Wednesday, 26 January 2011

THREE BOOKS

There are three books which, if a man will read and study, he can dispense with most others.

1. The book of Providence - and this he reads to good purpose, when he sees written down line by line the providential dealings of God with him, and a ray of Divine light gilds every line.

2. The Word of God - and this he reads to profit, when the blessed Spirit applies it with power to his soul.

3. The book of his own heart - and this he studies with advantage, when he reads in the new man of grace the blessed dealings of God with his soul-- and in the old man of sin and death, enough to fill him with shame and confusion of face, and make him loathe and abhor himself in dust and ashes.

By J.C. Philpot

PRECIOUS AND GLORIOUS

All that Jesus is and has, all that He says and does is precious and glorious.

His miracles of mercy, while here below;

His words so full of grace, wisdom, and truth;

His going about doing good;

His sweet example of patience, meekness and submission;

His sufferings and sorrows in the garden and on the cross;

His spotless holiness and purity;

His tender compassion to poor lost sinners;

His atoning blood and justifying obedience;

His dying love, so strong and firm;

His lowly, yet honourable burial;

His glorious resurrection;

His ascension and present reign and rule;

His constant intercession for His people.


What beauty and glory shine forth in all these divine realities!

A view of His glory and a foretaste of the bliss and blessedness it communicates has a transforming effect upon the soul.

We are naturally proud, easily elated by prosperity, soon dejected by adversity, peevish under trials, rebellious under heavy strokes, unthankful for daily mercies of food and clothing, and in other ways ever manifesting our base nature.

To be brought from under the power of these abounding evils, we need to be conformed to the image of Christ. Now, this can only be by beholding His glory by faith.

"But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory!"
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

It is this believing view of the glory of Christ which supports under heavy trials, producing meekness and resignation to the will of God.

By Joseph Philpot

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

MY PATH

My path has been, and is, one mainly of trial and temptation, having a heart so evil, a tempter so subtle, and so many crosses and snares in which my feet are continually caught and entangled.

All here on earth, is labour and sorrow. Our own sins, and the sins of others, will always make it a scene of trouble.

Oh, you hideous monster, sin!

What a mighty power it has--a power which grace alone can subdue. It seems sometimes subdued, and then rises up worse than before. Well may we cry out, "Oh, wretched man that I am!"

"Hold me up, and I shall be safe!"
(Psalm 119:117)

By Joseph Philpot

THE END WILL MAKE AMENDS FOR ALL

What a world it is of sin and sorrow!

How everything serves to remind us that we are all passing away!

I feel for you in your trials and afflictions, so various, painful, and multiplied.

But dare I wish you free from what the all-wise, all-gracious Lord lays upon you?

Could He not in a moment remove them all?

Our Father sees fit in His wisdom and mercy to afflict His children, and we know that He would not do so unless it were for the good of their soul.

What can we say then?

All we can do is to beg of the Lord that He would support, comfort, and bless them. It is in the furnace that we learn our need of realities, and our own helplessness and inability. The furnace also brings to our mind the shortness of life, and how vain all things are here below.

Affliction are sent to wean from this world, make life burdensome, and death desirable. I well know that the poor coward flesh is fretful and impatient under afflictions, and would gladly have a smoother, easier path. But we cannot choose our own trials, nor our own afflictions. All are appointed in fixed weight and measure; and the promise is that all things shall work together for good to those who love God.

Wherever we go, and wherever we are, we must expect trials to arise. But it will be our wisdom and mercy to submit to what we cannot alter, and not fret or repine under the trial--but accept it as sent for our good. We need trial upon trial, and stroke upon stroke to bring our soul out of carnality. We slip insensibly into carnal ease; but afflictions and trials of body and mind stir us up to some degree of earnestness in prayer, show us the emptiness and vanity of earthly things, make us feel the suitability and preciousness of the Lord Jesus. The path in which you have been led so many years is a safe way, though a rough and rugged way. The end will make amends for all!

By Joseph Philpot