Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christ the Word

My Father, in a world of created changeable things,
Christ and his Word alone remain unshaken.
O to forsake all creatures, to rest as a stone on him the foundation,
to abide in him, be borne up by him!
For all my mercies come through Christ,
who has designed, purchased, promised, effected them.
How sweet it is to be near him, the Lamb,
filled with holy affections!

Read the rest of this meditation, "Christ the Word" in the collection entitled "The Valley of Vision."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Prayer Protection

"I have heard it said that the needle-grinders of Sheffield sometimes wear a magnetic mouthpiece at their work, which catches all the fine dust that flies around them, prevents it entering their lungs, and so saves their lives.  Prayer is the mouthpiece that you must wear continually, or else you will never work on uninjured by the unhealthy atmosphere of this sinful world."  ~ J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Don't Be Fooled

The enemy of our souls would have us forget the danger of sin.

"He will paint, and gild, and dress up sin, in order to make you fall in love with it.  He will exalt the pleasures of wickedness, but he will hide from you the sting."  ~ J.C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Kingdom of God

"Be prepared for surprises in this Kingdom.  You never know what is going to happen.  That last shall be first.  what a complete reversal of our materialistic outlook, the last first, the first last, everything upside down.  The whole world is turned upside down by grace.  It is not of man, it is of God, it is the Kingdom of God.  how excellent this is."  ~ Martin Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Written in 1965, Relevant Today

"The whole of life is so organized at the present time as to make it almost impossible to live this self-sufficient Christian life.  We switch on the wireless or the television and gradually become dependent upon them, and it is the same with our newspapers, our cinemas, our entertainments.  The world is organizing life for us in every respect and we are becoming dependent upon it."  ~ Martin Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pride Protection

"It is very difficult to be humble if you are always successful, so God chastises us with failure at times in order to humble us, to keep us in a state of humility.  Examine your life and see this kind of thing happening."  ~  Martin Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tell Yourself the Truth

"The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself.  You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself.  You must say to your soul: 'Why art thou cast down' - what business have you to be disquieted? [S]ay to yourself: 'Hope thou in God'."  ~ Martin Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression