The beauty of a changed life can attract others to the One who makes us beautiful.
“I have told you these things, so that you might have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
God never plows in the soul of man
Without intention and purpose
So whenever you feel the
plow’s sharp blade
Let not your heart be sorely afraid,
For, like the farmer,
God chooses a field
From which He expects
an excellent yield…
So rejoice though your heart
be broken in two–
God seeks to bring forth
a rich harvest in you.
Helen Steiner Rice
“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall be continually in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the LORD; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3 (NASB)
What inexpressible joy for me, to look up through the apple-blossoms and the fluttering leaves, and to see God’s love there; to listen to the thrush that has built his nest among them, and to feel God’s love, who cares for the birds, in every note that swells his little throat; to look beyond to the bright blue depths of the sky, and to feel they are a canopy of blessing, –the roof of the house of my Father; that if the clouds pass over it, it is the unchangeable light they veil; that, even when the day itself passes, I shall see that the night itself only unveils new worlds of light; and to know that if I could unwrap fold after fold of God’s universe, I should only unfold more and more blessing, and see deeper and deeper into the love which is at the heart of all. - Elizabeth Charles
“LORD, our Lord, how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with Your majesty.” Psalm 8:1 (HCSB)
“It isn’t about a smile; its about what is inside your smile.”
How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from
that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the LORD has pronounced His
even life everlasting.
Psalm 133:1-3 (NLT)
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NASB)
The devil is more shrewd than most people realize. He is a formidable enemy of the truth–and if he cannot lead a preacher into liberalism, he will persuade him to ride a spiritual hobby-horse every time he goes into the pulpit. He will lead a preacher to spend precious time upholding his own opinions and his own theories. Man-made tradition is so full of loopholes that when compared to the Word of God it can be quickly discovered as man-made tradition and not divinely dictated truth.
The devil doesn’t care how long, how fervently, nor how sincerely a man may preach, so long as that preacher is void of words that bring salvation.
The devil doesn’t fear the man who preaches man-made doctrine and dogma, rules and regulations, leaving out the words that tell the sinner God loves him, Jesus died for him and stands ready to save, to forgive, to keep, and to direct.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8 (NASB)
Originally posted on montague county moments:
It’s amazing how quickly trash accumulates in America’s vehicles… discarded Sonic cups , deposit slips , half eaten french fries, junk mail , and credit card receipts….all evidense of our past transactions..
Rather than throwing liter along our city streets or becoming a magnet for civic scorn or citation , we simply carry the accumulated trash along with us through our daily lives ..
Many Christians are guilty of the same offense in their spiritual life… we commit transgressions against God and fellow-man despite sincere intentions to do the opposite… we humbly ask our Saviour to forgive our sinful infractions… then continue to carry them with us everywhere we go in the form of guilt or unworthiness.
God said he forgets confessed sins , sequestering them as far as the east is from the west … yet we continue to remind Him, and subsequently ourselves, of these infractions through our conscience and our spoken prayers..
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“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:11 (NASB)
Most true believers have lived long enough and learned enough from the experiences of others to know that the world’s joy can never be full. It is always shallow and superficial. It is always followed by regret and guilt. We know that Jesus wants us to have a more abundant life: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they might have life, and have it more abundantly” John 10:10 (NASB).
The world’s joy will eventually fail. The joy of the Lord sustains us even when we have trouble, just as it did Jesus at the cross: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2 (NASB).
We need to be there for people when their worldly joy comes up short. To do that, we have to demonstrate the true joy of Jesus. Sometimes Christians seem as shallow as anyone else because they have not fixed their eyes on Jesus as they ought. We have to befriend those who need what we have.
Abandon yourself to His care and guidance, as a sheep in the care of a shepherd, and trust Him utterly. No matter though you may seem to yourself to be in the very midst of a desert, with nothing green about you, inwardly or outwardly, and may think you will have to make a long journey before you can get into green pastures. Our Shepherd will turn that very place where you are into green pastures, for He has power to make the desert rejoice and blossom as a rose. - H. W. Smith
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
A Christian is not a person who has been “repaired” by the grace of God. A Christian is a “new creature.” God is the Creator of heaven and earth, and all things therein. He created man from the dust of the ground–and at that point man was God’s masterpiece. But man sinned, and fellowship between God and man was broken.
In the process of time, God again put His creative power into operation. Jeremiah tells us: “the LORD has created a new thing in the earth–a woman will encompass a man” (Jer.31:22). This is a prophetic picture of the virgin birth of Jesus–a much greater miracle than the creative act of God in forming Adam from the dust of the earth. Jesus was the only begotten Son of God; and since He paid the sin-debt, all who believe in His shed blood and finished work are created anew in Him: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” Ephesians 2:10 (NASB).