The Final Harvest

Where Are You Headed?

WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?

You might be pretty sure where you will be later today or tomorrow, but can you say for sure where you will be next week or next year? The uncertainties of life make it hard to know where we are headed; the farther away something is, the more unpredictable it becomes. Maybe this is why so many people are unsure of where they are headed for eternity—it can seem so far away. But is eternity really a mysterious unknown?

CAN WE KNOW?

Can we know that we are on the right road, the one that will bring us safe and secure to Heaven? Yes, this precious information is given to us in God’s “road map,” the Bible. It says that we can know, positively, where we are going to be throughout all eternity. According to the Bible, there are people who, right now, are saved  from the wrath of God: “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). These people know that they have eternal life: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

HOW MANY WAYS ARE THERE?

Religious people have many  conflicting theories about how to please God. But their ways of salvation are powerless and futile because they are based, in one way or another, upon human effort or human merit. Some would have you try to reform and live better, some would tell you to keep the Ten Commandments or the Golden Rule. Some would have you go through certain church rituals: baptism, confirmation, and so on. But in the Bible we learn that we are corrupt and fallen creatures whose religious efforts are useless in God’s sight. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

God has only one way of salvation for sinners. His way is not based upon any human reform or effort, but upon the finished work of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Because He was without sin or guilt, Jesus was the only one qualified to stand in man’s place before God, paying for man’s sin with His own blood. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

HOW DO I GET THERE?

God’s map is clear. His directions are simple. The hardest part is for us to admit that we are on the wrong road, and headed in the wrong direction. It’s hard for us to face up to the cold reality that we don’t measure up in God’s sight. Basically, it’s hard for us to repent, to acknowledge before God that we are wrong and He is right—that we are sinful and He is holy. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).

God loves you. He has given His only Son to die for your sins. He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). If you will come to Him as a guilty and undeserving sinner, He will give you eternal life as a free gift, bought and paid for on the cross of Calvary. “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

KNOWING FOR SURE

When you turn to God, putting your faith in Jesus Christ who died for you and rose again, salvation will be your eternal possession (John 10:27-30). Listen to the words of Jesus: “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). “He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

Where are you headed? If you’re not on God’s way, you’re on the wrong way! Right nowis the time to turn around, call out to God, and put your trust in Jesus.

The above Gospel tract was written by MWTB Moments With the Book Ministries and can be purchased in a convenient pocket sized tract so that you can share it with others. Please visit them at their website for more information by clicking the link below.

Where Are You Headed?

Reasons to Use Gospel Tracts


REASONS TO USE GOSPEL TRACTS

Using good-quality gospel tracts gives every Christian a simple and effective way to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

1. Tracts can get inside homes and stay there. You can’t.

2. Tracts never lose their temper or become involved in arguments.

3. Tracts never flinch or show cowardice.

4. Tracts can stick to the point without compromising.

5. Tracts never get discouraged.

6. Tracts are willing to be sent anywhere.

7. Tracts can work 24 hours a day.

8. Tracts are not expensive.

9. Tracts can be read many times over.

10. Tracts contain portions of Scripture, which God will use and bless (Isaiah 55:10,11).

11. Tracts can be used without fear.

12. Tracts have unlimited patience.

13. Tracts are a great way for Christians to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the gospel often and widely.

14. Tracts are easy to give to another person with a smile and some encouragement to read them.

15. Tracts explain the gospel clearly and simply so that the reader can make a decision to trust Christ (if he is at that point in his understanding and personal desire to believe).

16. Tracts go anywhere with you—work, school, vacation, shopping, repair shop, eating out, etc.

17. Tracts can accomplish their purpose anytime—day or night, winter or summer, good times or bad, “right now” or “later.”

18. Tracts can take advantage of a special event or activity—elections, sports, etc.—by taking that interest and relating God’s truth to it.

19. Tracts inject spiritual truth through specialized gospel messages during seasons such as Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Halloween, etc.

