I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians of England
The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Eternal Truth
Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. ~ Acts 20: 26-28
Oh that every preacher of the Gospel would be able to make such a statement with a clear conscious! How wonderful it would be if they could confidently say “I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God”. That they can face their Creator and say “I am pure from the blood of all men”. My God, raise up preachers with the conviction to not withhold anything from Your sheep. Give them the conviction to declare the full counsel of God. To proclaim what thus saith the Lord without restriction, with boldness and humility. We need these kind of preachers! Please raise them up! In Jesus name. Amen.
At Calvary - Hymn
Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.
Refrain - Mercy there was great, etc….
Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!
Devotional - Share the Gospel
“I have long sought the Trust, as did my father before me, but without finding it. I have traveled far and near but have never searched it out. In Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, I have found no rest, but I do find rest in what we have heard tonight. Henceforward I am a believer in Jesus.”
It was this gentleman (Mr. Nyi), whose heart God had soften that asked Mr. Taylor a dreading question.
“How long have you had the Glad Tidings in England?” he asked all unsuspectingly.
The young missionary was ashamed to tell hm and vaguely replied that it was several hundreds of years.
“What,” exclaimed Nyi in astonishment, “several hundreds of years! Is it possible that you have known about Jesus so long, and only now have come to tell us?” “My father sought the truth for more than twenty years,” he continued sadly, “and died without finding it. Oh, why did you not come sooner?” ~ Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor
Why do we hold on to this Everlasting Truth? The power of the Gospel? The one Truth that can lead us to the eternal presence of God Almighty? Help us Lord to spread Your word and never, ever be ashamed of it. Jesus, be high and lifted up. Thank You for the privilege to serve You. May we truly have a desire to serve You and see You glorified in every work we do.
Worldliness: anything that makes righteousness look weird and sin look normal
We have need of patience, and our faithful God brings us into experiences which, improved by His blessing, may cultivate in us this grace. Though we seem to be tried at times almost, beyond endurance, we never find Him unable or unwilling to help and sustain us; and were our hearts entirely submissive to His will, desiring it and it only to be done, how much fewer and lighter would our afflictions seem. I have been in much sorrow of late, but the principal cause I find to be want of willing submission to, and trustful repose in, God, my Strength. Oh, to desire His will to be done with my whole heart…to seek His glory with a single eye! Oh, to realize more of the fullness of our precious Jesus…to live more in the light of His countenance, to be satisfied with what He bestows…ever looking to Him, following in His footsteps and awaiting His glorious coming! Why do we love Him so little? It is not that He is not lovely. “Fairer than the children of men” (Ps. 45:2)! It is not that He does not love us…that was forever proved on Calvary. Oh, to be sick out of love for Jesus, to be daily, hourly longing, hungering, thirsting for His presence!…May you find your love to Him ever increasing, and His likeness in you be apparent to all. Continue to pray for me…that will supply all my need, Jesus be all my delight, His service all my desire, rest with Him all my hope.
Pastoral Ministry: Humble Service - AW Tozer
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.—2 Timothy 2:3-4
Save me from the error of judging a church by its size, its popularity or the amount of its yearly offering. Help me to remember that I am a prophet—not a promoter, not a religious manager, but a prophet. Let me never become a slave to crowds. Heal my soul of carnal ambitions and deliver me from the itch for publicity. Save me from bondage to things. Let me not waste my days puttering around the house. Lay Thy terror upon me, O God, and drive me to the place of prayer where I may wrestle with principalities and powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world. Deliver me from overeating and late sleeping. Teach me self-discipline that I may be a good soldier of Jesus Christ….
And now, O Lord of heaven and earth, I consecrate my remaining days to Thee; let them be many or few, as Thou wilt. Let me stand before the great or minister to the poor and lowly; that choice is not mine, and I would not influence it if I could. I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame and I choose it above all things on earth or in heaven. God Tells the Man Who Cares, 105-106.
“Lord, this prayer of Tozer’s seems so contrary to the spirit of today’s church growth emphasis, celebrity pastors, and TV personalities. Enable me by your Holy Spirit to make this prayer genuinely mine. Amen.”
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
Psalm 63: 1-8
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Everyone goes through seasons of waiting. A lot of times, people just sit back and wait for God to do everything. But, you have to remember to do your part and make preparations. You have to talk like it’s going to happen and act like it’s going to happen.Some people might say, “Well, what if I do this and it doesn’t happen?” But I say what if you do and it does happen? And even if things don’t turn out the way you had hoped, you’d still be better off living your life positive and hopeful than you would to go around down and discouraged.
I love what David said in the Bible, “God, my times are in Your hands.” He was saying, “God, I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know You know what’s best for me.” I’m going to go out today expecting good things. And even if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to go to bed all disappointed. I’m going to go to bed knowing that I’m one day closer to seeing my dreams and desires come to pass!
Amen! Be still and know that He is God. Wait on Him.