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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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