Wednesday, April 25, 2018

SELF-EXALTATION



If you wish to be miserable, think about yourself; about what you want, what you like; what respect people ought to pay you; and then to you nothing will be pure. You will spoil everything you touch; you will make misery for yourself out of everything good; you will be as wretched as you choose.

- Chas. Kingsley. (moreillustrations.com)

“We have within us a self that has its poison from Satan - from hell - and yet we cherish and nourish it. What do we not do to please self and nourish self - and we make the devil within us strong. Look at your own life. What are the works of hell? They are chiefly these three: self-will, self-trust, and self-exaltation.” -  Andrew Murray.

Luke 14:11 (ESV): “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

HYPOCRISY



Jesus answered them, “How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! You are hypocrites, just as he wrote: ‘These people, says God, honor me with their words, but their heart is really far away from me. (Mark 7:6 GNT)

“It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. He does not want to be holy; he only wants to seem to be holy. He is more concerned with his reputation for righteousness than about actually becoming righteous. The approval of men matters more to him than the approval of God.” -  Augustine.

“Those that boast most of the religion may be suspected of partiality and hypocrisy in it.” -  Matthew Henry.

“A Pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.” - A.W. Tozer.

Monday, April 23, 2018

REBUKING



2 Tim 4:2 (NIV): “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction.”

“A committed Christian arouses opposition because he is a standing rebuke to the selfishness and sin of those around him.” -  John Hagee.

1 Tim 5:20 (NET): “Those guilty of sin must be rebuked before all, as a warning to the rest.”

“A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too slack to forgive.” – Sydney J Harris.

Pro 28:23 (NIV): “Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.”

“Next to a sincere compliment, I think I like a well-deserved and honest rebuke.” – William Feather.

CHOOSING WISELY



There are poisons that look like crystal spring water. A glass of such poison, placed next to a glass of clear water will fool the eye; the two look exactly alike.

But one has death in it, the other life. You have to discover by other means than drinking the true nature of the two liquids.

In the same way there are many things in life that are deadly, but have the seeming appearance of goodness.
This is why, when you must make a choice about some pleasure, amusement, or action, you must not come to your decision on the basis of appearances.

Source: ‘Let Me Illustrate’, Donald Barnhouse. (ministry127.com)

Pro 14:12 (GW): “There is a way that seems right to a person, but eventually it ends in death.”

Pro 22:3 (GNT): “Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.”

“No man is uneducated who knows the Bible, and no one is wise who is ignorant of its teachings.” -  Samuel Chadwick.

Friday, April 20, 2018

THE BIBLE



Two cows were grazing in a pasture when they saw a milk truck pass. On the side of the truck were the words:

“Pasteurized, homogenized, standardized, vitamin A added.”

One cow sighed & said to the other, “Makes you feel sort of inadequate, doesn’t it?”

People try to improve on milk, but one thing you will never be able to improve on is the Word of God. It does not need any pasteurizing, standardizing, or homogenizing.

- (ministry127.com)

“The best evidence of the Bible being the Word of God is to be found between its covers. It proves itself.” -  Charles Hodge.

“Once we know the Word of God, we have a responsibility to be obedient to it.” -  Joyce Meyer.

2 Tim 3:16 (GNT): “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living.”


Thursday, April 19, 2018

ARE YOU FAITHFUL TO YOUR CALLING?



Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me.” (Mat 16:24 CEV)

“The motto of every missionary; whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be ‘Devoted for life.’” -  Adoniram Judson.

“Your greatest ministry will most likely come out of your greatest hurt.” -  Rick Warren.

“Had I cared for the comments of people, I should never have been a missionary.” - C.T. Studd.

“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

“Today Christians spend more money on dog food than missions.” -  Leonard Ravenhill.

“I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares for you.  Others are interested only in their own lives. 
They don’t care about the work of Christ Jesus.” – Paul (Phil 2:20-21 ERV).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LACK OF ENTHUSIASM


A man got up to leave early from a church service & the pastor asked him where he was going.
 

Joe: To get a haircut.   
 

Pastor: Why didn’t you get one before the service?
 

Joe: I didn’t need one then!
 

Joe was later heard to remark that his pastor was just like Pharaoh - he wouldn’t let the people go.
 

- (ministry127.com)
 

Acts 18:25 (NET): “He (Apollos) had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm he spoke and taught accurately the facts about Jesus…”
 

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 

“Some preachers ought to put more fire into their sermons or more sermons into the fire.” -  Vance Havner.