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Afternoon Prayer

“For who can know what the Lord is thinking?”
Romans 11:34

Father God, today, things may not go my way. Time may not be on my side. What I asked You for last month still has not come. In moments like this, frustration has a way of creeping up on you. Block it. Help me to stay encouraged to know that if You have so ordained it, it will come to pass. If it does not come there is a good reason. Amen.

 

Today With Tozer

MERCY: A BOUNDLESS SEA

God, who is rich in mercy…even when we were dead in sins.
Ephesians 2:4–5

A human being is never really aware of the great boundless sea of the mercy of God until by faith he comes across the threshold of the kingdom of God and recognizes it and identifies it!

My father was sixty years old when he bowed before Jesus Christ and was born again. That was a near lifetime in which he had sinned and lied and cursed. But to him, the mercy of God that took him to heaven was no greater than the mercy of God that had endured and kept him for sixty years.

I recall the story of an ancient rabbi who consented to take a weary old traveler into his house for a night of rest. In conversation, the rabbi discovered the visitor was almost 100 years old and a confirmed atheist. Infuriated, the rabbi arose, opened the door and ordered the man out into the night.

Then, sitting down by his candle and Old Testament, it seemed he heard a voice, God’s voice: “I have endured that sinner for almost a century. Could you not endure him for a night?” The rabbi ran out and overtaking the old man, brought him back to the hospitality of his home for the night.

Father, You are gloriously patient with mankind. I praise You for that, and I pray that You will prod Your believing children to go out and find those who are on the cusp of belief.

~ Aiden Wilson Tozer ~

 

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Daily Light

Morning

Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help. – Heb 4:16 NET

Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.—For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.”

“I did not tell Jacob’s descendants, ’Seek me in vain!’”—Therefore,… since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the fresh and living way that he inaugurated for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that faith brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.—So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Phil 4:6-7, Rom 8:15, Isa 45:19, Heb 10:19-22, Heb 13:6

 

Morning Devotional

“Rend your heart, and not your garments.”
Joe 2:13

GARMENT-RENDING and other outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common. Men will attend to the most multiplied and minute ceremonial regulations-for such things are pleasing to the flesh-but true religion is too humbling, too heart-searching, too thorough for the tastes of the carnal men; they prefer something more ostentatious, flimsy, and worldly. Outward observances are temporarily comfortable; eye and ear are pleased; self-conceit is fed, and self-righteousness is puffed up: but they are ultimately delusive, for in the article of death, and at the day of judgment, the soul needs something more substantial than ceremonies and rituals to lean upon. Apart from vital godliness all religion is utterly vain; offered without a sincere heart, every form of worship is a solemn sham and an impudent mockery of the majesty of heaven.

HEART-RENDING is divinely wrought and solemnly felt. It is a secret grief which is personally experienced, not in mere form, but as a deep, soul-moving work of the Holy Spirit upon the inmost heart of each believer. It is not a matter to be merely talked of and believed in, but keenly and sensitively felt in every living child of the living God. It is powerfully humiliating, and completely sin-purging; but then it is sweetly preparative for those gracious consolations which proud unhumbled spirits are unable to receive; and it is distinctly discriminating, for it belongs to the elect of God, and to them alone.

The text commands us to rend our hearts, but they are naturally hard as marble: how, then, can this be done? We must take them to Calvary: a dying Saviour’s voice rent the rocks once, and it is as powerful now. O blessed Spirit, let us hear the death-cries of Jesus, and our hearts shall be rent even as men rend their vestures in the day of lamentation.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

 

Morning Bible Verse

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Morning Prayer

BOLDNESS IN SHARING FAITH
Romans 1:16-17

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

I pray that you will be bold in sharing your faith. May you not be ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. May the Holy Spirit fill you with the right words to share your faith. May He fill you with courage to speak at the right opportunities. For in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed. May you share your faith with others that they too might know the truth.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in God, Uncategorized

 
 
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