Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Now mine eye seeth Thee

~ Job 42:5

We must recognize the true character of our self–life and its real virulence and vileness. We must consent to its destruction, and we must take it ourselves, as Abraham did Isaac, and lay it at the feet of God in willing sacrifice.

This is a hard work for the natural heart, but the moment the will is yielded and the choice is made, that death is past, the agony is over, and we are astonished to find that the death is accomplished.

Usually the crisis of life in such cases hangs upon a single point. God does not need to strike us in a hundred places to inflict a death wound. There is one point that touches the heart, and that is the point God usually strikes, the dearest thing in our life, the decisive thing in our plans, the citadel of the will, the center of the heart, and when we yield there, there is little left to yield anywhere else, and when we refuse to yield at this point, a spirit of evasion and compromise enters into all the rest of our life. Lord, we take Thee to enable us to will Thy will to be done in all things in our life without and within.

Evening Prayer

1 Corinthians 11:1

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

I pray that you will follow the example of godly people around you, even as they follow Christ. May you imitate their faith in the Lord, while you watch them closely. I pray that as you do this, others may see you grow from glory to glory. May God give you the grace to listen and learn from these people, so that you will bear much fruit. I pray that you will learn to be a good disciple.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Eternal Perspectives

We sometimes feel that a life which was so brief was in vain, and that God has mocked us by giving us the little one and then by taking it away immediately. The child had no opportunity to perform a work, nor was there any time given to develop character. Let us remember, first of all, that the little one had an eternal spirit, and that it has gone into the presence of God where there will be an eternity to perform works and develop character. . . A brief life is not an incomplete life.

~ J. Vernon McGee, Death of a Little Child

[In memory of my little brother.] … Carl

Evening Prayer

Ezra 9:9; Psalm 91:11-12; Isaiah 54:17

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

I pray that you will be blessed with God’s powerful protection today. May He build a wall around you and your family – a wall that will protect you from physical harm, illness, financial lack or the enemy’s malicious intents. I declare that no weapon forged against you and your family will prosper. I pray that the Lord will command His angels to guard you in all your ways, so that no evil or harm will come near you. May you be covered by God’s protection today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus is With Us in Our Troubles

Read: Daniel 3:28

The book of Daniel records how King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made a towering golden statue and commanded all in his kingdom to bow down before it and worship it. Three young men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, whom the king had appointed to oversee the province of Babylon, refused to do so. Humiliated by their defiance, the king was livid. He gave them one more chance to bow down and worship his golden statue or be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.

Without flinching, they said, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t…we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up” (Dan. 3:16–18, NLT). The king commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual, and ordered some of his strongest soldiers to bind them and throw them into the furnace. The furnace was so hot that the flames killed the soldiers as they threw the three men into the roaring flames, securely bound.

Suddenly, the king jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his officials, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Dan. 3:24–25). Nebuchadnezzar called out, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” The three men stepped out of the fire and all the officials and advisers crowded around them and “saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched” (Dan. 3:26–27, NLT). In fact, the flames only served to loose them from their bonds.

Amazed at how their God had protected them, Nebuchadnezzar began praising God himself. The king then issued a decree stating that if any person spoke a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, they would be cut in pieces and their houses would be turned into ash heaps “because there is no other God who can deliver like this” (Dan. 3:29). Then, the king promoted the three men to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

Beloved, this is your God.

Evening Prayer

Colossians 3:12-15

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

I pray that as one of God’s chosen people – holy and dearly loved – you will clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. May you show kindness and compassion to all who are in need. May you always be humble and gentle in your dealings with others. May you bear with others and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. And over all these virtues, may you put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. I pray that the peace of Christ will rule in your heart, since you are a member of one body, called to peace.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Treasure

Divine Acceptance a Source of Joy

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy work.

~ Eccl 9:7

Whilst I see thy love to me,
Every object teems with joy;
Here, oh may I walk with thee,
Then into thy presence die!

Let me but thyself possess,
Total sum, of happiness;
Real bliss I then shall prove ~
Heaven below, and heaven above.