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Leviticus 13:13


 

Leviticus 13:13

Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague.

 

Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there is wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. Today it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of such a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are "nothing else but sin," for no confession short of this will be the whole truth, and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment-it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to those under a deep sense of sin! Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus. Whosoever comes unto Him, He will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to Him, then, poor heavy-laden sinner,


Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare;

You can't come too filthy-come just as you are.

 

Ride on Friend,

 

D.W. Gulliford

Psalm 62:1

Psalm 62:1 says, “Truly my soul waits upon God: from Him comes my salvation.”

 

Wow! What a posture! Waiting on the Lord. May this always be our condition all day, every day. Waiting on His leisure, waiting on His service, waiting on His joyful expectation, waiting in prayer and being content, knowing He is in control. When we wait upon our Lord our soul longs for His presence, it is the truest condition of a creature before His creator, a servant before his Master, a child before his Father. We must not complain, or permit distrust. We must practice running before the cloud during the day and the fire at night. We must not seek any other aid. God and God alone should be the expectation of our hearts.

 

Blessed assurance Jesus is mine,

 

Oh what a foretaste of Glory Devine,

 

Heir of Salvation purchased of God,

 

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

 

This is my story, this is my song,

 

Praising my Savior all the day long,

 

This is my story, this is my song

 

Praising my Savior all the day long.

 

May God bless you!

 

Ride on Friend,

 

D. W. Gulliford

More than Just Words

Acts 13:34

 

And He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has then said, “I will give you the sure mercies of David.”

 

Nothing of a man is sure, but everything of God is so. The covenant mercies of God are sure mercies, even as David said, “an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.”

 

We are sure that the Lord meant His mercy. He did not speak mere words. There is definitely substance and truth in every word and promise He has made. The mercy of God is mercy for sure. The good Lord will make good His word.

 

Be sure the Lord will bring His promised mercies on all His covenanted ones. They shall come in due course to all the chosen of God. Be sure the Lord will continue His mercies to His own people. He does not give and take. What God has granted us is the token of much more. What we have already received is as sure as that which has already come. Let us then wait on the Lord and be still. There is no reason to doubt, God’s love and word are faithful and true. Many things in this world are questionable, but of God our Lord we can sing, “His mercy endures forever.”

 

Ride on Friend,

 

D.W. Gulliford

July 2017

The Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. (Judges 4:9)

 Rather an unusual text, but there may be souls in the world that may have faith enough to grasp it. Barak, the man, though called to the war, had little stomach for the fight unless Deborah would go with him, and so the Lord determined to make it a woman's war. By this means He rebuked the slackness of the man, gained for Himself the more renown, and cast the more shame upon the enemies of His people. The Lord can still use feeble instrumentalities. Why not me? He may use persons who are not commonly called to great public engagements. Why not you? The woman who slew the enemy of Israel was no Amazon but a wife who tarried in her tent. She was no orator but a woman who milked the cows and made butter. May not the Lord use any one of us to accomplish His purpose? Somebody may come to the house today, even as Sisera came to Jael's tent. Be it ours not to slay him, but to save him. Let us receive him with great kindness and then bring forth the blessed truth of salvation by the Lord Jesus, our great Substitute, and press home the command "Believe and live." Who knoweth but some stout-hearted sinner may be slain by the gospel today! 


Ride on Friend,
D.W. Gulliford

June 2017

Isaiah 55:12

 

The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 

When sin is pardoned, our greatest sorrow has ended, and our truest pleasure begins. Such is the joy which the Lord bestows upon His reconciled ones. It overflows and fills all nature with delight. The material world has latent music in it, and a renewed heart knows how to bring it out and make it vocal. Creation is the organ, and a gracious man finds out its keys, he lays his hand on the instrument, and wakes the whole system of the universe to the harmony of praise. Mountains and hills, and other great objects, are, as it were the bass of the chorus; while the trees of the woods and all things that have life take up the air of the melodious song. What a sight it is when one is reconciled to God through repentance and faith.

 

When God’s word is made to prosper among us and souls are saved, then everything seems full of song. When we hear the confessions of young believers and the testimonies of well-instructed saints. We are made so happy that we must praise the Lord, and then it seems as if rocks and hills and woods and fields echo our joy-notes and turn the world into an orchestra. Lord, on this happy day, lead me out into thy tuneful world as rich in praise as the bird who is in full song.

 

Ride on my friend,

 

D.W. Gulliford

May 2017

God Never Fails!

 

Joshua 1:5 says, “I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

 

This vital word to Joshua is often quoted in the New Testament. It is the very basis of the New Testament. “He has said, I will never leave thee or forsake thee.”

