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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 7

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 7

A Little Secret?

Let me tell you a little secret - whenever you cannot understand a text, open your Bible, bend your knee, and pray over that text; and if it does not split into atoms and open itself, try again.

If prayer does not explain it, it is one of the things God did not intend you to know, and you may be content to be ignorant of it.

Prayer is the key that opens the cabinets of mystery. Prayer and faith are sacred picklocks that can open secrets, and obtain great treasures.

There is no college for holy education like that of the blessed Holy Spirit, for He is an ever-present tutor, to whom we have only to bend the knee, and He is at our side, the great expositor of truth.

~Charles Spurgeon~
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The Superlative Excellence of the Holy Spirit

Christ crucified is of no practical value to us without the work of the Holy Spirit; and the atonement which Jesus wrought can never save a single soul unless the blessed Spirit of God shall apply it to the heart and conscience.

Jesus is never seen until the Holy Spirit opens the eye. The water from the well of life is never received until the Holy Spirit has drawn it from the depths.

As medicine unused for lack of the physician's prescription; as sweets untasted because out of reach; as treasure unvalued because hidden in the earth; such is Jesus the Saviour, until the Holy Spirit teaches us to know Him, and applies His blood to our souls.

~Charles Spurgeon~
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The Church's Greatest Need!

The greatest thing the church needs now, is God's Holy Spirit!

You all get up plans and say, "Now, if the church were altered a bit, it would go on better." You think if there were different ministers, different church order, or something different, then all would be well. 

No, dear friends, the mistake does not lie there, it is that we need more of the Spirit - His power and influence.

But now people are saying, "This must be altered, and that must be altered." But it would go no better unless God the Spirit should come to bless us.

You may have the same ministers, and they shall be a thousand times more useful for God, if God is pleased to bless them.

You shall have the same deacons, they shall be a thousand times more influential than they are now, when the Spirit is poured down upon them from on high.

That is the church's great lack, and until that lack be supplied, we may reform, and reform, and still be just the same.

We need the Holy Spirit,and then whatever faults there may be in our churches, they can never materially impede the progress of Christianity, when once the Spirit of the Lord God is in our midst.

All we need is the Spirit of God!

~Charles Spurgeon~

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 6

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 6

Holiness (The True Christian)

"You ought to live holy and godly lives" (2 Peter 3:11).

Holiness is a very comprehensive word, and expresses a state of mind and conduct that includes many things.

Holiness is the work of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification.

Holiness is the fruit of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Holiness is the operation of the new nature, which we receive in regeneration.

Holiness may be viewed in various aspects, according to the different objects to which it relates.

Toward God, holiness is:
supreme love;
delight in His moral character;
submission to His commands;
zeal for His cause;
seeking of His glory.

Toward Christ, holiness is:
a conformity to His example,
imbibing His spirit.

Toward man, holiness is:
charity,
integrity,
truth,
mercy.

Toward sin, holiness is a hatred of all iniquity,
a tender conscience easily wounded by little sins,
and scrupulously avoiding them; together with a laborious, painful, self-denying, mortification of
all the known corruptions of our heart.

Toward self, holiness is:
the control of our fleshly appetites;
the eradication of our pride;
the mortification of our selfishness.

Toward divine things in general, holiness is:
spirituality of mind,
the habitual current of godly thought,
godly affections flowing through the soul.

And, toward the objects of the unseen world:
holiness is heavenly-mindedness, a turning away
from things seen and temporal, to things unseen
and eternal.

Oh, what a word is holiness! How much does it comprehend! How little is it understood, and how much less is it practiced!

~J. A. James~
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The Illuminated Bible?

You may read the Bible continuously and yet never learn anything by it, unless it is "illuminated" by the Holy Spirit.

Then the words shine forth like stars. Then the book seems made of gold leaf; every single letter glitters like a diamond.

Oh! it is a blessed thing to read as "illuminated" Bible lit up by the radiance of the Holy Spirit.

Have you read the Bible, and yet have your eyes been unenlightened? Go and say, "O Lord, illuminate it; shine upon it; for I cannot read it to profit, unless You enlighten me."

Blind men may read the Bible with their fingers, but blind souls cannot.

We need a light to read the Bible by; there is no reading it in the dark.

~Charles Spurgeon~
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“Meekness is often confused with lowliness or humility, but they are by no means identical.
Humility is the opposite of pride and self-sufficiency, whereas meekness is the opposite of stubbornness and self will.
Meekness is pliability and is the fruit of a broken heart. Meekness is the opposite of being determined to have my own way; it is an attitude of yieldedness—desiring God to work his will in and through me. Where there is true meekness (which the world, in its blindness, regards as weakness), its possessor approaches the Word with the desire to be moulded by its holy teachings, so that our characters may be formed thereby, and all our affairs, both temporal and eternal, be directed by its precepts.”
~Arthur Pink~

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 5

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 5

Whenever we think of Christ, we should recall the love that led Him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of His love, for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love Him foremost.

