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.
Greetings and Merry Christmas!
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.
What a wonderful and glorious, a most gracious and merciful, certainly love-filled, thing that has happened to me! How wonderful has He been unto me? - surely so much more than anyone can fathom.
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper."
"The Hill, though high, I covet to ascend...
The fear of death does not result in longevity nor produce wise dealings, discernment and decisions. Often our fears leads us down the paths of narcissistic aides in order to escape our inevitable end of meeting God and receiving the just punishment of having disregarded faith.