Thursday, 11 October 2012

THE CHRISTIAN'S PROSPECT - A LETTER TO HENRY FOWLER

A letter to Henry Fowler, preacher of the gospel at Gower Street Chapel, London. He died five months later. ------------------- My dear Brother - I was truly sorry to hear of your affliction, and I do hope by this time you are better. O my dear brother, what poor dying worms we are, and what a wretched wilderness this is! But adored be the name of our dear Lord, He has been, and still is, and ever will be, a very present help in trouble. Both you and I have proved Him so thousands of times, and I hope you prove Him so now. I have of late been in very deep waters, in more respects than one; but here I am, the spared monument of the Lord's discriminating grace. When you and I arrive at home, what an immortal shout we shall give to the honour of our Three-One God, who has loved us, redeemed us, quickened us, kept us and led us about, and brought us safe home to live in Him and with Him, and be like our glorious Head, and sing the wonders of His love for ever and ever. Well, my dear brother, a few more cold winds, and rains, and nipping frosts, and a few more fiery darts and hot balls from hell, and a few more babblings and bubblings up of the filth within, and every storm will be over, and we shall ever be with the Lord, where all will be light, life, love, joy, peace and liberty, glorious liberty, and God will be all and in all. The Lord be with, and bless, and keep, and succour, and comfort, and rejoice you, is the prayer of your brother in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of the saints. July llth, 1838 - W. Gadsby

"AND BE FOUND IN HIM"

"And be found in Him..." (Philippians 3.9)

Poor panting, groaning, sin-sick soul, On Jesus cast thy care; He will thy every grief condole. And save thee from despair.

Look for yourself - where'er you will, Except in Christ your Head - You'll find yourself a rebel still, Nor one good work can plead.

Should you with diligence and care Examine duty's ground, Or faith, or penitence, or prayer, Still you are guilty found.

But if to Christ you turn your eye. And find yourself in Him, There you've a life that cannot die, There you are free from sin.

Complete, without a single stain. In Him you stand quite pure; And with Him you shall ever reign, When time shall be no more.

William Gadsby - 1833

Friday, 5 October 2012

"YE HAVE NEED OF PATIENCE"

"For ye have need of patience." (Hebrews 10:36) -------------------- Moses believed God had raised him up to deliver Israel; so when he saw the Egyptian smiting the Israelite (being a strong and important man), he thought the time and place seemed favourable to him. But God's time had not come. Moses must have more patience, wisdom, and humility. The Lord sent him forty years to the desert to QUALIFY him for HIS WORK. The Lord was teaching him patience, humility, and wisdom. After forty years in the wilderness, he did not run so zealously; for he said, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." (Exodus 4:10). THERE WAS NOT A WORD ABOUT ALL THIS FORTY YEARS AGO! But now that the Lord has been qualifying him for His ministry, Moses shrinks back and does not want to go; but the Lord had determined to send him. Moses had need of patience before the Lord made known His truth to him and brought him forth to lead His people out of bondage. By William Gadsby - 1800