- Wed Nov 19, 2014
Being God’s man will never be easy, but those who have passed the test did so because they successfully overcame the opinions of others, successfully fought their own feelings and weaknesses of character, and successfully contended with spiritual opposition.
When others back off, the obedient press forward. When obstacles scare others away, the obedient look for a promise and stand on it. When others question God’s Word, the obedient risk taking God at His Word and leave the results to Him.
As Scripture says, “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).
- Tue Nov 18, 2014
Men are promised regular sexual release by Scripture. But by the same token, women are promised that their husbands will treat them with honor and tenderness:
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives,
and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with
you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
(1 PETER 3:7)
It’s been said that the Greek term for “weaker partner” can also be translated “fine china,” which is a better translation within the context of marriage. How do you handle fine china? With respect, as you tenderly appreciate and display its finest points. You don’t slam fine china around or put it through the blast of a dishwasher.
- Mon Nov 17, 2014
As Bathsheba was precious to Uriah (see 2 Samuel 11), your wife is your precious one, your only one. She lives with you and lies in your arms. She’s to be cherished, not because of what she does for you, but because of her essence, her value to God as a child born in His image. You’ve been entrusted with the priceless essence of another human soul, so precious to God that at the foundation of the world he planned to pay His dearest price to buy her back again.
You owe it to God to cherish that essence.
Today, even if I don’t feel like it, I will
cherish my wife. Since God loved me
before I was worthy, I can do nothing
less for her.
- Sun Nov 16, 2014
Rather than be perfect, businesses know it's enough to seem perfect to their customers. By stopping short of perfection, they find a profitable balance between quality and costs.
To find this balance, they often look to their peers to discover the "best practices" of their industry: How far can we go and still seem perfect? By how far can we stop short? Business find it profitable to stop short at the middle ground of excellence because perfection costs too much.
But is it profitable for Christians to stop short at the middle ground of excellence where costs are low, balanced somewhere between paganism and obedience? Not at all! While in business it's profitable to seem perfect, in the spiritual realm it's merely comfortable to seem perfect. It is never profitable.
Clearly, excellence isn't the same as obedience or perfection. The search for excellence leaves us overwhelmingly vulnerable to snare after snare since it allows room for mixture. The search for obedience or perfection does not.
Excellence is a mixed standard, while obedience is a fixed standard. shoot for the fixed standard.
- Sat Nov 15, 2014
Father, teach me to pray as Thomas `a
Kempis did: "We must not, therefore,
despair when we are tempted but pray
to God with so much the more fervor, that
He may vouchsafe to help us in all
tribulations, who, no doubt, according to
the saying of St. Paul, will 'make such
issue with the temptation, that we may
be able to bear it.' Let us, therefore,
humble our souls under the hand of
God in all temptations and tribulations,
for the humble in spirit He will save and
(from The Imitation of Christ)