All too often, in my ministry, I minister to people who suffer from the loss of hope. Hope should be one of the most powerful, energizing and enabling resources we have in the Christian life. When one loses hope it is the inevitable consequence of losing sight of Christ and focusing instead on earthly conflicts and struggles.
Like faith and love, hope is extolled as a primary and glorious grace of the Christian life. “But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Continue reading “A Glorious Hope”
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).
Most of us desire good and Godly things for our lives and we should. God has promised them to us. “Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Why is it that when we seek the things of God and believe that God will meet the desires of our hearts that nothing seems to happen. When the heavens seem to be made of brass and God does not hear us. Has he forgotten us? Continue reading “A Faithful God with Loving Answers”
This morning’s title is taken from an old hymn that speaks volumes to our modern generation.
Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things;
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of Kings.
By William Pierson Merrill
So much of what we do today is trivial and insignificant in comparison to the greater works that need to be done in every community in America as well as the World.
On one occasion Jesus (with his disciples) was crossing Sea of Galilee in a boat. He gave way to His tiredness or the lethargy of the moment and was sleeping while the disciples tended ship. There suddenly came up one of the storms for which the Sea of Galilee is notorious with the high waves spilling over into the ship. All hands turned to to bail out the ship. Someone, evidently thinking that Jesus ought to share the same feverish work that they were doing, yelled at Him to wake up and help with the bailing. Jesus replied by stopping the storm and in doing so, saying in so many words: “I’m not a boat bailer, I’m a storm stopper!” Continue reading “Have Done With Lesser Things”
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Life consists of much more than what we can see with our human eyes. In fact, the visible is merely that which is transitory and corruptible. The invisible world of the Father is that which is permanent and incorruptible. Continue reading “Beyond the Tangible”
I have spent many hours, days and even years laden with anxieties. It is not an optimum way to live life. There was a time that anxiety was such a way of life that on one occasion, when I was at peace with no anxieties, I became anxious about not being anxious, thinking something must be wrong.
Anxiety is the antithesis of faith. When we are anxious, we are not believing and when we are believing, we are not anxious. It is that simple. Continue reading “Anxiety Versus Faith”
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
We are no more secure than the foundation on which our lives are built. All of us realize the importance of a solid foundation for any kind of structure. Jesus referred to its significance in Luke 6:47,48: “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man who built an house, and dugged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock; and when a flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock.”
Over the years I have ministered to countless numbers of people. I have seen some who have faced impossible opposition and odds in their walk of obedience and who have persevered. I have seen many who floundered and turned back–some physically and others mentally and emotionally while giving the appearance of going on. Continue reading “A Sure Foundation”
It’s a certainty that Christian’s will face oppression, both spiritual and physical. But God equips us to face, with boldness, all that comes before us.
On one occasion, Jesus the very penetrating and pertinent question, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth” (Luke 18:8)? That question is very thought provoking, especially since the scriptures teach “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
According to 1 Corinthians 3:13, the primary concern of the Judgment Seat of Christ is “What sort or kind of works we have done while on earth.” “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work OF WHAT SORT IT IS.” It seems to me that the works that will go with us into Heaven as the basis of our rewards will be evaluated based on three primary motivations:
- Whether they have been done exclusively for the glory of God.
- Whether they have been based sole on obedience to the expressed commands of Jesus.
- Whether their motivating and enabling factors have been faith.
- Unfortunately, much of our “Christian” activity as well as that of many churches seems to be devoid of faith. The disciples once asked Jesus “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God” (John 6:28)? Jesus answered with a very straightforward reply: “This is the work of God, that ye BELIEVE ON HIM whom he hath sent” (John 6:29).
Continue reading “A Faith Driven Life”