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News all Most Read Most Recent. In the News Undelivered parcel led to prison guard being ambushed and held hostage by violent inmates The attackers threatened to gouge out his eyes and stab him. In the News Thai Massage parlour could be opened in disused shop in Anstey A planning application has been submitted. In the News Council says 2, homes could be built on edge of Ashby Developers have drawn up a masterplan. Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people.
Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things. The fact that we were created to enjoy God and to worship him forever is etched upon our souls. Don't ever come to church without coming as though it were the first time, as though it could be the best time, and as though it could be the last time. More often than not, when something looks like it's the absolute end, it is really the beginning.
God doesn't always change the circumstances, but He can change us to meet the circumstances. That's what it means to live by faith. After all, a crisis doesn't make a person; it reveals what a person is made of. Sometimes your medicine bottle says, "shake well before using. He has to shake them well before they are usable. Many books in my library are now behind and beneath me. They were good in their way once, and so were the clothes I wore when I was ten years old; but I have outgrown them. Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years. God looketh upon any thing we say, or any thing we do, and if He seeth Christ in it, He accepteth it; but if there be no Christ, He putteth it away as a foul thing.
Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in money and you may have it taken from you, but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity. Confidence in the natural world is self-reliance; in the spiritual world, it is God-reliance. Walk by faith! Stop the plague of worry. Learn to say, "Lord, this is Your battle. Christ alone can bring lasting peace - peace with God - peace among men and nations - and peace within our hearts. The peace that Jesus gives is never engineered by circumstances on the outside.
Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God. Don't expect wisdom to come into your life like great chunks of rock on a conveyor belt. Wisdom comes privately from God as a byproduct of right decisions, godly reactions, and the application of spiritual principles to daily circumstances. It may not seem obvious at first glance, but the way we make decisions in life tells a lot about the kind of faith we have in Jesus Christ. I have since learned that the most mature believer is the one who is bent over, leaning most heavily on the Lord, and admitting his total inability to do anything without Christ.
It's not that your most important work is meaningless; it's that your most trivial movements are also significant. If you have put your faith in Christ and have spent significant time in the Word of God, the tough times can be like a magnet that draws you to the Lord Jesus. Nothing is going to happen - ever - that will catch Jesus Christ by surprise.
He is able to help His children work through anything, and not a single thing is going to happen in the future that can change that fact. You asked the Holy Spirit for a miracle, and now that you've got one you're trying to argue it away. People who don't believe in miracles shouldn't pray for them. The day you learn to be publically specific in your prayer, that is the day you will discover power. The backslider likes the preaching that wouldn't hit the side of a house, while the real disciple is delighted when the truth brings him to his knees.
The Bible will always be full of things you cannot understand, as long as you will not live according to those you can understand. We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right. These days its not just that the line between right and wrong has been made unclear, today Christians are being asked by our culture today to erase the lines and move the fences, and if that were not bad enough, we are being asked to join in the celebration cry by those who have thrown off the restraints religion had imposed upon them.
It is not just that they ask we accept, but they now demand of us to celebrate it too. How quickly we forget God's great deliverances in our lives. How easily we take for granted the miracles he performed in our past. If we rationalize our problems when He points them out, we will spend less and less time meditating because we won't want to face God in that area of our lives. Temptation can be defined as an inducement to do evil. Three powerful forces work together to ruin a believer's character and witness: Satan, the world system, and our own lustful "flesh" tendencies.
When friends abandoned him, Paul asked God not to count their actions against them. He followed the example of Jesus, who prayed for the Father to forgive His persecutors. What's your response when friends let you down? Forgiveness is the choice that pleases God every time. When you become consumed by God's call on your life, everything will take on new meaning and significance. You will begin to see every facet of your life - including your pain - as a means through which God can work to bring others to Himself.
Concentrate on counting your blessings and you'll have little time to count anything else. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. If there is one single reason why good people turn evil, it is because they fail to recognize God's ownership over their kingdom, their vocation, their resources, their abilities, and above all their lives.
The work that God does in us when we wait is usually more important than the thing for which we wait! Success is not what you have done compared to what others have done. Success is what you have done compared to what you were supposed to do. One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time. Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do.
Expect unexpected things 'above all that we ask or think. I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me. Most of the world's great souls have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness Always remember: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a man were surrounded by a vast crowd, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart.
