the Holy Spirit so that, as Abraham, they defy all foes and cling to the Word of God who calls them.

Before Abraham came to Canaan he was blessed in many ways, but in the land of promise, he, despite his strong faith was forced to go into another country to escape the fury of the famine. God does this purposely to try the faith of His saints. However after a short time, He restores to them not only earthly prosperity, as Abraham became very wealthy, but He also gives them a greater faith and a deeper experience of His divine grace and mercy. For this reason Paul says in Romans 5:3 that though God’s saints sigh under their cross, yet they glory in their tribulations when they discover how wonderfully God directs their life.

God thus proves Himself the Protector of all that put their trust in Him. He tries their faith by chastisements, but never forsakes them. Finally, He gloriously delivers them and at the same time benefits others with them.

by Martin Luther

Why sit we here until we die?” C. H. Spurgeon Devotional

Morning and evening Devotional

“Why sit we here until we die?” — 2 Kings 7:3

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Dear reader, this little book was mainly intended for the edification of believers, but if you are yet unsaved, our heart yearns over you: and we would fain say a word which may be blessed to you. Open your Bible, and read the story of the lepers, and mark their position, which was much the same as yours. If you remain where you are you must perish; if you go to Jesus you can but die. “Nothing venture, nothing win,” is the old proverb, and in your case the venture is no great one. If you sit still in sullen despair, no one can pity you when your ruin comes; but if you die with mercy sought, if such a thing were possible, you would be the object of universal sympathy. None escape who refuse to look to Jesus; but you know that, at any rate, some are saved who believe in him, for certain of your own acquaintances have received mercy: then why not you? The Ninevites said, “Who can tell?” Act upon the same hope, and try the Lord’s mercy. To perish is so awful, that if there were but a straw to catch at, the instinct of self-preservation should lead you to stretch out your hand. We have thus been talking to you on your own unbelieving ground, we would now assure you, as from the Lord, that if you seek him he will be found of you. Jesus casts out none who come unto him. You shall not perish if you trust him; on the contrary, you shall find treasure far richer than the poor lepers gathered in Syria’s deserted camp. May the Holy Spirit embolden you to go at once, and you shall not believe in vain. When you are saved yourself, publish the good news to others. Hold not your peace; tell the King’s household first, and unite with them in fellowship; let the porter of the city, the minister, be informed of your discovery, and then proclaim the good news in every place. The Lord save thee ere the sun goes down this day.

Devotional Classics by C. H. Spurgeon

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Christ is the greatest good, the choicest good, the chief good, the most suitable good – Thomas Brooks

“Christ is the greatest good, the choicest good, the chief good, the most suitable good, the most necessary good. He is a pure good, a real good, a total good, an eternal good, and a soul-satisfying good (Rev. 3:17,18).

Sinners are you poor? Christ has gold to enrich you.
Are you naked? Christ has royal robes, he has
white clothing to clothe you.
Are you blind? Christ has eye-salve to enlighten you.
Are you hungry? Christ will be manna to feed you.
Are you thirsty? He will be a well of living water to refresh you.
Are you wounded? He has balm under his wings to heal you.
Are you sick? He is a physician to cure you.
Are you prisoners? He has laid down a ransom for you.

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Ah, sinners! tell me, is there anything in Christ to keep you off from believing? No! Is there not everything in Christ that may encourage you to believe in him? Yes! Oh, then, believe in him, and then, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
(Isa. 43:25; 38:17; Micah 7:19).”

Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices