The Most Terrible Words

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009  4:40 a.m.

Dear Diary,

We had an Evangelist come to our church who said, “In a congregation of this size (which was about 500) only one-third are truly saved. Three-fourth will go out into eternity thinking they were saved only to hear the most terrible words ever spoken, “I never knew you: depart from me…” (Matthew 7:23). They were depending on some prayer they prayed, some church they joined, some baptism, or some man-make religion. But if there was no fruit or change in their life it was not real. It was phony. And the consequences are eternal and rereversible. II Timothy 3:5 says, they have “the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” Jesus died on the cross so that they would never have to hear those terrible words. But the irony of it all is that it will be Jesus, Himself, who will raise His hand and say, “I never knew you: depart from me…” (Matthew 7:23). And the nail prints in His hands will speak louder than any sermon ever preached.

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I Can Not Stay

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Monday, July 21, 2009   4:40 a. m.

Dear Diary,

Sometimes I awake at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and get up just so I can write what the LORD has laid upon my heart. Someone once said to me, “Why do you get up so early to write? It’s not like you have a job, it’s supposed to be fun.” The answer is, I write not for fun, nor even for the sake of writing; I write because it is my calling. If I do not get up and write what the LORD has laid upon my heart it becomes a burning in my soul which can only be quenched by doing so. Jeremiah was prophesying all that the LORD had told him to prophesy. But then he felt like he was deceived by the LORD because no one listened, and he was constantly beaten and thrown into prison. So Jeremiah became angry at the LORD and said, “I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more his name.” (Jeremiah 20:9). So he quit speaking about the LORD, nor did he mention his name. But then he said, “But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” (Jeremiah 20:9). That is the way my heart is. I can not stay, I must speak His name; I must study His word, for they are a burning fire within me.

Now is the Time

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009   4:10 a.m.

Dear Diary,

Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) was one of the influential preachers of his time. On Sunday October 8, 1871, he preached a message to a large congregation. At the end of the sermon he told the people to go home and ponder on the message. He gave them a specific verse to meditate on and said that next Sunday they would look at it again. That night the Great Chicago Fire happened and half of those people died. Moody said he learned a valuable lesson that Sunday. He learned that he must bring the people to a place that they must make a decision for Christ every Sunday. (Christianheritagefellowship.com) Each of us must make a decision for or against Christ. When Christians speak to a lost soul they need to press them to the point of a decision. It they leave them undecided they will go about their way and the seed that was planted will be ravished by the cares of this world. Who knows if that will be the last chance they will have to make a decision for Christ. II Corinthians 6:2 tells us, “Now, is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation.

 

Die-Hard

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Monday, July 13, 2009   4:10 a.m.

Dear Diary,

We’ve all heard of the Die-Hard battery, but few of us know where the name came from. Colonel Sir William Inglis of the British army lived from 1764-1835. On May 16, 1811, he led the 57th regiment on the heights behind the Albuhera River. He shouted out to his men, “Die hard, my men, die hard!” Therefore, his regiment was nick-named the Die-hards. (Gold by Moonlight, p.189). That’s exactly what God says to us, Die hard, Christian, die hard! “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (II Timothy 2:3). “For he is the minister of God to thee for good…” (Romans 13:4). We are in a battle. A spiritual battle. For “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against power, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual  wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12). Therefore God tells us to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11). May we be die-hards who never give up, never give in, ever fighting for truth and right, in the army of the Lord. Die hard, Christian, Die hard.

Mountain Stone Pine

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Monday, July 6, 2009  4:05 a.m.

Dear Diary,

In Amy Carmichael’s book “Gold by Moonlight,” there is a picture of a Mountain Stone Pine. In the middle of the night a fierce storm swept over the mountainside and broke the stone pine tree. Though the pine tree lay twisted and broken, it was still deeply rooted. Amy Carmichael wrote, “This broken Mountain Stone Pine tree shows ‘God’s children of tempest’ who shall be found unshaken in the morning” (P. 189). Has there ever been a fierce storm of turmoil and unrest that swept through in the middle of the night; and, in the morning, all you were left with was a broken and battered mind and body? The winds of stress and turmoil can sometimes  be tremendous. But God is the Lord of the wind and rain. It is He who calms the storm. No matter how twisted or broken you may be, your faith must remain deeply rooted. As this Mountain Stone Pine tree remained deeply rooted, we, too, must be “‘God’s children of tempest’ who shall be found unshaken in the morning.”

