Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Not a Super Woman

 Monday, October 31, 2016
6:46 a.m.

All is dark as I maneuver our charcoal van through the curvy streets that lead to the airport rendezvous spot. Three sleepy eyed, rosy-cheeked boys nestle in the back as Jason and I share a few final words.

The serious mini bus rollover accident he was involved in in his last trip to Haiti has left its mark on our lives. Every moment we have together as a family has become just that much more precious. Knowing that we can’t add a single moment to our lives fills with me peace; our heavenly Father is completely trustworthy and in control.

Before long we’ve reached the parking area and I help unload Jason’s backpack and carryon. Another HFL staff member is already waiting and when she peeks into the back of the van full of boys she remarks how I must be some superwoman. I laugh and shake my head.

After saying our goodbyes I head back home and think about her comment. I’m definitely not a superwoman but I do serve a super God! Because of who God is, when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10b) He grants me wisdom; making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:7) And He renews my strength; Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31) He never leaves me or forsakes me and upholds me by His righteous right hand.  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

How great is our God!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Repent and Believe

“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” Charles Spurgeon.

Heaven is for real, but so is Hell. It’s not something pleasant to think or talk about but that doesn’t mean the topic should be avoided. There are serious consequences for those who willfully refuse to believe and obey the gospel and as a believer we need to take this seriously. But don’t just take my word for it. Instead lets look to God and His Word for the truth.

2 Thes 1:8-10
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Matthew 13:50
And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Revelations 14:11
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Isaiah 66:24
And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against Me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

Ezekiel 18:23
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Ezekiel 33:11
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Isaiah 65:2
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

Isaiah 55:6-8
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 John 4:10
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Mark 1:15
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Romans 10:9
 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Acts 16:31 
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Hebrews 13:15
While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Hebrews 3:13
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

“We are not called to proclaim philosophy and metaphysics, but the simple gospel. Man’s fall, his need of a new birth, forgiveness through atonement, and salvation as the result of faith, these are our battle-ax and weapons of war.” Spurgeon

“If there existed only one man or woman who did not love the Saviour, and if that person lived among the wilds of Siberia, and if it were necessary that all the millions of believers on the face of the earth should journey there, and every one of them plead with him to come to Jesus before he could be converted, it would be well worth all the zeal, labour, and expense. If we had to preach to thousands year after year, and never rescued but one soul, that one soul would be full reward for all our labour, for a soul is of countless price.” Spurgeon

“God save us from living in comfort while sinners are sinking into hell!” Spurgeon

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Joy in Abiding

“You can come over anytime!” I tell my friend as I say goodbye to her on our front step. “I don’t get out much!” I add jokingly, but it is true. Other than church, Bible study and groceries I find it easier to simply stay home with our boys.  And maybe from the world’s perspective my life may seem boring, ordinary, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth!  What joy and contentment can be found simply abiding in Christ, walking with Him everyday and following His directions! No wealth, fame, excitement or anything else in the world can compare to finding my daily contentment, peace, hope, joy, and love in Him!

Jesus says in John 10:10b I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Spurgeon says “There is no joy in this world like union with Christ. The more we can feel it, the happier we are.”

Jesus says in John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. And Paul writes in Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

How do you abide in Christ? James 4:8 says Draw night to God, and He will draw nigh to you.  Psalm 86:12 says I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. And Proverbs 3:5-6 says Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Lately God’s been impressing on me that it only takes a small spark to start a great fire. You don’t have to have any great talents, or be special in the world’s eyes to be used by Him to draw others to Him. Jesus says in Matthew 4:19b Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And how exciting it is when God allows you to play a small part in drawing others to Him and you gain spiritual brothers and sisters! Jesus says in Luke 15:7a I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth,

And finally, abiding in Him we can look ahead with confidence. And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.1 John 2:28 We don’t have to fear the future, instead as we abide in Him we long for the time when we will see Him face to face.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Glory to God!

I look up as I feel the first raindrops land on my face. I’d better hurry! Quick as a flash I plug in the extension cord and then start the weed eater. I really want to have the yard all done before Jason hopes to return tomorrow. Ignoring the water droplets that are now beginning to soak through my T-shirt I make quick work of clearing up the grass around the garden boxes. Right as I’m finishing it makes some strange noise and quits. I flip it over to see that its run out of string. Good timing! At least I’m finished! I quickly put it under cover and grab the lawn mower. As fast as I can I mow the final patches that I hadn’t finished this morning; then emptying the grass clipping in the compost bin I quickly park the lawn mower back in the shed.

