Catalyst

April 20th, 2014

A man who works in the field of chemistry pointed out that if you mix hydrogen and oxygen, the well- known components of water, you get no reaction– and no water!  But if you add a small amount of platinum to this stable mixture, things begin to happen very rapidly.  The hydrogen and oxygen unite and a chemical change occurs which produces water.  Just as platinum is needed as a catalyst to achieve the desired result, so faith must be present in our walk with the Lord if we are to experience progress in our relationship with Him.

Jesus gives us the Words of Life.   The things recorded about Him give us faith.  John 20:31:  “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

We must put our faith in Jesus.

-James Johnston

Warrior

April 13th, 2014

When we think of a warrior we think of someone clad in military gear, fully prepared to meet the task before him. Those who fall in battle we lament, but honor their memory and call them heroes.

The Lord’s warrior is clad in armor of a different sort (Ephesians 6:13-18). The Lord’s army consists of both male and female saints, and the armor worn is not material in nature. The Lord needs His saints to carry His message to a world that is lost and dying in sin.

Ironically, a material army seeks to destroy, whereas the Lord’s army seeks to save.

The Lord’s servant is guaranteed to fail in his service to the Lord when he takes his armor off, when he begins to serve others for selfish purposes, and when the message he carries is compromised.

It is always a matter of propriety and priority to have the Lord first in one’s life.

 

-James Johnston

Whose Approval Really Counts?

April 6th, 2014

Galatians 1:10:Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

We sing the song, “Standing on the Promises of God.”  The second verse states:  “Standing of the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God, I shall prevail.  Standing on the promises of God.”

During times of persecution many would be challenged to stand for the truth and die, or compromise and live.  1 Corinthians 4:2: “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

We must live out our faith through honoring the words of the Bible and obeying the gospel of Christ.  It is God’s approval that counts.

 

-James Johnston


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