And may I not appeal to all you that fear and walk with God, for the truth of this? Has not one day in the Lord’s courts been better to you than a thousand? In keeping God’s commandments, have you not found a present and very great reward? Has not his word been sweeter to you than the honey or the honeycomb? O what have you felt, when, Jacob-like, you have been wrestling with your God? Has not Jesus often met you when meditating in the fields and been made known to you over and over again in breaking of bread? Has not the Holy Ghost frequently shed the divine love abroad in your hearts abundantly and filled you with joy unspeakable, even joy that is full of glory? I know you will answer all these questions in the affirmative and freely acknowledge the yoke of Christ to be easy and his burden light.
That cross is life, health, holiness, consolation, strength, joy, let nothing come between it and you.
Do not be fooled. “Bad companions ruin good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
Note to Self: Who I surround myself with is key to making the right choices and pleasing God daily. Surround myself with people that will inspire, motivate and pray for me. People that will lead me towards Christ and not towards sin. Surround myself with people that will believe in me when I don’t believe in myself.
"In this age, telling the truth is tough business and not for the fainthearted" (Albert Mohler).
"Sin is guerrilla warfare that is deadly. Just when you think you are in control, it seeks to devour you." (Ed Welch)
"Christ is Altogether Lovely. He is bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, a garment to the naked, healing to the wounded; and whatever a soul can desire is found in him." ~ John Flavel
When we become concerned about our life-style and our guilt before God, we become burdened and depressed. This is called conviction of sin, and means that The Holy Spirit is dealing with us about our guilt before God. It gnaws at the back of our mind, and the only way to remove the burden is to have it removed by the only one that can remove it; The Lord Jesus Christ. He knows of our burden of guilt and reveals the ONLY remedy. And what a beautiful invitation made by the only one with the authority to make it. “Come unto ME, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Commentary by Francis L. Harris)
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.
Depend upon it, my friends, if you get tired of the Word of God, and it becomes wearisome to you, you are out of communion with Him.
—D . L . Moody
If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness,it is the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world.
"A cross without offense in the world is a cross without power in the world" (Steven Lawson).