“Circumstances over which I have no control” is a perfectly true phrase, but it must never be made to mean that we cannot control ourselves in those circumstances. No matter into what perplexing circumstances God’s providence may lead us or allow us to go, we have to see to it that in our reaction to those circumstances, which dance around us so perplexingly, we exhibit a personal relation to the highest we know. It is only by living in the presence of God that we cease to act in an ungodlike manner in perplexing circumstances.
~ Oswald Chambers
[Not Knowing Whither]
Teacher, they said, We know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.
Father God, today, how easy it will be for me to allow those around me to define me and make me who they think I should be. Help me to not get caught up in the opinion of others, but more what You think.
What fellowship does light have with darkness? [2 Cor 6:14]
“Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.”—For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness.
The darkness has blinded his eyes.—Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path.
The dark regions of the earth are full of places where violence rules.—Love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
The way of the wicked is like gloomy darkness; they do not know what causes them to stumble. But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light, growing brighter and brighter until full day.
“I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness.”
For you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light –
~ Samuel Bagster ~
John 3:19, 1 Thess 5:5, 1 John 2:11, Ps 119:105, Ps 74:20, 1 John 4:7-8, Prov 4:19, Prov 4:18, John 12:46, Eph 5:8
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.