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GOD HAS CHOSEN THE POOR

GOD HAS CHOSEN THE POOR
A. Brother
©2009 Narrowgate Publishing



“Listen, my dear brothers:Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom He promised to those who love Him?But you have insulted the poor.”--James 2:5,6

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
--Matt. 5:3

“If I give all I possess to the poor…but have not love, I gain nothing.”
--1 Cor. 13:3

“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”--2 Cor. 8:2

“To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.We work hard with our own hands…Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world…Therefore I urge you to imitate me…For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”
--1 Cor. 4:11-13,16,20

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to t…

HARD SERVICE

HARD SERVICE
A. Brother
©2010 Narrowgate Publishing


“Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for…”--Isaiah 40:1,2

The hardest service of all is trying to pay for our own sins.
Some men think nothing of sin.They go through life with a light mind—not worrying about their actions—or about the consequences of their disobedience to God.They take God as some take pills--a precaution against hell and damnation--an insurance policy in case it all turns out to be true, this thing about God and His Word.
Other men think continually on their sin.They are the mourners—heavy minds weighed down worrying that they’ve sinned so much God can’t forgive them.Their sins are “ever before them” and they know that His judgments are just.They can’t seem to forgive themselves, and hope against hope that their sins will be covered by the grace and mercy of God.
If you are among the former, then you …

My Purpose

"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope...May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."  --Romans 15:4-6 Life in this world is hard for followers of Jesus.  It is a narrow path, entered by the narrow gate, Jesus Himself.  And the path is alive with dangers, difficulty and joys in the middle of it all.  Those who really want to live for Christ must do it completely in His strength, and be willing to give up everything for His sake.

Today I call you to this life.  Are you willing to leave the cushioned, comfortable life of the wealthy churches and embark on the Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered life on the heights with our Lord?  Are you willing to try? Because God will enable you.  He will take yo…