Evening Prayer

GOD, YOUR CREATOR 
Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Philippians 1:6

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

May you stand in awe of your Creator, who knew you even before you were formed in your mother’s womb. May you realize how fearfully and wonderfully you were made. It was He who created your inmost being. May you appreciate everything He made you to be, for all the days ordained for you were written in His book even before you were born. I declare that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion. I pray that you will always praise the Lord our Creator who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Don’t Judge

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.
~ Matthew 7:1 [NLT]

Whew, that’s quite a challenge! When someone else makes judgments about ourselves, we fight it. Yet, we judge each other daily in all matters of life and make comparisons to see how we measure up. We, however, are not the perfect judge and in making our own judgments we overstep God’s authority. What are some things you can do to stop yourself from judging others?

Truth for Today

OUR FUTURE CROWN 

When he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life. 
~ JAMES 1:12

Eternal life is the crown that God has promised to those who love Him. It is the believer’s ultimate reward. Although we presently experience some of the benefits of eternal life, we possess it on promise; some day we will receive it in its fullness. We are still waiting to enter into our future reward. At the Lord’s coming, He will grant to us the fullness of eternal life.

The apostle Paul expressed a similar thought: “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8). When Christ returns for the church, Christians will be granted a life of eternal righteousness. We will all receive the same crown consisting of the rewards of eternal life, righteousness, and glory.

Endurance does not earn eternal life. However, endurance is the proof of true faith and love, and that is rewarded by the fullness of eternal life.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means.

~ 2 Thess 3:16

The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

~ Ps 29:11

In the heart’s depths a peace serene and holy

Abides, and when pain seems to have its will,

Or we despair,—oh, may that peace rise slowly,

Stronger than agony, and we be still.

~ S. JOHNSON

But if a man ought and is willing to lie still under God’s hand, he must and ought also to lie still under all things, whether they come from God, himself, or the creatures, nothing excepted. And he who would be obedient, resigned, and submissive to God, must and ought to be also resigned, obedient, and submissive to all things, in a spirit of yielding, and not of resistance; and take them in silence, resting on the hidden foundations of his soul, and having a secret inward patience, that enableth him to take all chances or crosses willingly; and, whatever befalleth, neither to call for nor desire any redress, or deliverance, or resistance, or revenge, but always in a loving, sincere humility to cry, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”

~ THEOLOGIA GERMANICA

Do What is Right

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
~ Genesis 4:7 [NLT]

God’s message of grace can be traced back to the beginnings of human history.  Even when God approaches Cain, one of the original sinners, He encourages him! He tells Cain that  He will be accepted if he does the right thing.  Essentially, God pleads with Cain, asking him to choose God, choose to do this thing the right way. We always have a choice. It is in our power to do what is right.  Watch out for sin and choose to not let it be your master.