Dare 2B Daring - July 10, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“Once I finally understand the immensity of my own impoverishment, I am finally in a position to see the enormity of God’s majesty.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough, “An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus”
After a recording session in which he had absolutely nailed a song perfectly, Frank Sinatra was fond of saying, “//If you don’t like that, you don’t like ice cream.”// Well, my friend, if you don’t like the following devotional thoughts from Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers”, you don’t like ice cream either!
“Have you ever really weighed and considered how great the sin of God’s people is? Think how heinous is your own transgression, and you will find that not only does a sin here and there tower up like an alp, but that your iniquities are heaped upon each other…mountain upon mountain.”
“What an aggregate of sin there is in the life of one of the most sanctified of God’s children! Attempt to multiply this, the sin of one only, by the multitude of the redeemed, ‘a number which no man can number,’ and you will have some conception of the great mass of the guilt of the people for whom Jesus shed His blood.”
“But we arrive at a more adequate idea of the magnitude of sin by the greatness of the remedy provided. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only and well-beloved Son. God’s Son! Angels cast their crowns before Him! All the choral symphonies of heaven surround His glorious throne.”
“And yet, He takes upon Himself the form of a servant, and is scourged and pierced, bruised and torn, and at last slain; since nothing but the blood of the incarnate Son of God could make atonement for our offenses. No human mind can adequately estimate the infinite value of the divine sacrifice, for great as is the sin of God’s people, the atonement which takes it away is immeasurably greater.”
“Therefore, the believer, even when sin rolls like a black flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yet stand before the blazing throne of the great and holy God, and cry, ‘Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that hath risen again.’ While the recollection of his sin fills him with shame and sorrow, he at the same time makes it a foil to show the brightness of mercy – guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendor.”
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President