I have sat under some incredible preaching in my day. In looking through my old Bibles I see the signatures of some mighty men of God, most of whom have been since called to heaven. But the preaching is all in vain but for the Word of God, the working of the Holy Spirit, and a willing heart.
I recently wrote of my Jottings. And so, a few more truths that I've jotted down through the years:
1. Witnessing to the lost is just us working on the outside while the Holy Spirit works on the inside.
2. Self-pity always brings bitterness.
3. Christianity is simple obedience to Christ. Just do as you're told!
4. Who you are (virtue) is more important than what you know (knowledge).
5. Faith is a deep seeded conviction that God will work the thing out.
6. I conquer only where I yield.
7. He's as lost as a junebug in a hailstorm. ~Pastor Jack Caldwell
8. I never could have imagined what loving me would cost.
One of my favorite people of all time in the Bible is Joseph. He has been my friend and comfort many times throughout my journey, especially of late.
Now you may wonder how I could be friends with a man who lived over thirty-seven hundred years ago. The answer to that is easy. I know him through the Word of God. The Bible is a living, breathing book. The men and women of it are real to me. I know them and can't wait to talk to them one day and get to know them better.
They are not alive today in the same way that Jesus lives. They don't yet have their resurrected bodies. They don't live in the same way that the Holy Spirit abides in me and I abide in the Father. Not the same way that Jesus walks with me and talks with me. Not like when God takes me into His very presence at the Throne of Grace. Not the same way that He draws me close and shelters me under His wing. Not alive like that.
I have written before about early truths that God gave me as a young Christian that changed the course and direction of my life. Today I'll share another. My sister sent this to me when she was attending Tennessee Temple back in the seventies. I've handwritten it word for word into the front of every Bible I've ever owned, so great has been it's impact on me.
Others May, You Cannot
If God has called you to be truly like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let others do things which He will not let you do.
Other Christians who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot, and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.
I wrote months ago about depression. It has been the most reposted piece that I have written up until now. It is also the subject that is most often discussed with me by way of private message. Depression.
In that post, I mentioned a tool that helps me a lot when I'm fighting discouragement and depression. That is the singing of hymns and spiritual songs. Today we'll talk a little about it. Music therapy. I can't tell you how you should to do it. I can only tell you what works for me. It helps me every single time.
First, let me say again that I am a big fan of good preaching. I need the Scripture to be the pure Words of God, undefiled by man. I need the preacher to love the Lord and be prayed up before he gets behind the pulpit. I then need him to be willing to step aside and let the Holy Spirit speak through him. I don't mind his personality coming through and some personal illustrations; I love those. Jesus told lots of stories. Bu...