Daily Strength For Daily Needs

Thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee.

— Deut 26:11 WEB

Rejoice evermore. In everything give thanks.

— 1 Thess 5:16,18 WEB

Grave on thy heart each past “red-letter day”!
Forget not all the sunshine of the way
By which the Lord hath led thee; answered prayers,
And joys unasked, strange blessings, lifted cares,
Grand promise-echoes! Thus thy life shall be
One record of His love and faithfulness to thee.
— F. R. HAVERGAL

Gratitude consists in a watchful, minute attention to the particulars of our state, and to the multitude of God’s gifts, taken one by one. It fills us with a consciousness that God loves and cares for us, even to the least event and smallest need of life. It is a blessed thought, that from our childhood God has been laying His fatherly hands upon us, and always in benediction; that even the strokes of His hands are blessings, and among the chiefest we have ever received. When this feeling is awakened, the heart beats with a pulse of thankfulness. Every gift has its return of praise. It awakens an unceasing daily converse with our Father,—He speaking to us by the descent of blessings, we to Him by the ascent of thanksgiving. And all our whole life is thereby drawn under the light of His countenance, and is filled with a gladness, serenity, and peace which only thankful hearts can know.
—H. E. MANNING

Devotional

The Key to Faith

As humans, not only do we have a propensity to zoom in on every little flaw in our physical and emotional makeup, but we also have a tendency to know, remember, and replay in our minds the sins, failings, and mistakes we have made. We condemn ourselves for even our smallest flaws instead of focusing on how God really sees us—perfect in Christ.

This is why it takes faith to believe that God sees you righteous. It takes faith to believe that He does not see you in your sins, that He does not observe sin or iniquity in you. It takes faith to believe that He means what He says when He says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb. 8:12). It takes faith to believe that God will not remember your failings and mistakes!

But Pastor Prince, my sins are staring right at me. How can I have faith to believe that God doesn’t see them?

My friend, the key to faith is found in looking to the source of faith—Jesus. As the Bible says, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” (Heb. 12:2, NASB). Your faith to believe is found in Jesus! The Amplified Bible puts it this way: “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection].”

In other words, turn your eyes away from your own flaws, imperfections, failings, and mistakes, and just fix your eyes on Jesus. The more you see Jesus and His finished work, the more faith arises in your heart to believe that all your sins are truly forgiven. You can start on a clean slate and have a brand-new beginning in Christ. The old is gone, and the new has come!

Evening Prayer

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

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

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 Light

The things which are. – Rev 1:19

Now we see through a glass, darkly.—Now we see not yet all things put under him.

We have … a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.—Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.—The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

Little children, it is the last time.—The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

1 Cor 13:12, Heb 2:8, 2 Pet 1:19, Ps 119:105, Jude 1:17-18, 1 Tim 4:1, 1 John 2:18, Rom 13:12

Truth For Today

UNDESERVED FAVOR

Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. ~ROMANS 5:2 0

Salvation does not come by confirmation, communion, baptism, church membership, church attendance, trying to keep the Ten Commandments, or living out the Sermon on the Mount. It does not come by giving to charity or even by believing that there is a God. It does not come by simply being moral and respectable. Salvation does not even come by claiming to be a Christian. Salvation comes only when we receive by faith the gift of God’s grace. Hell will be full of people who tried to reach heaven some other way.

The apostle Paul said, “The law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 5:20–21). The first provision of the gospel is grace, which is neither earned nor deserved.

Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse said, “Love that gives upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace.” God has stooped to give us grace. Will you receive it?

Eternal Perspectives

In his redemptive activity, God does not destroy the works of his hands, but cleanses them from sin and perfects them, so that they may finally reach the goal for which he created them. Applied to the problem at hand, this principle means that the new earth to which we look forward will not be totally different from the present one, but will be a renewal and glorification of the earth on which we now live.

~ Anthony Hoekema, The Bible and the Future

Evening Prayer

DELIGHT IN THE LORD 
Psalms 1:1-3; 37:4

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

I pray that you will not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat, of mockers. Rather, may your delight be in the law of the Lord and in following His commands. I pray that as you delight in His law and earnestly seek to walk by it, you will be like a tree that is planted by streams of water; for such a tree bears fruit in season and its leaves do not wither. May you delight in His word and meditate on it day and night, and surely you will prosper. I pray that you will delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.