Monthly Archives: September 2013

“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”Psalm 32:5

September 15, 2013 at 8:17am

“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”Psalm 32:5

David’s grief for sin was bitter. Its effects were visible upon his outward frame: “his bones waxed old”; “his moisture was turned into the drought of summer.” No remedy could he find, until he made a full confession before the throne of the heavenly grace. He tells us that for a time he kept silence, and his heart became more and more filled with grief: like a mountain tarn whose outlet is blocked up, his soul was swollen with torrents of sorrow.

He fashioned excuses; he endeavoured to divert his thoughts, but it was all to no purpose; like a festering sore his anguish gathered, and as he would not use the lancet of confession, his spirit was full of torment, and knew no rest. At last it came to this, that he must return unto his God in humble penitence, or die outright; so he hastened to the mercy-seat, and there unrolled the volume of his iniquities before the all-seeing One, acknowledging all the evil of his ways in language such as you read in the fifty-first and other penitential Psalms.

Having done this, a work so simple and yet so difficult to pride, he received at once the token of divine forgiveness; the bones which had been broken were made to rejoice, and he came forth from his closet to sing the blessedness of the man whose transgression is forgiven. See the value of a grace-wrought confession of sin! It is to be prized above all price, for in every case where there is a genuine, gracious confession, mercy is freely given, not because the repentance and confession deserve mercy, but for Christ’s sake.

Blessed be God, there is always healing for the broken heart; the fountain is ever flowing to cleanse us from our sins. Truly, O Lord, thou art a God “ready to pardon!” Therefore will we acknowledge our iniquities.

C.H. Spurgeon

“This man (JESUS) receiveth sinners.” – Luke 15:2

“This man receiveth sinners.” – Luke 15:2

September 16, 2013 at 5:57am

      Observe the condescension of this fact.

This Man, who towers above all other men, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners

this Man receiveth sinners

      .

This Man, who is no other than the eternal God, before whom angels veil their faces–this Man receiveth sinners

      . It needs an angel’s tongue to describe such a mighty stoop of love. That any of us should be willing to seek after the lost is nothing wonderful–they are of our own race; but that he,

the offended God, against whom the transgression has been committed, should take upon himself the form of a servant, and bear the sin of many, and should then be willing to receive the vilest of the vile

    , this is marvellous.

“This Man receiveth sinners”; not, however, that they may remain sinners, but he receives them that he may pardon their sins, justify their persons, cleanse their hearts by his purifying word, preserve their souls by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, and enable them to serve him, to show forth his praise, and to have communion with him. Into his heart’s love he receives sinners, takes them from the dunghill, and wears them as jewels in his crown; plucks them as brands from the burning, and preserves them as costly monuments of his mercy. None are so precious in Jesus’ sight as the sinners for whom he died.

When Jesus receives sinners, he has not some out-of-doors reception place, no casual ward where he charitably entertains them as men do passing beggars, but he opens the golden gates of his royal heart, and receives the sinner right into himself–yea, he admits the humble penitent into personal union and makes him a member of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. There was never such a reception as this! This fact is still most sure this day, he is still receiving sinners: would to God sinners would receive him.

C.H. Spurgeon

“I will; be thou clean.” – Mark 1:41

Mark 1:41 (KJV)41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

Primeval darkness heard the Almighty fiat, “light be,” and straightway light was, and the word of the Lord Jesus is equal in majesty to that ancient word of power. Redemption like Creation has its word of might. Jesus speaks and it is done. Leprosy yielded to no human remedies, but it fled at once at the Lord’s “I will.”

The disease exhibited no hopeful signs or tokens of recovery, nature contributed nothing to its own healing, but the unaided word effected the entire work on the spot and forever. The sinner is in a plight more miserable than the leper; let him imitate his example and go to Jesus, “beseeching him and kneeling down to him.” Let him exercise what little faith he has, even though it should go no further than “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean;” and there need be no doubt as to the result of the application.

Jesus heals all who come, and casts out none. In reading the narrative in which our morning’s text occurs, it is worthy of devout notice that Jesus touched the leper. This unclean person had broken through the regulations of the ceremonial law and pressed into the house, but Jesus so far from chiding him broke through the law himself in order to meet him. He made an interchange with the leper, for while he cleansed him, he contracted by that touch a Levitical defilement. Even so Jesus Christ was made sin for us, although in himself he knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

O that poor sinners would go to Jesus, believing in the power of his blessed substitutionary work, and they would soon learn the power of his gracious touch. That hand which multiplied the loaves, which saved sinking Peter, which upholds afflicted saints, which crowns believers, that same hand will touch every seeking sinner, and in a moment make him clean. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, he looks, he touches us, we live.

When you fall into sin – Don’t Stay Down

Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”  

Good men and women of the Lord make mistakes and fall down into sin sometimes.  They get muddy and sometimes injured by the sin that has a snare laid for them by the world, the flesh, and the devil, (our enemies). When they fall however, it is not the end for them, because they love the Lord they fight and soon you see them standing up and walking with the Lord once more.  The Lord is always there to help us up when we have fallen down.  He is our ready friend to help us get up and not stay down.  If we fall into sin our desire should be to get back up and not just lay there in it’s wallowing mud.  The one’s that stay down are considered cast down and soon they become just like those that have never trusted in the Lord as their Savior.  Sin has dominion over them and they are powerless to rise up on their feet and walk again with the Lord.  They either decide that they enjoy the mud or they become too proud to call out to the Lord for His help but whatever the case such a one has made a choice to continue in there fallen state.  It has been my experience that when I fall down I struggle to get back up and sometimes I fall right back down again but it is of a truth that being His child you reach out for His hand and He lifts you back to your feet.  Praise God for His strength and love that surpasses and overcomes all my sin. To order us to place our feet on a firm and solid foundation and hold us up with His hand is of a great comfort. Those that belong to the Lord should not want to sin over and over again but when they do they have a way of escape from that sinful place of defeat.  The Lord takes great delight over His children, that though they may fall, they continue to trust and soon the Lord puts their feet in the right places once more.  If you have come to a place of falling into sin, call out to the One that can lift you up to solid ground, then start walking.  Have a blessed day.