Great Figure Abroad yet Want Necessaries at Home

Proverbs 12:9 9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread. Note, 1. It is the folly of some that they covet to make a great figure abroad, take place, and take state, as persons of quality, and yet want necessaries at home, and, if their debts were paid, would not be worth a morsel of bread, nay, perhaps, pinch their bellies to put it on their backs, that they may appear very Continue Reading

He Regards the Life of his Beast

 Proverbs 12:10 10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. See here, 1. To how great a degree a good man will be merciful; he has not only a compassion for the human nature under its greatest abasements, but he regards even the life of his beast, not only because it is his servant, but because it is God's creature, and in conformity to Providence, which preserves man and beast. The Continue Reading

The Curse of Motivational Speaking

by Conrad Mbewe Last Sunday, a young man came to see me after our church service. He is the kind of guy who shows up at church once in a while and then disappears for a season. My guess is that he goes around churches sampling sermons and looking for answers. On this visit, he asked that I help him to overcome a failure in his life, and it was a failure to progress. He said that his greatest problem is that he does not believe in himself. Continue Reading

Desire fulfilled while denying request

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. God’s real answers to prayer are often seeming denials. Beneath the outward request He hears the voice of the inward desire, and He responds to the mind of the Spirit rather than to the imperfect and perhaps mistaken words in which the yearning seeks expression. Moreover, His Continue Reading

Why GOD needs you

James 4:17 To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. When you think in terms of sin, we think of sins of commission, and usually of the more sensual sins. For 21 years I was in the Church of England, and I prayed with my people the prayer of the General Confession: ‘We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.’ I want to suggest to Continue Reading

The absurdity of Pride

Galatians 6:3 For if a man thinketh himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Romans 12:16 Mind not the high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. “Pride,” says Ruskin, “is at the bottom of all great mistakes. Nor does it require experience of life to prove the truth of the dictum. The worst of it, however, is that pride seems to blind its victims. They are unconscious Continue Reading

Danger of ungodly alliances

1 Corinthians 16:13 Quit you like men, be strong. God give us men ! A time like this demands Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands. Men whom the lust of office does not kill; Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who have honor, and will not lie; Men who stand before a demagogue And scorn his treacherous flatteries without winking; Tall men, sun-crowned, who live Continue Reading

Opposition before Victory

1 Corinthians 16:9 A great door and effectual is opened …….. and there are many adversaries. As soon as a man begins to enlarge his life his resistances are multiplied. Let a man tear out of his soul the petty selfish purpose and enthrone a world-purpose, the Christ-purpose and his suffering will be increased on every side. Every addition to spiritual ambition widens the exposure of the soul, and sharpens its perception of the world’s Continue Reading

NEVER give up

Philippians 1:1-6 He who has began a good work in you WILL CONTINUE until the day of Jesus - right up to the time of His return, developing and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. At some stage in our life, each one of us in desperation have been inclined to give up; throw the towel in and flee to the uttermost parts of the earth. However, some supernatural strength to carry on somehow manages to beset us and we go Continue Reading

Leave no duty undone

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. Joshua 11:15 So did Joshua; he left nothing undone. No matter what the form of the temptation may be, he who, when convinced of his duty, yet takes no corresponding action, is on the high-road to perdition. Inevitably this bondage grows stronger and stronger with every fresh trial of its strength. Every time you are convinced of duty and yet Continue Reading