Words Of Truth - March 2, 2011

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"A 'Yes' Face"

Thomas Jefferson
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13

     During his days as President, Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were traveling across the country on horseback.  They came to a river that had left its banks because of a recent downpour.  The swollen river had washed the bridge away.  Each rider was forced to ford the river on horseback, fighting for his life against the rapid currents.  The very real possibility of death threatened each rider, which caused a traveler who was not part of their group to step aside and watch.  After several had plunged in and made it to the other side, the stranger asked President Jefferson if he would ferry him across the river.  The President agreed without hesitation.  The man climbed on, and shortly thereafter the two of them made it safely to the other side.
     As the stranger slid off the back of the saddle onto dry ground, one in the group asked him, "Tell me, why did you select the President to ask this favor of?" The man was shocked, admitting he had no idea it was the President who had helped him. "All I know," he said, "is that on some of your faces was written the answer 'No,' and on some of them was the answer 'Yes.' His was a 'Yes' face."
     Every child of God should have a “Yes” face.  There ought to be an optimistic gleam in our eyes because of the Saviour that lives within us.  When life is raging like a flooded river, we must rely on the power of Christ to carry us through.  We ought to face every difficulty with a face that says, “Yes, Christ can.”  Not only will that confidence help us ford our rivers, but it will cause others to climb aboard as well.  Now more than ever we, the children of God, must wear a “Yes” face.
     How can you have a “Yes” face in negative days?
1.    You must be able to say truthfully, “Yes, I am born again.”
2.    You must be daily in the Word of God.
3.    You must be constantly in prayer to God.
4.    You must be doing the will of God.
5.    You must be yielded to the power of Christ living in you.
6.    You must be living by faith (total dependence on God).

     We can face this raging world with more inner confidence and peace than President Jefferson faced in that raging river.  Where he was assured of his horse’s ability to cross that current, we are assured of our Lord’s ability to accomplish anything.  Our God will never face a flood He cannot cross.  When our hearts are at rest on His sure Word, we will have a “Yes” face that the world will see.  That confidence in Christ on the faces of His people will bring more souls to Him than anything else.  Do you have a “Yes” face in these perilous days?

Study verses:  Psalms 73:28, 118:8,9; Proverbs 3:26, 14:26; Acts 11:24; Philemon 1:21; Hebrews 10:22; 

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Previous devotions

"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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