Quiet Time

So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober.

[1 Thess 5:6 NET]

There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed towards the Celestial City, said to themselves:

“To prevent drowsiness in this place, let us fall into good discourse.”

Christians who isolate themselves and walk alone are very liable to grow drowsy. Hold Christian company, and you will be kept wakeful by it, and refreshed and encouraged to make quicker progress in the road to heaven.

~ Charles. H. Spurgeon ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

The Great Motive to All Duty

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.

[1 Cor 6:19-20 NET]

Oh! grant us, Lord, to feel and own

The power of love divine;

The blood which doth for sin atone,

The grace which makes us thine.

Jesus Calling

YOU CAN ASK MY SPIRIT to help you find freedom from condemning feelings. Feelings of condemnation drain you of energy, leaving you vulnerable. As My Spirit fills you with Life, you are empowered to live abundantly—to the full.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

[ROMANS 8:1–2]

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

[JOHN 10:10]

Also read: PSALM 42:8; JOHN 8:44

Before You Turn Out the Light:

Acknowledge with your heart that I do not condemn you. Then look to Me for My heavenly smile of approval.

Evening Prayer

STRENGTH TO MINISTER

[Galatians 6:1-5]

I pray that you will have the wisdom to restore a hurting person gently. May you help one another, selflessly carrying each other’s burdens. May God give you compassion as you minister with love to them, and may you not judge them or compare them with others. I pray that God will strengthen you as you give godly counsel. May you be encouraged and strengthened as you refresh others.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Devotional

Father Figures: Joseph

Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife [Mary].

[Matthew 1:24]

Recommended Reading

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

When one’s spouse does something that seems wrong or out of the ordinary, it takes faith to love anyway, to love unconditionally. It takes faith to say, “I’m going to assume the best; I’m going to wait to discuss this until the right time; I’m going to give my spouse the benefit of the doubt.” Loving unconditionally means seeking the best for another person even when feelings might dictate otherwise.

Think about Joseph of Nazareth and the difficult situation he found himself in when he discovered his beloved Mary was pregnant—before they were married. His first inclination was to do what was best for Mary which meant ending their relationship privately to avoid any public shame or embarrassment for Mary and her family. Then, when he discovered the reason for Mary’s pregnancy, he stood by her completely during her pregnancy and after. Joseph stood by Mary in every way, even when he didn’t understand completely.

Love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

We are called upon to reflect the love of God as much in trial as in tranquility.

~ John Blanchard ~