THE GOOD (GOSPEL) HAS ENEMIES
“I want to call your attention to this fact, that there never has been anything good from the time that God put Adam and Eve into Eden that didn’t have enemies - bitter enemies. We must expect opposition. If a work has no enemies, God is not in it. Everything that has been good in the world has had its bitter enemies.” - D.L. Moody. Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33.
SONGS WE SING BUT DON’T BELIEVE
We sing: “I Love to Tell the Story,” but rarely or never open our mouths to speak of the Savior.
We sing: “Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold.” but balk at giving a tithe.
We sing: “Burdens are lifted at Calvary,” and then make an appointment with the therapist.
We sing: “Have thine own way Lord,” but get all upset when we don’t have our own way.
We sing: “When we all get to Heaven,” but live as if we were going to be on earth forever.
We sing: “I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord,” but do not go on visitation.
We sing: “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” but never spend an hour in prayer and skip Prayer Meeting.
We sing: “Onward Christian Soldiers,” but know nothing about fighting the good fight of faith.
Does this sound amusing to you? Are you guilty in any of these areas? What would God say?
Bishop Phillips Brooks became quite ill and would see no visitors. When Robert Ingersoll, the famous atheist who had some acquaintance with Brooks, heard that he was sick, he called at his home to see him and was admitted at once. “I appreciate this very much,” said Mr. Ingersoll, but why is it that you see me when you deny yourself to all your friends?” “It’s this way,” answered Brooks. I feel confident of seeing my other friends in the next world, but this may be my last chance to see you.”
DANIEL WEBSTER’S HOPE FOR ETERNITY
I believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the will and word of God. I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God. The miracles He wrought establish in my mind His personal authority and render it proper for me to believe whatever He asserts. I believe therefore, all of His declarations, as well as when He declares Himself the Son of God, as when He declares any other proposition. And I believe there is no other way of salvation than through the merits of His atonement.
ME FIRST MENTALITY
I, “Me first”, or self will, is the essence of human nature. In the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea, causing the tragic loss of life. An investigation revealed the cause of the accident which hurled hundreds of passengers into the icy waters. The tragedy was not traced to some major problem like a breakdown in radar or a thick fog. The blame was attributed to human stubbornness. Each captain was aware of the other’s presence. Both could have taken evasive action to avert the collision. But according to the news reports, neither wanted to give way to the other. It seems that each was too proud to yield and make the first move. This is often the problem when members of the church “collide.” How often church squabbles could be avoided if one of the parties would just humble himself. In Philippians 4:5 it says, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” Moderation means reasonableness or the ability to yield.
BEWARE THE WILES OF THE DEVIL
D.L. Moody was warning the congregation about the “wiles of the devil.” He said that during the Franco-German war, the German drummers and trumpeters used to give the French beats and calls in order to deceive the enemy. The command to halt or cease firing was often given by the Germans and it has been said that the French soldiers were thus placed in positions where they could be easily shot down like cattle. One of the great “wiles” of the devil is to counterfeit the truth. This is true in many areas, none more important relative to the Bible. Modern versions are nothing but counterfeits of God Holy Word!
A GOOD TESTIMONY
D.L. Moody told of an incident concerning one of the students in their Bible Institute. This young man was riding the street car and when it stopped near the Institute he jumped off without paying the fare. But shortly afterwards, his conscience bothered him. So after school he went down to the car barn and found the conductor and told him the story and gave him the fare. The conductor said that he was a fool not to keep it. After all, the man said, “It was my job to catch you.” The young man said, “No, I got my ride and I need to pay the fare.” The conductor said, “You must be from that Bible Institute.” If we claim to be Christians and believe the Bible, we need to do right. You never know what effect your testimony might have on someone. We need to remember that we not only represent the Lord Jesus Christ at all times, but we also represent His Church. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16