Wise sayings

Ice-climbing
‘The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still’
(Charles Spurgeon)

THE CURE FOR ALL REGRETS

Do you regret your past of sins and failures?
Do you dwell on the past, wishing you should not have done that, or maybe you should have done another?
Do you regret not going to that school, not having that college degree, that Masters, that PHD, that certificate?
Do you regret not pursuing your ‘dream’ job?
Do you regret that resignation?
Do you regret not travelling abroad? Do you regret traveling abroad?
Do you regret not marrying the love of your youth?
Do you regret marrying a person you do not really love?
Do you regret for not being more active, for not saying ‘yes’ to that relationship in the past?
Do you regret wasting your time and not improving on your marriage?
Do you regret not being more involved in the life of your children?
Do you regret that insult, slander, quarrel or even divorce?
Do you regret living a wasteful life, using all your savings in wild pursuits, and now, not having a savings account?
Do you regret ignoring your health? Are you overweight, always postponing to start a diet, to do more exercise?
When you were younger, the answers to these questions did not really matter, for you thought you have ‘enough’ time to repair your mistakes…but now, feeling old…suddenly there is this pain, knowing you cannot control your life…looking back…so many lost opportunities that may never come back…are you feeling now afraid, sad, lonely or disappointed…

Child of God, with all these regrets, what can you do?
First of all:
REMEMBER GOD! REMEMBER WHO GOD IS!
‘JESUS IS THE SAME, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER’ (Heb 13:8)

Regrets are stupid, useless and wasteful! Do not waste any more emotions on regrets!
Surrender your life completely to God, your past, present and future…God is a witness to your mistakes…Please consider this: He could have stopped you but He allowed them to happen…there may be a mysterious reason why it was so… often, pain is better than laughter, for often, wisdom and strength proceeds from the root of grief (Ecc 7:3)
Humble yourself and repent! Long standing regrets are selfish and they end in bitterness that troubles all around you…think about this: the world does not rotate around your life, your failures or your successes…this world is God’s world! (Ps 24:1)
Your mistakes may have separated you from great opportunities, from friends, from children, from jobs or from degrees. But nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:38, 39. Do not look at what you have lost! Look at that which you can never lose!
Consider this also: God is still able to miraculously intervene in your life and bless you, even now, in your old age…so much more than in the past. Nothing is impossible with God! He created time, but He is not bound by time!
‘I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…you will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God who has worked wonders for you!’ (Joel 2:25, 26)
“Thank You Lord Jesus!”
Amen!

LET JESUS PAY YOUR ‘SALARY’!

Colosians
If your labor is big or small, visible or invisible to men, well paid or unpaid by men…if you work as an academician or as a house wife…the secret of true success is to believe that you work in God’s presence, to believe that He sees you as you work, to desire that God receives glory thru your labor…then He will bless the work of your hands and will reward you much more than you can imagine!
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah)”
“Orice faceți, lucrați din suflet – ca pentru Domnul, nu ca pentru oameni,
știind că veți primi ca răsplată moștenirea de la Domnul!” (Col 3:23, 24, Amp, Romanian)

Henry Dunant (1828-1910)