Noticing a few stray weeds in my garden I slip on my garden gloves and get to work. Not minding the rain now, I let the wet drops cool my warm face. I know it doesn’t have to look perfect, but I still want everything to look nice for Jason when he comes home. Lately he’s taken over the yard work, but I didn’t want him to come home after 3 weeks to knee-deep grass and weeds!

Just today, I had bought his favorite food and snacks and stocked the fridge and pantry so he could just come home and relax! I really can’t wait to have him home again!

Looking up from the dirt between my gloved fingers I suddenly notice a beautiful double rainbow.  

Looking at it I’m reminded of God’s covenant promise in Genesis that He would never again destroy the earth with water. How awesome to still see that same token in the sky today! It’s like I can almost hear His voice say, “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.”(Gen 9:13)

Standing in wonder, I’m reminded of my recent devotional study on our purpose in life; one of them being to bring glory to God. C.S. Lewis said. “In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”  “God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving and delight, not duty." (R. Warren) J. Piper notes, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

And it’s true, I really feel like I’ve been looking to God for everything lately, especially these last three weeks when I haven’t had Jason to lean on. God gives me joy and peace and wisdom. He’s the one I turn to when I struggle. He refocuses me time and time again. 

Earlier today when I was wandering around Walmart with my 3 boys doing my grocery shopping I was suddenly reminded of the words: and afterwards….into glory. But I couldn’t remember what that middle word was! Was it lead me into glory? No, that wasn’t it! Finally I remembered! It was receive me into glory! How beautiful it is that when our journey on earth is over that God will receive us into glory! (Psalm 73:24)

And how awesome it is to glorify Him here during our short time on earth!
R. Warren says:  “Worship is far more than praising, singing and praying to God. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving Him, and giving ourselves to be used for His purpose. The Bible says, yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13b. When you use your life for God’s glory, everything you do can become an act of worship."

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Beautiful British Columbia

Jason arrived safely in Haiti this morning  and as I now have some extra free time in the evenings again, I was going through some of my recent photos. 

We sure do live in a beautiful place! 

All glory goes to God Who created everything!

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 

Forasmuch as there is none like unto Thee, O LORD, Thou art great, and Thy name is great in might.  Jeremiah 10:6

Everyday will I bless Thee; and I will praise Thy name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:2

Friday, June 17, 2016

Winter - Spring Update

(I was just looking when I wrote our last family update and noticed it was October! 
Although I've done blog posts since, no updates, so here goes!)

Fall in Canada slowly faded to winter.

The air became cooler and Canadian geese filled the skies in swarms, honking their noisy goodbyes. 

I still loved admiring the changing skies and the colourful sunsets; God is an incredible Artist!

Our two youngest boys experienced the magic of their first snowfall; side by side!

They soon learned that snow was not only fun to watch, but also super fun to play in!

The snow scenery was breathtaking, of course.

And so were the snow sunsets.

The boys were quickly introduced to sledding, skating and snowboarding, and thought it was all just grand!

It was also special being able to celebrate Christmas with our families for the first time in 8 years!

Jason travelled multiple times back and forth to Haiti and looking through his pictures I couldn't help but marvel at how different the two worlds really were!

He loves the work he is doing, and comes home full of excitement over plans, and projects and people, and development. He also gets to see first hand how God is at working in the lives of partners in Canada, Haiti and all around the world! I do get a tiny bit jealous every now and then. 

In his spare time, he's also been busy upgrading his education so he is now a licensed EMR (Emergency Medical Responder/Paramedic ) and an IFSAC certified Firefighter.

In December he joined the firehall again and when his pager goes off he is out the door in a flash.

With all the 'hats' he wears and many talents he has, I am just thankful to have him in our lives and how he makes our family a priority!

Winter didn't hang around too long, and before we knew it spring was here with her fragrant blossoms, and tranquil sunshine.

I of course, took 100's many photo's of the blossoms, but will only share a couple of my favourites!

To my surprise, chickadees soon moved into my tiny, 'just for show', honeymoon suite, and we soon had the pleasure of listening to tiny chirping babies!

The 3 boys all celebrated birthdays, and we were thankful for another year they were spared.

With the rising temperatures, they were excited to be able to run around outdoors once again!

Jayden only has 1 week of school left and told me he is actually sad the school year is almost over! He really enjoys school and has thankfully transitioned really well. Here he is dressed up for one of his recent field trips.

I'm really enjoying my role as a wife and stay-at-home mom. Being a home-maker has always been a dream of mine and I love it!

I've also enjoyed gardening and watching everything in our yard grow!

