Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Form Of Godliness

2 Timothy 3:5 (first part)  "Having a form of godliness, but denying it's power."

SC 35  " Many accept an intellectual religion, a form of godliness, when the heart is not cleansed.  Let it be your prayer, 'Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit in me.' Psalm 51:10.  Deal truly with your own soul.  Be as earnest, as persistent, as you would be if your mortal life were at stake.  This is a matter to be settled between God and your own soul, settled for eternity.  A supposed hope, and nothing more, will prove your ruin.'
     Study God's word prayerfully.  That word presents before you, in the law of God and the life of Christ, the great principle of holiness, without which, 'no man shall see the Lord'. Hebrews 12:14.  It convinces of sin; it plainly reveals the way of salvation.  Give heed to it as the voice of God to your soul."

Let's study God's word and prayerfully pray, 'Create in me a clean heart, O God.'  Grandma Joan

PS.  This is the last blog for a few days, probably close to two weeks, however much time it takes to get to MO.  Then I have to get internet, please remember to check back in once in a while to see if I am back on.  I will miss all of you and miss sharing for a short time but I will be back.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Be Free

Psalm 139:23,24  "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

SC 34  "Christ is ready to set us free from sin, but He does not force the will; and if by persistent transgression the will itself is wholly bent on evil, and we do not desire to be set free, if we will not accept His grace, what more can He do?  We have destroyed ourselves by our determined rejection of His love.
'Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.'  'Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.'  2 Corinthians 6:2 & Hebrews 3:7,8.
     Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart'--the human heart, with it's conflicting emotions of joy and sorrow; the wandering wayward heart, which is the abode of so much impurity and deceit. 1 Samuel 16:7. He knows it motives, it's very intents and purposes. Go to Him with your soul all stained as it is.  Like the psalmist, throw it's chambers open to the all-seeing eye, exclaiming, 'Search me O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.' Psalm 139: 23,24."

Come with me and open your hearts wide open for the Spirit of God to come in and bless you with purity and joy.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pride Feels No Need

Luke 18:13  "God be merciful to me a sinner."

SC 30  "God does not regard all sins as of equal magnitude; there are degrees of guilt in His estimation, as well as in that of man; but however trifling this or that wrong act may seem in the eyes of men, no sin is small in the sight of God.  Man's judgment is partial, imperfect; but God estimates all things as they really are.  The drunkard is despised and is told that his sin will exclude him from heaven; while pride, selfishness, and covetousness too often go unrebuked. But these sins are especially offensive to God; for they are contrary to the benevolence of His character, to that unselfish love which is the very atmosphere of the unfallen universe.  He who falls into some of the grosser sins may feel a sense of his shame and poverty and his need of the grace of Christ; but pride feels no need, and so it closes the heart against Christ and the infinite blessings He came to give.
     The poor publican who prayed, 'God be merciful to me a sinner' Luke 18:13, regarded himself as a very wicked man, and others looked upon him in the same light; but he felt his need, and with his burden of guilt and shame, he came before God, asking for His mercy.  His heart was open for the Spirit of God to do His gracious work and set him free from the power of sin.  The Pharisee's boastful, self-righteous prayer showed that his heart was closed against the influence of the Holy Spirit.  Because of his distance from God, he had no sense of his own defilement, in contrast with the perfection of divine holiness.  He felt no need and he received nothing."

I don't want to be like the Pharisee, do you?  He felt no need so he received nothing.  Do you feel your need?  I do, sometimes I feel my need is so great but I know He loves me and fills my need.  I hope you do too.  I pray for each of you each day and I hope you are praying for me.  Grandma Joan

PS.  I am going to be on the road to Missouri in a few days, but I will be back on when I get there and get internet, so please don't give up on me, I WILL be back. I'll be here a few days yet, then off to MO. and then back on here again.  Probably be a couple weeks but I WILL be back so pray for us to have a safe trip.  Will be on the next few days then off for a while.  Thank you for you faithfulness.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Something Better

Revelation 22:13  "Let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely."

