You Are Free

For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.

~ 1 Peter 2:16-17 [NLT]

Faith in Jesus sets us free from the power of sin and death! Yet, our freedom is not an excuse for bad behavior.  When Jesus is Lord of our lives then our actions should reflect his character.  We should live lives that show respect for others and trusts in God as our provider and guide. 

Daily Treasure

Thanksgiving

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

~ 1 Thess 5:18

Praise to God, immortal praise,  
For the love that crowns our days;  
Bounteous Source of every joy,  
Let thy praise our tongues employ.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Quit you like men

~ 1 Cor 16:13

Be brave. Cowards always get hurt. Brave men generally come out unharmed. Jeremiah was a hero. He shrank from nothing. He faced his king and countrymen with dauntless bravery, and the result was he suffered no harm, but came through the siege of Jerusalem without a hair being injured. Zedekiah, the cowardly king, was always afraid to obey God and be true, and the result was that he at last met the most cruel punishment that was ever inflicted on human heart.

The men and women that stand from the beginning true to their convictions have the fewest tests. When God gives to you a good trial, if you can stand the strain, He is not always repeating it. When Abraham offered up his son Isaac at Mount Moriah, it was a final testing for the rest of his life. Do not let Satan see that you are afraid of him, for he will pursue to the death if he thinks that he has a chance of getting you.

Be true, be true,  
Whether friends be false or few,  
Whatsoe’er betide, ever at His side,  
Let Him always find you true.

Daily Wisdom

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

~ Heb 13:8

The eye of our faith must be ever fixed on Jesus, for the Person of Christ is the grand object of faith, and to lose sight of him is to lose sight of the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Is he not the same Jesus now that he was on earth? He is exalted, it is true, to an inconceivable height of glory, so that when John saw him, even as if in some measure veiled, he fell at his feet as dead. But he is the same Jesus now as when he was the man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as he wears the same human body, so he has the same tender, compassionate heart. All that he was upon earth as Jesus, he is in heaven still. All that tenderness and gentleness, all that pity to poor sensitive sinners, all that compassion on the ignorant and on those who are out of the way, all that grace and truth which came by him and were manifest in him, all that bleeding, dying love, all that sympathy with the afflicted and tempted, all that power to heal by a word all manner of sickness and disease, all that surpassing beauty and blessedness whereby he is to those who have seen him the chief among ten thousand and the altogether lovely One, he not only retains in the highest heavens, but is, so to speak, endowed with greater capacity to use them, for all power is given to him in heaven and earth, and all things are put under his feet, and that not only for his own sake, but that he might be the Head over all things to the Church.

Evening Prayer

PROMISED INHERITANCE 
Galatians 3:22, 26-27, 29

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

May you understand that you are a child of God through your faith in Christ Jesus, and that when you were baptized into Christ you were clothed with the glory of Christ. Since you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise given to him. May you receive what was promised by God to those who believe in His Son. May you understand your great inheritance as a child of the living God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Let Me Hear

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.  Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.

~ Psalm 143:8 [NLT]

Sometimes circumstances happen in life that are outside of our control.  We can’t always be in control of test results, promotions, or computer crashes.  It is in these times that we should lean on God to show us the way.  This is the time to earnestly seek His will and being open to fulfilling it.  Trust in Him. 

Evening Prayer

SHARE IN HIS GLORY 
Exodus 9:16; Ephesians 1:18

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

I pray that you may walk in God’s plans for you, so that you may take part in proclaiming His name on all the earth. May the eyes of your heart be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you. May you be so eager to discover God’s call in your life and know that He is raising you up for the purpose of showing you His power and bringing glory to His name. As you fulfill God’s plans for you, may you know that you share in the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Faith’s Checkbook

Lift them up forever.

~ Ps 28:9

God’s people need lifting up. They are very heavy by nature. They have no wings, or, if they have, they are like the dove of old which lay among the pots; and they need divine grace to make them mount on wings covered with silver, and with feathers of yellow gold. By nature sparks fly upward but the sinful souls of men fall downward. O Lord, “lift them up forever!”

David himself said, “Unto You, O God, do I lift up my soul,” and he here feels the necessity that other men’s souls should be lifted up as well as his own. When you ask this blessing for yourself—do not forget to seek it for others also.

There are three ways in which God’s people require to be lifted up.

They require to be elevated in character. Lift them up, O Lord; do not allow Your people to be like the world’s people! The world lies in the wicked one—lift them out of it! The world’s people are looking after silver and gold, seeking their own pleasures, and the gratification of their lusts—but, Lord, lift Your people up above all this; keep them from being “muck-rakers,” as John Bunyan calls the man who was always scraping after gold! Set their hearts upon their risen Lord and the heavenly heritage!

Moreover, believers need to be prospered in conflict. In the battle, if they seem to fall, O Lord, be pleased to give them the victory. If the foot of the foe be upon their necks for a moment, help them to grasp the sword of the Spirit, and eventually to win the battle. Lord, lift up Your children’s spirits in the day of conflict; let them not sit in the dust, mourning forever. Do not allow the adversary to vex them sorely, and make them fret; but if they have been, like Hannah, persecuted, let them sing of the mercy of a delivering God.

We may also ask our Lord to lift them up at the last! Lift them up by taking them home, lift their bodies from the tomb, and raise their souls to Your eternal kingdom in glory!

Daily Blessings

“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light; for whatever does make manifest is light.” 

~ Eph 5:13

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,

~ Eph 5:13

Feeling is the first evidence of supernatural life; a feeling compounded of two distinct sensations, one referring to God, and the other referring to self. The same ray of light has manifested two opposite things, “for that which makes manifest is light;” and the sinner sees at one and the same moment God and self, justice and guilt, power and helplessness, a holy law and a broken commandment, eternity and time, the purity of the Creator and the filthiness of the creature. And these things he sees, not merely as declared in the Bible, but as revealed in himself as personal realities, involving all his happiness or all his misery in time and in eternity.

Thus it is with him as though a new existence had been communicated, and as if for the first time he had found there was a God. One ray of supernatural light, penetrating through the veil spread over the heart, has revealed that dreadful secret—a just God, who will by no means clear the guilty. This piercing ray has torn away the bed too short, and stripped off the covering too narrow. A sudden, peculiar conviction has rushed into the soul. One absorbing feeling has seized fast hold of it, and well-near banished every other. “There is a God, and I am a sinner before him,” is written upon the heart by the same divine finger that traced those fatal letters on the palace wall of the king of Babylon, which made the joints of his loins to be loosed, and his knees to smite one against another (Dan. 5:5, 6).

“What shall I do? Where shall I go? What will become of me? Mercy, O God! Mercy, mercy! I am lost, ruined, undone! Fool, madman, wretch, monster that I have been! I have ruined my soul. O my sins, my sins! O eternity, eternity!” Such and similar cries and groans, though differing in depth and intensity, go up out of the new-born soul well-near day and night at the first discovery of God and of itself. These feelings have taken such complete possession of the heart that it can find no rest except in calling upon God. This is the first pushing of the young bud through the bark, the first formation of the green shoot, wrapped up as yet in its leaves, and not opened to view. These are the first pangs and throes of the new birth, before the tidings are brought, “A man-child is born.” “What shall I do to be saved?” cried the jailer. “God be merciful to me a sinner!” exclaimed the tax-collector. “Woe is me, for I am undone!” burst forth from the lips of Isaiah.