For Christ to be valued at all, He must be valued ABOVE all! You must seek first the King and His Kingdom!–And to seek first means foremost and above all!–Before everything else, above everything else, beyond everything else, and more than anything else! The FIRST place must belong to HIM!
The most important time you have to spend is with the Lord! To neglect your fellowship with the King of kings because you’re so busy with the affairs of the kingdom can be disastrous to your spiritual life and communion with the Lord! “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”–Not even His service!–Nor even lost souls! So it behooves you to give God a little time, and we should give Him some time every day!–Every single day!
But if you’ll just put the Lord first and delight yourself in Him most of all, then He can trust you with other things, because they will not come between you and the Lord. They will not supersede nor overshadow nor distract, but they will supplement and be a help and merely augment your service to Him!–And all things shall be added unto you by His power and His strength and His might and in His time!
You don’t have to be down on your hands and knees to be praying. In fact, in everything you’re doing you ought to be praying and looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith.
Prayer is like breathing, just breathing the Holy Spirit all the time. Stay in constant communication with the Lord, constantly thinking about Him, and you will be anointed and Spirit-led in everything you do! If you’re praying about what you’re doing and asking God for wisdom, He has promised to give it to you!
The Lord can save you a lot of work, a lot of trouble and a lot of time if you’ll just pray first before you start a job. Pray about it and ask the Lord to help you and lead you, even if it’s just a word–“Jesus, please help me!” You can pray in a split second and get the answer back quick, but if you lean on your own understanding and your own wisdom you’re apt to make a sad mistake!
So “pray without ceasing!” (1Th.5:17). Ask the Lord about everything, every problem, every decision, and make sure you’re doing what He wants you to do. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths!” (Pro.3:6).
When it comes to God and His Work, it’s good business to give to the Lord! It’s good investment, earning the highest possible rate of interest and dividends of anything you can possibly invest in, because He has promised you 100-fold in this life, and in the World to come, life eternal! (Mark 10:30).
The richest people in God’s Kingdom are going to be those who share the most with Him and His. But there is also the other side of the coin, as illustrated by the well-known tale about the rich woman being led to her Heavenly Home by an angel. They walked past many beautiful mansions where other Christians were living, until finally they go to a poor section of shanties and the angel led her through the gate into the yard of a tiny hut. “What’s the big idea?” she said. “I’m used to very fine living!”
“Well,” the angel answered, “our abodes up here are built of what each person sends on before, and this is all you sent!”–Whereas others had sacrificed and lived their whole lives for the Lord and helped many others, and great was their reward in Heaven! (Luke 6:35).
Are you investing in God’s Service and in His Kingdom by giving to the Lord?
Tribulations, persecutions and sufferings of God’s children have been going on throughout the world ever since the world began, and they couldn’t have suffered any more than they have suffered.–But they survived!
For a thousand years of the Dark Ages the true Church had to go underground while the whorish System of Babylon reigned supreme! But all of that time, tiny bands of true Christians, united only in love, the Spirit and the Word, managed to survive by the Grace of God throughout the world despite every attempt to stamp them out, every effort to burn their Bibles and destroy their numbers through torture, intimidation and martyrdom. They had no central leadership but the ever-present prophets of God; no formal organization but the unity of the Spirit; no common bond but His Love; and no doctrine but His Word. And yet they have survived until this day despite every effort to crush them and liquidate them, and completely exterminate them!
Millions of Christians have suffered and been persecuted and been slaughtered for their faith, and yet there are more millions of people with faith in God today than ever, in fact billions!–And always have been and always will be!–Praise God?–Hallelujah!
True science acknowledges the existence of God, and true scientists know there’s Something, Somebody, some Planner, some Designer behind it all. Like Dr. Steiner, the world’s greatest authority on the living human cell, who said, “After 30 years of study of the human cell I cannot help but marvel at the Divine Designer Who made it!”
Or James Clerk Maxwell, the Scottish scientific genius and Lord Kelvin, the British inventor of the absolute scale of temperature, who declared, “Science is incompetent to reason upon the creation of matter itself out of nothing,” and “we must pause, face to face, with the mystery and miracle of the Creation of living creatures.”
Or Sir William Herschel, the German-born Astronomer and discoverer of the planet Uranus, who said, “All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the Truth contained in the Bible!”
Today, God is giving man more and more evidence of His existence through the marvels of His Creation, and all that we see teaches us to trust the Creator for all we have not seen!
