Evening Prayer

NEVER GIVE FALSE TESTIMONY 
Exodus 20:16; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 2:15

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

I pray that you will have a lifestyle of honesty and truthfulness. May you be known for the integrity of your word and so correctly handle the Word of Truth. I pray that you will not lie nor give false testimony against anyone, for this is detestable to the Lord. May you never be ashamed as you consistently share the truth in love, as if God were speaking through you. I pray that He will sanctify you by His truth. May you boldly speak the truth in love, so that you may encourage others.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Who Serves

Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.

~ Luke 22:27

Just when you think you have life figured out, God has a way of flipping things upside down. A company may flip their organizational chart upside down, putting customers at the top and the CEO at the bottom, armed and ready to serve. Leadership books state that the highest level is one that shows humility. Above all, God loves it when we serve those less fortunate than ourselves. If you feel called today, take the time and help someone out, serving and honoring them in doing so.

Jesus Always

I delight in those who fear Me, who put their hope in My unfailing Love. “Fear of the Lord” is often misunderstood, but it is the foundation of spiritual wisdom and knowledge. It consists of reverential awe, adoration, and submission to My will. You submit to Me by exchanging your attitudes and goals for Mine. Since I am your Creator, aligning yourself with Me is the best way to live. When your lifestyle exhibits this biblical fear, I take delight in you. Seek to feel My pleasure shining on you at such times. 

Living according to My will is not easy; there will be many ups and downs as you journey with Me. But no matter what is happening, you can find hope in My unfailing Love. In your world today, many people are feeling desperate. They’ve become disillusioned and cynical because they put their confidence in the wrong thing. But My steadfast Love will never let you down—it will never let you go! Cling to hope, beloved. It’s a golden cord connecting you to Me.

The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
~ Psalm 147:11 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
~ Proverbs 1:7

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
~ Lamentations 3:22–23 

Streams in The Desert

God in Everything

It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

~ 1 Sam 3:18

“See God in everything, and God will calm and color all that thou dost see!” It may be that the circumstances of our sorrows will not be removed, their condition will remain unchanged; but if Christ, as Lord and Master of our life, is brought into our grief and gloom, “HE will compass us about with songs of deliverance.” To see HIM, and to be sure that His wisdom cannot err, His power cannot fail, His love can never change; to know that even His direst dealings with us are for our deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say, in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain, and loss, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us. They will be to us then only instruments for accomplishing His tender and wise purposes toward us, and we shall even find ourselves at last inwardly thanking them for the blessings they bring us. Nothing else will completely put an end to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts.

~ H. W. Smith

“Give me a new idea,” I said,

While musing on a sleepless bed;

“A new idea that’ll bring to earth

A balm for souls of priceless worth;

That’ll give men thoughts of things above,

And teach them how to serve and love,

That’ll banish every selfish thought,

And rid men of the sins they’ve fought.”

The new thought came, just how, I’ll tell:

’Twas when on bended knee I fell,

And sought from HIM who knows full well

The way our sorrow to expel.

SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small,

And give HIM praise whate’er befall,

In life or death, in pain or woe,

See God, and overcome thy foe.

I saw HIM in the morning light,

HE made the day shine clear and bright;

I saw HIM in the noontide hour,

And gained from HIM refreshing shower.

At eventide, when worn and sad,

HE gave me help, and made me glad.

At midnight, when on tossing bed

My weary soul to sleep HE led.

I saw HIM when great losses came,

And found HE loved me just the same.

When heavy loads I had to bear,

I found HE lightened every care.

By sickness, sorrow, sore distress,

HE calmed my mind and gave me rest.

HE’s filled my heart with gladsome praise

Since I gave HIM the upward gaze.

’Twas new to me, yet old to some,

This thought that to me has become

A revelation of the way

We all should live throughout the day;

For as each day unfolds its light,

We’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

Life will, indeed, a blessing bring,

If we SEE GOD IN EVERYTHING.”

~ A. E. Finn

Light of The World

“You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” 
~ Matthew 5:14

Jesus’ death on the cross and His subsequent rise is wonderful news. With this comes the hope that we, too, can join Christ where there is no more pain and suffering. Until that day, we must show the world the light that Jesus brings to us. Yes, it can become tiring and can be a heavy burden to bear, but, oh what a joy it is to carry the torch that brings light to so many others.

Live Loved

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 

~ HEBREWS 4:16 

God Meets Daily Needs Daily

You hate to worry. But what can you do to stop it? These three worry stoppers deserve your consideration:

Pray more. No one can pray and worry at the same time. When we worry, we aren’t praying. When we pray, we aren’t worrying. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).

When you pray, you “stay” your mind on Christ, resulting in peace. Bow your knees and banish anxiety.

Want less. Most anxiety stems not from what we need, but from what we want.

“Delight yourselves in the Lord, yes, find your joy in him at all times” (Philippians 4:4 PHILLIPS). If God is enough for you, then you’ll always have enough, because you’ll always have God.

Live for today. Don’t sacrifice it on the altar of anxiety.

God sends help at the hour we need it.

You don’t have wisdom for tomorrow’s problems. But you will tomorrow. You don’t have resources for tomorrow’s needs. But you will tomorrow. You don’t have courage for tomorrow’s challenges. But you will when tomorrow comes.

God meets daily needs daily and miraculously.

~ EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE  

O Lord, you provide the answers and solutions for our questions and our problems. Steady our steps on the path of life. When we feel overwhelmed with worry, remind us to stop and pray. Let us choose to align ourselves with your plan for our lives rather than dwell on the problems. Remind us to live for today and trust you to give us the wisdom and resources for tomorrow when tomorrow comes. Thank you for meeting our needs each day in a truly miraculous way, amen.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
~ PSALM 27:1

You are my hiding place. . . . You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
~ PSALM 32:7 

 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. 
~ PSALM 46:1–2

Scattered

I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day.
~ Ezekiel 34:12

God considers each of His children to be a lost sheep. As one of his sheep, He will seek you out and find you to bring you back to His flock. Oh, how much He loves you to ensure that you do not get lost along the way. You are too important for Him to overlook, and you should never doubt that.