FORGIVENESS AND REPENTANCE
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Tonight
I pray that you may understand that the Lord is a forgiving God. I pray that you will purify yourself, make yourself clean and stop doing wrong in His sight, for this is what God desires. May you remember His promise, that if you admit your sin and ask for His forgiveness, your sins that are red like scarlet shall be made as white as snow. I pray that when you accept the Lord’s forgiveness and turn away from sin, you may always do what is right by seeking justice and helping others.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?”
“Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest O Israel, my way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?” The Lord cares for all things, and the meanest creatures share in his universal providence, but his particular providence is over his saints. “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him.” “Precious shall their blood be in his sight.” “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to his purpose.” Let the fact that, while he is the Saviour of all men, he is specially the Saviour of them that believe, cheer and comfort you. You are his peculiar care; his regal treasure which he guards as the apple of his eye; his vineyard over which he watches day and night. “The very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Let the thought of his special love to you be a spiritual pain-killer, a dear quietus to your woe: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” God says that as much to you as to any saint of old. “Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” We lose much consolation by the habit of reading his promises for the whole church, instead of taking them directly home to ourselves. Believer, grasp the divine word with a personal, appropriating faith. Think that you hear Jesus say, “I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not.” Think you see him walking on the waters of thy trouble, for he is there, and he is saying, “Fear not, it is I; be not afraid.” Oh, those sweet words of Christ! May the Holy Ghost make you feel them as spoken to you; forget others for awhile-accept the voice of Jesus as addressed to you, and say, “Jesus whispers consolation; I cannot refuse it; I will sit under his shadow with great delight.”
~ Charles Spurgeon ~
A NEW CREATION
“Wherefore if any man is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.” — 2Co 5:17 (R.V. marg.).
TRUE CHRISTIANITY is very different from much that we see around us, and which is known as such, and is summed up in orthodoxy of creed, in religious service, in gifts and deeds which cost little or nothing. If Christianity is anything, it is self-giving, even to death. If Christianity means anything we must renounce self as the centre of our life and be willing to sacrifice ourselves for others. Nothing will save the world, which is cursed with the spirit of selfishness, but the repetition and filling-up as far as possible of Christ’s sacrifice by those who profess to be His servants and followers. Selfishness is destructive, but the love that gives itself even to blood and tears is constructive.
But we must be sure that the supreme thought of every word and act must be Christ who died and rose again (2Co 5:14-15). Let us not live only for humanity, but for the Son of Man, and as we live for Him the bitter will be sweet and the rough smooth, and we shall find ourselves living for the whole race of men for whom He died.
When this becomes the law of life, we are necessarily a new creation; we live under a new heaven, and walk over a new earth. There is a new aspect upon the most familiar objects of our environment. It is not that they have altered, but that we are changed from self to the spiritual; from the old life of sin to the new life of which the centre is the glorified Saviour. In his book “Grace Abounding,” Bunyan gives expression to this thought of the wonderful change that passes over the face of creation, and the aspect of human life, so soon as the heart is full of the love of God.
Let us notice the emphasis of 2Co 5:18. God was in Christ when He bore the burden of the world’s sin upon the Cross and that we have been brought to know and love Him as of His grace. It is God also who has given us the right to carry the message of mercy and forgiveness to all within our reach. “He hath given to us,” that is, to you and me, “the ministry of reconciliation.” It is for us to go forth into the world, our hearts filled with Christ’s love, telling men and women that this is a redeemed world, and that God is waiting for them to accept His love and mercy. This is the message of Christianity.
O Lord, forgive what I have been; sanctify what I am; and order what I shall be. AMEN.
~ F.B. Meyer ~
But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?”
We all want to move to the top; we want to lead the band. “All of us,” said Carl Sandberg, “want to play Hamlet.” We long for the lead role in the drama of life, so we can be someone and count for something. From birth, we are little bundles of ego, who learn to say “I” before just about anything else. James and John, the biblical “sons of thunder,” wanted to be seated at Jesus’ right and left hands. They asked for places of honor, and they apparently weren’t too shy about doing so. But when they did, Jesus asked them a question: “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” They said they were. “Then you’ll drink my cup,” He told them, “and receive my baptism. But the seating arrangement is not mine to determine.”
True greatness is not about getting a great seat for the show…it’s about following Jesus Christ to the limits of this life and beyond. It’s about drinking His cup of suffering, and being baptized into His death. Greatness comes through service. Living comes through surrendering life. James was the first apostle to be martyred for his faith. He followed Jesus all the way, tasting the cup of suffering, carrying the cross, and ultimately dying for his loyalty to Christ. Do you want to be great? Think carefully before you answer….
~ Dr. Edwin Young ~
When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the sovereign God. Walk before me and be blameless. – Gen 17:1 NET
Moses said, “You have been consecrated today for the Lord, for each of you was against his son or against his brother, so he has given a blessing to you today.”
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
~ F. R. HAVERGAL ~
I have noticed that wherever there has been a faithful following of the Lord in a consecrated soul, several things have inevitably followed, sooner or later. Meekness and quietness of spirit become in time the characteristics of the daily life. A submissive acceptance of the will of God as it comes in the hourly events of each day; pliability in the hands of God to do or to suffer all the good pleasure of His will; sweetness under provocation; calmness in the midst of turmoil and bustle; yieldingness to the wishes of others, and an insensibility to slights and affronts; absence of worry or anxiety; deliverance from care and fear;—all these, and many similar graces, are invariably found to be the natural outward development of that inward life which is hid with Christ in God.
~ H. W. SMITH ~