Millions dying through Famine (or Coronavirus)

Dreadful straits; millions dying through [the Sudan] famine. [like the Coronavirus epedemic in 2020 – Sosthenes]  Is God unmindful?  He is not.  You may be assured, He will get His harvest through grace

…the masses of humanity, everyone needing a Saviour…and let our hearts share God’s feelings for men.  Dreadful straits; millions dying through [the Sudan] famine. [like the Coronavirus epidemic in 2020 – Sosthenes]  Is God unmindful?  He is not.  You may be assured, He will get His harvest through grace in all these calamities; it must be, in all things he has the pre-eminence; it is a great comfort to think of that.  God allows these things to happen and we should not do other than reflect His feelings.  We should never live remote from the needs of men.  A calamity should bring out in us sympathies and express God in them.

Oh, the relief of a living faith in a living Man who bore that load for me.  Why did He do it?  Oh that “why”;  “why hast Thou forsaken me?”  Who can answer that “why”?  We would have to tell you of the ocean of the love that lay behind the reason why Jesus died.  Love held Him there.  He could have come down.  He could have called on all those angels.  He did not.  He was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross…But more than that, as my substitute He bore the judgement  due to me because of my sins. Oh, do you not know and love a Saviour like that?  Thank God I do and I commend Him to you.

 

(Extracts from a preaching by Brian Deck, Adelaide,

1986)

From

The Love of the Truth and Other Ministry

Edited by Andrew Burr – available from Lulu

Golden Nugget Number 278

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Robert Fear – Our God holds us in His Everlasting Arms

Golden Nugget Number 276

(Editor’s Note: Several subscribers have suggested this poem is of comfort at the present time. – coronavirus March 2020 )

Our God Isaiah 40

He hath fixed the set proportions of the oceans and the land
According to the details of His plan;
He hath “measured out the waters in the hollow of his hand”
And meted out the heavens with His span.”

He controls th’ unconquered orbit of “the light that rules the day”
And guides the myriad worlds that shine at night;
And brings forth the host of heaven by their numbers to display
The uncontested brilliance of His might!

But although His arm is power to the infinite expanse,
That same unerring arm is in control
To determine and to govern my every circumstance—
To claim complete submission in my soul!

Yes! And though He counts the nations as “the dust upon the scale” And soars above their triumphs and alarms,
He remembers all about us—that our frame of dust is frail,
And holds us in His “everlasting arms.”

(R G Fear: Composed en route to France for the Invasion of Europe, June 5th, 1945.)

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Be thou Faithful unto Death (Rev 2:10) – The Martyrs’ Memorial

 18 Protestant martyrs were burnt for the pure faith of Jesus Christ.  ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb’ 

Golden Nugget Number 274

Martyrs Memorial

The following details are from a Memorial erected in 1878 in Stratford Parish Church, East London, “To the glory of God in His suffering saints”.

 18 Protestant martyrs were burnt for the pure faith of Jesus Christ.  ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb‘  (Rev.12:11)

Patrick Packingham, aged 23, burnt at the stake on 28th August 1555. Condemned by Bonner unheard

Elizabeth Warne, widow and gentlewomen taken at a prayer meeting and burned to death on the same day.  (Her husband had been burned at Smithfield, her daughter burnt and her son died in prison).

Of whom the world was not worthy‘. (Hebrews 11:38)

Hugh Laverick, a lame man and John Apprice, a blind man, burned to death on 15th May 1556.  Hugh said, “Hold on John, It won’t be for long”.

On Saturday, 27th June 1556, eleven men and two women were brought pinioned from Newgate and burned before 20,000 people for the Word of God.

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Raised withJesus

Golden Nugget Number 273

For the believer in Christ, there are few verses of scripture that could be more comforting than 2 Cor. 4: 14 (‘knowing that he who has raised the Lord Jesus shall raise us also with Jesus, and shall present us with you‘*),
because it is speaking of what God has done. The wonderful matter is that He has raised the Lord Jesus. That pathway was so perfect; so full of light to heaven. Man put Him on a cross but God has raised Him. The beauty that shone on earth now shines more fully in heaven. But then it goes on to say, ‘Shall raise also us with Jesus’. What a beautiful touch for the believer in Christ, that not only has He raised Jesus – worthily so – but He will raise the believer in Christ…the work of God is going through, that is what will be raised. What has been wrought in these bodies of humiliation; nothing will be lost, each precious gem will be raised.

Robert Taylor, Ealing, 2000

* Darby translation

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C.H.Mackintosh – He looked for  comforters, but He found none 

Golden Nugget Number 272

C.H.Mackintosh

How truly delightful and refreshing to turn to the only perfect Man who ever trod this earth!  His path was indeed an isolated one — none more so.  He had no sympathy with the scene around Him.  The world knew Him not.  ‘He came to His own [Israel], and His own received Him not‘ (John 1:11). ‘I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none‘ (Psalm 69:20).  Even His own beloved disciples failed to sympathize with, or understand Him. They slept on the mount of transfiguration in the presence of His glory and they slept in the Garden of Gethsemane in the presence of His agony. They roused Him out of His sleep with their unbelieving fears and were continually intruding upon Him with their ignorant questions and foolish notions.

