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-1 Timothy 1:17
The most precious thing I read this past week was Becky Lynn Black's essay called Running To Home Base. Becky is Dave Black's wife. Becky has been dealing with cancer for almost 5 years now and is focused on Jesus more than ever. What is precious is how she articulates a wholly Christ perspective. I am deeply touched by her words.
And now my dear friend, I want to say a special word to you. I want to tell you as clearly as I can that there is nothing, nothing, nothing in this life that is worth the cost, and worth the sacrifice, except the Lord Jesus. Everything in life will fail: marriage, children, career, money, prestige, possessions, relationships, all things will turn to vanity. All things will fail you. Only Jesus will never fail. Only Jesus will stand by you in thick and thin, in peace and in turmoil, in feast and in famine, in illness and in health. Only Jesus will never fail. So I want to say to you, my dear friend, give your life to Him, dare to obey Him, dare to live in the reality of who He is, dare to believe that He is who he says He is and that He does what He says. If you will do, this listening to the Holy Spirit as He makes the Scriptures alive in you, then you will have your feet upon the Rock, you will have your shelter in the storm, you will have your reward that does not fade, and you will know the joy of the Savior.Rejoicing in my Lord Jesus,BeckyJuly 7, 2013
I read Doug Addison's post called Dreams Come True. I like what he wrote about how to change the spiritual atmosphere:
There are three things that will change the spiritual atmosphere around you.Grace, gratitude, and generosity. I believe that. I get that.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. Matthew 7:12
- Grace: loving people that are different than us. It is cutting people slack instead of cutting them down.
I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12
- Gratitude: being grateful instead of grumbling will open a highway of blessing to you.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38
- Generosity: not just your money but also your time, energy, love, and all that you have.
Because of the spiritual principles mentioned above and “what you sow you shall reap,” if you consistently sow grace, gratitude and generosity, it will indeed open the Heavens over you.
Here are some recent quotes from Dave Black. See if any of these grab you.
"Non scholae sed vitae discimus." This little Latin saying summarizes my entire view of education. We learn, not for school, but for life. I have little use for knowledge for knowledge's sake.
"There are no closed doors to the Gospel provided that, once you get inside, you don't care whether you ever come out again." Brother Andrew.
"Life is lived in depth, not length." Adrian Rogers.
...I did not know how to give the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted without giving something of my own soul also. Amy Carmichael
"Faithfulness in a little thing is a great thing." Hudson Taylor.
Yet for all their qualifications elders remain mortal. They make mistakes. They err. To demand flawlessness of an elder is unreasonable and places upon them a requirement not even the apostles could claim. Bryant Evans
"When fear knocks let faith answer the door." Robin Roberts.
"The best cure for discouragement is another daring plunge of faith." A. C. Studd
"Some want to live within the sound of a church or chapel bell. I want to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." C. T. Studd
"There is no university for a Christian like that of sorrow and trial." C. H. Spurgeon.