Humble Yourselves

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
~ James 4:10 [NLT]

God desires we approach him with humility.  Humble is defined as “not proud or haughty” meaning we have to seek God for what we need rather than believing we can do it all on our own. Pray this prayer today, asking God to help you live with humility: May God give me grace to see when your pride is blinding you from following Him. May God’s Spirit give me the ability to live with humility so that he may lift me up.  Amen.

Daily Quiet Time

His kingdom ruleth over all.
~ Ps 103:19

His kingdom ruleth over all therefore thou canst find nothing which is not matter for praise, since there is nothing which is not the matter of thy Lord’s gracious permission, or planning, or control. Over all nowhere canst thou step outside His realm, nor in anything get beyond His care and government. Over all therefore take all as from God; hold all as from God; and by thy gratitude give all back to God again, and thus complete the circle, making Him the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending of all things.

~ Mark Guy Pearse

Daily Comfort

“Whatever is born of the flesh–is flesh; and whatever is born of the Spirit–is spirit.” 
~ John 3:6

Like produces like. To be born of the Spirit–is to have a new life imparted by the Spirit. This new life will be like that which produces it. Everyone who is born of God–will have some features of God’s likeness. He will love the things that God loves, and hate the things that God hates. In some measure, he will be like God . . .  
in holiness,  
in unselfishness,  
in gentleness,  
in patience,  
in forgiveness,  
in truthfulness,  
in love.

If we would know what God is like–we have only to look at Jesus Christ, for He was the image of God; and if we are born again, we shall have the same features in our lives! They will be dim at first; but they will come out clearer and clearer each day, as we grow in grace.

We can tell whether or not we are born again–by looking closely at ourselves to see if we have the marks of the Spirit in our life. Do we hate sin? Do we love holiness? Do we love the Bible and prayer, and fellowship with the Lord’s true people?

We have the same thought presented by Paul under the figure of the seal of the Holy Spirit. All Christians are sealed by the Spirit. The seal impresses its own features on the wax. So the Holy Spirit seals believers–by stamping His own image on their hearts. Those who have received the Spirit–will bear the marks of His beauty in their lives!

Evening Prayer

GUARD YOUR THOUGHTS  
Psalm 104:34; Proverbs 15:26; Romans 1:28-29; Romans 8:7

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

I pray that your thoughts will always be pleasing to the Lord. May you detest the thoughts of the wicked, just as the Lord detests them. May you realize that the enemy gains a foothold through your thoughts, so guard your mind always. May you remember that a sinful mind is hostile to God, and does not submit to God’s law. I pray that your mind will be set above earthly things, to what is pure and good and pleasing to the Lord.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.