I've also really enjoyed attending and participating in two women's Bible studies. I love studying the Bible and I love digging deep into God's Word with other ladies, so being part of the studies has been a great blessing to me!

I still wake up an hour early each morning to spend time at Jesus's feet, which has truly been the most worthwhile thing I've done in my life. Jesus says in Matthew 11:29 "...Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." And it's true. He gives rest; He gives joy; He gives peace; and like I tell Jason sometimes, "He turns my chaos back into order!" I love God and pray daily that my heart will be wholly committed to Him!  

Jesus said to Martha that Mary who sat at His feet had "chosen the good part." Will you? 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"I Can't Just Believe"

I remember as a teenager struggling with Bible verses like John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. and Acts 16:31 and they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. and Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

I struggled with these verses because I didn’t think I could ‘just believe’; it seemed too simple, too hard and too presumptuous all at once!

How can you believe?

Well Spurgeon explains it simply in His book ‘Around the Wicket Gate’.

It may be that the reader feels a difficulty in believing. Let him consider. We cannot believe by an immediate act. The state of mind which we describe as believing is a result, following upon certain former states of mind. We come to faith by degrees. There may be such a thing as faith at first sight; but usually we reach faith by stages: we become interested, we consider, we hear evidence, we are convinced, and so led to believe. If, then, I wish to believe, but for some reason or other find that I cannot attain to faith, what shall I do? Shall I stand like a cow staring at a new gate; or shall I, like an intelligent being, use the proper means? If I wish to believe anything, what shall I do? We will answer according to the rules of common sense.

Evidence weighed and knowledge obtained lead up to faith. It is true that faith in Jesus is the gift of God: but yet He usually bestows it in accordance with the laws of mind, and hence we are told that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”. (Romans 10:17) If you want to believe in Jesus, hear about Him, read about Him, think about Him, know about Him, and so you will find faith springing up in your heart, like the wheat which comes up through the moisture and the heat operating upon the seed which has been sown.

If you would know Jesus, get as near to Him as you can by studying His character, and appealing to His love.

Be much in reading about the Lord Jesus. The books of Scripture are the lilies among which He feedeth. The Bible is the window through which we may look and see our Lord. Read over the story of His sufferings and death with devout attention, and before long the Lord will cause faith secretly to enter your soul.

Be much in hearing concerning Jesus. Souls by hundreds come to faith in Jesus under a ministry which sets Him forth clearly and constantly. Few remain unbelieving under a preacher whose great subject is Christ crucified. Hear no minister of any other sort. There are such. I have heard of one who found in his pulpit Bible a paper bearing this text, “Sir, we would see Jesus”. Go to the place of worship to see Jesus; and if you cannot even hear the mention of His name, take yourself off to another place where He is more thought of, and is therefore more likely to be present.

If hearing and reading suffice not, then deliberately set your mind to work to overhaul the matter, and have it out. Either believe, or know the reason why you do not believe. See the matter through to the utmost of your ability, and pray God to help you to make a thorough investigation, and to come to an honest decision one way or the other. Consider who Jesus was, and whether the constitution of His Person does not entitle Him to confidence. Consider what He did, and whether this also must not be good ground for trust. Consider Him as dying, rising from the dead, ascending, and ever living to intercede for transgressors; and see whether this does not entitle Him to be relied on by you. Then cry to Him, and see if He does not hear you.

When enquirers accept the Bible as literally true, and see that Jesus is really given to all who trust Him, all the difficulty about understanding the way of salvation vanishes like the morning’s frost at the rising of the sun.

The change which comes over the heart when the understanding grasps the gospel is often reflected in the face, and shines there like the light of heaven. Such newly enlightened souls often exclaim, “Why, sir, it is so plain; how is it I have not seen it before this? I understand all I have read in the Bible now, though I could not make it out before. It has all come in a minute, and now I see what I could never understand before.”

The fact is, the truth was always plain, but they were looking for signs and wonders, and therefore did not see what was nigh them.

How unprofitable is the diligence which busies itself in finding out reasons why faith in our case should not be saving! We have God’s word for it, that whosoever believeth in Jesus shall not perish, and we search for arguments why we should perish if we did believe.

But you fear that you may not be one of those for whom the promise is intended. Do not be alarmed by that idle suspicion. No soul ever came to Jesus wrongly. No one can come at all unless the Father draw him; (John 6:44) and Jesus has said, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”  (John 6:37) No soul ever lays hold on Christ in a way of robbery; he that hath Him hath Him of right divine; for the Lord’s giving of Himself for us, and to us, is so free, that every soul that takes Him has a grace-given right to do so. 

