You might wonder why we push a multimedia company on a blog like this. Fowler has been most helpful in providing resources to make this blog possible. As the editor, I wanted to repay the favor. Our desire is to help churches find reliable resources that will advance their ministry using professional tools and skilled technicians. Fowler has a team of skilled men and women that understand exactly the work that churches do. This team appreciates the scope of your ministry and the burden of your heart. That is why over the past 16 years Fowler has blessed so many congregations by delivering a system customized for each church. You can safely trust their sales people to have your best interest at heart. When you can trust someone you can move forward without wondering about the motives of the person, or their skill level.
Trust is a beutiful thing. You can trust Fowler. Call them today and discuss your dreams. Remember, dreams cost money. In this world you pretty much get what you pay for. A good projection and lighting system is not cheap. You shouldn’t expect it to be. Think of a system designed for your church as a finely tuned instrument. Your system will be presenting before your people every time you have a public service. Get the best going in and expect the best each time you use it. Lean on the comfort of Fowler’s 24-hour tech support. Not just a slogan–their team is available to your team every hour of the day and night. That’s comfort. That’s protection. That’s stewardship. That’s ministry on call.
The pastor or worship leader might be dreaming of the day their church can have a state-of-the-art multimedia system operating in their services. There can be any number of reasons why that dream goes unfulfilled. One is budget, another might be attitudes, yet another might be fear. Let’s look at these three today.
1. Budget. We don’t have the money for this. We can’t afford it. Offerings are down. We can all agree these are weighty reasons why you might delay. We have found that churches can usually find the money for any project the congregation is sold on. The first order of business is let the church know your dream. In Jeremiah 23 the Scripture says, “The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream…” Let’s take that thought and apply the words to this matter before us. Tell your dream. Make your dream come alive for your people. If you will awaken them to your dreams they will help you pray and realize your goal. God’s people have three kinds of money: Spending money; Giving money; and Keeping money. Their spending money is for the everyday needs of the home and joy. Their giving is usually reserved for the church, charity and other worthy causes. Their keeping money is for a rainy day, or retirement, or for some special occasion or project. If your dream is kept from your people you will have very little opportunity to know if one or more of your supporters would fund your project. Tell them about it. Let them see your heart. Let them know what a new multimedia system can do for the church. Don’t make the mistake of talking to the church before you have a detailed idea of what a good system will cost. If you do you are likely to get more feedback than you want. You are the one that will have to live with your multimedia system. So determine exactly what you want to accomplish once your system is in place. Get a vision for this in your mind and heart. Now, what will that vision cost in real dollars. Don’t squeeze your dream at this point–let it run. Let Fowler work up two proposals for you. One is exactly what you are dreaming about. The other proposal might be a bare-bones system.
2. Attitudes: This one can be a real roadblock. All churches have one or two or three people who seem to be the prophets of doom to most new ideas and projects. These people talk. They talk to you. They talk to their pew neighbors. They talk to their Sunday school classes. They let people know their thoughts. Don’t beat these folks up. You know who they are. Go to them one on one and sell them on your idea privately. Get them on board early. Encourage these “talkers” to help you sell this idea to the church. When you do this–it becomes their idea. They’ll own it. They’ll be proud of it. Probably no one has ever asked their opinion before (you really haven’t had to) . Then watch them work for you. People love to be let in on the ground floor of things. Attitudes can be changed for the better–it takes prayer, care and a little one-on-one time.
3. Fear. Sometimes the man of God is fearful. He might be asking himself, “Is this the right time”? “What will Bob think of this”? “Will this really be the best use of funds at this time?” All kinds of questions might hinder your going forward. This is not a new emotion or challenge for the pastor or leader. Down through the long years men have wrestled with themselves. I love the command in Scripture that says, “Let not your heart be troubled:” A troubled heart can cause delay. Go to the clearing house for all trouble–go to God. Pray until you have a clear mind. Pray until you have His peace. Then proceed with all haste and diligence. What God orders, He pays for.
Don’t just use Fowler as a source for product knowledge. When you have them on the phone ask your sales person to make your project a matter of serious prayer. These people have regular times to pray. Build a relationship with your sales person. Let him or her feel your burden for the church. Call them at 800-729-0163. Their website: www.fowlerinc.com Tell your dream first to Fowler team. They will help you prepare for the day you share your dream with the congregation.
Since this blog is all about Links and Resources that can help the believer reach the lost and provide blessings for churches, I thought it good to mention a website where churches can go for multimedia help.
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Since this blog is all about Links and Resources that can help the believer reach the lost and provide blessings for churches, I thought it good to mention a website where churches can go for media help.
Fowler is an unofficial sponsor of this blog. They did not ask for this plug and were not expecting it. I wanted to provide it since the company, over the years, has been so helpful to me, personally. I hope you will visit Fowler’s website and watch the short video (about 3 minutes), then give them a call. When you do, tell them you learned about Fowler from Salvation Links, a Christian blog.
Fowler Productions has been in business for over 16 years. It was founded to help churches do multimedia better. They provide the best in video projection systems (HD & Reg), creative lighting, High Definition video cameras and full audio. This company provides turn key installations. Too many church officials believe that a projector is a projector is a projector and it really doesn’t matter where you get it from. Don’t you believe it! When you make an investment with Fowler you get so much more than just the projector–you get a solid company that stands behind you from start to finish. They make a royal effort to find out what your church wants to accomplish and how your ministry team wishes to express their presentations. Their technical support (real human beings) may be the best in the business. When do you need support? Well, Fowler is as near as your telephone 24 hours a day. That’s as available as you can be. Yes, even on Sunday mornings–Wow! I know the staff and can recommend the company. They treat each church as a custom project. No cookie cutter solutions here. Because they understand the important ministry and work that churches do. They treat each job as a ministry and they are always sensitive to your budget concerns.
Check them out here. www.fowlerinc.com
or call them at 800-729-0163
Really a book of ideas for church growth using multimedia.
By John R. Rice
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
“When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
“So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
“For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
“While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”—Heb. 3:7–15.
“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”—II Cor. 6:2.
These Scriptures give strong reasons why every unconverted person should turn to Christ today. The Holy Ghost has a message, and it can be summed up in one word: “TODAY!”
“The Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.” Readers are to “exhort one another daily, while it is called To day.” And again, “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
The message of the Holy Spirit of God to every lost sinner is, “Today!” Be saved today!
Again the same message is brought in II Corinthians 6:2: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” What time is the acceptable time for a sinner to be saved? “Behold, now is the accepted time,” answers the Scripture. When is the day of salvation? “Behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Unsaved friend, I beg you to consider some pressing reasons why you ought to be saved today. Not one single soul ought to lay this printed message down until you have said “yes” to God, until you have earnestly confessed yourself a sinner and depended on Him for mercy and claimed Him as your own Saviour! Today is the day to be saved!
I. If It Is Ever Right to Be Saved, Then Be Saved Today
No one has a right to go on in sin.
No one would claim that it is all right to continue a life of murder, then just before he dies, quit murdering people.
No one would claim that it is all right to go on stealing and being dishonest for a season, then at some convenient time, quit being a thief.
But the most horrible of all sins is the sin of rejecting Christ. If you have not accepted Him, you have rejected Him. If you are not for Him, you are against Him. If you are not saved, you are lost. And as long as you continue unsaved, you are living in deliberate and willful sin, the most horrible sin.
Never try to defend your delay in accepting Christ. To postpone your salvation is like the murderer who continues to murder; the blasphemer who continues spewing out oaths; the adulterer who continues his vile sin. Not to be saved is an open sin, a willful sin of disobedience to and rebellion against God.
Anyone who will admit that one ought to be saved must admit that he too ought to be saved. Anyone who will admit that he ever ought to be a Christian, must admit that he ought to be one today.
On the general ground, then, if it is right to be a Christian, it is right to be one today; and if it is right to accept Christ, honest people ought to accept Him now, turn from their sins and trust Him for salvation. If repentance is commanded, then sinners ought to repent this very day.
