Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Prohibition and An Admonition

Here is a prohibition and an admonition. O Lord, give me grace to avoid what You forbid and to do what you enjoin. Enable me to avoid compliance with those customs and ways of the world which are contrary to Your will. While in the world let me not be of it. Give me grace to come out and to be separate from its ungodly principles and sinful pleasures. Transform me by the renewal of my mind. Deliver me from pride, from selfishness, and vain-glory. Afford me a continual supply of the grace of Christ. Impress His image on me and help me to tread in His steps.  O Lord, work in me to will and to act according to Your good pleasure.

[Author Unknown]

Romans 12:2 ...And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

John 17:16-17 ... They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 ...  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. ❤

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Secret of Putting

God First What does it mean to put God first? Lots of believers try to put God first, but get focused on their sins. We look at our pride, anger or lust and grieve over it. Now that’s important. But if you continue dwelling on your sin or your compromise, you may think you’re being holy, but you’re not putting God first.

When you focus on your sins, you’re putting your sins first and you’re still focusing on yourself. Now, again, there’s a place for holy conviction, but repent and move on with it. Do you want to put God first? Then put Him first over your sins, problems, worries, fears, even over the fact that you haven’t been putting Him first. Dwell on Him and forget yourself. Look at His glory and beauty and get lost in His awesomeness.

Forget your shame and ugliness and get lost in His Righteousness that covers you. Put God first in your heart and soul. Dwell on Him, because if He’s first in your life, He’ll be first in your thoughts. It begins when you put Him first and forget about yourself.

[Jonathan Cahn]


Matthew 16:24-26 ... Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Luke 12:30-32 ...  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Mark 12:30 ... And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.❤

Thursday, October 20, 2016

God's Palace!

"Your boasting is not good!" 1 Corinthians 5:6   Pride is the greatest sacrilege, it robs God of His glory.  What a horrid sin is pride! Chrysostom calls it "the mother of Hell." Pride encompasses all vice.  Pride is a spiritual drunkenness, it flies up like wine into the brain and intoxicates it.

Pride is idolatry, a proud man is a self-worshiper. How odious is this sin to God!
"Everyone who is proud in heart, is an abomination to the Lord!" (Proverbs 16:5)  "I hate pride and arrogance!" (Proverbs 8:13)

Those who look at themselves in the magnifying mirror of self-love appear better in their own eyes than they are. There is no idol like self, the proud man bows down to this idol.

Many are proud of their riches. Their hearts swell with their estates. Pride is the rich man's cousin. "Your heart has become proud because of your wealth." (Ezekiel 28:5)

Many are proud of their apparel. They dress in such fashions, as to make the devil fall in love with them! Painted faces, gaudy attire, naked breasts, what are these, but the banners which sinful pride displays?

Many are proud of their beauty. The body is but dust and blood kneaded together. Solomon says, "Beauty is vain." (Proverbs 31:30) Yet some are so vain as to be proud of vanity! Shall dust exalt itself?

Many are proud of their gifts and abilities. These trappings and ornaments do not approve them in God's eyes. An angel is a creature of great abilities; but take away humility from an angel and he is a devil! God loves a humble soul. It is not our high birth but our humble hearts, which God delights in.

Oh, let us search if there is any of this leaven of pride in us! Man is naturally a proud piece of flesh. This sin of pride runs in the blood. There are the seeds of this sin of pride in the best of Christians but the godly do not allow themselves in it. They strive to kill this weed, by mortification.

But certainly where this sin of pride reigns and prevails, it cannot stand with grace. You may as well call him who lacks wisdom, a prudent man; as him who lacks humility, a godly man. "Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5) Put humility on, as an embroidered robe. It is better to lack anything, rather than humility.

The more value any man has, the more humble he is. Feathers fly up but gold descends! The golden saint descends in humility.

Look at a humble Savior and let your plumes of pride fall off!

A humble heart is God's palace! "For this is what the high and lofty One says; He who lives forever, whose name is holy. I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit." (Isaiah 57:15) A humble heart glories in this, that it is the presence chamber of the great and glorious King!

[Thomas Watson]


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

To Be With Me!

Precious Savior, how does Your love to Your own redeemed people appear in these words! Nothing will satisfy You short of the eternal possession of those whom the Father has given to You, whom You have redeemed with Your own most precious blood, and sanctified by Your Spirit. It is Your will that they should be with You. You would have them in Your presence and in Your home that they may behold You face to face, and share Your glory and Your joy!

