Light on The Daily Path

“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]

Mornings With God

Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

[Rom 13:10 NET]

We help or hurt others, according as we stand or falter in life’s trials. We do not know what of the strength it may mean to other souls for us to be faithful any little hour. We do not know what eyes are upon us in the life of the common days, with eager desire to learn if indeed there be grace in Christ to help one to be true. Our victory means for others a brief in Christ’s power to help, and our failure would mean the weakening of faith and hope in them. We never know what interests of others may depend on our being faithful and firm any hour.

“Oh, if our brother’s blood cry out to us,

How shall we meet Thee, who hast loved us all –

Thee whom we never loved, not loving him?

The unloving cannot chant with seraphim,

Bear harp of gold or palm victorious,

Or face the Vision Beatifical.”

Evening Prayer

FAITH IN HIS PROMISES

[Romans 4:20-22]

I pray that you will always be in faith. May you be excited about all that God has promised you. Even at times when situations do not go your way, may you not waver through unbelief regarding the promises of God. May your faith continuously strengthen you. May you be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised. I pray that you will have the faith of Abraham, for this too will be credited to you as righteousness. May God bless you with unwavering faith in His promises today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Word of God

Asleep in Jesus

“Now, according to your word, Sovereign Lord, permit your servant to depart in peace.

[Luke 2:29 NET]

No one is ready to die in peace until he has seen Christ; but when he has seen Him, he needs no further preparation for dying. He may never have looked upon any of the wonders of this world; but it is not necessary that he should have done so, if he has beheld the Lamb of God. He may not have carried out one of his own ambitious plans in life, nor have achieved anything great or beautiful; but no mater the one essential achievement in life is to see Jesus. When we have truly seen Him, dying has no more terrors, for Christ has robbed death of its sting and the grave of its victory.

The Christian has a soft pillow of peace to rest upon when he comes to die. Christ has lifted the curse from his soul, and made death but the way to glory. He Himself tasted death for His people; but now there is no death for any of them. He said to Martha, by her brother’s grave, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” That means that those who are saved by Christ find no terror, no darkness, nothing to harm them, in dying, but pass through the experience as through a beautiful gate into life everlasting.

The word “lettest” in todays scripture means set free, “Set thy servant free to depart;” implying that what we call life is like the imprisoning of the eagle; and what we call death, after one has seen Christ, is blessed and glorious emancipation. What a beautiful thought of dying! On the gravestone of a little child are the words: “Out of the darkness into the marvellous light!” All we need, then, is truly to see Christ before we die. When He has lifted away the curse of sin, and put His own holy life into our souls, we are already in the portal of heaven while in this world; dying will be but intering in, to behold Christ face to face for ever.

Wisdom

The princess looks absolutely magnificent, decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king. Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her, are led before you.

[Ps 45:13-14 NET]

This is a beautiful description of the bridal garments of the Church as the queen. The gold was to be wrought into her clothing, the clothing to be of needlework, intimating that her robe of justifying righteousness was wrought, as it were, as in needlework, stitch by stitch; yet that every thread was embroidered with gold. Here we have the thread of the humanity, in union with the gold of Deity—and yet each in such close union that the thread is but one. In gold thread the beauty, the value is in the gold; yet how close the union. Gold by itself could not be made into embroidery. So Deity cannot suffer, bleed, or die; but humanity can in union with it. Thus, as our blessed Lord went through the whole work which the Father gave him to do, his Deity, being in union with his obeying, suffering humanity, stamped each successive movement, as he went through it, with all the value and validity of Godhead. It is this union of Deity with humanity which made the work of redeeming love so unspeakably glorious, and so meritoriously efficacious. As Deer says, “Almighty God sighed human breath.”

It is indeed a mystery; but “great is the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh.” O glorious mystery!

“The highest heavens are short of this;

‘Tis deeper than the vast abyss;

‘Tis more than thought can e’er conceive,

Or hope expect, or faith believe.”

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Preserved unto Eternal Salvation

who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

[1 Pet 1:5 NET]

Saints by the power of God are kept

Till full salvation come;

We walk by faith as strangers here

Till Christ shall call us home.

Comfort

All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.

[John 1:3 NET]

We like to look at a beautiful piece of workmanship, and remember that some beloved friend of ours fashioned it. This makes it more precious and sacred.

Some orphan children had been received into an institution, and were exchanging their old garments for new ones. One poor boy was seen picking up the wretched cap he had been wearing, and tearing out of it a piece of faded silk that had been sewed into it. He was asked why he wanted to keep the patch; and he said, his eyes full of tears, that his mother had sewed it into his old cap with her thin frail fingers when she was on her death-bed, and he wanted to keep it in remembrance of her.

Men prize old paintings, and pay large prices for them, because they were painted by some famous master. All the works of nature would be sacred to us–if we but remembered that our Savior made them. The sweet flowers in the field would be all the sweeter–if we only thought as we look upon them, “The hands of Christ painted these!”