The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Yesterday, I was convinced.
Convinced that I was Yours.
Today, the doubt returned.
And dark thoughts broke out like blotches on bruised skin.
Murderous, muck-crusted brain waves,
Bent out of shape, bent like twisted metal, bent on murdering my spirit.
Spirit, spiritual muck-raker, breathe Your fresh air on polluted thoughts.
Storm clouds cling to skyscraper opinions, reaching high to Heaven, but not reaching it.
Blow the dust away. Dirt devils must not linger anymore here.
Twisted feelings smash everything. Shatter windows. Shake my foundations. They make holes in my promises. Holes in my skin. Holes upon my heart.
Everyday, the thoughts break through and bleed out and flow.
Everyday, You must convince me once more.
The Gospel is very simply Jesus Christ.
Who among us is tired of hearing of the Lord Jesus Christ?
He is the Son of God, the Son of Man, sent into this world to be born of a virgin, that He might be sinless, that He might be born under the Law to keep the very Law that you and I break day after day after day.
The perfect sinless Son of God has perfectly met all the requirements of God’s Law and is ready to give His righteousness to us that we would have a perfect standing before God.
Then, He went to a cross. There He was lifted up to die.
There, upon that cross, the sins of everyone who would believe in Him were transferred to Him.
And Him who knew no sin God made to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.
The great exchange of the cross—the worst about me laid upon Him, the best about Him now to be laid upon me.
As He shed His blood upon that cross, He reconciled sinful men to a holy God.
There is no other way for us to have a relationship with an infinitely holy God except through the blood of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And it was by His sin-bearing, substitutionary, vicarious death upon that cross, it was as if He took sinful man in one hand and holy God in the other hand and brought the two together through His death.
By that death, He satisfied the righteous anger of God and appeased His wrath towards all who would believe in Him.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
It was through that death that He redeemed sinners out of the slave market of sin and redeemed us out of the tyranny of Satan’s grip upon our lives.
It was by that death that Jesus Christ has provided now salvation free for all who will call upon His name.
He was taken down from that cross.
He said, “It is finished”—not “I am finished”—“It is finished.”
He had completed the mission of salvation that He had come into this world to accomplish.
He was buried in the rich man’s tomb.
And on the third day, by all the power that was in Him as the Son of God, He raised Himself from the dead.
He came walking out of that tomb a risen, living, victorious Savior.
He ascended back to Heaven, is now seated at the right hand of God the Father.
And whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
He is mighty to save unto the uttermost all who call upon Him.
To call upon the Lord Jesus Christ is to look away from yourself, to look away from religion, to look away from your church, to look away from your denomination, to look away from your baptism and church membership and all of your good works, and to look exclusively to the Lord Jesus Christ.
He says, “Him who comes unto me, I will in no wise cast out.”
He loves to save sinners.
He is the friend of sinners.
He came to seek and to save that which is lost.
He came not for the righteous; He came for those who are unrighteous.
He is a good Physician.
He has come not for those who are well, but for those who are sick.
Will you tell Him this moment what a sinner you are?
Will you tell Him how sick you are by sin? That you are unable to save yourself?
Would you call upon Him?
Say: “Lord Jesus, save me! I am a wretched, hell-bound sinner! But Your grace is being offered to sinners like me.”
If you would call upon His name this very moment, I promise you by the authority of the Word of God, that He will save you. He will save you today.
He will wash your sins away.
You will be clean and pure from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.
He says, “Come, let us reason together. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be white as wool.”
If you call upon Him, He will give you His righteousness.
It is a free gift!
There is nothing you could do to earn it. There is nothing you can do to merit it.
He will clothe you with the perfect garments of His righteousness.
And as God looks upon you, there will be a covering for your sin.
He will see only the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ covering the entirety of who you are, your sin-sick soul.
You will find acceptance with God.
And one day, when you die, He will take you into the very presence of the Father and present you faultless before the throne of God.
He says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.”
Peter said, “There is salvation in no other name for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
Paul says, “There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, the testimony born at the proper time.”
If you turn away from this free offer of the Gospel, there is no hope for your soul.
You will be trampling underfoot the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I want to say to you: Hell cannot be hot enough for you to hear this message, to hear this truth, and to refuse the Lord Jesus Christ, who suffered and bled and died upon Calvary’s cross to save sinners.
If you refuse the Gospel, your blood is on your own hands, and you will suffer in Hell forever under the torment of the wrath of God.
You will be among the torment of the damned, and you will never find relief for your soul.
But today, the gates of Paradise are swung open to you, and you may come in and you may enter.
And Jesus says, “Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for you will find rest for your souls. For my burden is easy and my yoke is light.”
How hard it is for you to continue to live a life of sin!
How glorious it would be to come into the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ and to receive His salvation!
This is a decisive moment in your life.
You may never have an opportunity like this again where the Gospel is so clearly being presented to you.
And so I beg you, I urge you, if you are not saved, if you are not committed to this moment, commit your life to Jesus Christ.
He will receive you. He will save you. He will wash you.
And one day, He will take you to Heaven, where you will spend all eternity with Him.
This is the greatest offer that has ever been made to anyone on this earth.
This is the glorious Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ.
So I would urge you this moment, if you have never believed upon Jesus Christ, in your heart of hearts, say: “Lord Jesus, I am a sinner, and You are a Savior. I am a great sinner; You are a great Savior. And now, this moment, as an act of my will, I commit all that I am to You.”
If you have never done that, I would urge you to do so this very moment.
No question is ‘anon’:
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.
139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20 For they speak against You wickedly,
And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
Tenth Avenue North - “Forgive Me”
I hear You calling out my name, Lord
But I can’t look You in the eye
So I, I just stay away
I tried and tasted what’s forbidden
And it filled me with delight
But now I’m still hungry inside
Forgive me, forgive me, Lord
For living like I’m not Yours
I forget how kind You are
You are light for my foolish heart
1. Deny yourself.
2. Take up your cross daily.
3. Follow Jesus.