Tag: Idols

I have only one passion, and that is Jesus!

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts!” Ezekiel 14:3

“Their heart went after their idols!” Ezekiel 20:16

We need to watch our heart-life, for it is in our thoughts, feelings, moods, tempers and affections–that departure from Christ begins.

We need to watch our inner spiritual state. The world may see no limit to our external zeal, our religious activity, our earnest promoting of the truth–and yet there may be not enough inner prayerfulness, love for Christ, tenderness of conscience, hunger for righteousness, or desire for holiness in our heart.

Is Christ more to you now, than He ever was before? Does His love draw you with an overwhelming sway? Can you say, with Zinzendorf, “I have only one passion, and that is Jesus!

Is your heart right?

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind!” Luke 10:27

“My son, give me your heart!” Proverbs 23:26

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life!” Proverbs 4:23

by J.R. Miller

Heed the rod

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Heed the rod, and the One who appointed it!” Micah 6:9

God’s most useful instrument is His rod of correction!

If we had no idols in children, friends, wealth or ourselves–we would not need half the trials we have! Foolish idols, make rods for foolish backs!

I bear a willing witness that I owe more to God’s fire, and hammer, and file than to anything else. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything profitable, except through God’s rod.

There are blessed and favored exceptions, but most of us need the rod, for we do not seem to learn obedience except through the chastening of the Lord!

Whatever God keeps away from His servants–He never keeps away the chastening rod from them! He had one Son without sin–but He never had one son without chastisement.

God’s rod flogs His child not from Him, but to Him!

Christian, God’s love to you is always the same. He cannot love you more, and He will not love you less! Never, when afflictions multiply, when terrors frighten, or when distresses abound–does God’s love to you falter or flag. Let the rod fall ever so heavily upon you–the hand that moves, like the heart that prompts the stroke, is full of love! Whether He brings you down into the depths of misery, or lifts you up into the seventh Heaven of delight–His faithful love towards you never varies or fluctuates!

by Charles Spurgeon