Daily Treasure

Whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord, we are confident, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

~  2 Cor 5:6,8

In that bright city I would dwell,  
With that bless’d church the Saviour praise,  
And, safe, redeem’d from death and hell,  
Sit at his feet through endless days.

Be Strong and Courageous

This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

~ Joshua 1:9 [NLT]

Our world can feel scary and the news can make us feel that we are without hope. With God we don’t have to live in fear. The Isrealites were facing giants and yet God charged them to not be afraid. No matter what giant you are facing, remember that God is with you wherever you go. Be strong and courageous! 

Evening Prayer

BE MERCIFUL 
Matthew 5:7, 9:13; Luke 6:36

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

I pray that you will be merciful like our Father in Heaven is merciful. May you have the grace to overlook the mistakes of others. I pray for patience and understanding over their shortcomings. May you be set free from resentment, as you decide to be merciful to others. Therefore, I pray that you will be quick to forgive offenses just as God is quick to forgive and forget your mistakes.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

~ 1 SAMUEL 18:1

You Have a Friend in Jesus

Jonathan could have been as jealous of David as Saul. As Saul’s son, he stood to inherit the throne. A noble soldier himself, he was fighting Philistines while David was still feeding sheep. 

Jonathan had reason to despise David, but he didn’t. He was gracious. Gracious because the hand of the Master Weaver took his and David’s hearts and stitched a seam between them. “The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Samuel 18:1).

As if the two hearts were two fabrics, God “needle and threaded” them together. So interwoven that when one moved, the other felt it. When one was stretched, the other knew it. . . . 

Oh, to have a friend like Jonathan. A soul mate who protects you, who seeks nothing but your interests, wants nothing but your happiness. An ally who lets you be you. You feel safe with that person. . . . God gave David such a friend.

He gave you one as well. David found a companion in a prince of Israel; you can find a friend in the King of Israel, Jesus Christ. Has he not made a covenant with you? Among his final words were these: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Has he not clothed you? He offers you “white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed” (Revelation 3:18). Christ cloaks you with clothing suitable for heaven. . . .

Catalog his kindnesses. Everything from sunsets to salvation—look at what you have. . . . Let Jesus be the friend you need.

FACING YOUR GIANTS

Precious Savior, you are the friend we need. We can trust you with our destiny. We find our identity in the life you plan out for us. We come to you freely in faith and love. In you we find help and hope for our daily needs. You are a friend who walks with us each minute and each step of the way. There is nowhere we can go but you have already been there. You know our thoughts and our feelings. Thank you for being our dearest friend, amen

~Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” 
~ JOHN 15:13 

“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
~ MATTHEW 28:20

I called on the LORD in distress; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place. 
~ PSALM 118:5

Daily Wisdom

“The eternal God is your refuge.”

~  Deut 33:27

There is, to my mind, much sweetness in the contrast between the eternal God being the refuge of his people, and the lying refuges that most hide their heads in. God’s people need an eternal refuge. They have a never-dying soul; and unless they have a never-dying refuge, it is not sufficient for a never-dying soul. Works! these are for time; the never-dying soul needs something to stand when works and wonders cease. Doctrines, opinions, sentiments, ordinances, the good opinion of men, the applause and flattery of the creature—these are of the earth, earthy; they fail when a man gives up the spirit.

But a child of God needs a refuge, not merely that his soul may anchor in it in time, but that when time is ended, when the angel proclaims, “There shall be time no longer,” and his liberated soul escapes its prison-house, and is wafted into the presence of the eternal God, it may find in Him at that solemn moment a refuge. No, all through eternity, in the rolling circle of its never-ending ages, the soul will still need a refuge. For could it even in eternity exist for a moment out of Christ—in a word, were the refuge of the elect anything but eternal, the moment the limited time of their shelter closed, the frowns of God would hurl them into perdition; so that nothing but an eternal God can ever be a refuge for a never-dying soul.

It does not say, “His grace is your refuge.” No; because grace will end in glory. Nor does it say, “His mercy is your refuge,” for his mercy will end in blessing and praise. Nor does it say, “His attributes or his perfections are a refuge.” It drops the gifts, and leads the soul up to the Giver, as though God’s own gifts and mercies were not sufficient, but that the immortal soul must have the immortal God, and the never-dying spirit is only safe in the bosom of an eternal Jehovah.

Invisible Wounds

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.

~ Psalm 147:3 [NLT]

Wounds are no longer visible to others when they heal. However, the memories and emotions remain. Without knowing, our words can sting vulnerable spots where wounds have previously healed. We should always try hard to be mindful and encouraging. In other words, master the art of exhortation. Encourage others today, and remember that God heals your wounds if you so accept. 

Evening Prayer

YIELD YOUR SPIRIT TO GOD 
Mark 11:25; 1 Corinthians 13:5

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

I pray that you will not be overly sensitive or too quick to get hurt. Instead, may you be sensitive to the feelings of others. In meekness, may you yield your spirit to God. I pray that you will be always willing to forgive quickly because an unforgiving spirit results in offenses. Should a situation requiring your forgiveness arise, may you hear Jesus’ words, “If you have anything against anyone, forgive him.” I pray that you will never hold a grudge, nurse a grievance or keep a record of wrongs. Never allow resentment into your heart, but instead yield your spirit to God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.