Patient Endurance

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
~ Hebrews 10:36 [NLT]

How do you handle unsolicited criticism? Does your pride get hurt after you’ve done your best and still are scoffed at? How do you handle criticism from other Christians for doing the will of God? Yes, it’s difficult. But you need to carry on with a patient endurance. This endurance you can surely draw from your faith to overcome any criticism.

Evening Prayer

WORK WITH DILIGENCE  
Psalm 128:2; Proverbs 28:19; Ephesians 6:7

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

I pray that you will work hard today, diligently laboring on the tasks God has given you. May you go about your work, as if you were doing it for God and not for man. May you not overlook important details and complete each task in an efficient and excellent manner. I pray that God will give you vigor when the enemy tries to make you lazy or sluggish, may you be focused on your work, not chasing after fantasies, but doing everything with sound judgment. May God be glorified when others witness your diligence.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Comfort

“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things!”

~ Ps 103:2-5

What an enumeration of divine blessings this is! Any one of them is worth more than all earth’s treasures combined!

If we are not forgiven–we must rest forever under the burden of sin, a weight greater than all the Alps! But God forgives–and forgives all our sins–and forgives freely, fully and forever!

If we are not healed–we must be sick forever, sick with the plague and leprosy of sin! But God heals–and heals all our evils, and heals completely!

If we are not saved from the dangers of this ensnaring world–we never can reach heaven! But God keeps, rescues, and saves our life from all impending destructions!

Earth’s crowns are made of thorns, and at the best are only what the children call, ‘play-crowns’, for they are but of leaves that wither, or of gold and gems that will not last. But God crowns His people with crowns of love and compassion, which are real and radiant, which shall never fade–but shall shine forever, becoming crowns of eternal life and glory in heaven!

This world cannot satisfy a heart’s deepest cravings. Its possessions only make the hunger more intense! But God satisfies the souls of His people, and meets all their cravings and hungers with truly good and eternal realities!

Truth For Today

Run in such a way that you might win.
~ 1 CORINTHIANS 9:24
 

Because I was athletic as a boy, I played on many different teams in various sports programs. I remember many boys with little or no athletic ability who would try out for these teams. Every once in a while, a coach would feel sorry for such a boy and place him on the team in spite of his performance. He would give the boy a uniform to make him feel that he was a part of the team even though he would never let the boy play in a game.

Fortunately, the opposite is true in the Christian life. The Lord doesn’t place us on the team just so we can sit on the bench. He intends to send us into the game. It is His grace that calls us to salvation, and it is His will that sends us into the world to witness for Him.

We are all like the boy who had no ability. God graciously puts us on the team, not because of our own ability, but purely by His sovereign grace. And He gives us the ability to play the game. So get in the game and give thanks for the holy privilege of serving Jesus Christ.

The Way

And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 
~ John 17:3 [NLT]

In a world riddled with confusion, there is ONE truth — Jesus! He came to Earth so we might believe in him and gain eternal life.  As you go through your daily routine, let this truth inspire you to help point those around you to the WAY.