Living in the past is the only prison that will prevent you from soaring into an abundant future. Claudine Boutros “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13–14) Focusing on Heaven is the best way to endure difficulties on earth.
I noticed other people posting worldly quotes regularly on facebook and thought it would be good to counter them with those that come from or are about God's and His Word. A number of people have enjoyed them so to make it easier, I thought I'd start a thread here and just post the new ones I put on facebook in this thread every day.
The greatest measuring rod of love in the life of a Christian may be forgiveness. That’s because God showed His love to us in terms of forgiveness. He gave His Son to forgive us. That certainly shows God’s love more than flowers, trees, or mountains. Measure your love. Truth for today “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16) “If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20)
The resurrection is a fact better attested than any event recorded in any history, whether ancient or modern. Charles H. Spurgeon “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.” (Acts 10:39–40) “the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:2–4)
You’ll never know what the Word can do if you don’t study and apply it. It isn’t enough to simply say you believe it. It must occupy an exalted place in your life. Since God Himself exalts it and magnifies it (Psalm 138:2), how much more should we? Our sufficiency in Christ “I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.” (Psalm 138:2)
A believer’s relationship with others affects His relationship with God. A man who is not right with his brother should go settle the matter before he offers his sacrifice on the altar (Matt. 5:23–24). A Christian who practices love grows in his understanding of God’s truth and enjoys a heart filled with confidence before God. The Bible exposition commentary
“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” (1 John 3:14–15) “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)
To my discerning brothers and sisters in the Lord: You make my heart glad and remind me that I'm not alone, that the Lord always has a remnant. Take heart, the Lord sees and knows who we are and He will not forget us. “Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name. “They will be mine,” says the LORD Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.” (Malachi 3:16–17) May God bless you for your faithfulness!
The greatest judgment God could send to the wicked in this life would be to let them have their own way. “They have their reward” (Matt. 6:2, 5, 16). The only heaven the godless will know is the enjoyment they have on earth in this life, and God is willing for them to have it. The only suffering the godly will experience is in this life, for in heaven there will be no pain or tears. Furthermore, the suffering that God’s people experience now is working for them and will one day lead to glory (1 Peter 1:6–8; 5:10; 2 Cor. 4:16–18; Rom. 8:18). Wiersbe, W. W. Be Patient. “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.” (Psalm 37:1–2) “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.” (Psalm 37:8–11) “The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.” (Psalm 37:12–13) “Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. The days of the blameless are known to the LORD, and their inheritance will endure forever.” (Psalm 37:16–18)
The first and great work of a Christian is about his heart. There it is that God dwells by his Spirit, in his saints; and there it is that sin and Satan reign, in the ungodly. The great duties and the great sins are those of the heart. There is the root of good and evil: the tongue and life are but the fruits and expressions of that which dwells within. RICHARD BAXTER. Matthew 12:34–35; 15:18; Luke 6:45.
From this greatness and immensity of God also your soul must reverently stay all its busy, bold inquiries, and know that God is to us, and to every creature, incomprehensible. If you could fathom or measure him, and know his greatness by a comprehensive knowledge, he were not God. A creature can comprehend nothing but a creature. You may know God, but not comprehend him; as your foot treads on the earth, but does not cover all the earth. The sea is not the sea, if you can hold it in a spoon. RICHARD BAXTER “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” (Isaiah 40:28)
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The face of death, and nearness of eternity, did much convince me what books to read, what studies to prefer and prosecute, what company and conversation to choose. It drove me early into the vineyard of the Lord, and taught me to preach as a dying man to dying men. RICHARD BAXTER “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9:4)
There is a great deal of difference between the desires of heaven in a sanctified man, and an unsanctified. The believer prizes it above earth, and had rather be with God than here (though death, which stands in the way, may possibly have harder thoughts from him). But to the ungodly, nothing seems more desirable than this world; and therefore he only chooses heaven before hell, but not before earth; and therefore shall not have it upon such a choice. RICHARD BAXTER “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;” (Philippians 1:21–23) “Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” (2 Corinthians 5:2–9)
If we saw God, and heaven, and hell before us, do you think it would not effectually reconcile our differences, and heal our unbrotherly exasperations and divisions? Would it not hold the hands that itch to be using violence against those that are not in all things of their minds? What abundance of vain controversies would it reconcile! As the coming in of the master does part the fray among the schoolboys, so the sight of God would frighten us from contentious or uncharitable violence. RICHARD BAXTER “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:10–13) “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1–4) “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:23–26)
