Heavenly Dew

“My words descend like dew.”  Deuteronomy 32:2

The dew falls imperceptibly. No man can see it fall. Yet its effects are visible in the morning. So it is with the blessing of God upon His Word. It penetrates the heart without noise; it sinks deep into the conscience without anything visible going on. And as the dew opens the pores of the earth and refreshes the ground after the heat of a burning day, making vegetation lift up its drooping head, so it is with the blessing of God resting upon the soul.  Heavenly dew comes imperceptibly, falls quietly, and is manifested chiefly by its effects, as softening, opening, penetrating, and secretly causing every grace of the Spirit to lift up its drooping head.  Whenever the Lord may have been pleased to bless our souls, either in hearing, in reading, or in private meditation, have not these been some of the effects? Silent, quiet, imperceptible, yet producing an evident impression . . .  softening the heart when hard, 

refreshing it when dry, 

melting it when obdurate, 

secretly keeping the soul alive, 

so that it is neither withers  up by the burning sun of temptation, nor dies for lack of grace. 

“May God give you the dew of heaven.” Genesis 27:28

-JC Philpot

Running Well

Ye did run well; who hath hindered you that you should not obey the truth?”  Galatians 5:7

Paul here first remembers the first state of this church when he preached to them the gospel of God’s free grace in Christ and reminds them that they “did run well.”  Paul often uses the analogy of running a race to describe the believer’s Christian life.  All who are believers in Jesus Christ are running a race, and if we desire to “run well” and not be hindered, we must keep in view three things about this race:

1. The course   Every race has a defined or marked course so that the runners are not impeded on their way.  The believer’s course is also marked with a clear path, and that is the course of faith.  All believers begin this race in the same way, and that is by the narrow gate of faith. (Matt 7:13, Romans 1:17) How we began to run this race is also how we continue to run this race, by faith in Jesus Christ alone.  To look to another means of running this race is to be hindered as these Galatians were by looking to law and faith for justification.  Therefore, lay aside every weight and care of this life if it is contrary to faith in Christ.  (Heb 12:1) 

 2.  The condition of the runner:  For a runner to be successful, he must be conditioned to endure the race.  So, we as believers, in order for us to stay the course that is set before us; we must have the strength to endure by faith to the end.  (Matt 24:13)  This strength to run by faith does not come from faith, but rather the object of our faith Jesus Christ.  Then “Let us to run the race that is set before us.  We do this by “looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb 12:2) He is the source of our faith and the sustainer of our faith.  The moment we look to our faith, or anything we have done, or are doing as evidence of our staying the course; then we become hindered.  So, believer let us look to Jesus and we will “run and not be weary.”

3.  The prize   Every race has a prize for the winner, but all earthly prizes are corruptible.  But the prize of the Christian race is one that is incorruptible. (1 Cor. 9:4-26)   It is because our prize is “reserved in heaven and fades not away, we may run with confidence for Christ has accomplished all that is necessary for us to win.  So we that believe count all things but dung that we way win Christ and be found not in our righteousness, but in His righteousness.  We run to know Him as we are known. We run that we might take part in his resurrection. (Phil 3:8-11)

The race of the lost is to obtain the perishing things of this life, but we run by faith, looking to Christ and His redemption, to obtain the prize which will never fade away.  Let us therefore run well and not be hindered.

The Silence of Iniquity

The Righteous shall see it and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.  Psalms 107:42-43

We who see that Jesus Christ is all our righteousness rejoice in Him.  We see by faith His work of salvation that has quickened us from the dead and by grace has given us faith in Christ. Therefore, we confess that “we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Ephesians 2:1-10).

If we are to be wise and understand the lovingkindness of God (v. 43), then let us observe the great cause of our rejoicing in Christ: “all iniquity shall stop her mouth.”

Believer do you still have trouble with sin? Do you often struggle with God over your salvation?  Is your conscience heavy with your sin?  Are you afraid of your evil thoughts?

Believers observe that when we come to the law it shut our mouth and caused us to own our guilt. (Rom.3:19) But now that Jesus Christ has come and shed His precious blood for all our sins, it is our iniquity that must be silent.

Behold that Jesus has “finished the transgression, made an end of sin and made reconciliation for iniquity and brought in an everlasting righteousness (Daniel 9:24).

 So, then who then can condemn us or separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus?  The answer to our conscience, this world and Satan is that “There is Therefore NOW NO Condemnation to us who are in Christ Jesus (Romans.8:1).

