Tag: Paul

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

Lentils & Flattery

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The philosopher Aristippus lived a comfortable life by flattering the Greek tyrant Dionysius. He looked down on his less prosperous fellow philosophers. One of them was Diogenes. A story is told that one day Aristippus saw Diogenes washing some lentils. Scornfully, he said to him, “If you would only learn how to flatter Dionysius, you wouldn’t have to wash lentils.” Diogenes replied, “And if you had only learned to live on lentils, you would not have to flatter tyrants.” In Philippians 4:11, Paul says, “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.” If you are to live a life of righteousness, godliness, and greatness, you have to wean yourself from the world, from vested interests, and dependencies. The more content you become with the things of God, the freer you’ll be from the world. Thus, the freer you are from the world, the more you will be able to live a life that is holy, godly, and blessed. Be like Paul— content in all things— and you’ll be free to live a life of greatness.

Today’s Mission – Today, choose to be content in all things and to give thanks in every situation. Free yourself from the world.

by Jonathan Cahn