Charles’s quotes


"It is surely ours to combine these elements of mourning for sin and joy in our salvation in one complex and composite experience which keeps us perpetually humble and yet perpetually joyful too."— Rev William Still

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

“Show me your ways, Lord; Teach me Your paths … Guide me in your truth … for you are God my Saviour … ” (Psalm 25:4-5).

When we pray, “Show me your ways, Lord”, we must always remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). God says to us, “Let the wicked forsake his way.” There is a better way – “Let him return to the Lord.” When we return to the Lord, we are led into His better way – “He will have mercy on him … our God … will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). "The one who has clean hands and a pure heart ... the King of glory" (Psalm 24:4,7-10).
We look at Jesus' life on earth. What do we see? We see the Man "who has clean hands and a pure heart" - "There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin."

We look at Jesus, in heaven. What do we see? We see "the King of glory." We see Him, in heaven, and we rejoice in this: "He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in."

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Jesus Christ - the great King (Psalm 24:8–10 )

“Who is this great King?” (Psalm 24:8, 10) The Psalmist tells us – “He is the Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, victorious in battle … The triumphant Lord – He is the great King!” (vs. 8, 10).
When we turn to the New Testament, we learn that Jesus is the great King. Jesus is the Lord. Jesus is strong and mighty. Jesus is victorious in battle. Jesus is the triumphant Lord. Jesus Christ is the Name which jumps out at us from the first chapter of Ephesians. Everything is centred upon Christ.

Monday, 28 November 2016

A lady who lived in three different centuries!

When I was living in Glasgow, at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century, I met a lady who lived in three different centuries! She was a born a few months before the end of the nineteenth century. She died a few months into the twenty-first century. When someone achieves their century of years, it is a time for giving thanks to God. We look back over our life and we say, 'Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life'. It is not only a time for looking back. It is also a time for looking forward – 'I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever' (Psalm 23:6). We look back, giving thanks to God for many precious and treasured memories. We look forward to something even better – 'we will be with the Lord for ever' (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

Sunday, 27 November 2016

In the presence of my enemies ... my cup overflows.

In ‘the Shepherd Psalm’ (Psalm 23), we read, in verse 5,: ‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows’. We are to feast on God’s Word. We are to be filled with God’s Spirit. The ‘table’ is the place of feasting. ‘Oil’ is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. As we feast on God’s Word, we will have good cause to say, again and again, ‘God is good’: ‘His goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life’ (6). The Lord never fails us. He always comes with His life-giving Word, the Word of life, through which our life on earth becomes the beginning of life eternal, the pathway to a life in which the fullness of God’s love will be revealed in a way that we can hardly begin to imagine: ‘I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever’(6). This is what Christ is preparing for us (John 14:2)! We sing our song of praise and thanksgiving. Our enemies are never far away! “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (Psalm 23:5). The presence of our enemies – this is never removed. It’s always there. There is, however, another Presence – the Presence of the Lord. “Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here” – This is what we must remember when the presence of our enemies threatens to overwhelm us. -- “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?” (Psalm 137:1-4). Here on earth, we are always “in a foreign land”. We haven’t yet arrived safely at our heavenly home. In this “foreign” land, we are called to keep on singing the songs of the Lord. We live in an atmosphere of rebellion. Let us keep on praying that God will send revival. Can depressing situations be turned around? – Our hope is not in ourselves. It is in the Lord. He is “mighty to save” (Isaiah 63:2).

Saturday, 26 November 2016

"The Lord is my Shepherd" (Psalm 23:1).

