New Leaves

Selah for: May 24, 2019

Nehimiah Adams

A tender conscience is an inestimable blessing; that is, a conscience not only quick to discern what is evil, but instantly to shun it as the eyelid closes itself against the mote.

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Selah for: May 23, 2019

James Banks

Jesus declared His dependence on God in everything He did. He told His disciples, "By myself I can do nothing" (John 5:30). Then He demonstrated that dependence in a practical way by keeping the lines of communication constantly open through prayer, confident that the Father "always" heard Him (John 11:42).

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Selah for: May 22, 2019

Arthur Walkington (A.W.) Pink

The prevailing idea seems to be, that I come to God and ask Him for something that I want, and that I expect Him to give me that which I have asked. But this is a most dishonouring and degading conception. The popular belief reduces God to a servant, our servant: doing our bidding, performing our pleasure, granting our desires. No..., prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seems best to Him.

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Selah for: May 21, 2019

Peter Chin

As we wait on God, it doesn’t mean doing nothing or impatiently rushing forward. Instead we can pray, worship, and enjoy fellowship as we anticipate what He’ll do. The waiting prepares our hearts, minds, and bodies for what’s to come.

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Selah for: May 20, 2019

Thomas Sherman

A nobleman being asked whether he would rather be a godly Christian—or worldly pleasure seeker, answered, "I had rather live like the latter—and die like the former!" So most men had rather live like Balaam—but "die the death of the righteous!" They wish to have the worldling's ease—but the godly man's end. But this is certain, no man shall go to God in death—unless he draws near to God in life.

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Selah for: May 17, 2019

Ray Stedman

Job questions God, seeks answers from God, and even becomes angry with God— yet he remains faithful. In the end, …Job emerges from his time of trial with his faith-relationship with God intact.

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Selah for: May 16, 2019

Thomas Sherman

The world has many servants, because it gives present wages; whereas Christ has but few disciples, because their reward is in another life. Most live by sight, and therefore they will satisfy sense; they had rather be sent away like Ishmael, with a small gift—than wait like Isaac, for the inheritance. They had rather take their portion in this life—than wait for an inheritance reserved in heaven.

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Selah for: May 15, 2019

Unknown

God has given us the resources to live peacefully with other people. His Word assures us that it’s possible to feel anger without letting it boil over into rage (Eph. 4:26). His Spirit enables us to override the sparks of fury that prompt us to do and say things to strike out at people who upset us. And God has given us His example to follow when we feel provoked (1 Peter 2:23)

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Selah for: May 14, 2019

Thomas Sherman

Our life is only a moment of time; and yet in this moment of time—we sow the seeds of eternity! In this transitory hour, I am preparing myself either for eternal felicity—or eternal woe! These words that I now speak, these works that I now perform, though they here seem to be forgotten—yet they shall spring up to all eternity!

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Selah for: May 13, 2019

Unknown

We may sometimes feel we’re like the persistent widow in Jesus’ parable recorded in Luke 18. She kept coming to the judge, badgering him and trying to wear him down so he’d give in. But we know that God is kinder and more powerful than the judge in the parable. We trust Him, for He is good and wise and sovereign. We remember that Jesus said we “should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1)

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Selah for: May 10, 2019

Unknown

Many of us …are tempted to blow up when angry and to let words fly without control. Oh, how we need to pray as the psalmist did: “Set a guard over my mouth Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3)

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Selah for: May 09, 2019

Ray Stedman

Human beings were made to know God and trust in Him. So when our suffering reaches such a white-hot intensity that life seems senseless and chaotic, then our only hope is to cling to God in faith.

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Selah for: May 08, 2019

Warren Wiersbe

The most important part of your life is the part only God sees. He knows whether your heart is pure. He wants your heart to be pure, for only then can you see God, and, in seeing God, receive all that He has and enjoy all that He is.

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Selah for: May 07, 2019

Warren Wiersbe

There is no shortcut to happiness or holiness. We must begin with hunger — a hunger for holiness, a deep desire to be more like Christ. God promises to satisfy this hunger, and it is our responsibility to seek to develop this appetite for the righteousness of God. We are what we eat. 'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.'

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Selah for: May 06, 2019

Arthur Walkington (A.W.) Pink

Yield yourself to Christ's claims. Give Him the throne of your heart. Turn over to Him the regulation of your life. Trust in His atoning death. Love Him with all your soul. Obey Him with all your might and He will conduct you to heaven.

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