Friday, August 18, 2017

TRIALS



Two men were once discussing why it is that you cannot see the stars by day. The stars are still there; the distance is not greater by day than by night; why, then, cannot these mighty lamps be seen by day?

One man maintained that they could be seen if one went far enough down in a well. The other denied the proposition but permitted himself to be lowered into the well.

After he had been lowered a certain distance, he was asked if he could see the stars, and said, "No."
Still farther down the same question was asked, with the same answer.

But when he had been lowered to a great depth, then, looking up toward the heavens, he said he was able to see the stars.

So to those who are willing to will for themselves the things which He hath willed for them, the deep well of adversity & trouble is a place whence they can see the stars of the spiritual heavens & know that in all & above all & through all is God & that GOD IS LOVE.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Js 1:2-4 (NIV): “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”              
 
“Every temptation is great or small according as the man is.” -  Jeremy Taylor.

“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” - Thomas Fuller. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A 'TESTIMONY'



The grateful woman on the farm in Arkansas wrote to the vendors of the patent medicine:

"Four weeks ago I was so run down that I could not spank the baby. After taking three bottles of your Elegant Elixir, I am now able to thrash my husband in addition to my other housework. God bless you!"

- (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 1:22 &33 (GNT):“Foolish people! How long do you want to be foolish? How long will you enjoy making fun of knowledge? Will you never learn? … But whoever listens to me will have security. He will be safe, with no reason to be afraid.”

“Are you weak? Weary? Confused? Troubled? Pressured? How is your relationship with God? Is it held in its place of priority? I believe the greater the pressure, the greater your need for time alone with Him.” -  Kay Arthur.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BELIEVE AND WAIT



A life insurance leaflet contains the following:

A father & a girl of 10 yrs, both good swimmers, entered the waters of the Atlantic at a New Jersey seashore resort a few summers ago.

When some distance from shore they became separated & the father realized they were being carried out to sea by the tide. He called out to his daughter: "Mary, I am going to shore for help. If you get tired, turn on your back; you can float all day on your back. I'll come back for you."

Before long many searchers in boats were scurrying over the face of the water hunting for one small girl, while hundreds of people to whom the news had spread waited anxiously on shore.

It was 4 hours before they found her, far from land. She was calmly floating on her back & not at all frightened. Cheers & tears of joy & relief greeted the rescuers with their precious burden as they came to land.

The child took it calmly. She said, "He said he would come for me & that I could float all day, so I swam & floated, because I knew he would come."

May such faith in our Heavenly Father sustain us in those hours in which we must swim & float & wait!

- Gospel Chimes. (moreillustrations.com)

Lord Jesus said: “After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am.” (John 14:3 ERV)

“I will charge my soul to believe and wait for Him, and will follow His providence, and not go before it, nor stay behind it.” -  Samuel Rutherford.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

GOD ALWAYS WATCHES



An old lady in England had stood the bombings with amazing grit during WWII. When asked the secret of her fortitude amidst such frightful danger, she replied:

“Well, every night I say my prayers & then I remember what the pastor told us, God is always watching. With that thought, I go to sleep. After all, there’s no need for two of us to lie awake.”

- The Christian Century. (moreillustrations.com)

Ps 121:5 (NLT): “The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.”

Ps 145:20 (VOICE): “All of you who love God - He will watch out for you, but total destruction is around the corner for all the wicked.”

Monday, August 14, 2017

FREEDOM FROM SIN



President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. The moment it went into effect on January 1, 1863, every slave living in the Confederacy was legally free.

But until they knew of their freedom, the legal fact had no impact on their lives.

In fact, Union soldiers carried hundreds of thousands of copies of the proclamation & passed them out as they made their way through the South during the war.

Christ has set us free from power of sin. We must recognize that fact & live like it.

Source: ‘The Pulling Down of Strongholds’, R.B. Ouellette (ministry127.com)

Gal 5:1 (GNT): “Freedom is what we have - Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again.”

“To serve God, to love God, to enjoy God, is the sweetest freedom in the world.” -  Thomas Watson.

“If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you are free.” -  D.L. Moody.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

WORRY!



Said the robin to the sparrow,
"I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about, and worry so?"

Said the sparrow to the robin,
"Friend, I think that it must be
They have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me."

- Elizabeth Cheyney (moreillustrations.com)
               
Mat 10:29 - 31 (HCSB): “Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  So don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair-it keeps you moving but doesn't get you anywhere. - Corrie Ten Boom.

ADVICE



Her exalted rank did not give Queen Victoria immunity from the trials of a grandmother.

One of her grandsons, whose recklessness in spending money provoked her strong disapproval, wrote to the 
Queen reminding her of his approaching birthday & delicately suggesting that money would be the most acceptable gift.

In her own hand she answered, sternly reproving the youth for the sin of extravagance & urging upon him the practice of economy.

His reply staggered her:

"Dear Grandma, thank you for your kind letter of advice. I have sold the same for five pounds."

- (moreillustrations.com)

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.” - Publius Syrus.

Pro 19:20 (GW): “Listen to advice and accept discipline so that you may be wise the rest of your life.”

“The true secret in giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right.” Hannah Whitall Smith, Evangelist.