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!

Truth For Today

PROCLAIMING VICTORY

He went and preached to the spirits in prison.

[1 PETER 3:19]

Christ went to preach a triumphant sermon before His resurrection Sunday morning. The term for “preached” in today’s verse refers to making a proclamation or announcing a triumph. In ancient times, a herald would precede generals and kings in the celebration of military victories, announcing to all the victories that were won in battle.

That’s what Jesus went to do—not to preach the gospel but to announce His triumph over sin, death, hell, demons, and Satan. He didn’t go to win souls but to proclaim victory over the enemy. In spite of the unjust suffering they subjected Him to, He could declare ultimate victory over sin and death for you and me.

Prayer Guide

Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.

[Heb 12:11 NET]

Never yet was a springtime,

Late though lingered the snow,

That the sap stirred not at the whisper

Of the south wind, sweet and low;

Never yet was a springtime

When the buds forgot to blow.

Ever the wings of the summer

Are folded under the mold;

Life that has known no dying,

Is Love’s, to have and to hold,

Till, sudden, the burgeoning Easter!

The song! the green and the gold!

~ Margaret E. Sangster ~

In tracing the shade, I shall find out the sun.

~ Owen Meredith ~

Prayer

Almighty God,

Grant that as the fulfillment of the green comes to the withered grass, so thy restoring may come to me with the glory of life that comes in the resurrection of the soul. I trust thee to bring me out of winter’s seal, that I may help make the spring.

Amen.

Morning Prayer

SORROW OVER SIN

[2 Corinthians 7:8-11]

I pray that the Holy Spirit will expose any sin in your life and fill you with godly sorrow regarding that sin. May your sorrow lead you to repentance that leads to salvation, a repentance that leaves no regret. May this godly sorrow produce in you an eagerness to purify yourself and live a clean life. May it bring indignation against sin, and a longing to see righteousness and justice fulfilled. I pray that godly sorrow will change you more and more into the likeness of Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.