Friday, July 31, 2015

Spiritual Highs

Peter had a glorious mountain-top experience and like many of us, wanted to "park there," so to speak. It's understandable; who wants to leave such to go down into the valley of a demon possessed world that lieth entirely in wickedness? But every saint needs to learn, God is just not the God of the mountains, but of the valleys also. For every mountain, there is a valley.

Many saints of our day are addicted to "spiritual highs" to keep them going. They are constantly attending revivals, camp meetings, deeper-life conferences, etc. They're always searching for some new book that will be a "quick fix" in their hour of spiritual depression. To them, Christianity is fun and games. They love, says Matthew, to play in the market place.

Descriptive words that come to my mind if asked to characterize the Christian life: routine, daily duties, same old same old. Those stalwart saints of the past were pluggers-along; they needed no frills, chills, and thrills to keep them going. They had an artisian well within them, better known as the Holy Spirit!

Unforgettable Spiritual experiences are prayed down, not worked up. Paul and Silas incarcerated at the dark hour of midnight, with feet in stocks, and their backs beaten bloody, prayed and praised God. It was then God began to shake things up, if you please. And that is when it will happen for us also!    



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Unlikely Possibilities

Jesus said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” There is a little saying when something difficult or beyond our human reasoning is presented us; we respond by saying, “It’s not likely.” When this happens, we have lost the possibilities of the unlikely.

It was not likely that a lad with five loaves and two fishes could feed five thousand. It was not likely a shepherd boy could kill a giant with one stone from his sling. It was not likely that an unlearned and ignorant fisherman could write two books of the New Testament, without any literary flaws whatsoever. But they did. Why? Because God can take the unlikely and make it a reality. Our Lord goes into the waste places and does the unlikely. “In the wilderness shall waters break out.”

He can see a saint in an unlikely, disregarded publican. He can see a diamond in the soot. He can see radiant glory in a rough, unpolished gem. God help us to have spiritual discernment to see the possibilities of the unlikely. May He help us to see a person’s possibilities in the blackness of their present shame—to see the future best in the present’s worst. Amen!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Leaning on the Lord

  1. No need going to Greek and Hebrew lexicons when seeking the meaning of words in scripture. In 98% of the cases, our English Bible (1611 A.V.) will interpret them by comparing scripture with scripture. For example, the wise man in Proverbs chapter three tells us, "lean on" is to "trust in." And in the book of Second Kings, the eighteenth chapter, "trust upon" is equated with "leaning upon." We used to sing in our churches: 

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
  1. Leaning on the everlasting arms;
    What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms.

O, how we as God's people in this day of turmoil, chaos, and unrest, need once again to lean heavily upon our Lord. I like the story of the elderly missionary woman who was all-in, as they say, after years of toiling and ready to give up because of the heavy trials. Seeing her sitting there discouraged on the floor of her hut, her servant girl (who loved her dearly) sat with her back to her mistress and said, "Lean hard, Missy, lean hard!" David tell us, "Cast thy burden upon He Lord, and He shall sustain thee."

The wise man said if we lean on the Lord He will direct our paths; Hezekiah found there is deliverance for those who lean on the Lord; and in Song of Solomon, we find it is the way out of the wilderness, "Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?" John the Beloved shows the way to intimacy with God and have questions answered is to lean upon the Lord."Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake...[and] Jesus answered." 

Like Jacob of old, who when dying, leaned upon his staff, we should lean upon the Lord to the very end!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Take Your Medicine

“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake, and thy often infirmities.” Some pertinent truths are missed in this text simply because of two factions trying to prove their position on wine.

First, Good and godly people, as Timothy, have sicknesses.

Second, we see that some infirmities are on-going.

Third, God uses means to temporarily relieve our discomforts.

Fourth, whatever the medication, it is to be used in moderation.

Fifth, he does not tell young Timothy to pray, be anointed, or to claim healing by faith, (all of which are legitimate), if God so leads. In this case he is simply to take his medicine. Doesn’t sound very spiritual, does it? But it seemed to have worked.

Sixth, we see progression of certain truths. Early in Paul’s Epistles he looked for the Lord’s return in his day. But later on his position seemed to have changed from an immediate coming, to an imminent one. So it was with healing. In his latter ministry, rather than using his apostolic gift, he left one brother sick at Miletum, and another, in prison with him, had been sick unto death. And, of course there was Timothy.

Seventh, for any super-saints reading this, who are tempted to look down on those who visit a physician in their sickness, it might be well to remember, Paul’s constant companion was Doctor Luke, the beloved physician. Also, the Great Physician Himself told us that sick people need a physician.

An addendum- I question seriously if the reference to wine was grape juice, if so, I doubt he would have cautioned him to use it moderately, “a little...often."

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Someone Has To Do It

"But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab." When a young man, I asked my dear mother, who was soaked in character, why she cleaned toilets and scrubbed floors for others. This wise woman, with that eternal twinkle in her hazel-green eyes said, "Someone has to do it, Son." Malchiah was such a one, his job like my Mom's, was a humbling one, but it was his lot in life. Who of us would not like to be standing at the "east gate" when He returns? But we who are hid away need not fear. He knows where we are, and we can be sure He'll look us up. He knows where all his precious jewels are hid! They sparkle even from seclusion.

These ten gates of Jerusalem are an interesting study in themselves, for example. When you left the "old gate" on the west side, and continued downward (south), you came to the "valley gate." Then at the very bottom, before starting upward, was the "dung gate." The spiritual lesson is obvious to the enlightened mind, after you put the old behind you, you pass by the valley. Then comes the "dung gate," where all the filth, trash and refuse is carried out and burned. It is then, on your journey, you start upward, and the next gate you come to, after leaving all the garbage behind, is the "fountain gate," where one is refreshed and cleansed. Everything is downward until we leave the, shall I say, "dumpster gate."

Friday, July 24, 2015

Man's Chief End (part two)

"Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever," so it is written in the Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1647. In a previous article we wrote on the glorifying of God in our lives; in todays writing I want to deal with the latter remark, enjoying God forever. There is no possibility of one experiencing this second blessing, of enjoying God, who has not fulfilled the previous act of glorifying God in their everyday life. It seems to me that many today have as their chief end, not the enjoyment of God, but rather their own lusts.

"Enjoying spiritual communion with God is a riddle and mystery to most people. Everyone who hangs about the court, does not speak with the king," so pens Thomas Watson. The enjoying of the pleasures of this world, without the enjoyment of God, is like drinking from a golden chalice with no wine ("that cheereth both the heart of man and God") within it. They have full coffers but empty lives. When the earlier and latter rains come from heaven, they are but dust (Deut. 28:24). 

How anyone can think or say he or she will enjoy God in heaven for eternity who do not enjoy Him in their daily lives now, is way above, as they say, my pay-grade in understanding. It is a great day indeed when we prodigals, who have spent our all on this world, return to our Father to enjoy Him, and Him alone. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Man's Chief End (part one)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism was completed in 1647. The first question is, "What is man's chief end?" The answer: "Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever." It is these two most important aspects of life I will be commenting on in this article and the one that follows. I say boldly, it is better to have never lived than to have lived and not to have fulfilled and experienced these two Divine requirements and privileges

We are told in scripture to give God the glory due His name. I like the comment of one of our old Puritan brothers, "It's the yearly rent we pay to the crown of heaven." Many, I'm afraid, go through life rent-free! Is it not a shame that everything God created naturally gives Him the glory, except mankind? The heavens, the beasts of the field, all creation glorifies their Maker, but the worm known as Man. This one creature wants all the glory for himself. 

