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A Most Amazing Thought!

The Lord taketh pleasure in his people (Psalm 149:4)

He who made us his Israel (vs. 2) takes pleasure in us.  He chose us in his Son, loved us with an everlasting love, gave his only begotten Son to accomplish our redemption; He quickened, called and converted us, and will keep us unto the end of our faith, the ultimate salvation of our souls.  I believe these words with all my heart, and this is not just doctrine to me, this is my life.  I live on this truth – this Savior – day by day.  But my heart is always overwhelmed with the thought that the God of the Bible “takes pleasure in me.”

God has shown me the exceeding sinfulness of sin, MY sin, and consequently, I can no longer take any pleasure in myself.  Like Job, “I abhor myself” (Job 42:6).  But HE takes pleasure in ME!  Amazing!  Take the following words to heart, and worship the Lord Our God.  “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zeph. 3:17).

What grace!  What love!  What salvation!  But most of all, “HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOUR!”

-Maurice Montgomery




Saved By Another

The problem with sinners is not that we are unwilling to do something to save ourselves but that we are unwilling to do nothing that we might be saved by another (John 3:19-20).  Faith takes nothing from you, faith takes nothing done by you, faith demands you add nothing, only believe and continue to believe, not in anything you have done or not done.  Faith is casting your care, you whole self, your whole eternal salvation into the hands of Jesus Christ.

 -Clay Curtis, pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Ewing, New Jersey USA




The Saint’s Assurance is in the Sovereign God

Dear   soul,   think   about   it:   if   there   is   one   germ somewhere out there in the universe that is not under His control, then my health, my life, is just a matter of chance or fortune – good or bad!  If there is one demon spirit out there some place that is not under God’s control, then my hope of salvation would dry up like Jonah’s gourd.  I would have no assurance at all, for I have no confidence in me (Phil. 3:3).

I am so thankful that when the religious heathen ask me about my God, I can answer with the psalmist, “Our God is in the heavens; he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:2, 3).  It hath pleased Him to save His people (Matt. 1:21); and He shall not fail (Isa. 42:4).  “Salvation” in its entirety, “is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9; Phil. 1:6). The God of the Bible “worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” and makes  “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called  according to his purpose” (Eph. 1:11; Rom. 8:28).

I hold onto the Lord as tightly as I can, but my assurance is that I am in His hand!

-Maurice Montgomery




The Importance of Hearing God’s Word

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Faith is belief, trust and confidence in God and in His Christ. Faith in God (Christ) gives peace, hope, assurance, rest, joy, strength, courage, patience and many more things to the believer. Faith cometh by hearing. In the wisdom and purpose of God, faith cometh by hearing His Word, the gospel, preached. If by His grace we hear it, believe it, and receive it, then all things mentioned will be ours. And all grace, mercy and peace will be multiplied . . . will grow, as we hear and feed upon the “sincere milk of the Word.” If we do not hear, the opposite is true. If we do not hear the Word:

– Trust will not grow, but doubt will.

– Hope will not grow, but despair will.

– Peace will not grow, but turmoil will.

– Assurance will not grow, but worry will.

– Patience will not grow, but impatience will; impulsiveness will.

– Joy will not grow, but sadness will.

– Strength will not grow, but weakness will.

– Courage will not grow, but fear and cowardice will.

– Godliness will not grow, but worldliness will.

– Knowledge will not grow, but ignorance will.

– Fellowship will not grow, but loneliness will.

– Humility will not grow, but pride will.

– Selflessness will not grow, but selfishness will.

– Kindness will not grow, but meanness will.

– Gentleness will not grow, but hardness will.

– Righteousness will not grow, but self-righteousness will.

– Temperance will not grow, but intemperance will.

How important then is the hearing of God’s Word? We cannot live without it. We cannot cope without It. We cannot please God without It. We cannot be justified without it. We cannot live together without it. We cannot have any rest for our souls without it. Hear it again; “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

-Paul Mahan, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, VA, USA




A Word About Witnessing

Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. Luke 8:39 

The Lord had shown great mercy to this poor sinner, setting him free from demons and from sin.  Now He tells him to go home to his family and friends and to be the Lord’s witness.  Do not go home and begin to preach.  Do not go home and take up the great doctrines of grace and expound them.  Do not go home and strive to bring everyone to your views and beliefs.  Do not go home and condemn all who do not see what you see.  Go home and tell them “what great things the Lord has done for you!” Not what great things you have read or heard, but what great things you have experienced!  This is the way to begin our witnessing- There is never a more interesting story, than the story a person has experienced, lived, and felt.  If you would really interest others and get their attention, tell them what great things the Lord has done in you and for you!

Notice the Lord said, “Tell them what great things THE LORD HATH DONE.” It is a story of free grace.  Not what we did, willed, or gave, but what He did for us by His own free, sovereign, undeserved love.  We will not convince them nor change them, anymore than another man could convert us.  But “THE LORD,” who did great things for us, can do great things for them if He is so pleased.  And He is pleased to use the faithful witness of those who go and tell “how great things the LORD hath done for thee.”

-Pastor Henry Mahan




The Judgment of the Self-Righteous

I can imagine the Day of Judgment. All are gathered before the throne of God. Those who are robed in the perfect robe of Christ’s righteousness are gathered to His right hand. The rest wait to hear His voice of condemnation, “Depart from Me!”

Does anyone have anything to say? If there be one who has no sin, let him step forth and say so. Come forth, my friend, and state your case! What about the righteousness and holiness in which you boasted while on earth? Come forward and tell about your works, your gifts, your denomination; you found much comfort in these things once.

