Echoes of His Mercy

My life will forever echo His mercy, so vast, so free, so astounding, poured out on my desperate heart.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

An Encouragement to "Knock Hard"

Second installment of finals week quotes:

I have copied here one of my favorite entries in Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening devotional. I hope it fills you with fresh faith to "knock hard" at the Throne of Grace and to stay there until "all thy wants have been spread before the Lord."

"Ask, and it shall be given you." - Matthew 7:7

We know of a place in England still existing, where a dole of bread is served to every passerby who chooses to ask for it. Whoever the traveller may be, he has but to knock at the door of St. Cross Hospital, and there is the dole of bread for him.

Jesus Christ so loveth sinners that he has built a St. Cross Hospital, so that whenever a sinner is hungry, he has but to knock and have his wants supplied. Nay, he has done better; he has attached to this Hospital of the Cross a bath; and whenever a soul is black and filthy, it has but to go there and be washed. The fountain is always full, always efficacious. No sinner ever went into it and found that it could not wash away his stains. Sins which were scarlet and crimson have all disappeared, and the sinner has been whiter than snow.

As if this were not enough, there is attached to this Hospital of the Cross a wardrobe, and a sinner making application simply as a sinner, may be clothed from head to foot; and if he wishes to be a soldier, he may not merely have a garment for ordinary wear, but armour which shall cover him from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. If he asks for a sword, he shall have that given to him, and a shield too. Nothing that is good for him shall be denied him. He shall have spending-money so long as he lives, and he shall have an eternal heritage of glorious treasure when he enters into the joy of his Lord.

If all these things are to be had by merely knocking at mercy's door, O my soul, knock hard this morning, and ask large things of thy generous Lord. Leave not the throne of grace till all thy wants have been spread before the Lord, and until by faith thou hast a comfortable prospect that they shall be all supplied. No bashfulness need retard when Jesus invites. No unbelief
should hinder when Jesus promises. No cold-heartedness should restrain when such blessings are to be obtained.


  • At 12/08/2006 01:56:00 PM, Blogger Lana said…

    wow I just read that! I am continually amazed at what a kind God we serve. Thanks for sharing these truths Amber!

  • At 12/11/2006 09:29:00 PM, Anonymous ryan said…

    Great quote...this story in Jerry Bridges' book Gospel for the real life is very similiar and has helped me alot.

    "Some year ago our pastor told an unusual story about a Southern plantation owner who left a $50,000 inheritance to a former slave who had served him faithfully all his life. That was quite a sum of money in those days - perhaps equivalent to half a million dollars today. The lawyer for the estate duly notified the old man of his inheritance and told him that the money had been deposited for him at a the local bank. Weeks went by, and the former slave never called for any of his inheriance. Finally, the banker called him in and told him again that he had $50,000 avilable to draw on at any time. The old man replied, "Sir do you think I can have fifty cents to buy a sack of cornmeal?" Not having handled money most of his life, this former slave had no comprehension of his wealth. As a result, he was asking for fifty cents when he could easily had much, much more."

    how many times i ask for fifty cents for cornmeal when the "unsearchable riches of Christ" of available to me to draw on at any time. Through Christ I am a child of a Heavenly King with not only a rich inheritance but a Father who provides, protects, encourages, and comforts me.

  • At 12/13/2006 09:34:00 AM, Anonymous kyle said…

    "no bashfulness need retard when jesus invites." Don't you love this kind of english? i would never have thought of that line in a million years. sometimes i wish people still talked like this.


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