Daily Quiet Time

Let us not sleep, as do others.

~ 1 Thess 5:6

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.

~ Spurgeon

Daily Treasure

The Great Motive to All Duty

Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

~ 1 Cor 6:19-20

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.

Evening Prayer

STRENGTH TO MINISTER 
Galatians 6:1-5

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

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.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.

~ Isa 32:17

The heart that ministers for Thee  
In Thy own work will rest;  
And the subject spirit of a child  
Can serve Thy children best.  
~ A. L. WARING

It matters not where or what we are, so we be His servants. They are happy who have a wide field and great strength to fulfil His missions of compassion; and they, too, are blessed who, in sheltered homes and narrow ways of duty, wait upon Him in lowly services of love. Wise or simple, gifted or slender in knowledge, in the world’s gaze or in hidden paths, high or low, encompassed by affections and joys of home, or lonely and content in God alone, what matters, so that they bear the seal of the living God? Blessed company, unknown to each other, unknowing even themselves!
~ H. E. MANNING

Streams in The Desert

I Heard a Still Voice

There was silence, and I heard a still voice ~ Job 4:16

A score of years ago, a friend placed in my hand a book called True Peace. It was an old mediaeval message, and it had but one thought—that God was waiting in the depths of my being to talk to me if I would only get still enough to hear His voice.

I thought this would be a very easy matter, and so began to get still. But I had no sooner commenced than a perfect pandemonium of voices reached my ears, a thousand clamoring notes from without and within, until I could hear nothing but their noise and din.

Some were my own voices, my own questions, some my very prayers. Others were suggestions of the tempter and the voices from the world’s turmoil.

In every direction I was pulled and pushed and greeted with noisy acclamations and unspeakable unrest. It seemed necessary for me to listen to some of them and to answer some of them; but God said,

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Then came the conflict of thoughts for tomorrow, and its duties and cares; but God said, “Be still.”

And as I listened, and slowly learned to obey, and shut my ears to every sound, I found after a while that when the other voices ceased, or I ceased to hear them, there was a still small voice in the depths of my being that began to speak with an inexpressible tenderness, power and comfort.

As I listened, it became to me the voice of prayer, the voice of wisdom, the voice of duty, and I did not need to think so hard, or pray so hard, or trust so hard; but that “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit in my heart was God’s prayer in my secret soul, was God’s answer to all my questions, was God’s life and strength for soul and body, and became the substance of all knowledge, and all prayer and all blessing: for it was the living GOD Himself as my life, my all.

It is thus that our spirit drinks in the life of our risen Lord, and we go forth to life’s conflicts and duties like a flower that has drunk in, through the shades of night, the cool and crystal drops of dew. But as dew never falls on a stormy night, so the dews of His grace never come to the restless soul.

~ A.B. Simpson

Praise to God

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.

~ Hebrews 13:15 [NLT]

When we pray to God, most of the time we gloss over praising God. Instead, we cut to the chase and just ask God to bless us, our children, and heal our neighbors. Yet we serve a powerful God. One who deserves to be recognized and admired for His love, power, and grace. Let’s spend a few moments talking to God by sharing our love and honor for Him. Isn’t He glorious?

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

He dwelleth with you and shall be in you

~ John 14:17

Do not fail to mark these two stages in Christian life. The one is the Spirit’s work in us, the other is the Spirit’s personal coming to abide within us. All true Christians know the first, but few, it is to be feared, understand and receive the second. There is a great difference between my building a house and my going to reside in that house and make it my home. And there is a great difference between the Holy Spirit’s work in regenerating a soul the building of a house, and His coming to reside, abide and control in our innermost spirit and our whole life and being.

Have we received Him Himself not as our Guest, but as the Owner, Proprietor and Keeper of the temple He has built to be an habitation of God through the Spirit?

This is my wonderful story,  
Christ to my heart has come,  
Jesus the King of glory,  
Finds in my heart a home.  

I am so glad I received Him,
Jesus, my heart’s dear King,
I, who so often have grieved Him,
All to His feet would bring.

Daily Treasure

Believer’s Humble Confession

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

~ Luke 17:10

My present triumphs, and my past,
Are thine, and must be to the last;
And if the crown of life I wear,
Thy hand alone must place it there.