Are we going to sit in the thorn patches and let the distractions of this world smother us and choke our time away?
Brother John recently gave an update about the missions team in India. Even though he was recently not allowed to go back into the country, he talks about how God is good and in control.
Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence--
What are you going to do about your sins? One of two things will be true of you. You will either pay for all of your sins or you will pay for none of them.
It is grace that spurs on radical obedience to reach lost areas around the world. It is not simply exhortations to be radical that result in people being radical. It is tender forms of kindness and grace that form the most radical discipleship in the world.
And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. - Luke 10:2
Kevin talks about some ways that the devil tries to attack the Christians assurance, and cause them to lose their firm persuasion that God is for them and has lovingly saved them.
In conversion we are only a looker, not a worker, but now that we are saved we are a farmer; we are a worker.
When the true Christian falls, they will turn again, and when it's all over and the Lord gets you to where He wants you, you will be stronger than you were before.
In pride Peter thought he was strong in his own strength, which in turn made him vulnerable. It was hurting him to think this way.
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. - Luke 22:31-32
Many people do not realize why we have Christmas, or even what Christmas is about. In this sermon, Paul Washer explains the real reason for Christmas and brings to light some encouraging truths regarding Jesus Christ....
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. - Rev 3:17
I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. - Revelation 3:8
The Lord continues to empty us in order to teach us to lay aside all self-reliance that we might cling to Christ alone.
The reason for every trial, every hardship, every rough wind in your life, is to show you your inability, your weakness, and to chase you back to God.