The very moment you know you are a sinner, you ought to flee from your sins and turn to the Lord Jesus for mercy and salvation. Not to do so is deliberate sin, continual sin, sin indefensible and inexcusable.
II. You Ought to Be Saved Today Because Today the Holy Spirit Calls
“The Holy Ghost saith, To day….” Then the rest of the statement follows, “…if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.”
Are you interested in what the Holy Spirit says? Are you interested in the will of God? Then hear what the Holy Spirit says—that today is the day to be saved!
An alarming example is given. Sinners are urged:
“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
“When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
“Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
“So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.”
The children of Israel in the wilderness who did not hearken to the voice of the Holy Spirit, who kept telling them, “Today, believe in God! Today, trust Him for salvation!” died unsaved in the wilderness. You should not be like them, lest your heart be hardened and lest God’s wrath fall on you too!
To the wicked Jews at Jerusalem who had crucified the Saviour, then would not hear His ministers, Stephen cried out, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye” (Acts 7:51).
What was wrong with those Christ-rejecters? They resisted the Holy Spirit! They would not listen to the call of God through the Spirit. Hence the terrible punishment that came on Jerusalem in a.d. 70 when it was destroyed by Titus; and the Roman army came on a nation that would not listen to God’s voice through the Spirit. Individuals who died unsaved could only blame their hard hearts and the fact that they would not listen to the call of the Spirit of God.
When the Spirit of God says “To day,” then it is time for sinners to be saved today.
Doubtless in your own heart the Holy Spirit says you should be saved today. This very day God’s Spirit speaks to you through the Scriptures, through this printed sermon. He moves upon your heart to accept Christ and be saved. To dally, to trifle, to delay is to continue in sin. Such delay, such disobedience, such resistance to the Spirit of God may harden your heart and doom you forever to Hell, the place prepared for Satan and his angels. Heed today the calling of the Spirit of God!
III. The Danger of a Hardened Heart Makes It Urgent to Be Saved Today
The Holy Spirit urges, “To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.” And again, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
The hardening of the heart is the most terrible calamity that can come upon a lost sinner this side of eternal destruction.
One reason the great majority of all those who are ever saved are saved in childhood is that the child has the advantage of a tender heart, a tender conscience that grieves over sin. The child is easily moved by the fear of punishment. He knows that it is dangerous to go on in sin.
Only as one violates his conscience, goes against his reason, ignores the call of God and the principles of honor and righ-teousness, can he harden his heart and become accustomed to sin. Only by resisting the Spirit of God and continuing in the willful sin of rejecting Christ can one get a hardened heart.
The days and weeks go by, and, unknown and unnoticed by the sinner, his heart is being hardened, his conscience is being dulled, his perception of right and wrong is becoming inaccurate and faded. Delay in salvation means a hardened heart.
Oh, then, hear the call of the Holy Spirit and be saved. “To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.”
To sin once, knowingly, is wicked. To continue in this rebellion, this ungodly resistance, this self-will in delaying your salvation, is a deadly sin that will have a blasting and damning effect upon your own heart. The danger of a hardened heart warns you to be saved today!
Every blatant infidel was once a tenderhearted child who may have trembled at the thought of his sin and of judgment. But delay hardened his heart.
Every drunkard was once a pure and innocent child, beloved of parents and promising for the future. The years hardened his sensibilities and made him ignore his duties to family, to self and to God.
Every harlot was once a sweet little girl, precious and gentle and with holy possibilities. But sin unrebuked in the heart and life, sins unrepented, along with the passing days, dulled the pangs of conscience and led to an indifference about holy matters.
Oh, the danger of a hardened heart! Oh, that much-to-be-feared calamity! And, dear sinner, if you reject Christ today, your heart will be harder tomorrow. The danger of a hardened heart impels honest thinking people to be saved today while they can.
IV. The Imminence of Christ’s Coming Makes It Urgent to Be Saved Today
Matthew 24:44 has a solemn warning from the mouth of the Saviour Himself: “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
Jesus will return to this earth. There will be a resurrection of all the Christian dead. The bodies of the saints in Christ will rise first, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (I Thess. 4:17). Living Christians will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and caught up to be with the Saviour, taken away to the Father’s house of many mansions. Jesus said, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3).
