Friday, May 17, 2013

Godly Mother

The following article is from Pastor Zac Poonen, entitled "The Amazing Faith of a Godly Mother".


We read in 2 Kings 4:8-37 of a woman - a prominent, rich, wealthy and influential woman – who was also blessed by Elisha’s ministry. God does not choose only the poor and the illiterate and the uneducated to bless. He has no partiality. He chose an illiterate Peter, but He also chose a highly educated Paul. Peter did not know much of the Scriptures, but Paul was a scholar in the Scriptures. There were some rich women who supported Jesus and His disciples financially, and Jesus accepted their large gifts, because they were godly women (Lk.8:3).

Here was a wealthy woman who decided to support Elisha. She was a godly woman too, because when she saw this man visiting them occasionally, she said to her husband, “I perceive this is a holy man of God.” How did she recognize Elisha as a holy man of God without even listening to a single sermon of his? She just observed the way he conducted himself at the dining table. What an example for us! It is the little things that identify a godly man - the way he sits and talks to people, the way he eats his food and the way he conducts himself in ordinary matters. We don’t have to listen to his sermons.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Who is the Real Beast?

"So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee." Psalm 73:22

The Bible says that in the last days, men will be without "natural affection" (II Timothy 3:3). It is only natural to have love & affection for that which has come from your own loins and is part of you, your offspring.  How much more unnatural can one get than to condone & champion the right to kill your own children? 

In these days, people have more affinity for the "beasts of the field" than for their own humankind because man's vile lusts have degraded him to the point where he identifies more with beasts than with those who were created to bear the image of Almighty God.  Support for abortion in any way is simply the evidence that man has devolved into that which is lower than a beast.

"I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts." Ecclesiastes 3:18