20. Tracts are proven to work. History records the testimony of many who were saved through tracts.

21. Tracts often get read by more than one person.

22. Tracts are “portable”—carry them in your pocket, purse, planner, notebook, or laptop bag.

23. Tracts are also portable when used for large outreaches. Just one person can pack and carry several thousand tracts.

24. Tracts can be used in quantity, multiplying your witnessing opportunities.

25. Tracts can be distributed as part of your normal routine (if you’re living a consistent Christian life).

26. Tracts are available in a variety of designs and formats to suit your tastes and preferences.

27. Tracts address subjects that are current as well as topics that are timeless.

28. Tracts give God’s point of view about life and death issues.

29. Tracts get their point across in an easy-to-read, brief format suited for a generation raised on sound-bites, e-mails, and texting.

30. Tracts cross educational hurdles and are available on various “grade” levels.

31. Tracts can communicate in languages you don’t speak.

32. Tracts cross age and gender differences.

33. Tracts don’t require a degree, special giftedness, training, or experience to use.

34. Tracts never compromise their message.

35. Tracts cross socio-economic barriers.

36. Tracts may contain the only portion of God’s word some people have ever read.

37. Tracts never get tired.

38. Tracts give their message when the reader is ready to receive it.

39. Tracts continue to repeat their message as often as necessary.

40. Tracts cross ethnic and cultural barriers.

41. Tracts can start a conversation.

42. Tracts reinforce what you say about the gospel in a conversation, talk, or sermon.

43. Tracts get their message across when no conversation is possible—in a letter, with a bill payment, or when you have only seconds with another person.

44. Tracts can address difficult issues (when written by an expert) on which you aren’t an expert.

45. Tracts can communicate to a non-reader who asks someone to read it to him.

46. Tracts generally add their message to other factors from the reader’s past that may eventually lead that person to salvation.

47. Tracts are a testimony—even if the recipient doesn’t read the whole message, they are reminded of their need of Christ.

48. Tracts provide a point of reference for the reader to find spiritual help by contacting the publisher, church, individual, or website listed on the back.

49. Tracts can directly address certain beliefs—like Islam, Catholicism, and Mormonism—comparing them with Biblical truth.

50. Tracts can be adapted to share their message through various media to reach people and places that you cannot otherwise visit.

WAYS TO USE GOSPEL TRACTS

Hopefully the following list will give you some ideas of how you can put the “silent missionaries” to work. No matter where or how you choose to distribute tracts, seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit for each tract placed, and then pray for the Lord of the harvest to bless the seed sown.

51. Tracts can be placed in greeting cards.

52. Tracts can be passed out door to door.

53. Tracts can be shared with fellow campers.

54. Tracts can be posted on bulletin boards in public areas.

55. Tracts can be passed out at parades, festivals, and other special gatherings.

56. Tracts can be handed out at stadium entrances before sporting events, concerts, etc.

57. Tracts can be left in laundromats.

58. Tracts can be included in a mailing to people in your community—or around the world.

59. Tracts can be given to attendants at parking garages, toll booths, etc.

60. Tracts can be left in motel rooms (in the drawers, telephone book, etc.)

61. Tracts can be included in bills paid by mail.

62. Tracts can be handed to store employees, check-out clerks, valets, etc.

63. Tracts can be left in returned library books.

64. Tracts can be put with other reading materials in waiting rooms.

65. Tracts can be placed in tract racks in stores and other public places—with permission, of course.

66. Tracts can be enclosed with letters to prisoners, pen-pals, etc.

67. Tracts can be left with a (generous) tip in restaurants

68. Tracts can be given to hospital and nursing home patients while visiting.

69. Tracts can be handed out at zoos, picnic areas, and beaches.

70. Tracts can be left in a locker at the gym.

71. Tracts can be passed out on busy street corners.

72. Tracts can be given out on college campuses.

73. Tracts can be left in the break room or cafeteria at work or school.

74. Tracts can be left for paper and mail carriers, etc.

75. Tracts can be placed in each box or bag of merchandise you sell.

76. Tracts can be placed in airport lounges, or distributed in bus, train, and subway stations.

77. Tracts can be given to students at Vacation Bible School and Sunday School.

78. Tracts can be given away from booths rented during fairs or carnivals.

79. Tracts can be given with Christmas cookies (or gifts) to neighbors each year.

80. Tracts can be given to attendees of church choral programs at Easter and Christmas.

81. Tracts can be handed to anyone who has helped you at a store, given you a haircut, serviced your car, or worked in your house.

