Daily Blessings

“And I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

~ Rev 21:7

What a promise! That the God of heaven and earth will be our God, our Father, our Benefactor, our eternal, almighty Friend! and that we, in overcoming, shall receive the adoption of sons; shall be manifested as the “sons and daughters” of the Almighty, and receive the inheritance reserved for the children of God! The promise runs in connection with “him that overcomes.” If we do not overcome, the promise is not for us. The promise of sonship is connected with overcoming, in the same manner as that of “inheritance” is connected with it. Do I need to receive into my heart the Spirit of adoption? Do I need to feel the love of God the Father shed abroad in my soul? Do I need to establish a blessed title to the inheritance that he gives to his children? How am I to get it? How is it to be obtained? By making myself religious, becoming holy, subduing my lusts in my own strength? This sets me farther from God than I was before. This makes me a god to myself! If I am saved by my own holiness, by my own strength, by my own righteousness, I worship myself; and in worshiping myself, I become my own god. That is idolatry, damnable idolatry; so that he who lives and dies in the worship of self, will live and die under the wrath of God as an idolater.

Then how am I to receive adoption? By overcoming, not in my own strength, but in the strength of the Lord of life and glory. If I am shut up in self, I inherit self; nothing more. If I inherit the world, I have no more than the world. If I inherit sin, I inherit death, which is the wages of sin. Nothing more. But if I overcome; if weak, helpless, and defenseless, I yield myself up to the hands of the Lord, as clay in the hands of the Potter; not seeking my own will, but looking to the Lord to make known his will in my conscience, and to work in me that which is well-pleasing in his sight—if I have this, I have an evidence of sonship; and where that evidence is, there will be a further evidence of it in the Spirit of adoption, enabling the soul to call God “Father.” And he that calls God “Father” here below, will call God “Father” above, where he will enter into the full enjoyment of it, and bathe in the consolations of Father, Son, and Spirit to all eternity.

Evening Prayer

TRUST YOUR MAKER’S HANDS
2 Samuel 22:3; Isaiah 45:9-12

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

I pray that you may trust your Maker’s hands at all times. Just as clay does not say to the potter, “What are you making?” so should you not question God’s ways. May you trust our Creator, who is full of power, yet shaped you with gentle and loving hands. Remember that the same hands that made the earth, created all men and women. Recognize that these same hands that formed you, stretched out the heavens and marshaled their starry hosts. I pray that you will always trust in the work of His hands, for His ways are perfect.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Wisdom

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace.”

~ Rom 14:19

What a sweetness is contained in the word “peace.” Bunyan well represents this in his Pilgrim’s Progress, where he speaks of Christian, after having been entertained in the “house Beautiful,” going to sleep in the chamber called “Peace.” And what blessed sensations are couched in that word “Peace!” It was the legacy that Jesus left to his Church. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you;” and the Apostle says of it that it “passes all understanding.”

Now many even of the Lord’s people seem as if they wanted and were expecting raptures. There is, I believe, a vast deal of enthusiasm in the natural mind of man, as is evident from what I may call its religious history in all ages; and this leads many who, in other points, seem rightly taught to look for wonderful visions, ecstasies, and raptures, things which nature can imitate, or Satan, as an “angel of light,” counterfeit to delude souls.

But I believe Satan cannot speak gospel peace to the conscience; he cannot bring a holy calm into the soul. He could lash the waters of Gennesaret into a storm; but there was only One who could say to them, “Peace, be still.” Satan may raise up a storm in our carnal mind, but he cannot allay it; he cannot pour oil upon the waves; nor calm the troubled breast, and enable it to rest upon God. Of all spiritual blessings, none seem preferable to peace; and I believe that it is what a child of God covets more than anything. For, O how much is implied in the word “peace!” Is not man by nature an enemy to God? Then to be saved he must be reconciled; and that implies peace. Is not his heart often troubled, as the Lord said, “Let not your heart be troubled?” Then he needs peace. And is not his mind often agitated and tossed up and down by conflicting emotions? Then he needs peace to calm it. And when he has to lie upon his dying bed, O, if he can but lie there in peace, peace with God through Jesus Christ, and a holy calm comes over his soul, flowing out of manifested mercy and felt reconciliation, it will beat all the raptures in the world!

