I will return again to my lair until they have suffered their punishment. Then they will seek me.
Your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you.
My lover had already turned and gone away … I looked for him but did not find him; I called him but he did not answer me.
“I attacked them and angrily rejected them, yet they remained disobedient and stubborn. I have seen their behavior, but I will heal them.”
“You have brought all this on yourself, Israel, by deserting the Lord your God when he was leading you along the right path.”
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him.”
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger will turn away from them.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.
~ Samuel Bagster ~
Isa 59:2, Song 5:6, Isa 57:17-18, Jer 2:17, Luke 15:20, Hos 14:4, 1
Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.
I cannot say,
Beneath the pressure of life’s cares to-day,
I joy in these;
But I can say
That I had rather walk this rugged way,
If Him it please.
~ S. G. BROWNING ~
The particular annoyance which befell you this morning; the vexatious words which met your ear and “grieved” your spirit; the disappointment which was His appointment for to-day; the slight but hindering ailment; the presence of some one who is “a grief of mind” to you,—whatever this day seemeth not joyous, but grievous, is linked in “the good pleasure of His goodness” with a corresponding afterward of “peaceable fruit,” the very seed from which, if you only do not choke it, this shall spring and ripen.
~ F. R. HAVERGAL ~
I Am Christ In You, The Hope Of Glory
I AM CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY. THE Messiah—the Savior of the world—lives in you! This promise is for all who have faith in Me: I dwell in your hearts through faith. This amazing blessing is a work of My Spirit in your inner being. The more you trust Me, the more you can enjoy My indwelling Presence—and the more effectively I can live through you.
In a world that may seem increasingly hopeless, remember that I am the hope of Glory. This hope is ultimately about heaven, where you will live with Me forever. But the Light of heaven's Glory is so brilliant that some of its rays can reach you even in the present— no matter how dark your circumstances may appear. I am the Light that shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it. As you follow Me along your life-path, clothed in My righteousness, this Light shines brighter and brighter until full day.
God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
The Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it].
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
“We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way,”
Sometimes, I do speak without thinking, and say things that hurt other people’s feelings. My tongue has gotten me into trouble more times than I can count. Today, I will make a concerted effort to bridle my tongue.
Help me. Amen
Catching People with the Gospel
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.”
When you have a real experience with God, you realize it’s not about you; it’s about Him. You realize how unholy you are in the face of the One who is absolute holiness.
Isn’t that exactly the experience Job had? When Job had an experience with God, he said, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You; therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5-6). Remember, Job wasn’t a murderer, an adulterer, or a drug dealer. He was “blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil” (Job 1:1). Yet when he had a face-to-face confrontation with God, Job repented of his sin. When you come into the presence of God, you realize that there is a great chasm between God and you.
That was Peter’s experience in Luke 5:8. And how did the Lord respond? “Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men” (v. 10). In other words, “Peter, no matter what you were doing, you have a new beginning. You were catching fish, but now you are going to catch men.” That Greek verb used for “catching” in this verse means “to catch people alive.” This Greek verb is used only one other time in the New Testament, in 2 Timothy 2:24-26: “The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” The only time this Greek verb is used in the Bible, other than in Luke, is in reference to Satan, who catches people alive.
We are born not as moral free agents but as prisoners of Satan. We are held captive by sin and by Satan. Remember this: Satan hates you and has a terrible plan for your life. And when you are born into this world, you are in his domain whether you realize it or not. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can set us free from the domain of Satan and deliver us into the kingdom of God. Jesus was saying to Peter, “I invite you to join Me on this search-and-rescue mission, to help catch people alive, to deliver them from the grip that Satan has on their lives and to deliver them into the presence of God.” By the way, that is exactly the same mission that God has given you and me: “Come and join Me in catching people alive with the gospel.”
What was the disciples’ response? Luke 5:11 says, “When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.” When they realized who Jesus was, they left their boats–their means of livelihood. And apparently they also left behind the fish that they had been so excited about a few moments earlier. They left everything in order to follow Jesus.
~ Dr. Robert Jeffress ~
You are from everlasting to everlasting.You are my Holy One. You are my Creator. My King. You are Majestic in Your Holiness and Awesome in Glory. I long to see You and hear from You. But most times I forget that only who is pure in heart can see You. It’s my lack of holiness that separates me from You. I easily get caught in the filthiness of this world and lose Your most precious presence from my life grieving You. How insensitive and foolish of me to forgo of Your ever so beautiful love. When I abide in Your love and remain in Your Word all Your promises, which are more than sufficient to satisfy all my needs and lead a victorious life and resist all the devices of the enemy, gets fulfilled in my life. Though my spirit is willing, many a time my flesh fails me. I can’t win against the passions of the flesh which war against my soul on my own. Only by Your Spirit I can win this battle. Father, You live inside of me and You are greater than the one who wars against me. Take me and make me like Your Holy Son. Yahweh, the most Holy One of Israel, You are the Potter and I am the clay. Mould me and finish the work You have begun in me not letting me being wasted.If You walk with me, I will never stray. Make me delight in Your law so that it is always a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.Lead me in Your righteous path for Your mighty name’s sake.
Through the grace of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
Jesus Knows Your Needs and is Ready to Help
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms.
A man was trying to get across a river on foot with little or no success. He spied a man on horseback, took one look at him, and said “Please let me ride over with you on the back of your horse. I need to cross this river.” Sure enough, the rider lifted him up and took him across the river. The man on the horse was named Abraham Lincoln. When they reached the other side, those gathered on the bank who had witnessed this act of kindness said, “You wanted the President to take you across, didn’t you? The rest of us weren’t good enough.” But the man shook his head and said, “No, I didn’t recognize Mr. Lincoln. I didn’t know it was him.” His answer was met with disbelief. “Then why did you single him out, and ask him instead of all the other riders who crossed before him?” Without hesitating, the man replied, “That’s easy. He had a ‘yes’ face, and I saw it right away.”
Do you have a “yes” face? Are you approachable? Do strangers ever ask you for directions? Do friends ask you for help? Peter and John must have had ‘yes’ faces, because the lame beggar at the Beautiful Gate of the temple singled them out to ask for alms. But he got more than he bargained for. Peter and John were willing to help, but not in the way this beggar envisioned. Peter told him he had no gold or silver, but he was willing to give what he did have: healing. “In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,” he said, “walk!” The truth is, the beggar at the gate had more gold than either Peter or John. But they had something he needed more than money. Jesus has a “yes” face. He is willing to help when we call on Him. But He knows better than we do what our true needs are. The question is, are we willing to call on Him, and to receive what He deems best for us?
~ Dr. Edwin Young ~