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Prayer Request

I leave this afternoon to embark on a several week journey. God has provided the opportunity to further the kingdom and impact the lives of others. Please pray for me, Jacob, to do the will of God during this time so that He may work through me.

I’ll see you again in the middle of June!

– Jacob

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May

 

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A Common Temptation – May 21

It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Bible and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer.
The truth is that in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer is to continue praying. The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.
– George Mueller
 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May

 

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Look Up – May 19

  • “In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice. In the morning I lay my requests before You–and I will look up!” Psalm 5:3

This was the Psalmist’s determination in the morning–and it should be ours. Preserved and protected through the night, we should look up with gratitude, and praise our God for His goodness. Aware of our dependence and needs, we should look up and beg mercies of our Almighty God for the new-born day. Sensible of our foes and dangers, we should look up and pray to be kept, guided, and sanctified by our ever-present God.

If we look within–it will discourage us; if we look around–it may distract us; if we look back–it may awaken fears; if we look forward–it may arouse anxiety!

But if we look up to God, it will preserve the head from swimming, the heart from sinking, the feet from slipping, and the hands from hanging down!

Beloved, let us look up! There our loving Father is; there our interceding Savior is; there all our supplies are; there our everlasting home is!

If we look to the Lord Jesus in faith, He will look down upon us in mercy; and looking, He will supply all our needs!

– James Smith

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May

 

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Contentment – May 16

If I would I learn how to be contented and cheerful under all the cares and anxieties of life, what school shall I go to? How shall I attain this state of mind most easily? Shall I look at the sovereignty of God, the wisdom of God, the providence of God, the love of God? It is well to do so; but I have a better argument still. I will look at Calvary and the crucifixion. I feel that He who spared not His only begotten Son but delivered Him up to die for me, will surely with Him give me all things that I really need. He that endured that pain for my soul, will surely not withhold from me anything that is really good. He that has done the greater things for me, will doubtless do the lesser things also. He that gave His own blood to procure me a home, will unquestionably supply me with all that is really profitable for me by the way. Ah, reader, there is no school for learning contentment that can be compared with Calvary and the foot of the cross.
– J. C. Ryle
 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May

 

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Contentment – May 14

  • “I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.” – Philippians 4:11
These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. “Ill weeds grow apace.” Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care.

Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us. Paul says, “I have learned … to be content;” as much as to say, he did not know how at one time. It cost him some pains to attain to the mystery of that great truth. No doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down. And when at last he had attained unto it, and could say, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content,” he was an old, grey-headed man, upon the borders of the grave—a poor prisoner shut up in Nero’s dungeon at Rome.

We might well be willing to endure Paul’s infirmities, and share the cold dungeon with him, if we too might by any means attain unto his good degree. Do not indulge the notion that you can be contented without learning, or learn without discipline. It is not a power that may be exercised naturally, but a science to be acquired gradually. We know this from experience. Brother, hush that murmur, natural though it be, and continue a diligent pupil in the College of Content.

– C. H. Spurgeon


 
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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May

 

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Power in Words – May 12

Most people, myself included, do not take their words serious enough. People are continually affected by our words, whether for good or bad. Words and their effects cannot be cast out and drawn back like a fishing line. Once out of the mouth, they are permanent. It doesn’t really matter if they were intentional, or playful, or rashly spoken without thought; what matters is their influence and impact on others. Blessing and edification are accomplished  if the words are truthful and gracious; likewise, damage, hurt, and pain are found in harsh, disrespectful statements.

So how important are words? God reminds us in Proverbs:

  • “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” – Prov. 13:3
  • “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – 15:1
  • “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.” – 15:26
  • “Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.” – 16:13
  • “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” – 16:24
  • “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” – 18:2
  • “A fool’s lips walk into a fight and his mouth invites a beating.” – 18:6
  • “A fool’s mouth is his ruin and his lips are a snare to his soul.” – 18:7
  • “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” – 18:13
  • “From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.” – 18:20
  • “A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.” – 19:28
  • “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” – 21:23
  • “Argue your case with your neighbor himself and do not reveal another’s secrets.” – 25:9
  • “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” – 25:11
  • “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.” – 25:18
 
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, Leadership, May

 

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Christianity is a Fight – May 11

True Christianity is a fight! Let us mind that word “true.” There is a vast quantity of religion current in the world which is not genuine Christianity. There are thousands of men and women who go to churches every Sunday and call themselves Christians. They make a “profession” of faith in Christ. Their names are in the baptismal register. They are called Christians while they live. They are married with a Christian marriage service. They mean to be buried as Christians when they die.

But you never see any “fight” about their religion! Of spiritual strife, exertion, conflict, self-denial, watching and warring–they know literally nothing at all. Such Christianity may satisfy man, and those who say anything against it may be thought very hard and uncharitable; but it certainly is not the Christianity of the Bible. It is not the religion which the Lord Jesus founded, and that His apostles preached. It is not the religion which produces real holiness. True Christianity is “a fight!”

The principal fight of the Christian is with . . .
the world,
the flesh, and
the devil.

These are his never-dying foes! These are the three chief enemies against whom he must wage war. With a corrupt heart, a busy devil and an ensnaring world–he must either “fight” or be lost!

To be at peace with the world, the flesh and the devil is to be at enmity with God and in the broad way that leads to destruction! We have no choice or option.We must either fight–or be lost!

It is a fight of universal necessity. No rank or class or age can plead exemption, or escape the battle–all alike must carry arms and go to war.

All have by nature a heart full of pride, unbelief, sloth, worldliness and sin!
All are living in a world filled with snares, traps and pitfalls for the soul.
All have near them a busy, restless, malicious devil.
All, from the queen in her palace down to the pauper in the workhouse–all must fight, if they would be saved.

We may take comfort about our souls, if we know anything of an inward fight and conflict. It is the invariable companion of genuine Christian holiness.

The saddest symptom about many so-called Christians, is the utter absence of anything like conflict and fight in their Christianity. They eat, they drink, they dress, they work, they amuse themselves, they get money, they spend money, they go through a scanty round of formal religious services once or twice every week. But of the great spiritual warfare–its watchings and strugglings, its agonies and anxieties, its battles and contests–they appear to know nothing at all.

– This was written by J. C. Ryle over 100 years ago. What would he say today?
 
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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May

 

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