Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The nations rail against God’s people and His Christ. The unbelievers want to destroy the true and living God and His people and seek to remove His landmarks and the testimonies of His people and believe that they can shut the mouths of His servants, close their church doors, remove all crosses and Ten Commandments from eyesight, remove any reference of God in Christ from the public schools and arena but they are “blind and cannot see afar off” that it is He that holds each cell in the universe and each breath in the nostrils of men. Man is without excuse for God has given them the words of life and they want to destroy them. He has said that He and He alone will bring the end, He and He alone determines the beginning and end, He exalts one and abases another, He raises up kings and put down kings, He alone does all things by His providence and power. Remember today who your God is and be encouraged that He is on the throne ruling for His own glory and your good. Be encouraged, children of the Living God, and rest in His everlasting arms. -TG-RW

Isaiah 40

1 “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God. 2 “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.”

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; 5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 6 The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

9 O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him. 11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? 13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has taught Him? 14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, And showed Him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering. 17 All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.

18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him? 19 The workman molds an image, The goldsmith overspreads it with gold, And the silversmith casts silver chains. 20 Whoever is too impoverished for such a contribution Chooses a tree that will not rot; He seeks for himself a skillful workman To prepare a carved image that will not totter. 21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. 23 He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless. 24 Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble. 25 “To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Prayer:
Glorious Sovereign God, the Ruler of All and Giver of Life, we praise You, we adore You, we worship You and we thank You for the breath of life and the salvation that is in Christ alone. You have removed the fear of death, the fear of the grave, the fear of the future and the fear of punishment by giving us Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The heathen rage and demand a show but You, O Lord, will bring them to the ground and shut their mouths. You alone are worthy of praise and exaltation. You hold all things in Your powerful hands and we, Your holy people, thank you for each day, each moment and each opportunity You give to testify of Your greatness and mercy, power and judgment, and of the grace of God in Christ Jesus. Bless us today, O Lord, that we might be faithful servants and stewards of the gift we have in Your Son, Jesus Christ, our King and our Savior. We pray in His Precious and Most Blessed Name, Amen. -TG-RW

Living Coram Deo,
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“For in Him we live, move and have our being.”Acts 17:28

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Justification’s Beautiful Truth: Consolation to the Heart!

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption; so that, according as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Co 1:30-31

As true, biblical Reformed believers, these truths can only bring joy of heart to us weary travelers on the road home to glory and encourage us to press on in the matters of life in which Christ has placed us. We want Christ, nothing more or less, no additions or subtractions, only Christ alone through faith alone. It is Christ alone who justifies the sinner. Christ has done it! Truly this is grace and peace. Thanks be to God!

I love how the WCF/WLC spells it out in plain language for us:

WLC: Q. 70. What is justification?

A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace unto sinners, in which he pardoneth all their sins, accepteth and accounteth their persons righteous in his sight; not for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but only for the perfect obedience and full satisfaction of Christ, by God imputed to them, and received by faith alone.

I cannot over-emphasize the importance of us understanding the doctrine of justification (especially today) because of its biblical importance as to how we look at our own salvation and standing with Christ and thus the “practical” application of that understanding reflected in daily life. We are “women of the Book” and as we prepare for our next ReformedWomen Bible-Book study “What is a Reformed Woman Today?, I would highly recommend as additional background help to that study, the OPC’s excellent “Report on Justification” (which includes its “Declaration on Justification”) You can download it in its entirety in .pdf format. This will also serve alongside our bibliography of recommended reading.

Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria, Solo Christo, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide

“God is sovereign Lord and King, and exerciseth a dominion over the whole world,both heaven and earth. This is so clear, that nothing is more spoken of in Scripture.The very name, “LORD,” imports it. __Stephen Charnock

Soli Deo Gloria,
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Always and Forever

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

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“But they that wait upon the Lord,…. As children on their parents, to do them honour, to obey their commands, and receive food and blessings from them; as servants on their masters, to know their pleasure, do their work, and have their wages; as clients on their patrons, to have advice of them, put their cause into their hands, and know how it goes; and as beggars at the door, who knock and wait, tell their case and wait, meet with repulses, yet keep their place, and continue waiting: such an act supposes a knowledge and reverence of God, confidence in him, attendance on him, not with the body only, in public and private, but with the soul also, and with some degree of constancy, and with patience and quietness: the Lord is to be waited upon for the manifestations of himself, who sometimes hides himself, but is to be waited for, since he has his set time to show himself again, and his presence is worth waiting for; also for the performance of his promises, which may be expected from his perfections, the nature of the promises, and their being in Christ; likewise for answers of prayer, and for the fresh discoveries of pardoning grace and mercy; and as Old Testament saints waited for the first coming of Christ, so New Testament saints for his second coming, and for eternal glory and happiness: and such “shall renew their strength”; which is to be understood of spiritual! strength in the heart, and of the graces of the Spirit there: it supposes strength received already, which natural men have not, but converted men have; and yet they want more, and more they shall have; to assist them in the performance of duty, to enable them to resist Satan and his temptations, and the corruptions of nature, and to cause them to endure afflictions and persecutions patiently, and to persevere unto the end:

they shall mount up with wings as eagles; swiftly and strongly; it is expressive of the motion of the affections heavenwards towards God and Christ, and things above; of the entrance of faith and hope within the veil, and of the exercise of these graces on Christ, who is now at the right hand of God; of the expectation of glory and happiness in heaven hereafter, and of present support under afflictions, the Lord bearing them as on eagles’ wings; see Psa_103:5 (g):

they shall run, and not be weary; in the way of God’s commandments; which shows great affection for them, haste to obey them, delight and pleasure, cheerfulness and alacrity, therein, so as to be without weariness:

and they shall, walk, and not faint: in the ways of God, in the name of the Lord, or in Christ, as they have received him; leaning on him, trusting in him, continuing to do so, till they receive the end of their faith, the salvation of their souls; and so shall not sink under their burdens, nor give out till they enjoy it; different persons, though all of them believers, may be here intended; particularly Christians under the Gospel dispensation, tried and exercised by many enemies; some shall soar aloft, and dwell on high; others, though they cannot rise and “fly” so swiftly and strongly, yet shall “run” without weariness; and others, though they can neither fly nor run, yet shall “walk” without fainting.”_John Gill

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