Even when an army is deployed against me, I do not fear. Even when war is imminent, I remain confident.
Ps 27:3 NET
Soul, rule thyself; on passion, deed, desire,
Lay thou the laws of thy deliberate will.
Stand at thy chosen post, Faith’s sentinel:
Though Hell’s lost legions ring thee round with fire,
Learn to endure.
The confidence in another man’s virtue is no slight evidence of a man’s own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.
May I ever be kept in remembrance of my virtue, and may I be sensitive to its strength. As I go on my way, keep me within control of the impetuous desires of my nature, and in call of the duties and obligations of my daily life.
The human spirit is like the lamp of the Lord.
Prov 20:27 NET
“Whoever among you is guiltless may be the first to throw a stone at her.” … Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones, until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
“Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.—that if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience and knows all things. Dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God.
For although all things are clean, it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves.
Examine me, and probe my thoughts! Test me, and know my concerns! See if there is any idolatrous tendency in me, and lead me in the reliable ancient path!
John 8:7, John 8:9, Gen 3:11, Jas 4:17, 1 John 3:20-21, Rom 14:20, Rom 14:22, Ps 139:23-24
“The barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”
See the faithfulness of divine love. You observe that this woman had daily necessities. She had herself and her son to feed in a time of famine; and now, in addition, the prophet Elijah was to be fed too. But though the need was threefold, yet the supply of meal wasted not, for she had a constant supply. Each day she made calls upon the barrel, but yet each day it remained the same. You, dear reader, have daily necessities, and because they come so frequently, you are apt to fear that the barrel of meal will one day be empty, and the cruse of oil will fail you. Rest assured that, according to the Word of God, this shall not be the case. Each day, though it bring its trouble, shall bring its help; and though you should live to outnumber the years of Methuselah, and though your needs should be as many as the sands of the seashore, yet shall God's grace and mercy last through all your necessities, and you shall never know a real lack. For three long years, in this widow's days, the heavens never saw a cloud, and the stars never wept a holy tear of dew upon the wicked earth: famine, and desolation, and death, made the land a howling wilderness, but this woman never was hungry, but always joyful in abundance. So shall it be with you. You shall see the sinner's hope perish, for he trusts his native strength; you shall see the proud Pharisee's confidence totter, for he builds his hope upon the sand; you shall see even your own schemes blasted and withered, but you yourself shall find that your place of defence shall be the munition of rocks: “Your bread shall be given you, and your water shall be sure.” Better have God for your guardian, than the Bank of England for your possession. You might spend the wealth of the Indies, but the infinite riches of God you can never exhaust.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~
Invite Me into your thoughts by whispering My Name. Suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly.
When I speak Your Name in loving trust, I sense Your Presence and feel myself drawing closer to You. There is great Power in Your Name: I’ve found that simply whispering “Jesus” can turn a hard day into a good one. By calling upon Your Name frequently, I acknowledge my continual need of You.
Beloved, when you pray My Name, you are actually calling upon Me: My very Being. I joyfully respond to your invitation by coming nearer to you.
I am pleased by your desire to rely on Me in your small moments, as well as in the big events of your life. When you whisper My Name, I respond not only to your neediness but also to your love. As you look to Me, My Face shines upon you in radiant approval—brightening your day and helping you feel secure.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you. The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace [tranquility of heart and life continually].
Numbers 6:25–26 AMP
~ Sarah Young ~