Prayer Guide

For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness.

[1 Thess 5:5 NET]

Education should lead and guide man to clearness concerning himself and in himself, to peace with nature, and to unity with God.

~ Friedrich Fröbel ~

When spring unlocks the flowers, to paint the

laughing soil;

When summer’s balmy showers refresh the mower’s

toil;

When winter binds in frosty chains the fallow and

the flood,

In God the earth rejoiceth still, and owns its maker

good.

~ Reginald Heber ~

A memory without a blot or contamination must be an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment.

~ Charlotte Brontë ~

Lord of light,

Thou art the light of my life. May I make thee the joy and light of my soul. Call me to where it is clear and high, that I may see above the mist. May I not weary in climbing to reach thee in the high places.

Amen.

Blessings

He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

[1 Cor 1:30-31 NET]

Wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. God has made Christ all these to his people. He has set him up as their eternal Head, made him the Bridegroom of their souls, that out of his fullness they may all receive. Then, just in proportion as they learn these two lessons—what they are, and what he is—they receive him into their hearts actually what he is to them in the purpose of God.

Am I a fool? Do I feel it and know it? Have I had painful experience of it, so that all my creature wisdom is turned into one mass of foolishness? Do I catch by the eye of faith a view of the risen Mediator, “Immanuel, God with us,” and see what he is made of God to us? The moment my eye sees him as “WISDOM,” that moment a measure of divine wisdom flows into my conscience.

Am I polluted and defiled throughout? Have I no righteousness of my own? Is all my obedience imperfect? Am I unable to fulfill the requirements of God’s holy law? If once I catch by the eye of faith this glorious truth, through him who is the truth, that Jesus Christ is of God made unto me “RIGHTEOUSNESS”—the moment I see that by the eye of faith, that moment a measure of imparted righteousness flows into my heart.

Am I an unholy, depraved, filthy wretch? Does corruption work in my heart? The moment I catch by the eye of faith Jesus made unto me of God “SANCTIFICATION,” that moment a measure of sanctification comes into my heart, drawing up holy affections, casting out the love of the world, curbing my reigning lusts, and bringing my soul into submission at his footstool.

Am I a poor captive, entangled by Satan, by the world, and my own evil heart? The moment that I catch this glorious view, that Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father is made unto me “REDEMPTION”-if I can believe that he is made such for me, that I have a standing in him, and a union with him, so that he is my redemption-that moment a measure of deliverance comes into my soul, and redemption imputed becomes redemption imparted; the soul receives then internally what Christ has done externally.

In a word, when Christ is received as “wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,” he becomes all these in vital manifestation.

Live Loved

“God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

[MATTHEW 6:34 MSG]

Worry Dishonors God

You look at tomorrow’s demands, next week’s bills, next month’s silent calendar. Your future looks as barren as the Sinai Desert. “How can I face my future?” . . .

God knows what you need and where you’ll be. . . . Trust him. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:34 MSG).

The Greek word for worry, merimnao, stems from the verb merizo (divide) and nous (mind). Worry cleavers the mind, splitting thoughts between today and tomorrow. Today stands no chance against it. Fretting over tomorrow’s problems today siphons the strength you need for now, leaving you anemic and weak.

Worry gives small problems big shadows. Montaigne said, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.”3 Corrie ten Boom commented, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”4 Worry scuttles our lives, hurts us, and most sadly, dishonors God.

[EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE]

Father,

When demands or disasters come our way, help us trust you. Help us trust you to guide us safely through the storms of life. Help us turn to you for guidance when we feel lost and confused. Most of all, help us remember your loving faithfulness that has never failed, Amen.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

[ROMANS 8:37]

A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

[PROVERBS 16:9]

For You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD shall enlighten my darkness.

[2 SAMUEL 22:29]

Word of God

Purity of Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

[Matt 5:8 NET]

There is no beatitude in the Bible for anything unclean. We are told also that there is no room in heaven for anything that defileth. Therefore if we hope to enter heaven we must prepare for it here. To a child who expressed the wonder how he could ever get up to heaven, it was so far away, a wise mother’s reply was, “Heaven must first come down to you; heaven must first come in to your heart.” The words were very true. Heaven must really be in us, or we can never enter heaven. And just as we become pure in heart is heaven entering into us.

But what is heart purity? It is not sinlessness, for none are sinless. A pure heart must be a penitent heart that has been forgiven by Christ and cleansed by His blood. We have a Bible promise that though our sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow. The pure heart is one, then, that Christ has cleansed. It is one also that is kept pure by obedient living and close communion with God. We are taught in the Scriptures that an important part of true religion is to keep one’s self unspotted from the world.

It is an evil world in which we live; but if we faithfully follow Christ, doing His will, keeping our hearts open to every influence of the divine Spirit, we shall be kept by divine power from the corruption that flows about us. As the lily remains pure and unstained amid the soiled waters of the bog in which it grows, so does the lowly, loving, patient heart of the Christian disciple remain pure in the midst of all this world’s corruption. Over such a heart God’s face beams in perpetual benediction. The vision on earth of course is never full and clear, but it grows brighter and brighter as the believer walks ever toward the morning, and at last it will be unclouded and full in the perfect day of heaven.

Mornings With God

Solomon replied, “You demonstrated great loyalty to your servant, my father David, as he served you faithfully, properly, and sincerely. You have maintained this great loyalty to this day by allowing his son to sit on his throne.

[1 Kgs 3:6 NET]

Solomon felt an obligation to be worthy because of the blessing God had shown to his father. We often talk of the responsibility of parents for their children, but we should think also of the responsibility of children for their parents.

Before David died he gave Solomon some advice: “Be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man, … that the Lord may establish His word which He spake concerning me.” The fulfillment of God’s promises to David would depend upon Solomon’s faithfulness. What David had done was but the beginning; it was Solomon’s mission to take up and continue his work.

An honoured parentage is a good heritage. It puts one under tremendous responsibility, too, for its blessings are a sacred trust, which must be kept unsullied, and accounted for. To be unfaithful in such circumstances is not only to leave our work undone, but to mar, possibly destroy, the good work of others, which had been put into our hands to finish.

Quiet Time

For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, and God has graciously granted you the safety of all who are sailing with you.’ Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be just as I have been told.

[Acts 27:23-25 NET]

An active faith can give thanks for a promise, though it be not yet performed; knowing that God’s bonds are as good as ready money.

~ Matthew Henry ~