by A.W. Tozer
The truth is, dedication of the life to any thing or anyone short of God Himself, is a prostitution of noble powers and must bring a harvest of grief and disappointment at last. Only God is worthy of the soul He has made in His own image. To devote our lives to any cause, however worthy, is to sell ourselves short. Not money, position, fame, can justly claim our devotion. Art, literature, music also fall short. And, if God is forgotten, even the loftiest and most unselfish task is unworthy...
by Charles Spurgeon
In this simple way, by God's grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land-the beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the gospel, and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty, we are to begin at the family hearth: he is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home. The heathen are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but home has a prior...
Bible Verses: Joel 1:3
by James Smith
THIS is the believer's sheet anchor; without this his comforts would droop, and hope would give up the ghost. We are at times shaken to pieces by unbelief, and filled with tormenting doubts. We feel nothing of the presence, power, or comforts of the Holy Ghost; faith, hope, and love seem to be quite extinguished. We have no power, and scarcely any inclination to pray; and we feel only hardness, fretfulness, and misery. We are tempted by Satan, and harassed with tormenting thoughts, so that...
Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 10:13
"The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened." Proverbs 10:27
There is no doubt about it. The fear of the LORD leads to virtuous habits, and these prevent that waste of life which comes of sin and vice. The holy rest which springs out of faith in the LORD Jesus also greatly helps a man when he is ill.Every physician rejoices to have a patient whose mind is fully at ease. Worry kills, but...
Bible Verses: Proverbs 10:27
You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: glorious are its colours, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, alas, it passes away, and lo, it is not. The fair colours give way to the fleecy clouds, and the sky is no longer brilliant with the tints of heaven. It is not established. How can it be? A glorious show made up of transitory sun-beams and passing rain-drops, how can it abide? The graces of the Christian character must not resemble the rainbow in its transitory beauty,...
Bible Verses: 1 Peter 5:10
by William MacDonald
Sometimes it seems that Christians are especially prone to accept passing fads and winds of doctrine. John Blanchard wrote of two tour-bus drivers who were comparing notes. When one mentioned that he had a bus full of Christians, the other said, "Really? What do they believe?" To which the first replied, "Anything I tell them!"
One minute it may be a food fad. Certain foods are denounced as poison and others are credited with almost magical properties. Or it may be a medicinal fad,...
Bible Verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:211 Thessalonians 5:21Jeremiah 15:19Philippians 1:91 John 4:1
by Samuel Bagster
He died for all. § Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.He … lives to make intercession for them. § I go to prepare a place for you.I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. § Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am. § Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.We love Him because He first loved us. § The love of Christ...
Bible Verses: John 11:362 Corinthians 5:15John 15:13Hebrews 7:25John 14:2John 14:3John 17:24John 13:11 John 4:192 Corinthians 5:14John 15:10
by Selwyn Hughes
For Reading and Meditation: Ruth 3:8-9
At midnight Ruth moves in quietly to where Boaz is lying, gently uncovers his feet, and proceeds to lie across them. Boaz is somewhat startled by this act and inquires anxiously: "Who are you?" "I am your servant Ruth," she replies, "Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer" (v. 9). By this...
Bible Verses: Ruth 3:8-9Ezekiel 16:8
by George Bowen
It will hardly be denied by any reflecting person that it is reasonable to suppose that there is for every human being a particular line of procedure which commends itself to God as the best, and every deviation from which is a deviation from that which is best. When we consider how admirably God has organized man, how richly he has endowed him, with what authority he has invested him, and with what appliances he has surrounded him; when we consider what an infinitude of wise and good...
Bible Verses: Psalms 27:11
by Alexander Maclaren
Jesus was now on His last journey to Jerusalem. That night He would sleep at Bethany: Calvary was but a week off. He had paused to save Zacchaeus, and now He has resumed His march to His Cross. Popular enthusiasm is surging round Him, and for...
Bible Verses: Mark 10:47
by T. Austin-Sparks
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. (John 15:16 NIV)
The new creation is in Christ.
It is not in you, and not in me, and never will be. All that it
will mean in time, and in eternity will be through our spiritual
union with Christ. All God's fullness is in Christ. We shall
receive all that fullness, and enjoy it in a practical
Bible Verses: John 15:16
by James Russell Miller
This is one of the great parables which only Luke has preserved for us. If Luke's gospel had not been written, we never would have had this beautiful story. This suggests one reason why we have four Gospels instead of one. No one of the four, tells us all about Christ or records all of His sayings. Each one gives facts and incidents and...
Bible Verses: Luke 10:25-37
by Miles Stanford
To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth My voice" (John 18:37).
Charismatic Arminianism's experience omits truth. Covenant Calvinism's legality chokes truth. Cross-centered Christianity's Christ-life is...
Bible Verses: John 18:372 Corinthians 6:42 Corinthians 6:7
In the love which any intelligent creature feels for God there must always be a measure of mystery. It is even possible that it is almost wholly mystery, and that our attempt to find reasons is merely a rationalizing of a love already mysteriously present in the heart as a result of some secret operation of the Spirit within us, "working like a miner, toiling unseen in the depths of the earth" (Fenelon). But so far as reasons can be given, they would seem to be two: gratitude and excellence....
How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? § I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. § He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. §
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have...
Bible Verses: Colossians 3:3Romans 6:2Galatians 2:202 Corinthians 5:152 Corinthians 5:171 John 5:20John 17:211 Corinthians 12:27John 14:19Revelation 2:17
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