Friday, January 20, 2017

BE FULLY SURRENDERED TO GOD



When D.L. Moody was just starting in the ministry, he heard a preacher make this statement, “the world has yet to see what God can do with one man fully surrendered to Him.”

Moody that night said, “By God’s grace, I’ll be that man!”

- From ‘Living Beyond Your Capacity’ by Paul Chappell (ministry127.com)

Rom 12:1 (TLV): “I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice - holy, acceptable to God - which is your spiritual service.”

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.” -  John Wesley.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

THANKING GOD …




“The Bible tells us that whenever we come before God, whatever our purpose or prayer request, we are always to come with a thankful heart.” - David Jeremiah.

Phil 4:6 (TLV): “Do not be anxious about anything - but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.” - Henry Ward Beecher.

1 Thes 5:18 (KJV): “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

“In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” - Albert Schweitzer.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SHARE THE GOSPEL



Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts & compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he wasn’t able to buy it.

Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase the beautiful instrument. But to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector.

Kreisler made his way to the new owner’s home & offered to buy the violin. The collector said it had become his prized possession & he would not sell it. Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea.

“Could I play the instrument once more before it is consigned to silence?” he asked.
Permission was granted & the great virtuoso filled the room with such heart-moving music that the collector’s emotions were deeply stirred.

“I have no right to keep that to myself,” he exclaimed. “It’s yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world & let people hear it.”

The Christian has no right to keep the Gospel to himself. He must share it with those around him.

- Our Daily Bread (ministry127.com)

2 Kings 7:9 (GNT): But then they said to each other, “We shouldn't be doing this! We have good news, and we shouldn't keep it to ourselves…”

I remember one who spoke on the missionary question one day saying, "The great question is not, 'Will not the heathen be saved if we do not send them the gospel?' but 'Are we saved ourselves if we do not send them the gospel?'” - Charles Spurgeon.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BEATING AROUND THE BUSH



Frank wasn't known for his patience & he had absolutely no use for negative conversation.

When he got a call from his wife during a busy day at work, she talked slowly & didn't seem very cheerful. Frank interrupted her & exhorted her to be brief & positive.

She paused for a moment & then cheerfully replied, "I discovered the airbags in our new BMW work great!"

- (ministry127.com)

Mat 5:37 (ESV): “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”

Pro 10:19 (GNT): “The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet.”

“Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” -  C.S. Lewis.
 

Monday, January 16, 2017

PROPER TEACHING


In a Sunday school class the lesson was about lying. 

A young girl put this proposition to her teacher, "My mother is `old-fashioned' and thinks it is wrong to dance, so when I want to go to a dance I tell her that I am going to stay with a girl friend. Is it wrong to tell that kind of lie?"

The teacher replied, "No, if your mother is such a `back number' as that, it is all right to lie to her."

Another child in the class, reporting the incident to his parents, was removed from that Sunday school, and sent to a sound one.

- The Voice. (moreillustrations.com)       

“A child of five, if properly instructed, can as truly believe and be regenerated as an adult.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

Pro 22:6 (GNT): “Teach children how they should live and they will remember it all their life.”

Sunday, January 15, 2017

ALWAYS GET UP!



The story is told that Andrew Jackson’s boyhood friends just couldn’t understand how he became a famous general & then the President of the US. They knew of other men who had greater talent but who never succeeded.

One of Jackson’s friends said, “Why, Jim Brown, who lived right down the pike from Jackson, was not only smarter but he could throw Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now.”

Another friend responded, “How did there happen to be a fourth time? Didn’t they usually say three times & out?”

“Sure, they were supposed to, but not Andy. He would never admit he was beat - he would never stay ‘throwed.’ Jim Brown would get tired & on the fourth try Andrew Jackson would throw him & be the winner.”

Picking up on that idea, someone has said, “The thing that counts is not how many times you are ‘throwed,’ but whether you are willing to stay ‘throwed.’”

The Christian life is a battle. Pro 24:16 (NIRV) says: “Even if godly people fall down seven times, they always get up. But those who are evil trip and fall when trouble comes.”

- (ministry127.com)

Friday, January 13, 2017

HONESTY



Ex-District Attorney Jerome, at a dinner in New York, told a story about honesty.

"There was a man," he said, "who applied for a position in a dry-goods house. His appearance wasn't prepossessing & references were demanded.

After some hesitation, he gave the name of a driver in the firm's employ. This driver, he thought, would vouch for him. A clerk sought out the driver & asked him if the applicant was honest.

'Honest?' the driver said. 'Why, his honesty's been proved again & again. To my certain knowledge he's been arrested nine times for stealing & every time he was acquitted.'"

- (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 11:4 (GNT): “Riches will do you no good on the day you face death, but honesty can save your life.”

“Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.” -  George Macdonald.