~Saint Teresa~
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Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, nor dare to trifle with anything He has commanded.

~D. L. Moody~
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If I had a friend and loved him because of the benefits which this brought me and because of getting my own way, then it would not be my friend that I loved but myself. I should love my friend on account of his own goodness and virtues and account of all that he is in himself. Only if I love my friend in this way do I love him properly.

~Meister Eckhart~
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Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.

~Saint Teresa~
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Prayer is an act of love, words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love.

~Saint Teresa~
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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
 
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
People have the idea today that it is okay to live in immorality and that God is going to overlook their little indiscretions. Is that so?
 
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). God doesn’t miss a beat of our lives. He is the righteous judge and will judge accordingly (see Hebrews 13:4).
 
“Well Pastor, does that mean that if I have done any of these things, I can’t be saved?”
 No! 1 Corinthians 6:11 promises: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Hallelujah! There is no sin so awful that the blood of Christ cannot cleanse. He makes the vilest sinner clean.
 
ACTION POINT:
Nothing—not your worst offense—stands between you and the Cross. . .between you and forgiveness. . .between you and a loving Heavenly Father—nothing but your hesitation. Come to Him. He longs to receive you.



Inspirational Christian Devotions # 4

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 4

Make God's Will Our Will

The mystery of man's free will is far too great for us! God said to Adam and Eve: "Thou shalt not eat from this tree." Here was a divine requirement calling for obedience on the part of those who had the power of choice and will. When they disobeyed they usurped the right that was not theirs! The poet Tennyson must have thought about this for he wrote in his In Memoriam: "our wills are ours, we know not how; our wills are ours to make them Thine"! "We know not how;" then Tennyson girds himself and continues, "Yes, our wills are ours to make them Thine." As created beings, that is our only right to make our wills the will of God, to make the will of God our will! God is sovereign, and we are the creatures. He is the Creator and therefore His is the right to command us with the obligation that we should obey. It is a happy obligation, I might say, for "His yoke is easy and His burden is light!" It is important to agree that true salvation restores the right of a Creator-creature relationship, acknowledging God's right to our fellowship and communion!

~A. W. Tozer~

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Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Saviour of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable. This view of things is, of course, a kind of religious romanticism which, while it often uses flattering and sometimes embarrassing terms in praise of God, manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show.

~A. W. Tozer~
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God is a being of supreme moral excellence, possessing in infinite perfection all the qualities that constitute holy character. He deserves and invites the unreserved confidence of every moral creature, including man. Any proper relation to Him must be by confidence, that is, by faith. Where there is no faith it is impossible to please God.

~A. W. Tozer~
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Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He's sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.

~Dr. Charles F. Stanley~


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 3

Inspirational Christian Devotions

We please the Lord most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections and believing that He understands everything - and still loves us.

~A. W. Tozer~
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Religion makes us proud of what we have done. The gospel makes us proud of what Jesus has done.

~Timothy Keller~
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Why then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.

~C. S. Lewis~
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Nothing is politically right when it is morally wrong.

~Daniel O'Connel~
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Christians without trials would be like a mill without wind or water. What place should we have for patience, meekness, readiness to forgive, if we have nothing to try us?

~John Newton~
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Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is the standard!

~A. W. Tozer~
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Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.

~Unknown~
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There is no Christian victory or blessing if we refuse to turn away from the things that God hates. Even if it is accepted by the whole social class and system of which we are a part, turn away from it. Even if there is something that has come to be accepted by our whole generation, turn away from it. It is evil and wrong and is offense to our holy and righteous Saviour.

~A. W. Tozer~
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In Islam, you have to die for Allah. The God I worship died for me!

~Franklin Graham~
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A single day in hell will be worse than a whole life spent in carrying the Cross.

~J. C. Ryle~
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There is only one way to save this generation. It is the way of Christ, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

~Leonard Ravenhill~
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Sin forsaken is one of the best evidences of sin forgiven.

~J. C. Ryle~
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The Bible is either absolute, or it's obsolete.

~Leonard Ravenhill~
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Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His power can break through at any moment.

~Oswald Chambers~
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Live and speak in such a way that those who know you, but don't know God, will come to know God, because they know you.

~Unknown~
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The true man or woman of God is heart-sick! Grieved at the worldliness of the church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the church.

~Leonard Ravenhill~ 
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We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.

~A. W. Tozer~

Friday, March 17, 2017

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 2

Inspirational Christian Devotions


Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:9,10 NIV)

Christ Himself, when He was here, never failed to let people know that when they entered that door, or that straight and narrow way, they were in for trouble. Now that may sound like a very terrible thing to say, especially to you young Christians who are not far inside the door, but be perfectly clear about it; the Lord Jesus never deceived anybody about this, never at all. He let people know that to “follow Him,” as He put it at that time, involved them in difficulty and suffering and persecution and trial and a lifelong thing. There is a cost here, a great cost. And we shall discover that while there are the compensations, for there are undoubtedly the compensations in this life and the mighty compensations for eternity, this is a way which is not easy for the natural man by any means. This work of the Holy Spirit is drastic, exacting, and very trying to the flesh. Make no mistake about it; it will take all the energy that the Holy Spirit Himself has to accomplish this work. It really will. So the Lord Jesus has not left us in any doubt about this.
But note, and I am glad the Apostle Paul puts it like this, because it is so true to experience, “The new man who is being renewed.” Notice, first there was a precise and definite transaction, “Ye put off” and “ye put on,” but now the work that is going on is not a single act of a single moment and a single day, but it is something that is going on in us.

~T. Austin-Sparks~

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2 Chronicles 31:21
He did it with all his heart and prospered.
This is no unusual occurrence; it is the general rule of the moral universe that those men prosper who do their work with all their hearts, while those are almost certain to fail who go to their labour leaving half their hearts behind them. God does not give harvests to idle men except harvests of thistles, nor is He pleased to send wealth to those who will not dig in the field to find its hid treasure. It is universally confessed that if a man would prosper, he must be diligent in business. It is the same in religion as it is in other things. If you would prosper in your work for Jesus, let it be heart work, and let it be done with all your heart. Put as much force, energy, heartiness, and earnestness into religion as ever you do into business, for it deserves far more. The Holy Spirit helps our infirmities, but He does not encourage our idleness; He loves active believers. Who are the most useful men in the Christian church? The men who do what they undertake for God with all their hearts. Who are the most successful Sabbath-school teachers? The most talented? No; the most zealous; the men whose hearts are on fire, those are the men who see their Lord riding forth prosperously in the majesty of His salvation. Whole-heartedness shows itself in perseverance; there may be failure at first, but the earnest worker will say, "It is the Lord's work, and it must be done; my Lord has bidden me do it, and in His strength I will accomplish it." Christian, art thou thus "with all thine heart" serving thy Master? Remember the earnestness of Jesus! Think what heart-work was His! He could say, "The zeal of Thine house hath eaten Me up." When He sweat great drops of blood, it was no light burden He had to carry upon those blessed shoulders; and when He poured out His heart, it was no weak effort He was making for the salvation of His people. Was Jesus in earnest, and are we lukewarm?

~Charles Spurgeon~



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Inspirational Christian Devotions # 1

Inspirational Christian Devotions


BIBLE MEDITATION:
“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
 
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Somewhere in California during the gold rush of 1849, the story is told of two gold miners who struck a particularly rich vein of gold one day. They decided not to tell anyone else, so they could keep it for themselves. They went into town to get better equipment to mine the gold, but when they left, scores of people followed. Their jubilation was written all over their faces.
 
ACTION POINT:
Is what is in your heart written all over your face? Oh, how I pray that each person reading this today will not hide what they have found in Jesus Christ. I want people who see you today to say, “I don’t know what is going on with her, but I want what she has. I want what he has.” The gift of salvation is for you, but it is also for others to behold and desire in you.

~Adrian Rogers~
Love Worth Finding Ministries


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Getting Back on Course


No matter how far away from God you have drifted, you're always welcome back. That's the lesson from Jesus' parable about the prodigal son--the foolish boy who followed a pleasure-filled path to ruin before returning to his father and finding redemption (Luke 15:11-32). Perhaps ruin has not yet come to you, but you know that your heart has grown cool to the things of God. Whatever your drifting story, make this the day that you point yourself back to the Lord.
As with any sin, the first motion toward getting back on course is to acknowledge that you have slipped away from the Lord. Then you confess and repent, which is like turning your boat in the opposite direction and paddling toward God with all your strength. If you're wondering exactly how to do that, I suggest a strategy I use every morning. Before I step out of bed, I give myself to God by acknowledging, I surrender my entire life to You for this day. When something comes up that runs counter to His plan and I consider pursuing it, the Holy Spirit reminds me that I am not my own. Only God's way will do for me.
Every day we choose whether to row or drift. As for me, I choose to vigorously pursue God.
Peter gives a warning to be on guard against attitudes and ideologies that would carry you away from truth (2 Peter 3:17). Instead, choose to paddle your lifeboat toward the Lord by meditating on Scripture, praying, and living obediently. Practicing the spiritual disciplines keeps a heart warm toward God.

~Dr. Charles F. Stanley~
In Touch Ministries