Those who are unsaved and left alive on the earth when Jesus comes will go into the terrible Tribulation, a time of such trouble and sorrow and war and plagues as this world never saw before nor will ever see again!
To be left here with every Christian taken away; to be left here with every true preacher gone, every real church closed; to be left here where all principles of righteousness and morality are ignored and Satan has his way in the Great Tribulation, will be a horrible state. But that is the punishment of those who are yet unsaved when Jesus comes.
We do not know when the Saviour will come. But many times we are warned in the Scripture to be ready, to watch for the Saviour’s return.
In view of the imminent coming of the Saviour one ought to be saved today, this very day, without delay.
V. The Uncertainty of Life and the Certainty of Death Press Upon Sensible People the Wisdom of Being Saved Today!
In James 4:13,14 there is a solemn warning:
“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
It is presumptuous for anyone to say that he knows what will happen tomorrow. How do you know you will buy or sell tomorrow? How do you know you will go on vacation next week? How do you know you will get home tonight? “Ye know not what shall be on the morrow.”
Human life is like a vapor “that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Man’s life is like the fog in the valley which soon vanishes under the heat of the rising sun.
This lesson is brought home to us in Psalm 103:14–16:
“For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.”
Your life, which seems to you so well established, so important, is like a blade of grass that may be plucked up in a moment, or may be crushed under a heel, or blown away. How fragile, how uncertain is life itself!
The son of President Coolidge blistered his heel playing tennis. In a short while he died of blood poisoning.
A tiny clot in the blood may stop a capillary in your brain, and you too may die.
People have strangled to death on flies or gnats.
The scratch of a nail or one streptococcic germ in the throat may mean your death.
A fall from a stepladder in your own home or a cut on the hand or a ride in an automobile or on a plane may cut your life short.
Every day people die unexpectedly. The old die. The young die. The sick die. The well die. Life is but a vapor. Your hold on life is insecure, so I urge you to be saved while it is today.
Death is a certainty. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Prov. 27:1).
A man, who may leave this world tomorrow and makes no provision for the future, could not complain if sensible people call him a fool. People who prepare for meals tomorrow or for a bed tonight or for an education next year, but do not prepare for death, which may come at any moment, surely are guilty of wicked and senseless folly.
So, because life is so short and death is so sure, be saved today! “To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.” “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
VI. The Mounting Wrath of God on All Christ-Rejecting Sinners Impels You to Be Saved Today!
God was grieved at the wicked generation of Jews in the wilderness who would not hear the voice of God. “So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest” (Heb. 3:11). And this wrath of God is on everyone who delays salvation.
Consider several Scriptures which teach this terrifying and solemn truth.
1. Jesus said in John 3:18: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
It is not that one who dies without Christ will be condemned; one who is without Christ is condemned already “because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Already condemned! Already headed for Hell! That is the condition of every unconverted sinner.
2. John the Baptist said in John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
The anger of God abides, stays on, every unbelieving, Christ-rejecting sinner! If you have not believed in Christ, that is, have not trusted Him to be your own Saviour, nor depended on Him to forgive your sins, then the wrath of God abides on you this day!
What a terrible truth—God’s anger mounts up every day, all the day, and never forgets the insult you do Him! God never for a moment is pleased with you who reject His Son; rather, His wrath is on you day and night!
3. “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha,” says I Corinthians 16:22.
The word anathema means accursed. If you do not love the dear Lord Jesus, you are under the curse of God! How God must be grieved over your rejection of His Son! To eat God’s food, breathe God’s air, live on God’s bounty, exist, even, by His mercy, yet reject His dear Son! Not to love the Lord Jesus, the most lovely of all the universe! Not to repent of your sins and receive Him into your heart! Such sin deserves and has on it the curse of God.
You who do not know the Lord Jesus, do not love Him, do not have Him as your own Saviour, are accursed of God. And God’s wrath mounts up against you.
