FOUR SPIRITUAL CRISES
The spiritual experience of Abraham was marked by four great crises, each of which involved a surrender of something dear. These were:
(1) LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND FAMILY (Gen 12:1 Mt 10:34-39 2Cor 6:14-18) - Is God asking you to go somewhere away from home, family and
PARALLELS BETWEEN ISAAC AND JESUS
There is no clearer picture of the Cross and the sacrifice the Father made for us in Christ than Genesis chapter 22. Notice the powerful parallels between Isaac and Christ.
1.Both fulfilled promises:
Isaac was the long-promised son to Abraham (Genesis
Abraham laid down his Isaac. Lay down your Isaac today and remember the words of Andrew Murray: God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.
Bruce Larson tells how he helped people struggling to surrender their lives to Christ:
"For many years I worked in
Forbes Magazine states that early risers are the most successful people. The discipline of getting up early produces many positive results, such as:
1. More proactive approach to life
2. The ability to anticipate problems better
3. Better goal-setting
4. Time for exercise
5. Sleep is much
Contributed by Joel Sumagaysay on Mar 19, 2013
TESTING THE GENUINE
All sorts of things are tested to prove that they are genuine. When you go to a bank and give a $20 bill to the cashier, she holds it to a special light. Why would she do that? Because she is testing it to make sure it is genuine. During the time when the Philippines was not
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 14, 2012
"BECAUSE YOU DID, DAD."
James Bryan Smith begins this chapter of his book by telling a story about taking his six year old son to an amusement park. While at the park, he and his son got on a ride. A teenage boy buckled them into their seats and then started the ride. The entire time during the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 13, 2010
OBEDIENCE IS WHAT MATTERS
"… If two angels in heaven were given assignments by God at the same time, one of them to go and rule over the greatest nation on earth and the other to go sweep the streets of the dirtiest village, each angel would be completely indifferent as to which one got which
I find it fascinating that there is universal agreement among the ancients that the hill on which Abraham tried to sacrifice Isaac, Mt. Moriah, is identified with the area in which the Temple of Jerusalem, and Calvary, were positioned. So in the very spot where God vowed to Abraham to bless him
Contributed by Andrew Chan on Oct 11, 2002
WHO WILL PROVIDE?
A young woman brought her fiancé home to meet her parents for thanksgiving dinner. After dinner, her mother told her father to find out about the young man. The father invited the fiancé to his study for a talk.
"So what are your plans?" the father asked the young man. "I
Contributed by Troy Borst on May 31, 2001
ILLUSTRATION… Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92
A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:
5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness
5. (Tie) Sexual lust