While you can delete a tweet, spoken words are heard immediately and remembered forever. You may be in an awkward relationship at the moment because of this. Remember those tongue depressors at the doctor’s office? It’s difficult to talk and equally difficult to hear with one in your mouth. Before you speak discouraging or criticizing words, put a “tongue depressor” in your mouth and remember that God loves them.
The literature of pilgrimage lavishes its attention on the journey to heaven and then becomes largely silent when the pilgrim finally arrives there, leaving us with the impression that what goes on there is beyond finite human understanding. Unless we realize that the technique being used is one of negation in which the absence of activity signals not poverty but a richness beyond our understanding, we can scarcely avoid sympathizing with people who try to render the Christian hope of heaven ridiculous by saying that they do not want to spend eternity playing harps.
~ Wayne Martindale, [Journey to the Celestial City]
Abiding in Him
You live by the Spirit: He is the very source of your eternal life. When you were dead in trespasses and sins, it was impossible for you to receive Me as Savior. The Holy Spirit had to make you alive before you could respond to Me. So you do quite literally live by the Spirit.
I want you to go forward along your life-path in step with the Spirit. He will not help you go backward, so beware of seeking refuge in the past. You need to keep moving forward and also to walk in the direction I choose. Moreover, it’s vital to pace yourself according to My timing: neither dashing ahead nor lagging behind. The Spirit will help you in all these matters, as you live in reliance on Him. You can engage His help any time, any place—simply by asking. If you find yourself anxiously rushing, pray, “Slow me down, Holy Spirit.” If you’re uncertain about your direction, ask Him to show you the way. When you don’t know how to pray as you should, cry out, “Help me, Holy Spirit!” He will intercede for you with groanings too deep for words.
The more you seek My Spirit’s help and yield to His loving guidance, the better your life will be. As you keep in step with the Spirit, you find yourself walking close to Me.
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
~ Galatians 5:25
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world.
~ Ephesians 2:1–2 [NKJV]
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
~ Psalm 25:4–5
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
~ Romans 8:26 NASB
Love is too holy a treasure to trade in for another, and too powerful a bond to be broken without dire consequences. Fasten your love afresh on this one the Lord has given you to cherish, prize, and honor. Your life together is before you. Dare to take hold of it and never let go.
When we pause to ponder the greatness of God, humility is the natural response. God holds time and space in His hands. Who are we? We are passing dust compared to His grand eternal glory. Yet, He still loves us and calls us His children. Thank God for calling you His own.
GROWING IN GRACE IS ALL ABOUT trusting Me: in good times, in bad times, at all times. One of the best ways of connecting with Me—here and now—is trusting Me in the very situation where you find yourself. Be encouraged by knowing that though you may see only darkness, My Light is shining through you in surpassing splendor!
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
~ 1 JOHN 1:7
Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
~ PSALM 139:10 [NKJV]
Also read: PSALM 62:8
Before You Turn Out the Light
Grasp My hand in the dark, and don’t let go, for I will never let go of you.