Wisdom From Vance Havner 4
We will always have all we need, to do all God wants us to do, as long as He wants us to do it.
Too many come to church on Sunday with a full pitcher, and even God can*t fill something that is already full. Sometimes I watch them go out after the benediction and find myself saying, He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. Luke 1:53
We have been too busy chopping wood to sharpen the ax.
We are trying to get young people to volunteer and say, Here am I, before they have ever said, Woe is me!
We justify ourselves when we should judge ourselves. If we learned humility, it might spare us humiliation.
We need to have our lips touched with a coal from God*s altar because of the things we say which we shouldn*t say and the things we don*t say that we should say.
Salvation is not a cafeteria where you take what you want and leave the rest. You cannot take Christ as Saviour and refuse Him as Lord and be saved.
The Christian life is a matter of coming and going: Come unto me . . . (Matthew 11:28); Go ye into all the world . . . (Mark 16:15)
In other days people chose a church on the basis of their doctrinal convictions. Now, lacking doctrinal convictions, they choose for social reasons.
I would say to preachers: beware of the disarming effect of too much familiarity with and too many favors from your congregation. Many a prophet is silenced by the kindnesses of his people. Popularity has killed more prophets than persecution.
God called us to play the game, not to keep the score.
If the rich young ruler were to apply for membership in the average church today, he would be received instantly and perhaps made treasurer, with no questions asked. But our Lord was not in a hurry; He was after disciples, not mere joiners. Joiners are a dime a dozen today. Americans would die if they couldn*t join something. Give them a button and a certificate and they*ll join anything.
The real test of your Christianity is not how pious you look at the Lord*s table on Sunday, but how you act at the breakfast table at home. If it takes two cups of coffee to make you fit to live with, you had better go to the mourner*s bench.
Jeremiah 4:3: Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. Some Bible teaching is like sowing seed in a briar patch; the heart has not been prepared. Too much of our religious instruction is like a swimming lesson on dry land; teaching all things commanded is not enough. We must teach men to observe all things commanded. God*s Word is a lamp and a light, but the light is not only to be looked at; it must be walked in. Stare at the mid-day sun and you will go blind. It is possible to be blinded by an excess of light. If we are hearers only, and not doers of the word, we deceive ourselves. I never hear that part of James 1:22 quoted: . . . deceiving your own selves. Look at the light and you will be blinded. Walk in the light and you will be blessed.
John the Baptist did not offer a free camel ride to whoever brought the most people to hear him preach, nor did he give an autographed copy of Isaiah to the oldest grandmother present. He was his own publicity and needed no press agent.
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