Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pray For Big Things

Here is another devotional thought for today, again from the pen of my favorite 19th century preacher. I seem to remember hearing somewhere once that we ask great things from a great God. How true!
Please leave a comment and tell me how this makes a difference in your life!

Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. (Psalm 81:10)

What an encouragement to pray! Our human notions would lead us to ask small things because our deservings are so small; but the Lord would have us request great blessings. Prayer should be as simple a matter as the opening of the mouth; it should be a natural, unconstrained utterance. When a man is earnest he opens his mouth wide, and our text urges us to be fervent in our supplications.

Yet it also means that we may make bold with God and ask many and large blessings at His hands, Read the whole verse, and see the argument: "I am Jehovah, thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it." Because the Lord has given us so much He invites us to ask for more, yea, to expect more.

See how the little birds in their nests seem to be all mouth when the mother comes to feed them. Let it be the same with us. Let us take in grace at every door. Let us drink it in as a sponge sucks up the water in which it lies. God is ready to fill us if we are only ready to be filled. Let our needs make us open our mouths; let our faintness cause us to open our mouths and pant; yea, let our alarm make us open our mouths with a child's cry. The opened mouth shall be filled by the Lord Himself. So be it unto us, O Lord, this day.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Devotional on Song of Solomon 5:2

The other day the Lord brought this devotion to my attention. It is by one of my favorite 19th century preachers. It gives encouragement to backsliding believers, a position I've found myself in often.
Has this spoken directly to you? Leave a comment and let me know how this has blessed you!

"I sleep, but my heart waketh."
Song of Solomon 5:2

Paradoxes abound in Christian experience, and here is one--the spouse was asleep, and yet she was awake. He only can read the believer's riddle who has ploughed with the heifer of his experience. The two points in this evening's text are--a mournful sleepiness and a hopeful wakefulness. I sleep. Through sin that dwelleth in us we may become lax in holy duties, slothful in religious exercises, dull in spiritual joys, and altogether supine and careless. This is a shameful state for one in whom the quickening Spirit dwells; and it is dangerous to the highest degree. Even wise virgins sometimes slumber, but it is high time for all to shake off the bands of sloth. It is to be feared that many believers lose their strength as Samson lost his locks, while sleeping on the lap of carnal security. With a perishing world around us, to sleep is cruel; with eternity so near at hand, it is madness. Yet we are none of us so much awake as we should be; a few thunder-claps would do us all good, and it may be, unless we soon bestir ourselves, we shall have them in the form of war, or pestilence, or personal bereavements and losses. O that we may leave forever the couch of fleshly ease, and go forth with flaming torches to meet the coming Bridegroom! My heart waketh. This is a happy sign. Life is not extinct, though sadly smothered. When our renewed heart struggles against our natural heaviness, we should be grateful to sovereign grace for keeping a little vitality within the body of this death. Jesus will hear our hearts, will help our hearts, will visit our hearts; for the voice of the wakeful heart is really the voice of our Beloved, saying, "Open to me." Holy zeal will surely unbar the door.

"Oh lovely attitude! He stands

With melting heart and laden hands;

My soul forsakes her every sin;

And lets the heavenly stranger in."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hey Democrats! Look at This

Recently there has been a disturbing trend amomg our US wildlife. Creatures that formerly sustained themselves now seem perfectly happy to just sit down and wait their turn for a "free" government handout.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Freedom is not free!

I recently came across a song that really gripped me. It truly illustrated what our freedom here in America really costs (and has cost). Freedom truly is not free.

"Freedom Is Not Free!"

If you're interested in the song and its author, here is the author's website, and here is where you can purchase the album that the song is on.