Christian Meditations: The Believer's Companion in Solitude (eBook)

by Thomas Reade

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This Volume is designed to be "THE BELIEVERS COMPANION IN SOLITUDE". The Meditations, interspersed with Hymns, chiefly original, are intended to promote serious reflections, silent aspirations to God, and self-examination; and thus, through the divine blessing, to lead the heart to God in Christ, as the only Foundation for a sinner's hope; and the only Fountain of a sinner's happiness. Should this important end, in any humble measure be attained, the glory will be His from whom all good proceeds.

Frequent retirement, and reading the Scriptures with meditation and prayer, are essential, through the power of the Spirit, to our growth in grace. The more we meditate on the things of God, as revealed in his holy word, the more will our minds be brought under their sanctifying influence. The religion of Christ, is the religion of the heart. It not only enlightens the understanding, but it purifies the affections. The world will lose its fascinating power, and formality its deadening effect upon us, when once we come to a saving knowledge of Christ Crucified! We shall then use the world as not abusing it, and engage in outward forms of religion, as needful for order, but not as substitutes for personal piety. We shall then live in the spirit of the vows and promises which were made in our names at our baptism, and thus evidence our new birth, by walking before God in newness of life.

In a spirit of Christian love, the author of these Meditations has dwelt on the evil of self-deception; on our proneness to confound the sacramental sign with the thing signified; on the danger of our professing to know God, while in works we deny him; and, of resting in the form of godliness, while we deny the power thereof. Surely these subjects cannot be too frequently, nor too earnestly, enforced. If we diligently study our Bible, that only rule of faith and practice, we shall be preserved from those abounding errors which darken and pervert the truth. "The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple."

May the Savior, who is love, impart his blessing to these Meditations on his Grace and Power, that he who writes, and they who read, may finally rejoice together in his kingdom of glory.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Communion with God

The Beauty of Holiness

Aspirations after Holiness

The Saving Knowledge of the Scriptures

The Promises of God

The Fall of Man, and His Recovery by Grace

Thoughts on the Mystery of Redemption

Salvation by Grace

The Sufficiency of Divine Grace

The Dying Love of Christ

The Willingness of Christ to Receive Sinners

Earnest Desires for Christ

The Power of Grace

The Pearl of Great Price

Conversion of the Heart to God

Faith Working by Love

Walking with God

The Privileges of the Believer

The Superiority of Graces to Gifts

The Blessedness of a Childlike Spirit

The Harmony of Christian Graces

The Blessing of Peace

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

An Evil Heart of Unbelief

The Evil of Pride

Deadness to the World

Human Corruption and Abounding Grace

Indwelling Sin

The Inward Conflict

Mourning over Sin and Hatred of it

The Burden of Sin Deplored

True Wisdom the Source of Happiness

The Preciousness of Christ

The Life of Faith

Seeking after God

The Blessedness of the Righteous

The Believer's Path to Glory

The Believer's Portion

Christian Fellowship

Christian Perseverance

The Character and the Promise

Men's Estimate of Human Nature

The Scripture View of the Present State of Man

Blessings Flowing from the Covenant of Grace

A Christian Indeed

The Testimony of Conscience

The Christian's Rest

The Sovereignty of God

The Sovereignty of Divine Grace

The Unsatisfying Nature of Earthly Things

God the Refuge for His People

The Religion of the Heart

Realizing the Divine Presence

Desires for Pardoning and Sanctifying Grace

Experimental Religion

External Religion, No Substitute for Godliness

On the Approach of Death

Prophetic Views of the Messiah's Kingdom

The Importance of Self Knowledge

The Desire for More

On the Birth of Christ

A Sabbath Meditation

Christ's Intercessory Prayer

Reflections on the New Year

The Believer's Review of His Christian State

A Grateful Retrospect of Undeserved Mercies

By Topic

Joy

By Scripture

Old Testament

Genesis

Exodus

Leviticus

Numbers

Deuteronomy

Joshua

Judges

Ruth

1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles

Ezra

Nehemiah

Esther

Job

Psalms

Proverbs

Ecclesiastes

Song of Solomon

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Lamentations

Ezekiel

Daniel

Hosea

Joel

Amos

Obadiah

Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

Zephaniah

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

New Testament

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Acts

Romans

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy

Titus

Philemon

Hebrews

James

1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John

Jude

Revelation

By Author

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