Psalm 23:1
* The Lord is my Shepherd;
* The Lord is my Shepherd; * The Lord is my Shepherd; * The Lord is my Shepherd. 
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"The Lord is my Shepherd" (Psalm 23:1).  
In Luke 15:3-7, Jesus tells the story of the lost sheep and the loving Shepherd. We read about a lost sheep. We know that we are lost sinners. We are lost because we are sinners. Lost sheep need a loving shepherd. Lost sinners need a loving Saviour. That's what Jesus is. He's our Saviour. His Name means "Saviour" -  "You are to give Him the Name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Why did Jesus come to this world? -  "The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10). -  "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mark 2:17). Jesus came to find the lost. He came to save sinners.
God speaks to us in love. He says, ‘I Myself will be the Shepherd of My sheep... ’ (Ezekiel 34:15). We rejoice in His love. We say, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ (Psalm 23:1). Jesus is our Shepherd. He is ‘the good Shepherd’. He laid down His life for us that we might receive the forgiveness of our sins. ‘Christ died for our sins’. He - ‘the Righteous’ - died for us - ‘the unrighteous’ - ‘to bring us to God’ (John 10:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter 3:18). He is ‘the great Shepherd’. He was ‘raised’ from the dead’. Through His resurrection, we receive eternal life. He says to us, ‘Because I live you will live also’ (Hebrews 13:20-21; 1 Corinthians 15:4; John 14:19). He is ‘the chief Shepherd’. He will come again with ‘the unfading crown of glory’ for His ‘good and faithful servants’ (1 Peter 5:4; Matthew 25:21).
"He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name's sake" (Psalm 23:3b).
We enter the Kingdom of God through the new birth. Jesus Christ is "the Door" to God's Kingdom (John 10:9). To those who have come, in faith, to Him, the Lord Jesus says, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27). * Where does the Good Shepherd lead those who follow Him?  - He leads us "in the paths of righteousness." * Why does the Good Shepherd lead His people in the paths of righteousness?  - It is "for His Name's sake." The real goal of Christ-like living is not our pleasure. It is God's glory. we find our true pleasure as we give glory to the Lord. Are you following the Lord Jesus? He will lead you in the paths of righteousness for His Name's sake.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Speaking about God and Speaking to God

Speaking about God
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 
Speaking to God
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

God's blessing overflows.

Psalm 23 "The Lord is my Shepherd ... "
The words are so familiar. When we start to think that we understand all that this great Psalm is saying to us, the Lord comes to with something new, something fresh, something that speaks to our hearts, something that brings blessing into our lives. What are to say about this? ~ From God to us, comes blessing, much blessing. How much blessing? Who can say? All we can say is this - It's His blessing, and His blessing "overflows" (v. 5).

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

God's eternal blessings come from His eternal love.

"Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and  I will dwell in the House of the Lord for ever" (Psalm 23:6). For us, God's salvation begins while we are here on earth. They continue for "all the days of our life." His  blessings do not come to an end when we leave this world. His blessings are eternal - "I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever." "Your love, Lord reaches to the heavens ... How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God!" (Psalm 36:5,7). Where do God's eternal blessings come from? They come from His love, His eternal love, His love which endures forever (Psalm 136).
"Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered" (Psalm 32:1). God's eternal blessings begin with the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus was forsaken by God so that we might be forgiven by God.  
"We wait in hope for the Lord" (Psalm 33:20). The forgiveness of our sins is just the beginning of God's eternal blessings. There is more to come. We look forward to being with the Lord forevermore.

Enthroned

“You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3).
God is not enthroned because we enthrone Him. We enthrone Him because He is enthroned.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Eternal Blessings

"The Lord gives victory to His anointed" (Psalm 20:6).
Jesus is the Christ (the anointed). Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has won the victory over Satan. He won the victory for us. He gives His victory to us.
"Surely You have granted him eternal blessings" (Psalm 21:6). 
Through the mighty victory of Jesus Christ (God's Anointed), there are "eternal blessings" - for us. 
"My God, God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Psalm 22:1). How do eternal blessings come to us through Christ? When we see Christ, suffering on the Cross, we must give thanks to God that His suffering was for us. For Him, there was suffering. For us, there is salvation. "'Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies ... Amazing love! how can it be that Thou, my God shouldst die for me! ... No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!"

Sunday, 20 November 2016

God Is Revealed In His World And His Word.

"The heavens declare the glory of God ... " (Psalm 19:1). Look around you. Lift up your eyes. Look to the Lord. Catch a glimpse of His glory, and say, "Thank You, Lord."  
"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul" (Psalm 19:7).
God’s Word does not return to Him empty. It accomplishes the purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11). Often, we feel like God’s Word returns to us empty. It never returns to Him empty. Wherever God’s Word is preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, God is at work. He is doing more than we realize. Some may refuse to listen to the voice of the Spirit – but the Spirit keeps on speaking to them, calling them to return to the Lord and receive His free gift of salvation: “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7). Let us pray that the Word of God will be spoken in the power of the Spirit of God: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul (Psalm 19:7).
Psalm 19:14
Pray that ‘the meditation of your heart’ and ‘the words of your mouth’ will be filled with the Spirit of love.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Beloved and precious

"Keep me as the apple of the eye" (Psalm 17:8). Jesus is God's "beloved Son" (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5). In Jesus, God's "beloved" Son, we are "accepted" (Ephesians 1:6).  In the eyes of God the Father, Jesus is "precious" (1 Peter 2:4,6-7; 1 Peter 1:19) - and our faith is "precious" (1 Peter 1:7: 2 Peter 1:1).

