VIDEO Well Invested Time, What it means to me

And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Psalm 117:2

Billionaire Bill Gates told the Wall Street Journal, “Technology is a boom-or-bust business, but it’s mostly busts. I’ve always assumed that 10% of my technology investments will succeed—and succeed wildly. The other 90% I expect to fail.”[1]

If ninety percent of Bill Gate’s technology investments fail, it’s an indication that nothing in this life is a sure bet—except investments bearing an eternal dividend. We’re repeatedly told in the Bible that God’s Word is eternal. That means spending time in God’s Word is an investment for eternity.

Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” The same chapter says, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (verse 160). Peter said, “But the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25). And Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

When you study the Bible each day, your return on investment is one hundred percent!

The study of God’s Word for the purpose of discovering God’s will is the secret discipline which has formed the greatest characters. James W. Alexander

[1]Bill Gates, “Bill Gates: The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made,” The Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2019. 


What It Means Is Up To Me | Pastor Steven Furtick | Elevation Church

What’s Wrong with the World?

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.1 Timothy 1:15

There is an oft-heard story that The London Times posed a question to readers at the turn of the twentieth century. What’s wrong with the world?

That’s quite the question, isn’t it? Someone might quickly respond, “Well, how much time do you have for me to tell you?” And that would be fair, as there seems to be so much that’s wrong with our world. As the story goes, The Times received a number of responses, but one in particular has endured in its brief brilliance. The English writer, poet, and philosopher G. K. Chesterton penned this four-word response, a refreshing surprise to the usual passing-of-the-buck: “Dear Sirs, I am.”

Whether the story is factual or not is up for debate. But that response? It’s nothing but true. Long before Chesterton came along, there was an apostle named Paul. Far from a lifelong model citizen, Paul confessed his past shortcomings: “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man” (v. 13). After naming who Jesus came to save (“sinners”), he goes on to make a very Chesterton-like qualification: “of whom I am the worst” (v. 15). Paul knew exactly what was and is wrong with the world. And he further knew the only hope of making things right—“the grace of our Lord” (v. 14). What an amazing reality! This enduring truth lifts our eyes to the light of Christ’s saving love.  

By:  John Blase

Reflect & Pray

What is wrong with the world? Can you own the answer Paul and Chesterton gave? What is one way you can accept that without sliding into self-hatred?  

God, thank You for Your immense patience with me, a sinner. To You be honor and glory forever and ever.

To learn about answering questions related to the Christian faith, visit ChristianUniversity.org/CA101.

Inheriting God’s Promises

Hebrews 6:11-12

In the Bible, God made many promises because He loves to bless His children. But that doesn’t mean such blessings automatically belong to us. How can we claim His promises and petition Him with confidence? To test the needs we bring to the Lord, here are several questions to ask ourselves:

When I request that God keep this promise, do I ask with a spirit of submission?

Can God perform this request without harming another person or interfering with His will in someone else’s life?

Does the Holy Spirit bear witness to my spirit that God is pleased with my petition?

Will God be honored by fulfilling this promise?

Does my request contradict the Word of God in some way?

If the Lord fulfills this promise, will it serve to further my spiritual growth?

Once we have answered these questions, inheriting God’s promises depends upon three things. First, we need faith. Our Father wants to reward those who trust Him (Gen. 15:6; Heb. 11:6). Second, we must be obedient to God’s will for us—we won’t attain His best when we knowingly disobey. And third, we need patience to wait for His perfect timing. God’s promises are worth the wait, considering the blessings He longs to give us.

The Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge

“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)

Paul had just promised the twice-born that they would be endowed with the “riches of the full assurance of understanding” that would enable them to possess an acknowledgment of the triune Godhead. The ability to understand and the profound awareness of the Trinity is possible because all “the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are in Christ—who is in us!

In Colossians 1:9, Paul prays that they “might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,” a sufficient awareness of information that will enable them to have “understanding in all things” (2 Timothy 2:7). Jesus explained to His apostles that His parables were devices to reveal to them “the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand” (Luke 8:10).

