"But none of these
things move me,
neither count I my
life dear unto myself,
so that I might finish
my course with joy,
and the ministry,
which I have received
of the Lord
Jesus, to testify
the gospel of the grace of God" .
** Make the above verse your own personal heart's desire before the LORD.
7 But what things were gain
to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I
count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not
having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him,
and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might
attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had
already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not
myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do , forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
.... The Supreme Object. by F. B. Meyer.
....Beautiful Testimony: Vanessa Lombardo.
.....21 Ways to Love Your Wife.
......Poem by John G. Ridley.
WORDS OF LIFE .
¶ Job 23:15-16
15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
¶ Thinking it over: Does the Lord trouble us? Isn't it true that there are many that are not troubled by their sin and we hope that the Lord will trouble them that they might turn to Him and be saved? The disciples were "troubled" when they saw Jesus walking on the water, and in Mark's Gospel 6:52 we are told that ... "for their heart was hardened" Praise the Lord that he does trouble us like he did Job in the process of making his and our hearts "soft" and sensitive to our sin and faultiness and need.
It was at this very point that job began to make forward progress in the greatest discovery and blessing in his life.
May the lord encourage us that, like Job, HE seeks to bring us forth in his purpose as "Gold". [Job 23:10.]
Jesus Loves You.
"Pastors and The Church Part 4".