“The ultimate test of my understanding of the scriptural teaching is the amount of time I spend in prayer. As theology is ultimately the knowledge of God, the more theology I know, the more it should drive me to seek to know God. Not to know “about” Him but to know Him! The whole object of salvation is to bring me to knowledge of God… If all my knowledge does not lead me to prayer there is something wrong somewhere.”
~ Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
[C]ome, take up the cross, and follow MeMark 10:21 (NKJV)
Jesus gives those who would belong to Him three short imperatives here: come, take and follow. First, we come to Christ with nothing in order to receive everything. Second, He offers us the cross, the emblem of a true Christian. And in taking up the cross, we take up all it represents: both it’s difficulty and delight, burden and blessing, trial and triumph. But finally, in doing so, we show ourselves to be true followers of His. What do these words mean to you? Come, take and follow. Three simple words that can change your life, both now and for eternity.
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. ~ Proverbs 12:25 (NKJV)
Anxiety, fear and worry are part of a fallen world. From time to time, all people succumb to the uncertainties surrounding them. Though common, it is not ideal. This worry can and does affect the heart of the person. It cast doubt where God desires faith.
Proverbs exhorts us to encourage those we see burdened with a heavy heart. We are to bring a “good word” to lift the heart and spirit of our fellow man. Where are you today? In need of getting or giving a good word? In either case, may we be found faithful unto the Lord.