Quiet Time

for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.”

[1 Pet 1:16 NET]

The highway of holiness is along the commonest road of life along your very way. In wind and rain, no matter how it beats it is only going hand in hand with Him.

~ Mark Guy Pearse ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Preservation from Temptation

Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

[Rev 3:10 NET]

Thus preserved from Satan’s wiles,

Safe from dangers, free from fears,

May I live upon thy smiles,

Till the promised hour appears:

When the sons of God shall prove

All their Father’s boundless love.

Devotional

Don’t Sacrifice Hearing For Doing

My friend, God who performs miracles among you, does He do it by the hearing of faith or by the works of the law? It is by the hearing of faith—hearing and believing. The works of the law cannot give you miracles, but the hearing of faith can. The Bible says that by the foolishness of preaching, God sozos you. That is, He saves, heals, blesses and makes you whole (1 Corinthians 1:21).

For example, when Paul was preaching in Lystra, a crippled man who was listening to the apostle had faith to be healed. All Paul had to do was shout to him, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And the man leaped and walked (Acts 14:10).

Beloved, don’t sacrifice hearing for doing. In the Old Testament, the Israelites made the golden calf from gold earrings. Gold in the Bible speaks of divinity and earrings, hearing. Together they speak of divine hearing. The calf is an animal of labor. In other words, by worshipping the golden calf, the Israelites were worshipping the god of labor and sacrificing divine hearing for doing. That is what a lot of Christians are doing today. They focus on doing and sacrifice hearing.

So don’t fall into this trap. Your works or self-efforts cannot save you or bring about the miracle you need. Just keep hearing about and meditating on what Jesus has done for you. Believe the good news and rest in Jesus’ finished work. Faith will come to empower you to stand, walk and leap in victory!

Jesus Lives

TRANSFORMATION

Come to Me just as you are. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I am aware of the many little stones that mar the beauty of your heart. Trust Me to do what you are unable to do: remove the stony bits one by one. Do not expect this work in you to be painless. Heart surgery is serious, and it always involves pain. Many of the hard things you have experienced were, unknown to you, My skillful operations on your heart. When you are going through tough times, look up to Me with a wry smile and thank Me for the renewal I am working within you. This act of faith does not instantly stop your suffering, but it does lend meaning to your pain.

Marvel at the wonder of being a new creation, grafted into Me—the Messiah. You are forever set free from the condemning law of sin and death. You can rejoice in this glorious truth even while you are in the throes of suffering. Since I am the Creator of all that is, and you are made in My image, you have a wealth of creative powers within you. Strive to look at your circumstances from a fresh perspective: eager to collaborate with Me as I create newness within you—and through you. Though I am Lord of the universe, I desire to work in partnership with you. As you say yes to this sacred adventure, you become more fully the one I designed you to be.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

[Ezekiel 36:26]

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.

[2 Corinthians 5:17]

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

[Romans 8:1–2]

In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

[Hebrews 1:2]

Evening Prayer

RESIST UNGODLY THOUGHTS

[2 Corinthians 10:5; James 4:7]

I pray that you will train your mind to resist impure thoughts. Submit your thoughts to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you. May you learn to demolish arguments and every pretension that aims to destroy the knowledge of God. I pray that you will bring every thought and every imagination captive to make it obedient to Christ. May you experience growth in every area of your life as you resist ungodly thoughts.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.