Hebrews 4:16

I ran across this today and found it rather thought provoking. 

Gleanings from the diary of Ruth Bryan

November 21st, 1830

While thinking this afternoon of some friends who have been running eagerly from one place to another after a celebrated, and, I suppose, most interesting preacher–this idea forcibly struck me: Why manifest such undue concern after streams, when we have the Fountain always accessible? I can, in my humble cottage, approach the footstool of the Father of mercies, and enjoy the manifestation of His love!

“My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves–cracked cisterns that cannot hold water!” Jeremiah 2:13

I honestly don’t know if that verse was what she noted or if it was added by the author of the email-devotional I read. (The link to the text is included in the title of the piece if you’d like to look at it in depth.)  

I do know that what she is essentially saying, how we put so much emphasis on man and his presentation over the fact we can go to the source at will, is absolutely true and utterly amazing to me. As has been well said, “The more I learn about how amazing grace is the more amazing grace truly is!” And I’ll add this verse myself, as today’s daily verse.

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” 

 

Weather VanePreachers 

“A weather vane preacher is any preacher who changes what he preaches or how he preaches when the wind changes direction. The preacher who alters his message or his method because of the ever-changing advice, counsel, and opinions of men is not a leader, but a follower. Such weather vane preachers are worthless! They only do harm to the souls of men, and they need not preach at all. True, gospel preachers are pillars in the church of God–not puppets in the hands of men.”


“On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4


Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths!” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

– Frank Hall 

 

Built for God’s Purpose 

Today’s verse and devotional thoughts come from “The Gospel Daily“. 

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Scientists can tell us about the intricacy of the make-up of the human body. With every system designed for an exact function, all designed to work together in perfect harmony. Each of us is unique, designed by God for a specific purpose. Only a loving Creator could do that. We should praise God because we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Each one of us designed just right, for a specific purpose, a specific role, in His plan. – Commentary by Mary Frances Morden

Today’s Prayer:

Creator, God, we praise You for creating us in Your image. We praise You for trusting us to do Your work and to follow the path You have designed for each one of us. Amen.

He will carry the lambs in His arms!

– Arthur Pink 

“He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart.He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.” Isaiah 40:11 

Our Lord has . . .

  many weak children in His family,

  many dull pupils in His school,

  many fearful soldiers in His army,

  many lame sheep in His flock. 

Yet He bears with them all, and casts none away.

By Christ’s gracious aid, the believer is preserved from being totally submerged by his doubts and fears. 

By His renewing operations, the spark of faith is maintained, despite all the fierce winds of Satan which assail. 

By His mighty enabling, the sorely harassed and groaning Christian is kept from sinking in abject despair. 

By His quickening power, hope is still kept alive, and the voice of prayer is still faintly heard.

There is no danger of the individual saint being overlooked amidst the multitude of supplicants who daily and hourly present their various petitions–for an infinite Mind is as capable of paying the same attention to millions, as if only one individual were seeking its attention!

  

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are . . . Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16

   

On That Tree

I’ve been writing a little more the last week or so in different forms: getting back to journaling mostly but also some haikus. Today I’d like to share a tanka with you (which is similar to haiku but has a meter of 5-7-5-7-7) that I wrote this morning.

Humble yourself for
Mercy and grace given free
Rejoice and receive
Salvation today poor soul
Your debt was paid on that tree