When we become lifted up with pride, and think we deserve something good at God's hands--it is impossible to satisfy us. But with the humble is wisdom, quietness, gentleness, and contentment. He who expects nothing, because he deserves nothing, is sure to be satisfied with the treatment he receives at God's hands. The proud man … Continue reading Thoughts on Contentment – William Plummer
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. - 2 Corinthians 12:9 Boast of my Weaknesses? If you want to turn the wisdom of the world on its head completely, this is it. Weakness is the last thing in which we would … Continue reading Boasting of Weakness
With the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left.- 2 Corinthians 6:7 There are weapons of righteousness for each of our hands. The phrase, "weapons of righteousness," sometimes translated as, "armor of righteousness," has been interpreted many ways, from the plausible to the ludicrous. These weapons are often linked to our … Continue reading The Weapons of Righteousness
A good devotional is like a spiritually-minded friend who turns your eyes away from the things of the world and sets them on things above whenever you spend time with them; both are extremely rare. There are too many devotionals these days that are like poorly made junk food. Not only do they lack nourishment, … Continue reading Book Review: Voices From The Past – Puritan Devotional Readings
Charles Spurgeon once said of John Bunyon "prick John Bunyan...he will bleed Bible." I am currently reading through Pilgrims Progress for my umpteenth time, and, as always, I am amazed at how many nods to verses of scripture can be found on every page. So with that in mind here is the opening paragraph from … Continue reading How Many Scripture References Can You Find?
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. - James 4:7 Satan always seeks to your usurp our territory. By yielding in one temptation we let the devil into our trench and give him a fair advantage to do us more mischief. The angry man, while he is raging … Continue reading How to Resist the Devil
This morning I had the privilege of preaching at Bethel Grace Baptist Church. The title of the sermon was "Looking on Things Unseen." The focus of the message was on the importance of being spiritually minded. The sermon has four main parts. Why This Sermon? - It is here that I tell a little about … Continue reading What Does it Mean to be Spiritually-Minded?
Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually! - Psalm 105:4 Lord, Your word gives me this invitation, so I come. I came yesterday, and You provided the strength I needed, so here I am again, seeking You. I know Your strength is the result of Your presence, so I seek that first … Continue reading Seek the Lord and His Strength
O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. - 2 Chronicles 14:11 I am weak, oh Lord, and you are mighty. Today, I have been brought low, and in my weakness, I must face the day. The work and responsibilities ahead of me seem daunting. In light of … Continue reading He Stands Between the Mighty and the Weak
Forget not all his benefits. - Psalm 103:2 Jesus, Your benefits are innumerable. They are as infinite as You. You forgive all our iniquities. They are too numerous for us to count, but where sin abounds, Your grace abounds all the more. The wrath we deserve, You bore on the cross. Oh, Father, You heal … Continue reading The Benefits of the Lord