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Inventive Faith
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"And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay." (Mark 2:4)

th is full of inventions. The house was full, a crowd blocked up the door, but faith found a way of getting at the Lord and placing the palsied man before Him. If we can't get sinners where Jesus is by ordinary methods, we must use extraordinary ones. It seems, according to Luke 5:19, that a tiling had to be removed, which would make dust and cause a measure of danger to those below, but where the case is very urgent we must not mind running some risks and shocking some proprieties. Jesus was there to heal, and therefore fall what might, faith ventured all so that the poor paralyzed man might have his sins forgiven. O that we had more daring faith among us! Let's seek it for ourselves and for our fellow-workers, and let's try today to perform some gallant act...for the love of souls and the glory of the Lord.

world's constantly inventing; genius serves all the purposes of human desire...can't faith invent too, and reach by some new means the outcasts who lie perishing around us? It was the presence of Jesus which excited victorious courage in the four bearers of the palsied man: isn't the Lord among us now? Have we seen His face for ourselves today? Have we felt His healing power in our own souls? If so, then through door, through window, or through roof, let's break through all impediments...labour to bring poor souls to Jesus. All means are good and decorous when faith and love are truly set on winning souls. If hunger for bread can break through stone walls, surely hunger for souls isn't to be hindered in its efforts. O Lord, make us quick to suggest methods of reaching Thy poor sin-sick ones, and bold to carry them out at all hazards.

Calm Down, Shut Up and Quit Trippin'

Be still and know that I am God.
(Psalm 46:10)

So many times we make situations more than they are...due to our anxiety.

CALM DOWN ! God has your life under control; He knows how to handle even the seemingly complex situation with ease.

SHUT UP ! Stop having pity parties and talking about your business all the time; don't you know that the power of death and life is in the tongue! Stop speaking negative things into existence in your life and in others.

QUIT TRIPPIN' ! When you look at your situations through your eyes, you often read more into the situation than what is there. It's not as bad as you think if God is in your life; Stop over- analyzing your life.

Be Courageous 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of Love, and of a sound mind.

Fear is not of God. Have the courage to step out on faith and do the seemingly impossible. Start your own business; go into the ministry; apply for that promotion; anything that you've been afraid to do and you know that God has called you to do - JUST DO IT!

Have Confidence Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Remember, "greater is He that's within you than he that is in the world." You have the power of the most High God working in you, and you have His Son steadily making intercession for you. Walk with your head up! You say you have low self-esteem; somebody told you that you'd never amount to anything; the devil is a liar! Know that you are somebodybecause Jesus said you are a child of The King!

Walk In Victory Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

God has already worked it out for you. It may not come the way you think it should come (or when you think it should), but remember - CALM DOWN, SHUT UP, AND QUIT TRIPPIN '! He's working it out for "YOUR" good (in His time).

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Walking In The Light

"If we walk in the light, as He is in the light."
(John 1:7)

As He is in the light! Can we ever attain to this? Shall we ever be able to walk as clearly in the light as He is...whom we call "Our Father," of whom it is written, "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all"? Certainly, this's the model which is set before us, for the Saviour Himself said, "Be ye perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect"; and although we may feel that we can never rival the perfection of God, yet we are to seek after it, and never to be satisfied until we attain to it. The youthful artist, as he grasps his early pencil, can hardly hope to equal Raphael or Michael Angelo, but still, if he didn't have a noble beau ideal before his mind, he'd only attain to something very mean and ordinary. But what's meant by the expression that the Christian's to walk in light as God is in the light? We conceive it to import likeness, but not degree. We're as truly in the light, we're as heartily in the light, we're as sincerely in the light, as honestly in the light, though we can't be there in the same measure.

I can't dwell in the sun, it's too bright a place for my residence, but I can walk in the light of the sun; and so, though I can't attain to that perfection of purity and truth which belongs to the Lord of hosts by nature as the infinitely good, yet I can set the Lord always before me, and strive, by the help of the indwelling Spirit, after conformity to His image. That famous old commentator, John Trapp, says, "We may be in the light as God is in the light for quality, but not for equality." We're to have the same light, and are as truly to have it and walk in it as God does, though, as for equality with God in His holiness and purity, that must be left until we cross the Jordan and enter into the perfection of the Most High. Mark that the blessings of sacred fellowship and perfect cleansing are bound up with walking in the light.