REFINING HIS CHILDREN
Jeremiah 9:7; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3
In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Today
I pray that God will mold you and transform you into the person He wants you to be. Because you are unique in your calling and purpose, may you be willing to surrender yourself to your Maker. Whatever you are going through, may you trust Him and know that He is refining you like silver and gold. Allow God to take you down His path; do not fear, for He is in control. As a child of God, your Heavenly Father knows what's best for you. May you be assured that this refinement is for your own good, so that you may be able to receive and enjoy the glorious inheritance He has in store for His children. I pray that you will submit to God, as He works in your life.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
But correct the way you have been living and do what is right. Obey the Lord your God. If you do, the Lord will forgo destroying you as he threatened he would. – Jer 26:13 NET
I said, “Let us walk in the field.”
He said, “Nay walk in the town.”
I said, “There are no flowers there.”
He said, “No flowers but a crown.”
I said, “But the air is thick,
And the fogs are veiling the sun.”
He answered, “Yet souls are sick
And souls in the dark undone.”
I cast one look at the field,
Then set my face to the town.
He said: “My child, do you yield?
Will ye leave the flowers for the crown?”
Then into his hand went mine
And into my heart came He,
And I walked in a light divine
The path I had feared to see.
Eternal God, teach me the way of a complete and unbroken trust. In my disappointments, and in my devotions, may my faith and hope be as immortal as my soul. May I listen for thy voice and answer thy call. Amen.
“Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.” — Lam 3:40
The spouse who fondly loves her absent husband longs for his return; a long protracted separation from her lord is a semi-death to her spirit: and so with souls who love the Saviour much, they must see his face, they cannot bear that he should be away upon the mountains of Bether, and no more hold communion with them. A reproaching glance, an uplifted finger will be grievous to loving children, who fear to offend their tender father, and are only happy in his smile. Beloved, it was so once with you. A text of Scripture, a threatening, a touch of the rod of affliction, and you went to your Father's feet, crying, “Show me wherefore thou contendest with me?” Is it so now? Are you content to follow Jesus afar off? Can you contemplate suspended communion with Christ without alarm? Can you bear to have your Beloved walking contrary to you, because you walk contrary to him? Have your sins separated between you and your God, and is your heart at rest? O let me affectionately warn you, for it is a grievous thing when we can live contentedly without the present enjoyment of the Saviour's face. Let us labour to feel what an evil thing this is-little love to our own dying Saviour, little joy in our precious Jesus, little fellowship with the Beloved! Hold a true Lent in your souls, while you sorrow over your hardness of heart. Do not stop at sorrow! Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the cross. There, and there only, can you get your spirit quickened. No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all the rags and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition. Let us clasp that cross, let us look into those languid eyes, let us bathe in that fountain filled with blood-this will bring back to us our first love; this will restore the simplicity of our faith, and the tenderness of our heart.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~
You guide me by your wise advice, and then you will lead me to a position of honor. – Ps 73:24 NET
Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. – Heb 4:9 NET
Guide us through life; and when at last
We enter into rest,
Thy tender arms around us cast,
And fold us to Thy breast.
—H. F. LYTE.
Go forth to meet the solemnities and to conquer the trials of existence, believing in a Shepherd of your souls. Then faith in Him will support you in duty, and duty firmly done will strengthen faith; till at last, when all is over here, and the noise and strife of the earthly battle fades upon your dying ear, and you hear, instead thereof, the deep and musical sound of the ocean of eternity, and see the lights of heaven shining on its waters still and fair in their radiant rest, your faith will raise the song of conquest, and in its retrospect of the life which has ended, and its forward glance upon the life to come, take up the poetic inspiration of the Hebrew king, “Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
—STOPFORD A. BROOKE.
How long, Lord, will you continue to ignore me? How long will you pay no attention to me? – Ps 13:1 NET
All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change.—Zion said, “The Lord has abandoned me, the sovereign master has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast? Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? Even if mothers were to forget, I could never forget you!”
O Israel, I will not forget you! I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud, the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud.
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days.—A Canaanite woman … cried out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David!” But he did not answer her a word.
Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away.
Do not seek approval in the mirror or in the eyes of other people. In My Presence you have infinite approval.
It’s so easy for me to judge myself on the basis of what I see in the mirror. I know that is fickle and shallow, because my mirror-image is always changing. I’m equally enslaved to viewing myself through the eyes of other people. I tend to evaluate my interpersonal performance rigorously, and I am almost always displeased with something I have said or done. I desperately desire to experience Your approval!
Beloved, “enslaved” is an appropriate word to use. You are indeed a slave when you try to see and judge yourself through people’s eyes. Evaluating your worth on the basis of how you look, to yourself or to others, is always a trap. It’s as if you are sifting sand, searching for gold—yet looking only at the grains of sand filtering through the sieve, ignoring the gold nuggets that remain. The gold represents the eternal part of you: your soul. It is invisible to everyone but Me, the One who plans to spend eternity with you. Though invisible, a well-nurtured soul can actually improve your appearance: As you rest in the certainty of My unfailing Love, your face glows with the Joy of My Presence.
My approval of you is infinite because it will continue forever. It is based entirely on My righteousness, which is yours for all eternity. When you look in a mirror, try to see yourself as you truly are—arrayed in perfect righteousness, adorned in glowing approval.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
~ Sarah Young ~