82. Tracts can be taken overseas on short-term missions trips in the language of the country being visited.

83. Tracts can be handed out during special community outreach programs and events like fall festivals, Christmas programs, etc.

84. Tracts can be placed on a business counter or in an office for people to pick up.

85. Tracts can be included in disaster relief packages.

86. Tracts can be placed in Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets that are given to needy community families.

87. Tracts can be included with Christmas cards and annual letters for a clear gospel witness.

88. Tracts can be given out during appointments with doctors and health care workers.

WAYS NOT TO USE GOSPEL TRACTS

When distributing the gospel, be sure to do so in a way that brings glory and honor to God. With that in mind, here are some things to avoid.

89. Don’t litter—tracts left outdoors can easily blow around and become a nuisance to those who have to clean them up.

90. Don’t disobey local ordinances or guidelines when sharing tracts.

91. Don’t leave tracts in Post Offices, mailboxes, or other places where literature is prohibited.

92. Don’t put tracts inside merchandise in stores.

93. Don’t force tracts on people.

94. Don’t be rude when someone turns down your tract.

95. Don’t trespass.

96. Don’t leave tracts on houses or cars.

97. Don’t leave a tract in place of a tip (or with a tip of less than 15%)—it is a very poor testimony.

98. Don’t use bad tracts. Make sure they are attractive and contain the true gospel message.

99. Don’t use tracts that you haven’t read. Make sure to study the message (and all referenced Scriptures) so you are familiar with what you are distributing.

100. Don’t do it alone—seek God’s guidance and blessing at every turn.


Where Are You Headed?

WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?

You might be pretty sure where you will be later today or tomorrow, but can you say for sure where you will be next week or next year? The uncertainties of life make it hard to know where we are headed; the farther away something is, the more unpredictable it becomes. Maybe this is why so many people are unsure of where they are headed for eternity—it can seem so far away. But is eternity really a mysterious unknown?

CAN WE KNOW?

Can we know that we are on the right road, the one that will bring us safe and secure to Heaven? Yes, this precious information is given to us in God’s “road map,” the Bible. It says that we can know, positively, where we are going to be throughout all eternity. According to the Bible, there are people who, right now, are saved  from the wrath of God: “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). These people know that they have eternal life: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

HOW MANY WAYS ARE THERE?

Religious people have many  conflicting theories about how to please God. But their ways of salvation are powerless and futile because they are based, in one way or another, upon human effort or human merit. Some would have you try to reform and live better, some would tell you to keep the Ten Commandments or the Golden Rule. Some would have you go through certain church rituals: baptism, confirmation, and so on. But in the Bible we learn that we are corrupt and fallen creatures whose religious efforts are useless in God’s sight. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

God has only one way of salvation for sinners. His way is not based upon any human reform or effort, but upon the finished work of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Because He was without sin or guilt, Jesus was the only one qualified to stand in man’s place before God, paying for man’s sin with His own blood. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

HOW DO I GET THERE?

God’s map is clear. His directions are simple. The hardest part is for us to admit that we are on the wrong road, and headed in the wrong direction. It’s hard for us to face up to the cold reality that we don’t measure up in God’s sight. Basically, it’s hard for us to repent, to acknowledge before God that we are wrong and He is right—that we are sinful and He is holy. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19).

God loves you. He has given His only Son to die for your sins. He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). If you will come to Him as a guilty and undeserving sinner, He will give you eternal life as a free gift, bought and paid for on the cross of Calvary. “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

KNOWING FOR SURE

When you turn to God, putting your faith in Jesus Christ who died for you and rose again, salvation will be your eternal possession (John 10:27-30). Listen to the words of Jesus: “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). “He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

Where are you headed? If you’re not on God’s way, you’re on the wrong way! Right now is the time to turn around, call out to God, and put your trust in Jesus.


