Without me ye can do nothing.
~ John 15:5
I can do all things, through Christ which strengtheneth me.
~ Phil 4:13
Apart from Him we can do nothing. Whilst we are abiding in Him nothing is impossible. The one purpose of our life should therefore be to remain in living and intense union with Christ, guarding against everything that would break it, employing every means of cementing and enlarging it. And just in proportion as we do so, we shall find His strength flowing into us for every possible emergency. We may not feel its presence; but we shall find it present whenever we begin to draw on it. There is no temptation which we cannot master; no privation which we cannot patiently bear; no difficulty with which we cannot cope; no work which we cannot perform; no confession or testimony which we cannot make, if only our souls are living in healthy union with Jesus Christ; for as our day or hour, so shall our strength be.
~ F. B. Meyer
Caution Against Apostasy
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.
~ Heb 12:15
What bright exchange, what treasure shall be given,
For the lost birthright of a hope in heaven?
If lost the gem which empires could not buy,
What yet remains? — a dark eternity.
John 8:31; John 15:8
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you will continue to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. May you hold to His teaching, relying and trusting in it with your life, for in doing so, you are really His disciple. May you also teach others of His laws and decrees. I pray that in everything that you do you will bear much fruit, showing yourself to be Jesus’ disciple, for this is to the glory of His Father. May the fruit of the Spirit be exemplified in your life, and may you bear fruit that will last. May God continue to strengthen you, as you follow Christ.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Then David went to Jonathan and asked–What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?”
~ 1 Sam 20:1
A true friend is a refuge. We all have troubles at some time. For many years we may get along quietly, and without sore trial; but the day will come to all of us–when we shall be in sorrow or danger. It may be in such an experience as David’s, when people shall misjudge us, or become our enemies without cause, and may seek to harm us. It may be sickness that comes upon us, or bereavement, or severe loss of some kind. Whatever the trouble may be, a true friend will prove a great comfort to us in the experience.
It is a blessed thing to have one friend that we are sure of, though all others fail us. We can go to him then as David went to Jonathan, telling him all our heart’s burden. Young people should seek to have a friend older than themselves, to whom they can fly in trouble or in danger, and in whose faithful love they can find a sure and safe refuge. There is a wonderful strength in the confidence that one has such a friend.
“There is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24. Christ is the best, strongest, wisest, truest, most helpful friend anyone can have. His friendship is a refuge indeed. We can flee to him in any danger, and find him ready always to comfort, shelter, and bless. However many human friends we may have–we all need Christ.
“I don’t want to be right. I want the truth!” That’s what a brother in Christ told me on the phone one day here at Berean Bible Society. I thought it was a tremendous statement. It showed the godly mindset of the person on the other end of the line.
So many have their focus on being right — that is, winning arguments and debates — and are inflexible when it comes to the possibility of being wrong. Many stubbornly dig in their heels and just want to feel that they are right, even when there is Scripture against what they believe. The truth is what is most important.
In 2 Corinthians 13:8 we read, “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” The truth never changes. There is always the possibility that our fallible opinion of what we think is right is not the truth. Our focus needs to be on whether what we believe is the truth of the Word of God. We must conform our thinking to God’s Word and have a humble, teachable heart that is willing to change if we are shown truth on a subject or passage on which we might be wrong. We must always have the spirit of a Berean and search the Scriptures to see if what we hear and what we believe are, in fact, the truth.
~ Pastor Kevin Sadler
There was a darkness over all the earth.~ Luke 23:44
He died in darkness, that when we walk in the valley of the shadow of death, the light of glory may shine about us. Death for the Christian has no bitterness, because Jesus drained the curse from it.
Mrs. Browning has pictured, with rare beauty, the effect of Christ’s death upon two seraphim who lingered a little behind the hosts of heaven that had gathered about the cross. One of them is troubled by the thought that men will now have more reason to love God than even the angels have.
“Oh! Not with this blood on us – and this face,
Still, haply, pale with sorrow that it bore
In our behalf, and tender evermore
With nature all our own, upon us gazing –
Nor yet with these forgiving hands upraising
Their un–reproachful wounds, alone to bless!
Alas, Creator! shall we love Thee less
Than mortals shall?”
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
~ Matthew 28:20 [NLT]
We are not alone. Everyday, we have access to the power of God’s Holy Spirit to help us through all the challenges of life. So why not take a risk and step out in faith and attempt to “make disciples” as Jesus commands? He is with you always and His power gives us the strength and words we need to be a light in this world.