Day: October 15, 2011

Self-Examination

A.W. Tozer 90x115by A.W. Tozer

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

The philosopher Socrates said, "An unexamined life is not worth living." If a common philosopher could think that, how much more we Christians ought to listen to the Holy Spirit when He says, "Examine yourself." An unexamined Christian lies like an unattended garden. Let your garden go unattended for a few months, and you will not have roses and tomatoes but weeds. An unexamined Christian life is like an unkempt house. Lock your house up as tight as you will and leave it long enough, and when you come back you will not believe the dirt that got in from somewhere. An unexamined Christian life is like an untaught child. A child that is not taught will be a little savage. It takes examination, teaching, instruction, discipline, caring, tending, weeding and cultivating to keep the life right. I do not want to leave you on a low note. I am trying to wake you, not discourage you. There is not a reason in the world for you to be discouraged. . . .

by A.W. Tozer

Continue Rejoicing!

George Whitten2 90x115by George Whitten

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sukkot is known as “The Feast” in which God commands us to rejoice. As we conclude this feast of rejoicing today, I think it is only fitting that we commit ourselves to a life of joy. “But how?” you say. We need to make a choice — a choice to rejoice! Wow, I’m a poet and didn’t know it, lol! Let’s reflect on what the Lord has done for us this year and commit to live above our current circumstances and look ahead toward what He is going to do for us in the future!

As we look to our Lord we recognize that He suffered the most cruel and agonizing of deaths — yet while facing His death — JOY was set before Him! The author and finisher of our faith looked past the here and now — and was focused on what was coming! Let’s do the same.

Despite today’s problems, let’s look toward eternity. Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, the things that God has prepared for those of us who love Him!!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten