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Monday Meditations: Sorrow and Grief – George Whitefield

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“How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?” Psalm 13:2

Our sorrow and grief for sin must not spring merely from a fear of wrath. For if we have no other ground but that it proceeds from self-love, and not from any love for God. And if love for God is not the chief motive in your repentance, your repentance is in vain and not to be esteemed true. Many, in our days, think their crying to God is repentance, and that God will forgive them as such; but indeed, they are mistaken; it is not the drawing near to God with our lips, while our hearts are far from him, which he regards. Repentance does not come by fits and starts; no, it is one continued act of our lives; for as we daily commit sin, so we need a daily repentance before God to obtain forgiveness for those sins we commit. It is not your confessing yourselves to be sinners, it is not knowing your condition to be sad and deplorable, so long as you continue in your sins; your care and endeavors should be, to get the heart thoroughly affected therewith, that you may feel yourselves to be lost and undone creatures. Christ came to save such as are lost; and if you are enabled to groan under the weight and burden of your sins, then Christ will ease you and give you rest. And until you are thus sensible of your misery and lost condition, you are a servant to sin and to your lusts, under the bondage and command of Satan, doing his drudgery: you are under the curse of God and liable to judgment. Consider how dreadful your state will be at death, and after the Day of Judgment, when you will be exposed to such miseries which the ear has not heard, neither can the heart conceive, and that to all eternity, if you die impenitent.

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: A Faint Uncertain Light – George Whitefield

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A Faint Uncertain Light
“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” Proverbs 4:18

Sometimes, instead of the sun there is only moonlight, which shows the difference a believer feels in his soul, both in relation to grace and comfort. Both sun and moon give light, but O how far superior is the one to the other: the moon gives a very faint, uncertain light, waxes and wanes, and at best is almost nothing when compared with the light, and the blessed reviving heat of the sun. Hence, my brethren, this world sometimes is a world of mourners. It is said, “that the days of our mourning shall be ended;” for if the text refer to the future state, as no doubt it does, it means that the days of believers here below are very often mournful, trying, and afflicting, though they end in joy, as our Lord intimates in opening his gospel sermon almost with these very words, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4). Some, perhaps, may think it is an odd kind of blessing: and though worldly people are fond of the fifth chapter of Matthew, and wonder that Methodists and gospel ministers do not preach oftener on that chapter, I am apt to believe, when you come to preach and open that word, they will not like that chapter any more than any other, because they are for a joyful Christ, and not for any mourning at all. Do you know God in Christ? Let me tell you, the more you are acquainted with him, the more your souls will be kept in a mourning state.

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 50 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: The God-Man – George Whitefield

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

The deists, who own a God but deny his Son, dare go to God outside of Christ. But Jacob was taught better. God soon reveals the gospel unto him. Here is a ladder by which God preaches to us; if you have a mind to climb from earth to heaven, you must get up by the Son of God. No one ever pointed out a proper way to heaven for us, but himself. When Adam and Eve fell from God, a flaming sword turned every way to keep them from the tree of life. But Jesus alone is a new and living way, not only to the holy of holies below, but into the immediate presence of God. And that we might know that he was a proper Savior, the top of it reached to heaven. If it had stopped short, Jacob might have said, ah! the ladder is within a little way of heaven, but does not quite reach it; if I climb to the top, I shall not get there, after all. But the top reached to heaven, to point out the divinity and exaltation of the Son of God. Such a Savior became us; he who was God, God over all, blessed for evermore! Therefore, the Arian scheme is most uncomfortable and destructive – to talk of Christ as if he were a Savior who is not God is no Christ at all. I would turn deist tomorrow if I did not know that Christ was God. “Cursed is the man who builds his faith upon an arm of flesh.” If Christ is God, the Arians and Socinians, by their own thoughts, are undone forever. But Jesus Christ is very God and very man, begotten (and not made) of the Father. May God, of his infinite mercy, write his divinity deep in our hearts!

