Catching men and women alive.

“The expression ‘fishing for men’ is an important one for us to understand. Another way to translate it would be ‘catching men alive’ (women, too, of course). We find this unique phrase only two times in the Bible, first in Matt. 4:19 and then in 2 Tim. 2:26, where it describes those who have been ensnared by Satan. Thus, Scripture provides a striking contrast: either we will catch men and women alive or the devil will.” Greg Laurie 

Matthew 4:19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

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Praying for revival.

“Does it grieve you, my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and desecrated? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age?…But we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God’s name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones 

Deuteronomy 28:58 “If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD…

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Don’t believe that atheists exist.

Don’t believe that atheists exist. The definition of an atheist is “one who denies the existence of God.” Those who deny the inner light that God has given to every man are nothing less than fools, who so love their sin that they deny God-given reason—thinking that gives them license to indulge in sin (see Psa. 14:1). Since God has given mankind sufficient proof so that we are all without excuse, an atheist is a person who pretends there is no God.

“It amazes me to find an intelligent person who fights against something which he does not at all believe exists.” Gandhi 

Job 12:7 “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you.9 Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this…

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A Brownie box.

One marvels at the incredible intricacies of the human eye, but man’s eye is but a Brownie box camera compared to the incredible eye of the eagle. When we think we have caught a glimpse of the genius of God, He outdoes our estimation of His greatness. Yet, in this creation we have not begun to see what God can do (see 1 Cor. 2:9).

Job 37:27 Does the eagle mount up at your command, And make its nest on high? 28 On the rock it dwells and resides, On the crag of the rock and the stronghold. 29 From there it spies out the prey; Its eyes observe from afar.

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Christian by tradition? Baptism? Birth?

It is true that children do tend to adopt the religion they learned about from their parents. In all other religions, one automatically becomes a follower by birth, by being baptized as an infant, or by observing certain religious practices. For example, a child is a Jew if born to a Jewish mother, or is considered a Mormon or Muslim if born into a Mormon or Muslim family. But one becomes a Christian only by personally repenting of his sins and placing his trust in Jesus Christ alone for his salvation. It is an individual decision, regardless of the religion practiced by the parents. Many people raised in other cultures decide to leave their religion and become Christians. God knows those whose hearts are truly seeking Him, and He ensures that they hear the gospel no matter where they are located. He can reveal Himself to people even in the midst of Hindu, Muslim, or animist cultures, so that they can put their trust in the Savior.

Also, keep in mind that believing something doesn’t necessarily make it true. Other religions are not equally true just because people were raised to believe them. Only Christianity is backed up by objective, historical, archaeological, and experiential evidence to verify that it is true.

1 Chronicles 28:9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.

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Burn out vs. Rust out

It is often said that we should “come apart” before we come apart. We should make sure we take the time to rest. If you are overwhelmed with your work for God, delegate, but don’t just do nothing while sinners sink into Hell. It is far better to burn out than to rust out. Pray always. Preach the word, in season and out of season…always laboring in the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain. We will have eternity to rest.

Exodus 18:18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself.

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God’s expressed love for you.

The cross was God’s expressed love for you. Don’t look to material blessings as a token of His love. One day you may find yourself in a dungeon, with few friends and no material wealth. (This was the apostle Paul’s experience—he suffered the loss of all things for the sake of the gospel; Phil. 3:8.) So, fortify yourself. Do what Paul did: look only to the cross, and God’s love will never.

Song of Solomon 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.

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