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Eyesalve: Precious to God

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Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

 

It is precious to the Lord when any of His saints pass on to go and be with Him. It is also precious to the Lord when those of us who are still living die to our old nature. You may have wondered why you seem to get more than your share of trials and temptations. Well it is because it is precious to the Lord to watch you die.

Eyesalve: It Happened

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But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 20Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.” Luke 3:19-20

 

Didn’t John say that he must decrease? Well, it happened.

Eyesalve: Esteem the Reproach

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Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” Hebrews 11:26

 

What an awesome God we serve. Experiencing the reproach that comes from serving Christ, is better than any of the treasures this world can offer. Let me say it another way. The worst of situations that result from serving Christ, far surpass the best of situations that the world gives.

Eyesalve: Forwarding the Gospel

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But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;” Philippians 1:12

 

What a comfort to know that whatever trials, temptations and difficulties you may be facing, God makes them all work together for your own personal good. It is even a greater comfort to know, that when things happen to you, the gospel is advanced. Let what must come, come, and let the gospel go forward.

Eyesalve: Your Privilege

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And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.” II Chronicles 7:12

 

You also have the privilege of being chosen to be a house of sacrifice.

Eyesalve: Death First

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And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.” II Chronicles 7:5

 

There can never be a real dedication unless there is a death first.

Eyesalve: Pleasure in Uprightness

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I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.” I Chronicles 29:17

 

We don’t try God, He tries us. He doesn’t try us to get us to buckle under temptation and pressure, He tries us because it is His pleasure and way to bring out the uprightness in our heart.

Eyesalve: An Incorruptible Crown

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And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” I Cor. 9:25

 

Tell those who are competing in the Olympics that they do not need to train so hard. Tell them they don’t need to push themselves to the limit and don’t need to deny themselves certain foods and drinks. They may say, I know I don’t have to do these things, but if I have any hope of winning the completion I must. Today, if a Christian practices such self-control he is called a legalist. If the athlete practices such self-control for a trinket of gold, how much more should we practice discipline and self-control, for we obtain an incorruptible crown.

Eyesalve: Be Broken

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The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Ps. 51:17

 

We consider something broken to be useless; God declares that when we are unbroken, we are useless.

Eyesalve: You Are The Sacrifice

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The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Ps. 51:17

 

Though we live under the new covenant, God still desires and receives sacrifices. The difference between the Old and New Testaments is that the sacrifice just changed. In the Old Testament, animals and grain were offered up, in the New Testament, you are the sacrifice.