Daily Word of God

Life in Christ

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

John 11:25-26

Martha believed in the resurrection at the last day; but that seemed far away, while her heart craved a present comfort. It was to this feeling, which many another mourner besides Martha has experienced, that our Lord spoke these wonderful words. His answer shows that He Himself is the bridge of life that unites the shores of eternity and time, filling up the dark chasm, and bringing the resurrection and life eternal close to earth’s death.

The resurrection is not far away, for it is all in Christ’s hands. When His believing ones die they but sleep in Him. They are not really dead; indeed, those believing on Him never die at all. What we call dying is only passing through the gate into the immediate presence of Christ. Christ has abolished death. To Him death was real and full of terrors. But because it was so terrible to Him, it is only an entrance of glory for His people. He absorbed the blackness and the gloom in His own soul, as He passed through the valley, and left it a vale of brightness for His followers.

If we could all get into our hearts the truth of the immortal life as revealed in the gospel, it would take away all the gloom from the graves of our dead. Those who live here are in Christ, and those who have passed over are with Christ; thus in Him we are still united. There is but one family in Christ, — part gone over, and part crossing now, soon all to be together..

This truth of the endless life is one of marvelous power when we have, even in the least measure, realized it. Death is not the end of anything but of mortality, imperfection, and sin. Life goes on fuller, richer, nobler, with enlarged capacities, beyond the incident which we call death. We shall never die.

Evening Prayer

HEEDING DISCIPLINE  
Proverbs 3:11-12; Proverbs 10:17; Proverbs 13:18

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

I pray that you will not despise the Lord’s discipline nor resent His rebuke. May you understand that the Lord disciplines those He loves, like a father disciplines the child He delights in. I pray that as you heed His instruction, you will show others the way to life, for those who ignore correction will lead others astray. May you heed God’s correction, because ignoring it will lead to poverty and shame. May God honor you as you take heed of His discipline.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

BREAKING PRIDE 
Jeremiah 9:23; Ezekiel 28:5; 1 Corinthians 4:7

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

I pray that you will always be humble so that God’s grace may be abundant in your life. I thank God that, in your humility, you always allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and show you areas that are not pleasing to Him. May you ask the Lord to remove any hint of pride. Knowing that God will call you to give an account, I pray that you will guard your heart and not allow your skills or wealth to make you proud. May you not boast of your own wisdom or strength. I pray that you will continue to humble yourself before God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

GODLY CHOICES 
Deuteronomy 30:19; 1 Peter 4:3

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

Recognize that life is full of choices. I pray that you will choose the life exemplified by Christ. May God grant you the discernment and conviction to make the right choices in life. May you always choose what brings life – that which is righteous and pure. May you reject anything that will kill your soul – all that is wrong and detestable to God. Realize that you are always going to choose between blessings and curses. I pray that you will choose blessings that come with righteousness so that you may enjoy the abundant peace and prosperity of a godly life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Eternal Perspectives

Sinners No More ~ Forever Righteous

Let wrath deserved be written on the door of hell, But the free gift of grace on the gate of heaven. I know that my sufferings are the result of my sinning, but in heaven both shall cease.
~ [The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions]

I must frankly confess that of all my expectations of heaven, I will cheerfully renounce ten thousand things if I can but know that I shall have perfect holiness. If I may become like Jesus Christ—pure and perfect—I cannot understand how any other joy can be denied me. If we shall have that, surely we shall have everything.
~ Charles Spurgeon, [“The Hope that Purifies,” Sermon 3235]

Evening Prayer

GOD MOLDS YOU 
1 Timothy 3:1-4, 7-9

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

I pray that you may constantly mature in your relationship with Christ, so that you may lead a life that is pleasing to God. In your daily walk with God, may He mold you into someone who is temperate, self-controlled, respectable and hospitable. May He enable you to teach His truth out of the right motivation, not given to the desires of the flesh or the love of money. May He make you more and more gentle, humble, sincere and honest. I pray that you may hold on to the truth of your faith with a clear conscience, even in the midst of trials, which are inevitable as you mature in the faith.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.