Evening Prayer

NEVER GIVE FALSE TESTIMONY
Exodus 20:16; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 2:15

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

I pray that you will have a lifestyle of honesty and truthfulness. May you be known for the integrity of your word and so correctly handle the Word of Truth. I pray that you will not lie nor give false testimony against anyone, for this is detestable to the Lord. May you never be ashamed as you consistently share the truth in love, as if God were speaking through you. I pray that He will sanctify you by His truth. May you boldly speak the truth in love, so that you may encourage others.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What Is a Church?

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

It is strange but true that most people — even the great majority of religious people — do not know what a church is. Ask the average man what a church is, and he’s apt to reply: “Well, anybody knows that! A church is a building where people go to worship God.” But this is not correct. The word translated church, in our Bibles, simply means assembly. A church is not a building, but the assembly that meets in the building. Technically, a church is not even a religious gathering, for the same word is used in Acts 19:32 of a riotous mob which had assembled at Ephesus, and this verse says that this assembly was confused and that “the greater part knew not wherefore they were come together.” Perhaps this could apply to many a church today, but the point is that a church is not a building but an assembly of people.

The church of which the Bible has most to say is “the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28), and St. Paul calls the church of this present dispensation, “the Body of Christ,” or “the Church which is His Body” (I Cor. 12:27; Eph. 1:22,23).

Men cannot join this Church by water baptism or any other religious rite, but only by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. With regard to believers in Christ St. Paul declares: “By one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body” (I Cor. 12:13). And in Rom. 12:5 the Apostle says that “ye, being many, are one body in Christ.”

Many sincere people have had their names on local church rolls for many years before learning this great truth — that the true Church of God is not a building, but the assembly of those who trust in Christ as their Savior. Doubtless, people in and out of many of the religious organizations we call churches belong to this one great Bible Church, while others, with all their religious profession, do not. The question is: Have we sincerely trusted in Christ as the Savior who died for our sins?

Evening Prayer

STAYING FAITHFUL
Exodus 20:14; Matthew 5:27-28

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

I pray that you will remain pure and holy before God. May you guard your mind from impure thoughts that cause you to sin. May no hint of impurity or covetousness be found in you, and may you never allow lust to take root in your mind. Instead, I pray that you will direct every passion and devotion of your heart toward Christ, so that you may win every battle over sin. I pray for God to keep your mind and heart pure and faithful.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scattered Flock

I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day.

~ Ezekiel 34:12 [NLT]

God considers each of His children to be a lost sheep. As one of his sheep, He will seek you out and find you to bring you back to His flock. Oh, how much He loves you to ensure that you do not get lost along the way. You are too important for Him to overlook, and you should never doubt that.

Streams in The Desert

Hiding Place

Hide thyself by the brook Cherith ~  1 Kgs 17:3

God’s servants must be taught the value of the hidden life. The man who is to take a high place before his fellows must take a low place before his God. We must not be surprised if sometimes our Father says: “There, child, thou hast had enough of this hurry, and publicity, and excitement; get thee hence, and hide thyself by the brook—hide thyself in the Cherith of the sick chamber, or in the Cherith of bereavement, or in some solitude from which the crowds have ebbed away.”

Happy is he who can reply, “This Thy will is also mine; I flee unto Thee to hide me. Hide me in the secret of Thy tabernacle, and beneath the covert of Thy wings!”

Every saintly soul that would wield great power with men must win it in some hidden Cherith. The acquisition of spiritual power is impossible, unless we can hide ourselves from men and from ourselves in some deep gorge where we may absorb the power of the eternal God; as vegetation through long ages absorbed these qualities of sunshine, which it now gives back through burning coal.

Bishop Andrews had his Cherith, in which he spent five hours every day in prayer and devotion. John Welsh had it—who thought the day ill spent which did not witness eight or ten hours of closet communion. David Brainerd had it in the woods of North America. Christmas Evans had it in his long and lonely journeys amid the hills of Wales.

Or, passing back to the blessed age from which we date the centuries: Patmos, the seclusion of the Roman prisons, the Arabian desert, the hills and vales of Palestine, are forever memorable as the Cheriths of those who have made our modern world.

Our Lord found His Cherith at Nazareth, and in the wilderness of Judea; amid the olives of Bethany, and the solitude of Gadara. None of us, therefore, can dispense with some Cherith where the sounds of human voices are exchanged for the waters of quietness which are fed from the throne; and where we may taste the sweets and imbibe the power of a life hidden with Christ.

~ Elijah, by Meyer

Brokenness for Beauty

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!

~ Psalm 32:1 [NLT]

Thankfully, God reminds us that we can go to Him when we MESS UP and this amazing great exchange happens. He swaps our brokenness for beauty. It really feels too good to be true! That’s the deal God made when we sent Jesus to die in our place. We now can be considered blessed or happy when we go to God with our sins! God’s grace is available to us even in the midst of our worst parenting mistakes.

Roots Will Grow

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

~ Ephesians 3:17

When you place your faith in God and trust that His plans for you are better than you can imagine, Christ will send the Holy Spirit to you. Through prayer and daily reading of the Bible, a relationship will grow. This relationship is unlike any other, and it will sharpen you to constantly grow to be more like Christ.