ASSURANCES

REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION

“May God give us grace that we may not make a mistake in learning…of godliness…We should learn early the difference between grace and merit, between the purpose of God and the will of man, between trust in God and confidence in the flesh” Charles Spurgeon (ref#330, p78).

“The gospel does not command us to do anything in order to obtain life, but bids us live by that which another has done; and the knowledge of its life-giving truth is not labour but rest—rest of soul—rest which is the root of all true labour; for in receiving Christ we do not work, in order to rest, but we rest in order to work.  In believing, we cease to work for pardon, in order that we may work from it…” Horatius Bonar (ref#326, p25).

“…commands…will no longer come to you as a law standing outside and against you, but as the living power which has transformed your will into perfect harmony with all your Lord requires” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p157).

To become a Christian it takes nothing but complete submission—letting GOD take over our life.  It is doing nothing—throwing away all our good works, or bad works—throwing away all our “doing.” We must resign ourselves to letting GOD do what He wants with us.  Remain contrite before Him and He will instantly change us into new people who will do all that He wishes we do.  The moment His commands become the slightest burdensome it is because we have put ourselves back in rule of ourselves and ceased to submit completely to Him.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us…” (1 John 4:10 ESV).

“The gospel is the proclamation of free love; the revelation of the boundless charity of God.  Nothing less than this will suit our world; nothing else is so likely to touch the heart, to go down to the lowest depths of depraved humanity, as the assurance that the sinner has been loved…” Horatius Bonar (ref#326, p36-37).

“…we are in the Lord vitally and certainly when we come to the Lord Jesus by repentance and faith and make Him our refuge and hiding place” Charles Spurgeon (ref#330, p79).

“If you now feel your need of a Savior, that is the beginning of the new nature” Charles Spurgeon (ref#320, p32).

“The plan of salvation is simple.  Trust Christ, and you are saved. Rely upon Him, and you will live.  This faith is the gift of God, but remember…God does not believe for you; the Holy Spirit does not believe for you; you must believe, or else you will be lost” Charles Spurgeon (ref#330, p39).

ASSURANCES

INTOLERABLE SIN

 “…anyone who lives in willful sin…has none of the marks of God’s elect” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p257). “He that minds first the things of the flesh, has no saving faith” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p188).

“The believer who abides in Him [CHRIST] hath a divine assurance for the fulfillment of every promise the covenant ever gave” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p196, brackets mine).

“There is a spiritual treasure-house in the Word…There you will see…the everlasting election of the saints in Christ,—the special love wherewith God loved them before the foundation of the world,—their mystical union with their risen Head in heaven, and His consequent sympathy with them,—their interest in the perpetual intercession of Jesus, their High Priest,—their liberty of daily communion with the Father and the Son,—their full assurance of hope,—their perseverance to the end” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p249).

“The redemption which he enjoys is eternal.  The sense and comfort of it he may lose by his own carelessness.  But the thingitself, after once believing, is his for evermore….Thy faith shall never be allowed entirely to fail” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p279).

“A day must come, if you are ever to be God’s child, when you will cease to trifle with your soul’s interests.  An hour must come when at last you will bend your knee in real earnestness, and pour out your heart before God in real prayer.  A time must come when the burden of your sins will at last feel intolerable, and when you will feel you must have rest in Christ or perish” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p286).

FATHER, I’m sure everyone reading this post has felt “intolerable sin” or soon will feel “intolerable sin.”  To be humbled, then loved by the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe is our greatest joy. Thank You, FATHER.

PRELUDE TO PRAISE

Prayer Facts:

“It is in prayer that we hold up our desire to the light of God’s Holy Will, that our motives are tested, and proof given whether we ask indeed in the name of Jesus, and only for the glory of God.” Andrew Murray (ref#19, ELEVENTH LESSON),

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because in CHRIST all the treasures of divine wisdom and spiritual knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden (Col 2:3), I will wait for You.

Because all nations shall fall down before Your Son and serve Him (Ps 72:11), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Dec 30th -31st

Dec 30   Ps 145-146

Dec 31    Ps 147-148

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“As long as in prayer we just pour out our hearts in a multitude of petitions, without taking time to see whether every petition is sent with the purpose and expectation of getting an answer, not many will reach the mark” Andrew Murray (ref#19, TENTH LESSON).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because Your testimonies are wonderful far exceeding anything conceived by man (Ps 119:129), I will wait for You.

Because You are good and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You (Ps 86:5), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Dec 23rd – 29th

Dec 23    Ps 125-126

Dec 24    Ps 127-128

Dec 25    Ps 129-130

Dec 26    Ps 131,133

Dec 27    Ps 134,136

Dec 28    Ps 137-138

Dec 29    Ps 139, 141

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“There may be cases in which the answer is a refusal, because the request is not according to God’s Word, as when Moses asked to enter Canaan. But still, there was an answer: God did not leave His servant in uncertainty as to His will” Andrew Murray (ref#19, FIFTH LESSON).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You, FATHER, were made visible in human flesh (1 Tim 3:16), I will wait for You.

Because CHRIST has come down from heaven to do Your will and not His (John 6:38), I will wait for You.