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Learning about God's love and His salvation - There is nothing more wonderful than this.

“Show Your marvelous lovingkindness …  O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 17:7; Psalm 19:14). The lessons that we discover in the Word of God are lessons that are given to us by revelation. God shows us His “marvellous lovingkindness.” He shows us His salvation. Learning about God’s love and His salvation – There is nothing more wonderful than this. To know that we are loved by the Lord and have been saved by Him – This is what gives us strength to keep on loving and praising Him as we travel with Him towards His glorious Kingdom.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Our faith is often shaken. Our Saviour is never shaken.

"I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken" (Psalm 16:8).  An unshakeable faith - What does this mean? Is my faith ever an unshakeable faith? No! It's not. Is my Saviour an unshakeable Saviour? Yes! He is. Our faith is often shaken. Our Saviour is never shaken.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Building on Christ means believing in Him and living for Him.

"Whoever does these things will never be shaken" (Psalm 15:5). Jesus Christ is the Rock upon which our faith is built. Building on Christ means more than believing the right things about Him. It also means living for Him. This is the message taught by Jesus in his parable of the wise man and the foolish man - "everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock... But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand" (Matthew 7:24,26). What  are we to believe? - This is not the only question we must ask. If our faith is real, we must move on from there to another very important question: How are we to live?

Monday, 14 November 2016

God is much stronger than Satan.

The Psalmist speaks of his enemies – “my foes” (Psalm 3:1). They are not only his enemies. They are the Lord’s enemies (Psalm 2:2).
What an encouragement it is to know that we do not stand against our enemies on our own. The Lord is standing with us. We do not stand in our own weakness. We stand in the strength of the Lord. He is with us. Many times, we will fail Him. He will never fail us. Often, we will let Him down. He will never let us down. What does God say to us, in our weakness? – He assures us that He holds on to us with a love which is much stronger than our weak love for Him – “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful” (2 Timothy 2:13). When, in our battle against strong and determined enemies, we like giving up, let’s remember this: God is faithful – and He is much stronger than Satan. “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Two ways of living

Psalm 1
The first Psalm speaks to us about two ways of living - the Lord's way and the world's way. Each of us must choose. When we choose God's way, His blessing fills our lives. We must not turn away from Him, and lose out on His blessing. May God help us to keep on walking with Him, and to enjoy His blessing on our lives.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Can we ever get to the bottom of human suffering, if we fail to see Satan - trying to draw us away from the Lord?

"We have examined this, and it is true" (Job 5:27).
It's one thing to say, "It is true." It's another thing to speak the truth of God. Where did Eliphaz and the other 'comforters' get their ideas from? - "We have investigated this." What about revelation? Were their thoughts given to them by God? or Did they come from their own minds? When we compare the words of the 'comforters' with the Word, spoken by God, in Job 1-2, we find that the two are very different. The 'comforters' think in terms of sin and punishment - the more you sin, the more you'll get punished. Is life really as simple as that? God's Word says, 'No.' In Job 1:7, we read about something else - "Satan is roaming through the earth and walking around on it." What is he doing? - "the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour" (1 Peter 5:8).  Can we ever get to the bottom of human suffering, if we fail to see Satan - trying to draw us away from the Lord? As a full and final explanation of all human suffering, 'more sin, more punishment' doesn't cut it. While we are here on earth, we will be attacked by Satan - "the devil has come down to you with great fury" (Revelation 12:12). The devil wants us to blame God, to say, 'God's punishing me.' We must never forget that Satan is our "accuser" (Revelation 12:10). When Satan comes to accuse us and attack us, let's remind him of his final outcome - he will be "thrown into the lake of fire ... " (Revelation 20:10).

Friday, 11 November 2016

Job was a godly man. Job suffered. ...

