Friday, December 2, 2016
After a night of fruitless fishing, it had happened before, the disciples did not recognize the risen Lord upon the shore. How much of our labor is in vain because it is our own poor little expedition! But our labor is not in vain when it is in the Lord.
There is a beautiful progression in this story. John recognizes the stranger. “It is the Lord!” Peter immediately leaps into the water and heads for shore. He has denied his Lord and had been out of fellowship, but when he heard Jesus was on the shore, he went toward Him, not from Him.
Jesus invited them to a prepared meal, and they knew it was the Lord. He becomes real to all who accept His invitation and take what He offers. Has it been a fisherman’s failure with you? Has your little venture come to nought? See the Lord upon the shore. Heed His instruction, and a night of defeat will give way to a morning of delight.
Luke 5:5 ... And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
John 21:4 ... But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
Psalm 30:5 ... For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.❤
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Over the triple doorways of a European Cathedral, there are three inscriptions spanning the splendid arches.
Over one is carved a beautiful wreath of roses, and underneath is the lettering: "All which pleases us is but for a moment."
Over the other arch is sculptured a cross, and there are the words: "All which troubles us is but for a moment."
But on the great central entrance to the main aisle, is the inscription:"That alone is important, which is eternal."
If we always realize these three truths, we would not let trifles trouble us; nor would we be so much interested in the passing pageants of the hour. We would live, as we do not now for the permanent and the eternal.
[J. C. Pittman]
2 Corinthians 4:18 ... While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Colossians 3:2 ... Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Matthew 6:19-21 ... Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.❤
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
A ship is all right in the sea so long as the sea is not in the ship. In the same way, a Christian is all right in the world so long as the world is not in the Christian.
[J. C. Pittman]
Luke 12:15 ... And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
1 John 2:15 ... Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Romans 12:2 ... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.❤
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
And did the Holy and the Just, The Sovereign of the skies, Stoop down to wretchedness and dust, That guilty worms might rise?
Yes, the Redeemer left His throne, His radiant throne on high, (Surprising mercy! love unknown!) To suffer, bleed, and die!
He took the dying traitor's place, And suffered in his stead; For man (O miracle of grace!) For man the Savior bled!
Dear Lord, what heavenly wonders dwell In Your atoning blood! By this are sinners snatched from Hell, And rebels brought to God!
What glad return can I impart For favors so divine? O take my all, this worthless heart, And make it wholly Thine!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ... In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Psalm 75:1 ... Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
2 Corinthians 9:15 ... Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. ❤
Monday, November 28, 2016
Thank you consists of just eight letters that form two of the most meaningful words in the English vocabulary.
Counting up our mercies and our every-day reasons for gratitude, looking at the hundred little things and large things--we do not know where to end the list. The only thing to do, is to live always in an atmosphere sweet and vital with thanksgiving!
Be thankful for the small things, the trivial things and the mundane things!
If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to happiness he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you.
Have an attitude of gratitude. Don't wait till Thanksgiving.
Everything short of Hell is mercy!
God is glorified, not by our complainings, but by our thanksgivings.
We can always find something to be thankful for. There are reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
I am ashamed of my thoughts of Him, they are so poor, and so unworthy of Him. He is so great, and so glorious, and so good, and so gracious that I cannot think of Him as I desire to.
Do you inquire what I think of His person? He is the chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely One! He unites in Himself, Deity and Manhood
"All human beauties all Divine, In my Beloved meet and shine!"
Do you ask what I think of His work? It is perfect! His obedience is spotless! His atonement is complete! His work of redemption is accomplished, "It is Finished!"
Do you ask what I think of His love? Ah, here it is that I am most at fault and no wonder, for His love surpasses knowledge! Its height and depth, its length and its breadth are immeasurable! His love is free, unchanging, and eternal. It is unparalleled it is Dying love! He loved me and gave Himself for me! Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends but Jesus laid down His life for His enemies!
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Romans 5:6 ... For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Ephesians 3:19 ... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.❤
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Dear Christian reader, seek some quiet spot, some still hour, and yield yourself to God.
Make a definite consecration of yourselves to God. With most it would be sufficient to write out Miss Havergal's hymn, "Take my life, and let it be," and to sign your name at the bottom.
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is Thine own it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee!
Sign here: __________________________
[F. B. Meyer]
Friday, November 25, 2016
The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from Hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness.
Matthew 9:13 ... But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 ... The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Psalm 33:12 ... Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
Mark 1:15 ... And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.❤
Thursday, November 24, 2016
One day, Johann Tauler of Strosbourg met a peasant and greeted him, "God give you a good day, my friend!"
The peasant answered briskly, "I thank God that I never have a bad day!"
Tauler, astonished, kept silent for a moment. Tauler then added, "God give you a happy life, my friend."
The peasant replied composedly, "I thank God that I am never unhappy!"
"Never unhappy!" cried Tauler bewildered, "What do you mean?"
"Well," came the reply, "When it is sunshine, I thank God; and when it rains, I thank God. When I have plenty, I thank God; and when I am hungry, I thank God. Since God's will is my will, and whatever pleases God pleases me, I am never unhappy."
Tauler looked upon him with awe. "Who are you?" he asked.
"I am a king!" said the peasant.
"A king?" Tauler asked, "Where is your kingdom?"
The peasant smiled and whispered softly, "In my heart!"
Ephesians 5:20 ... Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Proverbs 15:15 ... All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Psalm 100:4 ... Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.❤
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
A man needing healing planned to get into the Pools of Bethesda, but was unable. There, Messiah met him on the sidelines. Not exactly how he planned it, but he got what he needed.
In Israel, at the Pools of Bethesda, I shared about God’s mercy. I walked away feeling as if my sharing wasn’t complete. At our next stop, a missionary from Africa came up to me and told me he had been there to pray for the sick he works with. “I heard you, a Jewish believer like the Apostles, share about the Hebrews and God’s mercy. I was so ministered to. Thank you.” Then it hit me; that’s what the Pool of Bethesda is about.
We have our ideas and plans, a way we think God is going to do something but He doesn’t often use our plan. It’s in the closed doors and detours that God blesses us in another way. So don’t be so caught up in your plans, routines and ideas that you miss the plan of God. And the miracle that’s waiting for you on the sidelines of the Pools of Bethesda.
John 5:2-4 ... Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
Proverbs 19:21 ... There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
Matthew 19:26 ... But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.❤
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
May we sit at the foot of the cross and there learn what sin has done, what justice has done, and what love has done!
I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master!
My grand point in preaching, is to break the hard heart and to heal the broken one!
I am not what I ought to be. Ah! How imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be. I would abhor what is evil, and cleave to what is good. I am not what I hope to be. Soon, soon, I shall put off mortality and with mortality, all sin and imperfection.
Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be I can truly say that I am not what I once was, a slave to sin and Satan. And I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, "By the grace of God, I am what I am!"
I am still in the land of the dying. I shall be in the land of the living soon!