Month: December 2011

Something New Tomorrow!

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherin dwelleth righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13

The year ends with a world in turmoil, sudden destruction possible. Peter tells us of a coming catastrophe that sounds like an atomic holocaust. How up-to-date, “…the elements shall melt with fervent heat…”(3:10)! But the Christian is looking tonight not just for a new year but a new age – heavens and earth where righteousness dwells.

“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be…diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (3:11,14).

While the world drinks and dances into the New Year to spend tomorrow with a hangover, let the Christian meet it on his knees and meet tomorrow with a hallelujah!

by Vance Havner

God’s Tested Men

A.B. Simpson 90 x115by A.B. Simpson

That our God would . . . fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power—2 Thessalonians 1:11

Our God is looking today for pattern persons. When He gets a true sample, it is very easy to reproduce him or her in other lives without limitation.

All the experiences of life come to us as tests, and as we meet them our loving Father is watching with intense and jealous love to see us overcome. If we fail He is deeply disappointed, and our adversary is filled with joy. We are being watched continually by angels and principalities, and every step we take is critical and decisive for something in our eternal future.

When Abraham went out that morning to Mount Moriah, it was an hour of solemn probation; when he came back he was one of God’s tested men, with the stamp of His eternal approval. God could say, I know him, that he will . . . do justice and judgment that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken (Genesis 18:19).

God is looking for such men and women today. Lord, help me to be such a one.

by A.B. Simpson