Causes of Backsliding and its Remedy

By George D. Watson

1240991527Throughout the Scriptures we are taught the infinite frailty and weakness of men; and even the best of men are set forth as having no strength of their own. Abraham said he was “but dust and ashes”; Isaiah said, “We all do fade as a leaf”; Job said, “I abhor myself”; Paul said, “I am less than the least of all saints”; and Jesus said, “Without Me ye can do nothing.”

All strength must be imparted to the soul from God. There are some few characters in the Bible against whom no blemish is mentioned; but in those characters it is recorded that all their goodness was imparted. They claim nothing of and from themselves.

It is possible that in six thousand years there have lived a few persons whose hearts never consciously wandered from God. Doubtless there are many who have had many wanderings, without the humility or the fullness of light to perceive or confess it. And the millions of God’s children have been painfully conscious of shortcomings – backslidings of greater or less extent. Continue reading

Lazarus and the Rich Man

By Ian D’Souza

[It is suggested that you view the video first and then read the article that follows below for a detailed explanation]

In (Luke 16:19-31), Jesus shares the story of Lazarus (Meaning: “God is my help”) and Dives (Dives: Latin for “Rich Man”).

Today, it is customary perhaps for the Rich to be listed in some Fortune Magazine and hailed as heroes of society, alongside a summary of their total net-worth. However, in this parable, God the owner and creator of all wealth does not project the rich man as an example to be followed; rather it appears that the case of Lazarus is being highlighted.  It must be noted that Lazarus was not poor because he was immoral, nor was he under judgment for any crime committed. Neither of these men represented in the parable gained their moral state, nor received their everlasting reward, based on their physical earthly condition.  The Scriptures remind us that God sees the disposition of the heart always (cf.1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Peter 3:4). The heart of man is independent of one’s earthly possessions, though it must be said that earthly possessions can certainly influence one’s heart condition for the better or the worse, as the parable reveals. Continue reading

Living on the Edge

125770256Eutychus is a rare name in the Bible found only in Acts 20:9; an unknown individual, with no recorded history.  There are no books written on his life and rarely would one have heard a sermon concerning him.  An insignificant person perhaps, but yet holding and important lesson for each of us.

In Acts 20:9-10 we read, “And a young man named Eutychus was sitting in the window. He sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer; and being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down and bent over him, and embracing him said, ‘Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him’”.

This brief incident of Eutychus in Scripture is put there I believe to illustrate a very important and practical truth. Let us begin by asking ourselves the question, “Why did Eutychus fall from the window?” Continue reading

The DIVIDE of the CROSS

crucifixion-255x189In the crucifixion narrative of Mark’s Gospel in Chapter 15 verse 16 onward, we catch some important glimpses of the various people involved with and gathered around the Cross of Jesus.  Mark’s view is not the view of the crowd looking at Jesus, but rather the view from the Cross itself, looking at the crowd. Gathered around the foot of the cross were a great number of individuals, or groups of individuals, who he brings before us so that we might see their reactions to the crucifixion of our Lord. Let’s look at them one at a time: Continue reading

SUFFERING IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

suffering1“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him. For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” (Heb 12:5-7)

Ever since the days of Job saints in all ages, have been asking the question – Why has the Lord dealt with me in such a way? Our Heavenly Father uses chastening (suffering) in our lives for various reasons.  His purpose is always “child training” for our spiritual development. Let us look at several reasons why God takes His children through suffering. Continue reading

Choosing the good portion “at His Feet”

Glimpses into the life of Mary the worshipper

worshipfeetWhat is Worship? Worship is expressing your love for God. The Bible says that loving God is the most important thing we can do. When Jesus was asked which is the greatest commandment, he answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).  When we express our love for God (in every possible way) we are worshipping him. Our English word ‘Worship’ means ‘worth-ship’, denoting the worthiness of an individual to receive special honour in accordance with that worth. In other words, Christ being the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, is worthy of everything that we can give to someone who is of the status of the Most High! Continue reading

The Personal Prayer Walk – 2

(THE PROGRESSION OF PRAYER)

In part – 1, we saw the beginnings of prayer which was much like the honeymoon time enjoyed by a couple in love and 32371_10151347701303072_664792962_nquite often extends from months to years.  But then as the honeymoon period began to wane, there arose the difficulties of a receding love for God and a cooling desire for prayer causing much anguish and perplexity in the life of the young Christian. What the newly renewed Christian has failed to realize, is that just as in a marriage, the honeymoon time was only the starting point of the Christian walk.  His Christian walk had only just begun and those first ecstatic months or years were only a foretaste of God’s love.  He does not realize that it is these very same young and genuinely growing Christians that are moved to the next stages of growth. Continue reading

The Personal Prayer Walk – 1

(THE BEGINNINGS OF PRAYER)

Much has been written on this subject of personal prayer and the purpose of this article is not to repeat any of the familiar thoughts that have been already expressed in the past, but to perhaps share something different and yet not so new.

It has been well stated that prayer is communication with God that travels in a two-way cycle. When we pray, we speak to God, bringing to Him all our difficulties, trials faced, problems, etc, and when we read / feed upon His Word, He is able to communicate back with us and direct us according to our need.  This basic form of praying and reading the Word completes the cycle of communication between man and God through the agency of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading