“And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, ‘Lie with me’. But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God”? So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.”
Father God, today, let me not be caught up in things that have no benefit to my purpose and when temptation comes, give me the strength to say “No” and mean it. Amen
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Jas 2:26 NET
“Not everyone who says to me, ’Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”—Holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord.—Make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. But concerning the one who lacks such things – he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin.
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
Matt 7:21, Heb 12:14, 2 Pet 1:5-10, Eph 2:8-9
“For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.”
The truth was in Gaius, and Gaius walked in the truth. If the first had not been the case, the second could never have occurred; and if the second could not be said of him the first would have been a mere pretence. Truth must enter into the soul, penetrate and saturate it, or else it is of no value. Doctrines held as a matter of creed are like bread in the hand, which ministers no nourishment to the frame; but doctrine accepted by the heart, is as food digested, which, by assimilation, sustains and builds up the body. In us truth must be a living force, an active energy, an indwelling reality, a part of the woof and warp of our being. If it be in us, we cannot henceforth part with it. A man may lose his garments or his limbs, but his inward parts are vital, and cannot be torn away without absolute loss of life. A Christian can die, but he cannot deny the truth. Now it is a rule of nature that the inward affects the outward, as light shines from the centre of the lantern through the glass: when, therefore, the truth is kindled within, its brightness soon beams forth in the outward life and conversation. It is said that the food of certain worms colours the cocoons of silk which they spin: and just so the nutriment upon which a man’s inward nature lives gives a tinge to every word and deed proceeding from him. To walk in the truth, imports a life of integrity, holiness, faithfulness, and simplicity-the natural product of those principles of truth which the gospel teaches, and which the Spirit of God enables us to receive. We may judge of the secrets of the soul by their manifestation in the man’s conversation. Be it ours to-day, O gracious Spirit, to be ruled and governed by thy divine authority, so that nothing false or sinful may reign in our hearts, lest it extend its malignant influence to our daily walk among men.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~
THE LORD’S MIRACLES
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Today
I pray that you will recognize the power of God to change a person’s circumstances. May you look to Him, for He can raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from an ash heap. May you trust in Him, for He can settle the barren woman in a home as a happy mother of children. Praise God, for nothing is impossible with Him. I pray that you will recognize the miracles He performs in your life. May you believe that He has the will and the power to make your situation better. I pray that you will continue to be thankful as you experience His power and miracles today!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.