Day: November 19, 2012

The Touchstone Of Faith

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

Here is the key to the sad state of many a Christian and many a church today. There has been a cheap easy profession of Christ as Saviour but no real confession of Christ as Lord. The lips claim Him as Saviour but the life shows no evidence of His Lordship. We love the same things we have always loved; we do not abhor that which is evil, we live our own lives, Christ has no say in the matter.

A. T. Robertson said,

“No Jew would do this who had not really trust Christ, for Kurios in LXX (Septuagint) is used of God. No Gentile would do it who had not ceased worshiping the Emperor as Kurios. The word Kurios was and is the Touchstone of faith.”


The Devil’s Growl

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

We would see Jesus—John 12:21

When any great blessing is awaiting us, the devil is sure to try to make it so disagreeable to us that we shall miss it. it is a good thing to know Satan as a liar and to remember, when he is trying to prejudice us strongly against any cause, that very likely the greatest blessing of our lives lies there. Spurgeon once said that the best evidence that God was on our side is the devil’s growl, and we are generally pretty safe in following a thing according to Satan’s dislike for it.

Take care lest, in the very line where your prejudices are setting you apart from God’s people and God’s truth, you are missing the treasures of your life. Take the treasures of heaven no matter how they come to you, even if, as earthly treasures generally are, they are like the kernel inside the rough shell or the gem in the center of the hard rock.

by A.B. Simpson