Finding the Rare Jewel


Finding The Rare Jewel
A Series of Short Notes
The True Riches of Contentment
Contentment Note #2
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“A poor man or woman who has but a little with grace, lives a more contented life than his rich neighbor who has a great income; we find it so ordinarily though they have but little, yet they have a secret blessing of God with it, which they cannot express to anyone else.”_Jeremiah Burroughs

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Herein is a great truth that the unbelieving man or woman does not understand. That God’s people who are rich in Christ have the greatest riches, more than any other man or woman, because we have the royal riches of Christ’s kingdom here on earth and the eternal riches of heaven to come. We know that we are pilgrims on the earth and that it is temporary and that the “goods and riches of this world” are but for a moment and can never truly satisfy our souls. The “true riches” of Christ and His gift of salvation and its fruit of love, joy, peace, and His eternal rest truly satisfies the believer’s soul and life. There is no greater contentment and no greater riches.

Why Seek Worldly Riches?

The Lord has said in His Word, what would it profit a man if he gained the whole world and lost his own soul? [Mark 8:36] It would only profit him an eternity in hell. Thus those that are outside of Christ, seeking the riches, power, prosperity and gold of this world, without Christ, can never truly be contented and happy. Each day they must worry about tomorrow and whether it will all be lost and then they will have “nothing.” As a woman cried after a great disaster of fire burning down her house, “I have nothing, my whole life was in that house, my life is over, everything of value to my life was in that house.” Thus, she was despondent and ready to die too because her life and happiness was totally caught up in the things she possessed. How pitiful, how sad, how lost, but how different it is for us. We may be poor or rich, failures or successful, own little or own much, lose all or gain all, but our lives are not trusting in uncertain riches and things that “rust or corrupt, or where thieves break through and steal,” [Mat 6:19] but in the true riches, the Lord Jesus Christ.

King David saw this truth in Psalm 73:3-20:

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so,O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.”

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A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.” Psalm 37:16

So then my friends, those who are “in Christ” are the truly rich, blessed and contented and the little of this life is nothing to be compared to the glory we have in Him now by grace and throughout eternity. Thanks be to God for all of His gifts!

Generous God, how blessed and wealthy are those whose hope and trust is in Thee! You are our God, our Sovereign King, and we bow before you in thanksgiving and humility for the great gift of eternal life that You have given to us. We are heirs of Your Kingdom and wear the royal robes of Your righteousness. Grace us with contentment in You alone and we shall be rich indeed. Bless you for unfailing love and grace. We are Your adoring servants, in Jesus Name, Amen.”1/

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1/Short Notes, Excerpts from TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen Bible-Book Study “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment”, “Summary Comments” ©2011-2018 All Rights Reserved
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Law And Jesus

TheologyGirl Spiritual Selections
“Law and Jesus”
April 24 , 2017

What a beautiful description and thoughts that raise us up from the depth of discouragement to the heights of glory that our God, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ has fulfilled the law for us, in our place so that we are forgiven, free and born anew to a glorious life of victory in Christ now and forevermore.  He is with us, in us, leading and directing us, hearing us, controlling all events regarding us both now and forevermore.  We are His focus, His love, His glorious blood-bought adopted children for His purpose and glory.  How can we His children not give Him the glory and every breath, moment of our lives living, breathing and glorifying Him in our bodies, minds and life?  We must, we can, we will because He has willed us to love and obey Him in all things.  Rejoice my friends, you are His and He is yours and you are His now and forever.  Thanks be to God. _TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen

Law & Jesus

“The law in the hands of Jesus becomes alive with God’s own personality. Majestic and authoritative, he is present in every commandment, so absolute in his demands, so observant of our conduct, so intent upon the outcome, that the thought of giving to him less than heart and soul and mind and strength in the product of our moral life ceases to be tolerable to ourselves.”**

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**Geerhardus Vos, “Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness”

 

Let Us Delight In Prayer

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LET US DELIGHT IN PRAYER

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:17

Let us delight in prayer. God loves a cheerful giver in alms, and a cheerful petitioner in prayer. God would have his children free with him. He takes special notice of a spiritual frame, “who hath engaged his heart?” Jer. 30:21. The more delight we have in God, the more delight he will have in us. He takes no pleasure in a lumpish service. It is an uncomely sight to see a joyful sinner and a dumpish petitioner. Why should we not exercise as much joy in holy duties, as formerly we did in sinful practices? How delightfully will men sit at their games, and spend their days in gluttony and luxury? And shall not a Christian find much more delight in applying himself to God? We should delight that we can, and have hearts to ask such gifts, that thousands in the world never dream of begging. To be dull, is a discontentedness with our own petitions.

Delight in prayer is the way to gain assurance. To seek God, and treat him as our chiefest good, endears the soul to him. Delighting in accesses to him, will enflame our love. And there is no greater sign of an interest in him than a powerful estimation of him. God casts off none that affectionately clasp about his throne.

To this purpose,

1. Pray for quickening grace. How often do we find David upon his knees for it? God only gives this grace, and God only stirs this grace.

2. Meditate on the promises you intend to plead. Unbelief is the great root of all dumpishness. It was by the belief of the word we had life at first, and by an exercise of that belief we gain liveliness. What maintains our love will maintain our delight; the amiableness of God, and the excellency of the promises, are the incentives and fuel both of the one and of the other. Think that they are eternal things you are to pray for and that you have as much invitation to beg them, and as good a promise to attain them, as David, Paul, or any other ever had. How would this awaken our drowsy souls, and elevate our heavy hearts, and open the lazy eye-lids to look up! And whatever meditation we find begin to kindle our souls, let us follow it on, that the spark may not go out.

3. Choose the time when your hearts are most revived. Observe when God sends an invitation, and hoist up the sails when the wind begins to blow. There is no Christian but hath one time or an another a greater activeness of spirit. Choose none of those seasons which may quench the heat, and dull the sprightliness of your affection. Resolve beforehand this, to delight yourselves in the Lord, and thereby you shall gain the desire of your hearts.

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An excerpt from “A Discourse Of Delight In Prayer” by Stephen Charnock; ©1997-2017  Study, ReformedWomen-TheologyGirl Bible-Book Studies, JoyPals Network