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Spiritual Readiness

The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

1 Peter 4:7

When the Bible says that God is calling a special people out of the nations to bear the name of His eternal Son, I believe it—and His name is Jesus!

Our pious forefathers believed in spiritual preparation, and they said so. They saw themselves as a bride being prepared to meet the Bridegroom. They regarded this earth as the dressing room to outfit themselves for heaven.

The evangelical church has come through a period when nearly everyone has believed that there is just one prerequisite to readiness: being born again. We have made being born again almost like receiving a pass to a special event—when Jesus returns, we whip out the pass to prove our readiness.

Frankly, I do not think it will be like that. I do not believe that all professed believers are automatically ready to meet the Lord. Our Savior Himself was joined by Peter and John and Paul in warning and pleading that we should live and watch and pray, so to be ready for Jesus’ coming.

Dear Lord, help me to “act out” my faith today with seriousness and passion. Enable me to give spiritual guidance or encouragement to someone who is hurting.

~ Aiden Wilson Tozer ~

 

 

Morning Daily Light

The righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. – Rom 3:22 NET

God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.—Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.—Who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.—Not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior.

More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! – that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness – a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ’s faithfulness.

2 Cor 5:21, Gal 3:13, 1 Cor 1:30, Titus 3:5-6, Phil 3:8-9

 

 

Morning Devotional

 

“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us.” — Isa 63:7

And canst thou not do this? Are there no mercies which thou hast experienced? What though thou art gloomy now, canst thou forget that blessed hour when Jesus met thee, and said, “Come unto me”? Canst thou not remember that rapturous moment when he snapped thy fetters, dashed thy chains to the earth, and said, “I came to break thy bonds and set thee free”? Or if the love of thine espousals be forgotten, there must surely be some precious milestone along the road of life not quite grown over with moss, on which thou canst read a happy memorial of his mercy towards thee? What, didst thou never have a sickness like that which thou art suffering now, and did he not restore thee? Wert thou never poor before, and did he not supply thy wants? Wast thou never in straits before, and did he not deliver thee? Arise, go to the river of thine experience, and pull up a few bulrushes, and plait them into an ark, wherein thine infant-faith may float safely on the stream. Forget not what thy God has done for thee; turn over the book of thy remembrance, and consider the days of old. Canst thou not remember the hill Mizar? Did the Lord never meet with thee at Hermon? Hast thou never climbed the Delectable Mountains? Hast thou never been helped in time of need? Nay, I know thou hast. Go back, then, a little way to the choice mercies of yesterday, and though all may be dark now, light up the lamps of the past, they shall glitter through the darkness, and thou shalt trust in the Lord till the day break and the shadows flee away. “Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses, for they have been ever of old.”

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

 

Morning Bible Verse

 

 

Morning Prayer

POWER IN WISDOM

Proverbs 24:3-6; Matthew 7:25

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today

May you be like a house that stands steadily on solid ground, built firmly by wisdom and understanding. Though the rains come or the streams rise or the winds blow, I pray that you will not be destroyed, for wisdom, knowledge and understanding will increase your power and your strength. I pray that you will also seek guidance from godly people so that you may gain victory in everything you do. May the Lord surround you with people of discernment and great wisdom. May God lead you to the advisers He has ordained for you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Evening Daily Light

“The choicest vine.” – Gen 49:11 NET

My love had a vineyard on a fertile hill. He built a hedge around it, removed its stones, and planted a vine. … He waited for it to produce edible grapes, but it produced sour ones instead.—”I planted you in the land like a special vine of the very best stock. Why in the world have you turned into something like a wild vine that produces rotten, foul-smelling grapes?”

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, … envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. … But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

“I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. … My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples.”

Isa 5:1-2, Jer 2:21, Gal 5:19, Gal 5:21-23, John 15:1-2, John 15:4, John 15:8

 

 

Evening Prayer

(but their eyes were kept from recognizing him). – Luke 24:16 NET

The great Gods pass through the great Time-hall,

Stately and high;

The little men climb the low clay wall

To gape and spy;

“We wait for the Gods,” the little men cry,

“But these are our brothers passing by.”

The great Gods pass through the great Time-hall;

Who can see?

The little men nod by the low clay wall,

So tired they be;

’”Tis weary waiting for Gods,” they yawn,

“There’s a world o’ men, but the Gods are gone.”

– A.H. Begbie

Prayer

My Father, may I be careful of getting weary and missing the best through the need of rest. Intensify my desire for the songs and glorious ways, that I may not settle into dullness and slumber, while others pass on in the light. I pray for a keener sense of the possessions made possible by the deeds and cares of noble men and women. Amen.

 

 
 
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