Grace for the Humble
“He giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6).
Humble hearts seek grace, and therefore they get it. Humble hearts
yield to the sweet influences of grace, and so it is bestowed on them
more and more largely. Humble hearts lie in the valleys where streams of
grace are flowing, and hence they drink of them, Humble hearts are
grateful for grace and give the LORD the glory of it, and hence it is
consistent with His honor to give it to them.
Come, dear reader,
take a lowly place. Be little in thine own esteem, that the LORD may
make much of thee. Perhaps the sigh breaks out, “I fear I am not
humble.” It may be that this is the language of true humility. Some are
proud of being humble, and this is one of the very worst sorts of pride.
We are needy, helpless, undeserving, hell-deserving
creatures, and if we are not humble we ought to be. Let us humble
ourselves because of our sins against humility, and then the LORD will
give us to taste of His favor. It is grace which makes us humble, and
grace which finds in this humility an opportunity for pouring in more
grace. Let us go down that we may rise. Let us be poor in spirit that
God may make us rich. Let us be humble that we may not need to be
humbled but may be exalted by the grace of God.
God is a Sanctuary
“Therefore say, Thus saith
the LORD God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and
although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to
them as a Little Sanctuary in the countries where they shall come”
Banished from the public means of grace, we are not removed from the
grace of the means. The LORD who places His people where they feel as
exiles will Himself be with them and be to them all that they could have
had at home, in the place of their solemn assemblies. Take this to
yourselves, O ye who are called to wander!
God is to His people a
place of refuge. They find sanctuary with Him from every adversary, He
is their place of worship, too. He is with them as with Jacob when he
slept in the open field, and rising, said, “Surely God was in this
place,” To them also He will be a sanctuary of quite, like the Holy of
Holies, which was the noiseless abode of the Eternal. They shall be
quiet from fear of evil.
God Himself, in Christ Jesus, is the sanctuary of mercy. The Ark of the Covenant
is the LORD Jesus, and Aaron’s rod, the pot of manna, the tables of the
law, all are in Christ our sanctuary. In God we find the shrine of
holiness and of communion. What more do we need? O LORD, fulfill this
promise and be ever to us as a little sanctuary!
Martin Luther having gone through a pandemic,the black plague, had these words of advice that apply even now.
Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it.
I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.
If God should wish to take me, He will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.
If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.
Moreover, he who has contracted the disease and recovered should keep away from others and not admit them into his presence unless it be necessary.
Though one should aid him in his time of need, as previously pointed out, he in turn should, after his recovery, so act toward others that no one becomes unnecessarily endangered on his account and so cause another’s death. ‘Whoever loves danger,’ says the wise man, ‘will perish by it.’”
From: Whether one may flee from a deadly plague.
So a few months ago the inimitable Dan Phillips made a tweet that went something like this: Back in the seventies a new tv series would come out and our only though was “I wonder if it is going to be any good?”. Now it is ” I wonder which character is going to be LGBTQ+? “.
Recently this was brought into focus with the latest Disney-Pixar animated movie called Onward. In it there is a female character who talks about her ‘girlfriend ‘ and the kids they have together. And this is causing some consternation among Christians who are mad because of what they perceive as Disney’s betrayal of family films.
Well here’s a news flash while you have been watching Disney DreamWorks has already snuck in their LGBTQ+ character into a children’s cartoon. What am I talking about? Meet Kipo and the Age of the Wonder Beasts.
Now in this series you meet Kipo a young girl in her teens who lives underground with her father and the rest of the human survivors away from the mutant beasts that live above ground. Well one day Kipo’s little group gets attacked and Kipo is left above ground. Well just like every other journey story Kipo gathers a little group around her including a young boy named Mandu. And in one scene where Kipo reveals that she may have feelings for Mandu he tells her that he is gay. And if course when they do arrive where Kipo’s group has fled Mandu sees the prettiest boy in the group and falls in lust.
