When we know God, we are secure in our relationship with Him. We know He has everything under control. We know He loves and cares for us, we know we are His children, we know He showers us with loving kindness and tender mercies. We know He has redeemed us from the pit and that we will be with Him through eternity. He gives us peace and joy and comfort. He supplies our every need. He shelters us, protects us and hides us under His wing. There is no greater relationship we could have or ask for in life. We love, praise and exalt Him, and if we are walking closely with Him, He is our last thought before we drop off to sleep, He is our first thought as we wake in the morning, and He is there with us all through the night and day.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:6-7
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered for ever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.” Psalm 112:6-8
Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:31-32 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Octavius Winslow (1808 –1878)
“Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5
“The religion of the Lord Jesus is valuable only as its power is experienced in the heart. In this respect, and in this only, it may be compared to the physical sciences, which, however ingenious in structure, or beautiful in theory—yet, if not reduced or reducible to purposes of practical use, are of little worth. It is so with the truth of Jesus.
The man of mere taste may applaud its external beauty, the philosopher may admire its ethics, the orator may admire its eloquence, and the poet may admire its sublimity—but if the Spirit of God does not take His own truth, and impress it upon the heart, as to the great design of its revelation—it avails nothing.
What numbers there are who rest in the mere ‘theory’ of Christianity! But as a practical principle—they know nothing of it. As a thing experienced in the heart—it is a hidden mystery to them. They speak well of it as a religious system; they believe its Divinity, and even defend its doctrines and extol its precepts—yet make no approaches towards a personal and practical obedience to its claims. In a word, they know nothing of repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. It will surely appear to a spiritually-enlightened mind, a subject of vast and solemn importance that this delusion should be exposed—that this foundation of sand should be undermined—and that the absolute necessity of experimental religion, as necessary to an admission within the kingdom of glory, be strenuously and scripturally enforced.”
The words Octavius Winslow wrote back in the late 1800’s are as true today as they were then—maybe more so, because we are now nearer to the kingdom of glory. He was one of the foremost evangelical preachers of the 19th Century in England and America. We desperately need more preachers like him today. You can find more teachings like this if you visit the Grace Gems website www.gracegems.org.