Sunday, March 27, 2016

  Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
  Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
  Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
  Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

  Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;
  Your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.
  No other work but Yours, no other blood will do;
  No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely through.

  Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin;
  Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.
  Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord, to Thee,
  Can rid me of this dark unrest, And set my spirit free.

  I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;
  And with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Savior mine.
  His cross dispels each doubt; I bury in His tomb
  Each thought of unbelief and fear, each lingering shade of gloom.

  I praise the God of grace; I trust His truth and might;
  He calls me His, I call Him mine, My God, my joy and light.
  ’Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;
  I love because He loveth me, I live because He lives.
                                                    Horatius Bonar

Looking unto Jesus.....Hebrews 12:2

It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus."  All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within.  But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self:  He tells us that we are nothing, but that "Christ is all in all."  Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ's blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.  We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.  If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by "looking unto Jesus."  Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at night look to Him.  Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.
                                                                                                                                     C. H. Spurgeon

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