Now maybe it is just me. Maybe DreamWorks Animation isn’t associated with family cartoons, which makes no sense to me considering that they have made Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and more. Or maybe it is the Disney brand. I know that we boomers grew up with Wonderful World of Disney, the Mickey Mouse Club, (the original) and other things from our childhood. But here is a clue Walt’s been dead for a number of years now and Disney has been kowtowing to the LGBTQ+ crowd for some time now. Quit expecting something different.
Right now it is tough finding “family friendly” films. Family is being redefined along with gender and anything else that the culture warriors can get a hold of, and Disney went to the other side long ago. You want something that the entire family can watch don’t look at current movies start investing into the classics. There is a reason they called it the golden age.
That is it for tonight returning you to your regular scheduled Monday night.
But if we have a store, how much we need the LORD to bless it! For there is the care of getting, the care of keeping, the care of managing, the care of using; and, unless the LORD bless it, these cares will eat into our hearts till our goods become our gods and our cares prove cankers.
O LORD, bless our substance. Enable us to use it for Thy glory, Help us to keep worldly things in their proper places, and never may our savings endanger the saving of our souls
Well it has been an interesting couple of weeks so let’s just get to it.
If you haven’t seen this take a minute and watch Taylor Lock imitate Trump attending one seminary class.
So if you had $2,821,955.28 aka 2.5 million euros to combat the migrant rape crisis going on in your country what measures would you do? This is Finland’s answer:
This is my answer:
Ok it’s time once again to deny biology and science.
Now according to an article in bbc.com The high court ruled that people who had given birth regardless of their gender (Take your time read the sentence again if needed) are mothers. The transgender man in question wants to be, of course referred to as a father.
Of course the case is being appealed. If the appeal succeeds his (sic) son would become the first person born in England and Wales to not legally have a mother.
Like I said a denial of biology and science.
While we are on the subject let me point you to an article by Rosaria Butterfield over on TableTalk Magazine:
It is past time for a Robotic Over Lord update.
You’ll love this a growing vine like robot.
And of course someone decided to recreate the biggest snake that ever lived as a robot.
Stuff of nightmares.
The text applies to truly gracious men who tremble at the word of the LORD. These were hated of their brethren and at length cast out because of their fidelity and their holiness. This must have been very bitter to them; and all the more so because their casting out was done in the name of religion, and professedly with the view of glorifying God. How much is done for the devil in the name of God! The use of the name of Jehovah to add venom to the bite of the old serpent is an instance of his subtlety.
The appearing of the LORD for them is the hope of His persecuted people. He appears as the advocate and defender of His elect; and when He does so it means a clear deliverance for the God-fearing and shame for their oppressors. O LORD, fulfill this word to those whom men are deriding!
The heart must remain in love, the mind must be rooted in faith, the hope must be cemented to the Word, the whole man must be joined unto the LORD, or else it would be dangerous to trust us with power in prayer. The carte blanche can only be given to one whose very life is, “Not I, but Christ liveth in me.” O you who break your fellowship, what power you lose! If you would be mighty in your pleadings, the LORD Himself must abide in you, and you in Him.
You Deal with God
“I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man” (Hosea 11:9).
The LORD thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the
reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his
speedy doom. Let the text hold him up from despair. The LORD now invites
you to consider your ways and confess your sins. If He had been man, He
would long ago have cut you off. If He were now to act after the manner
of men, it would be a word and a blow and then there would be an end of
you: but it is not so, for “as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are his ways above your ways.”
You rightly judge that He is angry, but He keeps not His anger forever: if you turn from sin to Jesus, God will turn from wrath.
Because God is God, and not man, there is still forgiveness for you,
even though you may be steeped up to your throat in iniquity. You have a
God to deal with and not a hard man, or even a merely just man. No
human being could have patience with you. You would have wearied out an
angel, as you have wearied your sorrowing Father; but God is
longsuffering. Come and try Him at once. Confess, believe, and turn from
your evil way, and you shall be saved.