How did He meet all this? In perfect grace, patience and tenderness.  He answered their questions; He corrected their notions; He hushed their fears; He solved their difficulties; He met their need; He made allowance for their infirmities; He gave them credit for devotedness in the moment of desertion; He looked at them through His own loving eyes and loved them, notwithstanding all.  ‘Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them to the end‘ (John 13:1)

Christian reader, let us seek to drink into our blessed Master’s spirit and walk in His footsteps. Then our isolation will be of the right kind, and though our path may be narrow, the heart will be large.

(C.H.Mackintosh)

 

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Our appreciation of Christ has been through a sense of need.

Golden Nugget Number 271

William Johnson

Is there one answer to all your tears, all your desires, all your prayers?  God has one answer and that is Christ.  If you are passing through bereavement and sorrow and the heart feels it – God intends you to feel it – it is to find Christ.   Blessed compensation.  If I have been through deep sorrow and found Christ, what blessed contemplation.  I have found that He is more than enough to fill every breach.  Do you think I could, by searching with my brain, find out Christ?  Every bit of appreciation of Christ has been through a sense of need.  It is an experiential thing, not a doctrinal thing.  There is no such thing as a mere doctrinal knowledge of Christ.  No.  I beg your attention to it; every bit of apprehension you may have of Christ, you have been led into the knowledge of and the blessedness of, experimentally.

 

(William Johnson, London, early 1900s)

 

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Are we ready for the Lord Jesus to come and receive us?

Golden Nugget Number 270

 

He, the Lord Jesus, is coming for us. He is coming, too, to take up His rights, to resolve everything, to leave no question in the universe unsettled.  It is this same Jesus whom we love that will do that.  I want to be very simple about this because it is a very simple yet holy matter. Are we ready for the Lord Jesus to come and receive us so that we may be as the word is, “always with the Lord”?  Have we any expectations here that would stand athwart our hearts longing for His coming immediately?  I would say very simply, after what the Lord has graciously given us, that I would like to be at the Supper again, but I would not want to allow even that to hamper the expectancy of His coming.

Think of the glory of His Person who for us has already accomplished all that needed to be accomplished, to the point that the very next thing for us is to go to be with Him. Note the point that may have been observed as we read, the emphatic “we” of 1 Thess 4: 15; alongside of that, we have the emphatic “our” of Phil 3: 20. That is, we can rightly regard ourselves, as part of the great throng that is in the expectancy of His coming. Such are not claiming to be anything, not claiming ecclesiastical status of any kind, but just expectant that the Lord will soon come.

 

(A J E Welch)

 

 

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God is concerned with what we are much more than about what we say

Charles Coates

Moral Realities

Golden Nugget Number 269

 

Moral Realities:  The glad tidings in power in our souls would completely separate us morally from corrupt and fallen man, and set us on the line of pursuing all that belongs to the Man of glory and honour and incorruptibility…

 

God deals with moral realities; He is concerned with what we are much more than about what we say.

 

No creature will ever know the full value of the blood of Christ, but it is known to God.

 

(Jottings from C A Coates, Outline of Romans)

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That which was under judgment has been removed in judgment J B Stoney

James Butler Stoney

Golden Nugget Number 268

 

The judgment of God on man must first be removed in judgment.  Many are in comparative darkness, because they do not see that the man under judgment has been terminated judicially in the cross for the believer.  God never revives that man.  That which was under judgment has been removed in judgment.  The resurrection of Christ is not merely a receipt that your sins are atoned for, but that a Man after a new order has come up out of death, no more according to the flesh, so that for the believer, not only is the mortgage on the house paid off, but every stone of the house has come down, and a new one is built on the same spot, but with none of the old material…May each one of you rejoice that the man under judgment has gone, and that Christ—the glorified Man, the “greater than Solomon”—is the only source of your life and your every blessing…

 

(J B Stoney, NS vol. 6 p 5-8)

 

 

 

 

 

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How to study Scripture

Golden Nugget Number 267

 

 Hence we may see how very real and practical is this question of how to study Scripture. It is intimately connected with our entire moral and spiritual condition, our daily walk, our actual habits and ways. God has given us His Word to form our character, to govern our conduct and shape our course. Therefore, if the Word has not a formative influence and a governing power over us, it is the height of folly to think of storing up a quantity of scriptural knowledge in the intellect. It can only puff us up and deceive us. It is a most dangerous thing to traffic in unfelt truth; it brings on a heartless indifference, levity of spirit, insensibility of conscience, which is appalling to people of serious piety. There is nothing that tends so to throw us completely into the hands of the enemy as a quantity of head knowledge of truth without a tender conscience, a true heart, an upright mind. The mere profession of truth which does not act on the conscience and come out in the life, is one of the special dangers of the day in which our lot is cast. Better by far only to know a little in reality and power, than profess a quantity of truth that lies powerless in the region of the understanding, exerting no formative influence upon the life. I would much rather be honestly in Romans 7 than fictitiously in Romans 8. In the former case I am sure to come right, but in the latter there is no telling what I may come to.

 

(Short Papers, C H Mackintosh)

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