Friday, June 23, 2017

ARISE!



Napoleon's soldiers often used to sleep on the march. They were moving onward, yet asleep & indifferent to all around them.

Thousands are like them in spiritual matters. 

They are 'passing onward, quickly passing' in the journey of life, yet indifferent to their need of eternal life in Christ & to the claims of God upon their lives.

Ep 5:14 (WEB): Therefore he says, “Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

- (moreillustrations.com)

“Good conduct arises out of good doctrine.” -  John Stott.

“A Christian ought to feel that when a need arises, it is his duty to fill that need.” -  Jack Hyles.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

GENTLE & SELF-CONTROLLED



How is one to learn to be gentle & self-controlled?

The great secret, I am firmly convinced & I beg for earnest consideration of it, is to keep nearer to God than to Christians.

One can stand almost anything if one dwells in the secret place of the Most High.

Our Lord could face all the contradictions of sinners & the unbelief of His own family in Nazareth because He dwelt not there, but in the bosom of His Father.

- Dr. A. T. Schofield. (moreillustrations.com)

“The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.” -  Oswald Chambers.

Ps 91:1 (KJV): “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -  Helen Keller.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE HOLY SPIRIT IN US DOES THE WORK



I have a glove here in my hand. The glove cannot do anything by itself, but when my hand is in it, the glove can do many things. True, it is not the glove, but my hand in the glove that acts.

The Christian is a glove. It is the Holy Spirit in us, the hand, who does the work. We must make room for the hand so that every finger in the glove is filled.

- (ministry127.com)        

Lord Jesus said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything.” (John 15:5 CEB)

“Once more, never think that you can live to God by your own power or strength; but always look to and rely on Him for assistance, yea, for all strength and grace.” -  David Brainerd.

BE FAITHFUL IN LITTLE THINGS



A young preacher once approached Dr. F. B. Meyer & asked how he could one day become as influential & well-known as Dr. Meyer.

Dr. Meyer responded, “Don’t waste your time waiting & longing for large opportunities which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming your attention.”

Source: 1001 Unforgettable Quotes about God, Faith, and the Bible; Ron Rhodes

- (ministry127.com)

Lk 16:10 (GNT): “Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones.”

“Do daily and hourly your duty; do it patiently and thoroughly. Do it as it presents itself; do it at the moment, and let it be its own reward. Never mind whether it is known and acknowledged or not, but do not fail to do it.” -  James H. Aughey.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

HANG ON AND KEEP CLIMBING



In May of 2001, Erik Weihenmayer accomplished something that only about 150 people per year do - reaching the top of Mount Everest.

The thing that made Erik’s achievement unusual is that he is the first blind person to succeed in scaling the tallest mountain in the world. Erik was born with a disease called retinoschisis & by the time he was 13 he was completely blind.

Rather than focus on what he could not do, he made the choice to focus on what he could do & went much further than almost anyone expected.

His autobiography is titled ‘Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See’.

Many times we face a choice - will we allow obstacles to stop us, or will we keep pressing on regardless of opposition & trouble?

It would be nice if following God meant that things would always work out well & people would always like us. The reality is that many times doing what is right requires overcoming obstacles. We should not expect constant smooth sailing, nor should we allow troubles that arise to convince us to quit.

- (ministry127.com)

Phil 4:13 (WEB): “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CROSS – the Symbol of Hope



Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a prisoner in a Soviet prison in Siberia. He became so weak & discouraged that he wished he would die.

The guards would beat & usually kill anyone that stopped working. He decided to stop working so that the guards would kill him.

As soon as he did so, another Christian drew a cross where Alexander could see it.

Alexander said that he was encouraged by remembering that God gives hope & courage. He decided to continue working because of a Christian who cared too much to let him give up.

Source: McHenry’s Quips, Quotes, & Other Notes, Raymond McHenry (ministry127.com)

2 Thes 2:16-17 (GNT): “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and in his grace gave us unfailing courage and a firm hope, encourage you and strengthen you to always do and say what is good.

(Alexander was born in Russia in 1918, was brainwashed by the state education system which taught him that religion was the enemy of the people. Like most of his school friends, he enslaved himself to become an atheist. He was diagnosed with a malignant cancer in its advanced stages & was not expected to live. In the face of what appeared to be impending death, he believed in Christ & was astonished by what he considered to be a miraculous recovery. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature.)

Friday, June 16, 2017

CROSS – the Symbol of Sacrifice



The cross forces sacrifice into the heart of life. It condemns selfishness, the oldest idol in the world. It reveals God's method of dying in sacrifice, and being raised again in power - as the process through which the individual lives.

- Dr. J. Kelman (moreillustrations.com)

Jesus continued to say to all of them, “Any of you who want to be my follower must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you every day for following me.” (Luke 9:23 ERV)

“God is looking for men and women who will never be content with mere experiences and "blessings," but who will take up the cross daily and follow Jesus and thus manifest in their lives and in their service the reality of those words, "It is no longer I, but Christ that lives in me." This and this alone is the Spirit-filled life.” -  Zac Poonen.