Tuesday, April 27, 2004 5:00 a.m.
The word if is small, but yet it has so much meaning. For example, one could say, if I long for spiritual flattery I have the wrong motives. If I long for men’s approval instead of God’s approval, it will come to not. Actually, the Lord said “if” more than he said “do”. Here are a few scriptures that start with the word If. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you…” (John 15:7). “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?..” (Genesis 4:7). “…if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments…” (Deuteronomy 11:13). “…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…” (Matthew 17:20). “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart…thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9). “If any man serve me, let him follow me…” (John 12:26). “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Amy Carmichael wrote, “If there be any reserve in my giving to Him who so loved that He gave His Dearest for me; if there be as secret “but” in my prayer, ‘anything but that, Lord,’ then I know nothing of Calvary love.” (IF, p. 57).
Thought for Today: Lord, help me with my if’s. Help me obey, follow, believe, and please Thee. Help me say, “If it be Thy will, Lord.”