If you lay hold on Jesus by the hem of His garment, without leave, and behind Him, yet virtue will flow from Him to you as surely as if He had called you out by name, and bidden you trust Him. Dismiss all fear when you trust the Saviour. Take Him and welcome, He that believeth in Jesus is one of God’s elect. 

Did you suggest that it would be a horrible thing if you were to trust in Jesus and yet perish? It would be so. But as you must perish if you do not trust, the risk at the worst is not very great.
“I can but perish if I go;
I am resolved to try;
For if I stay away,
I know I must for ever die.” 

Now, troubled seeker, if it be so, that your minister, and many others in whom you confide, have found perfect peace and rest in the gospel, why should not you? Is the Spirit of the Lord straitened? Do not His words do good to them that walk uprightly? Will not you also try their saving virtue?

Most true is the gospel, for God is its Author. Believe it. Most able is the Saviour, for He is the Son of God. Trust Him. Most powerful is His precious blood. Look to it for pardon. Most loving is His gracious heart. Run to it at once. 

Thus would I urge the reader to seek faith; but if he be unwilling, what more can I do? I have brought the horse to the water, but I cannot make him drink. This, however, be it remembered—unbelief is wilful when evidence is put in a man’s way, and he refuses carefully to examine it. He that does not desire to know, and accept the truth, has himself to thank if he dies with a lie in his right hand. It is true that “he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”: it is equally true that “he that believeth not shall be damned”."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I Know Whom I Have Believed

Last week I felt God directing me to write about faith, in all its simplicity, and since then new thoughts have been forming; specifically on, Who is it that we have faith in? Is He trustworthy? Is He true? Can you count on Him? Is anything to hard for Him? What has He done?

Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:12: For I know Whom I have believed, and it's important that you and I can say the same thing as well.

In Hosea 4:6 it says: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: and in Jeremiah 23 and 24a God speaks: Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me

I know you can spend a lifetime sitting at God's feet and still not know everything there is to know about God, but do you know that your view and knowledge of Him affects every aspect of your life?

The knowledge that you can trust Him, that He is always good, that He knows, that He cares, that nothing is outside of His control and that He has a plan, and even though you may not understand it, His ways and thoughts are higher and better that ours and we can rest in that, makes all the difference in how we life our life!

But, going back to His salvation, the question is, do you take Him at His Word?
In Numbers 23:18 it says: God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the Son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?

Spurgeon says in his book the Wicket Gate:

"If men were afraid to disbelieve, there would be good sense in the fear; but to be afraid to trust their God is at best an absurdity," (Page 37)

"We have God's word for it, that whosoever believeth in Jesus shall not perish, and we search for arguments why we should perish if we did believe." (Page 37)

"If the Lord is satisfied to save me through the merits of His dear Son, assuredly I may be satisfied to be so saved. If I take God at His word, the responsibility of fulfilling His promise does not lie with me, but with God, who made the promise." (Page 37)  

"But one moans, "What if I come to Christ, and He refuses me?" My answer is, "Try Him." You will be the first whom He has shut the door of hope. Friend, don't cross that bridge till you come it it! When Jesus casts you out, it will be time enough to despair; but that time will never come. "This man receiveth sinners": He has not so much as begun to cast them out." (Page 39)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mission Garage Sale, Plant Sale, Luncheon and Car Wash

Please come to our Mission Garage Sale, Plant Sale, Luncheon and Car Wash! Saturday May 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Chilliwack Free Reformed Church on 45471 Yale Road. All proceeds go to support our work with Hungry for Life.  If you have items you would like to donate they can be dropped off at the church the day before. If you would like to help out please email us at jwkrul@gmail.com. More volunteers are still needed! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


As a child, and even a teenager, I thought that salvation was very mysterious and confusing. I thought salvation must be what Saul experienced on the road to Damascus, and that if I were to be saved, I would need to have some type of similar experience myself.

Acts 9:3-9
And as he journeyed, he (Saul) came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

So I prayed and waited, but nothing happened.

It wasn’t until I was a little older that God directed me to the words in John 3:14&15: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

And John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

And Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

We know we are sinners:
 Romans 3:32 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

And sin results in death:
Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death;

But do you know that God has provided a way whereby we can be saved?
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23b but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Come to Jesus, place your trust in Him, look to Him and Him alone for your salvation and you will be saved!

