Archive for April 6, 2012
These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. “Ill weeds grow apace.” Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care. More >
James 1: 12 – 16Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. No one, when tempted, should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, More >
read the bible in a year: day 47 Hebrews 11:23-40
23 By faith Moses was kept secretly by his father and mother for three months after his birth, because they saw that he was a fair child; and they had no fear of the king’s orders. 24 By faith Moses, when he became a man, had no desire to be named the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Feeling that it was better to undergo pain with the people of God, than for a short time to have a taste of the pleasures of sin; 26 Judging a part in the shame of Christ to be better More >
In Matthew 27:14, Jesus did not answer Pilate with regard to even a single charge so the governor was quite amazed.
I love the way Jesus assesses what is important to Him. Jesus is standing before the governor and He has nothing to say in regards to His accusations. I pray God would strengthen us to know what is important to us and to Him. Disciples weren’t made and shouldn’t be made by forcing people to do one thing or another; disciples were made by preaching the Gospel that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was crucified for our sins and rose again three days later. However, the big More >
Jesus, bearing his cross, went forth to suffer without the gate. The Christian’s reason for leaving the camp of the world’s sin and religion is not because he loves to be singular, but because Jesus did so; and the disciple must follow his Master. Christ was “not of the world:” his life and his testimony were a constant protest against conformity with the world. Never was such overflowing affection for men as you find in him; but still he was separate from sinners. In like manner Christ’s people must “go forth unto him.” They must take their position “without the More >