Night Songs

27 10 2006

“By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.”
(Psalm 42:8)

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At times, God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the Shadow of God’s Hand until we learn to hear Him…Watch where God puts you into darkness and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet…When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the Light.

Oswald Chambers

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Unbreakable

26 10 2006

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
(Romans 12:10)

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket–safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from the perturbations of love is Hell.

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Living With All Your Might

24 10 2006

“These are evil times, so make every minute count.”
(Ephesians 5:16, CEV)

Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843) is living proof that life–real life–is not measured in years. Though he died at the tender age of 29, this prolific preacher, who loved Jesus more than preaching, left behind more than 300 soul-stirring messages. Consider these quotes from this “brand plucked from the burning”:

  • “If the Gospel pleased carnal men, it wouldn’t be the Gospel”
  • “Resolved: to live with all my might while I do live!”
  • (from his diary) “February 23. Sabbath. Rose early to seek God, and found Him whom my soul loveth. Who would not rise early to meet such company?”
  • “Above all, keep much in the Presence of God. Never see the face of man until you have seen His face who is our Life, our All.”
  • “Hurry prevents the calm working of the Spirit on the heart. The dew comes down when all nature is at rest–when every leaf is still. A calm hour with God is worth a whole lifetime with man.”
  • “It is a holy-making Gospel. Without holy fruit all evidences are vain. Dear friends, you have awakenings, enlightenings, experiences, a full heart in prayer, and many due signs; but unless you want holiness, you will never see the Lord. A real desire after complete holiness is the truest mark of being born again. Jesus is a holy Savior.”
  • “Let Jesus bear your whole weight. Remember, He loves to be the only support of your soul. There is nothing you can possibly need but you will find it in Him.”




“Hands”-On Praying

23 10 2006

“First of all, then, I exhort that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
(1 Timothy 2:1,2)

Here is a unique prayer, so simple, yet so complete:

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.”

2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

–from other sources





They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Bumper Stickers

21 10 2006

 

“The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You love Me.”
(John 17:23,24)

The other day I was driving on one of Atlanta’s many over-crowded, clogged arteries and pulled up alongside a car bearing two defining marks: one, a bumper sticker advocating a sectarian call to “Boot Sonny” (Georgia’s governor) out of office and the other, a proudly stuck fish emblem with a cross inside it on the other end of the back windshield. Behind the steering wheel sat an oblivious female, staring straight ahead at the traffic in front of her, with an elegantly long cigarette dangling precariously from her lips!

I’m not sure anyone else caught the duplicity in it but I wonder what message it would have sent if she’d had a bumper sticker that read, “I may not agree with all of Sonny’s policies, but he’s my Christian brother, and I am committed to loving the Christ in him!”

What would the world think then?





Go Pick A Fight

20 10 2006

“Yea, and all who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
(2 Timothy 3:12)

“If you don’t have wounds for Christ, how do you know you are alive in Christ? Wounds bring joy, because then you know you are making a difference.”

“Was Paul persecuted because he was a Christian? No, he was persecuted because he was a witnessing Christian. He went to the synagogues and preached there, and then he got into trouble. So find the source of resistance to the Gospel in your local area and when you apply the Gospel, watch the fight begin. Confront the defining evil in your area or your society – that will bring persecution. For us, the evil is obvious; for you, it may be more subtle.”

–Persecuted Chinese Believers in conversation with visiting American Pastors

 





The Key

19 10 2006

“Having begun in the Spirit are you now made perfect by the flesh?”
(Galatians 3:3)

 

We have all read the expression of Christian in Bunyan’s great work, when he found he had the key in his breast that should unlock the dungeon. We have the key that can unlock the dungeon of atheism and heathendom. But oh! We are far more occupied with our work than we are with prayer. We believe more in speaking to men than we believe in speaking to God.

Learn from these men that the work which the Holy Spirit commands must call us to new fasting and prayer, to new separation from the spirit and the pleasures of the world, to new consecration to God and to His fellowship.

Andrew Murray
“Absolute Surrender”
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