Wednesday, May 23, 2007

NEVER

This should be an encouragement to all the Elect......

by J. C. Ryle
"I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you" Hebrews 13:5

Let every believer grasp these words and store them up in his heart.

Keep them ready, and have them fresh in your memory; you will need them one day.

The Philistines will be upon you,
the hand of sickness will lay you low,
the king of terrors will draw near,
the valley of the shadow of death
will open up before your eyes.

Then comes the hour when you will find nothing so comforting as a text like this, nothing so cheering as a real sense of God's companionship.

Stick to that word, "never". It is worth its weight in gold. Cling to it as a drowning man clings to a rope. Grasp it firmly, as a soldier attacked on all sides grasps his sword. God has said, and He will stand to it, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you."

NEVER! Though YOUR HEART be often faint, and you are sick of self, and your many failures and infirmities overwhelm you even then the promise will not fail.

NEVER! Though THE DEVIL whispers, "I shall have you at last; yet a little time and your faith will fail, and you will be mine." Even then the Word of God will stand.

NEVER! When the cold chill of DEATH is creeping over you, and friends can do no more, and you are starting on that journey from which there is no return even then Christ will not forsake you.

NEVER! When the day of JUDGMENT comes, and the books are opened, and the dead are rising from their graves, and eternity is beginning- even then the promise will bear all your weight; Christ will not leave His hold on your soul.

Oh believing reader, trust in the Lord for ever, for He says, "I will never leave you."

Lean back all your weight upon Him, do not be afraid. Glory in His promise.Rejoice in the strength of your consolation.

You may say boldly, "The Lord is my Helper, I will not fear."

Cristina

13 comments:

luvvom said...

This is exactly what God has been showing me. Though I turn my face away from Him to things that I love He doesn't turn from me but gently pulls me back to Him and through that time showing me how His salvation sanctification of my soul comes only from Him and not from my filthy rags. I've been giving a lot of attention to something else in my life instead of Him and He has been showing my error...thank you for this quote.

Baptist Girl said...
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Baptist Girl said...

Hi Sarah,
The one part of the quote that spoke to me the most is
"NEVER! Though YOUR HEART be often faint, and you are sick of self, and your many failures and infirmities overwhelm you even then the promise will not fail"

I need to remember this, even those times He will never forsake me.. I need NEVER doubt that He will leave me, He will stand firm beside me, guide me, most of all NEVER stop loving me even in those times.

Cristina

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

That was a great post. Thank you. "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear." connie from Texas

mark pierson said...

Cristina, I echo your thoughts here..."The one part of the quote that spoke to me the most is
"NEVER! Though YOUR HEART be often faint, and you are sick of self, and your many failures and infirmities overwhelm you even then the promise will not fail"

Thanks for posting this!
Mark

Jungle Mom said...

"I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you" Hebrews 13:5
How many times have I clung to that?

Julie's Jewels said...

This is something I have to constantly remind some ladies of in our church who go through tough times. Do I always remember it myself...not hardly...but I try to. Great post and great reminder.

Maxine said...

Christina!
Now I know you are my friend! You have quoted from my absolute favorite. In fact, I am reading through Matthew, with J.C. Ryle by my side right now. I often quote him on my blogs too.
Isn't the emphasis on the work "never" a wonderful reminder to us as we trudge through the trials of this life? God bless you for this post.

Baptist Girl said...

Your aawelcome Connie.

Your Welcome Mark. I am so thankful for His promises.

Rita,
SOmethin I cling too also.

Julie,
I know how you feel sis!

Maxine,
My Husband also loves J.C. Ryles, he has a lot of his books. "Never" is such a wonderful word to meditate on concerning Our Lord.

Thank you all for your wonderful comments.

Cristina

Gojira said...

Cristina,

This was an awesomely beautiful post.

Baptist Girl said...

douglas,
thank you.

Cristina

mark pierson said...

We want more. We want more. We want more.

Pam said...

A very inspirational post. Very encouraging! Thank you!