And the love of Your redeemed people answers to Your love to them their chief desire is be with You where You are. The visits of Your love to them here on earth, are their seasons of highest enjoyment but they are transient, and they see You only as in a glass darkly. They desire to be with You far away from this world of pollution and sin with You in the place which You have prepared for them! They desire to forever abide with You, to forever dwell where You dwell, to forever behold Your glory, and  to enjoy continual manifestations of Your love and so forever be with their precious Savior.

[Author Unknown]


John 17:24 ...  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

John 14:3 ... And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 12:26 ... If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.❤

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:17

Eli  [Hebrew] ~ Ascension.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Magnetized By Jesus

Perhaps the most serious charge that can be brought against modern Christians, is that we are not sufficiently in love with Christ. The Christ of evangelicalism is strong, but hardly beautiful. It is rarely that we find anyone aglow with love for Christ. I trust it is not uncharitable to say that a great deal of praise in conservative circles is perfunctory and forced and downright insincere      When we become magnetized by Jesus' beauty and adore Him, we will want to pour ourselves out at His feet. We don't have to be urged to do it.

No one who knows Jesus intimately, can ever be flippant in His presence.

[A. W. Tozer]


Song of Solomon 5:16 ...  His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Psalm 95:2 ... Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

1 Corinthians 16:22 ... If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.❤

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I Will Hold You Up

This is the testimony of the great apostle of the Gentiles. Many were the perils to which he was exposed, and many were the hardships which he endured--but he was borne up and carried through them all by the help of God his Savior.

Just so, He who was the Helper of the great apostle is the Helper of the feeblest child in His family, or the weakest lamb in His flock. He is your Helper, beloved Christian reader! He who has redeemed you, not with corruptible things, such as silver and gold, but with His precious blood will assuredly afford you seasonable aid. Look then to Him, in the discharge of your daily duties for all needful wisdom and strength.

In domestic cares and trials remember that your Helper is near.

In every hour of weakness and sorrow cast yourself on His sustaining grace.

[Author Unknown]


Isaiah 41:10 ...Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Psalm 119:117 ... Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

Acts 26:22 ... Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:❤

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Speak Lord, For Your Servant is Listening!

Lord, I may not expect to hear You speak to me with an audible voice, as You spoke to Samuel; but by Your Word and by Your Spirit.  You still speak to the hearts of Your people.

O Lord, but speak thus unto me. Speak to my mind, my conscience, and my heart words of instruction,  words of warning,  words of reproof,  words of counsel,  words of comfort according as You, in Your infinite wisdom, see fit.

Speak to me as my Savior tell me of Your redeeming mercy.

Speak to me as my Friend draw near and commune with my heart.

Speak to me as my Father and tell me of Your care and constant love.

When burdened with sin, say unto me, "I, even I, am He who blots out your sins as a cloud, and your transgressions as a thick cloud!"

When struggling with inward corruption, say unto my soul, "I am your salvation!"

When distressed in the hour of trial, say unto me, "Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

In every time of need, say to my heart, "My grace is sufficient for you."

"Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening!"

[Author Unknown]


1 Samuel 3:9 ... Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Hebrews 12:5 ... And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

2 Corinthians 12:9 ... And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.❤

Friday, October 14, 2016

Submit Cheerfully

Stillness and silence befits us, when God lifts up His arm to afflict us.   It is of little use at such times to struggle against His almighty power to be restless and complaining when His heavy hand is laid upon us. Our wisdom is to bear the burden which oppresses us with patience, to submit cheerfully to the will of God, and to kiss the painful rod which scourges us.

We should remember that our Father does not afflict His children willingly, that is, for His own pleasure but for their profit. He loves them; and when He punishes them, it is for their discipline, and to make them what He would have them to be partakers of His holiness.

We should look at our afflictions in this light and not let a murmur escape our lips!  It is often our duty, in the hour of trial or of difficulty, to be still, to lie passive in God's hands, "to hope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord."

[Ashton Oxenden]

1 Samuel 3:18 ... And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

Lamentations 3:26 ... It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Psalm 46:10 ... Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.❤

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Average Evangelical Church

Christianity to the average evangelical church member is simply an avenue to a good and pleasant time, with a little biblical devotional material thrown in for good measure!

I hope I do not live to see the day when God has to turn from men and women who have heard His holy truth and have played with it, fooled with it and equated it with fun and entertainment and religious nonsense!

The church has become a religious theater where amateur entertainers are paid to amuse those who attend.

In many churches, Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak, that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone; and   if it were medicine it would not cure anyone!

[A.W. Tozer]


2 Timothy 4:3 ...  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Titus 1:10-11 ... For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:  Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

Acts 20:29 ... For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.❤

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Be of Good Cheer

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.

[Winnie the Pooh]

Acts 27:25 ... Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

Matthew 14:27 ... But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

John 16:33 ... These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.❤