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Friday, July 7, 2017

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 24

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 24

The crosses we make!

(J.R. Miller)

"Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine." Luke 22:42 

cross is composed of two pieces of wood. The shorter piece represents your will--and the longer piece represents God's will. Lay the two pieces side by side--and there is no cross; but lay the shorter pieceacross the longer one--and you have a cross.

Just so, whenever our will falls across God's will--there is a cross in our life. We make a cross for ourselves . . .
  every time we do not accept Christ's way,
  every time we murmur at anything He sends,
  every time we will not do what He commands.

But when we quietly accept what He gives, when we yield in sweet acquiescence to His will, though it shatters our fairest hopes, when we let our will lie alongside His--there are no crosses in our life, and we have found the peace of Christ. 

"My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it--may Your will be done." Matthew 26:42 

"I delight to do Your will, O my God!" Psalm 40:8


He has a perfect knowledge of all His subjects!

(William Dyer, "Christ's Famous Titles")

Oh, brethren, earthly kings and princes do not know all their subjects; nay, they know very few. Alas! they do not know a quarter of them! They are not acquainted with all the troubles, and needs, and miseries that their poor subjects lie under.

The Lord Jesus infinitely excels all other kings--in that He has a perfect knowledge of all His subjects! He knows them all by name. He knows . . .
  all their thoughts,
  all their needs,
  all their ways,
  all their conditions.

So say I to you, brethren, Your King knows . . .
  all your necessities,

  all your sufferings,
  all your troubles,
  all your fears!

Yes, and "My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus!" Philippians 4:19. Oh, this is a sweet Scripture!

Oh, poor souls, Christ knows everything about you! This is our great happiness, that we have a King who knows us so well. Oh, here is the excellency of our King!

The Lord thinks as much of one of His people--as if there were nobody else for Him to think upon!

Poor needy one, the Lord thinks upon you as intensely as if you were the only being now existing!

The Lord has such an infinite capacity, that each one of us may be the center of God's thoughts--and yet He will not be forgetting any other beloved one!

The Lord's tenderness and His care for His people, baffle all our thoughts and expectations!

"Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you!" 1 Peter 5:7

~Charles Spurgeon~

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