The Divine presence

(John MacDuff, “The Christian’s Pathway” 1858)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you. And I will help you.
I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.” Is. 41:10

The Divine presence is . . .The Divine Presence
the believer’s strength in weakness;
his support in suffering;
his consolation in the hour of death.

The blessed assurance, “I am with you,” is sufficient to
enliven every scene, and sweeten every condition. Its
realization opens springs of joy in the cheerless waste
of this desert world. The Divine presence . . .
dissipates the thickest darkness,
soothes the anguish of the keenest affliction, and
lightens the heaviest load of poverty and distress.

Reader, be anxious to possess an abiding consciousness
of the great truth—that the eye of God is ever upon you!
Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing—set the
Lord always before you. Having Him at your right hand,
whatever difficulties and dangers may surround your
path—you shall not be moved.

“Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to
the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

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How does God save His people from the pleasure of sin? The answer is, “By imparting to them a nature which hates evil and loves holiness.” This takes place when they are born again so that actual salvation begins with regeneration. Of course it does—where else could it commence? Fallen man can neither perceive his desperate need of salvation nor come to Christ for it, until he has been renewed by the Holy Spirit. 

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