March 27, 2015


Diego-Frazão-Torquato-300x300A story is told of a young boy giving his first violin recital. He had studied hard for years under the guidance of one of the greatest masters in all of Europe. The boy had outstanding talents a feat very few his age accomplishes.

As he stood on the stage before an audience of hundreds of music lovers, he performed with great proficiency after each selection, as the crowd cheered him on. He was the finest young performer they had ever had the pleasure of hearing. And yet the boy seemed not to notice. In fact, some later commented that he almost seemed annoyed by the applause.

At the conclusion of the recital, the entire audience rose and gave the young performer a standing ovation as they shouted “Bravo, Bravo, Encore, Encore” and other words of praise and appreciation, throughout the theater. However, the young musician was motionless as if not to hear his surroundings.

Instead, he stood looking up into the balcony where an old, withered man sat, looking back down at him. Finally after some consideration, the old gentleman smiled and nodded his headHourglass Sand Timer Beach Sunrise in approval. Only then did the boy seem relieved as if a weight had been lifted off his shoulders, as his young face beamed with joy and delight.

You see, the cheers of the crowd meant nothing, the praise was meaningless unless he had the approval of the Master! And like the young violinist, we are also in a performance and each day we stand on the world stage but it is all meaningless if we don’t have God’s approval, as we stand in His presence each day and say “Lord not my will but thy will be done”.

Remember Satan realizes the sand of the hour glass has just about run its course, the history books will close soon and everyone according to his works would have either been sealed by the blood of Christ or decided that this world and perdition is sufficient for their eternal happiness.
images9But when it is all over they will cry out ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then [Christ] will declare to them, ‘I never knew you…” Matt. 7:22-23 (ESV) That text tell us how easy it will be to be blinded by Satan into thinking, our works are sufficient for God’s approval for our Salvation.

My friends, God’s approval is all about staying in the presence of God as we allow self to die each day. One day Empire, Scandal and dancing with the stars would have run it’s course and everyone will be debating about the finally for months. But then Satan will create another must watch TV show that occupies God’s precious time for another ten seasons and the cycle continues.

We must never forger, in God’s precepts where He tells us; I am “a jealous God.” meaning, He wants “no other god’s before Him” or anything that s061will keep our minds “on things on this earth and not on our eternal destination. For it is “He that gives us the vision of Hope and the Passion to be like Him.”

Remember my friends we are God’s prodigy, He has “formed us from the dust of the ground, and created us in the likeness of His image” and one day we must all face our righteous Judge, who will  judged us on our faith as a student, and our performance and the choices each of us has made throughout our life.

Ecc. 1:14 (NIV) tells us “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” So for each of us who have decided to finish this race we must remember, “we are running to obtain that prize” from the Masters which is eternal life.


So friends stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY



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