Total Eclipse

Not everywhere is light eclipsed:
A few believe that God exists,
Fewer still do all his will,
But human sight is short and dull,
The moon of ignorance is total—
Nearly—Christians must be ever vocal
With news of glory—darkness reigns;
To expel it, only the voice of saints.

JRMatheny

#poetry #eclipse #light

New sister in Christ requests prayers during painful growth process

Our sister in Christ, Karen D., has been a frequent reader and commenter here on TFR for many months. She mentioned to me that she wanted to make a comment asking for prayer, and I offered to post her request as a separate post. It is below. Let’s keep her in prayer as she works ever toward the truth.

I have started to think of TFR as part of my spiritual family, and I want to be honest with you. Don’t know if that’s right or not, but that’s where I am.

TFR has been a vital part of my Christian growth this past year. I have read almost every article, and applied many things to my spiritual life that you have written. But the truth is I really need your prayers right now. I need your wisdom, fellowship, and guidance to help me. I’m feeling insecure and not very spiritually strong. Continue reading

#intercession, #prayer, #spiritual-growth

If soldiers lose touch with their officers

“In the end he tells the Lord, ‘Our eyes are upon thee.’ [2 Chr 20.12] Saying this, Jehoshaphat made God his leader. Soldiers in battle always keep their eyes on their leader. He is the one who knows the overall strategy, makes the decisions, and directs his troops to carry out the battle plan. If soldiers lose touch with their officers, their lives are in jeopardy and the battle lost.”

—Daniel Partner, All Things Are Possible, 107

#spiritual-warfare #God #quotes

When they heard this: Acts 19.5 VOTD

“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Acts 19.5

Paul found some disciples in Ephesus who had received only the baptism of John. Perhaps they had been taught by Apollos, whose information was outdated. Paul taught them correctly and they responded appropriately.

Baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime act of obedience. Wrong ritual that does not put one in Christ doesn’t count. A person needs to be “baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” The proper response to hearing the truth is acting upon it.

#baptism #hearing #VOTD

You Cannot Be Saved

You cannot be saved—No merit
Of man redeems from sin, no good
Of self nor any you think to inherit—
Obey the Lord for cleansing blood.

JRMatheny

#quatrains #poetry #salvation

Why God uses people to do his will

In her daily WEI email to teachers, yesterday Jan Towell asked for input on a student’s question.

The student acknowledged that God is omnipotent and that he caused a virgin to give birth to a boy. Then he asked why God uses people to accomplish his will instead of doing it himself directly.

I replied with the following answer:

This is a part of the fellowship that God creates. He uses people to accomplish great things because it involves others in his great plan. This is a great privilege. God allows us to work together with him. We not only enjoy his blessings, in Christ, but we also enjoy working with him to bless others. “Faith working in love” is what God does and what he calls us to do also, Galatians 5.6.

What might you add to enrich this student’s understanding of why God uses agents to perform his great works?

Touch but One or Two

If in this life I touch but one or two,
And see in heaven a soul that I had saved,
Let thanks be God’s that I, in faith, was true,
That for another the kingdom’s path was paved.

#quatrain #poetry #salvation