The Inestimable Treasure of Personal Encounter
Listen up, my friends; let's stick to the unadulterated truth.
“I used to be blind, now I can see!” exclaimed the once-blind man touched by Jesus. It's no fancy talk; it's a powerful reality.
To all the naysayers hurling arguments at Christianity, you can simply fire back: “I was once lost in ignorance, stumbling in the darkness of sin, a stranger to God and to my own soul. But now, I've tasted His grace, felt the weight of my sins, and basked in the radiant truth of His gospel.”
Experience, my friends, toughens our hearts against the assaults of skeptics far better than any philosophical discourse ever could.
From henceforth let no man trouble me
Ah, the evening breeze carries memories from distant shores. A gentle reminder of paths crossed and choices made. Some chapters are best left behind, as new pages await the curious hearts.
The good education and godly examples set before a child, especially in the home, help prepare their heart for the reception of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, just as a field is made ready for good seed. For a parent to willfully neglect such an important matter is plain cruelty.
How sweet and blessed is the remembrance of approaching the Lord's table as contrite sinners coming to a bleeding Savior, and not just for formality's sake, or because others came, or because we thought it right to come, or because our friends expected us to come!
What great comfort to be assured that Jesus knows all the circumstances of our lives, both small and great! He knows what we shall be doing at this time tomorrow, and ten years from now. He knows whom we shall meet today, if we go out, and who will come to visit us, if we remain at home. And, if we love Him, He will cause all things to work together for our good.
How wonderful it is to be free! To break off the chains of former sin. To experience the freedom of a conscience cleansed from guilt. To have the freedom of access into the presence of God, as His beloved child, calling unto Him, “Abba, Father!”
The last day
The last day shall be very great in splendor; yet that is not what will make it important, but the verdicts that shall then be pronounced. All through eternity that day cannot be forgotten. The lost will date from that day their final separation from God, the source of all happiness. The saints will date from that day their entrance into the full enjoyment of the light of His presence.
A step on the ladder
One Christian working man, to his wife's surprise, used to rise earlier on Sunday than any other day in the week. Finally he told her why: “I like the day I give to my Savior to be the longest in the week.” If we have this attitude, every Sunday will be a step on the ladder, leading us nearer to our everlasting Home.
Those touching words
When you hear of any who have turned back from following the Lord, think of what He once spoke to His apostles: “Do you also want to go away?” I personally know some people who used to walk with Him for some time, and to love Him for a little while, but whose feet grew weary, and whose love grew cold. How they will wish that they had never been born!
Just for show
We are apt to imitate those we admire. There are those who greatly admire some persons for their apparent good works, not detecting their motive. God keep us from those who do all just for show!
Only too late
Some, content with their ignorance, and having preferred darkness to light, do not desire to come to know the truth. But in the end they shall understand it, only too late.
I didn't know it's a day in a whole year this. It's Make a Difference Day today. I wonder what others might be doing in the other 364 days.
Anyhow, let's keep on making a difference everyday! God bless.
Pride hardens the heart
No sin hardens the heart so much as pride. Open sins, though capable of exposing people to shame and great unhappiness in this life, sometimes make them more willing to humble themselves before God.
What infinite love!
Jesus came into the world as light, not for His own happiness, but that all who believe in Him should not remain in darkness. He had seen us lying in darkness; He had mercy on our terrible state, and had agreed to enter into our miserable world, to bring to us the light of life. What infinite love!