Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

follow the Lamb

(William Dyer, "Follow the Lamb")

"These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes!" Revelation 14:4

What it is to follow the Lamb?

To follow the Lamb wherever He goes--is to follow Him in four things:

1st, We follow the Lamb in His COMMANDMENTS. "If you love Me--you will keep My commandments!" John 14:15. "You are My friends--if you do what I command you." John 15:14. Oh, beloved, we cannot follow the Lamb wherever He goes, unless we follow Him in His commandments! True Christians take as much delight in those precepts that enjoin holiness--as in those promises that assure happiness.

2ndly, We follow the Lamb in His TEACHING. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me! But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." John 10:5, 27

3rdly, We follow the Lamb in His PROVIDENCE. Through all afflictions, all straits, all discouragements and sorrows whatever, though it is the way of death! We must forsake all to follow a crucified Christ, a condemned Christ, in bloody paths of sufferings--if He calls us to it! "For," says Paul, "I am ready not to be bound only--but also to die at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!" We must be willing to venture the loss of all for Him: our liberty, our estates, our relations, and our life itself! "We have forsaken all--and followed You!" Matthew 19:27

4thly, We follow the Lamb in His EXAMPLE. "I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you." John 13:15. "Christ has suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow in His steps." 1 Peter 2:21. To follow in Christ's steps--is to take Him for our example. We must not follow wicked men's example, who walk in the broad way that leads to death, for "They are the children of their father the Devil, and they love to do the evil things he does!" John 8:44. But we must follow our head Christ, who went about doing good, Acts 10:38. 

Now this is to follow the Lamb, wherever He goes:
  in His commands,
  in His teaching,
  in His providences,
  in His examples.

Oh the depth!

(John MacDuff, "The Night Watches")

"Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God!" Psalm 90:2

O my soul! Seek to fill yourself with thoughts of the Almighty. Lose yourself in the impenetrable tracts of His Glory! 

"Can you by searching find out God?" Can the insect fathom the ocean?
Can the worm scale the skies? 
Can the finite comprehend the Infinite? 
Can the mortal grasp Immortality? 
We can do no more than stand on the brink of the shoreless sea, and cry, "Oh the depth!" 

everlasting to everlasting, You are God!"
hrouded in the great and amazing mystery of eternity,
before one star revolved in its sphere,
before one angel moved his wing--God was! 
His own infinite presence filling all space. All time, to Him, is but as the heaving of a breath--the beat of a pulse--the twinkling of an eye! He was as infinitely glorious when He inhabited the solitudes of immensity alone--as He is now with the songs of angel and archangel sounding in His ear! 

This is the Being to whom I can look up with sweetest confidence, and call "My Father!"This is the Infinite One, whom "the Heaven of Heavens cannot contain," whom I call "My God!"
"This God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even until death!" Psalm 48:14