Four workers were building a wooden storage shed in my back yard. I brought them pizza for lunch, water to quench their thirst, and thanked them for their quality work. I had determined to share the gospel with these guys, so when I noticed that one of them was wearing a cross, I asked if he had a Christian background. Two said they had been baptized Catholic.
Men are cruel. They judge often harshly. They know only part of the truth concerning us. They are not patient with our infirmities. But we are safe in the hands of God. He knows the worst in us--but He also knows the best. We may trust our lives, therefore, to God's judgment, even if they are full of defects and flaws. He knows all, and will bring to light all the hidden things.
~ J. R. Miller
~ J. R. Miller
I recently went golfing with four other men. On the first few holes, I joked, we laughed, and then I used a couple of IQ Test tracts to break the ice for witnessing. All the guys failed the IQ Tests, allowing me to remind them that sometimes our eyes can play tricks on us, keeping us from seeing the truth even when it is plainly in front of us.
At the end of an article about a comprehensive study, which found that over 260,000 converts of a major denomination's one year's harvesting couldn't be accounted for, the author concluded his commentary by saying, "Something is wrong."
Peter thawed his cold hands by the warm fire. He said that he would never be ashamed of Jesus. But he was about to deny Him to a maid. He was about to go through a fiery trial, and three times be found guilty of being ashamed of the one he called his Lord.
The eye is a very delicate thing--it is soon hurt and easily damaged. A tiny speck of dust will cause pain and make it weep. It is very striking to note, that this is the very way to recovery--it weeps out the dust that gets into it.
~ Arthur Pink
"The Eye of Faith"
When the Ten Commandments are used in open air preaching often people come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Some may try and deal with their conviction through anger. It is easy to forget that behind the flesh and blood is a seething demonic realm (see Ephesians 6:12).