ASSURANCES

THE HIGHEST JOY

“The richest, the most celestial, the most transporting joy that mortal mind can know is a full assurance of the love of God” C.H. Spurgeon (ref#255, p27).

How can we be assured GOD loves us?  It will do us no good to assure ourselves that we love GOD.

“The picture of the Bible is not that people are ever seeking for God because they love Him. That is the popular theology—that men and women are seeking God and that God responds to their request.  Not at all (ref#255, p23)!  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us…”(1 John 4:10 ESV).

GOD convinces us that He loves us through His written Word and through His Word lived out in His Son: To us, the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us has been his sending his only Son into the world to give us life through him. We see real love, not in that fact that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to make personal atonement for our sins”(1 John 4:9-10 Phillips)

“The more thy glories strike my eyes

The humbler I shall lie;

Thus, while I sink, my joys shall rise

Unmeasurably high” Isaac Watts (ref#224, song, 475).

ASSURANCES

BABES IN CHRIST

“…the Father has entrusted the keeping of His weakest child in Christ’s hands—even your soul, beloved, even though you be the weakest of the weak.  A baby belongs to the family as much as the most oldest member.  It has as strong a place in the parent’s heart and as valid a claim on its share of the family estate.  So it is with the feeblest child of God” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, May 13th).

“Even if your faith is as weak as a single strand of a spider’s web, if that strand is attached to the rock, Christ Jesus, your salvation is absolutely secure” John Calvin (ref#164, Dec 13th).

O FATHER, I believe as much as I am able.  Help my unbelief.  Please constrain me to feel the truth of this week’s questions.