If it teaches us nothing else, Christianity teaches us that life whilst living in this world consists neither in its length of days nor in the ease and comfort of body.
In Matthew 4: 1-11 we are told that even Jesus could be tempted by worldly possibilities but like Him we must resist them.
It is our faith in God which links us to the Divine and clothes us with God's power.
Those who walked in the light loved Him whilst those who walked in darkness both feared and hated Him.
Man's consciousness of himself is but a shadow of his eternal being.
True peace is not the absence of conflict in a life but the presence of Christ.
Gladness may make a Christian forget their thanksgiving whilst unhappiness encourages prayer.
However asset rich we might be we are only their stewards whilst we live.
It's a sobering fact that we entered the world with nought but a cry and with nothing and in silence we will leave it.
We dull our understandings with trifles and waste Heavenly spaces with hurry.
The purpose of the Commandments was never that humankind should succeed in obeying them but finding they could not do so they would turn to the Source of Life to make their fulfilment possible.
When tempted in the wilderness, the obedient Son, although hungry, would not say that a stone was bread because the Father had said it was stone.
All the time the mighty oak tree was in the heart of the tiny acorn: as is the mighty God, in our hearts.
Possessions only become a burden when we waste too much of our precious time and concern repairing, replacing, scheming or obsessing about them.
A person might sink by slow degrees so that long after they are a devil they still think they are a good churchgoer and a good Christian.
The most incredible work of the Divine was the act of pure giving when humankind was raised from non-existence to be the beloved of God.
John was the Apostle who knew the deep things of God and he brings to us sublime doctrines.
John 10: 37-38 Christ's body was real flesh, blood and bone, and was not just an appearance, but by His extraordinary acts He revealed Himself to be the Son of, the One with, and the power and Word of God.
Where else but in the 'present' can we meet with the Eternal.
In John 3: 3 KJV Jesus was not referring to natural birth but to the rebirth and recreation of our soul and humanity in the image of God.
Philipians 4: 4. "And again I say, rejoice." Let us rejoice even when we do not feel like it, for in so doing we may give wings to leaden feet and turn weariness into strength.
Just think. Air waves enter our ear, travel up a nerve and our incredibly rich and complex brain converts them into the applause of a football crowd, a Beethoven Symphony, words of love, hatred, deceit, anger, applause etc. Such work is not that only of cerebral bio-chemistry for the worldly reality of earth, oceans, clouds, flora and fauna that is revealed to us through our five senses is, as any physicist will tell you, simply an agglomeration of atoms.
To the Christian the world is the foyer to eternity.
In a world where many either ignore or deny a Christian God, moral values are greatly impoverished.
It is not possible to have the consolations of Christian experience without first becoming Christians.
At present we are living in the land of dreams but when we wake and find ourselves in the real world, God's world, then we will see God as He is, for we will have been remade to be like Him.
Paul in 1Cor 15:50 assures us that this is so. "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."
The Divine life calls us to be gods: we are to be remade to become as Sons of God: ageless, wise and drenched in joy. Paul confirms this in 1 Cor. 13: 10. when he writes, "When that which is perfect is come then that which is in part will be done away."
Take away the miraculous and that which is left is not Christianity.
Christ's Resurrection and Ascension was the occasion when He broke down death's door to lead all who believe in Him and do His bidding from the restricting chains of their mortality to the soaring freedom of immortality.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the central thrust of every Christian sermon reported in the N.T. Acts.
Those who make 'religion' their God will not have God for their religion.
Many resist God for deep down they know that once the Christ-Life gets a real hold on them then much loved earthly desires and ambitions will be banished from their lives.
Psalm 27: 11. "Teach me your way O Lord; lead me in a straight path." Many want to direct God instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him. They want to show Him the way instead of passively following where He leads.
A kind word, pleasantly spoken will be as sunshine to the downcast and sorrowful. Give to others your sunshine and let Jesus have your sorrows.
Temptation often comes at its strongest when we are closer to God. (Matthew 4: 1-11.)
Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience, for we rob both God and others when we procastinate.
Egocentric pride entered the minds of our early ancestors and urged on in them the notion they could be their own masters; and out of that idea has come the terrifying sins of the world as mankind desperately tries to find something other than God that will satisfy them.
When serving our neighbour let us remember that light comes only at the cost of that which produces it. Burning must come before shining. We cannot be of great use to others without cost to ourselves.
Let go of Life. Get hold of God.
Mark 15: 3. 'He answered nothing.' In situations where we resent slights against us and respond with what we consider to be righteous anger and distress, we should never forget that our saviour, when reviled, held His Peace. Let us do likewise.
Praise Psalms' is the name given to the group of Psalms 113-118, which are pre-eminently psalms of praise. It is called "The Egyptian Hallel, (praise)" because it was chanted in the temple whilst the Passover lambs were being slain. It was chanted also on other festival occasions, as at Pentecost, the feast of Tabernacles, and the feast of Dedication. The Levites, standing before the altar, chanted it verse by verse, the people responding by repeating the verses or by intoned hallelujahs. It was also chanted in private families at the feast of Passover. This was probably the hymn which our Saviour and his disciples sung at the conclusion of the Passover supper kept by them in the upper room at Jerusalem.
Psalm 41: 9. "Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me."
The actions of Judas, one of the Apostles, is proof that no society is without evil.
If we refuse to forgive others their trespasses against us then our trespasses remain.
John was the contemplative Apostle, the eagle who saw further into the heart of God.
Instead of doing God's Will we request a definition and try to intellectualize His commands so that when He tells us to love our enemies we ask, “How?” and then, “All of them?” “Even those who are very wicked?” until finally His command fades into nothing amid the How, the Where and the When, questions.
Some folk are so absorbed with the facts surrounding their existence they have little time for their meaning.
God will give us the strength to face those things which happen to us but not the cloud of worrying things that might happen.
(Matthew 6:34.) Christ told us never to judge by appearances only but by the righteousness or unrighteousness of the deeds or words when He said (John 7: 24.) Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
The worst heresy is that of separating Christianity from righteousness.
Those who desire only to understand will continue stumbling in darkness.
Those who love the darkness will continue to live in darkness.
When in all things we see and know God then in God shall we find all things.
A communicative fellowship with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other needs and prayer is the beginning of that communion.
Of what use are the Law and the Prophets except they lead us to Christ.
A faith which neither competes nor interferes with our earthly existence is not the faith preached by Christ in the Gospels.
Unless we see God as the God of all then never can He be our God.
When we become one with the very Essence of God what else can we do but live forever in timelessness with Him.
We are in bondage to that which we cannot do without.
God gave the Commandments not so much that we should obey them but that when finding we could not then we might turn to Christ.
No one who loves, understands the reasons why they love, for they love simply because they love.
We must possess things but never must they be allowed to possess us.
Only when the angel of death visits us will we be totally free from the tyranny of possessions.
Sadly, there are many who are so content with their lives that they never seek eternal life nor do they hunger after the righteousness that is God.
Who is more a child of God? Those who possess a thousand houses or those who without one of their own possess a dozen in which their knock at the door would cause instant pleasure to those inside.
Matthew 13: 58. Those Nazareens could have believed in Jesus as their Saviour from the Romans but not as Saviour from their sins for they loved their sins.
The artificial light which we now shine on our deeds and on those of others is as that of a firefly when compared to the dazzling, trillion megawatt light shone on us on Judgement Day by the Light and Life of the World.
Science looking for God is like the goat seeking out the tiger.