Daily Message 24 February, 2022
Prov. 10:14. Wise Men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
Ps. 40:15. Let all these that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: Let such as love thy salvation say continually, the Lord be magnified.
Ps 40: 17. But I am POOR AND NEEDY; YET THE Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer: make no tarrying, O my God.
One of the fundamental doctrines, or teachings of the scripture and of God is the depraved nature of man. This deals with the base nature of man that of himself, without God, He is not good nor does he desire to do Good or be associated with Good. It’s a hard and somewhat difficult teaching to comprehend due to man's nature of thinking of himself as equal with God. In God’s working with us there comes a point at which this teaching becomes much more meaningful and clear before us. Our eyes are opened to our true nature and how lost and undone we are before God. It is then that we begin to see more of His work with us and the Power of His Saving Grace and Mercy upon Us. We can be drawn to the lowest of any imaginable pit in our thought as we see how truly unrighteous we are before the most Merciful God. It is not a pleasant experience but one that draws us closer to Christ and his saving grace. Then we begin to understand our true poor and needy condition and what the Lord has delivered us from and to. Then we can rejoice as never before as we see HIM high and lifted up .
That God even thinks upon us is a miracle as undeserving as we are. Yet He thinks upon us and sees us in the righteous blood of the Son.
And we can rejoice and magnify Him in our lives as He is our help and deliverer. Through life and each day He is there. He lifts us from the lowest point to be able to rejoice once more in a bright and shining day. And may our lives each day magnify His glory and grace and all that He has done for us that we may have Hope beyond expectations.
This may be a cold winter’s day and we wonder when spring will return. But it will end soon and bring the warmth of the spring sun. And just as the sun can warm us on a cold winter’s day, the word of the Lord can bring hope again to the heart of His own and we can be reminded of God’s never failing, never ending grace upon those He loves. And our hearts can feel the warmth of His love and mercy upon us. May you feel the warmth of His love this day and find peace and abundant grace in His word that gives instruction, encouragement and light for the path ahead.
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Eld. Mike Hughes
Pastor of Purcell Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church