Manage To Your Advantage

Manage To Your Advantage

“If God has given you but a small portion of the world, yet if you are godly He has promised never to forsake you. Providence has ordered that condition for you which is really best for your eternal good. If you had more of the world than you have, your heads and hearts might not be able to manage it to your advantage.”–John Flavel

Fourth Day Of Creation Has Passed

Fourth Day Of Creation Has Passed

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”–Genesis 1:19

We have come, again, to another of what I call “skip over verses”. When we read these, we tend to give them only the briefest notice because they seem to have no meaning or value. We often see this attitude whenever we read the Biblical genealogies; upon seeing the word “begat”, people tend to cringe. Yet all of these verses, no matter how insignificant they seem to us, are an important part of God’s Word. So, you might ask, what is the significance of this verse? This verse is important because it shows us both an ending and a beginning.

The obvious ending—and one of the reasons it’s value seems lessened—is it tells us the fourth day is completed. God completed three days of creation before this, so it is just following a pattern…right? Wrong. The end of this particular day means that God has finished preparing the world to support life. He has provided the food, light, guidance, and protection the living will need to survive. With all of these things set in place, it is the beginning of our world as God intended for it to be.

Every day God gives us is important, whether it is our first day of life, or our thirty-five thousand, two hundred and sixty-second day of life. (This is not a random number. It is the number of days my grandmother lived, and on that last day, she finally got to see her Savior face to face.) Each day is given to us by God, so no matter what it brings, we need to treasure it.

If you are lost, today is your fourth day. Everything has been prepared; even the price for your sins has been paid. All you need to do is confess your sins to God, ask for His forgiveness, and accept Jesus as your savior. Only then will you see the life that awaits you.

Forever With The Lord By Mrs. J. C, Yule

Forever With The Lord By Mrs. J. C, Yule

‘Tis but to fold the arms in peace,
To close the tear-dimmed, aching eye,
From sin and suffering to cease,
And wake to sinless life on high.

‘Tis but to leave the dusty way
Our pilgrim feet so long have pressed,
And passon angel-wings away,
Forever with the Lord to rest.

‘Tis but with noiseless step to glide
Behind the curtain’s mystic screen
That from our mortal gaze doth hide
The glories of the world unseen.

Tis but to sleep a passing hour,
Serene as cradled infants sleep;
Then wake in glory and in power,
An endless Sabbath day to keep.

Cheerful Spirit Bestowed

Cheerful Spirit Bestowed

“A cheerful spirit is one of the most valuable gifts ever bestowed upon humanity by a kind Creator. It is the sweetest and most fragrant flower of the Spirit, that constantly sends out its beauty and fragrance, and blesses everything within its reach. It will sustain the soul in the darkest and most dreary places of this world. It will hold in check the demons of despair, and stifle the power of discouragement and hopelessness. It is the brightest star that ever cast its radiance over the darkened soul, and one that seldom sets in the gloom of morbid fancies and forboding imaginations.”–James H. Aughey

Devil Worship For Glory

Devil Worship For Glory

“Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You worship before me, all will be Yours.”–Luke 4:5-7 delivered, wish, worship

Creator Of The Stars Of Night

Creator Of The Stars Of Night By Anonymous

Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people’s everlasting light,
Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,
And hear Thy servants when they call.

Thou, grieving that the ancient curse
Should doom to death a universe,
Hast found the medicine, full of grace,
To save and heal a ruined race.

Thou cam’st, the Bridegroom of the bride,
As drew the world to evening-tide;
Proceeding from a virgin shrine,
The spotless Victim all divine.

At Whose dread Name, majestic now,
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;
And things celestial Thee shall own,
And things terrestrial, Lord alone.

O Thou Whose coming is with dread
To judge and doom the quick and dead,
Preserve us, while we dwell below,
From every insult of the foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Laud, honor, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally.

Earth, Seas, And The Gift Of Foundation

Earth, Seas, And The Gift Of Foundation

“And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.”–Genesis 1:10

In this verse, we have the naming of the land and the waters; “Earth” and “Seas”, respectively. According to http://www.listofseas.com, there are over 170 named seas and oceans. As we were taught in school, approximately 71 percent of the planet is covered in water. Earth’s oceans contain approximately 96 percent of all of Earth’s water. If you include glaciers, rivers, lakes, streams, etc., there are 326 million trillion gallons of water on our world. (In the United States, that would be 326,000,000,000,000,000,000.) Think about that for a moment and let it sink in. God gathered all this water together so land could provide the foundation to sustain life. Our lives.

As Christians, so often we place limitations on what God can and cannot do in our lives. This isn’t because we don’t believe He is all-powerful, we simply don’t grasp the full meaning of “all-powerful”. If God can—with nothing more than a command—move this much water to reveal land, why do we try to limit Him in our lives? There is no problem, no sickness, there is nothing He can’t handle in our lives. God forgive our unbelief. By not fully trusting God, the only limitations are the ones we place on ourselves.

While the location of dry land has changed on a minor scale over time, with one exception, there has always been dry land. By looking at any globe or world map, the first thing we notice is that the land doesn’t appear to be connected. Oceans divide continents, rivers separate states or countries, and islands seem isolated from every other land masses. Take away the water, however, and we would see everything is connected after all.

With the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, we can see the basic foundation for Christianity. When we accept this as truth, and Christ as our Savior, God reveals a foundation within us that we are to build upon. Some build a ministry of preaching while others build a ministry of singing. We have teachers, prayer warriors, youth workers, and even bloggers. Even though we are all Christians, we are also individuals with individual callings. Regardless of what God calls us to do, as long as we keep Him in the center of it, we cannot fail. Remember, there are no limits to what God can help you build for Him. Don’t place them on Him, and don’t place them on yourself.

Dying, Death, And The Solemnity Of It All

Dying, Death, And The Solemnity Of It All

“It was by the death of one man that the world was redeemed. Christ did not need to die if He did not want to, but He did not see it as something to be avoided, and His dying was the best way to save us. His death is life for all. We are sealed with the sign of His death, when we pray we preach His death; when we celebrate the supper, we proclaim His death. His death is victory; His death is a sacred sign; each year His death is celebrated with solemnity by the whole world.”–Ambrose