One Blade of Grass

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for

“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
1 Peter 1:22-25
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My Precious Jewels

TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
“Devotions From the Heart”
“My Precious Jewels”
July 2, 2017

My Precious Jewels

“They shall be Mine, says the Lord, in that day
when I make up my jewels.”–Mal. 3:17
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Are you discontent?  Discouraged?  Do you lack contentment in your present circumstances?  The spiritual medicine for this is be encouraged for we are Christ’s precious jewels and that alone brings contentment of heart, mind, soul and body.  We are that “rare jewel” of Christ and in Christ all things are yes and amen. We are precious to Him so much so that we have been bought with the price of His sacrifice for us in salvation.  He gave so that we, his jewels (children) could have life everlasting and the assurance of all things “yes and amen.”  We are His and He is ours.  We rejoice in this with every breath of our being so that we shine as His “jewels” of faith, mercy and contentment as we live in this present world giving praise and thanksgiving to Him.  How then can we not be filled with hope, rejoicing and contentment?  We can, read on . . .

“The Christ-centered “hidden woman of the heart” will have a countenance of light, joy and peace emanating from her no matter what her circumstances. Her countenance will be a reflection of God’s light and glory just as it was with Moses so it will be with her. She will be in God’s Word, submitted to God’s Word, and will let God’s Word rule in her heart, mind and attitude. God has said in His Word, speaking through the Apostle Paul, “shall we continue in sin, God forbid.” [Rom 6:1] No, we shall not continue in the sin of discontentment. We shall put it off and put on Christ. We shall put off this dirty garment of complaint and put on the garment of praise. This is what we are to do to change from a murmuring, complaining woman of discontent to a woman of praise for the good of our own souls and the glory of God.

Lord of Glory, help us to be that “rare jewel” of contentment in You and Your providence in our lives with joy of heart and spirit and to reflect that glory to the world so that Your Name is glorified and extolled.  Thank you Gracious Jesus for your unlimited grace to us.  In Jesus Name, Amen. 1/_TG-RW

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision
for the flesh,  to gratify its desires.” Rom 13:14
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“Jewels are precious. Who can fully estimate the preciousness to Jesus of His saints? Their persons are precious, their faith is precious, their love is precious, their sacrifices are precious, their petitions in prayer and ascriptions of praise are unutterably precious, to the heart of Christ, upon whose breast-plate they are set as stones of light and glory. They must be precious for whom a precious Christ poured out His most precious blood!”_Jeremiah Burroughs
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1/ Short Notes, Excerpts from TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen Bible-Book Study “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” [Jeremiah Burroughs], Chapter 5 “Summary Comments” ©2007-2017 All Rights Reserved

Love’s Letter

My beloved brethren:  We, like Christopher Love and many saints throughout the ages have suffered persecution, trials and tribulations, loss and want, and as He suffered in His pilgrimage on this earth, we too shall suffer in this life.  What kind of witness are we to be through these sufferings?  Patient in tribulation? Praying always?  Blessing rather than cursing? Enduring with gentleness and meekness of spirit?  Loving when hated?  Happy when sad?  Rejoicing through tears?  Praising when discouraged? Giving when all is taken away?  Resting when weary? Hoping when hope is gone?  Joyful in all things?  Trusting when we cannot see?  Yes, all these things and more so let us examine ourselves to see if our walk matches our testimony of Christ and if we are truly walking the walk of faith and saying,  “Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.”    I share with you Christopher Love’s letter to encourage you to fight the good fight of faith on your Christian journey with joy resting in Christ’s love and gift of life to you.  Be encouraged as you read…TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
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Christopher Love was beheaded for alleged conspiracy against the current
Lord Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell. Love, Thomas Watson and William
Jenkyn were among those imprisoned for treason. Cromwell charged them with
conspiring to bring back the monarchy and the King after parliament had
charged the king with treason and beheaded him. Watson was released, Jenkyn
died in prison, and Christopher Love was beheaded. The following letter is
one of many to Mr. Love’s wife. However, this is Mr. Love’s last letter to
his wife on the day he suffered.
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My most gracious Beloved,

