Please tell why people do not rush to obey
The Lord of lords and King of kings—they fiddle!
No full devotion! They move with feet of clay,
And claim to seek a balance, the perfect middle—
Neither overly wicked nor righteous lives.
The slow to follow Christ—ah! What a riddle!—
Will quickly plead for mercy when He arrives.
“Now is the day of salvation” 2 Cor 6.2
What day is not a day to be saved?
What hour cannot the time be right?
And when can God’s demands be waived?
Is darkness ever better than light?
What lame excuse is worth the soul?
What passions are we willing to rule?
When Jesus opens judgment’s scroll,
Will we be glad we played the fool?
Will we despise the cleansing blood,
Raise Christ again upon the cross?
If we refuse the Savior as Lord,
Rejection means eternal loss.
The first, deciding step is small!
How easy his yoke, how light his load!
How deep his peace, and sweet his call!
What joy to walk on the Lord’s strait road!
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Some issues are not mere hot-button topics. In spite of bad wording or insincere intentions, they deserve to be dealt with. Continue reading
When I obeyed the Lord’s command,
God’s saving mercy flowed;
I plunged into Christ, the old man drowned,
God took my sinful load.
To self and the world, immersed, I died,
For God I began to live;
He saved me, every need supplied,
The Spirit’s power to give.
The obvious ceases to be obvious when we listen to voices that are misinformed or spouting false teaching. It was the latter who were bellowing in the first century, leaving the true children of God confused, when John wrote his first letter. Continue reading
Katheryn Haddad wrote today, “When you don’t feel like it, reach out to God.” The faith is often the practice of piety when we don’t feel like it.
When you go ahead and do it, even when you don’t feel like it, God will at some point give you a breakthrough. Continue reading
Jesus’ obedience was complete, right up to his last day. Thus, “he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” Heb 5.9.
Our obedience must also be complete, in order to receive from his hand eternal salvation. Continue reading
This quote has, to my mind, a powerful spiritual application, beyond its primary context in the area of economics: Continue reading
… people want very much to hear from God until they actually do. In other words, if God said right now, “Andy, I need you in the slums of Detroit by the morning.” and I saw the fire leaving my home and headed towards Detroit, would I follow? Is certainty really preferred to ambiguity? Are we comfortable in our ignorance? How crazy would it be if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt where you were supposed to go?
—Andy Burns, #58/366 – Numbers 8-10 – Thinking on These Things.
I shared the first line also on QBT.
This thought is significant for several reasons. Continue reading
On what basis can I ask for God’s help? Does some condition exist, before I can go to him to request help?
May your hand help me,
for I choose to obey your precepts.
Psalm 119.173 NET
“I choose.” The decision is individual. In the end, it doesn’t matter what others do. I hope they’ll also choose to obey God’s precepts. But their decision doesn’t determine mine. Mine has been made and won’t change. Continue reading