Tim Conway - Christ is hope for the hopeless…
Tim Conway - Christ is hope for the hopeless…
Part of the armor of the Christian is the Word of God. If you are not in His word daily, are you only partially dressed for the warfare?
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." (Ephesians 6:17)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
"Rejoice greatly .. Behold, thy King is coming!"
Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God - Ephesians 6:17.
If we want victory in life over anything, that the devil puts before us - to tempt us, to make us stumble/fall, to sin; shouldn’t we be carrying this sword to attack the devil, by reading and praying daily? Our Lord fought with this very sword when He was tempted, didn’t He (Matthew 4:1-10)?
Friends, we can be victorious/overcomers, only if we are rooted and strong in the Word and that too in the right doctrines. Read and prayerfully ask for understanding of the truth of God’s word.
"Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth - we shall never recognize it."
— Blaise Pascal
(Puritan, French mathematician, physicist, inventor,
writer and Christian philosopher / 1623-1662)
"Oh, see to it that the Word of God, is in you, is in your very soul, permeating your thoughts, and so operating on your outward life that all may know you to be a true Bible Christian, for they perceive it your words and deeds."
—Charles H. Spurgeon
J.C. Ryle - Count the cost…
Are you seeking God?
He that is down needs fear no fall…He that is humble, ever shall have God to be his guide. I am content with what I have, little be it, or much.
- John Bunyan
In the morning…
"In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." -Psalm 5:3
The morning is the gate of the day, and should be well guarded with prayer.
It is one end of the thread on which the day’s actions are strung, and should be well knotted with devotion.
If we felt more the majesty of life we should be more careful of its mornings.
He who rushes from his bed to his business and waits not to worship is as foolish as though he had not put on his clothes,or cleansed his face, and as unwise as though he dashed into battle without arms or armor.
Be it ours to bathe in ‘the softly flowing river of communion with God’ before the heat of the wilderness and the burden of the way begin to oppress us. ~ Charles Spurgeon
"Do with your hearts as you do with your watches, wind them up every morning by prayer, and at night examine whether your hearts have gone true all that day." ~Thomas Watson
We should read and study the Bible because it is God’s Word speaking to us. The Bible is literally “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16).
We should read and study the Bible because there is so much false teaching. The Bible gives us the measuring stick by which we can distinguish truth from error.
God’s Word helps us see sin in our lives and helps us get rid of it (Psalm 119:9, 11). It gives us guidance in life, making us wiser than our teachers (Psalm 32:8, 119:99; Proverbs 1:6). The Bible keeps us from wasting years of our lives on that which does not matter and will not last (Matthew 7:24-27).
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." (John 5:39)
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY - Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isa 45:22), a “just God and a Saviour” (v. 21). “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isa 55:7).
Turn your eye, the eye of faith,
to the cross and see these two things—the crucifiers and the Crucified. See the crucifiers, the haters of God and of His Son. They are yourself! Read in them your own character. See the Crucified. It is God Himself, incarnate love. It is He who made you, God manifest in flesh, suffering, dying for the ungodly. Can you suspect His grace? Can you cherish evil thoughts of Him? Can you ask anything further, to awaken in you the fullest and most unreserved confidence? Will you misinterpret that agony and death, by saying either that they do not mean grace, or that the grace which they mean is not for you? Call to mind that which is written—“Hereby perceive we the love of God, that he laid down his life for us” (1Jo 3:16). “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1Jo 4:10).
We don’t deserve anything! But:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ: even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.