Society has turned against him; otherwise he would have no cross. No one is a friend to the man with a cross. Trials are not enemies of faith but opportunities to prove God's faithfulness. Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will. If you find a path in life with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. We would be more grateful if we knew how much of what we take for granted is planned by God. Lord, help me to put aside the things that are breaking my heart, to pray about things that break Yours.
Remember the God you knew in the wilderness, and allow those memories to enable you to stand in the future. We have to walk with God or we will not get to the place he has prepared for us. And for all these people alike, the key to healing turned out to be the same. Each had a hurt he had to forgive. If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest. The Lord has shown me that I can do anything, but that He has said, apart from Me ye can do nothing.
So it comes to this, that everything I have done, and can still do apart from Him is nothing! The real question today is not when human life begins, but, what is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother's body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being.
The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human life has a God-given right to be protected by the law -- the same right we have. Many people treat the Bible like a drunk treats a lightpost; for support, not illumination. The Word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself. True boldness for Christ transcends all, it is indifference to the displeasure of either friends or foes.
Boldness enables Christians to forsake all rather than Christ, and to prefer to offend all rather than to offend Him. Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory. It is a mindless philosophy that assumes that one's private beliefs have nothing to do with public office.
Does it make sense to entrust those who are immoral in private with the power to determine the nation's moral issues and, indeed, its destiny? One of the most dangerous and terrifying trends in America today is the disregard for character as a central necessity in a leader's credentials. The duplicitous soul of a leader can only make a nation more sophisticated in evil. I go out to preach with two propositions in mind. First, every person ought to give his life to Christ. Second, whether or not anyone else gives him his life, I will give him mine.
I'm tired of hearing about 'anointing. Instead I want to see character. I want to see men who have made the hard moral decisions and thus have embodied the excellence of the Christian faith. I want to hear about people who have made every effort to add to their faith goodness We may not be responsible for all the things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the ways we react when they do happen. Most people would not want to live where there are no churches but many people live as though there were no churches. In other days people chose a church on the basis of their doctrinal convictions.
Now, lacking doctrinal convictions, they choose for social reasons. To a large extent, the American church has become merged with the world. It has adopted so many of the world's ideals and standards that it has lost its ability to stem the tide of crime, deception and immorality that is sweeping the nation. For millions of church members there is no deep commitment to the cause of Christ, no regularity of attendance at public worship, no sacrificial giving, no personal religious discipline. Courage is contagious.
When a brave person takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. When you leave behind a vibrant Christian who knows his calling and his commission, you can be buried, but you will live on through all those in whom you have been reproduced. In three decades of pastoring and counseling couples, there's only one thing we've found truly makes for a lasting marriage, both people must want to be married to each other more than they want to divorce.
When a person does not know the doctrines of the Christian faith, he can easily be captured by false religions. I believe in the eternal security of the believer and in the insecurity of the make-believer. Vernon McGee. We have now moved from the burden of raising money to the adventure of trusting God. Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man's power ends. The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.
God buries our sins in the depths of the sea and then puts up a sign that reads, "No fishing. Our evangelical culture tends to take the awesome reality of a transcendent god who is worthy to be feared and downsize Him so He could fit into our "buddy system. It's been a long time since we've heard a good sermon on the "fear of God. If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.
Only those who see themselves as utterly destitute can fully appreciate the grace of God. For the Christian, humility is absolutely indispensable. Without it there can be no self-knowledge, no repentance, no faith and no salvation. Humility is a strange thing: the moment you think you have it, you have lost it. Most of the world around you doesn't read the Bible. God gives the world a living epistle-- you. In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich. Worry is an old man with bended head, carrying a load of feathers which he thinks are lead.
Nothing is a surprise to God; nothing is a setback to His plans; nothing can thwart His purposes; and nothing is beyond His control. Only he who can say, "The Lord is the strength of my life" can say, "Of whom shall I be afraid? Order my footsteps by Thy Word and make my heart sincere; let sin have no dominion, Lord, but keep my conscience clear.
If a single living cell was found on a distant planet, scientists would exclaim that we have found life elsewhere in the universe. So why is a single living cell found in the womb of a pregnant woman not considered life? Nothing that God has ever said about Himself will be modified; nothing the inspired prophets and apostles have said about Him will be rescinded. His immutability guarantees this. W Tozer. When men no longer fear God, they transgress His laws without hesitation.
The fear of consequences is no deterrent when the fear of God is gone. Faith is not about how much you believe in what you believe. Faith is about believing that the One you believe in is believable. Sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so that you will discover He is the Rock at the bottom. Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.
