I saw this quote recently and thought it was worth passing on.
“Feed on the Word, not the World.”
It shows how one letter can change a lot of things. So, the question is “what are you feeding on?” Are you feeding on the world or the Word of God? One will feed your lust, the other will feed your soul. One will lead you to spoil your spiritual appetite, the other will encourage you in the Lord.
As this week begins, why not make a conscious effort to feed on the Word of God more, and the things of the world less? And when you come home at night and you have had to hear, read and see things that are defiling all around you all day, make sure you feed “the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:10). At the end of the week you will be spiritually healthier as a result.
“And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of His loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake” (Ezekiel 1:26-28).
Ezekiel saw the glory of the Lord (or at least a likeness to it) and he fell on his face. When we come together today to remember the Lord in His death He will be there in person. Falling on our faces should be our response, too. We probably won’t literally fall down, but in our hearts we bow and worship the God of the universe who planned our salvation through the death of His own Son. Incredible!
I was walking through a graveyard one day when a word on one of the headstones caught my eye; it was simply the word—SAVED. It caught my eye because it was the only word on the stone.
In Louisiana, a woman lies beneath a grove of 150-year-old oak trees in a quiet, old cemetery. There is just one word carved on her tombstone—WAITING. The person in the tomb was evidently a believer, and although they have died, they are simply waiting in a better place for the same thing that believers who are alive are waiting for…the coming of the Lord Jesus, or what we often refer to as, the rapture.
In the Evergreen Cemetery near New York City stands a gravestone. On it is carved one solitary but charming word—FORGIVEN. No name, no date, nothing but one word is seen on each of these stones, and no doubt there are many more like them.
Suppose you had to truthfully chose one word as an epitaph to sum up your life, to be chiseled on the stone placed over your lifeless body, what would it, and what could it, be?
Q. How do we know who God has for us as a partner in life?
A. While there are unfailing guidelines in the Bible to direct us in every step and decision of our Christian pathway, yet there are some things that are only discernable as we walk in nearness to the Lord. The closer you are to someone the more you understand what pleases them. The Bible is not a self-help book. It leaves room for exercise of heart and conscience in matters such as marriage.
One thing is for sure, we are never to become involved with an unbeliever in this way. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness” (2 Corinthians 6:14)? NEVER date an unbeliever! Also, we read on this subject that we are to marry “in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:39). This is more than just marrying a Christian, but one who has the same desires and interest in pleasing the Lord and acknowledging His authority.
“My son, give Me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe My ways” (Proverbs 23:26).
In marketing there is an expression:
Catch the heart and the mind will follow.
In spiritual things, we often say:
Where the heart is the feet will follow.
To sell us products and services the business world tries to grab our heart and mind. To have us following close to the Lord in the path of faith He attracts our hearts to preserve our feet in the right course. Of course in spiritual things the mind must be properly instructed too. This is through the reading of the Bible, God’s Word.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
I was glancing through a book of quotes and sayings some time ago when one especially caught my eye:
Is prayer the pattern of your life, Or a last resort in time of strife?
Something to think about isn’t it? For myself, I must confess that I often use prayer when all else fails, and yet what frustration I could save myself if I would only pray about it first. So often I forget the words of the following verse which reminds us, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
As another school or work week begins, don’t forget the wonderful resource that we have in prayer. At the beginning of each day ask for help and direction, and your day will go a lot smoother.
“And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped” (2 Chronicles 29:30).
Singing has always been a way for the people of God to express their appreciation of the person and work of Christ, and their joy in the Lord. It begins with Israel as a redeemed people on the banks of the Red Sea. “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord” (Exodus 15:1). It follows right through to the heavenly company of redeemed in a future day of glory. “And they sung a new song” (Revelation 5:9).
What better time to sing praises than at the meeting in which we remember the Lord’s death. The gladness we feel because He died in our place should show in our singing. As you remember the cross of Calvary, the cost to the Lord Jesus, what He suffered before and on the cross, the three hours of absolute loneliness as He paid the price for sin, it should cause you to bow your heart in genuine worship. Remember Him today with a thankful heart, and a song of praise on your lips.
Weary, a group of Christians arrived in an Indonesian village known for occult practices. They were given food, but wondered whether it might be poisoned. The atmosphere was tense. They decided that since the Lord had given them a commission to witness for Him and eat whatever was set before them, they should simply trust Him.
After the meal one of the villagers entered and announced: “Your food has been poisoned by our witch doctor, and you will all be dead by sunrise.” The Christians knelt to pray. They asked God to preserve them and to speak to the people there who were under the power of evil through their fear of magicians and demons, and Satan’s bondage.
At about 4am, a man appeared out of the darkness. In a state of agitation and fear he cast himself at the feet of the Christians, shouting: “Save me! I am the witch doctor, and I know you will not be dead by sunrise. I am the one who will die. The curse has turned on me. Tell me what I must do to be saved.” They gave him the answer: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Today there are thousands of Christians living in that district.
“What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance?” (Malachi 3:14).
There are some tasks which appear to be nothing other than labor in vain. Sweeping up the leaves in autumn, or the snow in winter while both are still falling, may appear futile. As soon as one lot of leaves has been cleared, more quickly fall. We must remember however that unless we clear the paths they will become blocked. So repetitive work is not necessarily needless. If a room is not dusted regularly, the dust accumulates.
Have you never felt that your work and worship is mere repetition? Does it not at times seem a wearisome performance? We need to pray that we may be kept from a lifeless monotonous round, that there may be life and joy in our worship of God and in our service in His name.
“Serve the Lord with gladness,” says the Psalmist in Psalm 100:2. “In all labor there is profit,” says Solomon in Proverbs 14:23. And Paul wrote, “Ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).