Friday, September 30, 2016

PRAYER ENABLES



The Living Church tells of how a missionary doctor saved the life of a famous Arctic explorer (Stefansson).

It was a case of double pneumonia & the explorer had to be brought in 50 miles to the hospital. When he had recovered, he said to the doctor:

"Money cannot repay what you have done for me. You have saved my life. But I should like to make one criticism. You would accomplish more if you did not spend so much time in religious work & in prayer."

Then the doctor replied, "If it had not been for prayer, I should not be here; this hospital would not have been here & you would be lying dead in the snow."

- Bible Expositor and Illuminator. (moreillustrations.com)

Lord Jesus said: “I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.” (Jn 15:5 GNT)

“Whenever God calls us to a task, He will equip us and enable us to complete that task.” - Michael Youssef.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

PRAYER



Mr. Spurgeon once came to Bristol. He was to preach in 3 chapels in the city & he hoped to collect 300 pounds, which were needed immediately for his orphanage.

He got the money. Retiring to bed on the last night of his visit, Spurgeon heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Give those 300 pounds to George Muller."

“But, Lord,” answered Spurgeon, “I need it for my dear children in London.”

The word came again, “Give those 300 pounds to George Muller.” It was only when he had said, “Yes, Lord, I will,” that sleep came to him.

The following morning he made his way to Muller's Orphanages & found him on his knees before an open Bible, praying. The famous preacher placed his hand on his shoulder & said, “George, God told me to give you these 300 pounds.”

“Oh,” said Muller, “dear Spurgeon, I have been asking the Lord for that very sum.” And those two prayerful men rejoiced together.

Spurgeon returned to London. On his desk, he found a letter awaiting him. He opened it to find it contained 300 guineas. “There!” cried he with joy, “the Lord has returned my 300 pounds with 300 shillings interest.” (1 pound + 1 shilling = 1 guinea)

- Henry Durbanville. (moreillustrations.com)

Phil 4:5 (TLV): “Do not be anxious about anything - but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MEEKNESS


A missionary was once questioning his class of boys on the meaning of Matt. 5, and asked, "Who are the meek?"

A boy answered, "Those who give soft answers to rough questions."

- The Biblical Illustrator (moreillustrations.com)

Matt 5:5 says: “Blessed are the meek, because they will inherit the earth.”

“The person who bears and suffers evils with meekness and silence, is the sum of a Christian man.” - John Wesley.

“Meekness enables us to be led by the Spirit of God.” - John Hagee.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

KNOW YOUR PILOT



Three passengers share a row of seats in an airplane. As the plane is taxiing for takeoff, their conversation turns to the topic of the airplane pilot.

Stunningly, passenger “A” doesn’t believe one exists. “No one flies the plane. We are guided by a computer system in the terminal. This plane is an occupied drone.  Why should I believe otherwise? The cockpit door is closed. Who can know? There is no pilot.”

Passenger “B” disagrees. “Oh, there is a pilot. Someone sits at the controls of the plane. But, once we take off, he takes a nap. He gets the plane in the air & then goes to sleep.”

The third passenger is shocked by what she hears. “You don’t know what you are talking about. First, there is a pilot. Second, the pilot is alert and competent. I know; he is my husband. He is sensitive & has every intention of a successful flight. We are in safe hands.”

3 passengers. 3 opinions. A plane with no pilot. A plane with a careless pilot. A plane with concerned pilot.

Fast forward a few minutes. Turbulence shakes the plane. Will the 3 passengers experience the flight in the same way? Of the 3 travelers, which is most prone to stay calm?

Nothing is more important than the right view of God. I’ve seen the wealthy & highly educated crumple like cowards at the face of death. I’ve seen the simple & humble take their final breath with a smile & a song.

The difference? They knew the Pilot.

You need to know the heart of the pilot. That is why the story of Jesus is in the Bible.

To know Jesus, is to know God. To know God is to know: this flight gets bumpy, but the Pilot knows how to get us home.

- Max Lucado (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

Lord Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me." (Jn 10:14).

Monday, September 26, 2016

“IS MARS INHABITED?”



‘Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the sinner's Friend’ - should be the theme of every sermon. No other theme will meet the human needs.

It is said that on one occasion 3 people went into church to get help. The first was a business man who had failed & was contemplating suicide.

The second was a youth of extravagant tastes who, finding his wages insufficient was planning to steal from his employer.

The third was a young woman of gay habits & conduct who had been tempted from the path of virtue.

The choir arose & sang an anthem about building the walls of Zion. The minister addressed an eloquent prayer to the Lord & then preached a sermon on the theme, "Is Mars Inhabited?"

Thus the hungry souls that needed bread received stones. The man committed suicide, the boy stole & landed in jail and the woman went home to a life of shame.

- Westminster Teacher's Quarterly. (moreillustrations.com)

“If Jesus preached the same message minister's preach today, He would have never been crucified.” - Leonard Ravenhill.

“I do not think the devil cares how many churches you build, if only you have lukewarm preachers and people in them." -  Charles Spurgeon.

Paul said: “Woe unto me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor 9:16).      

Sunday, September 25, 2016

SALVATION



On the morning of one of the great battles of the Civil War a soldier awoke hearing the intense firing of the pickets & there came to him the conviction that there was going to be a great battle & he was not ready in his soul or in his heart for what the battle might bring.

He therefore knelt down, confessed his sins & committed his soul to the keeping of God, realizing that if it was well with his soul it mattered little what happened to his body.

And that is exactly what Christ said in connection with the verse, "Fear not them which kill the body" (Matt. 10:28).

Now that the soldier had committed his soul to God & left his body to the incidents & laws of the battlefield, all fear & anxiety left him.

- (moreillustrations.com)

“It is our privilege to know that we are saved.” - D.L. Moody.

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

Friday, September 23, 2016

PRIDE



All men are tempted to take a census - that is, to number their own virtues, graces, accomplishments, resources & thus draw the heart away from God. But what ground can there be for our counting or for our pride?

Are we proud of our talents? But what have we that we have not received from God?

Are we proud of our wisdom or knowledge? A brick falls on our head, a machine strikes us on the street & then where is the vaunted knowledge of the mind?

Are we proud of our beauty? A wasting sickness smites us & then where is beauty?

Are we proud of our riches? A revolution breaks out in the country & then what are our riches?

As we take a census of our virtues, let us remember these lines of William Knox, which were so often upon the lips of Abraham Lincoln:

"Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud?

Like a swift-flitting meteor, a fast-flying cloud,

A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,

He passes from life to his rest in the grave."

- (moreillustrations.com)

1 Jn 2:16 (CEB): “Everything that is in the world—the craving for whatever the body feels, the craving for whatever the eyes see and the arrogant pride in one’s possessions—is not of the Father but is of the world.”