Anthony Davis tells about running out of gas on a lonely stretch of highway and being told by a motorist that there was a gas station a half-mile away. So he took the gas can from the trunk and trudged the distance in the sweltering sun. The attendant filled the two-gallon can and Anthony lugged it back and poured the gas into the tank. But when he tried to unlock the door it wouldn't open. It was then that he noticed an identical car parked a short distance away. THAT was his car; he had filled a stranger's tank.
Too many Christian's are so busy trying to fill the other person's tank that they neglect their own spiritual needs. (Pastors are too often guilty of this. Ask how I know?) Consequently, they find themselves slipping into slothful lifestyles or spiritual poverty because they have no energy for refueling. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I pray that you will take the time needed for replenishing your own spiritual and physical resources, thereby gaining more strength for dedicated service in the future.
GospeLines Prayer: "O, Lord, in the morning you refresh me from a restful night's slumber. At night you comfort me with kudos from a successful day of serving You, and watch over me while I sleep. Throughout the day, you walk with me and whisper promises of encouragement in my ear. How tireless your mercy is toward me. My heart is overflowing with praise for your endless love and watchcare over me. I praise you for caring about me twenty-four seven, even when I cannot slow down to care about myself." Amen and amen.
Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, we sped along the frozen Canadian tundra at the top speed of 20 mph. The sled dogs were yelping, the guide was shouting, and I was holding on with all my strength. One of my childhood dreams was being fulfilled.
I have always wanted to drive a dogsled across frozen snow in the dead of winter! The song of David rang in my ears on that crisp day: “For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth and the mountain peaks belong to him.” Psalm 95:3-4
Without warning, my foot slipped off the narrow runner and my knees hit the hard surface. In a split second, all I could recall was the warning of our guide at the outset... “WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN LOOSE OF THE RAIL.” And that is all that saved me. Skinned knees, bruised ego, wet jeans, but I held on.
When you feel your life suddenly slipping toward unexpected disaster, if you remember nothing else at all in that split-second, HOLD ON TO THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SAVE YOU....and never let go of Jesus Christ, your rock and your salvation.
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
My hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
Pour out your hearts to him,
For God is our refuge.”
A very prominent Pastor said that we should listen to the Holy Spirit, study the Word, and “take into account the recommendations of psychologists and sociologists before we make decisions on how scripture should be interpreted.” He said that we need to understand scripture as it applies today. BUT IS THIS A VALID REFLECTION OF WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY TEACHES?
Jesus weeps when His church walks away from His Word.
Jesus wept for His friend Lazarus. He wept drops of blood as He awaited the Wrath of His Father; and, He now weeps for His church. He weeps because He sees His church walking away from His Word.
Jesus weeps when man's words are given equality with the Words of the Father.
Churches all across the world are changing their theology to "better reflect the reality of today's social thinking." Pastors are sweeping hell under the rug (wouldn't want to upset anyone). Many only want you to know the Face of God that is good, kind, merciful and all loving.
Jesus weeps when we try to define God in human terms.
He knows the other Face of God; He saw it up close and personal. Jesus took the full force of God's wrath and righteous judgment. He took it upon Himself for you and me... and for all those who now want to "rewrite" His words.
Jesus weeps over the fulfillment of John’s prophecy.
He weeps because He knows the words of prophecy in this scripture are true: "If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19)
If anyone is preaching a gospel other than what Paul preached, let them be eternally condemned! Are they trying to win the approval of men, or of God? If they're trying to please men, they cannot be servants of Christ. (Galatians 1:9-10)
Don't let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from the basic principles of this world rather than from Christ. (Colossians 2:8 - NLT)
"...many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Matthew 24: 11-13 - KJV)
Endure brothers and sisters, and heaven will be filled with Jesus' joy... not His tears.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 2:5
Before the demise of the Southwest Conference, in the fall of 1964, Darrell Royal (University of Texas football coach) held a post-game press conference after one of the most sour defeats of his career. Arkansas had knocked off No. 1 Texas, unbeaten in its last 15 starts.
Frank Broyles (University of Arkansas football coach), and his Razorbacks had boarded their charter plane and were heading home when Royal began fielding questions. Frank's parting words were: "Sorry I can't stay for the press conference, fellows, but anything Darrell says goes for me."
Asked about a friendship that had stood the best and worst of times, Royal momentarily shed the agony of a 14-13 loss, and replied: "We've had a good rivalry. Anything Frank tells me, I know to be true. I trust him and have confidence in him." (Houston Chronicle, 08-14-02)
Do you have someone you can trust like that? I have a friend in whom I have known for more than 50 years. Robert called me not long ago and we talked for an hour. When it was time to say our goodbyes, he said, "I love you, bud." Robert is a dear and trusted friend. We have a history and friendship that transcends differences and long periods of silence between us. He is there for me, and I am here for him...it will always be that way.
Beloved, be encouraged that you have a best friend. His name is Jesus! Through trials and difficulties, on the mountaintops and through the valleys, in victory or in defeat...He is there for you. Be reminded today that He loves you unconditionally, He will be your light in darkness, your safe harbor through the storms you face, and He is the first to congratulate you in your successes and your triumphs. Glory!
GospeLines Prayer: Father, I love You for all Your God-like qualities, but I don't know if I have ever told You how much I cherish our friendship. You have stood up for me in difficult situations, chastised me when I was wrong, cried with me when my heart ached, bandaged me when I stumped my toe, and stayed with me through sleepless nights. Thank you for being the very best Friend I have ever had. Amen and amen.
Have you ever walked alone down a long dark street at night and wondered what was hiding in each shadow? Did you jump at each strange noise or maybe walk a little faster?
Have you ever gone empty and cold inside because you suddenly realized that you faced an inescapable future that you knew was going to be filled with pain and sorrow?
We frequently find ourselves in these situations because of bad decisions we have made or situations that are forced upon us. A man arranges to have his car stolen and burned so he can collect on the insurance. When he sees the police at his doorstep, he knows his future is about to change forever.
When a wife tells her husband that she doesn't love him any more and that she wants a divorce; that man experiences the dark and soul-crushing feelings of loss, emptiness and rejection.
When a son leaves his dad out of his wedding party because his parents are divorced and he doesn't want to make his mother feel uncomfortable, the dad feels the weight of everything he ever did wrong pressing on his heart making it hard to breathe.
Each of these people were forced by their actions or the actions of someone else to walk down a street filled with tears. Nothing could have forced them to willingly accept the pain, sorrow, emptiness and rejection that they experienced. Nothing could have convinced them that this was "for the best."
However, there was one man who walked down a street filled with tears willingly. He chose to endure unbelievable pain, rejection by his closest friends, and, worst of all, abandonment by the father he loved. He chose this "Street of Tears" because of someone else he loved. He chose it because he knew that his sacrifice would bring freedom from pain and sorrow to those he loved.
He suffered beyond our ability to imagine. He was cursed, condemned and humiliated. He gave everything, including his last breath. Yes, he died. But, there was a difference in his walk. Three days later, he arose from the grave to live forever at the right hand of his father and to forever intercede for those he loves.
That man's name is Jesus.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 2:5