Quiet Time

so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

[Matt 5:45 NET]

The best name by which we can think of God is Father. It is a loving, deep, sweet, heart–touching name, for the name of father is in its nature full of inborn sweetness and comfort. Therefore, also, we must confess ourselves children of God, for by this name we deeply touch our God, since there is not a sweeter sound to the father than the voice of the child.

~ Martin Luther ~

Streams in The Desert

Security in Storms

Meanwhile the boat, already far from land, was taking a beating from the waves because the wind was against it.

[Matt 14:24 NET]

Rude and blustering the winds of March often are. Do they not typify the tempestuous seasons of my life? But, indeed, I ought to be glad that I make acquaintance with these seasons. Better it is that the rains descend and the floods come than that I should stay perpetually in the Lotus Land where it seems always afternoon, or in that deep meadowed Valley of Avilion where never wind blows loudly. Storms of temptation appear cruel, but do they not give intenser earnestness to prayer? Do they not compel me to seize the promises with a tighter hand grip? Do they not leave me with a character refined?

Storms of bereavement are keen; but, then, they are one of the Father’s ways of driving me to Himself, that in the secret of His presence His voice may speak to my heart, soft and low. There is a glory of the Master which can be seen only when the wind is contrary and the ship tossed with waves.

“Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is perfect security in storms. He has never promised you an easy passage, only a safe landing.”

Oh, set your sail to the heavenly gale,

And then, no matter what winds prevail,

No reef can wreck you, no calm delay;

No mist shall hinder, no storm shall stay;

Though far you wander and long you roam

Through salt sea sprays and o’er white sea foam,

No wind that can blow but shall speed you Home.

~ Annie Johnson Flint ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Peace in Death

Take note of the one who has integrity! Observe the godly! For the one who promotes peace has a future.

[Ps 37:37 NET]

How bless’d the righteous when he dies,

When sinks a weary soul to rest!

How mildly beam the closing eyes!

How gently heaves the expiring breast!

Life’s labour done, as sinks the clay,

Light from its load the spirit flies;

While heaven and earth combine to say,

“How bless’d the righteous when he dies!”

Evening Prayer

REFINING HIS CHILDREN

[Jeremiah 9:7; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:3]

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.

Prayer Guide

Today I invoke heaven and earth as a witness against you that I have set life and death, blessing and curse, before you. Therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live!

[Deut 30:19 NET]

The Great Being unseen, but all-present, who in his beneficence desires only our welfare, watches the struggle between good and evil in our hearts, and waits to see whether we obey his voice, heard in the whispers of conscience, or lend an ear to the Spirit Evil, which seeks to lead us astray. Rough and steep is the path indicated by divine suggestion; mossy and declining the green way along which temptation strews flowers. Then conscience whispers, “Do what you feel is right, obey me, and I will plant for you firm footing.”

~ Charlotte Brontë ~

God help us do our duty, and not shrink,

And trust in heaven humbly for the rest.

~ Owen Meredith ~

Prayer

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My Father,

As I review my life I am impressed how accurately my deeds have copied my thoughts. And though I have failed the so often, yet I pray that thou wilt accept my yearnings, to think and work for the best in every day.

Amen.

Mornings With God

He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying.

[Matt 28:6 NET]

Christ died in love for us. But if He had only died, and had not risen again, His sacrifice would not have availed for us. If He could not conquer death for himself, He could not be our Saviour. But the grave could not hold Him.

When the women came they found the stone rolled away, and the angel watcher said to them, “He is risen.” We have for a Saviour one who fought every battle that we have to fight, and was always victorious. He is able, therefore, to deliver us in any conflict.

Jesus appeared often enough after He arose to convince all His friends that He had really risen. Then He went back to heaven to receive all authority. His last act was to send out His disciples, bidding them to win all nations for Him. That was a strange commission for One who had died on a cross to give to a dozen plain peasants.

It was a stupendous claim to make for Himself, that all authority over the nations was now His. But so it was.

Torn Curtain

THE WORD OF GOD

“And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split”

[Matthew 27:51]

Open to All

The “veil of the temple” refers to the inner curtain of the “Holy of Holies,” which resided in the center of the Old Testament temple of worship. The curtain severely restricted access to God to a privileged few. Now, the gates to God’s presence are open wide to all who would enter through the cross of Jesus Christ. God Himself tore the curtain in two, proclaiming that in Jesus’ death, the final sacrifice has been made for our sins.

“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

[Hebrews 10:19-22]

Draw Near

Imagine how horrified religious leaders in Jesus’ day must have become to know that no one had been allowed near the Holy of Holies and yet, somehow, the veil had been torn. Did any of them finally believe Jesus’ words, that a new way had been opened up for us to draw near to God – centered not on imperfect obedience to the commandments, but through the perfect life and now sacrifice of Jesus Christ?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”

[John 11:25]

Access to God

Envision walking through that torn curtain and seeing for the first time the ark of the testimony, a wooden box overlaid inside and out with pure gold and the mercy seat, also made of pure gold with 2 golden cherubim at each end, facing one another with their wings covering the mercy seat and faces looking down. The golden table of showbread with the bread of Presence and golden utensils are also there along with the golden lampstand. Celebrate your access to God, won for you through the obedience, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We who were alienated from God, even under His wrath, have been brought near, cleansed, forgiven, and granted complete and full access into God’s favor and presence.

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

[Hebrews 6:19-20]

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for receiving the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on my behalf, for tearing away the veil that kept me from You, and for granting me access to enter Your holy presence. May I fully receive Your forgiveness and mercy this Easter season. As I prepare to approach the cross on which, solely, my access is granted, may I have the confidence and full assurance to enter Your presence.