4. Psalm 7:11 says the same thing again in these words: “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
If men were sensible, surely they would be terrified at the thought that “God is angry with the wicked every day.” Are you wicked? Well, in God’s sight you are terribly wicked if you reject His Son, if you do not repent of your sins and will not trust Him to save you. And God is angry with you every day.
These Scriptures press upon our hearts the thought that God’s wrath and His anger keep mounting up and growing hot against Christ-rejecting sinners. No wonder so many are cut off suddenly without time to repent! No wonder God turns people over to a reprobate heart that they might believe a lie and be damned! No wonder God’s Holy Spirit ceases to call and leaves men to their own doom and destruction! No wonder God has a Hell for Christ-rejecting, impenitent, unbelieving sinners!
Because of God’s wrath on all who reject Christ, you are urged to be saved today. Today is the day of salvation. Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart.
Here are six forceful reasons, reasons that must appeal to any sensible man or woman, boy or girl. Do they not convince you that you ought to be saved today? Do they not remind you that your best chances may be soon gone? Do you not feel the call of the Spirit of God? Today, I urge you in Jesus’ name, trust Christ and be saved.
I do not ask you to pay for your sins. You could do that only by going to Hell. I ask you to turn your heart from sin and trust Jesus Christ to save you. He died on the cross for you. He loves you. He is ready to receive you today. John 3:16 tells you, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Then will you trust Him today and have this everlasting life and not perish?
I will give you the words to a simple prayer that you can pray right now. Pray this prayer, Make my words your words, believing in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins and that if you will only call on Him for salvation, He will save you right now. Here are the words to this simple prayer.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I am lost and want very much to be saved. Please come into my heart Lord Jesus and save my soul and make me ready for Heaven. I believe on you. I trust in you. I accept you here and now for this wonderful salvation. Thank you Lord for saving my soul and help me Lord to live for you. Amen!
Now tell two or three people what you have done. Get in the habit of sharing your new found faith.
Email me a note and tell. I want to rejoice with you. I promise to write you an email and send you additional helps that will make sure you have a good opportunity to grow in God’s grace and love.
email me: firstname.lastname@example.org My name is Ron. I promise to never abuse your email info, or reveal any personal info you might disclose.
PLAN FOR HEAVEN
KING JAMES VERSION
ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ROMANS 1:16-19 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
I CORINTHIANS 15:1-6 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
ROMANS 5:8-11 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
ROMANS 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
EPHESIANS 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
I THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
ROMANS 10:8-13 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Contents Page for “Through the Bible with Les Feldick” at www.lesfeldick.org
A beautiful collection of worship songs that span over many years!
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Read 1 Samuel 2:1-11
Jackie Gleason got on a scale that prints your weight on a card. When the card appeared it said, “Come back – alone.”
The Lord has a scale. Concerning it a mother said a long time ago, “For the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.”
Our scales weigh the material, His the spiritual. Ours weigh the matter, His the motive; ours the fruit, His the faith; ours the body, His the soul.
We’re sensitive when others talk about our weight, or the lack of it. But are we just as sensitive when others talk about our faith as well as our flesh?
I wonder if the Lord will say, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.”
Prayer: Father, expand our minds and hearts with the deepest love for others. Make us caring and sharing Christians who serve nothing but Thy will and seek nothing but Thy glory: through Christ. Amen.
THE WORTH OF THE WIND
Dr. Michael Guido, The Sower
Read Romans 8:28
Botanists have reported that trees need the winds of March to flex their branches and trunks. The sap is drawn up because of the bluster of the wind, and the budding leaves receive the nourishment that they need.
You and I are like the trees. We need the storms to strengthen us.
A blustery period in our lives is often a prelude to a spring of fruit bearing.
Think of Joseph. Had he not been a prisoner, he wouldn’t have become a prime minister.
Are you going through a storm in your life right now? Trust God. He’ll enable you to turn your trials into triumphs, and the bluster of your life into blessings.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, come into my heart and take over in my life. Anything Thou dost say, I will do. I will follow Thy orders any time, any where and at any cost: in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
February 27, 2009