Evening Prayer

REJECTED WITH CHRIST 
Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 6:22; 1 Thessalonians 4:8

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will be able to stand firm in your faith and boldly speak of the knowledge of Christ. Although men may hate you or exclude you when you do this, know that God calls you blessed. I pray that you will withstand any persecution when people reject you as you speak His Word. May you pray for them, that they will open their eyes to see the truth clearly. I pray that you will not fear insults of men, and know that God has prepared a reward for you in heaven.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Treasure

Freedom from Temptation in Heaven

To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 

Rev 3:21

Though temptations now attend thee,  
And thou tread’st the thorny road,  
His right hand shall still defend thee,  
Soon he’ll bring thee home to God:  
Full deliverance  
Thou shalt have in heaven above.

Goodness

Yet I am confident I will see the LORD ’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

~ Psalm 27:13 [NLT] 

God is not the author of confusion, death, sickness, disaster or chaos.  These are all things that are the work of the enemy of our souls.  Thankfully, God is with us when we face hard things. His plan for us is for good not evil and Romans 8:28 reminds us that He works every detail of our lives out for His good.You can rest in the knowledge that the Creator of our world is cheering you on and through the power of the Holy Spirit guiding you towards His best for your life.

Evening Prayer

SHOWERS OF BLESSING 

Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 8:10; Ezekiel 34:26; Ephesians 1:3

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that God will open your eyes to the great things He is doing in your life. Praise Him, for He has blessed you in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. May you understand that it is from the fullness of His grace that you receive one blessing after another, for God considers you His treasured possession. Remember the Lord for the good things He has given you – especially when you have had your fill and are satisfied. I pray that you will be content in every circumstance. When you are filled, may you not forget to praise the Lord who sends down showers of blessing upon you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

GUIDED BY INTEGRITY 
Proverbs 10:9; Proverbs 11:3; Proverbs 13:6; James 5:12

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will be a person of integrity. Let righteousness be your fortress. I pray that in all things, you will guard against duplicity. Make your words match your deeds, and may you be careful in making promises. May you never promise anything that you cannot fulfill. May you never swear – not by heaven or earth or by anything else. I pray that people will know you and respect you for your tireless integrity.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he. 
~ PROVERBS 16:20

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NLT). Paul wrote these words to counter the Corinthian sex obsession. “Run away from sexual sin!” reads the prior sentence. “No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body” (v. 18 NLT)

What a salmon scripture! No message swims more upstream than this one. You know the sexual anthem of our day: “I’ll do what I want. It’s my body.” God’s firm response? “No, it’s not. It’s mine.” 

Be quick to understand, God is not antisex. Dismiss any notion that God is antiaffection and antiintercourse. After all, he developed the whole package. Sex was his idea. From his perspective, sex is nothing short of holy.

He views sexual intimacy the way I view our family Bible. Passed down from my father’s side, the volume is one hundred years old and twelve inches thick. Replete with lithographs, scribblings, and a family tree, it is, in my estimation, beyond value. Hence, I use it carefully.

When I need a step stool, I don’t reach for the Bible. If the foot of my bed breaks, I don’t use the family Bible as a prop. When we need old paper for wrapping, we don’t rip a sheet out of this book. We reserve the heirloom for special times and keep it in a chosen place. 

Regard sex the same way—as a holy gift to be opened in a special place at special times. The special place is marriage, and the time is with your spouse. 

~ IT’S NOT ABOUT ME

Lord God, may we treat the marriage covenant as sacred. May we resist any temptation to break down the walls of protection around our marriage. We want to honor you with our bodies and our sacred vows, amen.

Sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 
~ 1 CORINTHIANS 6:18 [NLT]

You must abstain from . . . sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. 
~ ACTS 15:29 [NLT]

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures. 
~  GALATIANS 5:19 [NLT

Streams in The Desert

In Me

In me … peace – John 16:33

There is a vast difference between happiness and blessedness. Paul had imprisonments and pains, sacrifice and suffering up to the very limit; but in the midst of it all, he was blessed. All the beatitudes came into his heart and life in the midst of those very conditions.

Paganini, the great violinist, came out before his audience one day and made the discovery just as they ended their applause that there was something wrong with his violin. He looked at it a second and then saw that it was not his famous and valuable one.

He felt paralyzed for a moment, then turned to his audience and told them there had been some mistake and he did not have his own violin. He stepped back behind the curtain thinking that it was still where he had left it, but discovered that some one had stolen his and left that old second-hand one in its place. He remained back of the curtain a moment, then came out before his audience and said:

“Ladies and Gentlemen: I will show you that the music is not in the instrument, but in the soul.” And he played as he had never played before; and out of that second-hand instrument, the music poured forth until the audience was enraptured with enthusiasm and the applause almost lifted the ceiling of the building, because the man had revealed to them that music was not in the machine but in his own soul.

It is your mission, tested and tried one, to walk out on the stage of this world and reveal to all earth and Heaven that the music is not in conditions, not in the things, not in externals, but the music of life is in your own soul.

If peace be in the heart,  
The wildest winter storm is full of solemn beauty,  
The midnight flash but shows the path of duty,  
Each living creature tells some new and joyous story,  
The very trees and stones all catch a ray of glory,  
If peace be in the heart.  
~ Charles Francis Richardson