Daily Devotionals: (August 13th) Clinging to Christ With Purpose of Heart

by Aaron Dunlop

daily-devotionalsReading: “With purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.”—Acts 11:23

Are you cleaving to Jesus? It is a grand thing so to do and it must be from continued supplies of grace in Jesus, if you are really doing it. Is Jesus your all? Is he uppermost in all things? Faith has for its one object, Jesus, and let a true believer be wherever he may—at home, or abroad, alone, or in company, the closet, or the church—it is all the same, if he really, truly, cleaves to the Lord with purpose of heart. There is a looking unto Jesus for all things, and in all things. Again, if I cleave to the Lord, I shall do no one thing but in his strength, and deliberately desire nothing but for his glory.

The graces of the Holy Spirit, implanted in the souls of the faithful, are fed and kept alive, and brought forth into exercise by the communications of Jesus. My joy then is in Jesus, not in myself, not in what I feel. These feelings of mine may languish, but while I cleave to the Lord, my spiritual joy will always be the same. “From me,” the Lord says, “From me is thy fruit found.” (Hosea 14:8). If I cleave to Jesus, shall I not find an increasing love for him, an increasing desire for him, and an increasing communion with him, from increasing knowledge of him, and of his love and preciousness?

Think how precious Jesus was, when you first were brought savingly to him and you saw your need of him, and his suitableness and disposition to save you. Do you think of these blessings less now? No, you love him more because you know your need of him more, and therefore cleave to him the closer. One Lord Jesus Christ is portion enough for a whole ransomed church of God to live upon to all eternity. In him there is portion enough for me. 

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.

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