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us  (Romans 8:33-34).

-Pastor Fred Evans

Is Salvation by God’s Grace Alone?

Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. (Psalm 3:8)

This verse contains the sum and substance of Calvinistic doctrine. Search Scripture through, and you must, if you read it with a candid mind, be persuaded that the doctrine of salvation by grace alone is the great doctrine of the word of God: “Salvation belongeth unto the Lord.

This is a point concerning which we are daily fighting. Our opponents say, “Salvation belongeth to the free will of man; if not to man’s merit, yet at least to man’s will;” but we hold and teach that salvation from first to last, in every iota of it, belongs to the Most High God. It is God that chooses his people. He calls them by his grace; he quickens them by his Spirit, and keeps them by his power. It is not of man, neither by man; “not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.”

May we all learn this truth experimentally, for our proud flesh and blood will never permit us to learn it in any other way.

In the last sentence the peculiarity and specialty of salvation are plainly stated: “Thy blessing is upon thy people. “Neither upon Egypt, nor upon Tyre, nor upon Nineveh; thy blessing is upon thy chosen, thy blood-bought, thine everlastingly-beloved people. “Selah:”lift up your hearts, and pause, and meditate upon this doctrine. “Thy blessing is upon thy people.” Divine, discriminating, distinguishing, eternal, infinite, immutable love, is a subject for constant adoration.

Pause my soul, at this Selah, and consider thine own interest in the salvation of God; and if by humble faith thou art enabled to see Jesus as thine by his own free gift of himself to thee, if this greatest of all blessings-be upon thee, rise up and sing: “Rise, my soul! Adore and wonder! Ask, ‘O why such love to me? Grace hath put me in the number. Of the Savior’s family: Hallelujah

Thanks, eternal thanks to thee.”

-Charles Spurgeon

My Grace Is Sufficient

There are two kinds of people who are candidates for heaven. Those who have little faith and those who have much faith. Little faith will take our souls to heaven, but much faith will bring heaven to us. The important thing is for us to begin living in heaven now. In order for us to accomplish this we must stop the sighs produced by the various “ifs” of life and begin to face life as it is.

Let us take life as it is with all its hurts and pains because Jesus has said “My grace is sufficient for you.” We are to trust Jesus no matter the trouble because He has ordained it in order to as to test or prove our faith.

-C.H Spurgeon

Safe In His Hands

Are you terrified by our own weakness, insufficiency, and sin? Does Satan sometimes whisper in your ear, “you are sinking, you will prove a hypocrite at last, you will soon be mine”? Are you afraid? The Saviour says, “Behold my hands!” These are the hands of our security, safety, and mercy.

We see this beautifully illustrated in Matthew 14:25-31. When Peter was walking to the Saviour across the calm waters of the early morning, all was well. He felt so good. But when he saw the storm approaching, he was terrified and began to sink. Then he cried, “Lord, save me… And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him.

In this life there are many storms that arise and cause us doubts and fears. The waves are high, and our faith is small. The winds are strong and toss us about so that we stagger. The clouds are heavy, and our guilt weighs us down. We then think that we will surely fail, and that our vessel will be wrecked. But just when we think we are sinking, the Lord Jesus stretches forth His hand and catches us! We hear his voice, the Spirit quickens our faith, and we are brought immediately into the ship. Then all is well regardless of our present circumstances.

Content with beholding His face,

My all to His pleasure resigned;

No changes of season or place,

Would make any change in my mind.

While blessed with a sense of His love,

A palace a toy would appear;

And prisons would palaces prove,

If Jesus would dwell with me there.

 Believer, did He not say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”? He has said “I will strengthen thee; yes, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”! O, Child of God, you are safe and secure in His hands all the time, for He is both willing and able to keep you from falling.

-Fred Evans, pastor of Redeemer’s Grace Church

The Language Of Faith

Faith endures as seeing Him who is invisible (Heb. 11:27); endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heart-aches of life, by recognizing that all comes from the hand of Him who is too wise to err and too loving to be unkind. But so long as we are occupied with any other object than God Himself, there will be neither rest for the heart nor peace for the mind. But when we receive all that enters our lives as from His hand, then, no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings—whether in a hovel or prison-dungeon, or at a martyr’s stake—we shall be enabled to say, ” The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places” (Ps. 16:6). But that is the language of faith, not of sight nor of sense.
-A.W Pink

The Believer’s Motive to Fear God

Christian, let God’s distinguishing love to you be a motive to you to fear Him greatly. He has put His fear in your heart, and may not have given that blessing to your neighbor, perhaps not to your husband, your wife, your child, or your parent. Oh, what an obligation should this thought lay upon your heart to greatly fear the Lord! Remember also that this fear of the Lord is His treasure, a choice jewel, given only to favorites, and to those who are greatly beloved.