You who scoffed at substitution, who laughed at free grace, imputed righteousness, and covenant mercies – you are not laughing now! Why is your face so pale? Why do you tremble so? You never trembled before but always had so much confidence in your decision and boasted of being as sure for heaven as if you were already there!

Why do you not tell God what you did for Him on earth? It is quite evident that He did nothing for you. But I remember that you said, “God has done all that he could do and salvation is up to you.”

What a terrible time to discover what you should have known, “SALVATION IS OF THE LORD!” “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us.” Why do you not speak? Is it because of the awesome, infinite HOLINESS OF HIS PRESENCE?

You clutch your righteous garments about you and they are nothing but filthy rags now, and you know it! You think of your prayers, your religious activities, your debates over doctrine; and they are all so much rubbish in the light of His presence. And now you are praying? And what is that you cry? “O rocks and mountains, fall on me, and hide me from the face of Him that sits upon the throne.” I wish that you had cried as fervently for Christ to hide you, cleanse you, and cover you – HE WOULD HAVE!

-Henry Mahan




Preach to the Whole Man

“There is a danger of talking more about salvation than about the Savior. There is a danger of preaching redemption and neglecting to preach the Redeemer. It could be that we know much about justification and little about Jesus Christ, his person and his work. One thing is certain, a man will arrive at right doctrine through Christ, but it is also possible for him to have orthodox doctrine and yet not know Christ. The gospel is not a collection of dry doctrines; it is the revelation of a living, merciful, and ever-present Lord.

Men and women are not going to come to hear you preach the doctrines of grace. But if needy sinners get wind of the fact that you are preaching the grace of Christ, they will give you a hearing. When you only preach to my head in facts so numerous and terms so tedious, you weary me, and forget that I am a human with emotions and a hungry heart! I laugh, I cry, I love, I feel, I sorrow, I doubt, I fear, and I need a minister with whom I can identify in all these, who has the message of God’s mercy; not cold, calculated creeds which ignore these human traits.

The Arminian cheerleader sings joyful hymns, weeps, laughs, rejoices, and calls for men to commit themselves to a movement with no message of hope nor assurance. The Calvinistic professor stands rigidly in his pulpit of pious orthodoxy, daring not to weep lest he be called emotional, daring not to laugh lest he be thought frivolous, daring not to call mourners or seekers lest he be called a free-willer, daring not to let people know him or get close to him lest he lose their respect and awe. Someone may find out he is only a sinner saved by grace.

Lord, deliver me from having to listen to either one of them, and send me an Elijah of like passions who will minister to my heart and to my head — to the whole man.”

-Henry Mahan




Salvation Must Be By Grace Alone

The very expression “the grace of God” implies and denotes that the sinner’s condition is desperate to the last degree, and that God may justly leave him to perish; yea, it is a wonder of wonders that he is not already in hell. Grace is a divine provision for those who are so depraved they cannot change their own nature, so averse from God they will not turn to Him, so blind they can neither see their malady nor the remedy, so dead spiritually that God must bring them out of their graves on to resurrection ground if ever they are to walk in newness of life.

Grace is the sinner’s last and only hope; if he is not saved by grace, he will never be saved at all. Grace levels all distinctions, and regards the most zealous religionist on the same plane as the most profligate, the chaste virgin as the foul prostitute. Therefore God is perfectly free to save the chiefest of sinners and bestow His mercy on the vilest of the vile.”

-A.W Pink




A Word About Witnessing

Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. (Luke 8:39)

The Lord had shown great mercy to this poor sinner, setting him free from demons and from sin.  Now He tells him to go home to his family and friends and to be the Lord’s witness.  Do not go home and begin to preach.  Do not go home and take up the great doctrines of grace and expound them.  Do not go home and strive to bring everyone to your views and beliefs.  Do not go home and condemn all who do not see what you see.  Go home and tell them “what great things the Lord has done for you!” Not what great things you have read or heard, but what great things you have experienced!  This is the way to begin our witnessing- There is never a more interesting story, than the story a person has experienced, lived, and felt.  If you would really interest others and get their attention, tell them what great things the Lord has done in you and for you!

Notice the Lord said, “Tell them what great things THE LORD HATH DONE.” It is a story of free grace.  Not what we did, willed, or gave, but what He did for us by His own free, sovereign, undeserved love.  We will not convince them nor change them, anymore than another man could convert us.  But “THE LORD,” who did great things for us, can do great things for them if He is so pleased.  And He is pleased to use the faithful witness of those who go and tell “how great things the LORD hath done for thee.”

-Henry Mahan




If God Gives Up A People

When God is exceedingly displeased with a people, it is not necessary, in order to their punishment, that He should bury them alive by an earthquake, or destroy them by lightening.  If He only LEAVES THEM TO THEMSELVES, withdraws His blessings from their counsels, and His restraint from their passions, their ruin follows on course according to the necessary order and connection of causes and effects.

If God gives up a people to the way of their own hearts, they will, they must, perish!  When a general corruption of morals takes place, when private interest extinguishes all sense of public virtue, when a profligate and venal spirit has infected every rank and order of the state, when presumptuous security and dissipation increase as danger approaches; when, after repeated disappointments, contempt for God, and vain confidence in imagined resources of their own, grow bolder and bolder, then there is reason to fear that the sentence has already gone forth, and that the execution of it is at hand. 

-John Newton