God has given us, His saints, many things, but says, "My glory will I not give to another." Like king Pharaoh, after giving Joseph his ring and golden chain, and putting all things in his kingdom under him said, "Only in the throne will I be greater than thou." God has entrusted to us, His people, His Glory. We can go through life either gratifying our flesh or glorifying our God. Peter is a good example. He started out doing the former but finally and joyfully submitted to the latter, "To him be glory both now and for ever," were his last words.

Let each of us, from this day forward, be God-admirers! Let's make God look good. May we be so taken up with God, so awe struck by Him, the world will take notice. And let our testimony be that of Paul, "They glorified God in me." This should be a life-long commitment, even to death. This was true of both Peter and our Lord. Jesus told Peter before his death how he would glorify God in it. So the old faltering disciple glorified his God right up to the grave. And just before His death, Christ prayed to His Father, "I have glorified thee on earth."

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Our Greatest Ally...Almighty God

“If God be for us, who can be against us?” If God is for us, it matters not who may be against us. On the other hand, if God is against us, it matters little who is for us. God is our greatest Ally. Nothing else counts. When He is for us, we need not count heads in the opposing ranks.

David had the assurance Paul speaks of in our text. No wonder the shepherd boy of Israel could face lions, bears, and giants. He tells us in one of his Psalms, “This I know, for the Lord is with me.” This saint was living proof of the adage “You and God make the majority in any situation.”

I have taken an excerpt from one of my sermons entitled “God is Not the Minority” to close this article with:

“God is the Supreme, Eternal Majority. He can out-wit, out-vote, out-fight, out-think, out-maneuver, out-last, out-run, any and all from eternity to eternity. He has the last say and deciding vote in every situation. He is the Eternal Majority of One.”

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear; What can man do unto meThe Lord taketh my part with them that help me.”
(Psl. 118:6-7)

Monday, July 20, 2015

God Makes the Difference

C.H. Spurgeon said, "The possession of a God, or the non-possession of a God, makes the greatest possible difference between man and man. Esau is a princely being, but he is “a profane person.” Jacob is a weak, fallible, frail creature, but he has a God. Have you not heard of “the mighty God of Jacob?

I have an old sermon entitled, "When God Gets in It." Whenever and wherever He enters the scene, things begin to change. Water turns to wine, a common scrub bush is set on fire, a timid farm boy is transformed into a mighty man of valour. God always makes the difference!

If you have the Lord God Jehovah as your God, then as one old sage said, our whole history is covered; past, present, and future. God, from eternity past, anticipated every possible situation and circumstance we would find ourselves in while we sojourn on earth. And He prepared for every emergency.

We need never fear the storms of life, no matter how great the tempest, even when it seems we're sinking, if Jesus is in the ship with us! 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

With God in Secret

​It's been said, the most important part of a saint's life is the part only God sees. If there are no witnesses, there is no motive for us to glory before men. I think the less we are praised by our peers the safer we will be from satanic inflation. It seems some cannot function for the Lord unless there is a constant barrage of​ cheers and applause. We need to learn that "Hosannas" can turn to "Crucify Him," over night. 

Jesus warned those of His day of the great danger in seeking the accolades of men. "How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?" Somewhere along the way, we Christians got it into our heads doing great external exploits would make us great in God's Kingdom. But it is not what others see in public, but what God "seeth in secret," says our Lord.  

It was undetected to all eyes, except God's, when the young shepherd boy, David, killed both a lion and a bear with his bare hands, no less. Only out of necessity was it ever made known. And what of the widow and the pot of oil? It was when she "shut the door," leaving only her and her boys, secluded with God, that the miraculous took place. 

And so it is with us. When we enter our closets, shutting the door behind us, alone with God in secret that the groundwork is laid for the unthinkable and unbelievable great things God is going to do for all eyes to see! " 

We are to always be in the wings, the spotlight is to be forever upon "HIM"; the eternal, "BRIGHT STAR!"    

Friday, July 17, 2015

U-Turns

One of the common denominators in the ministries of Jesus, the Twelve, Peter and Paul was that each emphasized the necessity of repentance. They taught repentance leads to restoration of God’s favor, and impenitence to ruin. Thinking that we need not do a complete u-turn from vices in our lives, to practicing Godly virtues, is a destructive delusion.

