A Hero We Should Know: Why God Used D. L. Moody

As a family, we read many Christian biographies. I guess, one of my favorite family things to do is to read a good biography together. Most evenings after dinner, we would skip the TV and gather around a good book. A biography of D. L. Moody is a fantastic book to read! What a hero of faith!

D. L. Moody was four years of age when his alcoholic father died. His mother, widowed with nine children, found it difficult to make ends meet. Moody’s education totaled seven grades in a one-room school house. During his teenage years he worked on neighboring farms.

Desiring to earn $100,000., Moody, age seventeen, worked as a shoe salesman in Boston.  After a Sunday School teacher witnessed to Moody, he knelt down in the shoe store and trusted Jesus Christ to save him.  Later Moody told how he felt, “I was in a new world. The birds sang sweeter, the sun shone brighter. I’d never known such peace.”

Moody brought many children to Sunday School. He withdrew to the shores of Lake Michigan in the summer of 1858 and taught children the Bible, using pieces of driftwood as chairs. He started his own Sunday School in an abandoned freight car, then moved to an old vacant saloon. Moody would be seen trying to light the building with a half-dozen candles.  Then, with a candle in one hand, a Bible in the other, and a child on his knee, he would teach about Jesus. The Sunday School grew and grew until the Mayor of Chicago allowed Moody to use a big hall rent free. Soon, Moody had the largest Sunday School in Chicago with 1500 a week. He made a vow to God to tell some person about his Saviour, Jesus Christ every day, even if it was inconvenient, and he had to get out of bed to do so.

Henry Varley said, “It remains to be seen what God will do with a man who gives himself up wholly to Him.” And Moody endeavored to be, under God, that man. It is still a marvel to see how wonderfully God used D. L. Moody.

Moody later preached to 20,000 a day in Brooklyn and admitted only non-church members by ticket! One day, Moody met a young man and told him bluntly, “You’re the man I’ve been looking for- for eight years. Throw up your job and come with me!” Ira D. Sankey did just that. From then on, it was  “Moody will preach; Sankey will sing.” Moody preached while traveling across the American  continent and throughout Great Britain. D. L. Moody is considered the greatest evangelist of the nineteenth century.

One of his thought provoking quotes:  “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”  D. L. Moody

I wrote this note in my Bible about Moody:

Why God Used D.L. Moody by R.A. Torrey:

  1.  A Fully Surrendered Man
  2.  A Man of Prayer
  3.  A Deep and Practical Student of The Bible
  4.  A Humble Man
  5.  His Entire Freedom from the Love of Money
  6.  His Consuming Passion for the Salvation of Souls
  7.  Had Power from On High

 

A Christian Without Wisdom is Like an Owl Without a Wing

Recently, our son and daughter-in-law witnessed a National Geographic Scene in their own backyard. Jodi was taking pictures of an owl perched on a low branch in a tree.  The owl’s wing was hurt.  Just as Jodi was taking the photo, a turkey flew up into the tree attacking the owl and knocking the owl down.

A Christian without wisdom is like that owl without the use of his wing. She is left vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. The owl was rescued just in time by Brandon and Jodi, then taken to a bird rehab center. We all need wisdom from the Lord to protect us from the attacks of worldly thinking. We need wisdom from the Lord to come to our rescue.

  1. We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “This is logical.” We might think something is logical, but God’s ways are much higher than our ways. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)  Logic can be misleading.
  2. We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “Everyone else is doing it, so it must be alright.” Following the crowd seldom turns out well.
  3. We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from emotional decisions that feel right. Feelings are flighty and untrustworthy.
  4. We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “It was always done this way.” Tradition is not necessarily wise to follow.

There is a flip side to the National Geographic Scene that took place in our children’s backyard.  Why did the turkey attack the owl?  The turkey attacked the owl because she was protecting her young. A parent without wisdom is like a turkey who does not watch out for her young.

  1.  We need wisdom to watch out for our children. The devil does not think, “Oh, how cute that little child is right now.  I am going to wait until he is much older before I begin to trip him up.”

God said wisdom is first place and we need to get it. “Wisdom is the principal (first) thing; therefore get wisdom…”  (Proverbs 4:7)

How do we get wisdom?

First: We must be in God’s Word to know God.

Second: We must ask God for wisdom.  I daily begged God for wisdom. I was a desperate mother. I desperately needed God’s wisdom to be a wise mother! While we are asking, let us also ask God for wisdom to be a wise wife.

The most wonderful glorious thing is that God promises to give wisdom generously if we ask Him! Now, how easy is that! Thank you, Lord!

