Nothing Venture, Nothing Win

Nothing Venture, Nothing Win

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2 Kings 7:3

Why sit we here until we die?

Dear reader, this little book was mainly intended for the edification of believers, but if you are yet unsaved, our heart yearns over you: and we would fain say a word which may be blessed to you. Open your Bible, and read the story of the lepers, and mark their position, which was much the same as yours. If you remain where you are you must perish; if you go to Jesus you can but die. “Nothing venture, nothing win,” is the old proverb, and in your case the venture is no great one. If you sit still in sullen despair, no one can pity you when your ruin comes; but if you die with mercy sought, if such a thing were possible, you would be the object of universal sympathy. None escape who refuse to look to Jesus; but you know that, at any rate, some are saved who believe in Him, for certain of your own acquaintances have received mercy: then why not you? The Ninevites said, “Who can tell?” Act upon the same hope, and try the Lord’s mercy. To perish is so awful, that if there were but a straw to catch at, the instinct of self-preservation should lead you to stretch out your hand. We have thus been talking to you on your own unbelieving ground, we would now assure you, as from the Lord, that if you seek Him He will be found of you. Jesus casts out none who come unto Him. You shall not perish if you trust Him; on the contrary, you shall find treasure far richer than the poor lepers gathered in Syria’s deserted camp. May the Holy Spirit embolden you to go at once, and you shall not believe in vain. When you are saved yourself, publish the good news to others. Hold not your peace; tell the King’s household first, and unite with them in fellowship; let the porter of the city, the minister, be informed of your discovery, and then proclaim the good news in every place. The Lord save thee ere the sun goes down this day.

I can do all things

 

 

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‘…Let us…love one another…’

LOVE

‘…Let us…love one another…’ 1 John 4:7

Love is slow to suspect but quick to trust; slow to condemn but quick to justify; slow to offend  but quick to defend; slow to expose but quick to shield; slow to reprimand but quick to  empathise; slow to belittle but quick to appreciate; slow to demand but quick to give; slow to  provoke but quick to help; slow to resent but quick to forgive. Jerry Cook talks about a  church where the people make the following pledge to each other: ‘I’ll never knowingly say  or do anything to hurt you. I’ll always, in every circumstance, seek to help and support you. If  you’re down and I can lift you, I’ll do that. If you need something and I have it, I’ll share it with  you. If I need to, I’ll give it to you. No matter what I find out about you, no matter what  happens in the future-either good or bad-my commitment to you will never change. And  there’s nothing you can do about it.’ 1 Corinthians 13:7 NKJV says love: 1) ‘Believes all  things.’ When someone you care about is called into question, love says, ‘That’s not the kind  of person they are; that’s not what they meant.’ 2) ‘Hopes all things.’ Love sees people not  just as they are, but as they can be through God’s grace. And if you let Him, God will  download that kind of love into your heart. 3) ‘Endures all things.’ The word ‘endure’ is a  military term. It means driving a stake into the ground. It’s like saying, ‘I’ll stand my ground in  loving you.’ Today, take the love that God has given to you, and give it to others.

LEARNING TO WALK BY FAITH (2) (By Bob Gas)

LEARNING TO WALK BY FAITH (2)

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‘...I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!‘ Mark 9:24

Here is another question to consider: What is ‘walking by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7)? It’s living your life based on how things look to the natural eye. It’s deciding and acting in accord with your perceptions and circumstances, rather than God’s Word. It’s being dictated to by your feelings and thoughts. Your thoughts and feelings are-yours! Examine them. Don’t let them hijack you. Use your spirit-controlled temperament to bring them under control. Too often we are sandwiched between faith and doubt, in a ‘catch-22’ between what our transformed spirit says and what our carnal mind says. One day a distraught father brought his son to Jesus for healing. Jesus told him, ‘…Everything is possible for one who believes’ (Mark 9:23 NIV). At that point the boy’s father said, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ At times we experience both faith and doubt. This man was honest about his doubts, yet Jesus still worked a miracle for him. If he had needed correcting, Jesus would have corrected him. If his faith was not genuine, the Lord would have known it. But Jesus accepted his declaration of faith, despite his doubts. There are three lessons here for us: 1) Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your doubts. 2) Don’t let your doubts overrule your faith. God’s Word in the matter is God’s will for you; stand on it. 3) Hand your doubts over to the Lord and say, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ How long does it take to learn to walk by faith? A lifetime!