From The Pulpit                                 By   John Trabucchi

John T. @ Tumbledown Mountain Weld, Maine

John T. @ Tumbledown Mountain Weld, Maine



 
  
    
Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. 
Sovereign
SOVEREIGN
, [a. suv'eran.  supernes, superus.]
1. Supreme in power; possessing supreme dominion; as a sovereign ruler of the universe.
2. Supreme; superior to all others; chief. God is the sovereign good of all who love and obey him.
3. Supremely efficacious; superior to all others; predominant; effectual; as a sovereign remedy.
                             4. Supreme; pertaining to the first magistrate of a nation; as sovereign     authority.
SOVEREIGN, n. suv'eran.
1. A supreme lord or ruler; one who possesses the highest authority without control. Some earthly princes, kings and emperors are sovereigns in their dominions.
2. A supreme magistrate; a king.
 
Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 
 
1Jn 5:3-5 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 
 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 
 
How sovereign the King who saves wretches like us?
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http://www.gracegems.org/Davies/EARTHQUAKE.htm                                                
Joh 15:5
 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

(1703-1758)

“Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep

these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ’s sake. Amen.”

 

(It is reported Edwards reviewed these resolutions once a week. Resolutions 1-21 were written in one setting in New Haven in 1722 at age 19.)

 

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my

duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved to do

whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever

difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the aforementioned

things.

3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can

remember, when I come to myself again.

4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be,

nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

7. Resolved, never to do any thing which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same

sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but

shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God. July 30.

9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.

10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.

11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if

circumstances do not hinder.

12. Resolved, if I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.

13. Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.

14. Resolved, never to do any thing out of revenge.

15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger towards irrational beings.

16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some

real good.

17. Resolved, that I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

18. Resolved, to live so, at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the

gospel, and another world.

19. Resolved, never to do any thing which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour before I should hear

the last trump.

20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.

21. Resolved, never to do any thing which, if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think

any way the more meanly of him.

22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might,

vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.

23. Resolved, frequently to take some deliberate action, which seems most unlikely to be done, for the glory of God, and trace it

back to the original intention, designs and ends of it; and if I find it not to be for God’s glory, to repute it as a breach of the 4th

Resolution.

24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then, both

carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.

25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is which causes me in the least to doubt of the love

of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

26. Resolved, to cast away such things as I find do abate my assurance.

27. Resolved, never willfully to omit any thing except the omission be for the glory of God; and frequently to examine my

omissions.

28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow

in, the knowledge of the same.

29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that

I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God will accept.

30. Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the

week before.

31. Resolved, never to say any thing at all against anybody, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian

honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the

golden rule; often, when I have said anything against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of, this Resolution.

32. Resolved, to be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that in Proverbs 20:6, “A faithful man who can find?,” may not be

partly fulfilled in me.

33. Resolved, to do always, what I can towards making, maintaining, and preserving peace, when it can be done without

overbalancing detriment in other respects. December 26, 1722.

34. Resolved, in narrations never to speak any thing but the pure and simple verity.

35. Resolved, whenever I so much question whether I have done my duty, as that my quiet and calm is thereby disturbed, to set it

down, and also how the question was resolved. December 18, 1722.

36. Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it. December 19, 1722.

37. Resolved, to inquire every night as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I

have denied myself; also at the end of every week, month and year. December 22 and 26, 1722.

38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord’s Day. Sabbath evening,

December 23, 1722.

39. Resolved, never to do any thing of which I so much question the lawfulness of, as that I intend, at the same time, to consider

and examine afterwards whether it be lawful or not; unless I as much question the lawfulness of the omission.

40. Resolved, to inquire every night before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could with respect to eating

and drinking. January 7, 1723.

41. Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done

better. January 11, 1723.

42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed,

when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-

23.

43. Resolved, never, henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s; agreeable to

what is to be found in Saturday, January 12, 1723.

44. Resolved, that no other end but religion shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the

least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. January 12, 1723.

45. Resolved, never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any

circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. January 12 and 13, 1723.

