Evening Prayer

And life will be brighter than the noonday; though there be darkness, it will be like the morning.

Job 11:17 NET


Nature demands that man be ever at the top of his condition. He who violates her laws must pay the penalty, though he sit on a throne.

— James G. Elaine


Dig channels for the streams of love,
Where they may broadly run;
And love has overflowing streams
To fill them every one.

For we must share if we must keep
The good things from above;
Ceasing to give, we cease to have—
Such is the law of love.

— R. C. Trench


Prayer

My Father,

I would remember that it is mostly from my inspirations that I conceive life. Take away hatred and vanity that keep me in faults, and awake in me the thoughts that are responsible for visions that lead to high ideals.

Amen.

Daily Light

Evening

“If a man sins against the Lord, who then will intercede for him?”

1 Sam 2:25 NET

But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.—God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.

God is gracious to him and says, “Spare him from going down to the place of corruption, I have found a ransom for him.”

What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us.


1 John 2:1-2, Rom 3:25-26, Job 33:24, Rom 8:31, Rom 8:33-34

Evening Devotional

“Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.”

2Sa 18:23

Running is not everything, there is much in the way which we select: a swift foot over hill and down dale will not keep pace with a slower traveller upon level ground. How is it with my spiritual journey, am I labouring up the hill of my own works and down into the ravines of my own humiliations and resolutions, or do I run by the plain way of “Believe and live”? How blessed is it to wait upon the Lord by faith! The soul runs without weariness, and walks without fainting, in the way of believing. Christ Jesus is the way of life, and he is a plain way, a pleasant way, a way suitable for the tottering feet and feeble knees of trembling sinners: am I found in this way, or am I hunting after another track such as priestcraft or metaphysics may promise me? I read of the way of holiness, that the wayfaring man, though a fool, shall not err therein: have I been delivered from proud reason and been brought as a little child to rest in Jesus' love and blood? If so, by God's grace I shall outrun the strongest runner who chooses any other path. This truth I may remember to my profit in my daily cares and needs. It will be my wisest course to go at once to my God, and not to wander in a roundabout manner to this friend and that. He knows my wants and can relieve them, to whom should I repair but to himself by the direct appeal of prayer, and the plain argument of the promise. “Straightforward makes the best runner.” I will not parlay with the servants, but hasten to their master.

In reading this passage, it strikes me that if men vie with each other in common matters, and one outruns the other, I ought to be in solemn earnestness so to run that I may obtain. Lord, help me to gird up the loins of my mind, and may I press forward towards the mark for the prize of my high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Just as Christ

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

Romans 15:7


Everyone is walking around seeking to be accepted and when it is found, that's where influence makes a real impact on their lives. Skin color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, intelligence, political beliefs, financial status, are often reasons why we refuse to reach out. Remember this, acceptance is not synonymous with approval, but we are called to love everyone. Does Jesus accept you even though you do things He doesn't approve of? Absolutely!!! So why would we expect others to change before we can accept them?

 

The Call of God

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.

1 Corinthians 1:17

Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel; but remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” viz., the reality of Redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are apt to make sanctification the end-all of our preaching. Paul alludes to personal experience by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are nowhere commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification; we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (John 12:32). It is a travesty to say that Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to make me a saint. Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to redeem the whole world, and place it unimpaired and rehabilitated before the throne of God. The fact that Redemption can be experienced by us is an illustration of the power of the reality of Redemption, but that is not the end of Redemption. If God were human, how sick to the heart and weary He would be of the constant requests we make for our salvation, for our sanctification. We tax His energies from morning till night for things for ourselves – some thing for me to be delivered from! When we touch the bedrock of the reality of the Gospel of God, we shall never bother God any further with little personal plaints.

The one passion of Paul's life was to proclaim the Gospel of God. He welcomed heart-breaks, disillusionments, tribulation, for one reason only, because these things kept him in unmoved devotion to the Gospel of God.

~ Oswald Chambers ~

 

His Love is Personal

I learned something about God’s love a while ago, when I was having a difficult time at work. He said to me that I couldn’t do my job any better, because I was dedicated and I meant well. I was doing my best, so that’s all I could do. It was as if God was smiling at me, and proud of me.

A wave of love washed over me. I realized that God’s love for me is personal — he cares about me as an individual. He doesn’t love me because he has to. He loves me like a loving parent would — is proud of me when I’m trying, and is moved when I truly say sorry. His love is not neutral, as if he sees all people the same way. He sees every aspect of my life, right down to the last detail.

I usually think God is ashamed of me and can’t look at me because I’m a “bad Christian.” But God cares about me and what I do. He’s sad when I’m upset. Just because I don’t hear him straight away when I cry out, doesn’t mean he’s not upset and feeling for me. He’s truly loving, and there are no rules or laws that can ever separate us.

I’m not alone anymore, and fighting the world on my own. I finally have someone who loves me. And he always will, no matter what I do, even if I don’t understand him. He gave up his life for me. Personally.

God holds onto me, and will bring me where I need to be. He’ll heal my heart, far beyond my attempts to heal myself. It’s alright when I’m hurting. He’s holding me, even if I’m not looking at him and can’t see it.

God asks so little of us. We only need to accept Jesus as our savior, ask him to be with us, and make small steps to slowly include God in our lives. What he gives us will always far outweigh what we could ever give him. God’s love is personal, for everyone. He cares deeply about every single person, not based on how good they are, or what they’ve done — but because God is love. Just ask him to be with you. It’s all he wants.

~ Mona Hanna ~

 

Morning Devotional

“The Lord our Righteousness.”

Jer 23:6

It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are “perfect in Christ Jesus.” It is no wonder that those who are dwelling upon their own corruption should wear such downcast looks; but surely if we call to mind that “Christ is made unto us righteousness,” we shall be of good cheer. What though distresses afflict me, though Satan assault me, though there may be many things to be experienced before I get to heaven, those are done for me in the covenant of divine grace; there is nothing wanting in my Lord, Christ hath done it all. On the cross he said, “It is finished!” and if it be finished, then am I complete in him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, “Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” You will not find on this side heaven a holier people than those who receive into their hearts the doctrine of Christ's righteousness. When the believer says, “I live on Christ alone; I rest on him solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy, I am still saved in Jesus;” then there rises up as a motive of gratitude this thought-“Shall I not live to Christ? Shall I not love him and serve him, seeing that I am saved by his merits?” “The love of Christ constraineth us,” “that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto him which died for them.” If saved by imputed righteousness, we shall greatly value imparted righteousness.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

 

Daily Light

Morning

“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, then those whom you allow to remain will be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your side, and will cause you trouble in the land where you will be living.”

Num 33:55 NET

Compete well for the faith.—The weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle … and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.

For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want.—But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members.—In all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!


1 Tim 6:12, 2 Cor 10:4-5, Rom 8:12-13, Gal 5:17, Rom 7:23, Rom 8:37