Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Flee Temptation

Let me warn you that such a holy life as the text enjoins, is impossible to all but those who are on their guard against the beginnings of evil. Take alarm at an evil thought, wish, or desire! These are the germs of sin, the floating seeds which drop into the heart, and finding in our natural corruption a fat and favorable soil, spring up into actual transgressions. These, like the rattle of the snake, or the hiss of the serpent, reveal the presence and nearness of danger!


The experience of all holy men proves that sin is most easily crushed in the bud and that it is safer to flee from temptation than to fight it. Fight like a man when you cannot avoid the battle but rather flee than fight.


Be afraid of temptation, avoid it, abhor it!


[Thomas Guthrie]














Genesis 39:9 ... There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?




Genesis 39:12 ... And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.



Romans 12:9 ... Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.



James 4:7 ... Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.❤

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Seeds Of Every Sin

Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for You!"
Then Jesus answered, "Will you really lay down your life for Me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times!" (John 13:37-38)


These verses show us how much self-ignorance there may be in the heart of a true believer. We see Peter declaring that he was ready to lay down his life for his Master. We see his Master telling Peter that he would deny Him three times. And we all know how the matter ended. The Master was right and Peter was wrong.


Let it be a settled principle in our religion, that there is an amount of weakness in all our hearts of which we have no adequate conception, and that we never know how far we might fall if we were tempted. We imagine sometimes, like Peter, that there are some wicked things which we could not possibly do. We look pitifully upon others who fall, and please ourselves in the thought that we would not have done so.


We know nothing at all. The seeds of every sin are latent in our hearts, even when renewed, and they only need occasion, or carelessness and the withdrawal of God's grace for a season to put forth an abundant crop. Like Peter, we may think we can do wonders for Christ and like Peter, we may learn by bitter experience that we have no power and strength at all.


The servant of Christ will do wisely to remember these things. "Let him that thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall." (1 Corinthians 10:12) A humble sense of our own innate weakness, a constant dependence on the Strong for strength, a daily prayer to be preserved, because we cannot preserve ourselves; these are the true secrets of safety!


Let us watch jealously over our hearts, and beware of giving way to the beginnings of sin. Happy is he who fears always, and walks humbly with his God. The strongest Christian is the one who feels his weakness most, and cries most frequently, "Hold me up and I shall be safe!" (Psalm 119:117)


[J. C. Ryle]

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Later You Will Understand

You shall see the reason of all the trials and temptations, all the dark and comfortless hours, all the long and tedious conflicts and you will be convinced that not a sigh, not a single uneasy thought, was allotted to you without a wise and gracious design!



[Edward Payson]


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John 13:7 ... Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.



Hebrews 12:10-11 ... For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.



1 Peter 4:12-13 ... Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.❤

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Light That Never Fails

A servant of God must stand so very much alone that he never realizes he is alone. In the early stages of the Christian life, disappointments will come, people who used to be lights will flicker out, and those who used to stand with us will turn away. We have to get so used to it that we will not even realize we are standing alone. Paul said, “…no one stood with me, but all forsook me. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…” (2 Timothy 4:16-17). We must build our faith not on fading lights but on the Light that never fails. When “important” individuals go away we are sad, until we see that they are meant to go, so that only one thing is left for us to do, to look into the face of God for ourselves.


Allow nothing to keep you from looking with strong determination into the face of God regarding yourself and your doctrine. And every time you preach make sure you look God in the face about the message first, then the glory will remain through all of it. A Christian servant is one who perpetually looks into the face of God and then goes forth to talk to others. The ministry of Christ is characterized by an abiding glory of which the servant is totally unaware.




We are never called on to display our doubts openly or to express the hidden joys and delights of our life with God. The secret of the servant’s life is that he stays in tune with God all the time.




[Oswald Chambers]




Exodus 34:29 ...  And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.




2 Corinthians 3:18 ...  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.



2 Corinthians 4:6 ... For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.❤

Saturday, July 23, 2016

He Stays With Us

God’s presence blends with every other thought and consciousness, flowing sweetly and evenly through our business plans, our social interactions, our hearts’ affections, our manual toll, our entire lives. Like the fragrance of a flower or the presence of a friend consciously near, and yet not hindering in the least the most intense and constant preoccupation of the hands and brain, so God consecrates all and is conscious through all.