Never underestimate the power of personal witnessing to not only win souls, but inspire and encourage your own heart, set you on fire and keep you alive spiritually as you battle right on the front line in the Hell holes of the Devil to rescue lost sheep!
“The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself” (Pro.11:25). Witnessing in itself is a form of reward and blessing and encouragement, and it inspires our own hearts as we watch the Lord work. It will not only be worth it all when we see Jesus, but it’s worth it all right now to see the wonderful, thrilling and satisfying results of our labors!
Everyone we witness to, we’re wooing them in the Spirit.–Wooing and loving and sowing the seed of God’s Word in the Spirit. We can’t win them all!–But God will give us enough to keep us encouraged, so we won’t quit!–And those we do win are worth it all!
“Seldom can a heart be lonely,
If it seeks a lonelier still.
Self-forgetting, seeking only
Emptier cups of love to fill!”
–The more you give, the more He will give you!
In the beginning Adam was the first gardener! Even the Garden of Eden, as perfect as it was, had to have somebody taking care of it and God gave Adam the job of keeping the garden and tending it. The Lord expected Man to improve on His Creation!
Gardening never ends! You’ve got to keep fighting the bugs, the Devil’s varmints, the Devil’s pests, and the rot and the fungus and the mold and blights and all kinds of Devil’s attacks constantly! God’s Garden is constantly fighting with the Devil’s garden! The Devil’s garden is Hell and he’s trying to transfer it to Earth and create Hell on Earth. His whole idea is to try to defeat God’s plan and destroy God’s Garden, God’s children, but He’s not going to succeed!
It’s all one big garden and one big job and one big lesson, a lot of lessons, and we’re constantly learning more every day! No gardener knows everything, only God the Creator knows everything! Every gardener has to study and learn from other gardeners and from God the Creator and the Head of the Estate, the Owner of the Garden, the One Who made it! We have a lot left to learn and enough work to keep us busy from now to Eternity!
It’s a very serious offence to murmur against God! God hates murmuring almost more than any other sin–complaining, grumbling, grouching! We all do it! We’re all guilty! So we all have to encourage each other! When one stumbles the other will lift him up!
Murmuring is the voice of doubt, and doubts are the manifestation of a lack of faith. When you start losing faith by not being in the Word and in the Spirit, then you lose the vision, because you aren’t in close enough touch with the Lord to have any vision or direction, and you begin to doubt! And if you doubt, pretty soon you voice it. Eventually they’re going to come out of your mouth. “Out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Lk.6:45)–And that’s when you begin to get others down too!
So let’s carry the burden of our responsibilities bravely, courageously, cheerfully and thankfully, and not be heard to grumble, groan or gripe! We just need to get our minds on our blessings, and be thankful for all God’s goodness! When we’ve thanked God for every blessing, what time is there left for murmurs or laments?
We can only find fullness of faith when we are willing to yield our pride and our own will to the Lord. Like Jesus said in the Garden, “If it be Thy Will, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless not My will, but THINE be done!” (Mat.26:39). He has to have our cooperation.
Submission is the first step. If we are unwilling to take this step, we won’t be able to go to other steps! We have to make the decision. He’ll do everything else for us–give us strength, wisdom, life, love. All that He asks is for us to commit ourselves. He likes for us to freely choose and yield to Him because we love Him.
Total love gives all! But if we give our all to Him, He gives His all to us! You can have peace and power that you’ve never known before–with Jesus–if you’ll just let Him control your life. Have faith in God’s love and yield yourself to Him in submission and humility and let Him empower you!
“Deep abiding joy fills all my life today!
There is a special reason why I love to pray!
There is an inner Wellspring deep within my soul:
Jesus, precious Jesus, has at last complete control!”
Jesus is our Message! We preach Jesus! We preach His Word, we preach His Love, we preach His Gospel, the Good News of Salvation, we preach faith in Him, we preach Him as the answer to all of our needs–physical, spiritual, mental and with hope for the future and Heaven at last! This Message answers all our questions, meets all our needs and is the solution to all the problems of the whole world if they would just listen and receive it and obey it!
What Jesus said is still true, regardless of nationality, country, color or creed: “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me!” (Jn.12:32). All we need to do is go out into the highways and the byways and the hedges and compel them to come in (Luk.14:23). We need to call them.
We have to bid them to come. Although we’re His bride, we’re also a type of the bridegroom calling them to come–wooing them by His Spirit. So show them love, His love! Point them to Him and constantly glorify Him, Jesus, and His Love! If they want Him, they will come, and His Spirit will explode in their hearts!
It’s all Jesus! Thank the Lord!