Repentance is acknowledging and admitting we are rebels at heart, who must lay down our arms. True repentance is the right view of sin, self, and the Saviour. Real repentance is more than eating crow, it’s agreeing with Gods estimate of your sin. It is taking God’s side against the person you hold dearest: You!

It is shameful how many of us are so shameless today. In Ezra’s prayer he said, “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee…” I’m afraid we are more like the people of Jeremiah’s day, of whom it is said, “…they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush.” We need repenting that doesn’t need repenting of. There is far too much heartless repenting in each of us.

The old preachers used to preach there are three steps to Biblical repentance: First you get mad; then you get sad; but then you get glad.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

God's Pathway To Citizenship

Our Lord often presented truths that had twofold meanings, both an earthly and heavenly. The following is my feeble attempt to emulate our Master . 

Although God's love is unconditional, His requirement for entering His Heavenly domain has stipulations. There are stringent rules prior to becoming a citizen of God's country.
Jesus said, "...that [whoever] entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." That is, those climbing over the wall and not entering the legitimate way, are law-breakers.

In the book of Ephesians chapter two, Paul gives a vivid picture of we Gentiles, who he refers to as, "aliens and strangers," having absolutely no hope of ever becoming citizens of Heaven, and there was a great enmity between those who were citizens and those who were not. But God made a gracious pathway to citizenship for us foreigners, if we would submit to His one and only way. 

And for all those who do adhere to God's rule, the Apostle tells us the glorious result: "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God." We become one people, one nation under God. And what divided us, is removed. Thus, doing things the lawful way, brings peace and tranquility for all concerned!  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Having the Spirit of Anti-Christ

"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ [as] coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."

The term “antichrist” is used exclusively by John, and is found in his first and second epistles. He uses the term both in the singular (a person), and in the plural (persons). There are to be many prototypes; they existed even in John’s day. But all of these will be concentrated into one original in the latter times. Just as there are "many false Christs," imitating the one true Christ, so there are many "antichrists" emulating the one to come.  

The prefix “anti” has a dual meaning. It can mean “against” or “instead of”. Taken together, it’s a counterfeit in opposition to the real thing, “The Lord’s Christ.” The spirit of antichrist then carries Christ’s label (Christian), while denying Christ’s ingredients (Deity). The spirit of antichrist is behind every false doctrine and every religion substituting itself for the reality of Christ.

The question to ask before, “Is the antichrist a real person?” is, “Do I have the spirit of antichrist?” That is, are you hostile toward Him, do you deny His claims of Lordship? If so, you may carry the name Christian, but in reality you’re antichrist. Anyone denying the true nature and character of Christ is antichrist! 

And please believe me, God is intolerant when it comes to slighting His Son. You’re either for or against Him, there is no middle ground. As someone has said, "If He is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all."

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Family Rule

"Two are better than one....For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” 

As an excerpt from a famous poem goes, “No man is an Island.” Elijah thought he was, not realizing God had reserved seven-thousand to Himself, like Elijah. As a result "the loner" experienced a time of deep depression. Those who think they can go it alone, are in for a rude awakening. We all need a helping hand from time to time, as well as being one ourselves. 

Jesus sent His disciples out, "two by two." You'll remember Peter and John, though completely different temperaments, were constant companions; "Now Peter and John went up together into the temple." 

And what of Paul? He seemed to always have a "sidekick" with him": Paul and Timothy, Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Titus, Paul and Sosthenes." Maybe there should be an "and" after our names too. 

From the very beginning, God tells us, "It is not good that the man should be alone." It's a rule of the family, our Father would have us to take our brother or sister with us before we go out into the dark night of this world.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Enjoying Life

“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.” Enjoying life is a reoccurring theme in Ecclesiastes. Solomon brings it up on five different occasions. The Bible says we are to live life to its fullest. Yes, death is coming, but we are not to sit around and brood; but, rather, we are to enjoy richly all the things God has given us. There is a segment of Christianity today that is miserable, waiting for a Rapture to find joy, never realizing God has rapturous joys now in this life.

