Daily Treasure

Of Being Like Christ

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

~ 1 John 3:2

Him eye to eye we there shall see,  
Our face like his shall shine:  
Oh, what a glorious company,  
When saints and angels join!

Holy People

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

~ Colossians 3:12 [NLT]

We need God’s help to be people defined as those who show mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Today, ask God to equip you through the power of your Holy Spirit to reject my sinful nature that wants to be harsh, unkind, proud, brash, right, and impatient. With God’s help pause before speaking so your words reflect a heart of love for others and not a heart of criticism. Remember that when you  feel justified in your unkindness you are called to a higher standard and are accountable to God first. 

Pray

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

~ James 5:13-14 [NLT]

God wants to be apart of our daily lives.  He wants to know how you are doing! He instructs us to cry out to Him when things feel hard and to give thanks when things couldn’t be better.  Prayer is our direct line to God. He wants to hear from you.  Make prayer apart of your daily rhythm.

Evening Prayer

KNOWN FOR HONESTY 
Leviticus 19:35-36; 2 Kings 12:15; Proverbs 16:13; Proverbs 24:26

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

I pray that you will be a person known for your honesty. May your speech and actions be without deceit. I pray that you will be trustworthy and your words will be truthful. Whether at home, with friends, or at the workplace, may your honest life be an example to others. I pray that you will always use accurate scales and weights when measuring values and quantities. May God bless you as you deal honestly without compromise.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Prayer

GOD’S INFINITE WISDOM
Daniel 2:19-23

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

I pray that when you lift up your requests to God today, you will trust in His infinite wisdom. Praise God always, for He knows what is best for you. May you rely on Him, for He knows the times and seasons that you are going through. May He reveal deep and hidden things by His infinite wisdom, so that you can accomplish the tasks ahead. I pray that you will know deep in your heart that His wisdom is infinite, so trust His answers to your prayers. May God impart wisdom upon you so you will understand His answer, His timing and His ways.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Whisper

And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.

~ 1 Kings 19:12 [NLT]

The story that is being told in 1 Kings is about Elijah running from his enemies.  He is upset with God and meets him in the wilderness.  When God is ready to speak to him there was an earthquake, then a windstorm, and a fire but God was not in these mighty displays.  Next comes a gentle whisper and that was God.  We often look for mighty signs as proof that God is speaking in our lives but we miss it because God is in the whisper.  Quiet your heart and mind and open your ears to hear God’s gentle voice. 

Love Their Lives

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
~ Revelation 12:11 [NLT]

What a powerful statement, to not be afraid of dying because you do not place a greater emphasis on your life over your faith. Everyone is dying for something, money, busyness, success, control, etc. However, they key question we need to ask ourselves is what are we dying for?

Daily Treasure

Of a Glorious Body

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

~ Phil 3:21

My flesh shall slumber, in the ground  
Till the last trumpet’s joyful sound;  
Then burst the chains, with sweet surprise,  
And in my Saviour’s image rise.

Eternal Perspectives

No legitimate activity of life—whether in marriage, family, business, play, friendship, education, politics, etc.—escapes the claims of Christ’s kingship. . . . Certainly those who live and reign with Christ forever will find the diversity and complexity of their worship of God not less, but richer, in the life to come. Every legitimate activity of new creaturely life will be included within the life of worship of God’s people.
~ Cornelius Venema, [The Promise of the Future]

Streams in The Desert

Leave It To God

Roll on Jehovah thy way

~ Ps 37:5

Whatever it is that presses thee, go tell the Father; put the whole matter over into His hand, and so shalt thou be freed from that dividing, perplexing care that the world is full of. When thou art either to do or suffer anything, when thou art about any purpose or business, go tell God of it, and acquaint Him with it; yes, burden Him with it, and thou hast done for matter of caring; no more care, but quiet, sweet, diligence in thy duty, and dependence on Him for the carriage of thy matters. Roll thy cares, and thyself with them, as one burden, all on thy God.

~ R. Leighton

Build a little fence of trust  
Around today;  
Fill the space with loving work  
And therein stay.  
Look not through the sheltering bars  
Upon tomorrow;  
God will help thee bear what comes  
Of joy or sorrow.

~ Mary Butts  

We shall find it impossible to commit our way unto the Lord, unless it be a way that He approves. It is only by faith that a man can commit his way unto the Lord; if there be the slightest doubt in the heart that “our way” is not a good one, faith will refuse to have anything to do with it. This committing of our way must be a continuous, not a single act. However extraordinary and unexpected may seem to be His guidance, however near the precipice He may take you, you are not to snatch the guiding reins out of His hands. Are we willing to have all our ways submitted to God, for Him to pronounce judgment on them? There is nothing a Christian needs to be more scrutinizing about than about his confirmed habits and views. He is too apt to take for granted the Divine approbation of them. Why are some Christians so anxious, so fearful? Evidently because they have not left their way with the Lord. They took it to Him, but brought it away with them again.

~ Selected