Morning Devotional

“Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague.”

Lev 13:13

Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of the leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are “nothing else but sin,” for no confession short of this will be the whole truth, and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment-it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to those under a deep sense of sin! Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus. Whosoever cometh unto him, he will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to him, then, poor heavy-laden sinner,

Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare;
You can't come too filthy-come just as you are.


Morning Prayer

SHOWERS OF BLESSING
Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 8:10; Ezekiel 34:26; Ephesians 1:3

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

I pray that God will open your eyes to the great things He is doing in your life. Praise Him, for He has blessed you in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. May you understand that it is from the fullness of His grace that you receive one blessing after another, for God considers you His treasured possession. Remember the Lord for the good things He has given you – especially when you have had your fill and are satisfied. I pray that you will be content in every circumstance. When you are filled, may you not forget to praise the Lord who sends down showers of blessing upon you.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Dear Jesus

Nothing is wasted when it is shared with Me. I can bring beauty out of the ashes of lost dreams. I can glean Joy out of sorrow, Peace out of adversity. Only a Friend who is also the King of kings could accomplish this divine alchemy.

Dear Jesus,

I am so blessed to have a Friend like you! I want to learn how to share more and more of my life with You. I believe You are capable of bringing beauty out of my lost dreams, Joy out of my sorrow, Peace out of my problems. However, I confess that often I get stuck in my brokenness and struggles. Help me bring all these things to You for transformation.

Beloved, you have made a request that pleases Me greatly. I delight in transforming My precious children. Give Me your broken dreams. Release them into My care and keeping. I will not only heal the brokenness, I will give you a new dream—one that is in harmony with My plans for you. As you seek to actualize this fresh dream, you will find yourself becoming more content and increasingly aware of My beautiful Presence.

Give Me also your sadness and your problems. Sorrow shared with Me is permeated with brilliant sparkles of Joy—like numerous Christmas lights glittering in the darkness. Accept adversity as My gift to you:Search for golden pockets of Peace hidden in the stony hardness of your problems.

I am your devoted Friend and also your King of kings, accomplishing My divine transformation in you. All things are possible with Me!

He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:1–3

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

~ Sarah Young ~

Daily Light [Evening]

The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork.

– Ps 19:1 NET

His invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made.—“He did not leave himself without a witness.”—Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness. There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard.

When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made, and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them? Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them?

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory. It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.—The wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever.


Rom 1:20, Acts 14:17, Ps 19:2-3, Ps 8:3-4, 1 Cor 15:41-42, Dan 12:3

Evening Devotional

“Go again seven times.” — 1Ki 18:43

Success is certain when the Lord has promised it. Although you may have pleaded month after month without evidence of answer, it is not possible that the Lord should be deaf when his people are earnest in a matter which concerns his glory. The prophet on the top of Carmel continued to wrestle with God, and never for a moment gave way to a fear that he should be non-suited in Jehovah's courts. Six times the servant returned, but on each occasion no word was spoken but “Go again.” We must not dream of unbelief, but hold to our faith even to seventy times seven. Faith sends expectant hope to look from Carmel's brow, and if nothing is beheld, she sends again and again. So far from being crushed by repeated disappointment, faith is animated to plead more fervently with her God. She is humbled, but not abashed: her groans are deeper, and her sighings more vehement, but she never relaxes her hold or stays her hand. It would be more agreeable to flesh and blood to have a speedy answer, but believing souls have learned to be submissive, and to find it good to wait for as well as upon the Lord. Delayed answers often set the heart searching itself, and so lead to contrition and spiritual reformation: deadly blows are thus struck at our corruption, and the chambers of imagery are cleansed. The great danger is lest men should faint, and miss the blessing. Reader, do not fall into that sin, but continue in prayer and watching. At last the little cloud was seen, the sure forerunner of torrents of rain, and even so with you, the token for good shall surely be given, and you shall rise as a prevailing prince to enjoy the mercy you have sought. Elijah was a man of like passions with us: his power with God did not lie in his own merits. If his believing prayer availed so much, why not yours? Plead the precious blood with unceasing importunity, and it shall be with you according to your desire.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~