Quiet Time

Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.

[Phil 4:6 NET]

The natural temptation with every difficulty is to plan for it, to put it out of the way yourself; but stop short with all your planning, your thinking, your worry, and talk to Him! “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.” You may not always be able to do this in a moment or two. Then keep on with supplication until you know He has it, and prayer becomes praise. Rest, trust, and wait, and see how He does that which you wanted to do, and had so much care about. “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”

~ A. E. Funk ~

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Self-Government

Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city.

[Prov 16:32 NET]

Happy the man, whose cautious steps

Still keep the golden mean;

Whose life, by Scriputre rules well form’d,

Declares a conscience clean.

Evening Prayer

CONDEMNATION TO CONVICTION

[Psalm 43:5; Isaiah 30:18; 38:17]

I pray that you will overcome the spirit of condemnation. I pray that your soul will no longer be downcast or disturbed by the memory of past sins. May you experience God’s grace and compassion, so that the accusations you feel will be replaced by conviction and hope. Praise God, that out of His endless love you were rescued from the pit of destruction, and all your sins have been forgiven. I pray that you will no longer be burdened with condemnation, but that His conviction and hope will lead you to live victoriously.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Guide

For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness.

[1 Thess 5:5 NET]

Education should lead and guide man to clearness concerning himself and in himself, to peace with nature, and to unity with God.

~ Friedrich Fröbel ~

When spring unlocks the flowers, to paint the

laughing soil;

When summer’s balmy showers refresh the mower’s

toil;

When winter binds in frosty chains the fallow and

the flood,

In God the earth rejoiceth still, and owns its maker

good.

~ Reginald Heber ~

A memory without a blot or contamination must be an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment.

~ Charlotte Brontë ~

Lord of light,

Thou art the light of my life. May I make thee the joy and light of my soul. Call me to where it is clear and high, that I may see above the mist. May I not weary in climbing to reach thee in the high places.

Amen.

Blessings

He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

[1 Cor 1:30-31 NET]

Wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. God has made Christ all these to his people. He has set him up as their eternal Head, made him the Bridegroom of their souls, that out of his fullness they may all receive. Then, just in proportion as they learn these two lessons—what they are, and what he is—they receive him into their hearts actually what he is to them in the purpose of God.

Am I a fool? Do I feel it and know it? Have I had painful experience of it, so that all my creature wisdom is turned into one mass of foolishness? Do I catch by the eye of faith a view of the risen Mediator, “Immanuel, God with us,” and see what he is made of God to us? The moment my eye sees him as “WISDOM,” that moment a measure of divine wisdom flows into my conscience.

Am I polluted and defiled throughout? Have I no righteousness of my own? Is all my obedience imperfect? Am I unable to fulfill the requirements of God’s holy law? If once I catch by the eye of faith this glorious truth, through him who is the truth, that Jesus Christ is of God made unto me “RIGHTEOUSNESS”—the moment I see that by the eye of faith, that moment a measure of imparted righteousness flows into my heart.

Am I an unholy, depraved, filthy wretch? Does corruption work in my heart? The moment I catch by the eye of faith Jesus made unto me of God “SANCTIFICATION,” that moment a measure of sanctification comes into my heart, drawing up holy affections, casting out the love of the world, curbing my reigning lusts, and bringing my soul into submission at his footstool.

Am I a poor captive, entangled by Satan, by the world, and my own evil heart? The moment that I catch this glorious view, that Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father is made unto me “REDEMPTION”-if I can believe that he is made such for me, that I have a standing in him, and a union with him, so that he is my redemption-that moment a measure of deliverance comes into my soul, and redemption imputed becomes redemption imparted; the soul receives then internally what Christ has done externally.

In a word, when Christ is received as “wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,” he becomes all these in vital manifestation.

Live Loved

“God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

[MATTHEW 6:34 MSG]

Worry Dishonors God

You look at tomorrow’s demands, next week’s bills, next month’s silent calendar. Your future looks as barren as the Sinai Desert. “How can I face my future?” . . .

God knows what you need and where you’ll be. . . . Trust him. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:34 MSG).

The Greek word for worry, merimnao, stems from the verb merizo (divide) and nous (mind). Worry cleavers the mind, splitting thoughts between today and tomorrow. Today stands no chance against it. Fretting over tomorrow’s problems today siphons the strength you need for now, leaving you anemic and weak.

Worry gives small problems big shadows. Montaigne said, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.”3 Corrie ten Boom commented, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”4 Worry scuttles our lives, hurts us, and most sadly, dishonors God.

[EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE]

Father,

When demands or disasters come our way, help us trust you. Help us trust you to guide us safely through the storms of life. Help us turn to you for guidance when we feel lost and confused. Most of all, help us remember your loving faithfulness that has never failed, Amen.

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

[ROMANS 8:37]

A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

[PROVERBS 16:9]

For You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD shall enlighten my darkness.

[2 SAMUEL 22:29]