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The Imitation of Christ

Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, or Thomas À Kempis as he is now known.
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Apr 28
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Grace On Grace
Song = Come Unto Me


Apr 28

3. Internal Consolation

3.8 Self-Abasement in the Sight ofGod

I WILL speak to my Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. If Iconsider myself anything more than this, behold You stand againstme, and my sins bear witness to the truth which I cannotcontradict. If I abase myself, however, if I humble myself tonothingness, if I shrink from all self-esteem and account myselfas the dust which I am, Your grace will favor me, Your light willenshroud my heart, and all self-esteem, no matter how little,will sink in the depths of my nothingness to perish forever.

It is there You show me to myself—what I am, what I havebeen, and what I am coming to; for I am nothing and I did notknow it. Left to myself, I am nothing but total weakness. But ifYou look upon me for an instant, I am at once made strong andfilled with new joy. Great wonder it is that I, who of my ownweight always sink to the depths, am so suddenly lifted up, andso graciously embraced by You.

It is Your love that does this, graciously upholding me,supporting me in so many necessities, guarding me from so manygrave dangers, and snatching me, as I may truly say, from evilswithout number. Indeed, by loving myself badly I lost myself; byseeking only You and by truly loving You I have found both myselfand You, and by that love I have reduced myself more profoundlyto nothing. For You, O sweetest Lord, deal with me above all mymerits and above all that I dare to hope or ask.

May You be blessed, my God, for although I am unworthy of anybenefits, yet Your nobility and infinite goodness never cease todo good even for those who are ungrateful and far from You.Convert us to You, that we may be thankful, humble, and devout,for You are our salvation, our courage, and our strength.



April 28-Morning {Daily Reading: #1Ki 16:1-18:46} {Quick Study: #2Ki 4:1-5:27}

"Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope." {#Ps 119:49}

Whatever your especial need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise—"He giveth power to the faint." When you read such a promise, take it back to the great Promiser, and ask him to fulfil his own word. Are you seeking after Christ, and thirsting for closer communion with him? This promise shines like a star upon you—"Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." Take that promise to the throne continually; do not plead anything else, but go to God over and over again with this—"Lord, thou hast said it, do as thou hast said." Are you distressed because of sin, and burdened with the heavy load of your iniquities? Listen to these words—"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will no more remember thy sins." You have no merit of your own to plead why he should pardon you, but plead his written engagements and he will perform them. Are you afraid lest you should not be able to hold on to the end, lest, after having thought yourself a child of God, you should prove a castaway? If that is your state, take this word of grace to the throne and plead it: "The mountains may depart, and the hills may be removed, but the covenant of my love shall not depart from thee." If you have lost the sweet sense of the Saviour’s presence, and are seeking him with a sorrowful heart, remember the promises: "Return unto me, and I will return unto you;" "For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee." Banquet your faith upon God’s own word, and whatever your fears or wants, repair to the Bank of Faith with your Father’s note of hand, saying, "Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope."



And Also

April 28-Evening

"All the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted." {#Eze 3:7}

Are there no exceptions? No, not one. Even the favoured race are thus described. Are the best so bad?—then what must the worst be? Come, my heart, consider how far thou hast a share in this universal accusation, and while considering, be ready to take shame unto thyself wherein thou mayst have been guilty. The first charge is impudence, or hardness of forehead, a want of holy shame, an unhallowed boldness in evil. Before my conversion, I could sin and feel no compunction, hear of my guilt and yet remain unhumbled, and even confess my iniquity and manifest no inward humiliation on account of it. For a sinner to go to God’s house and pretend to pray to him and praise him argues a brazen facedness of the worst kind! Alas! since the day of my new birth I have doubted my Lord to his face, murmured unblushingly in his presence, worshipped before him in a slovenly manner, and sinned without bewailing myself concerning it. If my forehead were not as an adamant, harder than flint, I should have far more holy fear, and a far deeper contrition of spirit. Woe is me, I am one of the impudent house of Israel. The second charge is hardheartedness, and I must not venture to plead innocent here. Once I had nothing but a heart of stone, and although through grace I now have a new and fleshy heart, much of my former obduracy remains. I am not affected by the death of Jesus as I ought to be; neither am I moved by the ruin of my fellow men, the wickedness of the times, the chastisement of my heavenly Father, and my own failures, as I should be. O that my heart would melt at the recital of my Saviour’s sufferings and death. Would to God I were rid of this nether millstone within me, this hateful body of death. Blessed be the name of the Lord, the disease is not incurable, the Saviour’s precious blood is the universal solvent, and me, even me, it will effectually soften, till my heart melts as wax before the fire.



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