‘Without me, you can do nothing’ (John 15:5)
Never forget that the Lord is our righteousness and strength. We are not sufficient to think rightly of ourselves, but through Him we can do all things. Never attempt anything without looking to Jesus for power. Let a constant sense of weakness keep you near to Him; sensibly depending upon Him. You cannot, He can!
You have destroyed yourself; in Him you help is found. It is only by union to Him and receiving from Him, that you can glorify God, adorn your profession, enjoy your privileges, and obey the holy precepts of the gospel. Never presume, but come up out of the wilderness, leaning on Him, your beloved. Live as one deeply aware of your dependence upon and obligation to the Lord Jesus.
He is the strength of the poor, the strength of the needy in distress, and your strength also. Dear friends, Jesus is your life-giving Head, the Fountain from which you are to draw all your supplies, and the Friend to whom you are to carry all your cares. He will work in you to will and to do of His own good pleasure.
Jesus, immutably the same!
Thou true and living vine!
Around thy all-supporting stem
My feeble arms I twine.
Thou are my strength, my life, my hope,
Nor can I sink with such a prop.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘I am now hoping for a good day… and as it is Easter Sunday, may I now enjoy a sweet resurrection frame. O to rise with Christ, to ascend and sit down with him in the heavenly places…
O that the power of the Spirit may rest upon me, and accompany the word that may be spoken by me! My God and Father do, do bless me to do good to souls’.