Evening Prayer

GIVING AND RECEIVING 
Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

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

I pray that you will give generously to others, for the Lord will bless those who are generous. May you reap what you have sown. May you understand that the measure you use in giving to others will be the same measure that will be returned to you. I pray that you will sow generously, then, and from God’s riches you will also reap generously. May God grant you a heart that gives even beyond your ability. May you give in faith.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Comfort

“Since he had no sword, he ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill the giant and cut off his head!”

~ 1 Sam 17:50-51

If he had not cut off the giant’s head–the old Philistine champion would have gotten up by and by, and walked away; for he was only stunned, not killed, by the stone. David made sure work of his victory!

A great many of our attacks upon sin in our own hearts, and in the world–only stun, and do not kill the evil. We walk away, thinking we have done a fine thing. But shortly, we meet the ‘old giant’ again, stalking abroad as before! He soon recovers from our blow, and we have to fight the battle over; and perhaps we fight it again in the same half-hearted way–and thus on and on, to the end of life!

Most of us have had just such experience as this, with our own evil lusts and passions. We overcome them very often, and think each time that we are through with them–but soon again they are as active as ever.

We need to learn a lesson from David–and finish our victories by cutting off the head of every giant we strike down!

There is no other way of killing sins!

The life is in the head–and the head must be struck off–or the enemy will be facing us again in a day or two, with but a scar on his forehead!

The only way to get a real victory over vices–is to decapitate them! Bruises and wounds are not enough. There must be thorough work done, in the name of the Lord. Half-way measures will not avail.

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”

~ Colossians 3:5

“Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the Lord.”

~ 1 Samuel 15:33

Like Samuel, we must hew our Agags to pieces!

Now We Stand

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
~ Romans 5:2
It’s hard to comprehend, but we stand in the middle of undeserved privilege when we put our faith in Christ.  The word privilege is defined as a right or immunity granted as a benefit.  We are granted immunity from our sins which had separated us from God.  Now we can joyfully be in His presence and await the day we can share His glory.  How do you gracefully share undeserved privilege without pridefully looking down on others?

Suffering Produces …

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
~ Romans 5:3-4 [NLT]

The natural question that we want answered when we face hardship is, “Why God did this happen?.” God’s Word answers this question with a “what” response. What is the result of these difficult circumstances? Romans tells us that difficulty grows our character that ultimately solidifies our hope in Jesus.