Thursday, October 31, 2019

Studd: Enlist!

Thursday, October 31, 2019
    Reformation Day
    [Jesus:] No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
    —Luke 6:43-45 (NIV)
    We Christians too often substitute prayer for playing the game. Prayer is good; but when used as a substitute for obedience, it is nothing but a blatant hypocrisy, a despicable Pharisaism... To your knees, man! and to your Bible! Decide at once! Don’t hedge! Time flies! Cease your insults to God, quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame, lying, and cowardly excuses. Enlist!
    ... C. T. Studd (1860-1931) (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:43-49; Matt. 4:19; 12:34-37; Rom. 2:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I place my life at Your feet, to direct into the conflict.
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