Tag: Lord

Limiting Christ’s Lordship

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not what I say?
Luke 6:46

One of the most incredible phenomena in the world today is the immense and universal popularity of Jesus Christ.

Yet the teachings of Christ are wholly contrary to the beliefs of the modern world. The spiritual philosophy underlying the kingdom of God is radically opposed to that of civilized society. In short, the Christ of the New Testament and the world of mankind are so sharply opposed to each other as to amount to downright hostility. To achieve a compromise is impossible.

We can only conclude that Jesus is universally popular today because He is universally misunderstood.

Everyone admires Jesus, but almost no one takes Him seriously. He is considered a kindly idealist who loved babies and underprivileged persons. He is pictured as a gentle dreamer who was naïve enough to believe in human goodness and brave enough to die for His belief. The world thinks of Him as meek, selfless and loving, and values Him because He was what we all are at heart, or would be if things were not so tough and we had more time to cultivate our virtues. Or He is a sweet, holy symbol of something too fine, too beautiful, to be real, but something which we would not lose nevertheless from our treasure house of precious things.

Because the human mind has two compartments, the practical and the ideal, people are able to live comfortably with their dreamy, romantic conception of Jesus while paying no attention whatsoever to His words. It is this neat division between the fanciful and the real that enables countless thousands of persons to say “Lord, Lord” in all sincerity while living every moment in flat defiance of His authority.

by A.W. Tozer

Two pillars of peace

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You … In the way of Your judgments, O Lord, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You” (Isaiah 26:3, 8).

When you are facing challenging days, Satan wants to rob you of all hope by consuming you with foreboding thoughts. You can get bogged down in fear if you obsess about uncertain times or waste time trying to figure out the future.

Isaiah was overwhelmed by what he saw happening in the world around him, but Scripture reveals that he enjoyed great peace for two reasons:

Isaiah was in constant communion with God in prayer. “O Lord, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You” (26:8). Isaiah was prepared for anything because he was already “praying without ceasing.

He abandoned himself to simple trust in the Lord, his Rock. “Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength” (26:4). “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song” (12:2).

The same wonderful outlook that Isaiah had in the perilous times of his day is available to us today. The promises of rest apply to “all whose minds are stayed on him.

It will be said in that day: ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9).

As the storm rages around you, are you going to the Lord in prayer, as Isaiah did? If so, then you are gaining strength. Fix your mind on your sovereign heavenly Father’s love and he will continually reveal his power to you and encourage you that you will make it through.

by David Wilkerson