Because Your Son has come that I may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Dec 16th – 22nd

Dec 16    Ps 117-118

Dec 17    Ps 119: 1-48

Dec 18    Ps 119:49-96

Dec 19    Ps 119:97-144

Dec 20   Ps 119:145-176

Dec 21   Ps 120-122

Dec 22   Ps 123-124

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“I must hear the person who gives me the promise. The very tone of his voice gives me courage to believe. I must see him. In the light of his eye and countenance, all fear as to my right to take fades away” Andrew Murray (ref#11, p70).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because Your truthfulness and honesty is shown through CHRIST becoming a servant and a minister (Rom 15:8), I will wait for You.

Because Your Son, JESUS CHRIST, is the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev 1:5), I will wait for You.

Because through Your Son’s death He brings to naught and makes of no effect him who had the power of death (Heb 2:14), I will wait for You.

Because CHRIST has the power, authority and right on earth to forgive sins (Luke 5:24), I will wait for You.

Because JESUS saves me from my sins and prevents me from failing and missing the true end and scope of life which is You (Matt 1:21), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Nov 18th – 24th

Nov 18    Job 25-26; Rev 6

Nov 19    Job 27-28; Ps 73

Nov 20    Job 29-30; Rev 7

Nov 21    Job 31; Ps 120; Ps 74

Nov 22    Job 32-33; Rev 8

Nov 23   Job 34-35; Rev 9

Nov 24    Job 36-37; Ps 75

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“Only when we live with God in a personal, loving relationship where God himself is everything to us,…is a capacity developed to believe that He gives whatsoever we ask” Andrew Murray (ref#11, p69-70).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You have Your way in the whirlwind and in the storm (Nahum 1:3), I will wait for You.

Because You determine and count the number of stars and call them all by their names (Ps 147:4), I will wait for You.

Because You make lightenings for rain and bring forth the wind out from Your storehouses (Jer 10:13), I will wait for You.

Because You do great things past finding out and marvelous thing without number (Job 9:10), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Nov 11th – 17th

Nov 11   Job 11-12; Rev 1

Nov 12   Job 13-14; Rev 2

Nov 13   Job 15-16; Rev 3

Nov 14   Job 17-18; Ps 70

Nov 15   Job 19-20; Ps 72

Nov 16   Job 21-22; Rev 4

Nov 17   Job 23-24; Rev 5

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“…prayer is indeed a power, on which the ingathering of the harvest and the coming of the Kingdom do in very truth depend….So wonderful is the surrender of His work into the hands of His Church, so dependent has the Lord made Himself on them as His body, through whom alone His work can be done, so real is the power which the Lord gives His people to exercise in heaven and earth, that the number of the labourers and the measure of the harvest does actually depend upon their prayer” Andrew Murray (ref#19, NINTH LESSON).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because not one sparrow is forgotten or uncared for in Your presence (Luke 12:6), I will wait for You.

Because the ravens neither sow nor reap yet You feed them (Luke 12:24), I will wait for You.

Because You care for me (1 Pet 5:7), I will wait for You.

Because You number every hair on my head (Luke 12:7), I will wait for You.

Because You meet all my needs according to Your glorious riches in CHRIST (Phil 4:19), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Nov 4th – 10th

Nov 4    Neh 13; Mal 1-2; Ps 69

Nov 5    Mal 3-4; 1 John 2

Nov 6    Job 1-2; 1 John 3

Nov 7    Job 3-4; 1 John 4

Nov 8    Job 5; Ps 108; 1 John 5

Nov 9    Job 6-8; 2 John

Nov 10  Job 9-10; 3 John

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“We seek God’s gifts: God wants to give us HIMSELF first. We think of prayer as the power to draw down good gifts from heaven; Jesus is the means to draw ourselves up to God. We want to stand at the door and cry; Jesus would have us first enter in and realize that we are friends and children” Andrew Murray (ref#19, TWELFTH LESSON).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because Your eyes are on me and Your ears are open to my prayers (1 Pet 3:12), I will wait for You.

Because You hear when I cry for help and deliver me out of all my distress and troubles (Ps 34:17), I will wait for You.

Because You perform that which You have planned for me (Job 23:14), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Sept 2nd – 8th

Sept 2     Jer 13-15; Jude

Sept 3     Jer 16-17; Philemon

Sept 4     Jer 18-20; Heb 1

Sept 5     Jer 22; 2 Kings 24; Heb 2

Sept 6     Jer 23,25; Heb 3

Sept 7     Jer 26,35,36; Heb 4

Sept 8     Jer 45-47; Heb 5

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“If no answer comes, we are not to…suppose that it is not God’s will to give an answer. No; there must be something in the prayer that is not as God would have it…It is far easier to the flesh to submit without the answer than to yield itself to be searched and purified by the Spirit, until it has learnt to pray the prayer of faith” Andrew Murray (ref#19, FIFTH LESSON).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You send the Counselor to represent CHRIST and act on His behalf (John 14:26), I will wait for You.

Because the SPIRIT will show me what is true (John 14:17), I will wait for You.

Because the SPIRIT will teach me everything (John 14:26), I will wait for You.

Because the SPIRIT will always be with me and help me (John 14:16), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Aug 26th – Sept 1st

Aug 26      Habak 1-3; 2 Tim 2

Aug 27      Zeph 1-3; 2 Tim 3

Aug 28     Jer 1-2; 2 Tim 4

Aug 29     Jer 3-4; Titus 1

Aug 30    Jer 5-6; Titus 2

Aug 31    Jer 7-9; Titus 3

Sept 1     Jer 10-12; Ps 50