Evening Devotional

“Howbeit, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.”
2Ch 32:31

Hezekiah was growing so inwardly great, and priding himself so much upon the favour of God, that self-righteousness crept in, and through his carnal security, the grace of God was for a time, in its more active operations, withdrawn. Here is quite enough to account with the Babylonians; for if the grace of God should leave the best Christian, there is enough of sin in his heart to make him the worst of transgressors. If left to yourselves, you who are warmest for Christ would cool down like Laodicea into sickening lukewarmness: you who are sound in the faith would be white with the leprosy of false doctrine; you who now walk before the Lord in excellency and integrity would reel to and fro, and stagger with a drunkenness of evil passion. Like the moon, we borrow our light; bright as we are when grace shines on us, we are darkness itself when the Sun of Righteousness withdraws himself. Therefore let us cry to God never to leave us. “Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from us! Withdraw not from us thine indwelling grace! Hast thou not said, ‘I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day’? Lord, keep us everywhere. Keep us when in the valley, that we murmur not against thy humbling hand; keep us when on the mountain, that we wax not giddy through being lifted up; keep us in youth, when our passions are strong; keep us in old age, when becoming conceited of our wisdom, we may therefore prove greater fools than the young and giddy; keep us when we come to die, lest, at the very last, we should deny thee! Keep us living, keep us dying, keep us labouring, keep us suffering, keep us fighting, keep us resting, keep us everywhere, for everywhere we need thee, O our God!”

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Dear Jesus

Go gently through this day, leaning on Me and enjoying My Presence.

Dear Jesus,

Gently seems to be the only way I can make it through this day. I’m grateful for Your perfect understanding: for commanding me to do precisely what I need most at this moment. Thank You also for inviting me to lean on You. I need to lean on someone, and You are definitely the most reliable Person I could ever find. It amazes me that You—the Lord of the universe—are always available to help me.

Beloved, My availability is based on My commitment to you, which is deeper and stronger than even the most ardent wedding vows. No matter how passionately in love a bride and groom may be, their vows last only until one of them dies. My commitment, however, is absolutely unlimited. When you asked Me to be your Savior, I wed you for eternity. Neither death nor life, nor anything else in all creation can separate you from My Love!

I want you to go gently through this day, because I Myself am gentle—especially with those who are weak. You are free to lean on Me as much as you like, but I also want you to enjoy Me. When you are weary, you find it easier to lean on Me than to enjoy My company. In an attempt to save energy, you tend to shut down emotionally. But it is possible for you to be joyful in Me—Your Savior—even in desperate circumstances. Remember that I am your strength. Rejoice in Me, and relax while I speak to you in a gentle whisper.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38–39

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17–19

After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:12

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Calling

As you get out of bed in the morning, be aware of My Presence with you.You may not be thinking clearly yet, but I am. Your early morning thoughts tend to be anxious ones until you get connected with Me. Invite Me into your thoughts by whispering My Name. Suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly. You cannot dread a day that is vibrant with My Presence.

You gain confidence through knowing that I am with you—that you face nothing alone. Anxiety stems from asking the wrong question: “If such and such happens, can I handle it?” The true question is not whether you can cope with whatever happens, but whether you and I together can handle anything that occurs. It is this you-and-I-together factor that gives you confidence to face the day cheerfully.

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Psalm 5:3

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1 nkjv

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

~ Sarah Young ~

Daily Light

Morning

His commandments do not weigh us down.
1 John 5:3 NET

“For this is the will of my Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life.”—Whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing to him.

“For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”—“If you love me, you will obey my commandments…. The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who obtains understanding…. Her ways are very pleasant, and all her paths are peaceful.—Those who love your law are completely secure; nothing causes them to stumble.—I delight in the law of God in my inner being.

This is his commandment: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another.—Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

John 6:40, 1 John 3:22, Matt 11:30, John 14:15, John 14:21, Prov 3:13, Prov 3:17, Ps 119:165, Rom 7:22, 1 John 3:23, Rom 13:10

Morning Devotional

“Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
1Th 4:14

Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” is the whisper of Christ to every dying saint. They “sleep in Jesus,” but their souls are before the throne of God, praising him day and night in his temple, singing hallelujahs to him who washed them from their sins in his blood. The body sleeps in its lonely bed of earth, beneath the coverlet of grass. But what is this sleep? The idea connected with sleep is “rest,” and that is the thought which the Spirit of God would convey to us. Sleep makes each night a Sabbath for the day. Sleep shuts fast the door of the soul, and bids all intruders tarry for a while, that the life within may enter its summer garden of ease. The toil-worn believer quietly sleeps, as does the weary child when it slumbers on its mother’s breast. Oh! happy they who die in the Lord; they rest from their labours, and their works do follow them. Their quiet repose shall never be broken until God shall rouse them to give them their full reward. Guarded by angel watchers, curtained by eternal mysteries, they sleep on, the inheritors of glory, till the fulness of time shall bring the fulness of redemption. What an awaking shall be theirs! They were laid in their last resting place, weary and worn, but such they shall not rise. They went to their rest with the furrowed brow, and the wasted features, but they wake up in beauty and glory. The shrivelled seed, so destitute of form and comeliness, rises from the dust a beauteous flower. The winter of the grave gives way to the spring of redemption and the summer of glory. Blessed is death, since it, through the divine power, disrobes us of this work-day garment, to clothe us with the wedding garment of incorruption. Blessed are those who “sleep in Jesus.”

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Morning Prayer

CHRIST’S HUMILITY AND OBEDIENCE
Mark 10:42-45; Philippians 2:5-8

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

I pray that your attitude will be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who, in spite of being fully God, humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death. Like Christ, may you willingly take on the nature of a servant. May you prefer to serve than to be served, to be humble than to lord it over. I pray that God will exalt you for your humility and obedience.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.