SC 28  "You in heart long for something better than this world can give, recognize this longing as the voice of God in your soul.  Ask Him to give you repentance, to reveal Christ to you in His infinite love, in His perfect purity.  In the Savior's life the principles of God's law--love to God and man--were perfectly exemplified.
Benevolence, unselfish love, was the life of His soul.  It is as we behold Him, as the light from our Savior falls upon us, that we see the sinfulness of our own hearts.
     We may flatter ourselves, as did Nicodemus, that our life has been upright, that our moral character is correct, and think that we need not humble the heart before God, like the common sinner; but when the light from Christ shines into our souls, we shall see how impure we are; we shall discern the selfishness of our motive, the enmity against God, that has defiles every act of life.  Then we shall know that our own righteousness is indeed filthy rags, and that the blood of Christ alone can cleanse us from the defilement of sin and renew our hearts in His own likeness.
     One ray of the glory of God, one gleam of the glory of Christ, penetrating the soul, makes every spot of defilement painfully distinct, and lays bare the deformity and defects of the human character.  It makes apparent the unhallowed desires, the infidelity of the heart, the impurity of the lips.  The sinner's act of disloyalty in making void the law of God, are exposed to his sight, and his spirit is stricken and afflicted under the searching influence of the Spirit of God.  He loathes himself as he views the pure, spotless character of Christ."

When we are touched like this, the power of God will change our lives and day by day we will grow into His likeness.  This is my prayer for all of us, is it yours?  Grandma Joan

Friday, June 13, 2014

Resisting The Influence

John 12:32  "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."

SC 26,27  "Jesus has said, 'I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.'  Christ must be revealed to the sinner as the Savior dying for the sins of the world; and as we behold the Lamb of God upon the cross of Calvary, the mystery of redemption begins to unfold to our minds and the goodness of God leads us to repentance.  In dying for sinners, Christ manifested a love that is incomprehensible; and as the sinner beholds this love, it softens the heart, impresses the mind, and inspires contrition of soul.
     It is true that sometimes men become ashamed of their sinful ways, and give up some of their evil habits, before they are conscious that they are being drawn to Christ.  But whenever they make an effort to reform, from a sincere desire to do right, it is the power of Christ that is drawing them.  An influence of which they are unconscious works upon the soul, and the conscience is quickened, and the outward life is amended.  And as Christ draws them to look upon His cross, to behold Him whom their sins have pierced, the commandment comes home to the conscience. The wickedness of their life, the deep-seated sin of the soul, is revealed to them. They begin to comprehend something of the righteousness of Christ, and exclaim, 'What is sin that it should require such a sacrifice for the redemption of it's victim?  Was all this love, all this suffering, all this humiliation, demanded, that we might not perish, but have everlasting life?
     The sinner may resist this love, may refuse to be drawn to Christ; but if he does not resist, he will be drawn to Jesus; a knowledge of the plan of salvation will lead him to the foot of the cross in repentance for his sins, which have caused the sufferings of God's dear Son."

I don't think I can say it any better, I just want to respond to that drawing, don't you? Grandma Joan

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Repentance - part 3 - A Point On Which We Might Err.

Matthew 11:28  "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

SC 26  "Just here is a point in which many may err, and hence they fail to receive the help that Christ desires to give them.  They think they cannot come to Christ unless they first repent, and that repentance prepares for the forgiveness of sins.  It is true that repentance does precede the forgiveness of sins; for it is only the broken and contrite heart that will feel the need of a Savior.  But must the sinner wait until he has repented before he can come to Jesus?  Is repentance to be made an obstacle between the sinner and the Savior?
     The Bible does not teach that the sinner must repent before he can heed the invitation of Christ, 'Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' Matthew 11:28.  It is the virtue that goes forth from Christ, that leads to genuine repentance. Peter made the matter clear in his statement to the Israelites when he said, 'Him hath God exalteth on His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.'  Acts 5:31.  We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ.
     Christ is the source of every right impulse.  He is the only One who can implant in the heart, the enmity against sin.  Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our own sinfulness, is an evidence that His Spirit is moving upon the hearts."

