Daily Light [Morning]

“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NET

And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.—God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another.


2 Cor 5:18-21, 1 John 4:8-11

 

Morning Prayer

RAISING UP YOUR CHILDREN
Proverbs 19:18; 29:17

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

I pray that God will give you wisdom to raise your children properly. May you understand the importance of discipline and the necessity of applying it consistently. May you never be a willing party to your children's ruin by withholding discipline. I pray that you will not exasperate your children, but instead build a loving relationship with them. May you spend quality time with them and assure them of your love daily. May your children's lives be blessed as you raise them up according to God's Word.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Evening Prayer

In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven. – Matt 5:16 NET


Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time—

Footprints that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s wintry main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

– Henry W. Longfellow.


They are slaves who fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,
Rather than in silence shrink
From the truth they needs must think;
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or three.

– James Russell Lowell.


Prayer

Merciful Father, help me to know that my shadow cannot fall without me, and that my footprints cannot be found where I have never trodden. I pray that thou wilt make me so familiar with the right path that it may be mine to have the privilege of leading others to the right places. Amen.

Daily Light [Evening]

God … gives … generously and without reprimand. – Jas 1:5 NET

“Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She replied, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

How much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! … The gracious gift from the many failures led to justification.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things?


John 8:10-11, Rom 5:15-16, Eph 2:4-7, Rom 8:32

 

Evening Devotional

“Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” — Mic 5:2

The Lord Jesus had goings forth for his people as their representative before the throne, long before they appeared upon the stage of time. It was “from everlasting” that he signed the compact with his Father, that he would pay blood for blood, suffering for suffering, agony for agony, and death for death, in the behalf of his people; it was “from everlasting” that he gave himself up without a murmuring word. That from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot he might sweat great drops of blood, that he might be spit upon, pierced, mocked, rent asunder, and crushed beneath the pains of death. His goings forth as our Surety were from everlasting. Pause, my soul, and wonder! Thou hast goings forth in the person of Jesus “from everlasting.” Not only when thou wast born into the world did Christ love thee, but his delights were with the sons of men before there were any sons of men. Often did he think of them; from everlasting to everlasting he had set his affection upon them. What! my soul, has he been so long about thy salvation, and will not he accomplish it? Has he from everlasting been going forth to save me, and will he lose me now? What! Has he carried me in his hand, as his precious jewel, and will he now let me slip from between his fingers? Did he choose me before the mountains were brought forth, or the channels of the deep were digged, and will he reject me now? Impossible! I am sure he would not have loved me so long if he had not been a changeless Lover. If he could grow weary of me, he would have been tired of me long before now. If he had not loved me with a love as deep as hell, and as strong as death, he would have turned from me long ago. Oh, joy above all joys, to know that I am his everlasting and inalienable inheritance, given to him by his Father or ever the earth was! Everlasting love shall be the pillow for my head this night.

~ Chsrles Spurgeon ~

Daily Strength

Trust in the Lord and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! – Ps 37:3 NET

Build a little fence of trust
Around to-day;
Fill the space with loving work,
And therein stay;
Look not through the sheltering bars
Upon to-morrow,
God will help thee bear what comes,
Of joy or sorrow.


—MARY FRANVES BUTTS

Let us bow our souls and say, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord!” Let us lift up our hearts and ask, “Lord, what wouldst thou have me to do?” Then light from the opened heaven shall stream on our daily task, revealing the grains of gold, where yesterday all seemed dust; a hand shall sustain us and our daily burden, so that, smiling at yesterday’s fears, we shall say, “This is easy, this is light;” every “lion in the way,” as we come up to it, shall be seen chained, and leave open the gates of the Palace Beautiful; and to us, even to us, feeble and fluctuating as we are, ministries shall be assigned, and through our hands blessings shall be conveyed in which the spirits of just men made perfect might delight.

—ELIZABETH CHARLES.