Where one thousand are destroyed by the world’s frowns, ten thousand are destroyed by the world’s smiles. The world, siren-like, sings us and sinks us. It kisses us and betrays us, like Judas; it kisses us and smites us under the fifth rib, like Joab. The honors, splendor, and all the glory of this world, are but sweet poisons that will much endanger us if they do not eternally destroy us. THOMAS BROOKS
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25–27)
Not to Help God Is to Oppose Him. God has work to do in this world, and to desert it because of its difficulties and entanglements is to cast off his authority. Universal holiness is required of us, that we may do the will of God in our generation. It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness, but we must also serve our generation as David did before he fell asleep. God has a work to do, and not to help him is to oppose him. JOHN OWEN. ““He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30) ““No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24) Nor can you serve God and family, or God and spouse, or God and career, or any other thing. Either God is first in your life and is everything to you, more important than anyone or anything else, or you are no different then the rest of the world. ““If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26–27) Often we take the part that says, "Yes, even his own life" to mean dying physically for Christ and so it can. But it can also mean giving up our ideas, goals, desires etc for Christ's desires. In other words, again, nothing is to come before Jesus; nothing and no one, not even our self.
We think of opposing God as doing something like supporting abortion or homosexuality, and while those things obviously do oppose God, so do many other subtle things we don't like to think about. Things such as keeping quiet when we should speak up, not teaching our children about God and His ways, or not telling them when they've gotten off His narrow path and lovingly explaining the Truth to them. It's any time we allow others to hold a wrong view of God and don't tell them the truth about His love and His desire to save them; when we allow them to continue to believe that they're basically good, when we know that everyone is desperately evil and needs God's gift of salvation. Opposing God means doing or saying anything that goes against God's Word and Will, or conversely, not opposing the things that God is opposed to. So there are sins of commission as well as omission. It's not knowing His Word so we can do His Will. If we do not know His Word, we cannot be sure we aren't opposing Him in some way, and sadly the vast majority of Christians today, simply do not know His Word. Yet God will hold them accountable for it just the same, at least all of those who have or had the ability to obtain and read His Word and yet didn't do so.
“The world takes its notions of God, most of all, from the people who say that they belong to God’s family. They read us a great deal more than they read the Bible. They see us; they only hear about Jesus Christ”. The basis for our presenting a credible witness for Christ to the world is therefore not so much what we say as what we do. The power of integrity
Those that look to be happy must first look to be holy. RICHARD SIBBES. Psalm 34:12–16; 1 Peter 3:10–12.
Behold! on what sure foundations his happiness is built whose soul is possessed with divine love, whose will is transformed into the will of God, and whose greatest desire is that his Maker should be pleased. O the peace, the rest, the satisfaction that attends such a temper of mind! HENRY SCOUGAL. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:” (Psalm 37:3–5)
“Love has hands to help others. It has feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has ears to hear the sighs and sorrow of men. This is what love looks like.” Augustine . More than any virtue, mercy reflects the presence of the Lord in your heart & your life. Beautiful in God’s eyes.
““You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43–48)
If we have truly experienced God’s forgiveness, then we will have a readiness to forgive others (Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13). Our Lord illustrated this principle in the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matt. 18:21–35). We have seen that true praying is a “family affair” (“Our Father”). If the members of the family are not getting along with one another, how can they claim to have a right relationship with the Father? The emphasis in 1 John 4:7-21 is that we show our love for God by loving our brothers. When we forgive each other, we are not earning the right to prayer; for the privilege of prayer is a part of our sonship (Rom. 8:15–16). Forgiveness belongs to the matter of fellowship: If I am not in fellowship with God, I cannot pray effectively. But fellowship with my brother helps to determine my fellowship with God; hence, forgiveness is important to prayer. The Bible exposition commentary
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12) “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” (Luke 11:4) “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14–15) “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:21)
Take heed to yourselves also, because there are many eyes upon you, and therefore there will be many observers of your falls.… The eclipses of the sun by day-time are seldom without witnesses. If you take yourselves for the lights of the churches, you may well expect that men’s eyes should be upon you.
