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Some thoughts from Bryn Pullen…..

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brynmor Pullen was converted in a Welsh Baptist chapel when he was 10 years old. He continued in the pathway of faith for 76 years until the Lord called him Home in the autumn of 1998. He loved the Word of God and studied it all his life. Both he and his wife Grace (who passed away in 2014) were faithful servants of the Lord. Here are two of his articles. 

 

 

 

 

 

MERCY AND GRACE

 

These are the attributes that are said to be available to us for the asking when we approach the throne of grace. When you pause to reflect upon their significance you may be surprised to learn that they represent all that a believer needs when he is in distress of any kind.

 

A story is told of an old Puritan divine who prayed to the Lord to either lighten his load or strengthen his back. Lightening the load is tantamount to God giving mercy; strengthening the back is equivalent to God giving grace. Can you think of any distressing experience in life when either the one or the other would not meet the need?

 

When Epaphroditus was sick nigh unto death, Paul wrote, “but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.” There we have instance of where the Lord deemed the burden of His servant so great, that relief could only adequately be given by lightening the load. (Phil.2:27)

 

On another occasion, when Paul felt overwrought by what was probably some physical infirmity (such as you and I might have from time to time – for it is not stated) he asked the Lord, three times, that it might be removed. The reply he received was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Here we have a case of where the Lord considered it to be in Paul’s best interest to strengthen his back. (2 Cor.12:9)

 

Like Paul and Epaphroditus, and the Psalmist before them, we too may find the Lord to be a refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. The mercy seat and the throne of grace is the place where we may obtain all the help suited to our need.

 

 

 

Strength for the Day

 

Who among us does not need it? From infancy to old age, and every succeeding stage in between, demand strength for the day. Spiritual, physical, moral, mental – strength in all its forms is required for each day’s varying need.

 

“We are fearfully and wonderfully made”, wrote the inspired Psalmist. None who reflects for a single moment on the tripartite nature of our being would deny it. Innate to our constitution is the capacity to meet the changing claims upon our strength. Sometimes, however, extremes of pressure from within and without impose upon us exacting demands which exceed our surprising resources. What then? There are supplementary supplies available for the asking.

 

Our ever-gracious God Who made us has not forgotten our frailty. He remembers our limitations. Accordingly He has promised additional strength for times of trouble. Now the Life of Faith is nurtured and sustained only on promise. If it were anything other than promise it would not be faith! There are many exceeding great and precious promises awaiting our appropriation. Therein lies our further sources of supply. All we have to do is to adopt those promises suited to our need and make them our own. Is it not significant that one of the heroisms of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11 is “obtaining promises.”?

 

In that record we read of those who did so and “out of weakness were made strong”. It was to Paul in his suffering that God said, “My grace is sufficient for you.” To Asaph was the promise given, “As thy day, so shall thy strength be”. Is it a coincidence that aged Anna was of that tribe? The mercy that lifts the burden as well as the grace that strengthens the back are both available at the throne of grace. The Lord grant to us the faith to take Him at His Word.