Tuesday, October 17, 2017

THE ROYAL LAW



The coronation of King George VI was the first to be broadcast to the world by radio.

What a magnificent testimony to the Bible was heard at that point in the Westminster Abbey service when the crystal-clear voice of the Archbishop of Canterbury rang out with these words:

"Our gracious King, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing this world affords. Here is wisdom; this is the royal law; these are the living oracles of God."

- Bible Society Record.(moreillustrations.com)

“One way to get comfort is to plead the promise of God in prayer, show Him His handwriting; God is tender of His Word.” -  Thomas Manton.

Isa 62:6 (GNT): “On your walls, Jerusalem, I have placed sentries; they must never be silent day or night. They must remind the Lord of his promises and never let him forget them.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

THE EASIER WAY



There are two ways of traveling on the Continent.

In the first, you do everything for yourself. You obtain your ticket, look after your luggage, get your seat in the carriage, ask at least three porters whether you are right; and if you have an imperfect knowledge of the language, you have constantly an uneasy sense that perhaps you are wrong. 

There is another method of foreign travel.

You employ a Tourist Agency, which obtains your tickets, sees to your comfort, gives you precise directions, provides you, where necessary, with a conductor & at every terminus waits to greet you. 

And in this we have a good illustration of the easier way of traveling to Heaven. Be at rest in the indwelling & in working of the Holy Spirit. Only see that He is not grieved & He will see to all else.

- King's Business, F. B. Meyer. (moreillustrations.com)

Ep 4:30 (WE): “Do nothing that makes the Holy Spirit feel sad. He is the mark God has put on you until the day you will belong to God altogether.”

"Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.” - Corrie Ten Boom.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM



One night I read an account of the scenes around Catherine Booth as she lay in her coffin at Congress Hall:

How the poorest of the poor felt she was specially theirs in death as in life.

How ministers & members of Parliament & half-starved children of the slums were alike eager for a last look upon the face they loved.

Lost girls turned from her side & begged to be taken to some home where they could begin a new life.

"That woman lived for me," a poor drunkard cried in anguish. They drew him aside; and down on his knees, he accepted pardon & promised that her God should be his.

Three men knelt together at the head of the coffin & poured out their penitence to God & went out of the hall saved.

Another said, "I've come 60 miles to see her again. She was the means of saving my two boys."

What a thrilling testimony to one who had the "qualities of a Christian!"

- The King's Business. (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 22:1 (NLT): “Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.”

“A good name is what is given you by others and that which has been earned by you.” -  Jack Hyles.

Friday, October 13, 2017

WORTH FOLLOWING



There is a pleasing story of how the father of Matthew Henry the commentator won his bride. He was a Presbyterian minister, she, an only daughter & the heiress of a considerable fortune.

Her father objected. "You see," he said to his daughter, "he may be a perfect gentleman, a brilliant scholar & an excellent preacher; but he is a stranger & we do not even know where he comes from!"

"True," replied the girl, "but we know where he is going & I should like to go with him."

Do others have confidence in us because they know we are led of God?

- Sunday School Chronicle. (moreillustrations.com)

“A good conscience and a good confidence go together.” -  Thomas Brooks.

1 Tim 4:12 (RSV): “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

“Nobody knows about your integrity, your sincerity, your talent or your good will unless you give out samples in action.” - Weekly Animator.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

MEANING OF COMFORT



A missionary translator, laboring amongst a tribe in the mountains of Mexico, found it hard to get the right word for 'comfort'.

One day his helper asked for a week's leave, and explained that his uncle had died & he wanted some days off to visit his bereaved aunt 'to help her heart around the corner'.

That was just the expression the missionary needed.

- (moreillustrations.com)

John 14:16 (KJV): “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”

“If I am walking along the street with a very disfiguring hole in the back of my dress, of which I am in ignorance, it is certainly a very great comfort to me to have a kind friend who will tell me of it. And similarly it is indeed a comfort to know that there is always abiding with me a divine, all-seeing Comforter, who will reprove me for all my faults, and will not let me go on in a fatal unconsciousness of them.” -  Hannah Whitall Smith.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

GIVE YOURSELF TO OBEY GOD’S GUIDANCE



A young man was eager to grow in His Christian life.

He got a piece of paper & made a list of all the things he would do for God. He wrote down the things he would give up, the places he would go to minister & the areas of ministry he would enter.

He was excited. He took that list to the church & put it on the altar. He thought he would feel joy, but instead he felt empty.

So he went home & started adding to his list. He wrote down more things he would do & wouldn’t do. He took the longer list & put it on the altar, but still he felt nothing.

He went to a wise, old pastor, told him the situation & asked for help. The pastor said, “Take a blank sheet of paper. Sign your name at the bottom. Put that on the altar.”

The young man did & then peace came to his heart.

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

Jer 10:23 (TLB): “O Lord, I know it is not within the power of man to map his life and plan his course.”

“God does not will He should follow what man has initiated. Other than following God's direction, we have no right to direct Him. We have no ability to offer but to obey God's guidance.” -  Watchman Nee.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THE TIE OF LOVE



One day, one of the gigantic eagles of Scotland carried away a sleeping infant. The whole village pursued it, but the eagle soon perched itself upon a lofty crag & everyone despaired of the child's life.

A sailor tried to climb the ascent, but he was obliged to give up the attempt. A robust Highlander, accustomed to hill climbing, tried but was forced to return.

At last a poor peasant woman came forward & putting her feet on one shelf of the rock, then a second, then a third, she rose to the very top of the cliff.

While the hearts of those below were trembling, she came down step by step, until amid the shouts of the villagers, she stood at the bottom of the rock with the child on her bosom.

Why did that woman succeed when the strong sailor & the practiced Highlander failed?

Because between her & the babe there was a tie; that woman was the mother of the babe. Let there be that tie of love of Christ and to souls then greater wonders will be accomplished.

-The King's Business. (moreillustrations.com)

“For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” – Paul (1 Cor 10:33 NIV)