The Spirit of the Father

Matthew 10:16-20

Lois Wyse gave six ways a woman preparing for marriage could learn all she needed to know about her fiancé. She should 1) watch him drive in heavy traffic. 2) Play tennis with him. 3) Listen to him talk to his mother when he doesn’t know you’re listening. 4) See how he treats those who serve him (waiters, aids). 5) Notice what he’s willing to spend his money to buy. 6) Look at his friends. And if you still can’t make up your mind, then look at his shoes. A man who keeps his shoes in good repair generally tends to the rest of his life too. (Good Housekeeping, April 1985)

It is important to know that your life companion is genuine. It is also important to know if a person who claims to be a Christian is genuine. The Bible tells us that we will know them by their fruits. Does our life exhibit the character of Christ? Is our first desire to do the will of the Father. Is our first aim in life to glorify God? When people look at us do they see a manufactured façade or do they see Jesus? When people spend time with us do they sense that they have been in the presence of Jesus?

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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The Spirit of Grace

Zech. 12:6-10

It was nearing midnight. The semi-truck loaded with bales of had headed west on 1-70. The driver was not aware that he had lost some of his cargo. Now bales of hay were strewn across the way. A few miles behind a Christian family sped through the night. The children in the car had enjoyed the Kid’s Camp and were headed home. The headlight pierced the darkness of the night. Too late the driver saw objects on the highway. In the split seconds that followed the driver realized that her only option was to pick which bale to hit. Later as the highway patrol recorded details of the accident and the tow truck driver loaded the totaled car of the uninjured family they realized how fortunate they were. The bale of hay they hit went under the car. Since it did not hit the bumper squarely the airbags were not deployed. If that had been the case they probably would have lost control of the car.

The grace of God is not just known during times of altar services and glorious camp meeting experiences. The grace of God is experienced again and again in many displays of favor that are not always realized. God watches over His people with tender, loving care.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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Continue in God’s Word

John 8:31-36 (31)

Winston Churchill was a man who refused to surrender. On May 13, 1940, facing overwhelming odds as Hitler planned the destruction of England, Churchill addressed the House of Commons with this challenge: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.” Just three weeks later he addressed the nation with the same challenge.

“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

A year later he told Hitler and his Nazi forces: “We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst-—and we will do our best.” And later, “We shall never turn from our purpose, however somber the road, however grievous the cost.”

It is this same spirit that motivates the child of God in spiritual warfare. We will stand with the Captain of our Salvation. We will never relent, recant, or retreat. We will be true to the end for we are disciples of Christ.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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