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I am determined, O God!
Ps 108:1 NET

The Lord delivers and vindicates me! I fear no one! The Lord protects my life! I am afraid of no one!

You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you.—He does not fear bad news. He is confident; he trusts in the Lord. His resolve is firm; he will not succumb to fear before he looks in triumph on his enemies.

When I am afraid, I trust in you.—He will surely give me shelter in the day of danger; he will hide me in his home; he will place me on an inaccessible rocky summit. Now I will triumph over my enemies who surround me! I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place and shout for joy! I will sing praises to the Lord!

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him belongs the power forever.

Ps 27:1, Isa 26:3, Ps 112:7-8, Ps 56:3, Ps 27:5-6, 1 Pet 5:10-11

 

Morning Devotional

“I will love them freely.”
Hos 14:4

This sentence is a body of divinity in miniature. He who understands its meaning is a theologian, and he who can dive into its fulness is a true master in Israel. It is a condensation of the glorious message of salvation which was delivered to us in Christ Jesus our Redeemer. The sense hinges upon the word “freely.” This is the glorious, the suitable, the divine way by which love streams from heaven to earth, a spontaneous love flowing forth to those who neither deserved it, purchased it, nor sought after it. It is, indeed, the only way in which God can love such as we are. The text is a death-blow to all sorts of fitness: “I will love them freely.” Now, if there were any fitness necessary in us, then he would not love us freely, at least, this would be a mitigation and a drawback to the freeness of it. But it stands, “I will love you freely.” We complain, “Lord, my heart is so hard.” “I will love you freely.” “But I do not feel my need of Christ as I could wish.” “I will not love you because you feel your need; I will love you freely.” “But I do not feel that softening of spirit which I could desire.” Remember, the softening of spirit is not a condition, for there are no conditions; the covenant of grace has no conditionality whatever; so that we without any fitness may venture upon the promise of God which was made to us in Christ Jesus, when he said, “He that believeth on him is not condemned.” It is blessed to know that the grace of God is free to us at all times, without preparation, without fitness, without money, and without price! “I will love them freely.” These words invite backsliders to return: indeed, the text was specially written for such-“I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely.” Backslider! surely the generosity of the promise will at once break your heart, and you will return, and seek your injured Father’s face.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

 

Dear Jesus

I have awakened in your heart strong desire to know Me. This longing originated in Me, though it now burns brightly in you.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for awakening my heart! Before I knew You, I tried to find life in many different places. Often I would think I had found what I was searching for—only to be disappointed later. After I became thoroughly disillusioned, You reached down and took me into Your own family. Years later, I began thirsting for You: longing to know You at a deeper heart level. I set aside time to meet with You as my living God— vibrantly present with me.

Beloved, when you set out to know Me more intimately, I rejoiced but I wasn’t surprised. I had been pursuing you long before you began your quest. I was working in your life experiences, as well as in your heart, mind, and spirit. Your desire for a closer walk with Me grew out of My painstaking work in you. I initiated your longing for Me, and your response delights Me.

It is important for you to know Me as the Initiator in our relationship. If you think it is your spiritual disciplines that keep you close to Me, you are at risk. Some days you may skimp on your time with Me or not be able to concentrate well. If you’re depending on your own efforts to stay near Me, you will feel distant from Me at such times. But if you are relying on Me—what I have done, am doing, will do—you know My Love for you is always assured. So you can rest in Me: trusting in My unfailing Love, flourishing in My abiding Presence.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 42:2

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 NASB

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
Psalm 52:8

~ Sarah Young ~

 
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Morning Bible Verse

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Morning Prayer

ASKING IN FAITH
Matthew 6:8; John 15:7; Hebrews 11:6

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

I pray that you will remain in Him, and that His words will remain in you, so that whatever you ask shall be given to you. May you always be in faith and in joyful expectation of the things that you have asked God for. I pray that you will continue to have faith in Him, for God knows your needs even before you ask. May He reward you as you believe that He exists and earnestly seek Him. I pray that you will realize that God is never moved by needs, He is moved by faith.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Evening Prayer

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his loyal love endures.
Ps 136:1 NET

He prayeth best who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We thank thee, O Father, for all that is bright—
The gleam of the day and the stars of the night,
The flowers of our youth and the fruits of our prime,
And the blessings that march down the pathway of time.
– Will Carleton

Thanklessness is a parching wind, drying up the fountain of pity, the dew of mercy, the streams of grace. For doth not that rightly seem to be lost which is given to one ungrateful?
– Saint Bernard

Prayer

My Father, help me to understand that I cannot have self-development unless the spirit of truth drills my character. Cleanse my heart from all impurity, and strengthen me for all usefulness: help me to daily live this prayer. Amen.

 

Evening Devotional

“Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?”
Luk 24:38

“Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest O Israel, my way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?” The Lord cares for all things, and the meanest creatures share in his universal providence, but his particular providence is over his saints. “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him.” “Precious shall their blood be in his sight.” “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to his purpose.” Let the fact that, while he is the Saviour of all men, he is specially the Saviour of them that believe, cheer and comfort you. You are his peculiar care; his regal treasure which he guards as the apple of his eye; his vineyard over which he watches day and night. “The very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Let the thought of his special love to you be a spiritual pain-killer, a dear quietus to your woe: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” God says that as much to you as to any saint of old. “Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” We lose much consolation by the habit of reading his promises for the whole church, instead of taking them directly home to ourselves. Believer, grasp the divine word with a personal, appropriating faith. Think that you hear Jesus say, “I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not.” Think you see him walking on the waters of thy trouble, for he is there, and he is saying, “Fear not, it is I; be not afraid.” Oh, those sweet words of Christ! May the Holy Ghost make you feel them as spoken to you; forget others for awhile-accept the voice of Jesus as addressed to you, and say, “Jesus whispers consolation; I cannot refuse it; I will sit under his shadow with great delight.”

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

 
 
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