The above Gospel tract was written by MWTB Moments With the Book Ministries and can be purchased in a convenient pocket sized tract so that you can share it with others. Please visit them at their website for more information by clicking the link below!

Where Are You Headed?

What is the Church?

Many of us have a wrong idea of what the Church is, and this wrong idea may result in our present and eternal loss. The Church is not a building of wood, of bricks, or of stones, nor is it an organization of man’s devising. The Bible tells us that the Church is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22,23), of which He, the risen and glorified Saviour in Heaven, is the Head (Colossians 1:18), and all His redeemed ones on earth are members (Romans 12:4,5).

It is possible for one to have his name on a church roll, and even be very active in church work, and not be a member of Christ’s Body. If you are not a member of His Body, the Church, the only way to become one is by trusting Him as your Saviour (Ephesians 2:13-16). When you trust the Saviour, the Holy Spirit will baptize you into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12,13). Then you will be united to Christ, the Head in Heaven, and to all other believers on earth. As the Body of Christ on earth has only one Head, the living Lord in Heaven, so the Head in Heaven has only one Body on earth—His Body composed of every believer.

Look at the human body. It is one body composed of many members—hand, foot, etc. God has given every member a definite place of service, and every member needs every other member for the body to function properly. So the Church, the Body of Christ, is one Body composed of many members, every believer (1 Corinthians 12). The Head has fitted every member for the service He wants it to do for His own glory and for the good of all (Ephesians 4:7-16). Every believer should get his directions from the Head, and to the Head he will have to give an account of his stewardship.

In the wilderness, God dwelt among His earthly people Israel in the tabernacle (Exodus 29:43-46); then in the land of Palestine, He dwelt in Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 8:13). Now, God does not dwell in temples made with hands (Acts 7:48). Since Pentecost, by His Holy Spirit He indwells every believer (1 Corinthians 6:19), and His temple on earth is His Church of living believers (2 Corinthians 6:16).

The Lord Jesus Christ builds His Church (Matthew 16:18), and He is the foundation upon which it is built (1 Corinthians 3:11). On the day of Pentecost, God, by His Holy Spirit sent down from heaven, formed the assembled believers at Jerusalem into His assembly (Acts 2:1-5,47; the original Greek word “ecclesia” literally means “Assembly”). As believers became scattered over the earth, they assembled in different places with Christ as their Center (Matthew 18:20), so that we may read of a church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:2), or a church in someone’s house (Colossians 4:15). When Christians leave a building where they have been assembled for worship, the Church has gone home. Every believer is a bit of the Church (1 Peter 2:5), and it takes every believer to make the one true Church of Jesus Christ. The Church is very visible (2 Corinthians 3:2). The Christian is the only Bible many people ever read.

The Church is very dear to the Saviour’s heart (2 Corinthians 11:2). Adam said of Eve that she was bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh (Genesis 2:21-24). The Bible says of Christ and the Church that they are members of His Body, and of His flesh and of His bones (Ephesians 5:29-32). However sadly Christians may fail, Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it. He has redeemed it, He is keeping it day by day, and soon He will present it to Himself absolutely perfect (Ephesians 5:23-27). The Saviour is coming back for His Church to take it to heaven, and He may come today (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Will you not search the Bible with the aid of a concordance and ask God to teach you what He would like you to know about His Church?

—Fred W. Wurst


The above Gospel tract was written by MWTB Moments With the Book Ministries and can be purchased in a convenient pocket sized tract so that you can share it with others. Please visit them at their website for more information by clicking the link below!

What is the Church?

Somebody Loves You!

The creator of all things loves YOU so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for you on the cross. He wants to forgive your sins and make you clean so that you can be with Him for all eternity. Isn’t it amazing to know that you are loved by God?

His love for you is…

Unending—God’s love is eternal. He loved you yesterday, loves you today and will love you forever!

“I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

Unselfish—God didn’t wait for us to love Him first. His love was freely given.

“We love Him, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

Undeserved—God is holy, righteous, and just. As sinners, we have done nothing to deserve God’s love. But He loves us anyway.

