Month: February 2018

God-Centered and Other-Centered Living

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

And anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whosoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:38-39

Human society is built upon a balance of personal interests. People are so used to seeing everyone serving his own ends that no other kind of conduct is expected. Only the eccentric dreamer would expect that unregenerate men could be persuaded to surrender their personal rights and devote themselves wholly to the interests of others. Occasionally small groups of persons have come together to try to form a selfless society, but in every instance they have lived to see their little utopia tear itself apart by the centrifugal force generated by the very selfishness they were trying so nobly to escape. The human heart is essentially selfish and it cannot be cured by external organization. With the advent of Jesus Christ a new and radically different motive for human conduct was introduced into the world and its symbol is the cross. By His words Christ exposed the evil of self-interest and by His cross He demonstrated pure selfless love in its fullest perfection. He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many. Christ pleased not Himself, but lived in total devotion to the honor of God and the welfare of mankind, and when He died He set a crown of beauty upon a God-centered and an others-centered life.

by A.W. Tozer

 

An Ironclad Promise

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

As we wait in faith for him to act, we are to trust that he hears the cry of our heart: “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord . . . that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:10-11). God is greatly moved by our tears and our groaning. He hears our weeping.

Jesus has given us an ironclad promise for these last days.

Christ left us a glorious promise to see us through the dark days the world is facing right now. He says to all who pick up their cross and follow him: “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test them who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10).

Jesus is saying, in essence, “You stayed true when you were tested by the world. You joyfully waited for me to work things out. Now, while there is confusion all around and the world is being tested, I will keep you from it. You have already proven you’ll trust me, come what may!”

The shining witnesses for Christ in these last days are going to be a humble people who have proven him faithful. Not only do they proclaim, “God has everything under control,” but they have actually let him have control of their lives. And everyone around them has seen it! The beauty of their testimony will draw many to the Lord. And their testimony is this: “He will not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord” (Psalm 112:7). Amen!

by David Wilkerson