Quiet Time

Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, your faith is great! Let what you want be done for you.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

[Matt 15:28 NET]

Oh, the victories of prayer! They are the mountain–tops of the Bible. They take us back to the plains of Mamre, to the fords of Peniel, to the prison of Joseph, to the triumphs of Moses, to the transcendent victories of Joshua, to the deliverances of David, to the miracles of Elijah and Elisha, to the whole story of the Master’s life, to the secret of Pentecost, to the key–note of Paul’s unparalleled ministry, to the lives of saints and the deaths of martyrs, to all that is most sacred and sweet in the history of the Church and the experience of the children of God. And when, for us, the last conflict shall have passed, and the footstool of prayer shall have given place to the harp of praise, the spots of time that shall be gilded with the most celestial and eternal radiance, shall be those, often linked with deepest sorrow and darkest night, over which we have the inscription, “Jehovah–Shammah: The Lord was there!”

~ A. B. Simpson ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Diligence in Worldly Calling

to aspire to lead a quiet life, to attend to your own business, and to work with your hands, as we commanded you.

[1 Thess 4:11 NET]

Midst hourly cares, may love present

Its incense to thy throne;

And while the world our hands employs,

Our hearts be thine alone.

Comfort

Joshua replied to them, “Since you have so many people, go up into the forest and clear out a place to live in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites, for the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you.”

[Josh 17:15 NET]

It is the part of true wisdom–to live our life in its actual conditions, not calculating what we could do or could be–IF we had certain other circumstances; but rather accepting the conditions in which we must live, and making them serve us with opportunities for being noble and doing worthy things.

The learning of this bit of practical wisdom, will be worth more to many of us than any change of circumstances or conditions could be.

Dear Jesus

Gently bring your attention back to Me, whenever it wanders away. I look for persistence—rather than perfection—in your walk with Me.

Dear Jesus,

It is such a relief to know that You accept my persistence and do not reject me for my many failures. I’m amazed that my mind can wander so far from You very quickly. When I realize this has happened (again!), my natural tendency is to feel discouraged and disappointed with myself. Thank You for accepting me in all my imperfection.

Beloved, I not only accept you as you are, I love you as you are. I died a criminal’s death so I could adorn you with My own perfection. That’s why bringing your thoughts to Me is so important: It is My perfect righteousness that saves you, and it will never be taken away from you! You can easily fall prey to self-rejection if you have unrealistic expectations for yourself. I want you to bring your focus back to Me gently: without judging yourself. If you express disappointment about your wandering mind, that response will only distract you further. Instead of engaging in such hurtful activity—putting yourself down—persist in returning your attention to Me. I always welcome you back with unfailing Love.

But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

[Hebrews 10:12–14]

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

[Luke 10:41–42]

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

[Psalm 36:7]

No More Condemnation

Many people are sick today because of guilt and condemnation.

Condemnation kills! People condemn themselves for their sins and failures, receive condemnation from others and even think that God is condemning them to a life of sickness.

The good news of the gospel is that there is ABSOLUTELY no condemnation for us who are in Christ, because Christ has already been condemned in our place at Calvary!

Beloved, freely receive God’s gift of no condemnation today by meditating on and thanking Him for it. When you reach out and receive God’s gift of no condemnation, you’ll receive your healing and the wholeness you desire, fully paid for by the blood of His Son!