Eternal Perspectives

The kingdom must not be understood as merely the salvation of certain individuals or even as the reign of God in the hearts of his people; it means nothing less than the reign of God over his entire created universe. . . . The kingdom is not man’s upward climb to perfection but God’s breaking into human history to establish his reign and to advance his purposes.

Anthony Hoekema, [The Bible and the Future]

Evening Prayer

STANDING UP FOR GOD 
Daniel 3:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 10:13

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

I pray that you will have the faith, courage, and conviction to stand up for righteousness. If others entice you to sin or to do anything that will displease the Lord, may you defy their evil designs. If your convictions are put to the test, I pray that you will be strengthened with His grace so you can stand firm for what you believe in. I pray that the angels will rescue you from all difficulties, for the Lord will not allow you to be tested beyond what you can bear. I pray that God will sustain you as you stand up for Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Lives

Freedom in Him

Come to Me when you are hurting, and I will share your pain. Come to Me when you are joyful, and I will share your Joy—multiplying it many times over.

I invite you to come to Me just as you are—no matter what condition you’re in. You don’t have to clean up your act first, since I already know the worst about you. When you’re hurting, you want to be with someone who understands you without condemning you. When you’re happy, you delight in being with someone who loves you enough to celebrate with you. I understand you compassionately and love you exuberantly, so bring more and more of yourself to Me.

Most people are selective about which parts of themselves they share with Me. Some hesitate to bring Me the traits they consider shameful. Others are so used to living with painful feelings—loneliness, fear, guilt—that it never occurs to them to ask for help in dealing with these things. Still others get so preoccupied with their struggles that they forget I’m even here.

There are hurting parts of you that I desire to heal. However, some of them have been with you so long that you consider them part of your identity. You carry them with you wherever you go, with little awareness. On occasions when you have brought some damaged portion of yourself to Me, I have helped you walk in newfound freedom. However, you are so addicted to certain painful patterns that you cannot easily break free from them. Only repeatedly exposing them to My healing Presence will bring you long-term freedom. When that happens, you will be released to experience Joy in much fuller measure. I will share your Joy and multiply it many times over.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
~ Romans 8:1

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
~ Psalm 126:3

In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.
~ Psalm 118:5 

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” 
~ John 8:36

Prayer 🙏 Guide

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.

~ Isa 26:3

How comes it to pass, then, that we appear such cowards in reasoning, and are so afraid to stand the test of ridicule?

~ Earl of Shaftesbury

He that of such a height hath built his mind,

And reared the dwelling of his thoughts so strong,

As neither fear nor hope can shake the frame

Of his resolved powers; nor all the wind

Of vanity or malice pierce to wrong

His settled peace, or to disturb the same:

What a fair seat hath he, from whence he may

The boundless wastes and wilds of man survey?

~ Samuel Daniel

O Lord, it is not that I am ashamed to ask thee for the truth that I do not more diligently seek it, but it is because I fear the sacrifice that may follow in obtaining it. I would that I could understand that thy strength is given in the sacrifice. Make me braver as I seek to live in the truth. Amen.

The Nature of God

Faith

Once, a Christian friend of mine said something to me about faith. She said the promises God has made to us are always true, no matter how we’re feeling. Unfortunately, this is something I find hard to remember.

God has said a great many things to me over the years since I became a Christian. He’s said my life is his now. He’s said he would take care of my entire Christian journey — he would do everything. He’s said that, even though he desperately didn’t want to go through with the crucifixion, he did it because he loves me so very, very much. And God has said he’s proud of me — not because I do everything right, or achieve great things, but because I try hard and I mean well.

And yet so often I feel sad and alone, and forget everything I’ve been told. I’ve struggled with depression since I was 17, and so frequently I have to deal with negative thinking and insecurity. I can feel that I’m completely on my own, and that my life has no direction or purpose.

But everything God has ever said to me is still true. I am not alone. God does love me. Jesus himself is guiding my Christian journey, and will never leave me, or look away. 

Even if I’m lost and understand little else, I can hold onto God’s promises. Where I stand with God is not based on how I feel. I can’t assume that God loves me less, or is protecting me less, if I feel awful or am going through a difficult situation. And, most importantly, God doesn’t keep his promises to me based on how “good” a Christian I am, but because Jesus died for my sins, and paid for everything I do wrong.

So I need to hold onto the beautiful things God has said to me. He will never let me down. I need to have faith.

Jesus Lives

His Forgiveness

As you come to know Me more intimately, you grow increasingly aware of your sins. This presents you with a continual choice—to focus on your flaws and failures or to rejoice in My glorious gift of salvation. When My ultimate sacrifice is your focus, you live in joyful assurance of being wondrously loved. There is no greater Love than this, and it is yours every nanosecond of your life. The best response to such Love is to love Me with your whole being. Of course, your loving Me is not what saves you, but it does demonstrate your grateful awareness of how much I forgive you.

Tragically, many people think they have little—if anything—for Me to forgive. They have been deceived by the prevailing lie that there is no absolute truth. They think good and evil are relative terms; therefore, they see no need for a Savior. These deceived ones do not seek My forgiveness, so their sins are not forgiven and they have no love for Me. Their minds remain darkened by the evil one’s deceptions. Only My Love-Light can penetrate that thick darkness. As you walk in the Light of My Presence, let My Love flow through you to others, shining into their darkness. Because you are My follower, you never walk in darkness—you have the Light of Life!

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

~ Psalm 13:5–6

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

~ John 15:13


“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
~ Luke 7:47

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 
~ John 8:12