I am now going from a prison to a palace: I have finished my work, and am
now going to receive my wages. I am going to heaven, where are two of my
children, and leaving you on earth, where there are three of my babes.
These two above, need not my care; but the three below need thine. It
comforts me to think, two of my children are in the bosom of Abraham, and
three of them will be in the arms and care of such a tender and godly
mother. I know you are a woman of sorrowful spirit, yet be comforted,
though you sorrows be great for you husband going out of the world, yet your
pains shall be the less in bringing your child into the world; you shall be
a joyful mother, though you be a sad widow; God hath many mercies in store
for you; the prayer of a dying husband for you, will not be lost. To my
shame I speak it, I never prayed for you at liberty, as I have done in
prison. I can write much, but I have few practical counsels to leave with
you, viz.,

1. Keep under a sound, orthodox, soul searching ministry. Oh! There are many
deceivers gone out into the world, but Christ’s sheep know His voice, and a
stranger they will not follow. Attend any minister that teacheth the way of
God in truth; and follow Solomon’s advice, Proverbs 19:27.

2. Bring up your children in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. The
mother ought to be a teacher in the father’s absence, Proverbs 31:1, “The
words that his mother taught him.” And Timothy was instructed by his
grandmother, 1 Timothy 1:5.

3. Pray in your family daily, that yours may be in the number of the
families who call upon God.

4. Labor for a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God, is of great
price, 1 Peter 3:4.

5. Pour not on the comforts you want, but upon the mercies you have. Look
rather at God’s ending in afflicting, than to the measure and degree of your
affliction.

6. Labor to clear up your evidence for heaven when God takes from you the
comfort of earth, so that as your sufferings do abound, your consolation in
Christ may abound much more, 2 Corinthians 1:5. Though it be good to
maintain a holy jealously of heart, yet it is still ill of you to cherish
fears and doubts touching the truth of your graces. If ever I had
confidence touching the grace of another, I have confidence of grace in you;
as Peter said of Silvanus, I am persuaded that this is the grace of God
wherein ye stand, 1 Peter 5:12.

7. O, my dear soul wherefore dost thou doubt, who heart has been laid
upright, whose walking has been holy, &c. I could venture my soul this day
in they soul’s stead, such a confidence I have in you.

8. When you find your heart secure, presumptuous and proud, then pour upon
corruption more than grace: then look upon your grace without infirmities.

9. Study the covenant of grace, and merits of Christ, and be troubled if you
can; you are interested in such a covenant that accepts purposes for
performances, desires for deeds, sincerity for perfection, the righteousness
of another, viz., that of Jesus Christ, as it were your own alone. Oh! My
love! Rest thou in the love of God, the bosom of Christ.

10. Swallow up your will in the will of God. It is a bitter cup we are to
drink, but it is the cup of our Father which has been put into our hands.
When Paul was to suffer at Jerusalem, the Christians said, “The will of the
Lord be done!” Oh! Say ye so, when I go to the Tower-Hill, “The will of the
Lord be done!”

11. Rejoice in my joy. To mourn for me inordinately argues, that you either
envy or suspect my happiness. The joy of the Lord is my strength; Oh! Let
it be yours also! Dear wife, farewell: I will call thee wife no more: I
shall see thy face no more: yet I am not much troubled, for now I am going
to meet the Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus, to whom I shall be eternally
married.

12. Refuse not to marry, when God offers you a fair opportunity; but be sure
you marry in the Lord; and one of a good disposition, that he may not grieve
you, but give you a comfortable livelihood in the world.

Farewell dear love, and again I say farewell. The Lord Jesus be with your
spirit, the Maker of heaven and earth be a husband to you; and the Father of
the Lord Jesus Christ be a father to your children – so prays your dying,

Your most affectionate friend till death,

Christopher Love

The day of my glorification.
From the Tower of London, August 22, 1651
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