*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:25 a.m.
When I was a child I used to say, “I’m going to China!” I would have lasted a week. When I married Marvin I would say, “I’m going to China, and you’ll have to come find me.” Well, I never did go to China, but Hudson Taylor did. He lived back in the 1850’s. He was 22 years old when he first landed in China. As a young man before he left for China he determined in his heart that it would be God, and God alone, who would supply his needs. He worked for a pharmacist. But the pharmacist keep forgetting to pay him. Several weeks went by and he still hadn’t been paid. Most of us would have gone to our boss and told him that he forgot to pay us our wages; but, not Hudson Taylor. He only prayed about it and asked God to remind his employer to pay him. He had to prove that his needs would be met by prayer, and prayer alone. Weeks and months when by until he was going to be evicted from his apartment, when his boss said,”Oh Hudson, I owe you your wages.” Once Hudson’s prayer was answered that God would supply his needs through prayer and prayer alone, he said, “Now, I can go to China!” That was the type of faith needed to survive in China. (Hudson Taylor, A Man Who Believed in God)
*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 4:40 a.m.
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.
Monday, May 4, 2009 6:15 a.m.
Matthew 7:11 says, “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” This goes back to trusting God no matter what! He is not out to get us. He has our best interest at heart. Will He give us a stone for bread, a serpent for a fish, or an scorpion for an egg? No! He gives us what we need and far above all we could ask or think. I must just believe this in my heart. God is good, and as David said, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” (Psalm 23:6). Right now I have cancer on my lip and am facing my 4th surgery. God is good! Marvin has just lost his job due to poor health conditions. God is Good! Bills are mounting up. God is good! None of these things has happened to us except out of the love of God for our sanctification. And I know God will provide. He knows our needs before we ask. We must just trust Him. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1).
Thought for Today: “No good thing will be withheld from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11).
Thursday, August 14, 2008 Noon
How does one please God? Jeremiah 9:23 says, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
- Are you wise? If you know not the LORD you are a fool.
- Are you strong? It is better to know the Lord and glory in your infirmity than to have strength and not know the LORD.
- Are you rich? It is better to have Jesus than all the riches in the world.
- Are you famous? It is better to sit in a corner and be unknown, but have Jesus; than to be known by the world, and have not Jesus.
Scripture tells us that we are to glory in this: “…that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercises lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:24). So we please God by putting our faith and trust in Him. We please God by seeking Him, and glorying in Him. We please God by believing in Him.
Thought for Today: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
Monday, March 19, 2007 4:00 a.m.
When one of Amy Carmichael’s beloved workers came down with Bright’s disease, she called it, “another of those grave trials which give us a chance to prove the things we believe” (A Chance to Die, p. 235). Isn’t that powerful? I never really thought of trials quite that way before. I always saw trials as a testing of our faith, a lesson to help us trust the Lord more, or an avenue of providing a platform to proclaim God’s grace; but, never did I see trials as a chance to prove those things we believe. It reminds me of a poem I wrote many years ago when facing a trial.
When what we know in our heart and mind goes deeper than our pain. Tis then we know the love of God transcends through all the same.
Without trials our faith would be shallow and weak. Trials are God’s way to deepen our walk with Him, to associate believers with Christ, to glorify Christ; and yes, to prove what we believe.
Thought for Today: “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:7).
Friday, November 3, 2006 3:40 a.m.
Have you ever looked through a pinhole in a curtain or in a piece of paper? A pinhole is very tiny; but yet, you can see through it. That is the way we see God right now, through a pinhole, darkly; but someday, we shall see Him face to face.”For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; put then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12). As the Israelite’s had to cover Moses’ face with a veil because his face was too bright to look upon, so it is now with God. He is too bright to look upon. We only see the hinder part of His glory. God said to Moses, “Thou canst not see my face…” (Exodus 33:20). But He said, “And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:22-23). Right now we only see the hinder part of God’s glory as though looking through a pinhole. Pinholes are: love shown to others, caring for those in distress, helping those in need, encouraging those that are down, and holding up those that are weak. We all need to see through the pinholes; but, right now my pinholes are clogged. Lord, please open them.
Thought for Today: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (I Corinthians 13:13).
Friday, March 17, 2006 4:00 a.m.
1.) You must be saved and in the will of God. “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” (John 9:31).
2.) Ask in faith, believing. “…What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24). “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22).
3.) You must not be living in sin. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7). “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (I John 3:22).
4.) You must not have bitterness or an unforgiving spirit. “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25-26).
Thought for Today: Pray believing, and the God of heaven shall answer.
Thursday, May 20, 2004 3:15 a.m.
Isn’t it just like God to send us into the deep waters so only His power can keep us from drowning. Then, and only then, does God receive the glory. What good would it be if we had the strength to save ourselves; then we would receive the glory. Only through Christ can we do all things. (Philippians 4:13). He has promised to sustain us and keep us. Where He leads He will provide. There are many examples in the Bible where God sent people into situations beyond their control. Moses was “slow of speech, and of a slow tongue”, yet God sent. (Exodus 4:10). Deborah was a woman, yet God sent. (Judges 4:9). Gideon only had 300 men, yet God sent. (Judges 7:6). David was but a boy from the sheep fold, yet God sent. (I Samuel 17:45). The disciples went out with no script or purse and shoes, yet God sent. (Luke 22:35). So where God sends, we are to go, and He will provide.
Thought for Today: If God has given you something to do that seems beyond you; rejoice, God has sent and He will wondrously provide.
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 4:10 a.m.
Heaven help us if we turn back. Jesus said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62). Once God has sent us forth we must never turn back. “The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.” (Psalm 78:9). God would have given them the victory had they just went forward. The priest bearing the ark of the covenant went forth as God commanded them to pass over the river Jordan. When they got to the river, as the feet of the priest were dipped into the brim of the water, the water parted. “And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan…” (Joshua 3:17). May we never turn back, but step out in faith, going forth in trust, believing. And as we go forth God will be our strength, our helper, our deliverer, our victor.
Thought for Today: Wherever God sends us we must go forth carrying the banner for victory.
Thursday, January 15,1998 4:00 a.m.
I’ve been worried about many things this morning. Finally, I became so overwhelmed that I could do nothing but fall upon my knees and cry out to God. I can change nothing by worrying, but God can. I turned all these worries over to the Lord. Oh yes, I know they will be back and I will start to worry all over again, and once more I will have to turn them over to God. But for now my mind is set free. I got up and put on one of Elizabeth Elliot’s tapes called Confidence in God. What she spoke about touched my heart just where I needed it. She reminded us about the story where Jesus is asleep in the boat. A great storm arose and the disciples were sore afraid, but Jesus remained asleep. The disciples awoke him and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38). Then Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea, and instantly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then Jesus said, “O ye of little faith.” Lord, I have little faith. Today I am strong and tomorrow I am weak again. Please, Lord, increase my faith and help me give all my troubles and worries to you daily.
Thought for Today: May we learn to turn all our troubles and worries over to God, and leave them there.