May 23, 2014
Every man has his eyes set in one of two directions: either on this world or the next. Some men's focus is limited to the earthly. David said about such people that they are "men of the world whose portion is in this life" (Psalm 17:14b) THE RICHES OF THIS LIFE There is an abundant, glorious treasure in this world, but it is fleeting. This world as we know it will not remain. But the most pressing problem is that we will not remain, in our present state. If you live a long life you will only enjoy 50-70 more years of this earth's stuff at the most. A GREATER TREASURE But there are some people who have a higher orientation. These people will have a continual feast. David was one of these. "As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake." (Psalm 17:15) David's orientation was toward God. His face was turned in one direction. It was his greatest, most constant desire for which he would sacrifice anything. He was like a thirsty deer that panted for the water brooks. His soul thirsted for God. Wise King David knew that nothing would satisfy Him like the face of his Father. Not only would God provide everything he needed in this life (He promises so for those who trust Him), but every morning he would enjoy the deepest, fullest satisfaction known to man in the place where we are most empty. He knew that if God was his portion he was the wealthiest man on earth for “in His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forever.” (Psalm 16:11) And what God has promised for those who know Him are all things eternal. It never stops. Death isn't a loss but a gain of much greater treasure and ultimately, a "new heaven and new earth" of glorious proportions! It would be wise to check the direction of your affections. What do you really want?
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?