Saturday, August 1, 2015

If I Could Live a Thousand Lives

Jesus is the chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely One! I could not live without Him. To enjoy His company is bliss to me, for Him to hide His face from me is my midnight of sorrow. Oh, for the power to live, to die, to labor, to suffer as unto Him, and unto Him alone!
I feel that, if I could live a thousand lives, I would like to live them all for Christ; and I should even then feel that they were all too little a return for His great love to me!
[Charles H. Spurgeon]

Song of Solomon 5:10 ... My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. 
Galatians 2:20 ...  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Philippians 1:21 ...  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.❤

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Ten-Cent-Store Jesus

Unfortunately, the ten-cent-store Jesus being preached now by many, is not the Jesus who will come to judge the world. This plastic, painted Christ has no spine and no justice, but is a soft and pliant friend to everybody. If this is Christ, then we might as well close our bibles, bar our doors and make a bakery or garage out of our church buildings!

The popular Christ being preached now, is not the Christ of the Bible, nor the Christ we must deal with finally. For the Christ whom we deal with has eyes as a flame of fire. His feet are like burnished brass, and out of His mouth comes a sharp two-edged sword! Jesus Christ our Lord, the judge with the flaming eyes, is the one with whom we must deal. We cannot escape it!

[A. W. Tozer]
Revelation 1:14-15 ... His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Isaiah 11:4 ... But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
1 Chronicles 16:33 ... Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth.

Revelation 6:16-17 ... And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?


Revelation 19:11 ...  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

For You!

Is Jesus precious to your heart?

Is He the object of your supreme admiration and delight?

Does He have your warmest affection?

Do you love Jesus?

You must light your torch of affection for Christ  at the altar of Calvary. You must go there, and learn and believe what the love of Jesus is to you: the vastness of that love; the self-sacrifice of that love; how that love of Christ labored and wept, bled, suffered, and died for you!

Can you stand before this love, this love so precious, so great, so enduring, so self-consuming, so changeless; and know that for you was this offering, for you this cross, for you this agony, for you this scorn and insult, for you this death and feel no sensibility, no emotion, no love to Jesus? Impossible!
Do not be cast down, then, in vain regrets that your love to Christ is so frigid, so fickle, so dubious. Go and muse upon the reality and the greatness of the Savior's love to you and if love can inspire love, while you muse, the fire will burn, and your soul shall be all in flame with love to Jesus!

[Octavius Winslow]


Galatians 2:20 ... I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Hebrews 9:12 ... Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Romans 5:8 ... But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Melting of Your Heart Toward Us

You have made us Your favored inheritance, the garden of Your choice delights. You have washed us from all our filth. You have covered us with the spotless robe of Your righteousness. You have adorned us with the glories of Your pure obedience.

What could have been done more for Your vineyard, which You have not done for us! You have loved us more than Your own life. With loving-kindness You have drawn us. You forgive our daily and hourly transgressions. None of our sinful provocations separate us from Your sympathy. You will never leave us nor forsake us. You preserve us until we safely reach the heaven of heavens, and sit beside You on Your glorious Throne!

Now we would go forth to our appointed work, walking by Your side, leaning on Your arm, holding sweet converse with You. May we be as the salt of the earth; a blessing to all around.
[Henry Law]
Isaiah 61:10 ...  I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Hebrews 10:22 ... Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

2 Timothy 4:18 ... And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.❤

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Magnetic Power of His Love

The day of conversion is termed the "day of espousals" in Song of Solomon 3:11. It is the day in which Jesus, our Heavenly Bridegroom, wins the heart of His bride. He reveals His love to her,  shows His beauties to her,   tells her of His sufferings for her sake. 

He woos her by His sighs and tears and agonies, and lays siege to her heart on every side while His lips drop honey-words of loving affection. Unable to resist such heavenly importunity, she finds her prejudices melting fast away. One barrier after another is broken down, and at last, allured by the magnetic power of His love, she gives herself to Him, and with tears of joy exclaims, "My Beloved is mine and I am His!"

Oh, happy day, when the soul is espoused to Christ. All Heaven looks on and rings a marriage peal, while the sweetest music fills the new-born heart!

