Saturday, September 23, 2017

In the light of His Glory & Grace

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:2
This weekend I am on a visit home for a funeral and I joined with a others in a packed out church to pay our respects. The crowd were in amazing voice as we sang "The Old Rugged Cross". (I'm clearly getting old as I'm strangely drawn to the old hymns especially when sang so enthusiastically as today)

But we were also treated by the singing of some amazing young gentlemen. One of the songs was,"Turn your eyes upon Jesus" & they sang it beautifully.

Some of the words have stayed with me all day:

"and the things of the earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace".

Jesus glory and grace are so magnificent, so majestic, so sublime, so opulent, so stunningly beautiful, that one glance towards him, and its like the sun has gone out.

Looking at Jesus not only changes our perspective towards everything in this world, it consumes our whole vision to the extent it is the only thing we can see and want to see.

When we see divine Glory & Grace our eyes can never be satisfied again on this earth no matter how radiant the sunrise of how the superlative the sunset. But God's Word is clear we have an eternity of satisfaction ahead.
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. - Revelation 22:5

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Slow Down

Written in 1975 but so apt for us to day in our frantic paced world.

In the midst of my confusion
In the time of desperate need
When I am thinking not too clearly
A gentle voice does intercede

Slow down, slow down, be still
Be still and wait, on the Spirit of the Lord
Slow down and hear His voice
And know that He is God

In the time of tribulation
When I'm feeling so unsure
When things are pressing in about me
Comes a gentle voice so still, so pure

Slow down, slow down, be still, my child
Be still and wait, on the Spirit of the Lord
Slow down and hear His voice
And know that He is God
And know that He is God

Slow Down

Friday, August 18, 2017

God at work...

"For it is God which worketh in you" (Phil. ii.13).  Sanctification is the gift of the Holy Ghost, the fruit of the Spirit, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the prepared inheritance of all who enter in, the greatest obtainment of faith, not the attainment of works. It is divine holiness, not human self-improvement, nor perfection. It is the inflow into mans being of the life and purity of the infinite, eternal and Holy One, bringing His own perfection and working out His own will. How easy, how spontaneous, how delightful this heavenly way of holiness! Surely it is a "highway" and not the low way of mans vain and fruitless mortification.  It is Gods great elevated railway, sweeping over the heads of the struggling throngs who toil along the lower pavement when they might be borne along on His ascension pathway, by His own almighty impulse. It is God's great elevator carrying us up to the higher chambers of His palace, without over-laborious efforts, while others struggle up the winding stairs and faint by the way.  Let us to-day so fully take Him that He can "cause us to walk in His statutes." Rev A B Simpson

Monday, June 05, 2017

The miracle of the Incarnation

All which is not itself the Great Divide was made in order that He might come down into it. In the Fallen World He prepared for Himself a body and was united with the dust and made it glorious forever. This is the end and final cause of all creating, and the sin whereby it came is called Fortunate and the world where this was enacted is the centre of worlds. Blessed is He.

- C S Lewis (Perelandra)