Gently and Humbly

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

~ Galatians 6:1 [NLT]

Each one of us has a God given mission on this earth. Sometimes we stumble and are deterred from this mission because we allow sin to get in the way. Fortunately, we are not alone, God has blessed us with other believers to help us along the way. It is very important we humbly help others when they fall off track. Just think how proud God will be for helping others get back to their mission.

Evening Prayer

STRENGTHENED BY HIS LOVE
Psalms 55:22; Psalms 90:14; Psalms 107:1; Lamentations 3:22

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

I pray that God’s love will help you overcome your weariness. In difficult times, may the Lord satisfy you with His great love. I pray that His compassion that never fails will renew your strength every morning. May the Lord sustain you as you cast your cares upon Him. I pray for God’s love that endures forever, to fill you today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Day by Day by Grace

Walking with Jesus the Way We Received Him

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him . . . Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? (Col 2:6 and Gal 3:3)

In this vital matter of relating rightly to the Lord, one common mistake is attempting to develop our Christian walk in a different manner than we began it. Our present verse points us to the proper outlook. We are to build our life with the Lord upon the very same terms that we began that life. “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” We are to walk with Jesus the way we received Him.

We received the Lord and His great salvation as gifts of grace. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! . . . For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (2Co 9:15 and Eph 2:8). We must, therefore, walk in Him with a “grace-receiving” mentality. “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for [upon] grace” (Joh 1:16). We must never attempt to treat the Christian life as something we can manufacture or earn. Sinful, earthly fathers were created with a desire to give beneficial gifts to their children. Even more so, our holy, heavenly Father has a heart to give all that is needed to those who are willing to ask and receive. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Mat 7:11).

Gal 3:3 reinforces the necessity of keeping our pattern for beginning a walk with God the same one we use for developing that walk: “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” These rhetorical questions warn of the deadly danger of having our approach to Christian growth differ from how we found spiritual birth. The Holy Spirit alone was able to bring us spiritual birth. The flesh of man could avail nothing. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (Joh 3:6). The Holy Spirit must bring us spiritual progress. The flesh can contribute nothing. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing” (Joh 6:63). Any change in approach from birth to growth is foolishness. It is doomed to failure.

We began by grace, so we must continue by grace. We began by the Spirit, so we must continue by the Spirit. Yes, we are to walk with Jesus the way we received Him. Any changes in approach are unacceptable, ineffective, impossible.

Heavenly Father, You are such a generous giver. You gave me Your Son and His salvation as a gift of grace. You gave me new life by a work of Your Holy Spirit. Now, I want to walk in Christ these same ways, in His gracious name, Amen.

Following the Star

PAUSE

After the excitement of birth comes the quiet realization that things are not going back to the way they were.

Breathe deep. Look around. Jesus has come, and he is here, living among us.

LISTEN

Jesus went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. His mother cherished every word in her heart. Jesus matured in wisdom and years, and in favor with God and with people.

~ Luke 2:51-52

THINK

After Jesus’ unscheduled temple visit, his parents must have wondered if they should keep him on a shorter leash. But when they went back to Nazareth, he went back to the familiar routines of home and family. As he grew taller, he grew wiser, too, and God’s grace in him was apparent to everyone.

For a mother, nothing could be better. Mary remembered all that had happened during those fateful days in Jerusalem. She had seen what God was doing in her son, and she kept those memories close to her heart. “Every word,” says the scripture, was “cherished.”

I have read the words of Jesus many times. I repeat many of them. I feel confused by some of them. To be honest, I ignore some of them. But cherish? I’m not sure that I have ever given Jesus’s words that kind of weight in my own heart. How might we take in all of his words – the challenge, the comfort, the humor – and hold them close to us, to let them live in us?

~ Ellen Di Giosia

O God, how often I dismiss your words or try to explain them away.

Give me the clarity to see what you mean and the reverence to cherish them in all their wisdom.

Amen.

Jesus has come, and he is here, living among us. Life will never be the same.

So take a deep breath and turn your eyes to the world. Find him there.

Daily Wisdom

“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”

~ Phil 1:29

After the Lord, by his special work on the conscience, has called us to repentance and confession of sin, as well as to faith in Jesus; after he has called us to godly sorrow; to live according to the precepts of the gospel; and to walk in the ordinances of his Church; he then calls us to suffer for and with Christ. But we cannot “suffer according to the will of God,” that is, in a gospel sense and from gospel motives, until the Lord enables us in some measure to look to him. The same Spirit, who calls the believer to walk in a path of suffering, strengthens and enables him to do so.

To suffer aright, we must walk in the steps of the great Captain of our salvation, who “though a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered.” The Father in this sense spared not his only-begotten Son, but led him into the path of tribulation. If the Lord of the house, then, had to travel in this dark and gloomy path of suffering, can his disciples escape? If the Captain of our salvation was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,” must not the common soldiers, who occupy the ranks of the spiritual army, be baptized into the same sufferings, and taste in their measure of that cup which he drank to the very dregs?

Thus, every child of God is called, sooner or later, to “suffer with Christ;” and he that suffers not with Christ, will not reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12). But the Lord, who sees what we are, as well as what we need, apportions out suffering to our several states and necessities. And however the suffering may differ, all have to pass through the furnace; for the Lord brings “the third part through the fire.” All have to walk in the footsteps of a self-denying and crucified Jesus; all have painfully to feel what it is to be at times under the rod, and experience those chastisements of God, whereby they are proved to be sons, and not bastards.

Daily Comfort

“Returning the third time, he said to them, Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners!”

~ Mark 14:41

We need to learn the importance of timeliness in duty. There are many things which if done today, will prove untold blessings–but which tomorrow, it will not be worthwhile to do. It is today the sick neighbor needs your visit, your help; tomorrow he may be well, or others shall have ministered to him, or he may be dead. It is today that the tempted one needs your cheer; tomorrow he may be defeated, lying in the dust of shame. Tomorrow is a fatal word; countless thousands of hopes have been wrecked on it.

Daily Word of God

Prize Present Blessings

Their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

~ Luke 24:31

All along the way Jesus had walked with these disciples, pouring the warmth of His spirit upon them; but they did not recognize Him until the moment of His vanishing out of their sight. It is the same with us and many of our best blessings. We do not recognize them till they are taking their flight. We do not prize health till it is broken. Our common privileges we do not value till something deprives us of them. Our homes appear old-fashioned till we are thrown upon the world homeless.

It is the same with our friends. We do not see the beauties of their character, not perceive their real worth, until in some way we have lost them. This is specially true of the friends who are nearest to us in our own households. They seem to us commonplace, because they are always moving before us. Their help is so perpetual, and their ministry is so unbroken, that we do not learn their value to us. But some day one of these friends vanishes out of our sight. The familiar form is seen no more. The voice of tender love is heard no more. The quiet, gentle ministry ceases. To-morrow we miss the friend; then in the vanishing we learn what he was to us. Very sadly one has sung,

And she is gone, sweet human love is gone!  
‘Tis only when they spring to heaven that angels  
Reveal themselves to you; they sit all day  
Beside you, and lie down at night by you,  
Who care not for their presence: muse or sleep,  
And all at once they leave you. Then you know them!  
We are so fooled, so cheated.

Should we not get a lesson here in these closing days of the year? Shall we not try to prize our blessing while we have them? The vacant chair should not be the first revealer of a loving friend.

Life and Light

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

~ Philippians 4:4-5 [NLT]

This holiday season we celebrate the life that is the light of all mankind! Our hearts swell with gratitude because light came down in the form of a precious baby to pierce the darkness that troubles this world. God was faithful to the promise he made to his people. He promised that we would not be left alone chained to a hopeless fate of sin and death but rather we would be saved by the sacrifice of a great rescuer! Would you pray that God’s joy would be evident in your heart and home. Pray that this season would be about Jesus and not the things.

Jesus Calling

I WANT ALL PEOPLE to revere My Name, regarding it as sacred because it represents Me. Since you honor My Name, you are free to enjoy the good things I have promised: healing in the intimacy of My Presence, exuberant Joy that cannot be contained, and much more. As you bask in these delightful blessings, remember to tell others about your glorious King; then they also can become worshipers who praise My holy Name.

But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth … like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.

~ MALACHI 4:2 [AMP]

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

~ EXODUS 20:7

Also read: PSALM 24:7 [NKJV]

Before You Turn Out the Light: Conduct yourself so that My Name is upheld in both your conversations and your actions.

Streams in The Desert

Iron Saints

His soul entered into iron

~ Ps 105:18

Turn that about and render it in our language, and it reads thus, “Iron entered his soul.” Is there not a truth in this? That sorrow and privation, the yoke borne in the youth, the soul’s enforced restraint, are all conducive to an iron tenacity and strength of purpose, and endurance or fortitude, which are the indispensable foundation and framework of a noble character.

Do not flinch from suffering; bear it silently, patiently, resignedly; and be sure that it is God’s way of infusing iron into your spiritual life. The world wants iron dukes, iron battalions, iron sinews, and thews of steel. God wants iron saints; and since there is no way of imparting iron to the moral nature but by letting people suffer, He lets them suffer.

Are the best years of your life slipping away in enforced monotony? Are you beset by opposition, misunderstanding, and scorn, as the thick undergrowth besets the passage of the woodsman pioneer? Then take heart; the time is not wasted; God is only putting you through the iron regimen. The iron crown of suffering precedes the golden crown of glory. And iron is entering into your soul to make it strong and brave.

~ F. B. Meyer

“But you will not mind the roughness nor the steepness of the way,
Nor the chill, unrested morning, nor the searness of the day;
And you will not take a turning to the left or the right,
But go straight ahead, nor tremble at the coming of the night,
For the road leads home.”