You know all of my fears. There's nothing your eyes can't see. When I tried to give up Lord, you never gave up on me. For one who has made thanksgiving the habit of his life, the morning prayer will be, 'Lord, what will you give me today to offer back to you?
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A man who loves his wife will love her letters and her photographs because they speak to him of her. So if we love the Lord Jesus, we shall love the Bible because it speaks to us of him. Christian love draws no distinction between one enemy and another, except that the more bitter our enemy's hatred, the greater his need of love. The true mark of a Christian leader is trying to build up other people. Raise up other leaders! You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list.
The longer your list, the smaller your God. I believe that you measure the health or strength of a church by its sending capacity rather than its seating capacity. Money is emphasized in Scripture simply because our temptation to love it is inexplicably powerful. When fathers are tongue tied religiously with their offspring, need they wonder if their children's hearts remain sin tied?
The problem with Christians today is that no one wants to kill them anymore. If we don't discipline ourselves, God will make certain we are disciplined by others. No man ever yet thought whether he was preaching well without weakening his sermon. There will be no peace as long as God remains unseated at the conference table.
Jesus Christ came to send a sword through every peace that is not based on a personal relationship to Himself. A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it. It is not great talents or great learning or great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God What can God have that gives him greater satisfaction than that a thousand times a day all his creatures should thus pause to withdraw and worship him in the heart.
I am often, I believe, praying for others when I should be doing things for them. It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see him. Prayer pulls the rope below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly. Others give but an occasional pluck at the rope.
But he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might. The devil is in constant conspiracy against a preacher who really prays, for it has been said that what a minister is in his prayer closet is what he is, no more, no less.
Satan is not fighting churches; he is joining them. He does more harm by sowing tares than by pulling up wheat. He accomplishes more by imitation than by outright opposition. The purpose of prayer is not to inform God of our needs, but to invite Him to rule our lives. I am reminded that one old saint was asked, "Which is the more important: reading God's Word or praying?
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The preacher who jests and jokes with his people all week will soon find that he cannot stand in his pulpit on Sunday with power to reprove, rebuke and exhort. He may be the life of the party but it will be the death of the prophet. The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not "What a lovely sermon!
Satan hates God for His own sake, and everything that is dear to God he hates for the very reason that God loves it. I believe Satan exists for two reasons: first, the Bible says so, and second, I've done business with him. You can tell whether you are becoming a servant by how you act when people treat you like one. God will open up places of service for you as He sees you are ready. Meanwhile, study the Bible and give yourself a chance to grow. It is futile for us to try to serve God without the power of the Holy Spirit.
Talent, training, and experience cannot take the place of the power of the Spirit. The Lord doesn't ask about your ability, only your availability; and, if you prove your dependability, the Lord will increase your capability. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.
Reading Christians are growing Christians. When Christians cease to read, they cease to grow. Missionaries: People who leave their families for a short time so others can be with their families for eternity. Those whom God will employ are first struck with a sense of their unworthiness to be employed. The world's idea of greatness is to rule, but Christian greatness consists in serving. To be entirely safe from the devil's snares the man of God must be completely obedient to the Word of the Lord.
The driver on the highway is safe, not when he reads the signs but when he obeys them. Be thankful if your job is a little harder than you like. A razor can't be sharpened on a piece of velvet. What Matthew Henry prayed after he was robbed: "I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed.
If you can't be thankful for what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped. Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owed a debt we couldn't pay. The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all - doing nothing.
Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb. You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there's a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it. In our prayers, we talk to God, in our Bible study, God talks to us, and we had better let God do most of the talking. Nobody ever outgrows Scriptures; the Book widens and deepens with our years.
The Bible differs from all other books in that it never wears out. Other books are read and laid aside, but the Bible is a constant companion. No matter how often we read it or how familiar we become with it, some new truth is likely to spring out at us from its pages whenever we open it, or some old truth will impress us as it never did before. Every Christian can give illustrations of this.
No one ever said at the end of his days; 'I have read my bible too much, I have thought of God too much, I have prayed too much, I have been too careful with my soul' - J. Multitudes of people who expect to go to Heaven will go to a Hell of torment. Thousands of "good" people, "moral" people, church members, even church workers - yes, and, alas, even prophets, priests and preachers - will find themselves lost when they expected to be saved, condemned when they expected approval, cast out of Heaven when they expected to be received into eternal bliss.
