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Alone With Him
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Only those who are often alone with Him, know the benefit that's derived. We can't be "like God" unless we're much with Him, and we can't live like Him unless we're "like Him".

The Scriptures tell us that Jesus departed into the mountain to be alone with the Father, and that he was often "alone praying."

When Jesus had something of great importance to say to his disciples, he always took them aside from the multitude. When he was transfigured, he took three of his disciples into a mountain...apart from all the world.

When He was one time alone praying with His disciples, he asked them who he was.

Peter answered, "The Christ of God" (Luke 9:18). It was only when He was alone with them and after prayer, that He could bring them into such nearness to Him that they might know in their hearts that "He is the Son of God".

When amid the active duties of life and when in contact with the world, we can scarcely come into that sacred nearness to God that will enable us to feel in our hearts all that God is.

We may get slight glimpses of His glory, we may occasionally get a dim view of some of His beauty, we may feel a little warming of His love in our bosoms; but only when alone with Him are we awed into wonder at the sight of His glory and great beauty.

It's only then, that we see Him in His purity and feel the warm sunshine of His love.

It's only then, that our hearts can be deeply impressed with the knowledge that He is God, and in childlikeness, look up to Him and call Him Father.
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A Time Accepted

If there's one thing Satan wants to destroy above all others, it's the urgency of the gospel. Whereas the word declares, "... I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (II Cor. 6:2), Satan has a thousand ways to say, "There's no hurry; another time will do."

The scripture we just quoted clearly conveys several critical truths. One is that there's a "time accepted" and a "day of salvation." No one can be saved at any other time. In the "day of salvation," God says, "I succoured thee." That's an old word meaning "helped." No one can be saved without God's active "help," and that's only available at a certain time.

Connected to all of this is the key word "now." "Now" for any individual is when God says, "Now." The only opportunity any man has to be saved is when God, by the Spirit draws near, pressing the claims of the gospel upon his heart as a result of an anointed ministry of the word. That's the accepted time. To say, "yes," at such a time -- to surrender -- is, with God's help, to enter into everlasting life. To say, "no," is to risk damnation. There's no guarantee He'll call again.

A lost sinner is like a man drowning in the middle of a raging sea with no hope in himself of surviving. The gospel, anointed, alive with God's power, is His hand reaching out to the sinner. When the sinner, blind to his true condition, thrusts away God's mercy and the hand is withdrawn, what then?

When God ceases to strive, whether with an individual or with humanity as a whole, it's over. Prayer at that point is useless. Consider Esau who despised his opportunity when he had it. Later he sought a place of repentance, realizing only then the value of what he had lost, but was rejected, "though he sought it carefully with tears." Heb. 12:17.

There'll be "a lot of praying" when Christ comes and the world realizes its fate -- as was, no doubt, the case in Noah's day -- but it'll be too late. Just as God closed the door to the ark prior to the flood, so will the door to His kingdom close forever before His Son returns to gather home His own and rain fire on this world.
Let's think about it!!
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Heart-keeping

"Rend your heart, and not your garments."
(Joel 2:13) Garment-rendering and other outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common. Men will attend to the most multiplied and minute ceremonial regulations---for such things are pleasing to the flesh---but true religion is too humbling, too heart-searching, too thorough for the tastes of the carnal men; they prefer something more ostentatious, flimsy, and worldly. Outward observances are temporarily comfortable; eye and ear are pleased; self-conceit is fed, and self-righteousness is puffed up: but they're ultimately delusive, for in the article of death, and at the day of judgment, the soul needs something more substantial than ceremonies and rituals to lean upon. Apart from vital godliness all religion is utterly vain; offered without a sincere heart, every form of worship is a solemn sham and an impudent mockery of the majesty of heaven.

HEART-RENDING is divinely wrought and solemnly felt. It's a secret grief which is personally experienced, not in mere form, but as a deep, soul-moving work of the Holy Spirit upon the inmost heart of each believer. It's not a matter to be merely talked of and believed in, but keenly and sensitively felt in every living child of the living God. It's powerfully humiliating, and completely sin-purging; but then it's sweetly preparative for those gracious consolations which proud unhumbled spirits are unable to receive; and it is distinctly discriminating, for it belongs to the elect of God, and to them alone.

The text commands us to rend our hearts, but they're naturally hard as marble: how, then, can this be done? We must take them to Calvary: a dying Saviour's voice rent the rocks once, and it's as powerful now. O blessed Spirit, let us hear the death-cries of Jesus, and our hearts shall be rent even as men rend their vestures in the day of lamentation.




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