Milk & Honey

“Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey…'”

~ Number 13:27 (NKJV)

The promised land of Canaan was truly an amazing place. Yet it was filled with a mighty and powerful people. It would not come to the Israelites easily, but it would come to them surely for the Lord God had determined it for the good of His people. Anywhere God sends us will be a place filled with milk and honey. God is good and faithful. And the manifestations of His love, grace and mercy are realized in the wonderful blessings His people receive from His kind hand. Though the Christian life may not always be easy, our trials are for our good and eventually lead us to our spiritual and eternal land flowing with God’s milk and honey.

~ apl

Must You Not Be Different?

That which occasions the honest Christian the most difficulty and distress as he seeks to ascertain whether a miracle of grace has been wrought within him is the discovery that so much remains what it always was, yea, often his case appears to be much worse than formerly – more risings of opposition to God, more surgings of pride, more hardness of heart, more foul imaginations. Yet that very consciousness of and grief over indwelling corruptions is, itself, both an effect and an evidence of the great change. It is proof that such a person has his eyes open to see and a heart to feel evils which previously he was blind unto and insensible of. An unregenerate person is not troubled about the weakness of his the coldness of his affections, the stirrings of self within. You were not yourself while you were dead Godwards! But if such things now exercise you deeply, if your eyes be open to and you mourn over that within to which no fellow creature is privy, must you not be very different now from what you once were?

~ A. W. Pink

Priests of the Lord

Ye shall be named the priests of the LORD.

~ Isaiah 61:6 (KJV)

“This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers. If we live up to our privileges, we shall live unto God so clearly and distinctly that men shall see that we are set apart for holy service and shall name us the priests of the LORD. We may work or trade as others do, and yet we may be solely and wholly the ministering servants of God. Our one occupation shall be to present the perpetual sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and testimony, and self-consecration to the living God by Jesus Christ.”

~ Charles Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

With A Pure Heart

“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…”

~ 1 Peter 1:22 (NKJV)

The souls of Christians must be purified before they can so much as love one another unfeignedly. There are such lusts and partialities in man’s nature that without divine grace we can neither love God nor one another as we ought to do; there is no charity but out of a pure heart. It is the duty of all Christians sincerely and fervently to love one another. Our affection to one another must be sincere and real, and it must be fervent, constant, and extensive. The Spirit convinces the soul of its impurities, furnishes those virtues and graces that both adorn and purify, such as faith, hope, the fear of God, and the love of Jesus Christ.

~ Matthew Henry, Complete Commentary on the Bible