That is the explicit meaning of the words of our Lord Whiskey and beer are all right in their place, but their place is in hell. If I had my ministry over again, I would devote far more time to the ministry of comfort and encouragement. I want to feel my own nothingness, I want to give myself up in absolute resignation to God, to lie prostrate and passive at His feet, with no other disposition in my heart than that of merging my will into His will, and no other language in my mouth than that of prayer for the perfecting of His strength in my weakness.
I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies -- probably because they are generally the same people. It is much easier to repent of sins that we have already committed than to repent of those we intend to commit. It seems that Satan first makes friends with the parents to make it easier to get their boys and girls.
There is one thing for which you should be abundantly thankful: Only you and God have all the facts about yourself. Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. Lewis We may note in passing that He Jesus was never regarded as a mere moral teacher.
He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met Him. He produced mainly three effects - Hatred - Terror - Adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild admiration. I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself. Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?
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Our prayers lay the track down on which God's power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails. When there's something in the Bible that churches don't like, they call it 'legalism. How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don't even have the strength to turn off your TV? If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified. Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, 'Leonard, you took Me too seriously'?
The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe. God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.
If a man gets drunk and goes out and breaks his leg so that it must be amputated, God will forgive him if he asks it, but he will have to hop around on one leg all his life. The Bible, which ranges over a period of four thousand years, records but one instance of a death-bed conversion the thief on the cross - one that none may despair, and but one that none may presume. If a frog turns into a prince instantly with the kiss of a fair maiden, we call it a fairy tale; if it takes him million years, they call it 'Evolution.
Anyone who takes his faith seriously and speaks in behalf of Christ and His kingdom will be accused of fanaticism at some point. Through ages, through eternity, what you have done for Christ, that, and only that, you are. You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.
It cannot be. Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together. Martin Luther was asked one time how he overcame the devil. He replied: "Well, when he comes knocking upon the door of my heart, and asks, 'Who lives here? Now I live here. If you are not willing to be used by God, ask God to make you willing to be willing.
There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence. It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. The great thing is to be found at one's post as a child of God, living each day as though it were our last, but planning as though the world might last a hundred years. Worship seals all prayers at the front and at the back. Always pray with praise beginning and praise ending. Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner.
A man who loves you the most is the man who tells you the most truth about yourself. It's not my business to try and make God think like me I don't think it bothers the world so much that we Christians sin. It bothers the world that we act like we don't. If you make a great deal of Christ, He will make a great deal of you; but if you make but a little of Christ, Christ will make but a little of you.
The reason most people don't go to church is because they've already been. If America is to survive, we must elect more God-centered men and women to public office; individuals who will seek Divine guidance in the affairs of state. Henry Varley said, "The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.
Moody decided, "I will try my uttermost to be that man. The first thing a man must do if he desires to be used in the Lord's work, is to make an unconditional surrender of himself to God. Dedication is writing your name on the bottom of a blank sheet of paper and handing it to the Lord for Him to fill in. I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. Every man needs a blind eye and a deaf ear, so when people applaud, you'll only hear half of it, and when people salute, you'll only see part of it. Believe only half the praise and half the criticism.
There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or how successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause. I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth; I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked the earth.
My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible. Out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, the other ninety-nine will read the Christian. Let us expect that God is going to use us. Let us have courage and go forward, looking to God to do great things. Faith is only as valid as its object. You could have tremendous faith in very thin ice and drown. You could have very little faith in very thick ice and be perfectly secure. Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials. Satan does some of his worst work on exhausted Christians when nerves are frayed and the mind is faint.
The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. I want to run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for Him. A friend is a person who goes around saying nice things about you behind your back. I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
Two-thirds of all the strifes, quarrels, and lawsuits in the world arise from one simple cause - money. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. God is preparing his heroes; and when the opportunity comes, he can fit them into their places in a moment, and the world will wonder where they came from. The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, and make that man holy and put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.
Whatever call a man may pretend to have, if he has not been called to holiness, he certainly has not been called to the ministry. I believe many a man is praying to God to fill him, when he is full already with something else. Before we pray that God would fill us, I believe we ought to pray Him to empty us. There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.
Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with. Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody; forty years learning he was nobody; and forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody. Often the only thing a child can remember about an adult in later years, when he or she is grown, is whether or not that person was kind. If you can really make a man believe you love him, you have won him; and if I could only make people really believe that God loves them, what a rush we would see for the kingdom of God!
Nothing is more sweet than harmony in marriage, and nothing more distressing than dissension. I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus. Modern man has not only thrown away Christian theology, he has thrown away the possibility of what our forefathers had as a basis for morality and law. We are faced with great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does.
Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they found Him, the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking. You do not move ahead by constantly looking in a rear view mirror.
The past is a rudder to guide you, not an anchor to drag you. We must learn from the past but not live in the past. If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make music within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble. I remember when the Titanic sank in , it was the ship that was supposed to be unsinkable.
The only thing it ever did was sink. When it took off from England, all kinds of passengers were aboard - millionaires, celebrities, people of moderate means, and poor folks down in the steerage. But a few hours later when they put the list in the Cunard office in New York, it carried only two categories - lost and saved.
Grim tragedy had leveled all distinctions. A pessimist is one who feels bad when he feels good for fear he'll feel worse when he feels better. You are coming to a King, Large petitions with thee bring, For his grace and power are such, None can ever ask too much. Prayer is an investment. The time you dedicate to prayer isn't lost; it will return dividends far greater than what a few moments spent on a task ever could. If we fail to cultivate this discipline, prayer winds up being our last resort rather than our first response. The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.
Prayer as a relationship is probably your best indicator about the health of your love relationship with God. If your prayer life has been slack, your love relationship has grown cold. The gospel is for lifeboats, not showboats, and a man must make up his mind which boat he is going to operate. A picture of Christ was hung in the back of a pulpit. When the minister rose to speak one Sunday morning, a little boy asked his mother, 'Mother, who is that man who stands so we can't see Jesus?
The pattern of the prodigal is: rebellion, ruin, repentance, reconciliation, restoration. Every disciple needs three types of relationships in his life. He needs a 'Paul' who can mentor him and challenge him. He needs a 'Barnabas' who can come along side and encourage him. And he needs a 'Timothy,' someone that he can pour his life into.
If you have sinned, do not lie down without repentance; for the want of repentance after one has sinned makes the heart yet harder and harder. A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was. As I go into a cemetery I like to think of the time when the dead shall rise from their graves. Thank God, our friends are not buried; they are only sown! People used to blush when they were ashamed. Now they are ashamed if they blush. Modesty has disappeared and a brazen generation with no fear of God before its eyes mocks at sin.
We are so fond of being called tolerant and broadminded that we wink at sin when we ought to weep. There are two sins of men that are bred in the bone and that continually come out in the flesh. One is self-dependence and the other is self-exultation. Our first problem is that our attitude towards sin is more self-centered than God-centered. We are more concerned about our own "Victory" over sin than we are about the fact that our sin grieves the heart of God.
We cannot tolerate failure in our struggle with sin chiefly because we are success oriented, not because we know it is offensive to God. Sin will take you farther then you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Some wish to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell. If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher - George Whitefield.
God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves, but in God. If you have no joy in your religion, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere. I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along.
But I soon found that I would have to go against the current. It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available. We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it. If you see a Bible that is falling apart, it probably belongs to someone who isn't! Too many Christians live their Christian lives inside their heads; it never gets out through hands and feet and lips. To some Christianity is an argument. To many it is a performance. To a few, it is experience. A Christian is a new creation.
I wouldn't be so generous! Besides, you don't have any mind to spare. We might have more peace of mind if we didn't give away pieces of our mind! Prayer is not designed to inform God, but to give man a sight of his misery; to humble man's heart, to excite his desire, to inflame his faith, to animate his hope, to raise his soul from earth to heaven Prayer is not a means by which I seek to control God; it is a means of putting myself in a position where God can control me.
A true preacher is best measured not by how many bouquets have been pinned on him but by how many brickbats have been pitched at him. Prophets have been on the receiving end of mud more than medals. We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God. People get so used to the dark that they think it's growing brighter. It's possible to fraternize with unbelievers until false doctrine becomes less and less objectionable.
God judges what we tolerate as well as what we practice. Too often we put up with things we ought to put out. When God's people are removed from this earth, you might as well try to dam up Niagara Falls with toothpicks as to stem the flood of lawlessness that will engulf mankind. Thank God for the restraining Spirit today! Real revival does not begin with joyous singing.
It begins with conviction and repentance on the part of Christians. We need a dedicated minority who, like the apostles of old, are willing to be called the scum of the earth and a spectacle to the world for the scandal of the cross. We justify ourselves when we should judge ourselves. If we learned humility, it might spare us the humiliation. When the Lord's white sheep become dirty gray, all black sheep feel more comfortable. We are fighting the greatest battle of all time with the most untrained army on earth.
