Tag: Jonathan Cahn

The Old Quaker’s Paradox

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

An old Quaker advertised that he would give away 40 acres of good farmland to anyone who was perfectly satisfied with what he had. One day, a man seeking the land came up to the Quaker and said, “I would like to have the land.” The Quaker asked him, “Art thou perfectly satisfied with what thou hast?” “Yes,” answered the man, “I am perfectly satisfied.” “Then,” said the Quaker, “why on earth dost thou want this land?” Thus the old Quaker never parted with his land, because the only ones perfectly satisfied with what they had weren’t interested in getting it, and those who wanted the land weren’t perfectly satisfied.

Messiah told us, “If you will lose your life for My sake, you will find it.” And He told the rich young ruler, “If you wish to be complete, go sell your possessions and give the money to the poor.” It’s a paradox, but it’s true. If you want to be full, empty yourself. If you want to be content, then let go of your want. For having nothing but God is to have everything— an abundant life and perfect satisfaction.

Today’s Mission – Today, empty yourself and seek His righteousness that fills and satisfies.

by Jonathan Cahn

Paul’s Magnificent Failure

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

While Paul was in Athens, he sought to preach the Gospel. It was the city council that was in charge of granting such permission. We don’t’ know that he ever obtained that permission, and we have no record of him spreading the Gospel throughout the city. So did he fail? Not at all. Paul preached the Gospel in Athens at least once – on Mars Hill. And that one sermon on Mars Hill, the sermon of the Unknown God, was recorded and transmitted to thousands and millions of people and launched countless missions to countless more peoples.

In the same way, sometimes it may seem as if you’ve failed in the Lord. You didn’t achieve what you set out to achieve and you feel like a failure. But if you’re in God’s will, there is no such thing as failure. It’s only a matter of obedience. Paul was obedient, and in his “failure,” countless lives and nations would be touched for the Gospel. So it is with you and God. If you’re faithful, you can never fail— you just may have no idea how successful you are.

Today’s Mission – Today, do your best to be faithful in what God has called you to and trust that He will accomplish His will in your life.

by Jonathan Cahn