Friday, July 29, 2016

THE GREATEST TRADE OF YOUR LIFE



H. L. Hunt made millions as a Texas oilman. He was an aggressive businessman with little regard for time. His chief confidant, John, might be called in the middle of the night as quickly as in the middle of the day.

One night at 2:00 am, Hunt phoned John. He excitedly declared, “John, I just made the greatest trade of my life. I traded the here for the hereafter… I just got saved.”

If you have never trusted Christ as your Savior, you need to trade the here for the hereafter. You need to be saved. It is the wisest decision you will ever make.

Source: Preaching that Pleases God, Tom Farrell (ministry127.com)

Mat 16:26 (KJV): “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

“Is it possible for an unbaptized believer to be saved? Yes, definitely. Should every believer be baptized? Yes, definitely.” -  Max Lucado.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

OUR KING KNOWS




During the first evacuation of children from bomb-torn areas of London, a train was leaving packed with children.

The parents of a small boy & girl had just said good-bye to their precious children & left them standing on the platform. The little girl began to cry & said she was afraid because she did not know where she was going.

Her little brother, brushing his own tears away, put an arm around her in an effort to comfort her & said, "I do not know where we are going either, but the king knows."

Are not many of us like the little girl, fearful because we do not know where we are heading for in this distracted world of ours?  We do not know, but our King knows!

The emergencies & problems of our day will be calmly faced, if we have met God & put our trust in Him.

-‘Day by Day’ (moreillustrations.com)

“If God was faithful to you yesterday, you have reason to trust him for tomorrow.” -  Woodrow Kroll.

Mark 4:40 (GNT): Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?”

THE LORD WILL NOT FAIL YOU



The late Dr. Jowett said that he was once in a most pitiful perplexity & consulted Dr. Berry of Wolverhampton, England.

"What would you do if you were in my place?" he entreated.

"I don't know, Jowett, I am not there & you are not there yet. When have you to act?"

"On Friday," Dr. Jowett replied.

"Then." answered Berry, "you will find your way perfectly clear on Friday. The Lord will not fail you."

And surely enough, on Friday all was plain.

Give God time, and even when the knife flashes in the air the ram will be seen caught in the thicket.

Give God time, and even when Pharaoh's host is on Israel's heels, a path through the waters will be suddenly open.

Give God time, and when the bed of the brook is dry, Elijah shall hear the guiding voice.

- F. W. Boreham in ‘Alliance Weekly’ (moreillustrations.com)

Ecc 3:11 (CEV):“God makes everything happen at the right time...” 
         

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ADORNMENT



It is said that one of the early Christian fathers, seeing a woman of loose morals arrayed in rich apparel, was moved to tears & confessed that he had never taken such pains to adorn his soul with faith & godliness as she had taken to adorn her body to please the world.

- (moreillustrations.com)

1 Pet 3:4 (VOICE): “let your adornment be what’s inside—the real you, the lasting beauty of a gracious and quiet spirit, in which God delights.”

“I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the ungodliness which remains in him.” - Charles Spurgeon.

Monday, July 25, 2016

THE COUNSEL OF GOD



An architect complains that many of his clients come & ask him to design a house for them, only to let him very speedily discover that they have already designed it all for themselves.

What they really want is his sanction of the plan & the satisfactions of seeing him draw on paper what they have fully in mind.

It is in very much the same fashion that we often go to God, the great Architect, with our lives. We ask Him for wisdom & guidance, but we have already planned how we will build our fortunes & shape our course & it is not His way we are seeking, but His approval of our way.

- Mississippi Visitor. (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 3:5-6 (ERV): “Trust the LORD completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way.”

“If honest of heart and uprightness before God were lacking or if I did not patiently wait on God for instruction or if I preferred the counsel of my fellow-men to the declarations of the Word of God, I made great mistakes.” - George Mueller.

WORTHLESS



We read that in a court, presided over by Judge Ivan Lee Holt, Jr., a twenty-seven-year-old woman drew a three year prison sentence for a fatal shooting which followed an argument over ownership of a nickel.

- (moreillustrations.com)

“Remember, your worth is founded in Jesus Christ.” -  Warren Wiersbe.

Ps 119:37 (NET): “Turn my eyes away from what is worthless! Revive me with your word!”

“The measure of a man's worth is the measure in which he no longer lives "to and for himself," but "to and for Jesus Christ." No more and no less!” - Major Ian Thomas.

Friday, July 22, 2016

VISION



In his book ‘The Wilson Era,’ Josephus Daniels, secretary of the navy under President Wilson, relates how he once asked Andrew Carnegie (steel tycoon & one of the wealthiest 19th century U.S. businessmen) what the secret of his remarkable success was.

Carnegie replied, "I owe it all to my flashes."

Mystified, Daniels said, "What do you mean by 'flashes'?"

"All my life," replied Carnegie, "I woke up early in the morning & always there came into my mind with the waking a flash telling me what to do that day & if I followed those flashes, I always succeeded."

"You mean," said Daniels, "that you have heavenly visions & like the man in the Scriptures you were not disobedient to your visions?"

"Call it that if you like," answered Carnegie, "or call it flashes; but it was the following of those silent admonitions & directions which brought me the success you say I have achieved."

Whatever may be said about the flashes in the business world, there is no doubt about flashes of divine impulse in the moral & spiritual world. When they come, happy is the man who, like Paul, is not disobedient to the heavenly vision.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Paul said: “… I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” (Acts 26:19 NKJV)

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” - Helen Keller.