Friday - October 24, 2014

The Importance of Discernment (October 24)


“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17). IN OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES, WE SHALL HAVE LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE PROGRESS IF WE DON’T DEVELOP THE VIRTUE OF “DISCERNMENT.” We must learn, as Paul puts it, to “understand what the will of the Lord is.” This is no mysterious, better-felt-than-told process. It is ... Read More »

Longsuffering (October 24)


“Hope has a thick skin and will endure many a blow; it will put on patience as a vestment, it will wade through a sea of blood, it will endure all things if it be of the right kind, for the joy that is set before it. Hence patience is called “patience of hope,” because it is hope that makes ... Read More »

Sheer Determination (October 24)


“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). WHEN THE LORD WARNED THE SAINTS IN SMYRNA ... Read More »

Apologies (October 23)


“An apology is saying the right thing after doing the wrong thing” (Anonymous). IN A PERFECT WORLD, APOLOGIES WOULD BE UNHEARD OF. But, of course, ours isn’t a perfect world. It’s a world of inadvertence, error, and, all too often, outright evil. Apologies are the statements that we make to others when we recognize that we’ve erred, especially when our ... Read More »

Endure Hardship (October 23)


“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3). AS WE REACH FORWARD TO HEAVEN, THERE IS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HARDSHIP THAT WE HAVE TO ENDURE. Given the business that he is in, a soldier wouldn’t expect anything other than hardship, and if he is a good soldier, he will simply endure it. ... Read More »

Heedless Hearing (October 22)


“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). WHATEVER WE KNOW OF GOD’S WORD, WE MUST CARRY OUT THAT KNOWLEDGE IN OUR ACTUAL DEEDS. That may sound like a worn-out cliche, but all of us need to be reminded about the ... Read More »

Mission (October 22)


“He who wishes to fulfill his mission in the world must be a man of one idea, that is, of one great overmastering purpose, overshadowing all his aims, and guiding and controlling his entire life” (William Bate). NOT EVERYONE HAS GONE THROUGH THE EXERCISE OF WRITING OUT A “MISSION STATEMENT,” BUT EVERYONE HAS A MISSION NEVERTHELESS. Our mission is our ... Read More »