Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian – Standing in the Gap

How about you?  Are you…


Someone has said, “Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.”  So you must give prayer it’s rightful place in your life-first place.  In Glorious Intruder, Joni Eareckson Tada writes about Diane, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis: “In her quiet sanctuary Diane turns her head slightly on the pillow towards the cork board on the wall.  Her eyes scan each thumb-tacked card…Each photo.  Each torn piece of paper, carefully pinned in a row.  The stillness is broken as Diane begins to murmur.  She’s praying.  Some would look at her, stiff and motionless, and shake their heads, ‘What a shame, her life has no meaning.’  But Diane is confident, convinced that her life is significant and that her labor of prayer counts.  She moves mountains that block the paths of missionaries.  She helps open the eyes of the spiritually blind in South East Asia.  She pushes back the kingdom of darkness that blackens the dark alleys and streets of the gangs in east L.A.  She aids homeless mothers, abused children, despondent teenagers, and dying forgotten old people in the nursing home down the street from where she lives.  Diane is an intercessor!  She has heard the call of God, ‘I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land.’  So Diane is on the front lines advancing the gospel of Christ, holding up weak saints, inspiring doubting believers, and delighting her Lord and Savior.”  Are you “standing in the gap” for someone today?  Be encouraged.  Your prayers will move God and He will come through for you.


From “Rylisms” by James Ryle

To not bring this to your attention would be an act of the most vile hatred for you.  Love means sharing that which is above all true. 

A Day of Reckoning

“Bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.” (Luke 19:27, NKJV).

There is a finality to unbelief. Those who reject Christ and refuse God’s only provision for salvation will most surely die in their sins. The Bible leaves nothing vague on this matter, for the stakes are high and eternal.

The writer of the Book of Hebrews presents the clearest case regarding this weighty issue: “Anyone who disobeys the Law of Moses is put to death without any mercy when judged guilty from the evidence of two or more witnesses. What, then, of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God’s covenant which purified them from sin? who insult the Spirit of grace? Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve! It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:28—31, Good News Bible).

Moreover, Jesus said, “Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matthew 21:44). Christ is the Rock. You and I must fall upon Him and be broken – redeemed from all self-righteousness and sinful independence. Otherwise, the Rock will fall on us and we will be crushed—separated forever from God, and from all things good and holy.

C.S. Lewis wrote, “In the end there will be two categories of people. Those who say to God, “Thy will be done,’ and thus enter Heaven; and those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done,’ as they enter Hell.”

A Day of Reckoning is coming for believer and unbeliever alike. For those who reject Christ it will be a day of terror—and finality. For those who love the Lord, and served Him faithfully in life, it will be a day of reward and great joy.

What are you doing to be best prepared for that coming Day?