Wednesday, March 29, 2017

EDUCATION



"Perhaps the most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not." Thus spoke Thomas Huxley, the great scientist.

That is a kind of education that comes from inside us & very little from books or teachers. It is something that we acquire from the example of good men & apply to our own actions as occasion arises. It is gumption at work.

- Sunshine Magazine (moreillustrations.com)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” – Paul (1 Cor 11:1 NCV)

“No man is uneducated who knows the Bible, and no one is wise who is ignorant of its teachings.” -  Samuel Chadwick.

Ps 111:10 (ICB): “Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord. Those who obey his orders have good understanding...”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Do It NOW



If you have work to do - do it now.
If you have a witness to give - give it now.
If you have a soul to win - win him now.
If you have an obligation to discharge - discharge it now.
If you have a debt to pay - pay it now.
If you have a wrong to right - right it now.
If you have a confession to make - make it now.
If you have a preparation to make - make it now.
If you have children to train - train them now.

Remember, time is passing & you are passing out of time.

We are a procrastinating lot. It is always what we are going to do tomorrow that entices us, but it is only what we do today that counts.

- Gospel Herald. (moreillustrations.com)

Ep 5:16 (KJV): “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

“Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.” -  C.S. Lewis.

Monday, March 27, 2017

JESUS PAID IT ALL



In her autobiography, ‘My Life’, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir tells the story of her devout Jewish grandfather who lived in Russia. He was required to serve in the Russian army for 16 yrs.

During that time he tried to keep every Jewish law & custom even though it meant that he faced intense persecution - even being forced to kneel on a stone floor for hours.

When he was released, he feared that he may have somehow broken the Law & for the rest of his life he slept on a stone floor using a stone for his pillow to try to make up for any sin he may have accidentally committed.

It is tragic that he went to such lengths to pay for his sin when Jesus has provided the atonement.

- (ministry127.com)

“To attempt to pay for salvation with church membership, prayers, or good deeds is an insult to Christ, who paid the full price - and is a rejection of the gift of God's grace.” -  Dave Hunt.

Mark 16:16 (NLT): “Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.”


Sunday, March 26, 2017

PURSUING YOUR GOAL



In one of the attempts to scale Mount Everest before the final successful attempt in 1953, Mallory & his friend made a final dash for the summit but failed & today lie buried somewhere in the eternal snows.

They failed in spite of their tremendous determination, the discipline of long training and the personal sacrifice of money & life, to reach the highest point of the highest mountain in the world.

When one of the party, having returned to London, was giving a lecture, he had on the platform behind him a magnificent picture of Everest & as he concluded his address, he turned round & talked to the mountain thus:

“We tried once to conquer you & failed; we tried again & you beat us; but we shall yet beat you, for you cannot grow bigger, but we can.”

- (moreillustrations.com)                    

Mk 11:23 (NIV): “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”           

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” -  Hannah More.   

“The smile of God is the goal of your life.” -  Rick Warren.

Friday, March 24, 2017

HAPPINESS


It has been said that happiness consists of three things:  

e     1. Something to love.  2. Something to do.  3. Something to hope for.

For the believer, Christ is the One he loves, His service is something he has to do and  His approval & eternal companionship is what he hopes for.

- Scripture Truth (moreillustrations.com)
               
“Everyone, without exception, is searching for happiness.” -  Blaise Pascal.
               
Ecc 2:26 (CEV): “If we please God, he will make us wise, understanding and happy…”

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” -  Helen Keller.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

TRUSTING CHRIST ALONE



When evangelist Gypsy Smith got saved, an elderly gentleman explained to him the importance of trusting Christ alone.

Gypsy Smith replied, “I cannot trust myself, for I am nothing; and I cannot trust in what I have, for I have nothing; and I cannot trust in what I know, for I know nothing.”

The only thing left for him to trust in was Jesus Christ.

‘Gypsy Smith: His Life and Work’ by Rodney Smith (ministry127.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.”

“I'll give you some symptoms of a sign that your faith is deteriorating - whenever you face all of your problems and you trust only your plans to get you out - it is a sign that your faith is deteriorating.” -  T.D. Jakes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

VULNERABILITY



William Jennings Bryan used to tell of a man in his home town in Illinois who had been the victim of drink. He reformed, signed the pledge & apparently was delivered out of his evil habit.

But when he rode into town he continued to hitch his horse to the rail in front of the tavern. He pitched his tent toward Sodom & soon was again a drunkard.

The way to avoid evil is to avoid the appearance of it.

- (moreillustrations.com)

“Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open.” - Arnold Glasow.

2 Tim 2:22 (TLB): “Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.”

“Unwillingness to accept God's ‘way of escape’ from temptation frightens me what a rebel yet resides within.” -  Jim Elliot.