Daily Light on The Daily Path

Consolation in Christ, … comfort of love, … fellowship of the Spirit.

~ Phil 2:1

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.—My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

The Father … shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever: the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name.—Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Job 14:1-2, Ps 73:26, John 14:16, John 14:26, 2 Cor 1:3-4, 1 Thess 4:14, 1 Thess 4:17-18

Jesus Always

I want you to live close to Me, open to Me—aware of, attentive to, trusting, and thanking Me. I am always near you, so open yourself fully—heart, mind, and spirit—to My living Presence. Feel free to ask the Holy Spirit to help you in this endeavor. 

Seek to stay aware of Me as you follow your path through this day. There is never a moment when I am not fully aware of you. Attentiveness involves being alert, listening carefully, and observing closely. I encourage you to be attentive not only to Me but to the people I bring into your life. Listening to others with full, prayerful attention blesses both them and you.

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”—Revelation 1:18

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
~ James 1:19 

The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
~ Mark 9:24 [NLT]

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
~ Psalm 28:7

Evening Prayer

GIVING TO THE NEEDY
Matthew 6:1-4

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

I pray that if you give to the needy, you will do it out of love and compassion. May you be careful not to give just to be seen by others. Remember that if you do, you will have no reward from our Father in heaven. I pray that when you give, you will not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do. I pray that you will not be hungry for honor. Realize that the Father recognizes those who – with the right heart – give in secret; and He will reward them in full.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live in Harmony

Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
~ Romans 12:16 [NLT]

There’s always someone smarter than you and richer than you.  Yet when we find ourselves around someone who is less capable, pride can get in the way.  Treat those who are not as fortunate as you with respect, just like you would want to be treated from those who have more resources than you.

Crown of Life

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
~ James 1:12 [NLT]

When trials enter our lives, be encouraged, that these moments are a temporary test.  God promises that though we face hard times in this life, His loved ones will receive the crown of life.  It is a blessing when God meets us in difficulty, grows our character, and lets us know He is faithful in every situation.

Truth for Today

We ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body, for we were saved in this hope. 
~ ROMANS 8 : 23 – 24

Trials in a believer’s life increase his anticipation for heaven. Just as trials create a growing disinterest in the passing world, they also create a greater desire, for example, to be reunited with a loved one who has gone to be with the Lord. If the most beloved people in your life have entered into the presence of our precious Savior, and if you have invested your time and money in eternal things, then you won’t have much tying you to this passing world.

Beyond this life of suffering is a glorious future for the believer that makes us all the more desirous for the fulfillment of salvation. Thus trials give us a greater affection for that which is eternal—they help us long for the eternal city of heaven.

Dear Jesus

I am everywhere at every time, ceaselessly working on your behalf. That is why your best coping strategies are trusting Me and living close to Me.

Dear Jesus,

You are indeed an awesome God! Who but You could be everywhere at every time? It amazes me that One so great as You would care about the many details of my life. Yet You do! When I ponder these glorious truths, I feel safe—knowing I am never alone. Help me, Lord, to keep these truths before me—to keep You always before me. Otherwise, I fall back into my default mode: straining and striving as if outcomes were totally up to me.

Beloved, I am pleased that you want to keep My very Presence before you—not just truths about Me. It’s so easy for My children to confuse knowledge about Me with knowing Me experientially. The apostle Paul understood this distinction: He wrote about needing Power through My Spirit, to grasp the vast magnitude of My Love—Love that surpasses knowledge! Knowing Me is so much more than an activity of the mind. 

You asked for help in keeping Me always before you. This is largely a matter of trusting Me. Sometimes you are keenly aware of My Presence; at other times, this awareness is minimal—or even absent. When you feel alone, you need to rely on your trust in Me. Continue to live and communicate as if I am with you, because I am! I have promised I will never leave you or forsake you. Instead of running after other gods when you feel needy, concentrate on coming nearer to Me. No matter what is happening, trusting Me and drawing close to Me are excellent strategies for living well.

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
~ Psalm 16:8

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. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 
~Ephesians 3:16–19

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 
~ Hebrews 13:5