Friday, August 26, 2016

YIELDING TO GOD



“Why am I not happy?” inquired a wealthy lady as she stood beside the missionary, Dr. Goforth of China, in her home.

“Have you surrendered all?” enquired the man of God, quietly.

“Yes, as far as I know, I have surrendered all,” responded the woman.

“Are you sure?” insisted Dr. Goforth, “that your all is on the altar?”

“My all is on the altar, I believe,” answered the woman again.

“And you are willing for God to take your little girl here & send her to China?” asked the missionary, placing his hand on her head.

“God take my daughter & make her a missionary in China! I should say not. I want her with me,” exclaimed the mother.

“And yet you tell me you have yielded all & you haven't even given your own child to God. How can you expect God's blessing & peace & joy? You stand as it were between God & His will for your daughter & you say to Him, ‘Thus far shall Thou come & no farther. You can have my home, my money, me, but - don't touch my daughter.’ Madam, do you call that surrender?”

- (moreillustrations.com)

Lord Jesus said: “If you love your father or mother or even your sons and daughters more than me, you are not fit to be my disciples.” (Mat 10:37 CEV).

Thursday, August 25, 2016

THE PROBLEM WITHIN



A story is told of old Thomas K. Beecher, who could not bear deceit in any form. Finding that a clock in his church was habitually too fast or too slow, he hung a placard on the wall above it, reading in large letters: "Don't blame my hands - the trouble lies deeper."

That is where the trouble lies with us when our hands do wrong, or our feet, or our lips, or even our thoughts. The trouble lies so deep that only God's miracle power can deal with it.

- Christian Witness. (moreillustrations.com)

Mk 7:21-23 (GNT): “For from the inside, from your heart, come the evil ideas which lead you to do immoral things, to rob, kill, commit adultery, be greedy, and do all sorts of evil things; deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride, and folly - all these evil things come from inside you and make you unclean.”

We cannot cure a disease by attacking the symptoms. For example, pouring cold water over a person having fever won't work, (in fact, it aggravates the problem) medicine has to be taken internally.

The only way the sin-problem within can be treated is by crying out to the Lord Jesus: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Ps 51:10 RSV).

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THE LIFE WORD



E. L. Langston in one of his splendid books says: "There is a strange plant in Jamaica, called the 'life plant.' It is called this because it is almost impossible to kill or destroy any portion of it.

When a leaf is cut off & hung by a string, instead of shriveling up & dying like any other leaf, it sends gut white threadlike roots & thus gathers moisture from the air & begins to grow new leaves.

The Bible," says Mr. Langston, "is the Life Plant of the moral & spiritual world. Circulate the Bible or portions of it anywhere and it will soon take root in the affections & heart of mankind & send out tendrils of life.

In the heart of Africa, or among the aborigines of South America, or among the Eskimos of the Arctic Circle, it has the same quickening power which no climate or heathenism has the power to kill."

- The Wonderful Word (moreillustrations.com)  

“And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” – Paul (Acts 20:32 ESV)

“Study the Bible to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy.” – Unknown.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BE FOCUSED



The 23 years old Sakshi Malik of Haryana became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics.  In her own words, her bronze was won at Rio after 12 years of hard work, patience & sacrifices - some of which includes giving up her favorite things to eat.

How sacrificially focused are we on the Lord’s work?

Someone is reported to have asked a concert violinist in New York’s Carnegie Hall how she became so skilled. She said that it was by “planned neglect.”  She planned to neglect everything that was not related to her goal.  

1 Cor 15:58 (GNT): “So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord's service is ever useless.”

Monday, August 22, 2016

DETERMINATION



An old proverb: “No gain without pain” pops-up in anybody’s mind when they make note of just one of the sacrifices made by the much talked-about, 21-year-old Sindhu, who won India's first silver at Rio Olympics - was leaving home every day at 3:30 a.m. for training from Marredpally to Gopichand’s Academy at Gachibowli  (30 km)  for close to 12 years. Determination made the difference.

Read about two determined-brothers:

Two brothers were discussing their life goals after Sunday school. The first brother’s goal was to be rich and famous. The second brother’s goal was to follow Christ to the fullest.

The second brother went on to reach his goal. His name was David Livingstone, the renowned medical missionary and explorer of Africa.

The first went on to be rich, but his fame came from another. The epitaph on his tombstone reads: “Here lies the brother of David Livingstone.” (ccbiblestudy.org)

“Never forget that life is not about you! You exist for God's purposes, not vice versa.” -  Rick Warren.

1 Cor 9:24 (CEB): “Don’t you know that all the runners in the stadium run, but only one gets the prize? So run to win.”

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

GOD LOVES YOU TOO MUCH



An atheist, blaspheming in a certain market-place, challenged God to show His power by striking him dead within 5 minutes. The 5 minutes elapsed & following the tense delay, the man spoke to his audience, saying, “What did I tell you?"

An old lady standing by said, "Sir, have you any children?"

"Why?"

"Well," said the lady, "If one of your children handed you a knife & said, `Kill me, Daddy,' would you do it?"

"Why, no," replied the astonished man, "I love them too much."

"That is exactly why God did not strike you dead," said the lady, "He loves you too much."

- Moody Monthly (moreillustrations.com)

John 3:16 (WE): “God loved the world so very, very much that he gave his only Son. Because he did that, everyone who believes in him will not lose his life, but will live forever.”

“By the cross we know the gravity of sin and the greatness of God's love toward us.” -  John Chrysostom.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

QUOTES ON FREEDOM



“There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.” -  Charles Kingsley.

Lord Jesus Christ said: “If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

“If you want to be free, just start doing what God wants you to do, one step at a time, and you'll eventually walk out of your messes.” -  Joyce Meyer.

The Bible says: “… Where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom.” (2 Cor 3:17)

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