My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to serve in his presence and offer sacrifices.”
[2 Chr 29:11]
Bright be my prospect as I pass along;—
An ardent service at the cost of all,—
Love by untiring ministry made strong,
And ready for the first, the softest call.
~ A. L. WARING ~
There are many things that appear trifles, which greatly tend to enervate the soul, and hinder its progress in the path to virtue and glory. The habit of indulging in things which our judgment cannot thoroughly approve, grows stronger and stronger by every act of self-gratification, and we are led on by degrees to an excess of luxury which must greatly weaken our hands in the spiritual warfare. If we do not endeavor to do that which is right in every particular circumstance, though trifling, we shall be in great danger of letting the same negligence take place in matters more essential.
~ MARGARET WOODS ~
The will can only be made submissive by frequent self-denials, which must keep in subjection its sallies and inclinations. Great weakness is often produced by indulgences which seem of no importance.
~ M. DE MOLINOS ~
Today, I am walking in the overflow. I shall not be moved by the things of this world that would stand to come against me, but lift up my head and know that You are God. With that thought, I vow to have a great day!
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things”?
THE LORD’S MIRACLES
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Tonight
I pray that you will recognize the power of God to change a person’s circumstances. May you look to Him, for He can raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from an ash heap. May you trust in Him, for He can settle the barren woman in a home as a happy mother of children. Praise God, for nothing is impossible with Him. I pray that you will recognize the miracles He performs in your life. May you believe that He has the will and the power to make your situation better. I pray that you will continue to be thankful as you experience His power and miracles today!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
HAVING A SOUL THAT IS SATURATED WITH THE TRUTH
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
Being in close proximity to truth is not enough; truth must be digested before it is of any real benefit in a life.
The apostle John had a deep concern for the role of truth in the lives of his readers. And he had a burden to protect them from destructive error.
The attitude he expressed toward truth in his third letter is explored by Charles Spurgeon.
WALK WITH CHARLES SPURGEON
“Truth must enter into the soul, penetrate and saturate it, or else it is of no value.
“Doctrines held as a matter of creed are like bread in the hand, which gives no nourishment to the frame; but doctrine accepted by the heart is as food digested, which by assimilation sustains and builds up the body.
“In us truth must be a living force, an active energy, an indwelling reality, a part of the woof and warp of our being.
“It is a rule of nature that the inward affects the outward as light shines from the center of the lantern through the glass. When therefore the truth is kindled within, its brightness soon beams forth in the outward life and conversation.
“To walk in the truth imparts a life of integrity, holiness, faithfulness, and simplicity—the natural products of those principles of truth which the gospel teaches, and which the Spirit of God enables us to receive.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Without food, it is impossible to sustain physical life. Without truth, it is impossible to sustain spiritual life.
The nourishing truth of God’s Word will help you grow daily into the likeness of the one who is “the truth”—Jesus Christ ().
The cleansing, strengthening truth of God: Feed on it daily, and watch how life-giving it can be for you!