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You have not yet come to the rest

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Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872

“You have not yet come to the rest and the inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you!” Deuteronomy 12:9

These words were addressed to the people of Israel in reference to their entrance into Canaan. A better rest and a more glorious inheritance are in reserve for the people of God–and they are freely bestowed. As Canaan was given to the Jews–so is Heaven, with all its joys, given to believers! God has, in unspeakable grace, given His only begotten Son–and with Him, He freely gives all things.

Christian pilgrim, you have not yet come to the rest and inheritance which the Lord your God will give you. You have yet a little longer to tread the wilderness course: your work is not yet done, your battles are not all fought, your trials are not all endured. But praise your God and take courage!

“He who has helped you hitherto, Will help you all your journey through!”

You have not yet come to your rest–but you are coming to it! It is a little nearer now, than it was yesterday.

You are not yet in possession of your eternal inheritance–but Christ is in possession, and you are a joint heir with Him. Where the forerunner is–there all His followers will be!

“Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance–an inheritance that is kept in Heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay!” 1 Peter 1:3-4

by Grace Gems

Christian joy!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Just so, “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing,” says Paul, speaking of his own experience.

The believer’s joy does not exclude sorrow, but . . . attends it, sustains under it, and raises above it.

Joy in the Lord should be constant–for He is the same. There is as much ground for joy in Him in the winter of adversity–as in the summer of prosperity. He is as good when he chides us–as when He comforts us. He is as gracious when He lays us low–as when He raises us up. He is as kind when He takes away–as when He gives.

If our joy springs chiefly from creature good and agreeable circumstances–then it must be fluctuating at the best, and at times it will entirely dry up. But if our chief joy is in God, then the spring of it never fails!

“When all created streams are dried, His fullness is the same!”

Observe, my soul, that joy in the Lord is not only encouraged–but commanded.
After once giving the admonition, the apostle says, “Again I say, Rejoice.”

The Lord would have His children . . . happy in His love, restful under the shelter of His wings, and peaceful in the midst of storms.

Seek then to know more of Him, live upon His fullness, dwell on His unchanging grace–and so will you be joyful in Him even in the midst of tribulation!

by Grace Gems