RICHARD BAXTER “Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” (1 Timothy 3:2–7)
Whatever you learn from the word, labor to put it in practice. For to him that has shall be given. No wonder they get little insight into the Bible who make no conscience of practicing what they know. But while the stream runs into a holy life, the fountain will be the more free. THOMAS BOSTON. “The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:4–6) “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:14–16)
Let the heirs of the kingdom behave themselves suitably to their character and dignity. Live as having the faith and hope of this glorious kingdom: Let your conversation be in heaven. Let your souls delight in communion with God while you are on earth, since you look for your happiness in communion with him in heaven. Let your speech and actions savor of heaven; and in your manner of life, look like the country to which you are going. THOMAS BOSTON. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 3:20)
Some people read verses like James 1:5 (‘But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him’) and imagine that God simply zaps us with the quality of wisdom when we ask him. Proverbs explains that God grants wisdom by means of a process. In order to gain this treasure, you must exert effort in digging deep for it. The word ‘if’ occurs three times in Proverbs 2:1–4, indicating specific conditions for the blessings that are promised in verses 5 and following. Opening up Proverbs “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,” (Proverbs 2:1–4)
Do you not blush to think that worldlings are more busy and laborious about the low things, the rattles and trifles of this life, than you are about the high affairs of God and your soul, the noble and serious concernments of eternity? GEORGE SWINNOCK.
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” (Isaiah 55:2) “but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”” (Luke 10:42) “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”” (John 6:27) “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3–4) “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15–17)
Grace will teach a Christian contentedly to take those potions that are wholesome, though they be not toothsome.… Faithful reproof is a token of love, and therefore may well be esteemed a kindness.GEORGE SWINNOCK.
“Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers;” (Psalm 141:5) “He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” (Proverbs 10:17) “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.” (Proverbs 13:1) “He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.” (Proverbs 13:18) “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” (Proverbs 19:20) “Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.” (Proverbs 25:12) “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” (Proverbs 27:6)
““Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32–33) To confess Him means much more than to make a statement with the lips. It also means to back up that statement with the life. It is one thing to say, “Jesus Christ is Lord,” and quite another thing to surrender to Him and obey His will. The walk and the talk must go together. The Bible exposition commentary. “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9) This isn't a declaration that the Christian possesses sinless perfection, or is unable to commit a sin, but a declaration that a Christian does not freely & habitually practice sin, or live a life of sin. The new treasury of scripture knowledge. Christians cannot practice sin is because it is incompatible with the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who has imparted a new nature to the believer. Only 2 kinds of children exist in the world: children of God and children of Satan. No one can belong to both families simultaneously. Either one belongs to God’s family and exhibits His righteous character or one belongs to Satan’s family and exhibits his sinful nature. The MacArthur study Bible.
Hardened Hearts Broken by Striking If a hardened heart be to be broken, it is not stroking, but striking that must do it.… The heart is not melted into godly sorrow, nor raised to the life of faith and love, by the bubbles of a frothy wit, or by a game at words, or useless notions, but by the illuminating beams of sacred truth, and the attraction of divine displayed goodness, communicated from a mind that by faith has seen the glory of God, and by experience found that he is good, and that lives in the love of God: such a one is fitted to assist you first in the knowledge of yourselves, and then in the knowledge of God in Christ. RICHARD BAXTER.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.” (2 Corinthians 7:10–11)
““He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30) This is a teaching of Jesus that suggests that indifference to His message is the same as active opposition to it. It has the same meaning today to denote that if you are not for a person, then you are, by the very nature of your decision, against him. This is one of those fundamental principles that has no gray area, although we often try to give it one to place ourselves in a better light. Manners & customs of the Bible
bystillwaters: Father please watch over the people of Sutherland TX and the First Baptist Church there...
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sw7777: May God increase the harvest as time is running out. May God make us ready to answer peoples questions and may we be ready to guide people to know Christ....sometimes the smallest seed becomes the biggest tree. Amen.
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