“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Unimaginable—God’s love led Him to send His son Jesus to bear the punishment for our sins on the cross. Can you imagine watching someone you love being punished to the point of death for something they didn’t do?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Undying—God didn’t only send Jesus to die for our sins. He then raised Him from the dead so we can have eternal life. What a wonderful gift He offers us!

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1 John 4:9)

Unmerited—God offers you the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Because it is a gift, you cannot earn it. Instead, you must see your need of salvation and accept it by trusting Jesus as your Savior.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

How can you receive God’s gift of salvation? The Bible says:

“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

It’s that easy! Will you choose to accept God’s love? Then you too can experience God’s unfathomable love for all eternity!

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)


The above Gospel tract was written by MWTB Moments With the Book Ministries and can be purchased in a convenient pocket sized tract so that you can share it with others. If your interested, you can visit their website for more information by clicking the link below!

Somebody Loves You

One Way

The word of God, the Bible, tells you that God knows all about you. He knows where you live, He knows your name, He even knows the thoughts and the secrets of your heart (Hebrews 4:12-13). “The Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Yes, God knows all about you. He knows the good and bad things in your life. All the bad things are sin. To disobey is to sin. No one has to tell us how to be bad, we just are bad. The word of God says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). You see, you are a sinner and God says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This death means to be separated from God and suffer in Hell for ever and ever.

Is there anything you can do to get rid of your sin by yourself? God says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). There is only one way to be saved, one way to have your sins forgiven.

The Bible tells us what that way is: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

What does that mean? “For God so loved the world.” “The world” includes you. Put your name in the blank. “For God so loved _______________ that He gave His only begotten Son.” The Lord Jesus Christ is God’s Son. Jesus came from His home in heaven to this earth to be born, grow up, and then to die on the cross to take your place so you would not have to suffer the punishment for your sin. Jesus was totally without sin so He is the only one who could ever take your place.

“That whosoever believeth in Him.” “Whosoever” includes you. If you admit before God that you are a sinner and believe that Jesus died to take your sins away, God will cleanse your heart from sin and make you His child. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” To believe is to receive Jesus, to accept Him as your Savior and trust Him with all your heart.

“Not perish but have everlasting life.” When you repent (admit you’ve been going the wrong way) and receive Jesus as your Savior, you will become a child of God. Your sin will be forgiven, and you will live forever in Heaven. “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish” (John 10:28).

Why not receive Him right now? From your heart, in your own words, tell God that you know you are a sinner and that Jesus died for you and rose again. Trust Jesus to be your Savior and to wash your heart clean from sin. He will hear you and save you.

When you become a child of God, you are a “new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). You have new desires. You will want to know more about Him, please Him, and tell others about Him.

You can know more about God by reading His word, the Bible. You can share your joys and problems with Him in prayer. You can grow and serve by joining with other believers in a local church. You can find someone and tell them about the Lord Jesus Christ and how He gave you a clean heart. This is the way to become a strong Christian.

Yes, there is only one way to be saved. The Bible says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25). The Bible also says, “How can we know the way? Jesus saith … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:5-6). Which way are you on—the way of eternal death or life?


The above Gospel tract was written by MWTB Moments With the Book Ministries and can be purchased in a convenient pocket sized tract so that you can share it with others. Please visit them at their website for more information by clicking the link below!

One Way

Ask God What?, NOT WHY?

The disappointments of life are in reality one of the eternal purposes by which our lives are foreordained. I have a message for you today. I will whisper it softly in your ear in order that the storm clouds which appear may be gilded with glory, and that the thorns on which you may have to walk might be blunted. The message is short—a tiny sentence—but allow it to sink into the depths of your heart and be a pillow on which  you may rest your weary head: “This thing is from Me.” 

Have you never thought that all which concerns you concerns Me also? “He that toucheth thee toucheth the apple of [My] eye (Zechariah 2:8). You have been precious in My eyes. That is why I take a special interest in your upbringing. When temptation assails you and the “enemy shall come in like a flood” (Isaiah 59:19), it is My desire for you to know that “This thing is from Me.”  I am the God of circumstances. You have not been placed where you are by chance, but because it is the place I have chosen for you. Did you not ask to become humble? Behold, I have placed you in the very spot where this lesson is to be learned. It is by your surroundings and your companions that the working of My will is to come about.

