Sunday, May 16, 2021
Self is the most treacherous enemy, and the most insinuating deceiver in the world! Of all vices, Self is both the hardest to find out, and the hardest to cure.
John 3:30 ... He must increase, but I must decrease.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
A life does not need to be great to be beautiful. There may be as much beauty in a tiny flower as a majestic tree, in a little gem as in a great mountain, in the smallest creature as in a massive one. A life may be very lovely and yet be insignificant in the world's eyes.
Psalm 113:15 ... He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.❤
Thursday, May 13, 2021
God intends the Christian life to be a life of joy not drudgery. The idea that holiness is associated with a dour disposition is a caricature of the worst sort. In fact, just the opposite is true. Only those who walk in holiness experience true joy.
Romans 6:22 ... But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
“I AM" with you now and forevermore. Do not fear those who threaten with malice. His plans for you don’t include rebellion, and He will indeed cut off your enemies. Your purposes in Him will stand, even in the storms of raging evil. Your abiding in His presence is your protection. He will speak to your heart there.
In the eye of the storm is perfect peace. Abide in the center of His will for you and ignore the barking dogs of fear and doubt. Do not pay attention to the lies of fear and waves of worry. Come to Him on the Supernatural water and do not sway from His instruction. Believe and walk. Learn to obey even that which does not seem natural.
We are Supernatural. Those born of His Spirit, have His very Spirit. Listen to Him more and more. Eternal is His voice and He alone knows the way to your destiny and divine order.
[Troi Nelson Cockayne]
Matthew 11:28 ... Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Luke 10:19 ... Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. ❤
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Thank You, God, for a quiet place far from life's crooked ways, where our hearts find true contentment and our souls fill up with praise.
Isaiah 32:18 ... And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;❤
Monday, May 10, 2021
There is a blessing in weakness, because it nourishes dependence on God. When we are strong, or deem ourselves strong, we are really weak, since then we trust in ourselves, and do not seek Divine help. But when we are consciously weak, knowing ourselves unequal to our duties and struggles, we are strong, because then we turn to Christ, and get His strength. Too many people think that their weakness a barrier to their usefulness; or make it an excuse for doing little with their life. Instead of this, however, if we give it to Christ, He will transform our weakness into strength.
He says that His power is made perfect in weakness; that is, what is lacking in human strength, He fills and makes up with divine strength. Paul had learned this, when he said that he now gloried in his weaknesses, because on account of them, the strength of Christ rested upon him; so that when he was weak, then he was strong, strong with Divine strength. We need only to make sure of one thing that we do indeed bring our weakness to Christ, and lean on Him in simple faith. This is the vital link in getting the blessing.
Weakness itself is a burden; it is like chains upon our limbs. If we try to carry it alone, we shall only fail. But if we lay it on the strong Son of God, and let Him carry us and our burden, going on quietly and firmly in the way of duty, He will make our very weakness a secret source of strength. He will not take the weakness from us, that is not His promise but He will so fill us with His own power, that we shall be strong, more than conquerors, able to do all things through Christ who strengthens us! This is the blessed secret of having our burdening weakness, transformed into vital strength. The secret can be found only in Christ. And in Him, it can be found by every humble, trusting disciple.
[J. R. Miller]
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ... 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Believers are separated from the world by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit calls them out from the world, and separates them as effectually as if a wall were built between them and it.
He puts in them new hearts, new minds, new tastes, new desires, new sorrows, new joys, new wishes, new pleasures, new longings. He gives them new eyes, new ears, new affections, new opinions. He makes them new creatures.
They are born again and with a new birth they begin a new existence. Mighty indeed is the transforming power of the Spirit!
[J. C. Ryle]
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2 Corinthians 5:17 ... Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
1 Corinthians 6:11 ... And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Peter 1:23 ... Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. ❤
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Let us seek the grace of a cheerful heart, an even temper, sweetness, gentleness, and brightness of mind, as walking in His light, and by His grace. Let us pray to Him to give us the spirit of ever-abundant, ever-springing love, which overpowers and sweeps away the vexations of life by its own richness and strength, and which, above all things, unites us to Him who is the Fountain and the Centre of all mercy, loving-kindness, and joy.
[John Henry Newman]
Matthew 6:33 ... But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.❤
Friday, May 7, 2021
To wait on God is to live a life of desire toward Him, delight in Him, dependence on Him, and devotedness to Him.
Isaiah 40:31 ... But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
God, by His Spirit, brings old truth home to the heart, gives new light to our eyes, and causes the Word to exercise new power over us; but He reveals no new facts, and He utters no words in any man's ears concerning his condition and state. We must be content with the old revelation and with the life and power and force with which the Holy Spirit brings it to the heart. Neither must any of us seek to have any additional revelation, for that would imply that the Scriptures are incomplete.
[Charles H. Spurgeon]
John 17:17 ... Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. ❤