Bill & Anne Moore's Weekly eWord Archive

God Speaks to the Quiet Heart

Monday, January 14th, 2013

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

A day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. Psalm 84:2, 10

If the pace and push, the noise and the crowds are getting to you, it’s time to stop the nonsense and find a place of solace to refresh your spirit. Deliberately say “no” more often. This will leave room for you to slow own, get alone, pour out your overburdened heart, and admit your desperate need for inner refreshment. The good news is God will hear and He will help. The bad news is this: if you wait for someone else to bring about a change, things will only deteriorate.

All of us can testify, God does not speak to the hurried, worried mind. It takes time along with Him and His Word before we can expect our spiritual strength to recover.

God’s Topsy-Turvy Ways

Monday, January 7th, 2013

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

How unsearchable are His judgements and unfathomable His ways! Hebrews 11:33

God’s ways are topsy-turvy to the world’s ways. A few examples: God exalts the humble, but the world exalts the proud. God ascribes greatness not to masters, but to servants. God is impressed, not with noise or size or wealth, but with quiet things… done in secret – the inner motives, the true heart condition. God sends away the arrogant and the rich empty-handed, but He gathers to Himself the lowly, the broken, the prisoner, the prostitute, the repentant. The world honors the handsome and the gifted and the brilliant. God smiles on the crippled, the ones who can’t keep up. All this makes the world nervous.

As Dietrich Bonhoffer wrote in The Cost of Discipleship: “And so the disciples are strangers in the world, unwelcome guests, disturbers of the peace. No wonder the world rejects them!”

No Place for Pride

Monday, December 17th, 2012

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19

Someone who is truly unselfish is generous with his or her time and possessions, energy and money. As that works its way out, it is demonstrated in various ways, such as thoughtfulness and gentle-ness, an unpretentious spirit, and servant-hearted leadership.

When a husband is unselfish, he subjugates his own wants and desires to the needs of his wife and family.

When a mother is unselfish, she isn’t irked by having to give up her agenda or plans for the sake of her children.

When an athlete is unselfish, it is the team that matters, not winning the top honors personally.

When a Christian is unselfish, others mean more than self. Pride is given no place to operate.

Living a Holy Life

Monday, November 26th, 2012

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus 11:44

As Christians we live a life that is different- morally excellent, and ethically beautiful. It’s called a holy life. And God honors that. Becuase it’s like He is…

All of our Christian lives we have sung the old hymn “Take time to be holy.” Those words are true. It does take time to be holy. It certainly takes time to be mature. It takes time to cultivate a walk with the Lord that begins to flow naturally because the enemy is so much more assertive and powerful than we… and so creative, so full of new ideas on how to derail us and demoralize us.

We need to lick onto the power that comes from God’s presence and invite Him to cleanse out thoughts, to correct our foul speech, to forgive us completely, and make us holy vessels, who, like the winged seraphim, spend out days bringing glory to His holy name.

Invincible, Immutable, and Infinite

Monday, November 12th, 2012

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. 1Timothy 1:17

Whoever is sovereign must have total, clear perspective. He must see the end from the beginning. He must have no match on earth or in heaven. He must entertain no fears, no ignorance, and have no needs. He must have no limitations and always know what is best. He must never make a mistake. He must possess the ability to bring everything to a purposeful conclusion and an ultimate goal. He must be invincible, immutable, infinite, and self sufficient. His judments must be unsearchable and His ways unfathomable. He must be able to create rather than invent, to direct rather than wish, to control rather than hope, to guide rather than guess, to fulfill rather than dream.

Who qualifies? You guessed it… God, and God alone.

Stand Tall, Stand Firm

Monday, October 29th, 2012

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

Your God has commanded your strength. Psalm 68:28

Today there are those who stand alone in the gap, those who still strive to shake us awake. A handful of brave students at Columbine High School come immediately to mind. Loaded guns and the threat of death couldn’t silence them. I think of them as modern-day prophets, whom God uses to deliver a life-changing message. Men and women of courage, ready to stand and deliver. Authentic heroes.

Our Lord is still searching for people who will make a difference. Christians dare not be mediocre. We dare not dissolve into the background or blend into the neutral scenery of this world.

In our culture- our schools, our offices, and factories, our lunchrooms and boardrooms, our halls of ivy, and our halls of justice- we need men and women of God, young people of God. We need respected professionals, athletes, homemakers, teachers, and public figures, and private citizens who will promote the things of God, who will stand alone- stand tall, stand firm, and stand strong!

Considering Quitting?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest… for My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28,30

Every achievement worth remembering is stained with the blood of diligence and scarred by the wounds of disappointment. To quit, to run, to escape, to hide- none of these options solve anything. They only postpone the acceptance of, and reckoning with, reality.

Churchhill put it well: “Wars are not won by evacuations.”

Giving thought to giving up?
Considering the possibility of quitting?
Don’t! The only time the Lord ever used the word “easy” was when He referred to a yoke.

God in Our Conversation

Monday, September 24th, 2012

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

You shall teach [God’s commands] diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house. Deuteronomy 6:7

We are to talk of spiritual things in our homes just as we would talk about anything else. You talk together about how the Dodgers played last night. No big deal, you just talk about that. You talk about what you’re going to do next week. You don’t lecture on it. You don’t make a big announcement, you simly talk about it… You may talk about what you plan to watch on television that evening. You don’t hold classes on it, you merely talk about it. There is an easy going, natural flow of conversation.

That is what will make your Christianity authentic. It isn’t a Sunday lifestyle! It’s a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday cycle-of-living lifestyle. So much so, that Christ fits naturally into the regular conversation of the home.

No Mass-Produced Saints

Monday, September 17th, 2012

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who made us, and not we ourselves.Psalm 100:3

We live today in a microwave culture. If it takes longer than give minutes to fix lunch, that’s long! In earlier days, you even had to wait for a TV set to warm up. Can you imagine? And you couldn’t push a single button on your phone to call home on a pre-set number, you had to dial it… with your finger, for pity’s sake. Talk about the stone age! I remember driving in a vacant lot some time ago, and then going by the same corner several weeks later. Where there had been nothing but grass and weeds, empty beer cans, and trash just days before, there was now a huge warehouse, assembled from pre-fab sections, ready to receive goods.

That’s the way life is today. Fast. Compressed. Condensed. Slam-band-it’s-done. Not so in God’s wilderness schooling. When it comes to walking with God, there is no such things as instant maturity. God doesn’t mass produce His saints. He hand tools each one, and it always takes longer than we expected.

Worry Is Distracting

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

[Excerpt from Charles Swindoll’s book -Wisdom for the Way]

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

Anxious. Intriguing word. It literally means “to be divided” or “distracted.”…

We find a perfect illustration of this in the story of Mary and Martha recorded in Like 10:38-42. Taking a minute to look into their little abode, we find that Martha is distracted, anxious. Jesus is sitting down talking, and Mary is sitting at His feet, enjoying His presence, and His teachings. But not Martha. She is busy back in the good womanly fashion she is making everything match, everything fit, everything come out of the oven at just the right time.

But Jesus wanted her to come and sit down beside her sister and listen. It wasn’t that He didn’t appreciate her efforts. He just wanted her to serve a simple dish so they could make the most of their time together. Her anxiety was distracting her from more important things. Worry always does that.