Tastes Great, Less Filling (12 of 13) by Steve Wagers
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A Closer Look at the Book: JOSHUA
January 10. 2007
1. A Congratulated People!
A) He Recognized Them
B) He Released Them
C) He Rewarded Them
2. A Confronted People!
A) Their Love for God
B) Their Loyalty to God
3. A Compromised People!
A) The Lord they did not Consult
B) The Land they did not Claim
Billy Sunday said, "If Christians were as weak physically as they are spiritually, we would all need crutches." In my opinion, the greatest tragedy in the Christian life is to settle for anything that is less than God's best.
It could be the result of ignorance, where a person does not know what to do. But, I believe, more often than not, it is a case of negligence. In other words, a person knows what to do, but they fail to do it; and, thus, they live beneath their privilege as a child of God.
The world offers things that taste great and look great but, if settled for, they will always be less filling than what God has in store for His people.
There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played.
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when one day he passed away
His insurance was denied.
For since he never really lived.
They claimed he never died.
In his book, Facing Loneliness, J. Oswald Sanders tells of Henry Martyn, a distinguished scholar at Cambridge University who was honored at only 20 years of age for his achievements in mathematics. In fact, he was given the highest recognition possible in that field. And, yet, he felt emptiness inside. He said that instead of finding fulfillment in his achievements, he had "only grasped a shadow."
After evaluating his life's goals, Martyn sailed to India as a missionary at the age of 24. When he arrived, he prayed, "Lord, let me burn out for You." In the next 7 years that preceded his death, he translated the New Testament into three difficult Eastern languages. These ...
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