Is Christ moving upon your hearts today?  He said, 'I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.'  Is He drawing your heart to Him.  I pray that He is.  He is drawing my heart day by day through these little worship sessions that I am having with you.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Repentance - part 2 - Longing To Be Restored

SC 24  "When the heart yields to the influence of the Spirit of God, the conscience will be quickened, and the sinner will see something of the depth and sacredness of God's holy law, the foundation of His government in heaven and on earth.  The 'light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,' illumines the secret   chambers of the soul, and the hidden things of darkness are made manifest.'  John 1:9. Conviction takes hold upon the mind and heart.  The sinner has a sense of the righteousness of Jehovah and feels the terror of appearing, in his own guilt and uncleanness, before the Searcher of hearts.  He sees the love of God, the beauty of holiness, the joy of purity; he longs to be cleansed and to be restored to communion with  Heaven.
     The prayer of David after his fall, illustrates the nature of true sorrow for sin.  His repentance was sincere and deep.  There was no effort to palliate his guilt, no desire to escape the judgment threatened, inspired his prayer.  David saw the enormity of his transgression; he saw the defilement of his soul; he loathed his sin. It was not for pardon only that he prayed, but for purity of heart.  He longed for the joy of holiness--to be restored to harmony and communion with God."

Read David's prayer in Psalms 32:1,2 and Psalm 51:1-14. And make this prayer your own, you will be surprised the meaning it takes on when you pray it for yourself.  Grandma Joan

Monday, June 9, 2014

Repentance - part 1

2 Corinthians 7:10  "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted...."

SC 23  "How shall a man be just with God?  How shall the sinner be made righteous?  It is only through Christ that we can be brought into harmony with God, with holiness; but how are we to come to Christ?  Many are asking the same question as did the multitude on the Day of Pentecost, when, convicted of sin, they cried out, 'What shall we do?'  The first word of Peter's answer was, 'Repent.'   Acts 2:37,38.  At another time shortly after, he said, 'Repent.....and be converted that your sins may be blotted out.' Acts 3:19.
     Repentance includes sorrow for sin and a turning away from it.  We shall not renounce sin unless we see it's sinfulness; until we turn away from it in heart, there will be no real change in the life.
     There are many who fail to understand the true nature of repentance.  Multitudes sorrow that they have sinned and even make an outward reformation because they fear that their wrong doing will bring suffering upon themselves.  But this is not repentance in the Bible sense  They lament the suffering rather than the sin.  Such was the grief of Esau when he saw that the birthright was lost to him forever.  Balaam, terrified by the angel standing in his pathway with a drawn sword, acknowledged his guilt lest he should lose his life; but there was no genuine repentance for sin, no conversion of purpose, no abhorrence of evil.  Judas Iscariot, after betraying his Lord, exclaimed, 'I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.' Matthew 27:4.
     The confession was forced from his guilty soul by an awful sense of condemnation and a fearful looking for of judgment.  The consequences that were to result to him filled him with terror, but there was no deep, heartbreaking  grief in his soul, that he had betrayed the spotless Son of God and denied the Holy One of Israel."

All these people were sorry for the results of sin, but did not sorrow for the sin itself.  Let us not be one of them and deny our Lord and the claims He has upon us.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Exceeding Rewards

Matthew 5:12  "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven..."

SC 21  "Oh, let us contemplate the amazing sacrifice that has been made for us!  Let us try to appreciate the labor and energy that Heaven is expending to reclaim the lost, and bring them back to the Father's house.  Motives stronger, agencies more powerful, could never be brought into operation; the exceeding rewards for right doing, the enjoyment of heaven, the society of the angels, the communion and love of God and His Son, the elevation and extension of all our powers throughout eternal ages--are these not mighty incentives and encouragements to urge us to give the hearts loving service to our Creator and Redeemer?
     And, on the other hand, the judgments of God pronounced against sin, the inevitable retribution, the   degradation of our character, and the final destruction, are presented in God's word to warn us against the service of Satan.
     Shall we not regard the mercy of God?  What more could He do?  Let us place ourselves in right relation to Him who has loved us with amazing love.  Let us avail ourselves of the means provided for us that we may be transformed into His likeness, and be restored to fellowship with the ministering angels, to harmony and communion with the Father and the Son."

All I can say to this quotation is 'Lord help us to keep looking to you for our salvation.  Grandma Joan

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Only Way

John 14:6  "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me."

SC 21  "But in vain are men's dreams of progress, in vain all efforts for the uplifting of humanity, if they neglect the one Source of hope and help for the fallen race.  'Every good gift and every perfect gift,' James 1:17, is from God.  There is no true excellence apart from Him.  And the only way to God is Christ.  He says, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.'
     The heart of God yearns over His earthly children with a love stronger than death.  In giving up His Son, He has poured out to us all heaven in one gift.  The Savior's life and death and intercession, the ministry of angels, the pleading of the Spirit, the Father working above, and through all, the unceasing interest  of heavenly beings,--all are enlisted in behalf of man's redemption."

