Tag: Light

Can Christians Stay Pure Today?

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Is it possible for a Christian to stay clean and pure in a world filled with violence, immorality, and corruption? Or is it inevitable that the spirit of this age will wear down the saints of God and vex their souls? It happened to Lot and his family in Sodom, and it is happening to multitudes of Christians all around the world. The overwhelming temptations of this evil generation have already caused numbers of Christians to compromise and indulge in ungodly practices.

Truly honest Christians must take inventory and ask of themselves these important questions, “Are my moral values changing? Is the wickedness of this age seeping into my life? Am I being affected by the barrage of sensuality I see all around me? Am I developing an appetite for worldly things?

Evil has always been present. The devil tried to tempt and deceive David, Isaiah, Paul, and the people of God in every generation just as forcefully as he seeks to devour God’s people today. In spite of it all, God has always had a remnant, people who remained true to the end. The spirit of the age did not overwhelm them. In fact, they grew strong and holy in the midst of persecution and evil.

This generation is becoming wicked and vile because it is losing its faith in God — and that faith is dissipating because the Bible is no longer consumed as a life-giving force. Do not blame the devil — our backslidings are the result of one thing: lack of prayer and Bible reading.

We need to be praying, “Oh, God, cause me to see how cold I have become. Cause me to know how weak I am and put in me a new hunger for spiritual things.” Here is God’s desire to all who live in the midst of wickedness: “That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15).

Let your light shine!

by David Wilkerson

But for this one day of life, which is already half over!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883

If a man might own a humble cottage for a hundred years–he would prize it much more than the possession of a palace for a day!

Of course he would! This is what adds so much preciousness to the joys of Heaven–for they are eternal! The fleeting pleasures of this world, however bright they seem–are but for this one day of life, which is already half over! If they were all they profess to be, and a thousand times more–they would not be worthy to be mentioned in comparison with “eternal pleasures” at God’s right hand!

O You who fill eternity, impress me with the solemn import of Your Word, and let me feel that all time’s fleeting cares and caresses are as dreams; while the things of eternity alone have substance in them. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal!2 Corinthians 4:17-18

And so we will be with the Lord forever!1 Thessalonians 4:17

And they will reign for ever and ever!Revelation 22:5

I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far!Philippians 1:23

by Charles Spurgeon