The man or woman, who knows the God who made the sun, can enjoy everything He gives us under the sun. There is nothing wrong with eating, drinking, and being merry as long as we do not (like the rich fool) leave God out of it. The prodigal son found out these things could be a blessing or a curse. Doing these things in the far country brought no joy, but once there was a sacrifice, he was able to enjoy them. Eating, drinking, and being merry can be devilish or delightful. It all depends on whether we find enjoyment in the things themselves or see them as special gifts from God. If the former, they are empty enjoyments; if the latter, there is fullness of joy.

We can make the things of this life sensual or spiritual. It all depends on which side of the sun we view them from.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Before Entering the Church-House Doors

The wise man says, “When thou goest to the house of God..." then proceeds to tell us how to act when we enter in. But I believe there are some things we should take care of before our entrance into His sanctuary. I think C.S. Lewis says it best when he writes, “If we cannot lay down our [temperamental] tastes along with other carnal baggage, at the church door, surely we should at least bring them in to be humbled and, if necessary, modified, not to be indulged.”

The old-timers would leave their horses tied-up outside the church; they didn’t bring them into God’s house with them. Well, I think if we left some things outside the church before entering in, such things as a bad attitude, pharisaical spirit, worldly thoughts, etc., we would ride a fresh mount home, instead of the tired, old nag we rode in on.

God only makes things new after the old things are passed away. If you really want to get clean, leave your soiled garments outside the wash house door. After you have bathed and dried off, you’ll find a fresh set of clothes awaiting you. Also thrown in will be a nice bottle of cologne or perfume that will give you an odour of a sweet smell before both God and man. Then it can be said of us also, “…he (or she) went on their way rejoicing.”

Friday, July 10, 2015

New Age, New Methods, Old Truth

"Then said H​e unto them​...​the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."


The "New-Agers" greatest mistake is thinking because a new age brings new methods, it necessitates a new message. But the Bible teaches that although the age may change, and along with it the methods, the message stays forever the same. You'll notice when believers entered the New Testament era, with undoubtedly many changes taking place in all areas of life, the old, old gospel stayed the same. 

We have been sold the lie, by the progressives that if something is classified as "old," it is to be considered out-dated, antique, and has outlived its usefulness. But those of us who have experienced the life-giving, life-changing, power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, know better. It is as fresh and new to us who are believers as the day we first heard it, though that day may have been many, many years ago! Our theme song being-


"​I love to tell the story, 
for those who know it best 
seem hungering and thirsting 
to hear it like the rest. 
And when, in scenes of glory, 
I sing the new, new song, 
'twill be the old, old story 
that I have loved so long."


This blessed old gospel can be traced all the way back to Adam's substitutionary lamb in the garden; and also Abraham's day, when the gospel story was first preached to him on the mount, hundreds of years ago. Hence, each generation of God's elect will continue to sing, "It was good for our fathers, and it's good enough for me." I like that "Old-Time Religion!" Don't you? 

"That which is new in theology is not true; the gospel was​ of full stature at its very birth; no man can add to it or take away from it." (C.H. Spurgeon)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The One Cure-All

Anyone who has watched old-time westerns is familiar with the medicine man who came to town selling his (as he referred to it) "cure-all liniment." It was a guaranteed remedy, said he, for everything from baldness, to sciatica, to bunions, and all in between. And many a duped soul bought this cure-less solution only to be sadly let down and disappointed in the end.

There is a host today, many well-meaning I'm sure, who have a "quick fix" for all the world's many ills. Whether in the political, social, or religious realm, they claim they have the one antidote for whatever the ailment. This type of salesmanship can be very profitable for the seller, but unprofitable for the buyer. Putting band-aids on skin cancer only hides the problem temporarily; it doesn't treat the problem.

