Thursday, February 23, 2017

AVOIDING HIDDEN DANGER



In 2013, the North Carolina-Virginia border was closed for hours following a massive chain of accidents. Police later reported that 17 different collisions involved 95 cars & trucks. The wrecks left 3 people dead & more than two dozen injured - many of them seriously.

The cause of the accidents was people driving into a thick fog that descended over the Interstate that Sunday afternoon. A police spokesman said, “Visibility at the time this accident occurred was down to about one hundred feet or less.”

As people continued to drive blindly forward, they could not see the danger that was just ahead until it was too late. Prudence reminds us to be on guard for danger.

Because of the way our minds work, we often tend to disregard what may happen in the future simply because it hasn’t happened yet.

Pro 27:12 (NCV): “The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble.”

- ‘Roanoke Times’ (ministry127.com)

“A danger foreseen is half avoided.” - Thomas Fuller.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WORSHIPPING SELF



Dan serves his athletic body. He works out in a gym 5 days a week & has impeccable eating habits. He is attracted only to other beautiful body people.

The problem is he keeps falling for shallow women who have no depth of spirit of character. He feels lonely & empty & eventually becomes bored & bitter. The false god of vanity fails him.

- (ministry127.com)

Ecc 12:8 (ESV): “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.”

“He (Lord Jesus) must increase in importance, while I must decrease in importance.” – John the Baptist (John 3:30 GW)

“Forget yourself and live for others, for it is more blessed to give than to receive.” - A.B. Simpson.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST



To one who asked George Muller the secret of his service, he replied, “There was a day when I died, utterly died,” and, as he spoke, he bent lower until he almost touched the floor—“died to George Muller, his opinions, preferences, tastes & will, died to the world, its approval or censure, died to the approval or blame even of my brethren & friends, and since then I have studied to show myself approved unto God.”

- (moreillustrations.com)

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Paul (Gal 2:20 ESV)

“I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.”-  Charles Spurgeon.

Monday, February 20, 2017

OBEDIENCE TO THE BIBLE



“You may talk about power; but, if you neglect the one Book that God has given you as the one instrument through which He imparts & exercises His power, you will not have it.

You may read many books & go to many conventions to pray for the power of the Holy Ghost; but unless you keep in constant & close association with the one Book, the Bible, you will not have power.

And if you ever had power, you will not maintain it except by the daily, earnest, intense study of that Book.  99 Christians in every 100 are merely playing at Bible study; and therefore 99 Christians in every 100 are mere weaklings, when they might be giants, both in their Christian life & in their service.”

- R. A. Torrey (ministry127.com)

Jesus said: “So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Mat 7:24 GNT)

“It would have been well for the church of Christ, if the warnings of the Gospel had been as much studied as its promises.” -  J.C. Ryle.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

LEARNING



A dad with 5 children was picking up toys in the back yard. 

He said to his wife, “You know since we had children I’ve learned the meaning of, ‘When I became a man I put away childish things.’” (1 Cor 13:11)

- (ministry127.com)

Pro 19:8 (GNT): “Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper.”

“If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost.” - Zig Ziglar.

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” ― Otto von Bismarck .

Friday, February 17, 2017

SERVANT



Robert Morrison, the noted missionary to China wrote to his friends in England, asking for an assistant. In response, a young man from the country offered himself. After an interview, the members of the board decided that though he was an earnest Christian he was too rough & they gave him this decision:

"We do not think you fit to be a missionary, but if you would like to go out as a servant to the missionary, we will send you."

After hearing this answer, he said, "Well, sir, if the gentlemen don't think me fit to be a missionary, I will go as a servant. I am willing to be a hewer of wood & a drawer of water or do anything to help the cause of my Heavenly Master."

He was sent out as a servant, but he soon became a missionary & turned out to be Dr. Milne, one of the best missionaries that ever went to that country.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Mk 9:35 (GNT): Jesus sat down, called the twelve disciples, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all.”

“If you seek to please men you can never be a servant of the Lord.” -  Zac Poonen.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

MY RULE FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING



Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman had this which he called "My rule for Christian living":

"The rule that governs my life is this: anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it."

This simple rule may help you find a safe road for your feet along life's road.

- Watchman-Examiner. (moreillustrations.com)

“In conclusion, my friends fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.” – Paul (Phil 4:8 GNT)

“Loving God - really loving Him - means living out His commands no matter what the cost.” -  Chuck Colson.