"...they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water."
Everyone wants to talk; talk about events and other people. Everyone wants to do something; about the doing other than the present. Everyone wants to go somewhere; go somewhere other than where they are at. Everyone wants to boast in themselves, their works, their church; boast in everything other than knowing and being. What would…
When personal works are but filth; when entertainment no longer numbs; when self-righteousness and the pride of life are shown for the powerless vanity that they are; when man cannot give comfort to the soul - O' what a place, O' what a sweet place raw reality.
Does not life often feel as if the captain of the ship has died and you are the one left at the helm, a helm untrained, a helm that is being beaten down and tossed by turbulent waves, being left to pilot a storm battered vessel with no direction of true north. At least for me, I know that it does sometimes feel exactly like this.
What can you learn about the fires of afflictions, standing fast, holding onto truth? Have you embraced Jesus as most precious and most treasured in your life? There is a difference. Regarding truth faith and the power of God, for instance, consider the difference between that of the son of Sceva in Acts 19:11-20. They were mere professors at best, without truth, power and working reality. Then consider the three Hebrew young men as found in Daniel 3:13-30 - MASSIVE difference and a GOOD reminder, help and hope for us today in standing against ALL tyranny. Don't forget, Jesus Himself prophesied Matthew 7:21-23.
Recently I preached a few messages all centered around Hebrews 12:1-3. Many of the verses that were included I have been collecting over the last several years. I have been personally studying, applying and repenting of my disbelief in God being absolutely sovereign through these very passages.
See how the Lord blessed His faithful servants. Algerius was burned at the stake in Rome during the year 1557. Thus he writes, a short time before his martyrdom:—
The short message below comes from a dear brother in Christ, Frank. Frank has been given such a heart in desiring a closeness with God, and at the same time, an incredible ability to express the love, grace, and mercies of Christ Jesus.
What a picture of the Christian life John Bunyan left for us in the writing of Pilgrim's Progress. Especially true is when Christian began to make his way down the Valley of Humiliation and meets up against Apollyon (the destroyer; the angel of the bottomless pit; Abaddon). Below are a few lines taken from this scene.
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper."