Just Another Mountain
Our Standard of Measure
Dr. Charles Stanley
Today I want you to think about your interactions with others in terms of filling up a bucket and pouring its contents onto those people. With that in mind, let’s consider two important factors.
First of all, what’s in your bucket? Jesus points out a number of things that we can choose to pour out on others—namely, material possessions, love, good deeds, money, mercy, and pardon. It’s quite an impressive list. And yet, the Lord calls His followers to an even higher standard. He instructs us to give to “takers,” love our enemies, do good to those who mistreat us, lend expecting nothing in return, and grant mercy and pardon to those who don’t deserve it.
Why would He call us to such extreme action? Because as God’s children, we are expected to treat others the way He treats them—for “He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men” (v. 35). The second factor to consider is the size of our bucket. Jesus says that by our standard of measure, it will be measured back to us (v. 38). However, we are also told to expect nothing in return from those we treat with kindness (v. 35).
The ultimate reward for our loving and gracious behavior will come, not from them, but from the Most High God. What are you pouring onto others each day? By showering them with grace, you display the character of your Father and show yourself to be His child. Use a big bucket full of love and kindness, and you’ll discover that the Lord uses an even bigger bucket to lavish His goodness upon us.
For more biblical teaching from Dr. Charles Stanley please go to http://www.intouch.org/.
Safe by Keeping the Law?
Pastor Adrian Rogers
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Suppose you’re driving down the road and a police officer stops you for running a red light. And you say to the officer, “I ran a red light, but you have no right to give me a ticket because I stopped at all the other streets and I have obeyed the speed limit.”
He responds, “Don’t tell me about all the things that you’ve done good. You’ve broken the law.” If you think you’re going to be saved by keeping the law, then you must keep all of it, because God demands perfection. No amount of obedience can make up for one act of disobedience. If you keep the whole law and yet offend in one point you are guilty of it all. Read Romans 7:1 to 8:4.
Can you relate to Paul’s quandary about keeping the law and the war within his members concerning its requirement of absolute obedience?
For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers, please visit http://www.lwf.org/.
Just Another Mountain - Jami Slocum
"Yes, we will have struggles in this world. That's what John 16:33 says. But as this song says, God is in control. And what John 16:33 also says is "Take heart, for I have overcome the world!" My favorite line in this song is "How Your grace fills me with hope." Yes, we will have mountains to climb in this lifetime, but God will help us to reach the mountaintop." - coolram52
Prayer Request Like a woman in labor the tiny island nation of Japan has had over 700+ earthquakes since March 22th. C.S. Lewis writes "The divine art of miracle is not an of suspending the pattern to which events confirm but to feeding new events into the pattern. God shapes the world by prayer. As believers together let us feed new events into this pattern through prayer.
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Matthew 5:7
He that demands mercy and shows none ruins the bridge over which he himself is to pass. Thomas Adams
When adverse circumstances suddenly arise My children should immediately get "into faith" [love] rather than "into fear".
...."'In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you. If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you. Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin. No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,' declares the LORD".... Isaiah 54:14-17 NASB
...."For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind".... 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
By SIMPLY DIVINE LOVE on Wednesday, March 30, 2011