October 30, 2018
“And there is a time to be silent and there is a time to speak,” (Ecclesiastes 3:7b).
The tongue – what a powerful organ. Without the tongue, no mother could sing her baby to sleep. No teacher could stretch the mind of students. No attorney could defend the truth in court. No Pastor could comfort a troubled soul. Our entire world would be reduced to unintelligible grunts. Seldom do we pause to realize just how valuable this strange muscle in our mouths really is.
But the tongue is a volatile as it is vital. “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell,”
Did you ever open your mouth when you should have kept it shut, hmmmmmmm? Did you ever keep your mouth shut when you should have opened it, hmmmmmmmmmmmm?
I want to share with you three Biblical truths concerning the tongue.
- The tongue contains an awesome power for good or evil.
- No person can control his/her tongue by their own power.
- We must submit our tongue to the power of the Holy Spirit.
May our prayer be, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Jesus said, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. Everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”
“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips,” (Psalm 141:3)
October 22, 2018
“And Abraham called the name of the place, The Lord Will Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’” (Genesis 22:14)
Because of their faith and trust in God, Abraham and Sarah knew that God would have to raise Isaac (their long promised son) back to life if Abraham sacrificed him as God had asked. That’s why Abraham said to his men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad (Isaac) and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
As Abraham took the knife to slay Isaac, God spoke to him. Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, there was behind him a ram caught in a thicket by its horns (Genesis 22:13). God provided just as He had promised.
God said of Abraham, “He did not waver at the promises of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20). Abraham is also called, “The father of all who believe,” (Romans 4:11).
God has also promised to provide for you and me. He promised us that He will provide His presence, His power, and His love. No matter what difficulty you are facing today trust God to keep His word to you just as He did to Abraham. He will provide for you. E. Stanley Jones once said, “Surrender to Christ or surrender to chaos.” The choice is ours to make.
October 8, 2018
Yesterday was “World Wide Communion Sunday.” Many people around the world participated in a Communion Service. John Wesley once said, “The Lord’s Supper is the greatest evangelistic tool we have.” Wesley taught that Communion should be served to believers and non-believers alike. He said, “The Communion Service is a greater aid to evangelism than a cross on a church building or on a necklace.”
Our purposes in participating in the Communion Service should be:
- To Remember: Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
- To Rejoice: “You proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
- To Repent: “Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”
- To Reconcile: Because of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross we are able to be reconciled to God and enjoy fellowship with Him. We are all on equal standing at the Lord’s table.
When we participate in the Communion Service it should cause us to rejoice knowing that because of our faith in Jesus, one day we will be able to sit down at the Father’s Table with Jesus and fellowship with Him forever.