Chris is Never Fully Valued

“So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him!” Luke 20:15

“This parable shows us the deep corruption of human nature. The conduct of the ‘wicked farmers’ is a vivid representation of man’s dealings with God.

Let us often pray that we may thoroughly understand the exceeding sinfulness of man’s heart. Few of us, it may be feared, have the least conception of the strength and virulence of the spiritual disease with which we are born. Few entirely realize that ‘the carnal mind is enmity against God,‘ and that unconverted human nature, if it had the power, would cast its Maker down from His throne!

The behavior of the wicked farmers before us, whatever we may please to think, is only a picture of what every natural man would do to God, if he only could.

To see these things is of great importance, for Christ is never fully valued–until sin is clearly seen! We must know the depth and malignity of our disease–in order to appreciate the great Physician!”

– J.C. Ryle

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Live Near to God

Prayer is the link that connects earth with Heaven! Live near to God, and all things will appear little to you in comparison with eternal realities!

When you gaze upon the sun–it makes everything else dark. When you taste honey–it makes everything else tasteless. Likewise, when your soul feeds on Jesus–it takes away the sweetness of all earthly things–pride, pleasure, fleshly lusts, all lose their sweetness.

‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus!’ (Hebrews 12:2). Keep a continued gaze! So will the world be crucified to you–and you unto the world!”

– Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Be Cautious of Grace Denial

“Beloved, mistake not the nature and the evidence of growth in sanctification. In all your self-denial in this great work, be cautious of grace denial. You will need much holy wisdom here, lest you overlook the work of the Spirit within you.

You have thought, it may be, of the glory that Christ receives from brilliant genius, and profound talent, and splendid gifts, and glowing zeal, and costly sacrifices, and extensive usefulness.

But have you ever thought of the glory, the far greater, richer glory, that flows to Him from the contrite spirit, the broken heart, the lowly mind, the humble walk, the tear of godly repentance that falls when seen by no human eye, the sigh of godly sorrow that is breathed when heard by no human ear, the sin abhorrence, the self loathing, the deep sense of vileness, and poverty, and infirmity that takes you to Jesus with the prayer: ‘Lord, here I am; I have brought to You my rebellious will, my wandering heart, my worldly affections, my peculiar infirmity, my besetting and constantly overpowering sin. Receive me graciously, put forth the mighty power of Your grace in my soul, and subdue all, and rule all, and subjugate all to Yourself! Will it not be for Your glory, the glory of Your great name if this strong corruption were subdued by Your grace, if this powerful sin were nailed to Your cross, if this temper so volatile, if this heart so impure, if these affections so truant, if this mind so dark, if these desires so earthly, if these pursuits so carnal, if these aims so selfish, were all entirely renewed by Your Spirit, sanctified by Your grace, and made each to reflect Your image? Yes, Lord, it would be for Your glory, through time and through eternity!’ “

– Octavius Winslow, Morning Thoughts

You Never Heard An Arminian Prayer

“You have heard a great many Arminian sermons, I dare say; but you never heard an Arminian prayer–for the saints in prayer appear as one in word, and deed and mind. An Arminian on his knees would pray desperately like a Calvinist. He cannot pray about free-will–there is no room for it. Imagine him praying:

‘Lord, I thank you I am not like those poor presumptuous Calvinists. Lord, I was born with a glorious free-will; I was born with power by which I can turn to you of myself; I have improved my grace. If everybody had done the same with their grace that I have–they might all have been saved. Lord, I know You do not make us willing, if we are not willing ourselves. You give grace to everybody; some do not improve it, but I do. There are many that will go to Hell as much bought with the blood of Christ as I was; they had as much of the Holy Spirit given to them; they had as good a chance, and were as much blessed as I am. It was not Your grace that made us to differ; I know it did a great deal–still I turned the point; I made use of what was given me, and others did not–that is the difference between me and them.’

That is a prayer for the devil, for nobody else would offer such a prayer as that!”

 Charles Spurgeon, Free Will–A Slave

What Is More Helpless Than You Without Christ

“I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you: ‘Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I Myself will help you! declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel!” (Isaiah 41:13-14)

“What is more helpless than a child without its mother’s hand! Reader, what is more helpless than you without Christ! You can neither stand nor walk alone; but ‘God, who takes hold of your right hand, says to you: Do not fear; I will help you!’

He will help you against sin; against Satan; against the world; against your own evil heart. He will help you when you are weary; when you are downcast; in the time of trial; and in the hour of temptation. He will help you to understand; He will help you to pray; He will help you to fight; He will help you to avoid the snares; He will help you to despise the vanities of this poor world. Ah, my fellow-sinner, this help is promised, because you need it all.

What a world of temptation, sin, and danger–what a world of darkness and confusion you live in! There is none to help you–none to teach you–none to lead you on your way–but Jehovah Jesus. Do not be afraid! He will hold you by the right hand, saying, ‘I will help you!’

Do you say, ‘The way is long–and I am weary. The road is dark–and I have no light. Temptations are many–how shall I resist them? I need grace–where can I find it? Oh, how shall I persevere?’

Afflicted soul! Is there no Helper? Is there none to pity? Is there none to guide? Where is your heavenly Father? Where is Jesus? Where is the Comforter? Where is He who feeds His flock like a Shepherd; who gathers His lambs in His arms, and carries them close to His heart? (Isaiah 40:11) Where is He who has promised to hold you by the right hand, saying, ‘Do not be afraid–I will help you!’

Lift up your eyes to the hills, from whence comes your help. Your help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Fear not! (Psalm 121:1-2, Psalm 146:5)

– George Mylne