You are to have but one goal in your life, and that is to know Jesus Christ personally, powerfully, passionately, and preeminently. Everything else will flow out of that. You say, “But wait a minute. I’ve got other things to do! I’ve got a job. I’ve got to rest. I’ve got to have recreation. I’ve got to have friends. I can’t just narrow my interests to one.” When you bring your life into a burning focus, all of these other things will contribute to the main thing. – LWF
Most people in our society have an amusement-park mentality. They spend much of their time and money on entertainment, wanting to enjoy life and avoid problems whenever possible. To them, Matthew 5:4 is a paradox. How can someone who mourns be happy? The answer lies in the difference between godly sorrow and human sorrow. Godly sorrow is sorrow over sin; human sorrow is sorrow over some tragic or disappointing turn of events (2 Cor. 7:8-11).
The Sixties ushered in the sexual revolution. Now tell me one more time how “free love” was to bring peace and harmony to our world? People are being sucked into swirling sewers of sin. Homes are coming apart at the seams. Precious little unborn babies are being put to death. Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant. The time is half past late, and we must return to our “first love.” It’s time to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, and with all our souls, and with all our minds; and love our neighbors as we love ourselves (see Matthew 22:36-39). – LWF
But there is also another word here, expressive of Job’s strong confidence, “I know.” To say, “I hope so, I trust so” is comfortable; and there are thousands in the fold of Jesus who hardly ever get much further. But to reach the essence of consolation you must say, “I know.” Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murderers of peace and comfort. Doubts are dreary things in times of sorrow. Like wasps they sting the soul! If I have any suspicion that Christ is not mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if I know that Jesus lives for me, then darkness is not dark: even the night is light about me.
“God does not expect us to do everything. He usually asks us to do what we enjoy the most and what we can do best. When duty become delight, you are always more efficient. Drudgery is opportunity with the heart taken out of it.” – Warren Wiersbe, God Isn’t in a Hurry
On 03/04/14, Victory Blog crashed. So all previous posts are gone. On 03/12/14, Victory Blog was newly restarted. Looking forward to the days to come as I rebuild our site…
“Faith is not believing in spite of evidence; it is obeying in spite of consequence.” That statement has often jolted me in my own ministry, but the jolts have been good for me. The heroes of faith named in Hebrew 11 were not low-risk people. Had they considered only the circumstances and left God out of the picture, they would never have made it into Hebrews 11! – Warren Wiersbe, God Isn’t in a Hurry
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. ”1
In the morass of spiritual darkness around me, a light shines. This light is the glory of God. When He shines, darkness scatters and flees. When He shines, darkness has lost its power and influence over me. It is the presence of my God that gives me hope and assurance in the midst of a decaying society. He is the one sure light that will shine for eternity!
- Isa 6:1 [↩]