-John Bunyan

Now, While We Hear Thy Word of Grace

O Thou, at whose almighty word,

The glorious light from darkness sprung!

Thy quick’ning influence afford,

And clothe with pow’r the preacher’s tongue.

Though ’tis thy truth he hopes to speak,

He cannot give the hearing ear;

’Tis thine, the stubborn heart to break,

And make the careless sinner fear.

As when of old, the water flowed

Forth from the rock at thy command;

Moses in vain had waved the rod,

Without thy wonder–working hand.

As when the walls of Jericho

Down to the earth at once were cast;

It was thy pow’r that brought them low,

And not the trumpets’ feeble blast.

Thus we would in the means be found,

And thus, on thee alone, depend;

To make the gospel’s joyful sound

Effectual, to the promised end.

Now, while we hear thy word of grace,

Let self and pride before it fall;

And rocky hearts dissolve apace,

In streams of sorrow at thy call.

On all our youth assembled here

The unction of thy Spirit pour;

Nor let them lose another year,

Lest thou shouldst strive and call no more.

-John Newton

God’s Unchanging Love

“The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, says the Lord who has mercy on you.”–Isaiah 54:10

 There is nothing true but heaven–none unchangeable but God. “The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed”–the lofty and the beautiful, the strong and the attractive of created good shall decay and vanish–the earthquake of time’s revolution and of human instability shaking them to the center; but God’s covenant of love, and God’s love of the covenant, abides forever–for God has spoken it, and it is impossible for Him to lie. Sit down, my soul, and meditate awhile upon this heart-cheering, soul-satisfying truth–the unchangeable love of your covenant God and Father. “The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, says the Lord who has mercy on you.” 

“My kindness.”  Oh how kind is Jesus! There is kindness in all He does and in all He says–kindness in His promises, kindness in His rebukes, kindness in what He gives, kindness in what He withholds, and kindness in what He recalls; kindness in every stroke of His rod, and kindness in every smile of His love. O! my Savior, how great Your kindness in bearing my sins, in calling me by Your effectual grace, in keeping me from falling by Your power, and in giving me a name and a place among Your saints. 

“Shall not depart from you.” My soul, consider the love of God for you, as everlasting love. It never did, it never will, depart. Notwithstanding your fall in Adam–your depraved nature–your constant sins and departures, the love of God continues. He may veil for a little moment the light of His countenance, may chastise and afflict you for your revoltings and backslidings; still, having loved you once, He loves you to the end. Whatever else departs, His love never will. Wealth may leave you, health may fail you, friends may forsake you, and life itself expire; but God’s paternal love, and Christ’s fraternal sympathy, will never, never change. 

“Neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed.” The covenant of peace made with Christ, on your behalf, O my soul, sealed with His blood, even the “blood of the everlasting covenant,” which procured peace, speaks peace, and bequeaths peace, even “the peace of God which passes all understanding,” shall never be removed. The mountains of human strength, lofty and sun-gilded–the hills of creature good, clad with verdure, and smiling with fruit–shall be removed–the strongest, the loveliest, and the dearest the first to die–but, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Amid the vicissitudes and changes of the present–the dying friends and revolving landscapes of life–cling, O my soul, to Him whose covenant never alters, whose kindness never changes; who, having loved you before all time, and loved you in all time, will love you to the end of all time–yes, when time shall be no longer. The Lord that has mercy upon you has said it.

Unconverted soul! the day will come when, you will cry to the mountains and to the rocks to cover you–but will cry in vain! Before His face of glory the heavens and the earth will flee away, and your soul will stand without a shelter or a hiding place. Escape for your life! There is one mountain, and one only, where you can find shelter from the wrath that is to come–it is Mount Calvary. Hidden there, the “Avenger of Blood” cannot reach you. No refuge but the cross–no fountain but the blood–no righteousness but Christ’s–no Savior but Jesus–will meet your case. “Him that comes unto Me I will in no way cast out.”

“Just as I am! without one plea, 
But that the Savior died for me, 
And that You bid me come to Thee, 
O Lamb of God, I come!”

-Octavius Winslow