Daily Treasure

Pardon a Source of Joy

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

 Ps 32:1-2

The Saviour smiles! o’er my bless’d soul  
New tides of hope tumultuous roll;  
Earth has a joy unknown in heaven,  
The new-born peace of sin forgiven;  
Tears of such pure and deep delight,  
Ye angels! never dimm’d your sight.

Jesus Lives

HOPE

I give you hope—hope that the best part of your life is not behind you. Rather, it stretches out before you gloriously: into an eternity of experiences that will get better and better and better. For now, though, you inhabit a world of death, sorrow, crying, and pain. Let the hope of heaven empower you to live well in this broken world that is passing away. In heaven I will wipe away every tear from your eyes—permanently! 

If this world were all there is, it would be tragic beyond description. When the day of the Lord comes, I will destroy the entire universe as you know it. And I will replace it with a new universe where My followers will live forever in ceaseless ecstasy. Let this hope give you courage to keep holding your head up high as you endure suffering and sorrow.

The best part of your life lies ahead—stored up for you in heaven, awaiting your arrival. This is true for all Christians, both young and old. As you grow older and deal with infirmities, you may feel as if your life is closing in on you. Physically, your limitations do increase with age and illness. However, your spiritual life can open up ever wider as your soul grows strong in the nourishing Light of My Presence. When you “graduate” to heaven, your soul-Joy will instantly expand—exponentially! Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God. 

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. 
~ Revelation 21:4 [NKJV]

Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. 
~ Joel 1:15 

When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
~  Luke 14:15

Our Daily Walk

Life’s Balance Sheet

What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

~ Mark 8:36

Simon Peter had been urging our Lord to spare Himself the suffering to which He had referred, but He answered that this could not be for Himself, or for any other who would follow in His footsteps. Proceeding from His own deep experience, He went on to show that in the same measure every one must deny his own choice and will and pleasure, in order that he may reach the highest life for himself and others.

It is not necessary for any man to make a cross; it is our part simply to take up that which God has laid down for us. The cross is no exceptional piece of asceticism, but it is the constant refusal to gratify our self-life; the perpetual dying to pride and self-indulgence, in order to follow Christ in His redemptive mission for the salvation of men. And it is in proportion as men live like this that they realize the deepest and truest and highest meaning of life. When we live only to save ourselves, to build warm nests, to avoid every discomfort and annoyance, to make money entirely for our own use and enjoyment, to invent schemes for our own pleasure, we become the most discontented and miserable of mankind. How many there are who have given themselves up to a life of selfishness and pleasure-seeking, only to find their capacity for joy has shrivelled, and their lives plunged into gloom and despair. They have lost their souls!

If a fire is raging, and a millionaire saves his palace from destruction, but in so doing loses his own life, does it pay? And are there not many who are building for themselves palaces of wealth and pleasure, but are losing the power of enjoyment because they are destroying all the finest sensibilities of their nature. Our Lord asks, what does it profit to gain the whole world, and forfeit one’s own soul?

But not to adopt the policy of the world is certain to bring upon us dislike and hatred, before which many have been daunted; and yet to refuse Christ’s policy of life, and to be ashamed of acknowledging that we are His followers, will mean ultimately our rejection. For how can our Lord use us in any great schemes of the future, if we have failed Him in the limited sphere of our human life?

O God, we have been disappointed because the cisterns that we have hewn out for ourselves have not given the water needed to quench our thirst. Fountain of Living Water, of Thee may we drink! Bread of Life, of Thee may we eat! Light of Life, shine upon our hearts, that we may walk in Thy light. Amen.

Pass Them On

You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
~ 2 Timothy 2:2 [NLT]

Mentoring and discipling doesn’t mean we have to have our life together in order to take part in the mentoring. It’s coming alongside someone and sharing a wee bit of our wisdom gained over the years. Quite possibly, just our presence alone of consistent connection builds up another and keeps our spirits high through the difficult times. Is there someone in your life that you are consistently pouring into and passing along these truths? Is God calling you to step out and mentor?

Evening Prayer

DO NOT BE IDLE  
Ecclesiastes 10:18; 2 Corinthians 11:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12

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

I pray that you will be diligent in everything that you do. May the vision and purposes of God for your life give you the passion and the drive to work hard. Although the Lord provides your needs, He loathes idle hands, for laziness and idleness are not acceptable to Him. I pray that you will not be a burden to others, or expect others to always fill your needs. Rather, may you work hard and earn the bread that you eat. I pray that you will have diligent hands, strength to keep laboring, and in so doing, receive a blessing.

Daily Light on The Daily Path

Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee?
~ Ps 94:20

Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.  An high priest … holy, harmless, undefiled.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. The prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

Whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

1 John 1:3, 1 John 3:2-3, John 14:30, Heb 7:26, Eph 6:12, Eph 2:2, 1 John 5:18-19

Follow His Example

And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
~ 1 Corinthians 11:1 [NLT]

One important tenant of the Christian faith is that we become Christ-like meaning Believers strive to live lives that follow the example of Jesus and the instructions given to us in the Bible. Paul, the writer of this passage, was one of the most influential leaders of the early church and he urged others to be imitators of Christ. He knew that Christ’s life and teachings were worthy of following after. Are you striving to follow the example of Christ?