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Saturday, March 8, 2014

One Great Truth: Finding Your Answers to Life

One Great Truth: Finding Your Answers to LifeOne Great Truth: Finding Your Answers to Life by Jonathan Falwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whether you like Jerry Falwell or not if have to admit that what he accomplished in Lynchburg, VA is amazing. This book was written by one of his sons, Jonathan Falwell. The theme of the book is, "Not I, but Christ."Jonathan became the new pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church when Jerry went to be with the Lord. Jonathan tells the story in this book how his Dad passed the torch on to his son. Jerry other son is the president of the college. The book contains many stories about the Falwell family. It begins with the day that Jerry passed away. The church and school was build on a solid foundation and continues to flourish today. I trust you will enjoy the quotes below from this book:

It’s important to learn this now: just because you live an honorable, godly life and prayerfully walk with God to the best of your ability does not mean that tough times will not come your way. Even though Joseph was up right, Potiphar’s wife was able to convince her husband that it was Joseph, not she, who had been making illicit advances. And he was swept off to prison. Yet even there, seemingly forgotten by God while incarcerated, Joseph’s faith would not be dampened. Shortly after this darkest of times, God blessed Joseph. Ultimately he becomes a ruler of Egypt and a striking example of forgiveness to the brothers who betrayed him.

God is the Master Designer, and He allows adversities into your life to see if you can jump over them properly – “By my God I can leap over a wall” (Psalm 18:29). God will never shield you from the requirements of being His son or daughter. First Peter 4:12 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. …” Rise to the occasion – do what the trail demands of you. It does not matter how much it hurts as long as it gives God the opportunity to manifest the life of Jesus in your body.  ~Oswald Chambers in his book, My Utmost for His Highest (These were the words Jerry Falwell had read just hours before his death. They were, quite likely, the last words he ever read on this earth.)

The trails and challenges we face have a purpose: to give God the opportunity to manifest Himself in us and miraculously deliver us and make us stronger. With God’s help you can cross any river, overcome any obstacle. Rise to the occasion!

God uses people to do His work, but His work is not dependent on those people. In fact, just the opposite: those God uses are – and must be – dependent on Him, His call, His provision, and His encouragement.

“The only limit to what God can do in the life of a believer is how far that believer is willing to follow Him. God never hesitates. He is just waiting for a people who are ready.”  ~ Jerry Falwell in 1971, at the founding of Liberty University

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help.  ~James 1:5, The Message

We need to realize that while God is the source of our strength, He will not force Himself on us. We must choose to seek His will and His power in our lives.

God provides power, but it’s up to us to strengthen our beliefs in Him. Only in strong faith can we experience great power.

We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then comes His rebuke, “… why did you doubt?” ([Matthew] 14:31). Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but keep recognizing Jesus, maintaining complete reliance upon Him.

If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is all over for you. Never start to say, “Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?”  Be reckless immediately – totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything – by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness – being willing to risk your all.  ~ Oswald Chambers in his book, My Utmost for His Highest

Not I, but Christ!

If you are interested in Liberty University, Thomas Road Baptist Church, or how God can use you, then this book a must read!


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