A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

Jehovah promises a safe landing, not a calm passage

A lion hunts in various ways. Sometimes it will ambush its prey at water holes or along well-used paths. But sometimes a lion simply takes advantage of a situation - for example, coming upon a sleeping zebra foal." Our "adversary, the Devil," explains the apostle Peter, "walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone." (1 Peter 5:8). Knowing that his remaining time is short, Satan is exerting ever-greater pressure on humans to keep them from serving Jehovah. However, this "roaring lion" is especially interested in preying upon Jehovah's servants. His hunting methods are similar to those of his counterpart in the animal kingdom. At times Satan tries an ambush - persecution or opposition aimed at breaking our integrity so that we stop serving Jehovah. But, like the lion, at other times the Devil simply takes advantage of a situation. He waits until we get discouraged or grow weary, and then he tries to capitalize on our low emotional state in order to get us to give up. We must not become east prey!

It was announced that the Devil was going out of business, and would offer all his tools for sale to whomever would pay his price. On the night of the sale, they were all attractively displayed. Even so, they were a sorry looking lot. Malice, hatred, envy, jealousy, sensuality

and deceit and all the other implements of evil were spread out, each with its own price. Apart from the rest, lay a harmless looking wedge-shaped tool, much worn and priced higher than any of the others.

Someone asked the Devil, "What is that?" 

"That is discouragement." he replied.

"Why do you have it priced so high?" the prospective buyer inquired.

"Because," answered the Devil, "It is more useful to me than any of the others. When I cannot get inside a man's mind with any of the other tools I possess, I can pry open and get inside his conscience with this. Once I get inside his mind with discouragement, I can use him in whatever way suits me best. The reason this tool is so worn is that I can use it with nearly everybody, as few people know it belongs to me." 

It hardly needs to be added, that since the Devil's price for discouragement was so high, it never was sold.

AND, he still owns it and still uses it today!!!

A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean.

As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.

Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said, "Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing"

"I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it's low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washing up onto the shore. If I don't throw them back into the sea, they'll die up here from lack of oxygen."

"I understand," my friend replied, "but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can't possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don't you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast. Can't you see that you can't possibly make a difference ?"

The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, "Made a difference to that one!"

 

A young Bethelite, visiting home was interviewed from his seat on the Service Meeting, having some experiences to relate. After a few opening comments he said that he had heard a really good illustration related about prayer that he would like to share with us. He paused and looked down. Continued to pause. Looked up at the brother on the stage. Looked distraught. Looked at the audience, almost with tears in his eyes. Looked down, again. Cleared his throat. Looked at the ceiling. This went on for an excruciatingly long time, really getting to the audience.... He then broke into a big smile and said: "What went through your mind? Did you ask: "What's wrong? What's happening? What's going on?" Or did you say: "Please, just say something! Anything!" Well, did you ever think that when we don't talk to Jehovah for a while, he's wondering what's wrong? That he wants us to say something, anything!"

 

The command to go from door to door

is in verse 14 of Matthew 24.

 

We will live on earth, and not in heaven

says verses 10 & 11 of Psalm 37.

 

The name of God can clearly be seen

by turning to Psalm 83:18.

 

Sickness and death will be no more;

It's promised at Revelation 21:3 and 4.

 

Jehovah's word is always true

Because of what is said at Titus 1:2.

 

"Take in knowledge of my Father and me"

Jesus said at John 17, verse 3.

 

At death your soul will be no more,

so says Ezekiel 18:4.

 

144,000 will rule with God's son

This statement is at Revelation 14:1.

 

Children must obey parents to live eternally

So counsels Ephesians 6:1 to 3.

 

The animals will be at peace with mankind

as shown in Isaiah 11:6 to 9.

 

The reason why we don't go to war

is found in verse 3 of Micah 4.

 

To salute the flag is idolatry;

This lesson is from Daniel, chapter 3.

 

Remember "bad associations" aren't good, you see

According to 1 Corinthians 15:33.

 

We must attend meetings to stay alive

so says Hebrews 10, verse 25.

 

Take your troubles to Jehovah - He'll comfort you

That's what He promises at Psalm 55:22.

Suponga que usted recibiera un regalo, algo que realmente le gustara. Claro, usted se sentiría muy alegre de recibir el regalo y quizás disfrutaría muchísimo de usarlo. Pero realmente sería una muestra de ingratitud si pensara solo en el regalo, y no en el dador del obsequio. ¿No fue la relación personal entre usted y el dador lo que impulsó a éste a hacer el regalo? Si no existiera dicha relación, usted no habría recibido el regalo ni habría disfrutado de él. Lo mismo aplica a la vida. Por preciada que sea, tenemos que tener presente de dónde provino nuestra vida y cómo se ha sustentado. Ciertamente no la creamos nosotros mismos, ni podemos sustentarla independientemente de todas las maravillosas provisiones que Jehová ha hecho en la Tierra (Salmo 100:3; Hechos 14:17). El mismísimo hecho de que tengamos vida, y sin duda estamos disfrutando de la vida hasta cierto grado, es una expresión de la bondad amorosa del Grandioso Creador, Jehová Dios. ¿Podemos ver por qué creía de todo corazón el rey David que la “bondad amorosa [de Dios] es mejor que la vida”? Hay otra razón por la cual el tener una relación aprobada con el Creador es más importante que tener vida... nuestro futuro depende de ello 

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule braying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him (as if mules could think). It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he should shake it off and step up! This he did, blow after blow.   "Shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!   You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.   This is the same with life! If we face our problems, respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually also have the potential to benefit and bless us!    Remember that forgiveness, faith, prayer, praise, and hope all are excellent ways to "shake it off and step up" out of the wells in which we find ourselves!  
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