Listen to Correction

If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.
~ Proverbs 15:32 [NLT] 

Discipline can be a hard thing to take, especially as an adult when we are so used to getting everything our way. But isn’t it true that when you fight discipline it only makes things worse? Those who fight it end up feeling the pain much harsher. Public figures who deny scandals and later turn out to be true are disciplined much harsher. Don’t fight it and grow. 

Evening Prayer

BUILDING THE GENERATIONS 
Deuteronomy 4:9; Psalm 33:11; 72:5; Isaiah 61:4

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

I pray that God will open the eyes of your heart so you will sense the magnitude of His plans and purposes for your family. May you realize that His plans and purposes extend far beyond your generation. I pray that He will rebuild and restore what has long been destroyed by the enemy. May you understand that nothing can stop the fulfillment of God’s purposes for your family and for the next generations. May you see your life in God’s perspective and be affirmed of your role in building up the next generations.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Rid Yourself

So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.
~ 1 Peter 2:1 [NLT]

There are actions that grieve the heart of God.  Evil, deceit, envy, hypocrisy, and slander have no place in God’s Kingdom.  When the temptation to act in these ways arise, pause to check yourself, and then rid yourself of these kinds of behaviors. 

Jesus Calling

Grace

I comprehend you in all your complexity; I understand you with absolute accuracy; no detail of your life is hidden from Me. Yet you need not be afraid of My intimate awareness, because I view you through eyes of grace. 

Were I to look at you otherwise—through eyes of the law rather than eyes of grace—it could be terrifying to you. Unfortunately, you often view yourself that way: legalistically evaluating how well you’re performing. When you think about it, you realize how silly that is, because your performance will never be sufficient to meet My holy standard.

Instead of focusing on your performance, come to Me and receive My unfailing Love. You are troubled by fear of failure, but My Love for you will never fail.

Here is what I see as I view you through eyes of grace: You look regal, for I have clothed you in My royal righteousness. You are radiant, especially when you are gazing at Me. You look lovely as you reflect My Glory back to Me. In fact, you delight Me so much that I rejoice over you with shouts of Joy!

Because I am infinite, I can see you simultaneously as you are now and as you will be in heaven. The present view helps Me work with you on things you need to change. The heavenly vision enables Me to love you with perfect, everlasting Love. 

The best way to see through eyes of grace is to gaze through the lens of My unfailing Love. As you persevere in this practice, you will gradually find it easier to extend grace both to yourself and to others.

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
~ Psalm 36:7 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
~ Psalm 34:4–5

The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
~ Zephaniah 3:17

Quiet Time

Flee into Egypt. ~ Matt 2:13

Why? Because there is a cruel king who will seek the young child’s life.

Is Christ born in thee? Is thy life like that manger precious as a casket, because of what it holds? Then have a care; for, craftier and more unscrupulous than Herod, the destroyer of souls will seek to destroy thee.

There is a day coming when they shall say, “They are dead which sought the young child’s life.” Grace shall survive the foe, and we shall yet return to enjoy the comforts of life, with no Herod to threaten us. After all, it is sin which is short–lived, for goodness shall flourish when the evil one is chained up for ever.

~ Thos. Champness