God’s Army

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009   6:00 p.m.

Dear Diary,

When we think of God’s army we think of a host of angels, which is God’s army. But Joel 2:25 tells us of another army of God. It is an army of worms. It says, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I send among you.” (Joel 2:25). All nature is God’s army. He sends the locust and worms and caterpillars to destroy and tear down. He calls His army of insects, grasshoppers and hornets to chase His enemies. “Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from you, be destroyed.” (Deuteronomy 7:20). Even the flies and bees are part of God’s army. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.” (Isaiah 7:18). II Samuel 18:8 tells us, “…and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.” All the earth, with its trees and grass, swamps, lakes and insects are God’s army. Who can stand against Him, for all nature is at His beckoning call.

Ministry in a Teapot

Dear Diary,

I love the Victorian Era. If I could, I would still wear the long flowing dresses with puffy sleeves and a hat. I absolutely love hats. They are so elegant! I would have a tea party with my friends and serve tea and crumpets. Sadly, those days are gone, but God still wants us to be hospitable. If you could spend an afternoon with ladies and a teapot what would you talk about? I would talk about the love of God and how great His mercies are, His goodness, and His numerous blessings. I would share how God loves us and forgives us, even when we don’t deserve it. I would talk about God’s everlasting mercies from generation to generation. It is said that Biddy Chambers, Oswald Chambers’ wife, always had a teapot of tea brewing in order to share the love of God with who ever showed up. We can always minister through a teapot and share with friends a time to relax and savor the goodness of God. We are to be “…a lover of hospitality.” (Titus 1:8).

Happy Mother’s Day!

Grace for Grace

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Monday, June 22, 2009     5:10 a.m.

Dear Diary,

As I stand on the edge of a stream and watch the water flow, I see ripple after ripple filling the imprint my shoes have carved out in the sand and gravel. Water fills the crevice and moves on as new water replaces it. The impressions made by my shoes in the sand and gravel are never void of water, but ever filled. This is exactly the way grace is. As one ripple of grace is given and moves on another ripple of grace fills the void. God gives grace for grace, as the stream gives water for water. John 1:16 says, “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” Grace for grace really means grace instead of grace. As water flows in a stream with a perpetual filling, grace flows from God with a perpetual filling. As water is willing to fill an empty void, God’s grace is willing to fill an empty soul. Grace replacing grace.

Thought for Today: Hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second, God “…giveth more grace.” (James 4:6).

Twice Emptied

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009  5:30 a.m.

Dear Diary,

When Jesus came to earth as a baby He emptied Himself of His glory which He had with the Father before the foundation of the World. He laid aside His glory to become the incarnate Christ. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). Jesus was born, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). Then at the transfiguration, Jesus once again was filled with His glory and shone as the sun. Jesus “…was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun and his raiment was white as the light.” (Matthew 17:2).  Jesus’ glory was manifested in His shinning brightness. But then, once again, He had to empty Himself of His glory and face the cross. Jesus was twice emptied – the first time was for a manger, and the second time was for a cross.

Thought for Today: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory before the world was.” (John 17:5). Someday we shall see Him in all His glory.

The Greeks

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Monday, June 8, 2009   1:00 p.m.

Dear Diary,

I’ve been listening to John Chapter 12. It says, “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast.” (John 12:20). They came to Philip and said, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” (John 12:21). When Jesus heard that the Greeks (Gentiles) desired to see Him, He said, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.” (John 12:23). Once the Gentiles sought Him, He knew that His time had come to be crucified. The Greeks represent the Gentile Church. Christ died for Jew and Gentile alike. In times past, “Salvation [was] of the Jews.” (John 4:22) Only a handful of Gentiles were saved. But now in the time of the Gentiles, God has blinded the Jew’s eyes, for a time, so that the Gentiles could come to Christ. C. I. Scofield says, “He does not receive these Gentiles [the Greeks]. A Christ in the flesh, King of the Jews, could be no proper object of faith to the Gentiles. For Gentiles, the corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die.” (p.1132). Therefore, Jesus had to die as a “corn of wheat” so much fruit could come forth. The much fruit is the Gentile Church.

Thought for Today: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24).