See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass,
and the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.
~1 Peter 1:22b-25a
Here we are at the end of another year. 2014 will soon be over and we will be ushering in another calendar year whether we like it or not. ;) May God go with you all as you traverse into the unknown, knowing thtat you are led by a God Who holds your future as a memory. Seek Him and He will be found of you. Don't let failures of the past, present, or future hold you back from doing His will today. And remember that you are salt and light in a dying world. Walk into 2015 with courage, because the Lord God Himself has said He will never leave you or forsake you. "Immanuel" means "God with us", and if God is with us, who can be against us? Nothing shall separate us from His love, and to those who love Him He promises to work all things for their good and His glory. God bless you all.
Our union with Jesus is the basis for a bond with our fellow Christians. Because that bond is so vital and real, we can live with each other in an intimacy impossible in every other setting.
~Lawrence O. Richards
What makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how many times the Bible that been through you.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
To forsake the Lord through persecution is to set time before eternity, to barter heaven for this world's pleasures, to renounce eternal life for a few hours of ease, and to involve ourselves in endless misery rather than endure a stupid jest or a senseless jibe… Like true soldiers may we buckle on our harness and resolve that let the battle rage as it may, through divine grace we will not desert our colors. We prefer death itself to the disgrace of forsaking a cause so true, a doctrine so pure, a Savior so gracious, a Prince so noble, and so worthy of our most loyal service.
There is unwavering peace today when an uncertain tomorrow is trusted to an unchanging God.
It is the nature of this God-given grace to bring distant things close to us: faith looks upon things promised as though they were actually fulfilled. Faith gives a present subsistence to things that are yet future: that is, it realized them to the mind, giving a reality and substantiality to them.
~A.W. Pink (in Elijah)
Do your duty where God has stationed you: plough up the fallow ground and sow the seed, and though there be no fruit in your day, who knows but an Elisha may follow you and do the reaping.
~A.W. Pink (in Elijah)
As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is a mere flattery or platitude. It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.
Don't forget God's blessings in the past or the joys you experienced in the past. There will always be pain to remember; always mistakes we could regret. There will always be scars we wish we didn't inflict. However, don't forget that God upheld you through all of it, and He will never falter in carrying you through everything in the future. God can heal us from our past no matter how discouraging, dark, dreary, or dismal it is....God is infinitely bigger than anything in anyone's past.
How long do we stand? We always stand. How long do we pray? We always pray. When do we give up? We never give up.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.