Quiet Time

“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.

[John 15:5 NET]

I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.

[Phil 4:13 NET]

Apart from Him we can do nothing. Whilst we are abiding in Him nothing is impossible. The one purpose of our life should therefore be to remain in living and intense union with Christ, guarding against everything that would break it, employing every means of cementing and enlarging it. And just in proportion as we do so, we shall find His strength flowing into us for every possible emergency. We may not feel its presence; but we shall find it present whenever we begin to draw on it. There is no temptation which we cannot master; no privation which we cannot patiently bear; no difficulty with which we cannot cope; no work which we cannot perform; no confession or testimony which we cannot make, if only our souls are living in healthy union with Jesus Christ; for as our day or hour, so shall our strength be.

~ F. B. Meyer ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Caution Against Apostasy

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter rootspringing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled.

[Heb 12:15 NET]

What bright exchange, what treasure shall be given,

For the lost birthright of a hope in heaven?

If lost the gem which empires could not buy,

What yet remains? — a dark eternity.

Comfort

David fled from Naioth in Ramah. He came to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my offense? How have I sinned before your father? For he is seeking my life!”

[1 Sam 20:1 NET]

A true friend is a refuge. We all have troubles at some time. For many years we may get along quietly, and without sore trial; but the day will come to all of us–when we shall be in sorrow or danger. It may be in such an experience as David’s, when people shall misjudge us, or become our enemies without cause, and may seek to harm us. It may be sickness that comes upon us, or bereavement, or severe loss of some kind. Whatever the trouble may be, a true friend will prove a great comfort to us in the experience.

It is a blessed thing to have one friend that we are sure of, though all others fail us. We can go to him then as David went to Jonathan, telling him all our heart’s burden. Young people should seek to have a friend older than themselves, to whom they can fly in trouble or in danger, and in whose faithful love they can find a sure and safe refuge. There is a wonderful strength in the confidence that one has such a friend.

“There is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24. Christ is the best, strongest, wisest, truest, most helpful friend anyone can have. His friendship is a refuge indeed. We can flee to him in any danger, and find him ready always to comfort, shelter, and bless. However many human friends we may have–we all need Christ.

Jesus Calling

REMIND YOURSELF FREQUENTLY that I live inside you and I am mighty! Let your awareness of My indwelling Presence drive out discouragement and fill you with great Joy. As My Life flows into yours, you are strengthened with divine might.

[The Lord] said to me, My grace (My favor and lovingkindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

[2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 AMP]

Also read: ZEPHANIAH 3:17 NKJV; JUDE V. 24

Before You Turn Out the Light

Ponder what it means to have My Power dwelling inside you—and be glad!

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

[Matt 18:4 NET]

You will never get a humble heart until it is born from above, from the heart of Christ. For man has lost his own humanity and alas, too often has a demon heart. God wants us, as Christians, to be simple, human, approachable and childlike. The Christians that we know and love best, and that are nearest to the Lord, are the most simple. Whenever we grow stilted we are only fit for a picture gallery, and we are only good on a pedestal; but, if we are going to live among men and love and save them, we must be approachable and human. All stiffness is but another form of self–consciousness. Ask Christ for a human heart, for a smile that will be as natural as your little child’s in your presence. Oh, how much Christ did by little touches! He never would have got at the woman of Samaria if He had come to her as the prophet. He sat down, a tired man, and said: Give me a drink of water. And so, all through His life, it was His simple humanness and love that led Him to others, and led them to Him and to His great salvation.

Evening Prayer

JESUS’ DISCIPLE

[John 8:31; 15:8]

I pray that you will continue to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. May you hold to His teaching, relying and trusting in it with your life, for in doing so, you are really His disciple. May you also teach others of His laws and decrees. I pray that in everything that you do you will bear much fruit, showing yourself to be Jesus’ disciple, for this is to the glory of His Father. May the fruit of the Spirit be exemplified in your life, and may you bear fruit that will last. May God continue to strengthen you, as you follow Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.