[Archibald Brown]

Song of Solomon 3:11 ... Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
Song of Solomon 2:16 ... My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
Hosea 2:19 ... And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
Jeremiah 31:3 ... The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Our Part

If a one-thousand-ton block of iron had to be lifted by crane, how much could you help? Suppose you could get a grip on it and tried to heave and pull what difference would you make? There would be no difference, and it wouldn't help. But it is different with God. "He's got the whole world in his hand". Jesus said He had ALL power. That's surely enough!
Does that mean that we should sit idle? Far from it. You have a privileged and important part to play. What is it? What do hoist-operators do? They hook the load to the lifting gear! That's what our job is also. Don't try to lift everybody's burden all by yourself. That is only what God can do. Our simple task is to bring people to Him, and hook them to the lifting power of the Holy Spirit.
[Reinhard Bonnke] 
Matthew 28:18-19 ... And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Acts 1:8 ... But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Jude 22-23 ... And of some have compassion, making a difference:  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Romans 15:13 ... Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.❤

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Directing Our Affairs

There is something wonderfully inspiring in the thought, that God has a plan and a purpose for our lives, for each life. We do not come drifting into this world and do not drift through it like waves on the ocean. We are sent from God, each one of us with a divine plan for his life, something God wants us to do, some place He wants us to fill. All through our lives, we are in the hands of God, who chooses our place and orders our circumstances, and makes all things work together for our good and His glory. 

It is the highest honor that could be conferred upon us, to occupy such a place in the thought of God. We cannot doubt that His way for us is better than ours since He is infinitely wiser than we are, and loves us so. It may be painful and hard but in the pain and the hardness, there is blessing.

[J.R. Miller]
Psalm 31:15 ... My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
Proverbs 16:9 ... A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
Jeremiah 29:11 ... For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Romans 8:28 ... And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Shelter of His Wings

Rest for the weary, is found here. 
Peace for the troubled, is found here.
Hope for the hopeless, is found here.
Salvation for the lost is found here.

[James Smith]
Psalm 17:8 ... Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
Psalm 51:1 ... Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
Psalm 91:1 ... He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:4 ... He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psalm 36:7 ... How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

Psalm 91:14 ... Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Friday, July 24, 2015

It Matters

It matters where you go to church to be fed spiritually.
It matters whom you listen to.
It matters if you read your bible or not.
It matters how much or how often you pray or not.
It matters where your faith is placed.
It matters what doctrine(s) you believe and accept.
It matters whom you associate or fellowship with.
It matters whether or not you follow Jesus Christ.

All these things matter because your soul matters to God.

[Christopher Gregory]
Hebrews 10:25 ... Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
1 John 4:1 ... Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Timothy 2:15 ... Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ... Pray without ceasing.
1 Corinthians 3:11 ... For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 1:4 ... Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
2 Corinthians 6:14 ... Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
John 14:6 ... Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Way of Sinners

There is a perilous progress in sin!
At first I content myself with walking in the counsel of the wicked. It is an occasional companionship. It is a meeting only now and again. For a little while I am with them, and then some better influence calls me away  a remembrance of my mother's prayers,  a sentence in a letter from a friend,  a verse of Scripture shot suddenly into my mind.
But by and by I am found standing in the way of sinners. They have gained a greater power over me, and a completer fascination. I have learned to love them too well. I linger much longer in their society, and it is hard for me to tear myself from them. The poison is working, the leaven is spreading, my condition is more fixed and more hopeless by far!
And, at last, where do you see me? I am sitting in the seat of the scornful. I am at home among those who laugh at God and Christ and Heaven and Hell. You cannot see any difference between me and them. I have joined their ranks. I am one of their number. Their resorts are mine;  their sneers and sarcasms are mine;  their seared conscience and withered heart are mine!
Oh dreary ending of a dreary journey!
As I would escape that lowest depth of all, let me not look over the precipice, nor set my feet on the fatal slope. Blessed is the man who says, "I will not!" to the first allurements of sin. Blessed is the man who will not so much as walk in the Enchanted Ground.
[Alexander Smellie]
Psalm 1:1 ... Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Proverbs 23:17 ...  Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.

2 Corinthians 6:14 ... Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Got Power?

An electric lamp is the most transparent object I know, no hidden faults, but just a mere ornament. In itself it is useless for anything – like us. Jesus said that without Him we could do nothing. We can be of transparent reputation, a model of virtue, an ornament of the church, but in ourselves we are useless. The electric lamp is not a lamp at all without power. We are in the same position, useless without power. Now look at the same dead bit of glass and wire when the current passes into it. What happens? The filament glows white hot, radiant. It gives light to all that are in the house. It is the power that makes the difference. Jesus said “You shall receive power…”  Got it?
[Reinhard Bonnke]

Acts 1:8 ... But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
1 Corinthians 4:20 ... For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
Ephesians 6:10 ... Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.❤