Daily Light

“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, then those whom you allow to remain will be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your side, and will cause you trouble in the land where you will be living.” – Num 33:55 NET

Compete well for the faith.—The weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle … and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.

For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want.—But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members.—In all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!

1 Tim 6:12, 2 Cor 10:4-5, Rom 8:12-13, Gal 5:17, Rom 7:23, Rom 8:37

~ Samuel Bagster ~

 

Afternoon Prayer

“At that time, I commanded Joshua: ‘You have seen with your own eyes all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms over there where you are going. Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you’.”

Deuteronomy 3:22

Father God, today, the job may be stressful, my best friend may not treat me right, a stranger may cut me off on the freeway, or someone may speak ill of me. In all of these situations, I may want to stand up and fight for myself, but then I remember You saying, “Vengeance is mine”. It is then that I learn to stand still. Amen

 

Streams in The Desert

 

The “morning” is the time I have set to meet with the Lord.

Morning—the very word itself is like a cluster of luscious grapes to crush into sacred wine for me to drink. In the morning! This is when God wants me at my best in strength and hope so that I may begin my daily climb, not in weakness but in strength. Last night I buried yesterday’s fatigue, and this morning I took on a new supply of energy. Blessed is the day when the morning is sanctified—set apart to God! Successful is the day when the first victory is won in prayer! Holy is the day when the dawn finds me on the mountaintop with God!

Dear Father, I am coming to meet with you. Nothing on the common, everyday plain of life will keep me away from your holy heights. At your calling I come, so I have the assurance that you will meet with me. Each morning begun so well on the mountain will make me strong and glad the rest of the day!

—Joseph Parker

Still, still with you, when the purple morning breaks,

When the birds awake, and the shadows flee;

Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,

Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with thee.

Alone with you, amid the misty shadows,

The solemn hush of nature newly born;

Alone with you in breathless adoration,

In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

As in a sunrise o’er a waveless ocean,

The image of the morning star does rest,

So in this stillness, you discerning only

Your image in the waters of my breast.

When sinks the soul, subdued by toil, to slumber,

Its closing eyes look up to you in prayer;

Sweet the repose, beneath your wings o’ershadowing,

But sweeter still to wake and find you there.

—Harriet Beecher Stowe

Daily [Morning] Prayer

RESPECT GOVERNING AUTHORITY

Romans 13:1; Ephesians 6:5; 1 Peter 2:17

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

I pray that you will show proper respect for the leaders, lawmakers and law enforcers of our government. May you respect them, for their authority has been established by God to bring peace and order to this land. I pray that you will not curse them when they do wrong, but rather, pray for them. Pray that they themselves will submit to the authority and lordship of Jesus Christ. Pray that they will be guided by God's laws and His righteousness. May God lead you to bless and pray for our governing authorities everyday.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Do You See Your Calling?

Separated unto The Gospel ~ Romans 1:1

Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the Gospel of God. The one thing that is all important is that the Gospel of God should be realized as the abiding Reality. Reality is not human goodness, nor holiness, nor heaven, nor hell; but Redemption; and the need to perceive this is the most vital need of the Christian worker to-day. As workers we have to get used to the revelation that Redemption is the only Reality. Personal holiness is an effect, not a cause, and if we place our faith in human goodness, in the effect of Redemption, we shall go under when the test comes.

Paul did not say he separated himself, but – “when it pleased God who separated me. . .” Paul had not a hypersensitive interest in his own character. As long as our eyes are upon our own personal whiteness we shall never get near the reality of Redemption. Workers break down because their desire is for their own whiteness, and not for God. “Don't ask me to come into contact with the rugged reality of Redemption on behalf of the filth of human life as it is; what I want is anything God can do for me to make me more desirable in my own eyes.” To talk in that way is a sign that the reality of the Gospel of God has not begun to touch me; there is no reckless abandon to God. God cannot deliver me while my interest is merely in my own character. Paul is unconscious of himself, he is recklessly abandoned, separated by God for one purpose – to proclaim the Gospel of God (Rom. 9:3.)

~ Oswald Chambers ~