46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it,

so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eye; and to be especially careful of it with respect to any of our

family.

47. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to deny whatever is not most agreeable to a good, and universally sweet and benevolent,

quiet, peaceable, contented and easy, compassionate and generous, humble and meek, submissive and obliging, diligent and

industrious, charitable and even, patient, moderate, forgiving and sincere temper; and to do at all times what such a temper

would lead me to; and to examine strictly at the end of every week whether I have done so. Sabbath morning. May 5, 1723.

48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul,

that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or not; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence

respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.

49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it.

50. Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July

5, 1723.

51. Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.

52. I frequently hear persons in old age, say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live

just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.

53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the

Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in Him, and consecrate myself wholly to Him; that from this I may have assurance of

my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.

54. Whenever I hear anything spoken in conversation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, Resolved, to

endeavor to imitate it. July 8, 1723.

55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and

torments of hell. July 8, 1723.

56. Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.

57. Resolved, when I fear misfortunes and adversities, to examine whether I have done my duty, and resolve to do it, and let the

event be just as Providence orders it. I will as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty, and my sin. June 9 and

July 13 1723.

58. Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love,

cheerfulness and benignity. May 27 and July 13, 1723.

59. Resolved, when I am most conscious of provocations to ill nature and anger, that I will strive most to feel and act goodnaturedly;

yea, at such times, to manifest good nature, though I think that in other respects it would be disadvantageous, and

so as would be imprudent at other times. May 12, July 11, and July 13.

60. Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within,

or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination. July 4 and 13, 1723.

61. Resolved, that I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set

on religion, whatever excuse I may have for it—that what my listlessness inclines me to do, is best to be done, etc. May 21 and

July 13, 1723.

62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty, and then according to Ephesians 6:6-8, to do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the

Lord, and not to man:‹knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord’s June 25 and

July 13, 1723.

63. On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete

Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and

lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my

might to be that one, who should live in my time. January 14 and July 13, 1723.

64. Resolved, when I find those groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and those

breakings of soul for the longing it hath, of which the Psalmist speaks (Psalm 119:20), that I will promote them to the utmost

of my power, and that I will not be weary of earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such

earnestness. July 23 and August 10, 1723.

65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this, all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness of which I am capable of, to

declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to Him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and

every thing, and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton’s 27th Sermon on Psalm 119. July 26 and August 10, 1723.

66. Resolved, that I will endeavor always to keep a benign aspect, and air of acting and speaking, in all places, and in all companies,

except it should so happen that duty requires otherwise.

67. Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire what I am the better for them, what am I the worse for them, and what I might have got

by them.

68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns

religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23 and August 10, 1723.

69. Resolved, always to do that which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. August 11, 1723.

70. Let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak. August 17, 1723
 
  

 

Pride & Humility

by J. C. Ryle 

Humility may well be called the queen of the
Christian graces. To know our own sinfulness
and weakness and to feel our need of Christ is
the start of saving religion. 

Humility is a grace which has always been a
distinguishing feature in the character of the
holiest saints in every age. Abraham and Moses
and Job and David and Daniel and Paul were all
eminently humble men. 

Above all, humility is a grace within the reach of
every true Christian. All converted people should
work to adorn with humility the doctrine they profess.
If they can do nothing else, they can strive to be humble. 

Do you want to know the root and spring of humility?
One word describes it. The root of humility is right knowledge. 

The person who really knows himself and his own heart,
who knows God and his infinite majesty and holiness,
who knows Christ and the price at which he was redeemed,
that person will never be a proud person. 

He will count himself, like Jacob, unworthy of the least
of all God's mercies. He will say of himself, like Job,
"I am unworthy." He will cry, like Paul, "I am the worst
of sinners" He will consider others better than himself
(Philippians 2:3). 

Ignorance--nothing but sheer ignorance, ignorance of
self, of God, and of Christ--is the real secret of pride. 

From that miserable self-ignorance may we daily pray
to be delivered. The wise person knows himself and
will find nothing within to make him proud.