New Leaves

Selah for: Sep 04, 2018

Arthur Joyce

Never think that God can't use you to accomplish His plan. God chooses His people who are imperfect people - flawed people - people from different backgrounds - to bring praise to Himself and to get his work accomplished! He can do that because it is not by our might or by our power but by God's Spirit that God accomplishes His will.

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Selah for: Sep 03, 2018

John MacArthur

There is no legitimate way to adjust the message in order to make it sound appealing to people who admire Jesus but aren't prepared to serve Him. Jesus didn't seek admirers; He was calling followers—not casual followers, but slaves. Remove that spirit of submission, and the most profound kind of "admiration" for Christ is a spiritual fraud that has nothing to do with true faith.

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Selah for: Aug 31, 2018

Steve Rabey

God said to Joshua, 'Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.' ...The power of God's presence turns even the darkest moments into opportunities to trust him with our very lives. Whether we tremble in the dark or are moving into new and unknown territory, God goes with us, replacing our terror with trust.

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Selah for: Aug 30, 2018

Brother Andrew

The only way we in the church will be able to stand firm is to wake up, listen for the calling of God — wherever we are — and then take that call seriously. It is useless to think we can make a difference for Christ in some remote corner of the world if we can't minister in our own neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

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Selah for: Aug 29, 2018

Arthur Joyce

It doesn't really matter what the need is, Jesus can meet that need with His touch on your life. In almost every instance in the ministry of Jesus, while He was here on earth, the one in need came to Jesus. He touched them and they were made whole. We, however, seem to run everywhere trying to find a way to have our need met and all we really need to do is to come to Jesus!

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Selah for: Aug 28, 2018

Arthur Joyce

None of us will ever exert influence upon other people by our words if what we say is not backed up by what we are. It is the influence of our character that will help to bring about changes in others.

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Selah for: Aug 27, 2018

Thomas a Kempis

What we focus upon will soon find itself attached to our innermost being. It will become the most important thing in our lives and will eventually consume us and possess us totally.
What do you see yourself becoming? "But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit." (2 Cor. 3:18)

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Selah for: Aug 24, 2018

Robert Jeffress

In an attempt to "rescue" grace from legalists, we have unwittingly delivered it into the hands of the libertarians, who insist that grace exempts Christians from any standard of conduct. Instead of saying that there is nothing we need to do to cause God to love us any more than he already does, a libertarian places the period after the word do. "Grace means there is nothing we need to do." Those who abuse the gift of grace focus on God's "job" of forgiving, but they have very little to say about our responsibility to obey. While it is true that there is nothing we can do to earn God's love, there are plenty of things we must do to enjoy God's blessings. That is not legalism; it is obedience!

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Selah for: Aug 23, 2018

Arthur Joyce

There are times when our situation in life seems so hopeless. We've lost the drive and desire to keep on fighting the good fight of faith. We're just plain tired of being hit over and over and over again, and we just want to quit! But... Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 3:18 & 4:1 that we must not "lose heart." God is at work in us so that we will conform to the image of His dear Son. In the process He is using every event in our lives to "transform" us. Be not discouraged! Keep running the race! You won't be sorry you did!

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Selah for: Aug 22, 2018

D.A. Carson

This shift from “accepting the existence of different views” to “acceptance of different views,” from recognizing other people’s right to have different beliefs or practices to accepting the differing views of other people, is subtle in form, but massive in substance. To accept that a different or opposing position exists and deserves the right to exist is one thing; to accept the position itself means that one is no longer opposing it. The new tolerance suggests that actually accepting another’s position means believing that position to be true, or at least as true as your own. (Ed: Christians can accept a person who has a different belief or view without holding their position as being truth. If all beliefs are truth than the word "truth" loses its meaning. To cut off a person whose belief doesn't match God's truth is to deny that person the means God would choose to deliver His truth or the chance to hear His truth.)

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Selah for: Aug 21, 2018

Richard Swenson, M.D.

Why would I wish to open a big bank account instead of opening the windows of heaven? Why would I wish to compare myself to others instead of comparing myself to Christlikeness? Why would I feel inferior about our simple life and older cars instead of agreeing with Tozer that I 'have nothing to be ashamed of except sin'? Why would I complain about suffering instead of thanking the Father for making me a better and stronger person? Why would I murmur against the One who not only paid my gruesome debt but then set a place for me at His table? Why would I be discontent with my circumstances when 'His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness?'

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Selah for: Aug 20, 2018

Brother Andrew

Everyone in the world is reachable and therefore winnable for Christ. It is our fear, our timidity that keeps us out of the arena of conflict. The grace of Jesus Christ means that every door is open, including every door to every terrorist group in the world. ...no door is closed to the gospel. Do you know a closed door? Tell me, and I can tell you how to get in. But once you get in, I may not be able to show you a door to get out.

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Selah for: Aug 17, 2018

John Snyder

1. When people live as if they have no king but themselves, it's a sure mark that they do not know God.

2. When people are ignorant of the things of God but clever in getting their own way, it's a sure mark that they do not know God.

3. When people live by their own desires instead of God's Word, it's evidence that they do not know God.

4. When people perpetually find their deepest satisfaction from someone or something other than God, it's a sign they don't know God!

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Selah for: Aug 16, 2018

Richard Foster

As we wait before the Lord, graciously, we are given a teachable spirit. I say "graciously" because without a teachable spirit, any word of the Lord that may come to guide us into truth will only serve to harden our hearts. We will resist any and all instruction unless we are docile. But if we are truly "willing and obedient," the teaching of the Lord is life and light.

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Selah for: Aug 15, 2018

A.W. Tozer

An increasing number of Christians are becoming ashamed to be found unequivocally on the side of truth. They say they believe, but their beliefs have been so diluted as to be impossible of clear definition.

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