 

Christian, there is before us a life of warfare. Rest well my friend, the Lord of Hosts is with us. Are we not called Christian? Christ In! We are called to lead a fickle people. This promise guarantees us all the wisdom and prudence that we shall need. Do we not contend in this world with cunning and powerful enemies? Here is the Word of Strength, prowess and victory. By this Word we know the Lord Himself is with us.

Jehovah indeed is our Rock and our Fortress. There has never been or ever will be a time when the Lord of Hosts will desert us. He will always be at our side. Faithful friends will drop from us, their help is but a shower in the storm; but God is faithful, Jesus is the same forever, and the Holy Spirit abides in us.

 

Be calm and live life Oh Christian! Clouds may gather, but the Lord will blow them away. God will not fail me, my faith shall not fail either; and God will never forsake me, neither will I forsake Him. Oh, what a restful faith!

 

Ride On Friend,

 

 

D.W. Gulliford

April 2017

James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.”

 

The nearer we come to God, the more graciously He will reveal Himself to us. When the prodigal comes to his father, his father runs to meet him. When the wandering dove returned to the ARK, Noah put out his hand and pulled her to him, when the tender wife seeks her husband, he comes to her on the wings of love. Come now, let us all draw near to God who will so graciously accept us with open arms.

 

In Isaiah 58:9, the Lord seems to put Himself at the disposal of His people, saying to them, “Here I am.” It is as if He is just waiting to bless you. Why do we hesitate for His greeting? Why do we hesitate to draw near to God? If we draw near to others in the world they will definitely grow tired of us and more than likely leave us; but if we seek the Lord alone, no change will come over His mind, He will continue to come nearer and nearer to us for fuller and fuller fellowship. Draw near to God this season and He will draw near to you.

 

God Bless You My Friend,

 

D.W. Gulliford

March Paddock


 

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:37

 

This is not a promise if we consider only the words, but it is truly so as to its sense. David spoke a word which the Lord endorsed by making it true. He argued from past deliverance’s that he should receive help in a new danger. In Jesus all the promises are always Yes and Amen to the glory of God by us, and so the Lord’s former dealings with His believing people will be repeated.

 

Come then let us think about the Lord’s lovingkindness. We could not have hoped for anything but deliverance. The Lord will always deliver His anointed from the power of death as well as over the world. For greater is He that is in you then anything in the world. So hold fast friend as David ran to meet his foe so let us run in the deliverance of the Lord’s Anointed. Run with POWER, run with MIGHT, run with patience for the Lord Your God will deliver you.

 

Ride on Friend,

 

D.W. Gulliford

February 2017 Paddock


“A Wonderful Promise”

 

Isaiah 41:10 says, “I will strengthen thee.”

 

When called to serve or to suffer, we take stock in our strength, and we find it to be less than we thought we had or less than we might need. We should never let our heart sink within us while we have such a word as Isaiah to fall back upon. This word guarantees us all that we can possible need. God has strength omnipotent. His strength can be communicated to us; and His promise is that He will do this very thing. He will be the food of our souls and the health of our hearts; and thus He will give us strength. No one can ever tell how much power God can put into a man. In His divine strength human weakness is never a hindrance.

 

We should remember seasons of trial in which we received special strength and wondered how did I make it through? In the middle of danger we were calm, under difficult times we were resigned, in sickness we were patient. The fact of the matter is God gives us unexpected strength when unusual trials come upon us. We rise out of our feeble selves and put our trust in God alone. Cowards play the man, foolish people have wisdom given to them, and the silent receive in the self-same hour what they shall speak. In my own weakness I cower and shrink, but God’s promises make be braver than ever. Lord give me strength beyond my own and always according to Your Word.

 

Ride on Friend,

 

D.W. Gulliford

January 2017 Paddock


Isaiah 30:15 says, “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”

 

It is always weakness to be fretting and worrying, questioning and mis-trusting. What can we do if we wear ourselves to skin and bone? Can we gain anything by fearing and fuming? Do we not tie ourselves up with fret and worry? Why do we sink by our struggles when we should be floating by our faith?

 

Oh, for grace to be quiet. Why run from house to house to repeat the weary story which makes us more and more heartsick? Why stay at home and live in agony? It would do us all well to keep a quiet tongue, but even more so to have a quiet heart. Oh be still and know that Jehovah is God.

 

Oh, for grace to be confident in God! The Holy One of Israel will defend and deliver His own. Surely every work of His will stand, though the mountains will depart, His word will stand forever. Come my soul, lean your head upon the bosom of the Lord Jesus. Rest surely in the year to come.

 

 

Ride on Friend,

 

D.W. Gulliford

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