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Give Way to Truth by Elisabeth Elliot

Give Way to Truth by Elisabeth Elliot

Through a disagreement with my husband Lars yesterday I suddenly recognized an instrument used powerfully by the enemy to drive a wedge between two people who love each other (and there is nothing which fills the enemy with such glee as destroying unity). It is reason. I had good reasons for my argument and so did he. Reason comes very close to being an idol to me at times, and I am tempted to make sacrifices on its altar.

"Be faithful to Reason!" whispers the Destroyer. "Do not let go!"

"Be faithful to Me," Christ says, "give up your reasons, give way to Truth."

Reason is one of God's great gifts. We have intelligence and the faculty of reason, to be employed in the service of God and other people. Faithfulness to Christ (who is Truth) does not negate reason, but purifies it, raises it to a higher level.

"Pure" reason, logical argument, stood between my husband and me, as it stood between Job…

Revive Our Hearts Series:Reading Great Books

Check out, where Nancy Leigh DeMoss is doing a series called "Reading Great Books: A Series With Mark Hamby." Hamby and his wife head a ministry called Lamplighter Ministries, where they publish great classic books. On tomorrows broadcast they will talk about some of those books, but check it out today as they discuss the value of reading good books for both you and your family.

Ask the Question: Proverbs 18

Text is New American Standard Bible, italicized commentary by Matthew Henry,and some comments follow.

13He who gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and1 shame to him.

Some take a pride in being quick… They think it is their honor to take up a cause suddenly; and, when they have heard one side, they think the matter so plain that they need not trouble themselves to hear the other… Whereas, though a ready wit is an agreeable thing to play with, it is solid judgment and sound wisdom that do business. Those that take a pride in being quick commonly fall under the just reproach of being impertinent. It is folly for a man to go about to speak to a thing which he does not understand, or to pass sentence upon a matter which he is not truly and fully informed of, and has not patience to make a strict enquiry into; and, if it be folly, it is and will be shame

15The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Those that are prudent do not…

Never Too Late

This devotion from My Utmost for His Highest is actually for July 6th. It was one of those somewhat unnerving, God orchestrated events that caused me to read it today. I have just finished reading the excellent book, Forgiveness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Of course, most of us have someone we need to forgive, for an offense either small or large, and many of us need to be forgiven, for at the very least acting like a heathen to one of the brethren. That’s what I did, to a beloved sister in the Lord when she made an attempt to encourage me with this devotional entry. You know, those stupid moments where our pride begins to push at the door and we yank the door open in a flood of self righteousness. Maybe you’ve never done that. I hope not. I miss my friend.

Vision and Reality

"And the parched ground shall become a pool." Isaiah 35:7

We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time t…

Colossians 3:12-17

"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

What Does It Take To Obey? July 16th

Posting a couple hours before midnight, who can stay up that late? Monday's devotional comes courtesy of Ray Stedman. This is an excerpt from his sermon titled "That Other Helper", and you can find it at his website,

"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." (John 14:21).

"To read this, "Obey Me, and you will love Me," produces a mechanical, dry Christianity with no warmth or joy or glory. But what Jesus says is, "If you love Me, you will obey Me." It is easy to do, not difficult. Notice that it is not, "If you love Me, you will have to keep My commandments." No, it is cause and effect: "If you love Me, the result is that you will keep My commandments." That is the secret of all proper behavior in the Christian experience. The proof of our love is obedience.

If it takes love to obe…