Robert Leighton (Belong)

It is a thing of huge difficulty, to bring men to a sense of their natural misery, to see that they have need of a savior, and to look out for one: but then, being brought to that, it is not less, if not more difficult, to persuade them that Christ is he; that, as they have need of him, so they need no more, he being able and sufficient for them. All the waverings and fears of misbelieving minds, do spring from dark and narrow apprehensions of Jesus Christ. All the doubt is, not of their interest, as they imagine: they who say so, and think it so, do not perceive the bottom and root of their own malady. They say, they do no whit doubt but that he is able enough, and his righteousness large enough, but all the doubt is, if he belongs to me. Now, I say, this doubt arises from a defect and doubt of the former, wherein you suspect it not. Why doubtest thou that he belongs to thee? Dost thou flee to him, as lost and undone in thyself? Dost thou renounce all that can be called thine, and seek thy life in him? Then he is thine. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. Oh, but I find so much, not only former, but still daily renewed and increasing guiltiness. Why, is he a sufficient Saviour, or is he not? If thou dost say, he is not, then it is manifest that here lies the defect and mistake. If thou sayest, he is, then hast thou answered all thy objections of that kind: much guiltiness, much or little, old or new, neither helps nor hinders, as to thy interest in him and salvation by him. And for dispelling of these mists, nothing can be more effectual than the letting in of those Gospel beams, the clear expressions of his riches and fullness in the Scriptures, and eminently this, Made of God wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow, 1611 – 1684)

Robert Leighton (Believe)

Men will not believe how hard a matter it is, to believe the fullness and sufficiency of Jesus Christ, till they be put to it in earnest to make use of him, and then they find it: when sin and death are set before their view, and discovered in their native colours unto the soul, when a man is driven to that, What shall I do to be saved? then, then is the time to know what notion he hath of Christ. And as the difficulty lies in this, in the first awakening of the conscience from sin, so, in after-times of temptation and apprehension of wrath, when, upon some new-added guiltiness, or a new sight of the old, in a frightful manner, sin revives and the soul dies, it is struck dead with the terrors of the law, –then to keep thy hold, and find another life in Christ, the law and justice satisfied, and so the conscience quieted in him; this is indeed to believe.

Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow, 1611 – 1684)

Robert Leighton (Virtues)

We have in the Creed, the Object of faith; in the Law, the exercise and trial of love: for Love is the fulfilling of the law; and, If ye love me, keep my commandments, saith our Savior. And Prayer is the breathing of hope, or, as they call it, Interpretatio spei. Thus, in these three summaries, are the matter of these three prime theological virtues, faith, hope, and charity.

Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow, 1611 – 1684)

Robert Leighton (Supreme Lawgiver)

This Supreme Lawgiver alone can see the behavior of the heart, and alone is able to punish all who offend so much as in thought. It were a vain thing, for men to give laws to any, more than what they can require account of and correct which is only the surface and outside of human actions. But He who made the heart, doth not only give His law to it, but to it principally, and examines all actions there in their source and beginning; and therefore, oftentimes, that which men applaud and reward, and do well in so doing, He justly hates and punishes.

Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow, 1611 – 1684)

Robert Leighton (Blessed Man)

It is the character of the blessed man, and the way of blessedness, to delight in the law of God. Psalm 1:2 And because the eye is often upon that whereon the affection and delight of the heart is set, the sign of that delight in the Law, is to have the eye of the mind much upon it, to meditate on it day and night. And that we may know this is not, as the study of many things are, empty speculation and fruitless, barren delight, we are further taught, that the soul that is fixed in this delight and meditation, is a tree well planted, an answerably fruitful. The mind that is set upon this Law, is fitly set for bearing fruit. Planted by the rivers of water; and is really fruitful, Bringing forth its fruit in its season.

Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow, 1611 – 1684)

Robert Leighton (Religion)

The first thing in religion is, to state the Object of it right, and to acknowledge and receive it for such. This, I confess, is the intent of this First Precept of the Law, which is therefore the basis and foundation that bears the weight of all the rest. And therefore, as we said before, though the preface looks to them all, yet it looks first to this which is nearest it, and is knit with it, and through it to all the rest. The preface asserted God’s authority as the strength of His law, and this First Precept commands the acknowledgment and embracing of that His authority, and His alone, as God. And this is the spring of our obedience to all His commandments.

Robert Leighton (Archbishop of Glasgow, 1611 – 1684)

Double Cancer Survivor (Eddie Rodriguez)

I would like to dedicate this month to people who have had cancer or are battling cancer as we speak. I have a personal friend who has had cancer twice and by the grace of God has survived both battles. I have a lot in common with this gentleman from running the streets and life experiences, we were both complete knuckle heads when the LORD decided to pull us out of this world and bring us both into the Kingdom of God. I personally witnessed this man’s battle with cancer both times and how the LORD totally used both battles for this man’s good. I have known Eddie and his wife Angelica for a long time and I know about so many battles that they have had throughout the years and how the LORD has totally blessed their lives, by them continuing to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. They are two of the most awesome people you will ever meet and they are totally on fire for the LORD.

When Eddie was diagnosed with the cancer he had purchased his 62 impala and it was a running rolling car, but in very rough condition. It needed to be totally restored and Eddie and Angelica decided that an off the frame full restoration was the way to do it. So they dedicated themselves to the end of this project and as you can see from the link that is at the end of this post, it was a total success.

Just as Eddie and Angelica decided to do a full off the frame restoration on this beautiful 1962 impala, to invest their time and money, to use it as a ministry to reach out to a demographic that most do not, God has blessed them for it. Eddie has read Lowrider magazine since his childhood and God has made one of Eddie’s dreams come true, by giving him a spot in the magazine with his car. But that was not all that the LORD was doing, for during the time that Eddie was dealing with his chemotherapy for his cancer diagnosis, he was reading his Bible daily and meditating on Psalm 62, and since his Impala is a 1962, he decided to glorify the LORD by dedicating his car by naming it, “62 PSLMS”. For Eddie understood as God was restoring him to better health, Eddie was doing the same to this 1962 Impala. Not only was God restoring Eddie’s health, but also his soul. And as you will see, Eddie did the same to this 1962 Impala, better than new!

To see this beautiful 1962 Impala, click on the link “62 PSLMS”