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Henri Dunant was a Swiss businessman and social activist. His life is most interesting; a story of contrasts, of great achievements mixed with the lowest valleys of despair. He dined with kings and slept on the streets with the homeless. This is the story of a prodigal son, a story of a proud self- seeking man who finally, after much loss and pain, made peace with God.
He was born in Geneva, Switzerland into a wealthy Christian home. He surrendered his life to Christ at the age eighteen. Immediately he started preaching the Gospel. He went regularly to the prison to share his faith with the inmates. He also went to preach to young people like himself. At the beginning, they gathered in the woods, later, with the approval of his parents he invited these young people to his house to have home fellowship there. This meeting grew to become the first YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in Switzerland. The Holy Spirit blessed his efforts and with time, it spread all over the world.
(Today, more than 125 countries have branches of YMCA. The vision for YMCA is primarily a place for homeless young people; however, it offers a broad range of programs such as Bible studies, sports, personal fitness, child care, overnight camping, employment readiness, advice services, immigrant services etc.)
Dunant became a bank manager in Geneva. He was known for his extraordinary skill of diplomacy and organization. His Bank sent him to Algeria in Africa to start a branch there. This is a new place for him. Algeria was a rich country, a colony of France. Most of the population was uneducated. His job on behalf of his bank was to buy land, to organize the development of mines, to build factories, homes and farms. Under his leadership, his bank owned over 50,000 acres of land.
But sadly, from this time on he starts to backslide from his faith. Against his Bank’s chief rules, he used his money to buy land for himself. He used his connections with the government and invested all his money into land in Algeria. He now owned over 1000 acres of land for himself. In Geneva, most people were Christians and they did not like to be extravagant with their wealth and social status. But in Algeria, no one could restrain him. This personal business in Algeria cost him his job. He was now on his own, free and ready to become one of the richest men at the time. He used all his money to build luxurious estates and factories on his land. The only thing that was missing was the government approval to the access of water.
Then trouble started for him. With all his connections, the government refused to grant him that. Without water, the whole investment was useless. He decided to go to Europe and meet with Napoleon, the king of France to ask him for the approval of water supply in Algeria. Napoleon’s chief of staff was his good friend. He was told that Napoleon is on the battle field, in war with Austria. The battle was fought at Solferino (in today Italy). Dunant, seeking an audience with Napoleon, had to witness the three days of battle. The French won but thousands of people died. For Dunant, this experience was a nightmare. He forgot about his business problems and thought of a method to help the 40,000 wounded men, from both sides, lying all over the place in the mud. He called the villagers and improvised first aid methods to help. Out of this tragedy, he later wrote a book that became the inspiration for the organization called the Red Cross. He went all over Europe to ask the heads of state to approve and sponsor his vision and newly founded organization. It will be a politically neutral organization, helping the victims of war all over the world. All the men he talked to gave their approval and this is how Red Cross started.
But then, his financial problems hunted him. Napoleon promised to help but he forgot about it. At last, he lost all his money and his good reputation. He had to declare bankruptcy. His assistant advised him to resign his leadership from the Red Cross and the YMCA, saying that his personal failure will be a liability to these organizations. Grudgingly, he did so.
He now lost everything. He went to Paris for a time and slept under the bridges, a homeless broken man. His family and most of his friends abandoned him. Some far relatives contributed money and paid it into an account where his creditors could not have access. He went back to his home country, to a little Swiss village called Heiden. That is where he lived, in an old people’s home to the end of his life (the house is now a museum).
In 1863, a reporter ‘discovered’ him and wrote an article that the original founder of the Red Cross is still alive. At that time, his successor at the Red Cross, who betrayed him, was on the list to receive the Nobel Price for peace. They made investigations and discovered that Dunant was alive indeed. In an extraordinary turn of events, he was called to receive the first ever Nobel Price for peace. The money he received for this honor was paid in his account but he never used it until his death.

In that old people’s home rejected by the world and abandoned by his friends, Dunant slowly remembers his Best Friend Jesus who said: ‘I will never leave you, never forsake you!’ Far away from the scenes of worldly success and disgraceful failures, he goes back to his Lord pleading for mercy once more. He lays his sins of ambition and worldly fame at the foot of the Cross. He founds again the joy of walking with God. The prodigal son has returned back to his father.
He died as an old man having made peace with God. His last prayer was the same with David’s own:
‘Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: According to Thy loving -kindness remember Thou me, For Thy goodness’ sake, O Jehovah’ (Ps 25:7)
Amen!

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

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(by Horatio Spafford)

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

This song was composed by Horatio Spafford in 1873 following the most painful event of his life. He was waiting for the ship bringing his wife Anna and their four daughters. The sheep sank not too far from shore. Only his wife survived and sent him a text message: ‘Saved alone’. In his grief, the Holy Spirit encouraged him by giving him this song, word for word. This song describes the true Gospel of Christ Crucified, the power of God unto the salvation of souls. Read and meditate on its words…

God’s ways

God never imitates anyone!
God always behaves like Himself!
God is always faithful to His own self!
God reveals Himself to man only thru Jesus Christ!
Pay the price to know God as a Person and you shall understand His ways!
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Is 55:9)

Dance with me, Lord…

Dance with me oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.
Romance me Lord, lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.

Behold You have come over the hills
upon the mountains.
To me You have run oh my beloved
You have captured my heart.

Dance with me oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.
Romance me, oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.

With You I will know you are my love
You are my fair one.
The winter is past and the spring time has come.
Cinderella-and-Prince-Charming
Dance with me oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.
Romance me, oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.