Job 1-2
Job was a godly man. Job suffered. Did these things just happen to him - by chance? No! There was much more to it than that. There was a spiritual dimension. There was the attack from Satan. There was the control of God. Satan had plenty of power - but he could only do what God allowed him to do. We should not underestimate Satan. He has great power. He has evil intent. He can do us a great deal of harm. We should not overestimate Satan. He is not greater than God. He shall not triumph over God. Be aware of Satan, be on your guard against him - and remind him of this: Jesus Christ is Lord!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

A plan and a price

"And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’ ... I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.’" (Esther 4:14,16).
God has a plan for us. Are we willing to pay the price?

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

King Jesus

"For a full 180 days, King Xerxes displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendour and glory of his majesty" (Esther 1:4). As I was reading these words about King Xerxes, I thought about another king, a very different king, a much better king - King Jesus. What did Jesus say about His Kingdom?  This is what He said - "My Kingdom is not of this world... My Kingdom is from another place" (John 18:36). We read about Xerxes. We read about Jesus. We must make our choice. What is most important to us - this world or the world towards which God is calling us, the world of His glory?

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The brightness of the Lord's glory ...

"The brightness of the Lord's glory ... the sound of the Almighty God when he speaks" (Ezra 10:4-5)
The glory of the Lord shines upon us when we open the Word of the Lord. We pray, "Speak to us, Lord. Show us your glory." This is a prayer that the Lord loves to hear. this is a prayer that he loves to answer. 

Monday, 7 November 2016

What will the future hold for us?

What will the future hold for us? One thing we can say is this: there is work to be done – God’s work. God is calling us to do His work and He will give us the strength that we need (Ezra 1:2,5). ‘At such a time is this’, a time when many are turning away from the Lord, showing little or no interest in worshipping and serving Him, a time when many are living according to the world’s standards with no real desire to please God and do His will, God is looking for people who will make a whole-hearted commitment to a life of serving Him. He is looking for people who will say, ‘Serving the Lord – this must be the great priority of my life, the most important thing’ (Esther 4:14,16).

Serving the Lord will not be easy. There will be many times when we will feel like giving up. We will be tempted to follow the crowd rather than following our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. When it seems that we are in danger of being overwhelmed by such temptations, we must say, ‘I have decided to follow Jesus’. We must remember that Jesus went to the Cross for us and we must say, ‘There will be “no turning back”’. We must not by put off by those who have no real love for the Lord: ‘Though none go with me, I still will follow’. We must make our choice: ‘The world behind me, the Cross before me. No turning back’ (Mission Praise, 272).

Sometimes, as we serve the Lord, we may wonder, ‘What’s this all about? Where is the Lord in all of this?’ When such thoughts fill our minds, we must take encouragement from God’s Word: ‘He knows the way that I take’ (Job 23:10). We must remember God’s great faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23). In the Lord our God, we find ‘strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow’ (Songs Of God’s People, 37). As we look to the Lord, we will catch a glimpse of His eternal purpose for us (Ecclesiastes 3:11) – He is ‘fitting us for heaven to live with Him there’ (Church Hymnary. 195).
My prayer for each of you is that you will learn to ‘turn your eyes upon Jesus’. I pray that you will ‘look full in His wonderful face’ and find that He is ‘altogether lovely’. As you learn to love Jesus more, you will discover that ‘the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace’ (Mission Praise, 712; Song of Solomon 5:16). Through the great love of Jesus Christ our Saviour, may we all grow stronger in our commitment to worshipping and serving the Lord our God.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Wholehearted Devotion

"And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep Your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided” (1 Chronicles 29:19). We don't begin with what's on the outside - building the temple. We begin with what's on the inside - "wholehearted devotion." The first thing isn't doing things for God. It's loving the Lord. In the work of the Lord, there's something we must never forget: The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. Everything good in the work of the Lord flows from this: "wholehearted devotion" to Him.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

We look back. We look forward.

We look back, and we ‘give thanks to the Lord’, remembering ‘the wonderful works that He has done’ (1 Chronicles 16:8,12). We look forward, committing our future to the Lord in prayer, looking to Him to fulfil the promise He gives to those who call upon Him in heartfelt prayer: ‘If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land’ (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Thursday, 3 November 2016

God’s judgment on Jezebel was awesome (2 Kings 9:30-37).

