“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.
How long, Lord, will you continue to ignore me? How long will you pay no attention to me? [Ps 13:1]
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.
~ Samuel Bagster ~
Jas 1:17, Isa 49:14-15, Isa 44:21-22, John 11:5-6, Matt 15:22-23, 1 Pet 1:7
Holiness is letting Me live through you. Since I dwell in you, you are fully equipped to be holy. Pause before responding to people or situations, giving My Spirit space to act through you.
Holiness is one of those virtues that seems so elusive. If I strive to be holy, I’m in danger of falling prey to serious sins, especially pride and hypocrisy. Yet Your Word clearly instructs me to be holy. I’m intrigued by the idea that holiness is a matter of letting You live through me. That seems more feasible than trying with all my might to be good.
Beloved, be careful not to confuse being holy with trying to appear holy. The Pharisees fell into that trap: parading their pretension of holiness on street corners, at banquets, in the temple—wherever they found an audience. I reserved some of My strongest condemnation for them and their hypocrisy.
When you became a Christian, I put the Holy Spirit in you, thus equipping you to be holy. However, you are still vulnerable to the world, the flesh (sinful nature), and the devil. These three conspire against holiness, tempting you to respond to people and situations in your old, habitual ways. My Spirit will not force His ways on you, so it’s easy for you to ignore His inner Presence. That’s why I encourage you to pause before responding—inviting the Spirit to live and love through you.
Remember that I am Christ in you, the hope of Glory. The more you know Me and love Me, the easier it is for you to let Me live through you. Without your even realizing it, intimacy with Me transforms you into My likeness—My holy image.
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” [1 Peter 1:15–16]
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. [Romans 8:9]
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. [Colossians 1:27]
~ Sarah Young ~