Do you have money difficulties? Is it hard to keep within your income? “This thing is from Me.”  I am He that possesses all things. I wish for you to draw everything from Me and depend entirely upon Me. My riches are limitless (Philippians 4:19). Put My promise to the proof so that it may not be said of you, “Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 1:32).

Are you passing through a night of affliction? “This thing is from Me.” I am the “Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). I have left you without human support that in turning to Me you might obtain eternal consolation (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17).

Has some friend disappointed you? One to whom you have opened your heart? “This thing is from Me.”  I have allowed this disappointment that you might learn that the best Friend is Jesus. I long to be your Confidant.

Has someone said false things about you? Leave that and come closer to Me, under My wings, away from the place of wordy dispute, for I will “bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday” (Psalm 37:6). Have your plans been all upset? Are you crushed and weary? “This thing is from Me.”  Have you made plans and then asked Me to bless them? I wish to make your plans for you. I will take the responsibility, for it is too heavy for you; you could not perform it alone (Exodus 18:18). You are but an instrument and not an agent.

Have you desired fervently to do some great work for Me? Instead of that, you have been laid on a bed of sickness and suffering. “This thing is from Me.” I was unable to attract your attention while you were so active. I wish to teach you some of My deep lessons. It is only those who have learned to wait patiently who can serve Me. My greatest workers are sometimes those who are laid aside from active service in order that they may learn to wield the weapon of prayer.

Are you suddenly called upon to occupy a difficult position full of responsibilities? Go forward, counting on Me. I am giving you this position full of difficulties for the reason that Jehovah your God will bless you in all your works and in all the business of your hands (Deuteronomy 15:18). This day I place in your hand a pot of holy oil. Draw from it freely, My child, that all the circumstances arising along the pathway, each word that gives you pain, each manifestation of your feebleness may be anointed with this oil. Remember that interruptions are divine instructions. The sting will go in the measure in which you see Me in all things. Therefore, set your heart unto all the works that I testify among you this day. For it is your life (Deuteronomy 32:46,47).

—Adapted from a paper found in J.N. Darby’s Bible


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Disappointments of Life

Have A Good Day

Ever have someone wish you a good day? Your next door neighbor, the cashier in the grocery store, your friend at school, or even a total stranger may say to you, “Have a good day.” But does this wish cause us to have a good day? How can we really have a good day—not only today, but every day?

A GOOD DAY AND A GOOD FOREVER

It is our wish for everyone not only to have a good day but to have a good forever. And how can you have a good day if you are not assured of a good forever? You may try to ignore the future by concentrating on the pleasures of this life. You may be partly successful with this and even say to yourself, “Take your ease, eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:19). But if you do not know where you will be when your life is over, thoughts of the future will inevitably return to spoil your present joys.

ONE THING CAN RUIN BOTH

God has provided a way for everyone to have a good forever. But, if you do not avail yourself of that way, then your future is foretold in Hebrews 9:27: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Death and judgment are the results of sin. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin will keep you from having a good forever, and it will keep you from having a good day. If you die in your sins, it will be too late to change your forever (Revelation 20:15).

TODAY CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

But you can change that future now. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God, who is holy and must punish sin, is also a God of love. He has provided a way for sinners to be saved from the consequences of their sin. God is longsuffering toward us, and is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (see 2 Peter 3:9). In fact, God never prepared hell for man but for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

THE PRICE HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID

The salvation that God provided does not set aside His holiness and righteousness. It is summed up for us in Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ, the sinless Son of God, satisfied all of God’s holy and righteous requirements by dying for our sins. God’s wrath and judgment against sin were met by Christ when He suffered the awful agonies of the cross (Matthew 27:46; 1 Peter 3:18). Jesus then rose from the dead, proving these things to be true (John 11:25; 1 Peter 1:3; Acts 17:31).