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5  

 

Bitterness is like Carrying A Bag Of Bricks On My Back

While I was passing out Gospel Tracts at a local college, a crew of workers were breaking up concrete. An elderly man approached me, stooped over, carrying a sack of concrete bricks on his back.  “Are you giving out something for free?” he asked me.  Smiling, I held out the Gospel Tract to him. “Yes, I am. This booklet explains how we can get the free gift of salvation by trusting in Jesus alone to save us.” The burdened man negatively replied, “I get enough religion at my church” and continued on his way.

I watched this man slowly walk off, slumped over from the heavy burden of concrete bricks on his back.  I felt sad for him.  He was like a “picture” of the lost person with a heavy burden of sin.  He would not get freed from his burden by accepting the gift of salvation from Jesus.

I also thought he was a picture of the Christian lady who daily looks for concrete bricks to place in her sack to carry on her back. The concrete bricks on her back start pulling her down because they are too heavy for her to carry. They even start taking a toll on her health.

Engraved on each concrete brick is something different: hatred, bitterness, revenge, anger, unforgiveness … and even names of people who have hurt her. She will then take the bag of concrete bricks down Negative Memory Lane with her. She stops and takes a concrete brick out of the bag and stares at it while turning it over and over, again and again. She takes out another, and then another until she is miserable from turning the concrete bricks over and over.

Every person gets hurt by others.  That is part of life.  This lady will never have peace and rest under the heavy load she is carrying, unless she makes a decision. The engraved concrete bricks must go.  She must not keep looking at the concrete bricks and turning them over and over again. She cannot afford to rehash hurts. She must let the Lord take the concrete bricks from her.  She must not keep walking down Negative Memory Lane.

The Lord will lighten her burden if she will just tell Him about it, and repent of her bitterness. To repent is to change directions. Instead of going down Negative Memory Lane, STOP! Immediately make a U-TURN and go the opposite direction down Forgiveness Lane.  Forgiveness Lane is peace, rest, beauty and joy. If Jesus did not hold a grudge against me, why should I hold a grudge against another?

We must ask Jesus to give us strength to forgive those who have hurt us in the past. When those negative thoughts come, continue giving the concrete bricks to Jesus and pray for those who have hurt you. A miracle happens when we pray for our enemies. God replaces our bitterness with mercy. With those bricks they have thrown at you, Jesus will take them and use them to build a better you. Walk down Forgiveness Lane and see the goodness of the LORD!

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”  Matthew 18:21,22

Characteristics of An Unstoppable Woman of God

Characteristics of  An Unstoppable Woman

  • She knows her purpose and devotes herself to pursuing her purpose.
  • She is passionate and driven to follow her heart’s desire.
  • She prepares herself for the challenges of life and seeks solutions.
  • She humbly asks for help and builds a support system.
  • She perseveres no matter what comes her way.

Questions to think about?

  1.  How can I be an unstoppable woman of God?
  • My #1 priority in life is to know, love, obey and glorify the Lord with all my heart.  I will be a woman of the Word.
  • I will be passionate about accomplishing this goal daily.
  • I will have godly friends who are uplifting and who encourage me towards my goal. My support system will also be my local church.
  • I will expect challenges to my goal, but I will be unstoppable no matter what, because of the grace of God.  When I fall, I will fall forward knowing “I CAN DO ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians. 4:13

2.   How can I be an unstoppable wife?

  • My goal in life is to be a Godly wife.
  • I will be passionate about accomplishing this goal daily because my husband is my 2nd most important priority in my life. I desire to live as a good companion to my husband, and to be his helper in meeting his needs, so he will be successful in what God calls him to do. Genesis 2:18
  • I will pray, study God’s Word, and obey God’s Word in order to be a Godly wife.
  • My support system will be my church and like-minded wives.
  • I will expect challenges to my goal, but I will be unstoppable no matter what, because of the grace of God.  When I fall, I will fall forward knowing “I CAN DO ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians. 4:13

3.  How can I be an unstoppable mother (and homeschool mother)?

  • My goal is to be a Godly mother.
  • I will be passionate about accomplishing this goal daily.  My children are my 3rd most important priority in my life.  I desire to live to: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
  • I will pray, study God’s Word, and obey God’s Word in order to be a Godly mother.
  • My support system will be my church and like-minded mothers.
  • I will expect challenges to my goal, but I will be unstoppable no matter what, because of the grace of God.  When I fall, I will fall forward knowing “I CAN DO ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians. 4:13

The photo is of our first born, Kristen; pastor’s wife and mother of four. Kristen is an unstoppable woman of God, wife and mother. I am blessed!