Pastor Danny taught on one of my favorite Psalms tonight: Psalm 71. It was kind of funny because he started out by saying he was going to read from a Psalm that probably isn’t all that often read. Even though I have trouble some times, for some reason, remembering which number this one is, I seem to find my way back to it often.
The 73rd Psalm covers a lot of territory in a fairly short space. But the biggest thing in it that draws me to it is the assurance it gives of God being our Rock. Through out all the things we endure and encounter, we are never alone, never on shaky, unstable ground, and never are forgotten. I don’t know about you, but that sure gives me a lot of comfort and courage to know that the Almighty God has made those promises to me and to you.
Psalms 71:5 For thou [art] my hope, O Lord GOD: [thou art] my trust from my youth.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. —Matthew 5:14
People often ask me what I miss most about serving as president of Moody Bible Institute. Without question it’s the students. I love their passion for Jesus and the way they demonstrate it to the world around them. Non-Christian employers often told me of the students’ exemplary work ethic. Chicago’s police super-intendent once said, “When the Moody students return to campus, it’s like somebody turned on the lights on the Near North side.”
This is exactly what Jesus had in mind when He said, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). It’s a powerful word picture of the impact of contrast. There should be a recognizable difference between the integrity of Christians and the prevailing darkness of our world.
It’s not about making speeches for Jesus; it’s about people observing us. Even though they may not want to hear about Jesus, you can be sure they’re watching to see if He makes a difference in our lives. When Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works” (Matt. 5:16), He was saying that before we can speak up we have to show up. Our capacity to shine for Jesus is measured by our good works, which reveal His compelling reality in our lives.
Let’s turn on the lights.
You are called with a holy calling
The light of the world to be,
To lift up the lamp of the Savior
That others His light may see. —Anon.
To lead others out of the darkness of sin, let them see the light of Christ in your life. -Joe Stowell
Shaking Hands or Saving Lives?
“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.” John 3:36
There was a preacher who kept a painting in his study of a shipwreck. There were sailors in lifeboats reaching out their hands to people floating on debris from the ship. A little boy looked at the painting and asked his daddy, “Are those in the lifeboats trying to save those people or are they just shaking hands?”
I wonder about us. It is all right to have friends; in fact, I encourage you to do that. But are you doing more than just socializing? Wouldn’t it be a shame if all you did was shake the hands of those around you, when you could be serving and showing them the way to God through Jesus Christ?
We don’t pray, live, and witness as if people are dying and going to hell or heaven every day around us. May God have mercy on us. The need of the hour is for men and women to have a servant’s heart.
This morning I spent some time sitting on our back deck studying the Book of Hebrews. As I was reading I heard sirens coming in the distance. From our house you can heard them going along US Rt. 60 and on the interstate. As I listened I determined that the emergency vehicles were on Rt 60, possibly heading west, not in the interstate. I said a short prayer from whoever the emergency workers were going to and went back to my reading.
I don’t normally, out of habit, pray for someone because I hear a siren; maybe I should but that’s not been my normal reaction. On this occasion I felt promoted to pray though so I did. I later found out the emergency call was for a member of my church family; she is okay after having some relatively minor surgery.
I am not claiming in any way that the short prayer I said made THE difference in her prognosis, though I think all prayers from the heart of God’s children do make a difference in some way. No, the important lesson I took from this is to always heed the Spirit’s promoting.
Generally, when the Lord puts some one on my heart I do what He is prompting: midnight prayers, out of the blue call or email, etc. I know that I fall short on always doing what He wants but I do try. However, how often have I (or you) missed His prompt to do some thing for some one you may not or never know? If it’s once I would say too often.
God’s Word says we are to pray without ceasing. We have many, many examples of folks, the Apostle Paul comes to mind, always or very often praying for the children of God. Shouldn’t we, too, follow this instruction and example no matter what or when the prompting is given? I know I can do better than I have…
Another Divine Helper
Have you ever wished you had a 911 number that rang in heaven whenever you had a need? Well, I have good news for believers. We all have divine assistance that’s even closer than a phone call: our Helper dwells within us. But if we are unaware of Him, we’ll miss many opportunities to benefit from the greatest asset in our Christian life—the Holy Spirit’s presence.
Christ knew that when He left the earth, His disciples would be totally inadequate for the task He was giving them—to evangelize the world. Though they’d spent three years with Jesus, all they had seen and learned would still not sufficiently equip them for what lay ahead. They needed supernatural help, and so do we—someone who will come to our aid, empower our service, and transform us from the inside out.
The Holy Spirit is the only one who can achieve all this. Consider His qualifications:
1. He is a personal Helper, not some inanimate force. God’s Spirit is a member of the Trinity and coequal with both the Father and Jesus Christ.
2. He is a practical Helper who involves Himself in every aspect of our lives.
3. He is an adequate Helper because He’s omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
4. He is an available Helper who permanently lives within us.
Do you have any need that requires more power than omnipotence? Are you facing a decision that requires more knowledge than omniscience? Nothing we encounter is bigger than the omnipresent One who lives within us. Be calm and confident. No matter what challenges you face, He can help.
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Rejecting a Global Flood..
Very nice piece from the “Answers in Genisis” folks. I know that I was never presented the Biblical account as an option in school, even grade school. It’s little wonder that evolution is what most folks default to when the idea of the age of the earth or any thing else alongside this line comes up. We have to do a better job of teaching this concept to the world, starting with our families.
Submitting to One Another
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
If we are going to survive in the tough times of our lives, we must learn to submit. That’s right. Now, I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but let me explain.
The Word of God teaches us that no one is inferior to anyone else. We are one in Jesus Christ. Submission is something we do to one another “in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21). Through submission comes power and victory.
Do you want to know a good definition of submission? Here it is: Submission is one equal willingly placing himself under another equal that God may therefore be glorified.
We are never more like Jesus than when we submit. And never more like the devil than when we rebel.
– Adrian Rogers