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 50 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: Our Great Glory – George Whitefield

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Our Great Glory
“Behold, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live.” Deuteronomy 5:24

Dare you say that your God is your glory, and do you aim at glorifying the Lord your God? If your God is your glory, then say, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14). What do you say now? Do not talk of God being your glory if you do not love his cross. If God is our glory, we shall glory not only in doing, but in suffering for him; we shall glory in tribulation, and count ourselves most highly honored when we are called to suffer most for his great name’s sake. I might enlarge, but you may easily judge, by my poor feeble voice this last week, that neither my strength of voice or body will permit me to be long tonight, and yet I will venture to give you your last parting salutation; and though I have been dissuaded from getting up to preach this night, yet I thought, as my God was my glory, I should glory in preaching till I died. O that God may be all our glory! All our own glory fades away, there is nothing will be valuable at the great day but this, “You are my God, and you are my glory!”

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 50 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: Victory Over Satan – George Whitefield

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“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” -Romans 16:20

During Christ’s temptation by Satan, Satan said, “All these things (a mighty all indeed – a mere imaginary bubble!) will I give you, if you fall down and worship me.” This was indeed a desperate parting stroke. It is now high time for you, Satan, O you enemy of souls, to be commanded to depart! Filled with a holy resentment at such hellish treatment, and impatient of the very thought of alienating the least part of his heart and affections from his Father, or dividing them between his God and the world, Jesus said to him, “Get away you Satan, you grand adversary; for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ This is the great commandment of the law, the commandment my Father gave unto his Israel of old, and would thou have me, who came to fulfill the law and the prophets, thus shamefully to be a transgressor of it? Get away you – I will bear your insolence no longer. Your other temptations were hellish, like yourself, but this intolerably so. Get you therefore away, Satan; my heavenly Father is the Lord my God, and him only will I serve.” And now the battle is over; the important combat is ended; Jesus has won the field. Satan is routed, and totally put to flight. Then, when the devil found that Jesus could withstand even the golden bait, the lust of the eye and pride of life, in the two last, as well as the lust of the flesh in the first temptation, despairing of the least success, and quite stunned with that all-powerful “Get you away, Satan,” he left him. Praise God for Christ’s resounding victory over Satan!

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 346 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: The Godly Poor

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The Godly Poor

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” -1 Timothy 6:10

Did the tempter come to Christ when he saw that he was hungry? Then let those of you who are reduced to a low estate learn that an hour of poverty is an hour of temptation, not only to murmur and doubt your own sonship and the divine favor, but also to advance yourself through unlawful means. “If you are the Son of God, command these stones into bread.” Remember the prayer of Agur who begged for moderation “lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God” (Prov. 30:9). Learn, therefore, you godly poor to be upon your guard and remember that poverty and temptations are no marks of your being cast off by God; for your Lord was hungry, he was tempted to doubt his sonship on account of this. Learn not to distrust the Lord but to see him as your Father who is in heaven. Angels came and ministered to Jesus, and he who is Lord of the angels will send some kind of messenger or other to relieve your wants. Your extremity will be Christ’s opportunity. Make your wants known to him, for he cares for you … and those of you who are rich in this world, watch and pray unless you fall into Satan’s temptations. Those who are exalted above your fellow man, as on the pinnacle of the temple, take heed lest by spiritual pride, vanity, or any other sin that entangles you cast yourselves down. Oh, that it may be said of us as the papists used to say of Luther: “That German beast does not love gold.”

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 224 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: Weak Converts

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“God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:25

Now the gospel signifies good news and glad tidings: “Behold I bring you,” said the angel, “glad tidings of great joy.” Mean and contemptible as the office of a preacher may be thought now, the angels were glad of the commission to preach this gospel. Thomas Goodwin, that learned pious soul, says in his familiar way that God has but one Son and made a minister of him. And I add, he made an itinerant minister of him too. Some say that you must not preach the law. But you cannot preach the gospel without preaching the law; for you shall find, by and by, we are to preach something that the people must be saved by: it is impossible to tell them how they are to be saved, unless we tell them what they are to be saved from. The way the Spirit of God takes, is like that we take in preparing the ground. Do you think any farmers would have a crop of corn next year unless they plough now? You may as well expect a crop of corn on unploughed ground, as a crop of grace, until the soul is convinced of its being undone without a Savior … They serve Christ as the young man served the Jews that laid hold of him, who, when he found he was to be a prisoner for following Christ, left his garments; and so some people leave their profession. That makes me so cautious now, which I was not thirty years ago, of dubbing people converts so soon. I love now to wait a little, and see if people bring forth fruit; for there are so many blossoms which March winds you know blow away, that I cannot believe they are converts till I see fruit brought forth.

