Jesus Lives

Depending on Him

I have called you out of darkness into My marvelous Light. I brought you not only out of darkness but also into My royal family. I clothed you with My own robe of righteousness—making you fit for My kingdom. You are one of My own special people: You belong to Me, and I delight in you.

I have chosen to use imperfect ones like you to proclaim My praises. I know you cannot do this as well as you would like. The truth is, without My help you can’t do it at all. This gap between My call on your life and your ability to respond is part of My plan. It heightens your awareness of your utter insufficiency. Because you are Mine, I allow you to connect your deep inadequacy to My boundless sufficiency. Instead of focusing on your imperfection, make every effort to stay connected with Me. The more you depend on My resources, the more you can celebrate My Majesty. In whatever you do, consciously rely on My help—living in the joyous wonder of self-forgetfulness. As you look to Me continually for all you need, your face will reflect the Light of My surpassing Glory.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
~ 1 Peter 2:9

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
~ Isaiah 61:10

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
~ John 15:5

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18

Daily Streams

Be Definite in Prayer

And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: Deliver me, I pray thee – Gen 32:9,11

There are many healthy symptoms in that prayer. In some respects it may serve as a mould into which our own spirits may pour themselves, when melted in the fiery furnace of sorrow.

He began by quoting God’s promise: “Thou saidst.” He did so twice (9 and 12). Ah, he has got God in his power then! God puts Himself within our reach in His promises; and when we can say to Him, “Thou saidst,” He cannot say nay. He must do as He has said. If Herod was so particular for his oath’s sake, what will not our God be? Be sure in prayer, to get your feet well on a promise; it will give you purchase enough to force open the gates of heaven, and to take it by force.

—Practical Portions for the Prayer-life

Jesus desires that we shall be definite in our requests, and that we shall ask for some special thing. “What will ye that I shall do unto you?” is the question that He asks of every one who in affliction and trial comes to Him. Make your requests with definite earnestness if you would have definite answers. Aimlessness in prayer accounts for so many seemingly unanswered prayers. Be definite in your petition. Fill out your check for something definite, and it will be cashed at the bank of Heaven when presented in Jesus’ Name. Dare to be definite with God.

—Selected

Miss Havergal has said: “Every year, I might almost say every day, that I live, I seem to see more clearly how all the rest and gladness and power of our Christian life hinges on one thing; and that is, taking God at His word, believing that He really means exactly what He says, and accepting the very words in which He reveals His goodness and grace, without substituting others or altering the precise modes and tenses which He has seen fit to use.”

Bring Christ’s Word—Christ’s promise, and Christ’s sacrifice—His blood, with thee, and not one of Heaven’s blessings can be denied thee. —Adam Clarke

Evening Prayer

PLEASING WORDS 

Psalms 19:14; 51:15; Proverbs 4:24; 8:8; 10:11

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

I pray that when you open your mouth, it will only speak words that are pleasing to the Lord. May you avoid perversity and corrupt talk, not engaging in slander or gossip. May all the words of your mouth be noble, just and true. With your words, I pray that you will be an instrument of peace and unity to the people around you. I pray that you will not be like the wicked, whose words bring violence and discord. May your words bring hope, not discouragement; joy, not sorrow. I pray that your pleasing words will bring life and healing to everyone around you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Treasure

Sanctification by the Spirit

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus.

~1 Pet 1:2

Can aught beneath a power divine

The stubborn will subdue?

’Tis thine, eternal Spirit, thine,

To form our hearts anew,

’Tis thine the passions to recall,

And upwards bid them rise;

And make the scales of error fall

From reason’s darkened eyes.

Eternal Perspectives

Scripture teaches that, upon death, the soul leaves the body and goes into the spirit world to await the resurrection. In his parable concerning the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus describes the horrors of judgment in the afterlife, rather than the horrors of karmic debt in another life. . . . In sharp contrast to a world-view in which humanity perfects itself through an endless cycle of birth and rebirth, the Christian world-view maintains that we are vicariously perfected by the righteousness of Christ. Thus, salvation is not based on what we do, but rather on what Christ has done.

Hank Hanegraaff, [Resurrection]

Jesus Always

You are ready for anything and equal to anything through your living relationship with Me. Rest in My Presence while I infuse inner strength into you. Because you are a child of the King of kings, you are capable of so much more than you realize. To benefit fully from your privileged position, however, you need to spend ample time with Me. As you relax in My Presence—delighting in Me and opening your heart to Me—I fill you with inner strength. This time spent together is not only pleasurable, it is empowering.

When there is much to do, it’s tempting to rush through your time with Me and dive into the activities of the day. But just as eating a healthy breakfast helps you function at your best, so does feeding your soul a healthy diet of Me. Bask in My Word, asking My Spirit to make it come alive to you. Savor these words of Life! Your living relationship with Me helps you approach each new day with confidence—ready for anything that comes your way.

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

—Philippians 4:13

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

—Psalm 37:4

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

—Psalm 5:3