Tag: Good

Examples, Good or Bad

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. First Timothy 4:12

A sacred obligation lies upon each of us to be Christlike. This generation of Christians must have models it can safely admire. That is not the primary reason for seeking to be holy, but it is a powerful one. Many beginners are taking us for their examples. Later they will become detached from us and will learn to fix their eyes directly upon the Lord Himself; in the meantime, for better or for worse we are their idea of what Christ is like. This is a wonderful and frightening fact that we must face and deal with as we may.

We are under deep obligation to do all in our power to shatter the “common” image, which is now accepted as standard for men in and out of the church. The nations need uncommon men to guide them and the church needs uncommon Christians. And we had better take this whole thing seriously.

by A.W. Tozer

The Good Stubbornness

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

In the Book of Ruth, Naomi tries to convince her Gentile daughters-in-law Orpah and Ruth not to follow her as she returns to Israel. Orpah finally agrees, but Ruth refuses to go. When Naomi realizes that Ruth is steadfast, she lets Ruth come along. ‘Ahmetz’ is the Hebrew word for ‘steadfast.’ ‘Ahmetz’ can also mean stubborn, obstinate, courageous, fortified and hardened.

We know it’s not good to be stubborn in sin and obstinate against God, but it’s very good to be stubborn in love and obstinate for Him. It’s not enough to follow God; you must be ahmetz in your following. Like Ruth, be characterized in your walk by holy ahmetz. Be stubborn in your commitment, and fortified in your hope. Because if you’re not stubborn about what’s good, the enemy will discourage you from entering the blessing God has for you. Ruth obstinately refused to be discouraged. When the enemy sees that you are ahmetz, he too will give up. Be steadfast in faith, unwavering in hope, and stubborn in love. Be an ahmetz believer, and nothing on earth will keep you from the blessings God has in store.

Today’s Mission – Today, obstinately refuse to allow the enemy to discourage you. Be stubborn in your commitment.

by Jonathan Cahn