Saturday - October 25, 2014

The Key to Discernment (October 25)


“If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority” (John 7:17). MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, THE THING THAT DETERMINES OUR DISCERNMENT OF GOD’S WILL IS OUR INTENT TO DO HIS WILL. It is an honorable and necessary thing to love the truth (2 ... Read More »

Wishes (October 25)


“Hope is wishing for a thing to come true; faith is believing that it will come true” (Norman Vincent Peale). FOR ALL OUR WHIMS, WE DON’T HAVE MANY REAL WISHES. A wish is more than a transient urge or a passing fancy. It is a real desire or longing for something. It is a strong inclination based on more than ... Read More »

Faith and Love Give Hope (October 25)


“. . . remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father” (1 Thessalonians 1:3). IN THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE ARE CLOSELY RELATED. Each virtue helps the others to grow, and on the other hand, a failure of ... Read More »

The Importance of Discernment (October 24)


“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17). IN OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES, WE SHALL HAVE LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE PROGRESS IF WE DON’T DEVELOP THE VIRTUE OF “DISCERNMENT.” We must learn, as Paul puts it, to “understand what the will of the Lord is.” This is no mysterious, better-felt-than-told process. It is ... Read More »

Longsuffering (October 24)


“Hope has a thick skin and will endure many a blow; it will put on patience as a vestment, it will wade through a sea of blood, it will endure all things if it be of the right kind, for the joy that is set before it. Hence patience is called “patience of hope,” because it is hope that makes ... Read More »

Sheer Determination (October 24)


“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). WHEN THE LORD WARNED THE SAINTS IN SMYRNA ... Read More »

Apologies (October 23)


“An apology is saying the right thing after doing the wrong thing” (Anonymous). IN A PERFECT WORLD, APOLOGIES WOULD BE UNHEARD OF. But, of course, ours isn’t a perfect world. It’s a world of inadvertence, error, and, all too often, outright evil. Apologies are the statements that we make to others when we recognize that we’ve erred, especially when our ... Read More »