Sunday School Apr 26th – As you survey the Cross

As you survey the Cross— you may hear the following:

I. “Nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20

It is possible

  • To cast all our cares upon Him
  • To have the thoughts and imaginations of our heart purified
  • To see the will of God in everything and to receive it not with sighing, but with singing
  • To take complete refuge in Divine Power and to become strong through and through

Nothing shall be impossible unto him that believes. What is God saying to you as you survey the cross on this April Sunday morning?

As you survey the Cross— you may hear the following:

II. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and still no answer?

Are you tired of seeing nothing move?

Are you at the point of giving up?

Perhaps you have not waited in the right way. Romans 8:25- “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

Patience takes away worry. Patience takes away weeping. (He knows your need better than you do.)

James 1:4- “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire— wanting nothing.”

Think about what God could be saying to you.

As you survey the Cross— you may hear the following:

III. “My grace is sufficient for thee.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Please read the following devotion. It was printed in 1925 in a book entitled “Streams in the Desert.”

“My grace is sufficient for thee.” (2 Cor.12:9.)

The other evening I was riding home after a heavy day’s work. I felt very wearied, and sore depressed, when swiftly, and suddenly as a lightning flash, that text came to me, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” I reached home and looked it up in the original, and at last it came to me in this way, “MY grace is sufficient for thee”; and I said, “I should think it is, Lord,” and burst out laughing. I never fully understood what the holy laughter of Abraham was until then. It seemed to make unbelief so absurd. It was as though some little fish, being very thirsty, was troubled about drinking the river dry, and Father Thames said, “Drink away, little fish, my stream is sufficient for thee.” Or, it seemed after the seven years of plenty, a mouse feared it might die of famine; and Joseph might say, “Cheer up, little mouse, my granaries are sufficient for thee.” Again, I imagined a man away up yonder, in a lofty mountain, saying to himself, “I breathe so many cubic feet of air every year, I fear I shall exhaust the oxygen in the atmosphere,” but the earth might say, “Breathe away, 0 man, and fill the lungs ever, my atmosphere is sufficient for thee.” Oh, brethren, be great believers! Little faith will bring your souls to Heaven, but great faith will bring Heaven to your souls.
—C. H. Spurgeon.
His grace is great enough to meet the great things—
The crashing waves that overwhelm the soul,
The roaring winds that leave us stunned and breathless,
The sudden storms beyond our life’s control.
His grace is great enough to meet the small things—
The little pin-prick troubles that annoy,
The insect worries, buzzing and persistent,
The squeaking wheels that grate upon our joy.
—Annie Johnson Flint.

There is always a large balance to our credit in the bank of Heaven waiting for our exercise of faith in drawing it. Draw heavily upon His resources.

Yes, as you survey the cross, think about what the Lord is saying to you.

IV. “All things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

Faith adds its Amen to God’s “Yes” and then takes it to hands off and leaves God to finish His work.

Its language is, “Commit they way unto the Lord, trust also in Him.” Psalm 37:5a

I simply take him at His Word. I praise Him that my prayer is heard and claim my answer from the Lord. I take; He undertakes.

Active faith says— I believe it, now I take.

Yes, I know that God is able and full, willing all to do.

He bids me to go forward.

Yes, as you survey the cross, what is God saying to you?

V. “Launch out into the deep” Luke 5:4b

In the devotional, “Streams in the Desert”, we read the following:

“Launch out into the deep.” (Luke 5:4.)

How deep He does not say. The depth into which we launch will depend upon how perfectly we have given up the shore, and the greatness of our need, and the apprehension of our possibilities. The fish were to be found in the deep, not in the shallow water.

So with us; our needs are to be met in the deep things of God. We are to launch out into the deep of God’s Word, which the Spirit can open up to us in such crystal fathomless meaning that the same words we have accepted in times past will have an ocean meaning in them, which renders their first meaning to us very shallow.

Into the deep of the Atonement, until Christ’s precious blood is so illuminated by the Spirit that it becomes an omnipotent balm, and food and medicine for the soul and body.

Into the deep of the Father’s will, until we apprehend it in its infinite minuteness and goodness, and its far-sweeping provision and care for us.

Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, dazzling, sweet, fathomless summer sea, in which we bathe and bask and breathe, and lose ourselves and our sorrows in the calmness and peace of His everlasting presence.

Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, marvelous answer to prayer, the most careful and tender guidance, the most thoughtful anticipation of our needs, the most accurate and supernatural shaping of our events.

Into the deep of God’s purposes and coming kingdom, until the Lord’s coming and His millennial reign are opened up to us; and beyond these the bright entrancing ages on ages unfold themselves, until the mental eye is dazed with light, and the heart flutters with inexpressible anticipations of its joy with Jesus and the glory to be revealed.

Into all these things, Jesus bids us launch. He made us and He made the deep, and to its fathomless depths He has fitted our longings and capabilities.—Soul Food.

“Its streams the whole creation reach, So plenteous is the store;

Enough for all, enough for each; Enough forevermore.”

Have you launched out into the deep?

Some people have cornstalk faith. Oh, so tall and green it stands, until a hard wind blows and down to the ground it goes.

Folks— Jesus said, “Launch out into the deep.”
This is our challenge in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic.