Verse “Looking unto Jesus.” – heb 12:2 Thought It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument-it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee. “My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness: I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.” Charles Spurgeon
“The Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefits of non-members.” – William Temple
And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself . . . -2 Chronicles 33:12 Why do Christians suffer Rest assured that there is a reason for Christian people being afflicted. One reason why God’s people suffer, according to the Bible, is that it is a disciplinary, chastening, and molding process. From the Scriptures we learn that the chastening of affliction is a step in the process of our full and complete development. Affliction can also be a means of refining and of purification. Many a life has come forth from the furnace of affliction more beautiful and more useful than before. Billy Graham
Will we make the claim most practical and real and, like John, at the Last Supper, lean our full weight upon our Lord’s breast That is the way He would have us prove our love. “if you love me lean hard,” said a heathen woman to her missionary, as she was timidly leaning her tired body upon her stalwart body. She felt slighted by the timorous reserve and asked the confidence that would lay all its weight upon the one she trusted.Jesus says to us, [Cast] all your care upon [me]; for [I care] for you (1 Peter 5:7). He would have us prove our love by a perfect trust that makes no reserve. He is able to carry all our care, to manage all our interests, to satisfy all our needs.Let us go forth leaning upon Him and feeding on His life. For John not only leaned but also fed. It was at supper that he leaned. This is the secret of feeding on Him, to rest upon His bosom. This is the need of the fevered heart of man. Let us cry to Him, Tell me, 0 thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon (Song of Solomon 1:7).
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise stewoard . . . -Luke 12:42 It is not wrong for men to possess riches. But the Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness! Money cannot buy true pleasure. Money cannot buy peace of heart. And money certainly cannot buy entrance into the Kingdom of God. Often money is a hindrance to these things. Money takes our minds off God. Riches, when used selfishly rather than for the glory of God, tend to corrupt in our hands. Money cannot be a substitute for God. If God has given you more wealth than your neighbors, dedicate it to Christ. Realize that you are only a steward of that which God has given you and some day you will have to give an account of every penny you have spent. The Internal Revenue Service wants a record of how you spend your money, but that is nothing compared to the books God is keeping. Billy Graham
Every victor must first be a self-conqueror. But the method of Joshua’s victory was the uplifted arm of Moses on the mount. As Moses held up his hands, Joshua prevailed; as he lowered them, Amalek prevailed. It was to be a battle of faith and not of human strength. The banner that was to wave over the discomfited foe was Jehovah-nissi. This, too, is the secret of our spiritual triumph. If we are led of the Spirit we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).Have we begun the battle and in the strength of Christ planted our feet on our own necks And thus victorious over the enemy in the citadel of the heart, have we been set at liberty for the battle of the Lord and the service of others It was this lack that hindered the life of Saul, and it has wrecked many a promising career. One enemy in the heart is stronger than ten thousand in the field. May the Lord lead us all into Joshua’s first triumph and show us the secret of self crucifixion through the greater Joshua, who alone can lead us on to holiness and victory! A.B.Simpson
“Do not be discouraged at your faults; bear with yourself in correcting them, as you would with your neighbor. Lay aside this ardor of mind, which exhausts your body, and leads you to commit errors. Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupations. Speak, move, work, in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be.” – François Fénelon
As I was driving down the road today and noticed as I have so many times before how close some cars follow each other. When I learned to drive I was taught to give at least one car length of space for every 10 miles per hour that I was driving. That’s a save driving distance to give us time to react to the car in front of us should they have to stop suddenly. Shouldn’t we give our lives enough space to react to the temptation of sin and the devil? Don’t we sometimes speed down the fast highway of life not giving ourselves enough space from the temptations of sin failing to slow down and count our Blessings and be thankful for every thing that God has provided for us whether it be the material things, the Spiritual things or the friends and family that He has placed in our lives. If we would only try to “go placidly amid the noise and and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence”, and if we plan on having a family day on Sunday let it start in Church with our Church Family. Come to Church and give God a chance to Bless your week “and if you will look full in His Wonderful Face, then the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the Light of His Glory and Grace”
May God Bless!