Living for Jesus

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.

O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.

Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.

Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Thomas O. Chisholm – 1917

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;          Colossians 1:10

……..Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…..

Sustaining Strength

I had surgery recently.  In the aftermath, there was a brief period where I experienced extreme frustration and pain. As I began to ask the Lord to remove the pain, the Lord directed my thoughts instead to Philippians 4:13; I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me……..He did……and so did I.

Drawing Near

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8

The title to this article Drawing Near is the name of a devotional book by John MacArthur that I use regularly.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a challenging daily devotional book.   

I like it so much that I keep some copies on hand to give to those who want to grow spiritually, to give to those who may be sincerely looking for answers to spiritual questions, and to give to new believers.  

Are you trying to disciple a new believer?  Many who are interested in learning the Bible often do not know where to start.  This devotional will get you into the Scriptures.  Just look up the references included in each daily lesson and study them out.  Sometimes the daily devotionals stand alone and sometimes they build on previous ones while pursuing a certain theme or doctrine.  If you want to get into the Scriptures, this book is a handy tool for doing just that.  Drawing Near is a great tool for discipleship.  

Drawing Near is available on the bookstore website for around $15.00.  You can also find them online @ Amazon and there are often used ones advertised at a reduced price plus shipping.

You can also access this devotional online through your computer or cell phone.  Just go to, click on devotionals, and then on Drawing Near.  The neat thing about reading online is that you can just click on the Scripture references in the devotional and the verses will appear onscreen without having to look each one up.  If you are traveling or you do everything online this is a great tool.

An old high school friend told me after using Drawing Near, that he had been using a daily devotional written by a well known author that often left him feeling warm and fuzzy.  Referring to John MacArthur he said; I like this guy, he takes the skin off.

A church lady, that was experiencing physical difficulties and having trouble sleeping, rejoiced over this devotional saying; I use it now at bedtime and I am able to sleep!

Another lady who lived with and helped care for her elderly parents, after losing them both within a short period of time said; this book got me through the winter, without it I don’t know what I would have done.

…..Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…….

Drawing Near will help you do just that!

The Heart of the Matter

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.  Proverbs 2:1-5

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

  • To deliver thee from the way of the evil man,
  • To deliver thee from the strange woman

Proverbs 2:10-12a & 16a

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.  Proverbs 3:1&2

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5&6

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.  Proverbs 4:1-4

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:20-23

My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.  

When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:  Proverbs 6:20-23

My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.  Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.  Proverbs 7:1-3

Do you have heart trouble?

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: Item #4An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations.  Proverbs 6:16&18a

Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.  Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths (the ways & paths of the strange woman).

For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.  Her house is the way to hell (Sheol*), going down to the chambers of death.  Proverbs 7:24-27

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  Jeremiah 17:9

Do you need a new heart?

Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?  Proverbs 20:10

And I (God) will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:  That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.  Ezekiel 11:19&20

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.  Romans 2:29

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  Psalm 119:11

…..Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…..

*Sheol – a place of conscious existence after death.  A place of reward for the righteous and of judgment for the wicked.  See Luke 16.  (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of the New & Old Testament)