Will you listen to His pleading voice in your heart today?  Let us contemplate the amazing sacrifice that has been made for us!  Let us appreciate what He has done for us in the sense that we will give Him are all and in all.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Escape From The Pit

Job 14:4  "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one"

Romans 8:7  "The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."

SC 18  "It is impossible for us, of ourselves, to escape from the pit of sin in which we are sunken.  Our hearts are evil and we cannot change them.  'Who can bring a clean thing our of an unclean? not one.' 'The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.'  Job 14:4 and Romans 8:7.  Education, culture, the exercise of the will, human effort, all have their proper sphere, but here they are powerless.  They may produce an outward correctness of behavior, but they cannot change the heart; they cannot purify the springs of life. There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be changed from sin to holiness.  That power is Christ.  His grace alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness.
     The Savior said, 'Except a man be born from above,' unless he shall receive a new heart, new desires, purposes, and motives, leading to a new life, 'he cannot see the kingdom of God.'  John 3:3.  The idea that it is necessary only to develop the good that exists in man by nature, is a fatal deception.  'The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.'  'Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.'  1 Corinthians 2:14 & John 3:7.  Of Christ it is written, 'In Him was life; and the life was the light of men;--the only 'name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.' John 1:4 & Acts 4:12."

Will you escape from the pit of sin that we have been thrown into?  Satan would like to see us stay there and suffer with Him in the end, but we have a Savior and 'By beholding the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world' John 1:29, we can escape.  I am praying that we all will escape this dangerous pit.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sons Of God

1 John 3:1  "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God."

SC 15  "The price paid for our redemption, the infinite sacrifice of our heavenly Father in giving His Son to die for us, should give us exalted conceptions of what we can become through Christ.  As the inspired apostle John beheld the heighth, the depth, the breadth of the Father's love toward the perishing race, he was filled with adoration and reverence; and, failing to find suitable language in which to express the greatness and tenderness of this love, he called upon the world to behold it. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." 1 John 3:1  (Behold means look at what manner of love)  What a value this places upon man!  Through transgression the sons of man become subjects of Satan.  Through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ the sons of Adam may become the sons of God.  By assuming human nature, Christ elevates humanity.  Fallen men are placed where, through connection with Christ, they may indeed become sons of God.
     Such love is without parallel.  Children of the heavenly King!  Precious Promise!  Theme for the most profound  meditation!  The matchless love of God for a world that did not love Him!  The thought has a subduing power upon the soul and brings the mind into captivity to the will of God.  The more we study the divine character in the light of the cross, the more we see mercy, tenderness, and forgiveness blended with equity and justice, and the more clearly we discern innumerable evidences of a love that is infinite and a tender pity surpassing a mother's yearning sympathy for her wayward child."

Don't you want to be called a son or daughter of God.  By beholding Him we may become just that.  That really encourages me a lot.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Face to Face

So sorry I have missed a few days here and there.  This move has worn me out but am trying hard to keep up and continue with meeting with you each morning. It means so much to me, please be patient with me through this ordeal.  I will do my best to keep up.  It means a lot to me.  I don't miss my worship time but have failed to blog for you my friends.  Please forgive!!!!!

1 Corinthians 13:12  "Now we see through a glass, darkly;  but then face to face."

MB 26,27  "The pure in heart discern the Creator in the works of His mighty hand, in the things of beauty that comprise the universe.  In His written word they read in clearer lines the revelation of His mercy, His goodness, and His grace.  The truths that are hidden from the wise and prudent are revealed to babes.  The beauty and preciousness of truth, which are undiscerned by the worldly wise, are constantly unfolding to those who have a trusting, childlike desire to know and to do the will of God.  We discern the truth by becoming, ourselves partakers of the divine nature.
     The pure in heart live as in the visible presence of God during the time He apportions them in this world.  And they will also see Him face to face in the future, immortal state, as did Adam when he walked and talked with God in Eden.

Do you want to see God face to face?  I am sure you do and so do I.  Let us make an appointment to be there and see Him face to face, as Adam did in Eden.  See you there.  Grandma Joan