WHAT IS THE WAY?

Yes, God has provided a way for you and me to have a good forever. This way of salvation is open to all who will confess their sins to God in true repentance, believe that Jesus died for them, and receive Him as their Lord and Saviour. If you sincerely take these steps, the power of death will be broken and there will be no judgment ahead for you because Jesus Christ has said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Your sins will all be forgiven and your future will be bright and clear with a certainty of being with Christ in heaven.

THE SOURCE OF GOOD DAYS

As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ you will not only be sure of a good forever, you will also be able to have a good day every day. Jesus will never leave you, and the more you fellowship with Him through prayer and reading the Bible daily, the more you will experience His presence in your life. Even when everything around you seems dark and discouraging, God’s presence in your life brings “fulness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). —John D. McNeil


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Have A Good Day!

He Was Wounded

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

Wounds, according to the definition of the surgeon, are divisions of the soft parts of the body by a mechanical force applied externally, and they are classified by their different characters as (1) contused; (2) lacerated; (3) penetrating; (4) perforated; and (5) incised wounds. It is remarkable that in the simple statement, “He was wounded” there is included each kind of wound, as we may readily see from the examination of the Scripture records concerning the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(1) The Contused Wound. A wound produced by a blunt instrument. Such would result from a blow by the rod, as foretold in Micah 5:1, “They shall smite the Judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek,” and fulfilled, as recorded in Matthew 26:67, “They smote Him with rods” (Margin, Newberry); Matthew 27:30, “They took the reed, and smote Him on the head”; and John 18:22, “One of the officers struck Jesus with a rod” (Revised and Newberry, margin).

(2) The Lacerated Wound. A wound produced by a tearing instrument. Laceration of the tissues was the result of scourging, and scourging had become a fine art among the Romans at the time of our Lord’s submission to infliction.

The Roman scourge was a many-tailed lash, each thong tipped with metal or ivory, so that, in the hands of a cruel expert, the sufferer might truthfully say, “The plowers plowed upon My back: they made long their furrows” (Psalm 129:3). The torture, the laceration, and the consequent loss of blood, often resulted in the death of the victim, but scourging, while part of our Lord’s sufferings, was not to be the means of His death.

Thus the prophetic word of Isaiah 50:6, “I gave My back to the smiters,” finds its fulfillment, as recorded in Matthew 27:26, and in John 19:1, where we read, “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him.” And let us remember that upon His back, thus lacerated, the Cross was laid as He went forth to the place called Calvary.

(3) The Penetrating Wound. A deep wound caused by a sharp-pointed instrument. This we have exemplified in the wounds upon the head produced by the crown of thorns. The Jerusalem thorn, from which that “victor’s crown” was platted, bore spicules four inches long, and, as the soldiers pressed down that cruel diadem upon His head (Matthew 27:29; John 19:2), a circlet of wounds ensued, wounds which were deepened by the blow of the reed when they smote Him on the head (Matthew 27:30).

(4) The Perforating Wound. From the Latin word meaning “to pierce through.” “They pierced My hands and My feet” (Psalm 22:16). The iron spikes were driven between the bones, separating but not breaking these.

Crucifixion was not practiced as a means of capital punishment by the Jews, and the words must therefore have puzzled even the writer of the Psalms, but at that early date God was thereby “signifying what death He should die” (John 12:33), for to Him, who knows the end from the beginning, the Roman subjugation of the Jews at the time of Messiah’s advent, and His being “cut off” (Daniel 9:26) by the exquisitely painful death of crucifixion, were all foreknown. And to our Lord “the decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem” was a matter of perfect knowledge. The prophetic question in Zechariah 13:6, “What are these wounds in Thine hands?” was ever before Him, and thus we can truly sing—

“‘Twas love that nailed Thee to the tree,
Or iron ne’er had bound Thee.”

(5) The Incised Wound. A cut produced by a sharp-edged instrument. “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:34). This wound was inflicted after the death of the Lord Jesus, inflicted by the practiced hand of the Roman soldier to make certain that whatever vestige of life was present would be extinguished, but while it did not cause death in His case it is an assurance to all men that death had actually occurred, and it is also a fulfillment of the Scripture which says, “They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced” (Zechariah 12:10).

And from the wound (so large that Thomas could have thrust his hand into it), “came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record and his record is true” (John 19:34,35).

This wonderful sight awakened surprise and deep interest in John and may surely engage our attention also, namely the water that flowed from the pericardium and the blood that flowed from the heart. The pericardium is a closed sac encasing the heart and lubricated by a small amount of fluid (about a teaspoonful) to facilitate the motion of the heart. How could John, it may be asked, distinguish such a small quantity of water?

In answer let me quote a significant statement from a standard work (Mallory and Wright’s Pathological Technique): “The normal amount [of the pericardial fluid] is about a teaspoonful, but it may be increased to 100 c.c. [24 teaspoonfuls] where the death agony is prolonged.” Here then is a confirmation by scientists of the mute testimony borne by “the water” to the intense suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And what shall we say to the fact that, contrary to nature, blood flowed from One who had died? Is it not to show that in death He vanquished death and did not see corruption (Acts 2:27,31)? Thus the last wound, the last indignity offered to the body prepared for Him, proclaims both purification and redemption.

“The very spear that pierced His side,
Drew forth the blood to save.”

May the contemplation of these wounds, whereby His body was broken and His blood was shed, deepen our love for Him who was “wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities,” and cause each of us, like Thomas, to worship and acclaim Him as “MY LORD AND MY GOD” (John 20:28).

—Dr. H.A. Cameron


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He Was Wounded

Illusions

Illusions are fun because they challenge our sense of reality. We see them everywhere, from tricks in magic shows to special effects in movies, and can usually tell the difference between what is real and what is not.

But did you know that there are some deceptions which millions of people fall for every day? They are the work of the master illusionist, Satan, who is called “the father of lies” in the Bible (John 8:44). He has been tricking people into disobeying God since the beginning of time, and is an experienced deceiver. Have you fallen for any of Satan’s illusions?

ILLUSION #1:  THIS LIFE IS ALL THAT MATTERS

We can get so caught up in this life that we pay no attention to eternal realities. God says that is foolish: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

ILLUSION #2:  IF IT FEELS GOOD, DO IT

Should we care about what we do? Is there such a thing as right and wrong? God says we will reap what we sow: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

ILLUSION #3:  THERE IS NO HELL

If you start to ponder what comes after this life, Satan may try to convince you that there is nothing to worry about. God says otherwise: “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

ILLUSION #4:  EVERYONE GOES TO HEAVEN

Another much-believed lie is that no people will ever have to go to Hell. While it’s true that Hell was created for Satan and his angels, the Bible says that those who fall under Satan’s deceptions will go there as well: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

ILLUSION #5:  YOU’RE NOT THAT BAD

Every time we answer one of Satan’s lies, you can be sure that he has another one ready to go. Are we really bad enough to go to Hell? God’s Word says: “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

ILLUSION #6:  YOU CAN EARN HEAVEN

Once we admit that we have sinned, the next lie we often fall for is that we have probably done enough good to overcome our faults. However, in God’s eyes “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [good works] are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). 

ILLUSION #7:  YOU’RE TOO BAD

Sadly, lots of people fall for this one, too. Yes, it’s true that we have all messed up. But it’s also true that God stands ready to help us: “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

Why does God want us to come to Him? Because He loves us. He loves you, and He loves me—not because we have earned it, but because He chooses to. God proved His love for us when He sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world because of our sins (Romans 5:8).

When Jesus died on the cross, He made the way for sinners like you and me to be brought back to God. Our sin was like a debt that needed to be paid; Jesus paid it. Our sin was like a sentence that needed to be served; Jesus served it. Our sin was like a burden that needed to be lifted; Jesus lifted it.

Now He is using messages like this to awaken people to their need of Him, to “turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins” (Acts 26:18). Don’t fall for Satan’s illusions any more. Turn to God and put your faith in someone you can trust—Jesus Christ—TODAY!


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Illusions