Strength For Daily Needs

When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.

[Matt 13:46 NET]

We can well afford to give up all that we have to get Christ. If we receive the whole world in place of Him, the exchange would be at a fearful loss to us. The only way to get the pearl of great price is to part with the other pearls we have. We cannot keep the other pearls we have. We cannot keep these and get that. Christ is not to be bought for money, and yet we have to give all we have to get Him. The young ruler was told he must sell all he had and take Christ instead. He would not pay the price, and went away sorrowful.

Unbelief hinders even omnipotence, Jesus could not do many mighty works in Nazareth because of the unbelief of the people. His power ever waits on our faith. We do not know what blessings we keep from others by not believing. John the Baptist’s death seemed untimely. But he did all that he was sent into the world to do. Each life has its own plan of God, something given it to do. When that is done it is time to die.

Strength Today

Whenever they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, for what you should say will be given to you at that time.

[Matt 10:19]

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Just to follow hour by hour
As He leadeth;
Just to draw the moment’s power
As it needeth.

~ F. R. HAVERGAL ~

You have a disagreeable duty to do at twelve o’clock. Do not blacken nine, and ten, and eleven, and all between, with the color of twelve. Do the work of each, and reap your reward in peace. So when the dreaded moment in the future becomes the present, you shall meet it walking in the light, and that light will overcome its darkness. The best preparation is the present well seen to, the last duty done. For this will keep the eye so clear and the body so full of light that the right action will be perceived at once, the right words will rush from the heart to the lips, and the man, full of the Spirit of God because he cares for nothing but the will of God, will trample on the evil thing in love, and be sent, it may be, in a chariot of fire to the presence of his Father, or stand unmoved amid the cruel mockings of the men he loves.

~ G. MACDONALD ~

Strength Today

But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying? You are my only hope!

[Ps 39:7]

Lord, be merciful to us! We wait for you. Give us strength each morning! Deliver us when distress comes.

[Isa 33:2]

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He never comes too late;

He knoweth what is best;

Vex not thyself in vain;

Until He cometh, rest.

~ B. T. ~

We make mistakes, or what we call such. The nature that could fall into such mistake exactly needs, and in the goodness of the dear God is given, the living of it out, And beyond this, I believe more. That in the pure and patient living of it out we come to find that we have fallen, not into hopeless confusion of our own wild, ignorant making; but that the finger of God has been at work among our lines, and that the emerging is into His blessed order; that He is forever making up for us our own undoings; that He makes them up beforehand; that He evermore restoreth our souls.

~ A. D. T. WHITNEY ~

THE Lord knows how to make stepping-stones for us of our defects, even; it is what He lets them be for. He remembereth—He remembered in the making—that we are but dust; the dust of earth, that He chose to make something little lower than the angels out of.

~ A. D. T. WHITNEY ~

Strength Today

In fact this is why we work hard and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.

[1 Tim 4:10]

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Thy secret judgment’s depths profound
Still sings the silent night;
The day, upon his golden round,
Thy pity infinite.

~ I. WILLIAMS ~ [Tr. from Latin]

Now that I have no longer any sense for the transitory and perishable, the universe appears before my eyes under a transformed aspect. The dead, heavy mass which did but stop up space has vanished, and in its place there flows onward, with the rushing music of mighty waves, an eternal stream of life, and power, and action, which issues from the original source of all life,—from Thy life, O Infinite One! for all life is Thy life, and only the religious eye penetrates to the realm of true Beauty.

~ J. G. FICHTE ~

What is Nature? Art thou not the “Living Garment” of God? O Heavens, is it, in very deed, He then that ever speaks through thee; that lives and loves in thee, that lives and loves in me? Sweeter than dayspring to the shipwrecked in Nova Zembla; ah! like the mother’s voice to her little child that strays bewildered, weeping, in unknown tumults; like soft streamings of celestial music to my too exasperated heart, came that Evangel. The Universe is not dead and demoniacal, a charnel-house with spectres; but godlike, and my Father’s.

~ T. CARLYLE ~

Strength Today

Rest once more, my soul, for the Lord has vindicated you.

[Ps 116:7]

For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my anger, ‘They will never enter my rest!’” And yet God’s works were accomplished from the foundation of the world.

[Heb 4:3]

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Rest is not quitting
The busy career;
Rest is the fitting
Of self to its sphere.

’T is loving and serving
The highest and best!
’T is onwards, unswerving,—
And that is true rest.

~ J. S. DWIGHT ~

As a result of this strong faith, the inner life of Catherine of Genoa was characterized, in a remarkable degree, by what may be termed rest, or quietude; which is only another form of expression for true interior peace. It was not, however, the quietude of a lazy inaction, but the quietude of an inward acquiescence; not a quietude which feels nothing and does nothing, but that higher and divine quietude which exists by feeling and acting in the time and degree of God’s appointment and God’s will. It was a principle in her conduct, to give herself to God in the discharge of duty; and to leave all results without solicitude in His hands.

~ T. C. UPHAM ~

Strength Today

Rest once more, my soul, for the Lord has vindicated you.

[Ps 116:7]

For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my anger, ‘They will never enter my rest!’” And yet God’s works were accomplished from the foundation of the world.

[Heb 4:3]

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Rest is not quitting
The busy career;
Rest is the fitting
Of self to its sphere.

’T is loving and serving
The highest and best!
’T is onwards, unswerving,—
And that is true rest.

~ J. S. DWIGHT ~

 

As a result of this strong faith, the inner life of Catherine of Genoa was characterized, in a remarkable degree, by what may be termed rest, or quietude; which is only another form of expression for true interior peace. It was not, however, the quietude of a lazy inaction, but the quietude of an inward acquiescence; not a quietude which feels nothing and does nothing, but that higher and divine quietude which exists by feeling and acting in the time and degree of God’s appointment and God’s will. It was a principle in her conduct, to give herself to God in the discharge of duty; and to leave all results without solicitude in His hands.

~ T. C. UPHAM ~

Strength Today

So teach us to consider our mortality, so that we might live wisely.

[Ps 90:12]

So do not be overly concerned about what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things.

[Luke 12:29]

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Our days are numbered: let us spare
Our anxious hearts a needless care:
’T is Thine to number out our days;
’T is ours to give them to Thy praise.

~ MADAME GUYON ~

 

Every day let us renew the consecration to God’s service; every day let us, in His strength, pledge ourselves afresh to do His will, even in the veriest trifle, and to turn aside from anything that may displease Him. He does not bid us bear the burdens of tomorrow, next week, or next year. Every day we are to come to Him in simple obedience and faith, asking help to keep us, and aid us through that day’s work; and to-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, through years of long to-morrows, it will be but the same thing to do; leaving the future always in God’s hands, sure that He can care for it better than we. Blessed trust! that can thus confidingly say, “This hour is mine with its present duty; the next is God’s, and when it comes, His presence will come with it.”

~ W. R. HUNTINCTON ~