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Divine Contentment

DIVINE CONTENTMENT Thomas Watson   “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” Philippians 4 v 11   These words are brought in by way of prolepsis (the anticipation and prevention of an objection). The apostle had in the former verses laid down many grave and heavenly exhortations; among the rest, to be careful for nothing (do not be over concerned for anything). Not to exclude, 1. A prudential care: For “he that provideth, not for…

Godliness is Great Gain

GODLINESS IS GREAT GAIN Thomas Watson   O the joy, the peace, the comfort, the rest that saints meet with in the ways and service of God! They find that religious services are not empty things, but things in which God is pleased to discover his beauty and glory to their souls. “My soul thirsts for God,” says David, “that I might see thy beauty and thy glory, as I have seen thee in thy sanctuary.” O the sweet looks,…

Spiritual Warfare

  WE WRESTLE By William Gurnall- (1617 – 1679) “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood” Ephesians 6 vs 12 The Christian’s state in this life is set out by the word wrestling. The wrestling or conflicting state of a Christian in this life is rendered observable here by a threefold circumstance. FIRST, The sharpness of the combat. SECOND, The universality of the combat. THIRD, The permanency of this combat. FIRST. The sharpness of the combat. The kind of…

Christ The Exemplar Preacher

THE BEST PREACHER By Thomas Watson (1620 – 1686)  ‘He went up.’ He in whom there was a combination of virtues, a constellation of beauties. He whose lips were not only sweet as the honey-comb, but did drop as the honey-comb. His words, an oracle; his works, a miracle; his life, a pattern; his death, a sacrifice. ‘He went up into a mountain and taught., Jesus Christ was every way ennobled and qualified for the work of the ministry. (i)…

The Christian Pilgrim

You Sold But God Sent  Genesis Chapter 45 narrates a wonderful passage on the life of Joseph who finally reveals himself to his brothers after loudly weeping before them, not in sorrow or in self pity, but probably with relief, love and joy at the sight of his beloved brothers and most especially his nearest sibling Benjamin. It seems also that Joseph is overwhelmed with the wondrous works of God in his life over the years from his childhood dreams to…

Wilt Thou Indeed Rule Over Us

We Have Come to Worship Him   The account of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded in the two gospels of Matthew and Luke is filled with much drama as well as intrigue. Matthew seeks to speak to a largely Jewish Audience while Luke addresses Gentile readers. In the account written by Matthew he recounts the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ’s humanity connecting Him to Abraham and David as well as Joseph, who though not related to the Lord as a father through…

Foolish Presumption

The LORD Is Not Among You  Numbers chapter 14 records an incidence where the people of Israel rouse themselves to venture into the land that God had promised presuming He would approve, (perhaps filled with some sort of remorse at God’s judgment of those who had brought an evil report from their surveying of the land of Canaan and in a seeming bid to placate the Lord’s wrath). Moses the man of God’s own choosing however warns them of the dangerous…

Longing for God’s Relief – Psalm 55

Oh that I had the Wings of a Dove   David has been betrayed by his beloved son Absalom, his fatherhood despised by a son whom he was blessed with, a son whom he raised with a benevolent fatherly kindness that was boundless and now that very same son has taken the sharpest of knives and stabbed his father’s heart to his face. Worse still the people that he was made to rule over have taken counsel together to join together…