Day: December 11, 2011

Nazareth or Cana?

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

Here we have the Person (“He”), the Place (“there”), and the People (“their”). Jesus, the Person, was in Nazareth, the Place. It could have been a place of blessing but for the People. “Where”-there is the place-“two or three are gathered in my name”-there are the People-“there am I in the midst of them”-there is the Person.

“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:58

If revival does not come to your church, it will be because of the unbelief of the people. We can limit the Holy One of Israel. We can grieve and quench the Holy Spirit.

Jesus had a better reception in Cana. Whatsoever He said, they did nit, and water became wine. The ruler of the feast did not understand, but the servants who drew the water knew. God’s secrets are hid from the wise and prudent but revealed unto babes. Christ works His miracle when humble servants fill the waterpots with water. Faith and obedience change the mediocre to the miraculous.

Do you live in Nazareth or Cana?

by Vance Havner

Making The Most of Opportunities

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

Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

It is imperative not only that we Christians get out of our rut but that we get out now. You know if you are in. If you are not getting any prayers answered, or if your prayers are so vague you are not sure but what any answer might have been an accident, you are in the rut. If you are living far from God, yet hoping you are saved, you are in the rut. If you are not progressing, if you are where you were months or years ago, if you have settled down and learned to live with yourself and adjusted to your present spiritual state, you are in the rut. There are some reasons why it is imperative that we as a church and as individuals get out, and get moving on our way to a better spiritual life. One is that you have not much time to do anything about it. Your own interest is going to flag before long. Change is absolutely imperative to getting out of the rut, but the older we get the less we feel the need to change. If people have an urge within their spirits based upon a belief and conviction that they ought to move–to begin to reassess their lives and adjust their living–then they ought to do it right now while they are thinking about it.

by A.W. Tozer