November 8 - 14
"Now the end of the commandment is (love) out of a pure heart,
and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned."
(1 Timothy 1:5)
When you set sail on the high seas, you need to know three important facts: your location, your destination, and your course. By referring to a map and using a compass, you can end up where you want to go.
The hard part comes in determining where you are at any given moment. Foul weather (strong wind, high waves, and limited visibility) creates conditions that can sometimes confuse sailors. I heard about some one who set out across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Grand Haven. After sailing for two hours, trusting his own sense of direction, he spotted a large city on the horizon - Milwaukee! Somehow, thinking he was headed east, he had gone in a huge circle.
How does a follower of Christ stay on course and avoid spiritual shipwreck? Paul wrote of the importance of holding on to "faith and a good conscience." (1 Timothy 1:19) We can do that by carefully reading and following the directions in God's Word, depending on the Spirit's leading and moment-by moment help, and listening to the wise counsel of concerned Christian friends.
How are you doing? Are you on course or in danger of ship wreck? Determine right now to live in faith and holiness, staying on course until you are safely Home. (DCE)
When you rely upon the Lord
To show you what to do,
He will incline your heart and mind,
To choose His course for you.
To stay on course, Trust the compass of God's word.
Our Daily Bread Ministries, RBC Ministries, Copyright (1999), Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted permission
N.J. Hiebert # 3151
"God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5)
It is a solemn statement which shows the necessary exclusion of evil from His presence. The cross is the measure of this. There we see His awful abhorrence of sin when He abandons His own Son, and commands the sword to awake against Him as made sin for us. Abandoned of God on that cross, the suffering Victim was overwhelmed in darkness, in unfathomable sorrow, left to drink the cup of God's wrath against sin. That bitter cry of anguish, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" shows the utter impossibility of the darkness mingling with the light, or of sin having a place in the presence of God.
All this is unspeakably solemn if we look at the flesh or the old nature and what flows from it; and yet it is unspeakably blessed when we realize that we are in the Son, and that our life is in Him. We are brought to God in Christ. "As He is, so are we in this world." (A.H. Rule)
N.J. Hiebert # 3152
"When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto Him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They said, Seven. And He said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?" (Mark 8:19-21)
When the multitude was greater and the supply less, they had twelve large baskets of fragments; and, on the other hand, when the multitude was less and the supply greater, they had only seven small baskets. The greater the demand, and the deeper the need, the more the magnificence of divine grace shines out. Eternal and universal homage to the peerless name of our adorable Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! (C.H. Macintosh)
N.J. Hiebert # 3153
"That ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God."
They ascended - then descended.
Our Lord descended first. Now He has ascended back to glory.
They glorified man by accomplishing this great feat.
Our Lord glorified God by accomplishing the great work of redemption.
They picked up samples to bring to earth.
Our Lord picked up samples (us) to bring to glory.
They walked - sinners - on the MOON.
Our Lord walked (the sinless ONE) on the earth.
They were provided with uniforms - $300,000 each.
Our Lord has provided us with ROBES of righteousness.
Garments of Salvation. Cost? - no one knows or ever shall.
He paid the price in full. Blessed be His Name.
They went to the MOON - knowing not what they would find.
Our Lord came to earth, knowing full well what HE would FIND -
"A treasure hid in a field," "A pearl of great price."
Their wives were waiting for them on their return to earth.
His BRIDE is waiting for Him from heaven.
On the MOON - they were dependent on men below on earth.
On earth - we are dependent on the MAN in the glory.
It took them four days to reach the MOON.
"In a moment" we shall be "translated" to the "third heaven."
Praise the Lord.
N.J. Hiebert # 3154
"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5)
If we resent authority and do not bow to the Word of God by leading "a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty," we will find that God will speak to us. If a person accepts the word of one in authority only when it coincides with his own thoughts, then there is no authority. Authority implies that our will is kept passive. We have the authority of the Word of God, and we are called to bow to it. (F.F.A)
N.J. Hiebert # 3155
"Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
God now gives light to His people as to their pathway, but He also charges Himself to carry them through every circumstance and every difficulty. If they but have confidence in God who does this, they will find how great a God He is with whom they have to do. (Christian Truth - Vol 22 - October 1969)
N.J. Hiebert # 3156
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:16)
The world is ever the same world; Satan is its prince; and all that is in it - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life - is not of the Father, but of the world. The heart of man - the flesh - has since the fall been always enmity against God. It is often thought and said, that since the death of Christ, Satan is no longer the prince of this world; but it was precisely then that he declared himself as it prince, leading on all men, whether Jews or Gentiles, to crucify the Saviour. And although men now bear the name of Christ, the opposition of the world to His authority remains the same. (J.N. Darby)
N.J. Hiebert # 3157