VIDEO I Know Who Holds Tomorrow ~ Susan Cox & Alison Krauss

Apr 1, 2011

Some people write the music, some people sing the songs, some people listen with hearts looking for a blessing, some people pass it along.

The Key to the Missionary’s Work (1)

Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ’All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . .’ —Matthew 28:18-19

The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say that the lost will never be saved if we don’t go— He simply says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . . .” He says, “Go on the basis of the revealed truth of My sovereignty, teaching and preaching out of your living experience of Me.”

“Then the eleven disciples went . . . to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them” (Matthew 28:16). If I want to know the universal sovereignty of Christ, I must know Him myself. I must take time to worship the One whose name I bear. Jesus says, “Come to Me . . .”— that is the place to meet Jesus— “all you who labor and are heavy laden . . .” (Matthew 11:28)— and how many missionaries are! We completely dismiss these wonderful words of the universal Sovereign of the world, but they are the words of Jesus to His disciples meant for here and now.

“Go therefore . . . .” To “go” simply means to live. Acts 1:8 is the description of how to go. Jesus did not say in this verse, “Go into Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria,” but, “. . . you shall be witnesses to Me in [all these places].” He takes upon Himself the work of sending us.

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you . . .” (John 15:7)— that is the way to keep going. Where we are placed is then a matter of indifference to us, because God sovereignly engineers our goings.

“None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus . . .” (Acts 20:24). That is how to keep going until we are gone from this life.

by Oswald Chambers

Solving Problems Through Prayer

2 Chronicles 20:4-15

When the king of Judah called for a nationwide fast to seek God’s help, the people from every town convened to pray. Jehoshaphat’s actions and words teach us some important truths about solving life’s problems through prayer.

• God is bigger than our problems. The king stated that God was the all-powerful ruler of nations, against whom no one could stand (v. 6). Many issues are beyond our ability to solve, but nothing is impossible for Him (Jer. 32:17; Matt. 19:26). If we pray while focusing on His greatness, our troubles will shrink to proper proportions.

• God wants to involve others in praying with us. Entire families from throughout Judah answered the king’s call and came together before God (2 Chron. 20:13). Prayer had a central role in the life of the early church as well (Acts 2:42).

• Through prayer, the Lord will give us a solution to the problem. His answer could be just what we asked or something entirely unexpected; He might tell us to wait in our current situation instead of taking action, or He could direct us to become involved in something new. In any case, God’s direction will be according to His perfect will. What’s more, He may ask us to take a step of faith. The Lord uses every opportunity to strengthen our trust and grow us in righteousness.

We don’t know how long the people waited for an answer, but they didn’t act until they heard from God. He told them not to be afraid or discouraged, but to trust Him. Prayer likewise brings us into God’s presence so we can receive strength and direction for life’s challenges.

Walking in the Spirit

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

This promise in our text is followed in a later Pauline epistle by two nuanced commands in the letter to the church at Galatia.

“This I say then,” Paul says, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Then again, “if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

Although they appear to be the same command in English, there is a significant distinction in the original Greek language in which Paul penned the letters.

Both the Romans 8:1 and the Galatians 5:16 passages use the word perepeto, which carries the connotation to “walk around” and to “be at liberty.”

The second iteration in Galatians 5:25 uses stoicheo, which means to “step precisely,” to “march,” or to “go in procession.” Same command but different emphasis.

The context of Galatians 5 stresses the difference between a lifestyle of fleshly behavior and a life controlled by the Holy Spirit. The “fruits” of the flesh and the “fruit” of the Spirit are diametrically opposed. They cannot exist together; they are not harmonious (Romans 8:5-8). We either “mind” the things of the flesh or the “things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).

The Christian walk has great liberty (Romans 8:21), but that liberty must “step precisely” in honesty (Romans 13:13), good works (Ephesians 2:10), and in truth (2 John 4-6). Our walk is expected to be by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), and we are to conduct a spiritual warfare in the Holy Spirit’s power (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) protected by the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). HMM III

My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen Thou me according unto Thy word

My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen Thou me according unto Thy word.—Psalm 119:28.
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love.—Colossians 2:2.

WHEN I am with Thee as Thou art with me,
Life will be self-forgetting power;
Love, ever conscious, buoyant, clear, and free
Will flame in darkest hour.
GEORGE MACDONALD.

EVERYTHING becomes possible to those who love. The commands of the Lord are no longer grievous, for the soul that loves is gifted by that love with fresh energies; it discovers in itself unsuspected possibilities, and is supplied with ever-flowing currents of new vigor. We shall be enabled to do so much if only we love. We live by loving, and the more we love the more we live; and therefore,
when life feels dull and the spirits are low, turn and love God, love your neighbor, and you will be healed of your wound. Love Christ, the dear Master; look at His face listen to His words, and love will waken, and you will do all
things through Christ who strengtheneth you. HENRY SCOTT HOLLAND.

The noble love of Jesus impels a man to do great things, and stirs him up to be always longing for what is more perfect. THOMAS Á KEMPIS.

Give us this day our daily bread

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. —His bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. — The ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. —Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, … that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. — Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

Psalm 37:25. Isaiah 33:16. 1 Kings 17:6. Philippians 4:19. Hebrews 13:5. Deuteronomy 8:3. John 6:32-34.

Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living

Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. Romans 14:9

It pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. — Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? — We thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that be died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. — Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God.

Isaiah 53:10,11. Luke. 24:26. 2 Corinthians 5:14,15. Acts. 2:36. 1 Peter 1:20,21.