Why does God’s Word speak to us so strongly of judgment? He is warning us. He is calling us to repent, to return to Him before it is too late, before our opportunity for repentance has gone. Make sure that you don’t reach the point of no return. ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near’ (Isaiah 55:6). For you, this may be God’s time. The Lord may never be so ‘near’ again. You are in ‘the valley of decision’: ‘Today, when you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts’ (Joel 3:14; Hebrews 4:7). There is still time - to open your heart to Christ, to trust Him as your Saviour, to become a new creation in Him. Here is a prayer you can pray: ‘Restore us, O God; let Thy face shine, that we may be saved!’ (Psalm 80:3,7,19).

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

‘Go to meet the man of God and inquire of the Lord through him’ (2 Kings 8:8).

God’s servants, appointed by Him to serve the people in His Name, play a significant part in leading the people to a deeper knowledge of God. They bring the Word of God to the people. That is what they have been called to do. It is good to have faithful teaching from God’s Word. There needs also to be faithful hearing, reading and doing of God’s Word. God’s servants can take us so far - and no further. You can take a horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink! God’s servants say, ‘Here are ‘the wells of salvation’’. It is up to the people themselves to take the next step: ‘With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation’ (Isaiah 12:3). God’s Word is provided for you. It is delivered to you. What are you doing with it?

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

History tells the story of our sin as well as the story of God's salvation.

"Now the Lord has put a lying spirit into the mouths of all these prophets" (1 Kings 22:23). While we believe that God is working out His good purpose - "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him" (Romans 8:28), we must remember that history tells the story of our sin as well as the story of God's salvation. Where there is sin, there is also judgment. We see this in John 3:17-18 where the great words of salvation - "God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Christ" (verse 17) - are followed by these very serious words of warning - "Whoever believes in Christ is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's only Son " (verse 18). "Because he has not believed ... ", there will be condemnation. Scripture says that "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). This is the fulfilment of God's wonderful promise: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Acts 2:21). If we miss out the words, "who calls on the name of the Lord", we would be left with the statement, "Everyone will be saved." This might be what we would like to hear, but it's not what God's Word says. It says that the way of receiving God's salvation is the way of calling on the name of the Lord. If we are to receive God's salvation, we must call on the name of the Lord. How does this help us to understand the words of 1 Kings 22:23 - "now the Lord has put a lying spirit into the mouths of all these prophets"? The NIV Study Bible offers this comment: "The Lord had given 400 prophets over to the power of the lie because they did not love the truth and had chosen to speak out of their own hearts." We may say that the Lord's action was an act of judgment. He says to those who follow the way of disobedience, "If that's the way you have chosen to go, I will not stop you." He doesn't stop them in their tracks and turn them around. He allows them to continue on in the way they have chosen. Here, we see the great conflict between God and Satan. We must remember that Satan is "the father of lies" (John 8:44). In its comment on 1 Kings 22:23, the NIV Study Bible says, "see also note on 2 Samuel 24:1). Commenting on 2 Samuel 24:1, it points out two things - (1) "God does not cause anyone to sin" - "When tempted to sin, no-one should say,'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed, Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin ... " (James 1:13-15). (2) "Satan's evil acts are under God's sovereign control" - "The Lord said to Satan, 'Very well, then, everything he has in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.'" (Job 1:12). When we consider the ongoing conflict between God and Satan, we must never forget that the final outcome is certain: "the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur" (Revelation 20:10). Along with God's judgment on "the devil", there is also His judgment on "the false prophet" (Revelation 20:10). It is this judgment of God that we must see in the words of Proverbs 16:1 - "To man belongs the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue." While we are still on this earth, God speaks to us His Word of warning - "See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven?" (Hebrews 12:25). God is calling us to stop turning away from Him and start turning to Him. If, however, we persist in turning away from Him, the word of warning will become the word of judgment: "I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!" (Matthew 7:23). There is a better way than the word of warning becoming the word of judgment. When there is "a violent earthquake" in our life - the shaking of our whole life (which makes us think about the direction in which our life is heading), we can turn to the Lord with the question, "What must I do to be saved?" When we ask this question, God will speak to us with His wonderful answer: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:26-31).

What are we to do, Lord, when we think that You're against us?

Job 9:20-10:22 What are we to do, Lord, when, like Job, we think that You are “against” us (Job 10:2)? Where do such negative thoughts ...