Reading, Writing, Growing in God’s Word

DEVOTIONS FROM THE HEART
Author: ReformedWomen-TheologyGirl
Editor-Publisher
Reading, Writing, Growing in God’s Word
January  27, 2018

As is our usual practice in the New Year we begin reading through the Bible,  start new Bible and book studies or complete old studies.  We also make commitments for completion of projects in spiritual growth and education.  Each year we begin a new “Spiritual Journal” with the commitment to Christ and ourselves to grow in the grace of knowledge of Christ and to be more obedient in our walk with Christ.  As I have shared with you many times over the years my commitment to “Spiritual Journaling” and the exercise of it to confirm our dedication to Christ and the Word in study and prayer.  Spiritual Journaling keeps us on our “spiritual” toes as the missed days or blank pages in our journal bring conviction and encourage us to be good stewards of our study, reading and commitment to growth in Christ-centered living and sharing His Word. Be encouraged Dear Sisters to continue your journaling in growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. _TheologyGirl-RW

WRITE in a book all the WORDS that I have spoken to you. Jeremiah 30:2

“Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel,…. Who is their covenant God; has not forgotten them; still has a regard for them; and speaks after the following comfortable manner concerning them saying, write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book; being things of consequence, that they might remain to after ages; and be read to the use, comfort, and edification of the Lord’s people, in times to come; and be a support to their faith and hope, as well as be a testimony of the truth and faithfulness of God. Some think this charge refers to all the prophecies that go before, as well as follow after, to put them all together in a book or roll, that they might be preserved; though others think it refers only to the present prophecy; and so Kimchi interprets it, write all the words “that I am now speaking unto thee” (o) in a book; which should come to pass in the latter day. So John is bid to write in a book what he saw; the things that are, and shall be hereafter, Rev_1:11.” _John Gill

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TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen, Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart, Bible-Book Study “Grace to Stand” ©1984-2018

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At The Name of Jesus

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11

At the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow — St. Cephas
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At the Name of Jesus
Ev’ry knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess him
King of Glory now.
Tis the Father’s pleasure
We should call him Lord,
Who from the beginning
Was the mighty word.

At his voice creation
Sprang at once to sight,
All the angel faces,
All the hosts of light,
Thrones and dominations,
Stars upon their way,
All the heav’nly orders
In their great array.

Humbled for a season
To receive a name
From the lips of sinners
Unto whom he came,
Faithfully he bore it
Spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious,
When from death he passed.

In your hearts enthrone him;
There let him subdue
All that is not holy,
All that is not true:
Crown him as your Captain
In temptation’s hour:
Let his will enfold you
In its light and pow’r.

Brothers, this Lord Jesus
Shall return again,
With his Father’s glory,
With his angel train;
For all wreaths of empire
Meet upon his brow,
And our hearts confess him
King of Glory now.

Original Trinity Hymnal, #124

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Believe: His Purposes Fulfilled


Devotions From the Heart
His Purposes Fulfilled
Author: TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
January 11, 2018

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” (Ps. 57:2)

For Christians, we live in troublesome times but there is truly “nothing new under the sun” as we know from the Word of God and history. In time and eternity, our God’s purposes for us in Christ are being fulfilled. God is on His throne ruling His universe, His people and working all things together for our good and His glory. Our Sovereign God and Savior is King and we are His beloved bride and children. It is glorious indeed to be able, as the Scripture’s say, to “cry out to God Most High who fulfills His purpose for me.” [Psa.57:2). This is wonderful to behold and just the thought of it should chase away all fear and doubt because we are in His mighty and powerful hands doing what He has ordained is always just right and perfect for us. Satan has no hold on us, we are Christ’s and are “seated with Him in the heavenlies” and empowered by His Holy Spirit to do “all things” well and when we do not, or we fail, or sin, or become cold and distant to Him, He knows perfectly well just how to bring us to our knees and back to His throne of grace to find help and comfort. What a glorious doctrine this is for our souls. Where can you find such love as this other than in Christ? No where, I am assured of it, that He, and He alone is “Love” itself.

Sometimes it is hard in the flesh to believe God’s promises, isn’t it? We want to trust in ourselves and in what we can do and see. We want to trust in flesh and men rather than God. We want to walk by sight rather than by faith. We cannot know or see the future but we think we can control it. It is folly for us to put aside our confidence and trust in Christ and depend upon our own sinful and weak nature. In Christ we can do “all things” and we have that indwelling Holy Spirit of God that assures us that we can “do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” So then, whether it is personal suffering or trial, illness or death, financial or loss, persecution from the believer or unbeliever, we can be at “spiritual” peace and rest because we are trusting Christ to “work” it out for us and work within us to be “overcomers” and strengthened from it. He promises us that there is “no good thing He will withhold from us” and we can take Him at His word and promise as truth.

We cannot blame Satan’s temptations as some do for our lack of biblical obedience and/or lack faith in God’s promises for our good. We know as Reformed and biblical Christians that Satan and his host have no control or power over us. We belong to Christ, have His Spirit, and every step that we take in this life is “ordered” by the Lord. When we fall away, in thought or deed, sin or commission or omission, we fall away of our “own lusts” and sinful nature and thus it calls us to repentance and renewal by going to our God in humble obedience and prayer before His throne of grace. We are saved sinners and until Christ appears for us and brings us home, we will always “sin” and “fall short” but we are covered in the righteousness of Christ and thus, we are safe eternally. God has done the work in eternity past through eternity future and we can rest and trust in that work of grace for our lives. What a glorious and wonderful comfort this is to us as weary pilgrims and soldiers of Christ. Be encouraged from this of God’s love and grace to you. When you become discouraged and fearful, remember these things and you will be comforted. The trials of this life are but a blink of time and we will endure because He has ordained it to be so. Thanks be to God for all of His gifts and blessings!

“God the great Creator of all things doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.” [WCF, Ch5,p1.]

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:35-39

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