Faith’s Checkbook

From Fetters Free

The Lord looseth the prisoner. – Ps 146:7

He has done it. Remember Joseph, Israel in Egypt, Manasseh, Jeremiah, Peter, and many others. He can do it still. He breaks the bars of brass with a word and snaps the fetters of iron with a look. He is doing it. In a thousand places troubled ones are coming forth to light and enlargement. Jesus still proclaims the opening of the prison to them that are bound. At this moment doors are flying back and fetters are dropping to the ground.

He will delight to set you free, dear friend, if at this time you are mourning because of sorrow, doubt, and fear. It will be joy to Jesus to give you liberty. It will give Him as great a pleasure to loose you as it will be a pleasure to you to be loosed. No, you have not to snap the iron hand: the Lord Himself will do it. Only trust Him, and He will be your Emancipator. Believe in Him in spite of the stone walls or the manacles of iron. Satan cannot hold you, sin cannot enchain you, even despair cannot bind you if you will now believe in the Lord Jesus, in the freeness of His grace, and the fullness of His power to save.

Defy the enemy, and let the word now before you be your song of deliverance; “Jehovah looseth the prisoners.”

Daily Quiet Time

Come up in the morning … and present thyself unto me in the top of the mount.

~  Exod 34:2

The morning is the time fixed for my meeting the Lord. This very word morning is as a cluster of rich grapes. Let me crush them, and drink the sacred wine.

In the morning! Then God means me to be at my best in strength and hope. I have not to climb in my weakness. In the night I have buried yesterday’s fatigue, and in the morning I take a new lease of energy.

Sweet morning! There is hope in its music. Blessed is the day whose morning is sanctified! Successful is the day whose first victory was won in prayer! Holy is the day whose dawn finds thee on the top of the mount! Health is established in the morning. Wealth is won in the morning. The light is brightest in the morning. “Wake, psaltery and harp; I myself will awake early.”

~ Joseph Parker

True Humility

True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.
~ Proverbs 22:4

Do you deny the gifts that God has given you? True humility recognizes that you possess gifts, however you give credit to the One who has made you instead of taking the credit for yourself. How would you like it if you gave a very special gift to someone and they refused it? Tweak your humility to recognize God.

Our Daily Walk

Walking In God’s Ways And Paths

Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; Teach me Thy paths.

~ Ps 25:4

He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.

~ Mic 4:2

There is a clear difference between a Way and a Path. The one is filled with the throb and stir of the world’s life; the other is comparatively lonely and unfrequented. The roll of vehicles and noisy traffic fills the one, whilst the other is, for the most part, trodden by the individual, being too narrow and quiet for the crowd. It is a great comfort that God has paths as well as ways.

God’s Ways are the great principles on which He acts, the mighty thoroughfares of Creation, Providence, Revelation, Human History, and final Judgment. On these His goings-forth have ever been of old, even from everlasting. To know them is the passionate desire of the purest and loftiest natures. Moses prayed: “Shew me now Thy ways, that I may know Thee,” and God graciously granted his request, for to Moses He made known His Ways, but to Israel only His Acts. There is need for us all to know God’s Ways, especially in this momentous era; because only so can we enter into His rest. In the Old and New Testaments the same warning is repeated: “they shall not enter into My rest, because they have not known My ways” (Psa 95:11; Heb 3:10). We can look out calmly on this troubled world when once we have learnt to know the divine programme of gathering up all things in Christ, who is the Head; when we walk with Him who is the Way to God (Joh 14:6).

The Paths of the Lord may be taken to describe His personal dealings with the individual, who through sickness, or the care of others, or by lonely duty, is isolated from the ordinary worship of the Church, and shut away from fellowship and Christian Ministry. All such may expect and reckon upon the saving help which will come through God’s private communications.

God is faithful to the soul that utterly trusts Him. He always comes on time, not a moment before, nor a moment too late. Remember that all His Paths are Mercy and Truth. Dare to believe that He is coming along a secret pathway to bring the assurance of His mercy and grace to help in this time of need.

Be with me, Lord, as I step out on the untrodden way of this month. I know not what it may bring of joy or sorrow, of temptation or service; but I humbly commit myself and my way to Thee. Make the best that Thou canst of me for Thy glory. Amen.

Build Each Other Up

Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.

~ 1 Corinthians 8:1 [NLT]

Knowledge focuses on winning, being right, and ultimately on you.  Love builds up the people in your life.  Paul wrote this passage in response to a dispute about what foods were acceptable to eat for the new church in Corinth.  Many were concerned about eating meat because it was common practice to sacrifice this meat to the pagan gods.  Through this insightful passage, Paul instructs the church of Corinth that the real issue is not the meat at all; it’s about not being a stumbling block to each other.  Ultimately, he’s saying it’s about showing love, building each other up, and our personal feelings about the “rightness” or “wrongness” of this meat are secondary.  Our job according to the Gospel is to be people that build each other up!

Today With God

He shall separate them one from another.

~ Matt 25:32

Our Lord’s parable of the Judgement is wonderfully suggestive.  

There will be a great separation on that day of days. Men’s relation to Christ will determine their destiny. Great crimes are not charged against those who are assigned to the King’s left hand – the charge is that they have failed to be kind to those who needed kindness. They are condemned for not doing.

This is a startling truth. We sin against Christ when we pass by those who are suffering or are in need of help.

Another wonderful revelation here is that Christ puts Himself in the place of His friends in this world, so that what we do to them we do to Him, and when we neglect one of His, even the lowliest, we neglect Him. “I was hungry, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink.”

This should make us kind to every needy or suffering one who comes before us. It may be Christ. It will be very sad if we turn Him hungry from our doors.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Stablish, strengthen, settle you 

~ 1 Pet 5:10

In taking Christ in any new relationship, we must first have sufficient intellectual light to satisfy our mind that we are entitled to stand in this relationship. The shadow of a question here will wreck our confidence. Then, having seen this, we must make the venture, the committal, the choice, and take the place just as definitely as the tree is planted in the soil, or the bride gives herself away at the marriage altar. It must be once for all, without reserve, without recall.

Then there is a season of establishing, settling and testing, during which we must stay put until the new relationship gets so fixed as to become a permanent habit. It is just the same as when the surgeon sets the broken arm. He puts it in splints to keep it from vibration. So God has His spiritual splints that He wants to put upon His children and keep them quiet and unmoved until they pass the first stage of faith.

It is not always easy work for us, but the God of all grace who hath called you unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus after you have suffered awhile, stablish, strengthen, settle you.