This wisdom and knowledge is the “treasure” of the Lord Jesus, not of the world (1 Corinthians 1:17-31), nor is it contained in the intellect of the “natural” man (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). The understanding and acknowledgment that comes through the world’s philosophy out of the reasoning of the unsaved mind is “earthly, sensual, devilish” (James 3:15).

Thankfully, “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). God’s work is “very good.” When the creation of our new man is executed (Ephesians 4:24), we are given the “mind of Christ”—not His omniscience but the kind of mind that can now understand spiritual matters (1 Corinthians 2:16). Truly, we have been made friends with God. Jesus said, “For all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” (John 15:15). HMM III

No Little Failures

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh thou that wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. —1 Chronicles 4:10

When Simpson succeeded it was in a big way. When he failed he made great failures. It had to be so. Men of his caliber do not make little mistakes. They fly too high and too far to steer their courses by city maps. They ask not, “What street is that?” but “What continent?” And when they get off of the course for a moment they will be sure to pull up a long way from their goal. Their range and speed make this inevitable. Little men who never get outside of their own yards point to these mistakes with great satisfaction. But history has a way of disposing of these critics by filing them away in quiet anonymity. She cannot be bothered to preserve their names. She is too busy chalking up the great successes and huge failures of her favorites.   WNG108-109

Lord, give me the boldness to attempt big things for Youso that whether I succeed or fail it will be in a big way! Amen.

The Result of a Revival

I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect….And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him. —Genesis 17:1, 3

What [happens] in a Christian church when a fresh and vital working of the Spirit of God brings revival?

In my study and observations, a revival generally results in a sudden bestowment of a spirit of worship. This is not the result of engineering or of manipulation. It is something God bestows on people hungering and thirsting for Him. With spiritual renewing will come a blessed spirit of loving worship.

These believers worship gladly because they have a high view of God. In some circles, God has been abridged, reduced, modified, edited, changed and amended until He is no longer the God whom Isaiah saw, high and lifted up. Because He has been reduced in the minds of so many people, we no longer have that boundless confidence in His character that we used to have. WHTW086

The one mark…which forever distinguishes man from all other forms of life on earth is that he is a worshiper; he has a bent toward and a capacity for worship. TIC153

The Gift of God

Psalm 127:3

Eighteen years ago, our son John was killed in an automobile accident. John, to his friends, was a real day-brightener; and to his family “fair as a star when only one is shining in the sky.” Sixteen-year-old John, who enjoyed beating his old man at every game and in every race, beat his father to the grave.

Our own broken hearts are mending, largely thanks to many dear friends and co-workers. If in that year we relearned one lesson, it is that love not only begets love, it transmits strength.

We miss John very much. We wonder how he would look and what he would be doing these days if he were still alive. Indeed, John lives. Of that we are assured; he is with our Lord, and we will be there some day also.

When a person dies, there are many things that can be said, but the one thing that should never be said is, “It is the will of God.” Our consolation lies in knowing that it was not the will of God that John should have died; God’s heart was the first of all hearts to break.

We cannot confess that our lives have always been bright and sunny. Soon after the promotion to Glory of John, I could not pray as I used to do daily. I was angry that John’s promising future had been taken away. I could not accept what had happened to him. This was the darkest time of our lives.

We were able to turn the corner by thanking God for John who was with us for those sixteen precious years, rather than theorizing on his unlived life. We started to pray together and to read God’s Word together again. We later learned that comrades in Korea spent special times in prayer for us. Certainly the gift of the Spirit was there. We learned that there were countless friends around the world praying for us in those days. No wonder the Lord had been with us in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death, in those darkest days of our lives. We owe so very much to our Lord and to the power of prayer. We thank God for His deliverance of us, for through this experience we were able to prove yet once again, His love, His compassion, His goodness and His faithfulness.

Peter & Grace Chang, The Gift of God