To be blessed with peace, through the blood of sprinkling, before the soul glides out of its earthly tabernacle to enter into the haven of peace above—this indeed will make a death-bed happy, this will extract every thorn from the dying pillow, and enable the departing believer to say, with holy Simeon, “Lord, now let you your servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation.”

Holy People

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

~ Colossians 3:12 [NLT]

We need God’s help to be people defined as those who show mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Today, ask God to equip you through the power of your Holy Spirit to reject my sinful nature that wants to be harsh, unkind, proud, brash, right, and impatient. With God’s help pause before speaking so your words reflect a heart of love for others and not a heart of criticism. Remember that when you feel justified in your unkindness you are called to a higher standard and are accountable to God first.

Daily Light on The Daily Path

My kingdom is not of this world…

~ John 18:36


This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. He must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. He raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. He shall shew who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Daily Treasure

Of Being Ever with Christ

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ~ 1 Thess 4:17

Oh, who can tell what joy shall beam
On all the ransom’d race,
When they shall join the hallow’d strains
And see the Saviour’s face!

Morning Prayer

GOD’S INFINITE WISDOM
Daniel 2:19-23

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

I pray that when you lift up your requests to God today, you will trust in His infinite wisdom. Praise God always, for He knows what is best for you. May you rely on Him, for He knows the times and seasons that you are going through. May He reveal deep and hidden things by His infinite wisdom, so that you can accomplish the tasks ahead. I pray that you will know deep in your heart that His wisdom is infinite, so trust His answers to your prayers. May God impart wisdom upon you so you will understand His answer, His timing and His ways.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

THE GOD OF THE NATIONS
Isaiah 2:2-4

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

I pray that the governments of this world will submit to the authority of Jesus Christ. May all nations bow down to Him, for He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. As you pray for your nation, may you uphold His laws at all times. May you also pray for the leaders in your government. I pray that you will take part in the advancement of God’s kingdom in your nation. May you always put your hope in the Lord and recognize that He is the God of the nations.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Meditate

But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.

~ Psalm 1:2 [NLT]

In a world filled with distractions and so many voices vying for our attention it is important to remember the words of the Psalmist. He urges us to meditate on God’s words day and night. You can find new joy when you discover more about who God is by spending time reading his book.

Streams in The Desert

How To Wait

Blessed is he that waiteth

~ Dan 12:12

It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching. Marching and quick-marching are much easier to God’s warriors than standing still.

There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord, knows not what part to take. Then what shall it do? Vex itself by despair? Fly back in cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption?

No, but simply wait. Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God and spread the case before Him; tell Him your difficulty, and plead His promise of aid.

Wait in faith. Express your unstaggering confidence in Him. Believe that if He keeps you tarrying even till midnight, yet He will come at the right time; the vision shall come, and shall not tarry.

Wait in quiet patience. Never murmur against the second cause, as the children of Israel did against Moses. Accept the case as it is, and put it as it stands, simply and with your whole heart, without any self-will, into the hand of your covenant God, saying, “Now, Lord, not my will, but Thine be done. I know not what to do; I am brought to extremities; but I will wait until Thou shalt cleave the floods, or drive back my foes. I will wait, if Thou keep me many a day, for my heart is fixed upon Thee alone, O God, and my spirit waiteth for Thee in full conviction that Thou wilt yet be my joy and my salvation, my refuge and my strong tower.”
Morning by Morning

Wait patiently wait,  
God never is late;  
Thy budding plans are in Thy Father’s holding,  
And only wait His grand divine unfolding.  
Then wait, wait,  
Patiently wait.  

Trust, hopefully trust,  
That God will adjust  
Thy tangled life; and from its dark concealings,  
Will bring His will, in all its bright revealings.  
Then trust, trust,  
Hopefully trust.  

Rest, peacefully rest
On thy Saviour’s breast;
Breathe in His ear thy sacred high ambition,
And He will bring it forth in blest fruition.
Then rest, rest,
Peacefully rest!
~ Mercy A. Gladwin