Evening Prayer

SET APART
Leviticus 20:26; Jeremiah 1:5; 2 Corinthians 10:3; Hebrews 7:26

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

I pray that you will live your life for the Lord, for you have been set apart by God to be holy, just as He is holy. May God help you and set you apart from the world and its ways. I pray that the grace of God will aid you when you battle against sin. May you not wage war as the world does, but use His weapons of grace and love. I pray that God will keep you and protect you to be His own.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Capitalizing on Confusion

Depending on when your monthly Searchlight arrives, the Mayan calendar deadline for the end of the world has either come and gone, or else it is looming in the imminent future.  All the hoopla that surrounded this gloomy prediction got me to wondering if there might not be some way that Christians could capitalize on yet another failed non-Biblical prophetic expectation.  After all, last year when the Rapture failed to take place on the date designated by a popular radio Bible teacher, God’s people were able to take advantage of this by pointing out that, when it comes to the Second Coming of Christ, the Bible says that “of that day and hour knoweth no man” (Matt. 24:36).  Those that knew the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming were also able to point out that the date of the former is just as unsearchable in Scripture as that of the latter.  Surely there has to be a way to similarly benefit from the failure of the Mayan calendar disaster as well.

I wonder if what we are looking for might be found in Isaiah 41:21-24.  There, God Almighty thunders forth a challenge to all the false gods of the nations, daring them to “produce your cause,” that is, to produce “strong reasons” why anyone should believe they are God.  If you are wondering what kind of reasons He had in mind, the Lord went on to say, “let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen

“Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods….”

This challenge went unanswered in Isaiah’s day, of course, for only the God of the Bible knows the future, something He has proved over and over again in Scripture, and something that the failed predictions of others serve to magnify.

With all this in mind, why not put together a short mental list of fulfilled Bible prophecies, and mark Isaiah 41 in your Bible? That way when the subject of the Mayan calendar comes up the day after the December 21st deadline (as you know it will!), you can capitalize on the biggest non-story of the year by reminding people that the challenge of Isaiah 41 has still gone unanswered, and that the God of the Bible is still the only God worthy of worship. Let’s determine to be ready to offer “a word in season” (Isa. 50:4) to all who are disillusioned by the gods of the nations, and are in desperate need of the God who sent His Son to die for their sins.

~ Pastor Ricky Kurth

Daily Comfort

“The Lord … who had appeared unto him twice.”

Matthew Henry says: “God keeps account of the gracious visits he makes to us, whether we do or not. He knows how often he has appeared to us, and for us, and will remember it against us, if we turn from him.” Every such gracious visit to us, adds to our responsibility for obedience and holy service.

~ 1 Kings 11:9

When Solomon had seen the Lord in vision, he should have been forever a consecrated man. The eyes which had looked upon the Lord, should never have lusted after earth’s pleasures. The hands which had fashioned a temple for God, should never have built chapels and altars for heathen deities. Solomon’s sins were far greater, because of the special favors God had granted to him. Seeing Christ should set us apart forever for holy living.

Daily Treasure

Love to Our Neighbor

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.

~ Jas 2:8

Love lays its own advantage by
To seek its neighbour’s good;
So God’s own Son came down to die,
And bought our lives with blood.

Love is the grace that keeps its power
In all the realms above;
There faith and hope are known no more
But saints for ever love.

Daily Wisdom

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

~ 1 John 1:9

Has the Lord made sin your burden? Has he ever made you feel guilty before him? Has he ever pressed down your conscience with a sight and sense of your iniquities, your sins, your backslidings? And does the Lord draw, from time to time, honest, sincere, unreserved confession of those sins out of your lips? What does the Holy Spirit say to you? What has the blessed Spirit recorded for your instruction, and for your consolation? “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.”

Not merely on a footing of mercy; still less because you confess them. It is not your confessing them, but it is thus—your confessing them is a mark of divine light; your confessing them springs from the work of grace upon your heart. If, then, you possess divine life, if you have grace in your soul, you are a child of God, Jesus obeyed for you—Jesus suffered for you—Jesus died for you—Jesus has put away your sin. And, therefore, you being a child of God, and Jesus having done all these things for you, God is now “faithful” to his promise that he will receive a confessing sinner; and “just” to his own immutable and truthful character. And thus, from justice as well as mercy, from faithfulness as well as compassion, he can, he will, and he does—pardon, forgive, and sweetly blot out every iniquity and every transgression of a confessing penitent.

Evening Prayer

SEEK GOD WHOLEHEARTEDLY 
Deuteronomy 4:29; 1 Chronicles 16:10-11; Isaiah 32:17

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

I pray that you will put God first in every aspect of your life. May you seek to carry out His will for your relationships, your finances, your work and even your health. May you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul, believing that when you seek Him wholeheartedly, you will surely find Him. I pray that you will put God at the center of every aspect of your life, and that you will enjoy peace, quietness and confidence forever.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.