Sunday, June 29, 2014

John 18:37

John 18:37

English Standard Version (ESV)
37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Proverbs 3:12-14

Proverbs 3:12-14

English Standard Version (ESV)
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
    and the one who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
    and her profit better than gold.

Proverbs 2:5-7

Proverbs 2:5-7

English Standard Version (ESV)
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

Psalm 111:9-10

Psalm 111:9-10

English Standard Version (ESV)
He sent redemption to his people;
    he has commanded his covenant forever.
    Holy and awesome is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all those who practice it have a good understanding.
    His praise endures forever!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One of God's medicines!

From: Gracegems.org

One of God's medicines!

(J.C. Ryle)

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11

Affliction is one of God's medicines!

By it, He often teaches lessons which would be learned in no other way.

By it, He often draws souls away from sin and the world, which would otherwise have perished everlastingly.

Health is a great blessing--but sanctified disease is a greater blessing!

Prosperity and worldly comfort are what all people naturally desire--but losses and crosses are far better for us--if they lead us to Christ.

Let us beware of murmuring in the time of trouble.

Let us settle it firmly in our minds, that there is a meaning, a 'needs be', and a message from God--in every sorrow that befalls us.

There are no lessons so useful, as those learned in the school of affliction.

There is no commentary that opens up the Bible so much, as sickness and sorrow.

Afflictions are intended by God . . .
  to make us think,
  to wean us from the world,
  to send us to the Scriptures,
  to send us to our knees!

The resurrection morning will prove, that many of the losses of God's people were in reality, eternal gains. Thousands at the last day, will testify with David, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted!" Psalm 119:71