How beautiful the established habit of this unceasing communion and dependence amid and above all thoughts and occupations! How lovely to see a dear old saint folding away his books at night and humbly saying, “Lord Jesus, things are still just the same between us” and then falling asleep in His keeping.


So let us be stayed upon Him. Let us grow into Him with all the roots and fibers of our beings. He will not get tired of our friendship. He will not want to put us off sometimes. Beautiful words of the suffering saint: For He never says goodbye. He stays. So let us be stayed on Him.


[A. B. Simpson]


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Jeremiah 49:8 ... Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time that I will visit him.


Isaiah 41:10 ... Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.


Hebrews 13:5 ... Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.❤

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dying To Be Free

Once upon a time, there was a prince who received a very rare and beautiful bird. He named her Goldie and placed her in a lovely, 14K gold cage. But the poor creature was not impressed by the gold at all. She pleaded for her freedom but the prince loved her much too much to part with her. Still, she continued to beg. In final desperation, she asked that he at least allow her go to her relatives and tell them that, though captive, she was still alive.


The prince was not certain she would return if he allowed her to go, so he decided to go and inform them himself. He went into the forest, where Goldie directed him and he found her sister. When she heard the awful news of Goldie’s capture, she immediately fell to the ground and died.


Sorrowful, he returned to his castle and told Goldie the sad news that her sister had died. Immediately Goldie collapsed and died in the same manner.


Perplexed, but a tear rolling down his cheek, the prince then took the poor bird out of the cage, gently wrapped her in a cloth and placed her on his window sill in order to bury her. Suddenly, to the prince’s amazement, the cloth began to move and Goldie fluttered out. She quickly flew out the window and landed in the nearest tree.


“You don’t understand, fine prince” called the bird from the nearby, “by pretending to die, my sister taught me the way to escape.”


The moral of the story is simply this. If we want to truly be free, we have to die!


If we want to truly live a life of freedom, a life full of peace and joy, a life which provokes others to jealousy, we must learn to die to our flesh and give our all to the One who has given His all for us! Let’s take up our cross once again today.


[George Whitten]






Romans 8:13-14 ... For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.



1 Peter 3:18 ... For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:



John 6:63 ... It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.❤

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Parachutes

An airplane was about to crash; there were 5 passengers on board, but had only 4 parachutes.


The first passenger said, "I am Kobe Bryant, the best NBA basketball player; the Laker's need me, I can't afford to die." So he took the first pack and left the plane.



The second passenger, Hillary Clinton said, "I am the wife of the former U.S. President, a Senator from New York , and a potential future president. I am the smartest woman in American history, so America 's people don't want me to die." She took the second pack and jumped out of the plane.


The third passenger, George W. Bush, said, "I'm the Governor from the great state of Texas. I was the 43rd President of the United States.  So he grabbed the pack next to him and jumped.


The fourth passenger, Donald J. Trump, said to the fifth passenger, a  10-year-old schoolgirl, "I have lived a full life,  I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute."


The girl said, "That's okay. There's a parachute left for you. America 's smartest woman took my schoolbag." 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Journey

Facts are more wonderful than fables. The journey which our Divine Lover took was from Heaven to earth. To win His bride, He exchanged the bosom of the eternal Father to lie, a feeble infant, on a woman's bosom. The Son of God left the throne of the universe, and assumed the guise of humanity to be cradled in a feeding trough and murdered on a cross!


In His people, He found His bride deep in debt and paid it all. Herself under sentence of death, He died in her place. A lost creature, clad in rags, He took off His own royal robes to cover her. To wash her, He shed His blood! To win her, He shed His tears! Finding her poor and miserable and naked, He endowed her with all His goods and heir of all things. Everything that He possessed as His Father's Son, she was to forever enjoy and share with Himself!




[Thomas Guthrie]








Isaiah 53:5 ... But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.




Ephesians 3:19 ... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.



Revelation 1:5 ... And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,❤

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

O Divine Lover

Behold! the eternal Son of God loves an ugly, deformed, miserable creature, a crawling worm, a condemned criminal, an insolvent debtor, a rebel against heaven, a daring sinner, a drudge to hell, a slave to lust, a captive of Satan, a prisoner of the pit!


This is love indeed!


How ardently, O Divine Lover! should my soul go out after You! I long for that glorious day, when I shall mourn Your absence no more when, admitted into Your presence, I shall delight in all Your love, and feast on all Your charms, world without end!


[James Meikle]












Romans 5:6 ... For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.


John 3:16 ...  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


1 John 4:10 ... Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.❤

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Half-Converted Cowboy

There is grief in my spirit when I go into the average church, for we have become a generation rapidly losing all sense of divine sacredness and reverence in our worship. God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up!


We've reduced the God of Abraham and Jacob, to a "stuffed God" that can be appealed to by anybody at any time. The religious clown on the radio can break into his fun and say, "Now we will have a minute of prayer." In the religious concert, the half-converted cowboy dressed like an idiot will say after he's twanged out some catchy numbers, "Now I'll do a holy number for you."


The God of today's Christianity is a weakling; a little cheap, palsy God that you can pal around with. He's "the man upstairs." He's the fellow that can help you when you're in difficulty and not bother you too much when you're not.


It is a major tragedy in the life of any man, to live in a church from childhood to old age with nothing more than some synthetic God compounded of sentimentality and logic but having no eyes to see, no ears to hear and no heart to love the holy God of Scripture!


In the majority of our church meetings, there is scarcely a trace of reverent thought, little sense of the divine Presence, no moment of stillness, no solemnity, no wonder, no holy fear. But so often there is a dull or a breezy song leader full of awkward jokes, in an effort to make everything hold together.


The most pressing need just now is that we who call ourselves Christians should frankly acknowledge to each other and to God that we are gone far astray. We should confess that we are worldly, that our moral standards are low, and that we are spiritually cold and lethargic.


We need to cease our multitude of unscriptural activities, and cease trying to sanctify carnal and worldly projects by promoting them "in the name of the Lord" and "for the glory of God."  We need to return to the message, methods and objectives of the New Testament!


We need boldly and indignantly to cleanse the temple of all who sell cattle in the holy place, and overthrow the tables of the money-changers! This must be done in our own lives first and then in the churches of whom we are a part!


We need men and women who love the Savior, until adoration becomes the music of their soul until they don't have to be fooled with entertainment and amusement!


[A. W. Tozer]


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2 Timothy 4:3 ... For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;




Revelation 2:4-5 ... Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.




Matthew 22:37 ... Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.❤

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Experimental Religion

The religion of the Lord Jesus is valuable only as its power is experienced in the heart. In this respect, and in this only, it may be compared to the physical sciences, which, however ingenious in structure, or beautiful in theory yet, if not reduced or reducible to purposes of practical use, are of little worth. It is so with the truth of Jesus. The man of mere taste may applaud its external beauty, the philosopher may admire its ethics, the orator may admire its eloquence, and the poet may admire its sublimity but if the Spirit of God does not take His own truth, and impress it upon the heart, as to the great design of its revelation, it avails nothing.


What numbers there are who rest in the mere 'theory' of Christianity! But as a practical principle they know nothing of it.  As a thing experienced in the heart it is a hidden mystery to them. They speak well of it as a religious system; they believe its Divinity, and even defend its doctrines and extol its precepts yet make no approaches towards a personal and practical obedience to its claims. In a word, they know nothing of repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. It will surely appear to a spiritually-enlightened mind, a subject of vast and solemn importance that this delusion should be exposed that this foundation of sand should be undermined and that the absolute necessity of experimental religion, as necessary to an admission within the kingdom of glory, be strenuously and scripturally enforced.




[Octavius Winslow]


 



2 Timothy 3:5 ... Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.



1 Peter 4:6 ... For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.



1 Thessalonians 1:5 ... For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.❤