When He wants us to be men of God, Christ calls us to be children. God calculates greatness on a different scale than we do. We cannot continue with earthly notions about greatness. Instead, we need to be converted and become as little children.
Our Bible speaks of three “w” words…. All three of these “w” words are presented in I Thessalonians: WORK, WATCH, and WAIT. The Lord is coming…
There are many things in our life that we cannot change. We cannot change where we were born, nor the family we were born into, nor the color of our skin. We do not choose which disease we get, nor even the time of our death. There is much in life that is inevitable. We love our families, our wives and children, our grandchildren. But brace yourself for the inevitable….
… making a man comfortable does not make him good. The opposite is true. God knows that with the sinful nature of man, given to choose the flesh over the more noble spirit, we will persistently follow selfish inclinations and destroy ourselves.
… change is inevitable. We may be enjoying good times or facing hard times. Whichever it is, things will change, as Christ warned His disciples. This too will pass, for better or for worse.
We can be the best moral man in the world, and still be lost. If our thoughts are not pure, or our motives are not pure, we are still sinners. You may never commit adultery, but if your mind is there, you are an adulterer just the same. You may never commit murder, but if you are murdering your brother daily in your mind, you are a murderer just the same.
Sometimes we face a difficult situation in our life and wonder how we are going to find help. Maybe we turn to our friends or relatives, but nothing works out. We use up all our resources and find ourselves at the end of the rope.
Fear comes in many forms and it may become a real hindrance to our faith and trust in God. It seems that life brings continuing reasons to fear, as our situations change. We all experience those times when we are afraid. But God does not want us to live in fear.
The strength of the Gospel is its valid claim to change a man or woman from a loud and boisterous sinner into a quiet, confident saint. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” As the Way, He shows us how to walk, and where to walk. As the Truth, He give us a correct worldview. As the Life, He shows us how to live.
Why would a way seem right when it is not right? Are there things about this way that show us it is wrong? Is it possible we are deluded? Let’s think about some things that would help us avoid a way that only seems right.
If we want to die the death of the righteous, we need to live the life of the righteous. In order to live the life of the righteous, we need to allow God to make us righteous. This is where Baalam failed the test.
We make value decisions every day, and these should be based on what God esteems. He values honesty, simplicity, holiness, kindness, goodness, mercy, obedience, and humility. Do our choices reflect these qualities? We must not fear the cost of doing God’s will.
Take the time to go with me on a tour of the highway that leads to the pleasures at the right hand of God. The redeemed walk in this highway, and we are all invited. Come to the way, the highway of our Lord.
Read: Psalm 116. “For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.” Psalm 116:8 Are you praising God today?
People with Parkinson’s face much frustration as the disease progresses. The body no longer obeys the head. Did you know churches can have Parkinson’s symptoms as well? This becomes evident when members stop obeying the commands of their head, Jesus Christ.
A soul in rebellion against Christ stands before the Christ he has denied. He has died in rebellion and has already bowed prostrate before Christ, and now in disbelief hears himself acknowledge this same Christ as Lord.
Do I love God? Our eternal destiny hangs on this question. But HOW can we love God? We’ve never seen Him so how can we love Him?
…our eternal destiny depends on who we love. We cannot be devoted to Christ while giving place to the devil. What does real devotion to Christ look like?
Christ expects us to do so. He fully expects us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in strangers, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and go to those in prison.
We seem to know more good things about ourselves than bad things, but we seem to know more bad things about others than we know of their good things. I wonder why that is?
Our devotion and love for God and for His Son Jesus Christ should draw us to the expression of a living praise. Praise issues forth from a satisfied and contented heart. Ponder a few things with me from this text that are truly thrilling for the child of God and that cause us to praise Him.
There is more to life than this shadow land. Without an eternal perspective, our faith is often driven dangerously close to the edge of despair. With gladness, I introduce you to Jesus Christ.
We love to think that life is all about winning. But what about the verse above that alludes to losing? To suffer loss is as common to life as winning. Christ wants to teach us the art of losing.
Many times, when adversity comes to us as Christians, we feel like we have been let down by God. We possibly struggle to accept what has happened to us and we may even lash out at God.
The book of Job is about a man who faced a very peculiar series of tests all at once. He faced the loss of all his possessions and his family, and finally his health.
It is a wondrous thought that angels attend and minister to our needs as Christians. I like to think that there is one who has my needs at heart, and who protects me from evil and harm.
Do we believe that God’s judgments are right? That is essential if we will understand this morning’s verse. It will help us to appreciate the faithfulness of God. But how is God’s faithfulness expressed through affliction? We need to contemplate the power of this truth in order to see affliction in true perspective.
Jesus died to purchase the Church. His blood redeemed the soul of every believing, faithful person. This was God’s plan and design, created for His glory. Christ values the Church highly. Do you?
When we despise the Holy Spirit, we despise the grace of God. We despise the very outstretched hand of God. We despise the very Spirit of God that He has sent to draw us to Himself. To speak against the Son, Jesus Christ, can be forgiven, but to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, that shall not be forgiven (Luke 12:8-10).
Christ taught Nicodemus in John 3 that the entrance to the kingdom of God is the new birth. Repentance was necessary for every one who came believing. Salvation was freely offered by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. From this foundation, man now perceives the kingdom of God.