Throughout the New Testament, both writers and preachers, along with the common everyday saint, believed there was only one permanent scriptural curative for all earth's complexities, THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST back to this earth. Anything else they might have taught and preached was only a transitory restraint until THAT GREAT DAY OF THE LORD.

The Bible ends with an old disciple praying, "EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS." Is this our one main concern?             

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Staying Warm in a Cold Climate

Jesus told His disciples that before His 2nd Coming, “…the love of many shall wax cold.” How does one stay warm in such a frigid, spiritual atmosphere?

I think of the story of the little boy, in olden times, returning from Sunday School. As he ran up a long flight of decayed tenement steps, he cried out again and again to his widowed mother, who was bedridden with pneumonia. As he got closer, his mother, who was chilled to the bone for scarcity of blankets, heard the little fella cry, “Mother, Mother, everything is going to be ok, you’ll be warm now; my Sunday School teacher said Jesus was going to send us another comforter! (Jn. 14:16)

God tells His people in Isaiah that they are to be covered with the covering of His Spirit (Isa. 30:1). This is the only way to stay warm when the icicles are hanging from the rafters in the church house.


O spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found,Wherever human hearts and human woes abound;Let ev’ry Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound:The Comforter has come!

The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come!The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise giv’n;O spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found—The Comforter has come!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Dependence Day/A Great Day Indeed

Independence is a wonderful thing, but not when it comes to God. The bottom line in the Fall was the desire of our first parents to be independent of their Maker. David tells us both people, politicians, and religious leaders still seek to divorce themselves from the blessed Godhead, saying, "Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." This is a timeless truth; for several hundred years later the early church, while in prayer, repeated this as a fact in their day.

The Man, Christ Jesus, our example, was totally dependent upon His God every second of every minute of every hour of every day of His life. "I can of mine own self do nothing," says the precious Son of God. The great Jehovah God was Jesus' life-support; His every breath was for the glory of God! He boldly proclaimed unashamedly, "I do always those things that please Him." His entire life was built around pleasing His Father. And so should His followers be.

One of the most memorable days in a saint's life is the day when he or she ceases living separately from the Lover of their souls. When they fall at those nailed-scarred feet and cry out, "Without thee I can do nothing," and follow this declaration up with the heat felt resolve, "Without thee I will do nothing!" Then we will be able to say with our beloved Paul, "[We] which live should not henceforth live unto [our]selves, but unto him which died for [us], and rose again."

Truly my friend, such a day will be be marked on your spiritual calendar as, "DEPENDENCE DAY!"
 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

So Your Life Didn't Go As Planned

Many, I'm sure, of my readers can attest to the fact that their life did not go as they had planned. Their dreams, although possibly noble, as the old prophet said, "as the morning cloud...pass[ed] away." 

Mrs. Ina Ogden was such a person. She had great hopes as a young girl of being a missionary. But circumstances dashed these hopes against the rocks. Her father had fallen sick and instead she cared for him. She wrote a song that grew out of her desire, "That I should try to make things as cheerful as possible for my father." Her intent in writing the song, said she, was "to remind Christians the pulpit and mission field were not the only places one might make a difference for the Kingdom of God." Hence, the song, "Brighten the Corner," came into being. 


​​"Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are."
Most certainly, Naaman the leper could attest to the fact the little Jewish maiden taken captive and made to serve within his household, brightened every corner of his home. And the testimony of all who came in contact with Joseph bore witness to the truth, he lit-up every dark and dreary corner around him. We must not leave out Paul and Silas, with backs beaten bloody, singing and praising God at the midnight hour in their cell. When the jailer sprang-in at the darkest hour of his life he found there was no need for his lantern; those two saints had already lightened up the corner where they were!

O, dear child of God, be assured your disappointment is God's appointment. Therefore let each of us, like the saying goes, "light up the room," wherever we might find ourselves.