Days of Heaven Upon Earth

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

[John 12:32 NET]

A true and pure Christian life attracts the world. There are hundreds of men and women who find no inducements whatever in the lives of ordinary Christians to interest them in practical religion, but who are won at once by a true and victorious example. We believe that more men of the world step at a bound right into a life of entire consecration than into the intermediate state which is usually presented to them at the first stage.

In an audience once there was a man who for half a century or more had lived without Christ, and who was a very prominent citizen, a man in public life, of irreproachable character, lofty intellect, and a most winning spirit and manners, but utterly out of sympathy with the Christian life.

At the close of a service for the promotion of deeper spiritual life he rose to ask the prayers of the congregation, and before the end of the week he was himself a true and acknowledged follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, as he went home that night, If that is the religion of Jesus Christ, I want it.

Light on The Daily Path

The Lord is on friendly terms with me.

[Judg 6:24 NET]

“Look, you will have a son, who will be a peaceful man. I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. Indeed, Solomon will be his name; I will give Israel peace and quiet during his reign.”

“Something greater than Solomon is here!” For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. My people will live in peaceful settlements, in secure homes, and in safe, quiet places. Even if the forest is destroyed and the city is annihilated.

For he is our peace. He will give us peace. Should the Assyrians try to invade our land.

“They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings.”

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

[1 Chr 22:9, Matt 12:42, Isa 9:6, Isa 32:18-19, Eph 2:14, Mic 5:5, Rev 17:14, John 14:27]

Daily Light on The Daily Path

“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep.”

[John 11:11 NET]

Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe that God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep as Christians.

For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

When the entire nation was on the other side, the Lord told Joshua, “Pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests stand firmly … These stones will be a lasting memorial for the Israelites.”—“This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it.”—The witnesses God had already chosen, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

[1 Thess 4:13-14, 1 Cor 15:16-18, 1 Cor 15:20, Josh 4:1, Josh 4:3, Josh 4:7, Acts 2:32, Acts 10:41]

Light on The Daily Path

My eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky.

[Isa 38:14 NET]

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am frail! Heal me, Lord, for my bones are shaking! I am absolutely terrified, and you, Lord – how long will this continue? Relent, Lord, rescue me! Deliver me because of your faithfulness!—My heart beats violently within me; the horrors of death overcome me. Fear and panic overpower me; terror overwhelms me. I say, “I wish I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and settle in a safe place!

For you need endurance.

As they were still staring into the sky while he was going, suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw him go into heaven.”—But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.—The happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

[Ps 6:2-4, Ps 55:4-6, Heb 10:36, Acts 1:10-11, Phil 3:20, Titus 2:13]

Light on The Daily Path

I know the one in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that he is able.

[2 Tim 1:12 NET]

Able to do far beyond all that we ask or think.

Able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work.

Able to help those who are tempted.

Able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before his glorious presence.

Able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself.

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” … “Yes, Lord.” “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

[Eph 3:20, 2 Cor 9:8, Heb 2:18, Heb 7:25, Jude 1:24, 2 Tim 1:12, Phil 3:21, Matt 9:28-29]

Light on The Daily Path

[He] protect[s] the way of his pious ones.

[Prov 2:8 NET]

The Lord your God … going before you to find places for you to set up camp. He appeared by fire at night and cloud by day, to show you the way you ought to go. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, so the Lord spread out his wings and took him, he lifted him up on his pinions. The Lord alone was guiding him, no foreign god was with him. The Lord grants success to the one whose behavior he finds commendable. Even if he trips, he will not fall headlong, for the Lord holds his hand. The godly face many dangers, but the Lord saves them from each one of them. Certainly the Lord guards the way of the godly, but the way of the wicked ends in destruction. And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. “The Lord our God is with us to help us and fight our battles!”

The Lord your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you.

[Deut 1:32-33, Deut 32:11-12, Ps 37:23-24, Ps 34:19, Ps 1:6, Rom 8:28, 2 Chr 32:8]

Light on The Daily Path

Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God.

[Heb 4:9 NET]

“There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest. There the prisoners relax together; they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.”

“Blessed are the dead, those who die in the Lord from this moment on!” … “they can rest from their hard work, because their deeds will follow them.”

“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep …” Now Jesus had been talking about his death, but they thought he had been talking about real sleep.

For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down. We ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope … But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance.

[Job 3:17-18, Rev 14:13, John 11:11, John 11:13, 2 Cor 5:4, Rom 8:23-25]