Monday, December 27, 2010

There is Nothing Like the Presence of Jesus

The following is an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" devotional for December 26th p.m.:

He is as surely with us now as He was with the disciples at the lake, when they saw coals of fire, and fish laid thereon and bread. Not carnally, but still in real truth, Jesus is with us. And a blessed truth it is, for where Jesus is, love becomes inflamed . Of all the things in the world that can set the heart burning, there is nothing like the presence of Jesus!...  If we know that Jesus is with us, every power will be developed , and every grace will be strengthened, and we shall cast ourselves into the Lord's service with heart, and soul, and strength; therefore is the  presence of Christ to be desired above all things. His presence will be most realized by those who are most like Him. If you desire to see Christ, you must grow in conformity to Him. Bring yourself, by the power of the Spirit, into union with Christ's desires, and motives, and plans of action, and you are likely to be favoured with His company.

Remember His presence may be had. His promise is as true as ever. He delights to be with us....  He will reveal Himself to our earnest prayers, and graciously suffer Himself to be detained by our entreaties, and by our tears, for these are the golden chains which bind Jesus to His people.

His promise certainly is as true as ever!

Spurgeon goes on to say:

The rush cannot grow without mire, but plants of the Lord's right hand planting can and do flourish even in the year of drought. A godly man often grows best when his worldly circumstances decay. He who follows Christ for his bag is a Judas; they who follow for loaves and fishes are children of the devil; but they who attend Him out of love to Himself are His own beloved ones. Lord, let me find my Thee, and not in the mire of this world's favour or gain.

What a comfort to know Christ is with us just as much today as when the events of the bible took place.  We have only to believe and trust.  Even (or especially) in the moments when it is easier to feel abandoned.  When it is tempting to call out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?". The bible is full of times when God lead His people in a direction that required complete dependance upon Him without doubt!
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