If strict discipline is necessary in art and athletics, how can we expect to be advanced Christians and stay in kindergarten? At the rate America is decaying morally, we shall have to change our national symbol from an eagle to a vulture. God's deepest secrets often miss the wise and prudent and are revealed unto babes. We say, "Children, be like your parents. Most of the notable turn out to be the not-able. God's greatest truths still belong to babes. Adam tried to hide behind the trees in the garden. There is only one tree that can hide us from Him and that is the tree of the cross.
I can conceive of no greater, more romantic and interesting adventure than to undertake to live like Jesus in this complicated day. The man who sets out to live the life worthwhile - to follow his vision and speak his heart - need not look for position, honors, prosperity. Christ is most concerned with the direction in which you habitually are going and not with a spasmodic eruption either good or bad.
When Christ possesses the will He keeps it fixed.
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The trouble comes when we take matters out of His hand and try to handle them ourselves. When you are going through difficulty and wonder where God is, remember the teacher is always quiet during the test. People often ask me how I keep my priorities straight in life and I tell them that it is done by constantly straightening them out! If a man is known by the company he keeps, so also his character is reflected in the books he reads. Oswald Sanders.
Our life is like a tapestry. We see the underside, all the colors, threads, and knots. God sees the top, the beautiful completed work. Perhaps our question to God should be, "Father, is there anything filling my hours and days that is spiritually unhealthy? Keep a short account of sin with God. What God convicts us of we must deal with on a daily, even moment-by-moment, basis. To do otherwise is to risk hardening our hearts to the Holy Spirit's work in our lives and distancing ourselves from God. Heaven never gets any worse, only better. Hell never gets any better, only worse.
You entrust your money to banks, God entrusts His money to you. How would you feel if the bank took your money and used it to play the lottery or gamble with it? So, how does God feel? I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess. Most of us throw broken things away, but God usually breaks something before He uses it. The happiest people I know are those who have an obsession to the obedience of God.
Before I can preach love, mercy, and grace, I must preach sin, Law, and judgment. It is not the bigness of the words you utter, but the force with which you deliver them. We are reflectors, and as reflectors we have one duty and that is to stay clean or we won't reflect Jesus. When we are weakest and most despondent, Jesus is most considerate. When there is a break in our progress or we have a spell of depression, he sees the whole of our lives and in the light of that He is longsuffering with discordant details.
A mortician can make a dead man look better than he ever did when he was alive. So churches like Sardis may appear very much alive when they are dead in the sight of the Lord. God knows the difference. Flexible people never get bent out of shape. God gives us people to love and things to use, not things to love and people to use. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
False self is an identity based on what you have, what you do, and what others think about you. In stark contrast to this is the true self in Christ, which is who we are before God and in God - Christ living in us, as Paul put it to the churches in Galatia Gal. If we don't find something greater than ourselves to serve, we will end up serving ourselves.
Athanasius was told, "The whole world is against you. The one who spends the most time with Christ is the one who becomes most like Him. In a sense, we are better prepared to praise God than the angels are, for angels have never known the joy of redemption. What a world this would be if God sat on a throne of justice only, and if no mercy were ever to be shown to men! In opposition This puts to flight all the powers of darkness. Faith that is not evidenced by a life of integrity is not biblical faith at all. If we only spent more of our time in looking at Him we should soon forget ourselves.
Martyn Lloyd Jones. Revival precedes evangelism. The church must first repent. This is the blind spot in our eye today. To the average professed Christian today, living so far below normal, New Testament Christianity would be a shock. God doesn't help those who help themselves; He helps those who can't help themselves! There are many who say they want to be victorious Christians, but few are willing to endure the discipline necessary to make one a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
There is a prize to possess, but before we possess it there is a price to be paid, and few will pay it. The Church of Christ has been founded by shedding its own blood, not that of others; by enduring outrage, not by inflicting it. Persecutions have made it grow; martyrdoms have crowned it.
Faith does not replace fear; it puts fear in its proper place. No one goes through life without experiencing fear, but people who fear God and trust in Him handle the threats and challenges of life much differently than those crippled by fear or filled with false confidence. Your mind is like a bowling ball, if you aren't careful, it will go into the gutter. When you squeeze a lemon, you get what is inside. When you squeeze a Christian, you get what is inside.
Lord, help me today not to add to anyone's burdens. When you are born, you cry and people rejoice. When you die, people cry, and, if you are saved, you rejoice. There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus. I am prepared to meet my maker.
Whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. A man's concept of God creates his attitude towards the hour in which he lives. Campbell Morgan.