Afternoon Prayer

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.”

[Isaiah 54:17]

Father God,

Today, as I deal with yesterday’s hurts, help me to know that I am stronger than any situation or circumstance. When the enemy strikes, do not let me forget that “no weapons formed against me can prosper”.

Amen

Morning Devotional

God First

Jesus did not commit Himself unto them . . . for He knew what was in man. [John 2:24-25]

Put God First in Trust. Our Lord trusted no man; yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, never in despair about any man, because He put God first in trust; He trusted absolutely in what God's grace could do for any man. If I put my trust in human beings first, I will end in despairing of everyone; I will become bitter, because I have insisted on man being what no man ever can be – absolutely right. Never trust anything but the grace of God in yourself or in anyone else.

Put God's Needs First. “Lo, I come to do Thy will, 0 God.”

[Hebrews 10:9]

A man's obedience is to what he sees to be a need; Our Lord's obedience was to the will of His Father. The cry to-day is – “We must get some work to do; the heathen are dying without God; we must go and tell them of Him.” We have to see first of all that God's needs in us personally are being met. “Tarry ye until. . . .” The purpose of this College is to get us rightly related to the needs of God. When God's needs in us have been met, then He will open the way for us to realize His needs elsewhere.

Put God's Trust First. “And whoso receiveth one such little child in my name receiveth Me.”

[Matthew 18:5]

God's trust is that He gives me Himself as a babe. God expects my personal life to be a “Bethlehem.” Am I allowing my natural life to be slowly transfigured by the indwelling life of the Son of God? God's ultimate purpose is that His Son might be manifested in my mortal flesh.

~ Oswald Chambers ~

A Powerful Return

[Christ] will transform our lowly body that it May be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. [Philippians 3:21]

Today’s verse assures us that Jesus Christ has the power to do the amazing things He has promised us. Since He can subject the entire universe to His sovereign control, He certainly has enough power to raise our bodies and make us like Him. He has the power to providentially create natural laws and to miraculously overrule them. He has the power to give life and to take it. The apostle Paul said, “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet” (1 Cor. 15:24–25).

The same power that will recapture the entire fallen universe and give it back to God is what makes it possible for us to become like Christ. Where is your focus? I hope it is on heaven and that you have not been distracted.

~ John MacArthur ~

Daily Light [Morning]

“Your name shall be … Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.” [Gen 32:28]

In his manly vigor he struggled with God. He struggled with an angel and prevailed; he wept and begged for his favor. He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.

“Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if someone says to this mountain, ’Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. ’If you are able?’”

All things are possible for the one who believes.”

“And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

“Increase our faith!”

[Hos 12:3-4, Rom 4:20, Mark 11:22-24, Mark 9:23, Luke 1:45, Luke 17:5]