Daily Light

Evening

“Do you now believe?”
John 16:31 NET

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him?… So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son…. he reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead.—Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?… You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

The one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he will be blessed in what he does.

“You will recognize them by their fruit. ”Not everyone who says to me, ’Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.“—”If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Jas 2:14, Jas 2:17, Heb 11:17-19, Jas 2:21, Jas 2:24, Jas 1:25, Matt 7:20-21, John 13:17

Evening Devotional

“Spices for anointing oil.”
Exo 35:8

Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without his aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction, what miserable stuff it becomes! nor are the prayers, praises, meditations, and efforts of private Christians one jot superior. A holy anointing is the soul and life of piety, its absence the most grievous of all calamities. To go before the Lord without anointing is as though some common Levite had thrust himself into the priest’s office-his ministrations would rather have been sins than services. May we never venture upon hallowed exercises without sacred anointings. They drop upon us from our glorious Head; from his anointing we who are as the skirts of his garments partake of a plenteous unction. Choice spices were compounded with rarest art of the apothecary to form the anointing oil, to show forth to us how rich are all the influences of the Holy Spirit. All good things are found in the divine Comforter. Matchless consolation, infallible instruction, immortal quickening, spiritual energy, and divine sanctification all lie compounded with other excellencies in that sacred eye-salve, the heavenly anointing oil of the Holy Spirit. It imparts a delightful fragrance to the character and person of the man upon whom it is poured. Nothing like it can be found in all the treasuries of the rich, or the secrets of the wise. It is not to be imitated. It comes alone from God, and it is freely given, through Jesus Christ, to every waiting soul. Let us seek it, for we may have it, may have it this very evening. O Lord, anoint thy servants.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Daily Light

Morning

May we be satisfied with the good things of your house.
Ps 65:4 NET

I have asked the Lord for one thing – this is what I desire! I want to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”—“He has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty.”

For he has satisfied those who thirst, and those who hunger he has filled with food.—“I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

How precious is your loyal love, O God! The human race finds shelter under your wings. They are filled with food from your house, and you allow them to drink from the river of your delicacies. For you are the one who gives and sustains life.

Ps 27:4, Matt 5:6, Luke 1:53, Ps 107:9, John 6:35, Ps 36:7-9

Morning Devotional

“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people … Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.”
Lev 19:16, Lev 19:17

Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer, and the person concerning whom the tale is told. Whether the report be true or false, we are by this precept of God’s Word forbidden to spread it. The reputations of the Lord’s people should be very precious in our sight, and we should count it shame to help the devil to dishonour the Church and the name of the Lord. Some tongues need a bridle rather than a spur. Many glory in pulling down their brethren, as if thereby they raised themselves. Noah’s wise sons cast a mantle over their father, and he who exposed him earned a fearful curse. We may ourselves one of these dark days need forbearance and silence from our brethren, let us render it cheerfully to those who require it now. Be this our family rule, and our personal bond-SPEAK EVIL OF NO MAN.

The Holy Spirit, however, permits us to censure sin, and prescribes the way in which we are to do it. It must be done by rebuking our brother to his face, not by railing behind his back. This course is manly, brotherly, Christlike, and under God’s blessing will be useful. Does the flesh shrink from it? Then we must lay the greater stress upon our conscience, and keep ourselves to the work, lest by suffering sin upon our friend we become ourselves partakers of it. Hundreds have been saved from gross sins by the timely, wise, affectionate warnings of faithful ministers and brethren. Our Lord Jesus has set us a gracious example of how to deal with erring friends in his warning given to Peter, the prayer with which he preceded it, and the gentle way in which he bore with Peter’s boastful denial that he needed such a caution.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Morning Prayer

GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR FAMILY
Joshua 24:15; Colossians 3:18-21

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

I speak the blessing of God over you and your family. I pray that everyone in your family will know Christ and live their lives for Him. I pray each member of your family will be rooted in God’s Word and will live in a manner that glorifies Him. May every member of your household fulfill their God-given role in a way that will please Him. I declare that you and your household will be saved, and that you will choose to serve the Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.