Daily Prayer Guide

Do not fret because of evil people or be envious of wicked people,

[Prov 24:19 NET]

The heart which boldly faces death
Upon the battlefield, and dares
Cannon and bayonet, faints beneath
The needle-points of frets and cares.
The stoutest spirits they dismay—
The tiny stings of every day.

Ah! more than martyr’s aureole
And more than hero’s heart of fire,
We need the humble strength of soul
Which daily toils and ills require.
Sweet patience, grant us, if you may
An added grace for every day.
~ Adelaide A. Procter ~


Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
~ Alfred Tennyson ~


My Father, I pray that I may not be dismayed over life, and its trifles. Help me to master difficulties great and small, and give me patience through all until I reach the untroubled way. Amen.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Of the Divine Mercy

He does not deal with us as our sins deserve; he does not repay us as our misdeeds deserve. [Ps 103:10 NET]

He hath with a piteous eye
Look’d upon our misery:
Let us, then, with gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind:
For his mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Jesus Lives

DEPENDING ON HIM

I am constantly conscious of your thoughts. Sometimes your mind creates so many plans that they get tangled up in each other. The longer you indulge in obsessive planning, the farther you roam from awareness of My Presence. Although you may think you are planning your way, I am actually the One who directs your steps. However, you can choose the hard way (ignoring Me) or the right way (seeking My will). Be thankful for the mental confusion that occurs when you’re overly focused on your myriad plans. It can help to simply stop and laugh at yourself at such times. The most important response, though, is to turn back to Me quickly—saving precious time and energy.

As you entrust your concerns to Me, I receive them into My care and keeping. This lightens your load and helps you gain traction so you can move forward in dependence on Me. I don’t guarantee you a trouble-free journey, but I do promise to make your life meaningful. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Treasure My teaching in your heart, for it is not your plans but My counsel that will stand.

The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
[Proverbs 16:9]

I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. [Jeremiah 10:23]

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
[Psalm 32:8]

There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. [Proverbs 19:21]

Devotional

Perfect Sacrifice, Complete Forgiveness

You will never be sure that you have God’s unmerited favor if you are not sure if God has forgiven you of your sins. Beloved, I want you to know that your sins are forgiven not according to the riches of your good works, but according to the riches of God’s grace (unmerited favor). All your sins—past, present and future—have been forgiven. Don’t draw a timeline of God’s forgiveness of your sins. There are some Christians who believe that the forgiveness they received spans only from the day they were born to the day they became Christians. From that point onwards, they think that they need to tread very carefully in case they lose their salvation. This belief is simply unscriptural. Colossians 2:13 states clearly that we have been forgiven of all our sins.

Does “all” mean the same thing to you as it does to me? My Bible says that all our sins have been forgiven by Jesus’ one sacrifice on the cross. We have been forgiven once and for all! The high priests in the old covenant had to offer sacrifices for sins daily. But Jesus, our perfect new covenant High Priest, offered the complete, perfect sacrifice “once for all when He offered up Himself” (Hebrews 7:27). On the cross, He took upon Himself all the sins that you will commit in your lifetime, and once for all paid the full price for all your sins. Christ does not need to be crucified again for your future sins. In fact, all your sins were in the future when He died on the cross. So when you received Jesus into your heart, ALL your sins were completely forgiven!

Now that you know that your sin debt has been completely cleared and settled by Jesus on your behalf, don’t expect God to deal with you according to your sins. When something negative happens, don’t imagine that God is coming after you because of what you did in the past. Instead, take God at His Word and expect to enjoy the benefits of the heavy price Jesus paid at the cross for you. We sowed nothing good, but through Jesus, we have reaped every good blessing. That, my friend, is called unmerited favor. And you honor what He has done for you by thanking Him and expecting these blessings to manifest in your life every day.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Ephraim has mixed itself like flour among the nations; Ephraim is like a ruined cake of bread that is scorched on one side.

[Hos 7:8 NET]

It is a great thing to learn to take God first, and then He can afford to give us everything else, without the fear of its hurting us.

As long as you want anything very much, especially more than you want God, it is an idol. But when you become satisfied with God, everything else so loses its charm that He can give it to you without harm, and then you can take just as much as you choose, and use it for His glory.

There is no harm whatever in having money, houses, lands, friends and dearest children, if you do not value these things for themselves.

If you have been separated from them in spirit, and become satisfied with God Himself, then they will become to you channels to be filled with God to bring Him nearer to you. Then every little lamb around your household will be a tender cord to bind you to the Shepherd’s heart. Then every affection will be a little golden cup filled with the wine of His love. Then every bank, stock and investment will be but a channel through which you can pour out His benevolence and extend His gifts.

Evening Devotional

Subject to Change

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
[2 Corinthians 4:18]

Don’t center your attention on what you can see in this natural, physical sense realm. Everything you see is temporal and subject to change. So, put your faith in the unseen eternal realm. The things which are eternal are not subject to change.

God’s Word is eternal and it contains 7,000 promises to cover any circumstance you’ll ever face. And, no matter what happens in this shifting, changing world you live in, those promises will forever be the same.

No matter how bad your body feels, the Word will always say, “By His stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). No matter how bad your bank book looks, the Word will always say, “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Don’t settle for the meager existence the world says you can have. Lay hold of what the Word says you can have. Center your attention on the eternal truths of God and look not to the things which are seen. After all, they’re subject to change!

Scripture Reading:
2 Corinthians 4:8-18