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Spurgeon, in his book, the Wicket Gate, puts it like this:

“All the sound doctrine that ever was believed will never save a man unless he puts his trust in the Lord Jesus for himself.”  (Page 21)

“The plan of salvation is most blessed, but it can avail us nothing unless we personally believe in the Lord Jesus Christ Himself." (Page 23)

“To many, faith seems a hard thing. The truth is, it is only hard because it is easy.” (Page 29)

“People think that salvation must be the result of some act or feeling, very mysterious, and very difficult; but God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways. In order that the feeblest and most ignorant may be saved, He has made the way of salvation as easy as the A,B,C. There is nothing about it to puzzle anyone; only, as everybody expects to be puzzled by it, many are quite bewildered when they find it so exceedingly simple." (Page 29)

“The fact is, we do not believe that God means what He is saying; we act as if it could not be true.” (Page 29 )

“Faith is so simple a matter that, whenever I try to explain it, I am very fearful lest I should becloud its simplicity.” (Page 34)

“Just so, eternal life is free and it can be had, yea, it shall be at once had, by trusting in the Word of Him who cannot lie. Trust Christ, and by that trust you grasp salvation and eternal life. Do not philosophize. Do not sit down, and bother your poor brain. Just believe Jesus as you would believe your father.” (Page 35)

“Faith is trusting, trusting wholly upon the person, work, merit and power of the Son of God. Some think this trust is a romantic business, but indeed it is the simplest thing that can possibly be. To some of us, truths, which were once hard to believe, are now matter of fact, which we should find it hard to doubt.” (Page 35)

“But oh, how simple it is to us who have the new life, and have communion with spiritual realities! We have a Father to whom we speak, and He hears us, and a blessed Saviour who hears our heart’s longings, and helps us in our struggles against sin. It is all plain to him that understandeth. May it now be plain to you!” (Page 36)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Come, Do Not Delay

"How do you know if you feel your misery enough to be saved?" I'm sitting diagonally across from my friend in my living room as we discuss salvation and am suddenly reminded of the scriptures God had directed me to several years ago regarding this topic. 

"Hold on a second! I can try explain it to you, but God's Word is so much more powerful and I know I have a whole list of scriptures of who can come to Christ that I posted on my blog awhile back."

I reach for my phone and quickly scan the archives. Sure enough it doesn't take long for me to find the one I'm looking for and I spend the next little while sharing the truths with her.

November 18, 2014
Port au Prince, Haiti

As I lay in bed last night all these verses were pieced together in my heart. This morning they were still there, so in the grayness of early dawn I slipped out of my bed and wrote them down. 

Who can come to Jesus for salvation?
Well, are you a child? Or do you feel burdened? Or do you thirst for righteousness? Do you have nothing to bring? Are your sins like scarlet? Or do you simply want to come? The Bible says you may. Jesus says 'Come'. This is the glorious gospel. The good news; Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 

Matthew 11:28-29 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirstethcome ye to the waters, and he that hath no moneycome ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 

Revelations 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirscome. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 

John 6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

"So the Bible doesn't talk about a certain level of understanding of your misery or lost condition that needs to be reached before you can come to Christ." I tell my friend now.

Charles Surgeon explains in this way:

"If I start up in a fright, and find my house on fire, I do not sit down at the edge of the bed, and say to myself, "I hope I am truly awakened! Indeed, I am deeply grateful that I am not left to sleep on!" No, I want to escape from threatened death, and so I hasten to the door or to the window, that I may get out, and may not perish where I am. It would be a questionable boon to be aroused, and yet not to escape from the danger."

"Our awakenings are not to help the Saviour, but to help us to the Saviour"

"Are you willing to remain an awakened one, and nothing more? Are you not eager to be at once forgiven? If you would tarry in anguish and dread, surely you, too, must be a little out of your mind! If peace is to be had, have it at once! Why tarry in the darkness of the pit, wherein your feet may sink in the miry clay? There is light to be had; marvellous and heavenly; why lie in gloom and die in anguish? You do not know how near salvation is to you."

"It is not what you feel that will save you, but what Jesus felt. Even if there were some healing value in feelings, they would have to be good ones; and the feeling which makes us doubt the power of Christ to save, and prevents our finding salvation in him, is by no means a good one,  but a cruel wrong to the love of Jesus. "
(Around the Wicket Gate, Charles Spurgeon)

A child may have very little understanding of how truly lost they are without Christ, but still Jesus tells them to come. Your sins may be horrendous, but still He tells you to come. You may be hungering and thirsting for righteousness, as you struggle with your failures and shortcomings, and so He calls to you to come to Him. Your life may be full of burdens and struggles to great for you to bear or you may simply have the desire to come. Either way, don't delay, "Come, Come," He says "and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37)

"To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." (Hebrews 3:15b)