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 224 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: The Father’s Love

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The Father’s Love

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” -1 John 4:9

Who can hear the story of Abraham preparing to offer his son Isaac and not have his heart affected? But … If you admire Abraham offering up Isaac, how much more ought you to extol, magnify, and adore the love of God, who so loved the world as to give his only begotten Son Christ Jesus our Lord, “that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)! May we not cry out, “Now know we, O Lord, that thou hast loved us, since thou hast not withheld thy Son, your only Son, from us?” Abraham was God’s creature, and therefore under the highest obligation to surrender up Isaac. But O stupendous love! While we were his enemies, “God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law” (Gal. 4:4). O the freeness and infinity of the love of God our Father! It is unsearchable. Think, O believers, of the love of God in giving Jesus Christ to be a propitiation for our sins. And when you hear how Abraham built an altar, laid the wood in order, bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood, think how your heavenly Father bound Jesus Christ his only Son, offered him upon the altar of his justice, and laid upon him the iniquities of us all (Isa. 53:6). When you read of Abraham’s stretching forth his hand to slay his son, think of how God actually suffered his Son to be slain, that we might live for evermore.

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 101 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: God’s Special Love

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God’s Special Love

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

Here is a dispute between the Arminians and the Calvinists: ask an Arminian what is meant by “beloved of the Lord,” and they will say that there is meant the general redemption, and so the “beloved of the Lord” signifies all the men that were ever born into the world; so, they say, God loves all. That is a good broad bridge to take them in, but broad bridges are not always the strongest bridges in the world. The Arminians will assert Judas was as much beloved of God as Peter, or any of the other apostles. And those who are not Arminians, but are what you call Quakers, and there are a good many, I believe, among them, that have better hearts than heads; they say that we are all alike, that we all come into the world with a seed of grace, and shall be happy according to the improvement of that grace. Hence they talk nothing of a Christ without but only within; happy are they that experience Christ within! God’s mercy is sure, and over all his works; and in one sense our Lord Jesus is the Savior of all men; that is, all sorts of men. Even the wicked are beholden to Jesus, whom they despise, for every worldly comfort they enjoy. In this sense we should learn to love as our Lord loved the young man. But we must go more to what we call Calvinism, which I call Scripture truth. The love Jesus bore for the rich young ruler was quite different from that love which with he loved Martha, Mary, and their brother, Lazarus.

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 58 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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Monday Meditations: The Dead Shall Rise

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The Dead Shall Rise

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:4

There are more unbelievers within the pale than without the pale of the church. Let me repeat it again, you may think of it when I am tossing upon the mighty waters, there are more unbelievers within the pale of the church than without. All are not possessors that are professors, all have not got the thing promised, all are not partakers of the promise, that talk and bless God they have got the promised Savior. I may have him in my mouth and upon my tongue, without having the thing promised, or the blessed promise in my heart. A moral man that can walk touching the law blameless, a person that thinks he is righteous, because he does not know why a person who has got no other religion but to go to a particular place of worship, values himself upon being a churchman or dissenter … These, however they may think themselves safe, will before long go to one place, whether they think so, or no. They will be soon summoned to one bar, and the voice of the archangel sounding, “Arise, you dead, and come to judgment.” The dead shall arise, and appear before the Son of God, as Judge of all mankind. These, as well as the infidels, would gladly be excused; and as they once said, “I wish to have me excused from coming to Christ,” so too they will fain be excused from appearing before and being condemned by him – but they must all go to one place – and as they know not God and are unacquainted with the divine life they must hear and suffer this dreadful sentence, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41).

*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 16 (Christian Heritage, 2010).

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