Tuesday, January 16, 2018

GLUTTONY



A clergyman was quite ill as a result of eating many pieces of mince pie.

A brother minister visited him and asked him if he was afraid to die.

"No," the sick man replied, "But I should be ashamed to die from eating too much."

- (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 23:2 (CEV): “Don’t go and stuff yourself! That would be just the same as cutting your throat.”

“I believe that gluttony is as much a sin in the sight of God as drunkenness.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

Monday, January 15, 2018

PROGRESS



David Livingstone, great explorer & Christian pioneer, wrote in one magnificent sentence:

"I will go anywhere - provided it is forward."

- Houston Times (moreillustrations.com)

“Being satisfied with things the way they are is the quickest way to stop progress.” – Unknown Author.

1 Tim 4:15 (NET): “Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that everyone will see your progress.”

“We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” - C.S. Lewis.

“Pride is a barrier to all spiritual progress.” -  Harry Ironside.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

THE BIBLE



D. L. Moody on the Bible:

“What can botanists tell you of the Lily of the valley? You must study this book for that.

What can geologists tell you of the Rock of Ages, or mere astronomers about the Bright Morning Star?

In those pages we find all knowledge unto salvation; here we read of the ruin of man by nature, redemption by the blood, and regeneration by the Holy Ghost. These three things run all through and through them.”

2 Tim 3:16 (NLT): “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

“Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love-letter sent to you from God.” -  Thomas Watson.

Friday, January 12, 2018

LISTENING TO THE HOLY SPIRIT



In the world of technology there is a new development called Hyper Sonic Sound (HSS). The inventor, Elwood “Woody” Norris, has engineered sound waves to travel like a laser beam for about 150 yards.

This allows sounds to be heard by a person in a particular place but not by those immediately around them. You could be listening to music or specific instructions while those standing next to you would be left in total silence. If you move out of the tightly formed path of these unique sound waves you too will be unaware of any noise.

God's communication with us is very similar to these sound waves. We must be in the right place to hear the Holy Spirit & when we’re there the message is clear.

If we move away from the pathway of His voice we become unaware of the fact that He is communicating with us & we consequently miss the message.

- Source: Reader's Digest, March, 2005 (ministry127.com)

Lord Jesus Christ declared in Jn 10:15-16, “…My sheep… will listen to my voice…”

“A clear conscience is absolutely essential for distinguishing between the voice of God and the voice of the enemy. Unconfessed sin is a prime reason why many do not know God's will.” -  Winkie Pratney.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

TRUSTING IN DARKNESS



Two Christians were once speaking of their experiences.

One said, "It is terribly hard to trust God & realize His hand in the dark passages of life."

"Well, brother," said the other, "if you cannot trust a man out of your sight, he is not worth much; but if you cannot trust God in the dark, it shows you do not trust Him at all."

- Courtesy of Moody Monthly. (moreillustrations.com)

Ps 62:8 (GNT): “Trust in God at all times, my people. Tell him all your troubles, for he is our refuge.”

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” -  Francis Bacon.

Ps 112:4 (GNT): “Light shines in the darkness for good people, for those who are merciful, kind, and just.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WHY EVERYONE BUT GOD?



How often we trust each other,
And only doubt our Lord.
We take the word of mortals,
And yet distrust His Word;

But oh, what light and glory
Would shine o'er all our days,
If we always would remember
God means just what He says.

- A. B. Simpson. (moreillustrations.com)

Ps 118:9 (CEB): “It’s far better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust any human leader.”

“We cannot always trace God's hand, but we can always trust God's heart.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CONFRONTING SIN



When Nicephorus Phocas (Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire from 963 to 969) had built a strong wall about his palace for his own security, in the night-time he heard a voice crying to him:

"O emperor! Though thou build thy wall as high as the clouds, yet, if sin be within, it will overthrow all."

- (moreillustrations.com)

“Every sin is a mistake, as well as a wrong; and the epitaph for the sinner is: ‘Thou fool!’" -  Alexander MacLaren.

Lam 2:14 (GNT): “Your prophets had nothing to tell you but lies; their preaching deceived you by never exposing your sin. They made you think you did not need to repent.”

“A gospel that does not confront sin is not the gospel of Jesus Christ.” -  John MacArthur.