Gems - South Africa

- Often disappointments are His appointments and can lead to deeper spiritual richness.

- God is looking for more than leaves or flowers...He is looking for fruit.  We need roots to produce fruit!  Roots are very personal...we can't depend on someone else's!


- Babies are busy developing...but not by concentration...it is the result of LIFE being FED!

- A young woman's prayer..."Help me to be responsive today so I can be responsible tomorrow!" (and she is!)

- phantom pain... The "Body" feeling for missing members.

- When we choose to feed the flesh, we may find what we are feeding on doesn't really taste very good!

- When Joseph closed the door on Potipher's wife, it cost him imprisonment...but, if he didn't, it likely would have cost him his life!

- Prayer and fasting is opening the door to God and closing the door on self!

- How God conscious are you?  God IS ABLE; God IS FAITHFUL; God WILL PROVIDE!!  In1 Samuel 17, Israel had become more Goliath conscious and less God conscious.  David acknowledged Goliath but was MORE God conscious!

- One man's answer to Satan's temptation to "sell out"..."Do you try to bribe a millionaire with a penny?"

- What we share in meeting should be a contribution...not a competition.

- We need the discipline of a soldier with ourselves and the compassion of a shepherd with others.

- Roots are essential for growth and fruit! Thoughts and meditations are roots...keep them healthy.  Silly little white ants can ruin a big tree...watch out for little wrong thoughts.

- If hell has a "national anthem," it would be "I Did It MY Way!"

- A test for humility... If someone puts you down, does it hurt? If it does, we aren't there yet.

- There is a danger of being in the way OUTWARDLY; but out of the way INWARDLY.

- It is our weakness that makes us strong...because we feel our need of help.  Think of the power in the cry of a child!  Think of the power in a little seed...it is the power of life in the seed that is causing the great Wall of China to begin to crumble.

- Don't look to others for an example...Jesus is the BEST example and if we follow Him, we will BE good examples!

- Don't go to the doctor (or to God in prayer) and TELL him what the diagnosis and solution is.... Wait for Him to tell you!

- Sheep can't live without chewing the cud (meditation) and they need a quiet resting place in which to do so.