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April 9, 2015

Daily Devotionals: (April 9th): Safe Passage Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

by Aaron Dunlop

 

daily-devotionalsReading: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4  

Oh, the blessed hope and joyful expectation that attends a spiritual mind, especially when it is enlivened and assisted by the power of divine grace! For, without that, even good men may be liable to some dejections and fears as to another world, from the vastness of the change, the sense of their failings, the weakness of their minds, and mistrust of their own fitness for heaven; but so great is the goodness and mercy of God towards them that sincerely love and fear Him, that He always makes their passage safe, though it be not so triumphant; and although the Valley of the Shadow of death may seem gloomy and uncomfortable at a distance, yet when God is pleased to conduct his servants through it, He makes it a happy passage into a state of glorious immortality and everlasting life and peace.

“The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven. And then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing to all eternity. “—C. H. Spurgeon

From Bishop Edward Stillingfleet (1635–1699)

April 1, 2015

Daily Devotionals: (April 1st): Salvation: A Kaleidoscope of Grace

by Aaron Dunlop

daily-devotionalsReading: “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.” Psalm 111:9

The salvation that is promised to penitent sinners is referred to in Scripture as a “covenant”—the agreement that God enters into to save those who come to Him through Christ. This covenant is made up of many essential elements, including forgiveness of sin, life in the resurrection, and the gift of the Spirit. These are all different promises in that one work of salvation that touch the different areas of the believer’s life, each one focused on the person and work of Christ. Let us look through this kaleidoscope of grace and see the beauty of the work of Christ our redeemer—He is the Covenant.

When you find you have no righteousness, look to the covenant to furnish you: “For his name shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” When you find you have no strength, look to the covenant to furnish you, for it says, “My strength shall be perfect in thy weakness.” When you find you have no life or liveliness, look to the covenant to furnish you, for it says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” When you feel little of the Spirit’s influences, look to the covenant to furnish you, for it says, “I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground.” When you find you have much sin and guilt in and about you, look to the covenant for pardon, for it says, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for my name’s sake.”

When you find your lusts and corruptions to be powerful and prevalent, look to the covenant for mortification, for it says, “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” When you find little or no holiness taking place in your hearts and ways, look to this holy covenant, and it will make you more holy.

“When God enters in a covenant relationship with men, He sovereignly institutes a life-and-death bond.”—O. Palmer Robertson

(Adapted from Ralph Erskine, Works 1:186)

April 9, 2013

Daily Devotionals: (April 9th): Safe Passage Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4  

Oh, the blessed hope and joyful expectation that attends a spiritual mind, especially when it is enlivened and assisted by the power of divine grace! For, without that, even good men may be liable to some dejections and fears as to another world, from the vastness of the change, the sense of their failings, the weakness of their minds, and mistrust of their own fitness for heaven; but so great is the goodness and mercy of God towards them that sincerely love and fear Him, that He always makes their passage safe, though it be not so triumphant; and although the Valley of the Shadow of death may seem gloomy and uncomfortable at a distance, yet when God is pleased to conduct his servants through it, He makes it a happy passage into a state of glorious immortality and everlasting life and peace.

“The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven. And then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing to all eternity. “—C. H. Spurgeon

From Bishop Edward Stillingfleet (1635–1699)

April 1, 2013

Daily Devotionals: (April 1st): Salvation: A Kaleidoscope of Grace

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.” Psalm 111:9

The salvation that is promised to penitent sinners is referred to in Scripture as a “covenant”—the agreement that God enters into to save those who come to Him through Christ. This covenant is made up of many essential elements, including forgiveness of sin, life in the resurrection, and the gift of the Spirit. These are all different promises in that one work of salvation that touch the different areas of the believer’s life, each one focused on the person and work of Christ. Let us look through this kaleidoscope of grace and see the beauty of the work of Christ our redeemer—He is the Covenant.

When you find you have no righteousness, look to the covenant to furnish you: “For his name shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” When you find you have no strength, look to the covenant to furnish you, for it says, “My strength shall be perfect in thy weakness.” When you find you have no life or liveliness, look to the covenant to furnish you, for it says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” When you feel little of the Spirit’s influences, look to the covenant to furnish you, for it says, “I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground.” When you find you have much sin and guilt in and about you, look to the covenant for pardon, for it says, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for my name’s sake.”

When you find your lusts and corruptions to be powerful and prevalent, look to the covenant for mortification, for it says, “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” When you find little or no holiness taking place in your hearts and ways, look to this holy covenant, and it will make you more holy.

“When God enters in a covenant relationship with men, He sovereignly institutes a life-and-death bond.”—O. Palmer Robertson

(Adapted from Ralph Erskine, Works 1:186)

April 9, 2012

Daily Devotionals: (April 9th): Safe Passage Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

by Aaron Dunlop

Reading: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4  

Oh, the blessed hope and joyful expectation that attends a spiritual mind, especially when it is enlivened and assisted by the power of divine grace! For, without that, even good men may be liable to some dejections and fears as to another world, from the vastness of the change, the sense of their failings, the weakness of their minds, and mistrust of their own fitness for heaven; but so great is the goodness and mercy of God towards them that sincerely love and fear Him, that He always makes their passage safe, though it be not so triumphant; and although the Valley of the Shadow of death may seem gloomy and uncomfortable at a distance, yet when God is pleased to conduct his servants through it, He makes it a happy passage into a state of glorious immortality and everlasting life and peace.

“The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven. And then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing to all eternity. “—C. H. Spurgeon

From Bishop Edward Stillingfleet (1635–1699)

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