Days of Heaven Upon Earth

We would see Jesus

~ John 12:21

When any great blessing is awaiting us, the devil is sure to try and make it so disagreeable to us that we shall miss it. It is a good thing to know him as a liar, and remember, when he is trying to prejudice us strongly against any cause, that very likely the greatest blessing of our life lies there. Spurgeon once said that the best evidence that God was on our side is the devil’s growl, and we are generally pretty safe in following a thing according to Satan’s dislike for it. Beloved, take care, lest in the very line where your prejudices are setting you off from God’s people and God’s truth, you are missing the treasures of your life. Take the treasures of heaven no matter how they come to you, even if it be as earthly treasures generally are, like the kernel inside the rough shell, or the gem in the bosom of the hard rock.

I have seen Jesus and my heart is dead to all beside,

I have seen Jesus, and my wants are all, in Him, supplied.

I have seen Jesus, and my heart, at last, is satisfied,

Since I’ve seen Jesus.

Shine

so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
~ Philippians 2:15 [NLT]

If we want to be the light of God with credibility, we must live by the standards God’s word lays out for our lives.  Even when the world around us embraces evil, we are to stand firm in our faith and live clean, innocent lives.  When others lie, we tell the truth.  When others let greed rule their choices, we are generous.  This is how we shine for Jesus, in our broken world.

Evening Prayer

REPENT AND TURN AWAY
Jeremiah 3:19; Ezekiel 18:30; 2 Timothy 2:19; James 4:7-8

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

I pray that you will have an understanding of the inheritance that awaits a child of God. May you realize that by following the Father, peace, blessings and prosperity await you. On the other hand, may you realize that a life which continues in sin only leads to downfall. I pray that you will repent and turn away from all sin. May you confess the name of the Lord and reject all forms of wickedness. Resist sin and come near to God, and experience the glory and joy of a life in Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Live Loved

Comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

~ 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11

Uncommon Community

Something holy happens around a dinner table that will never happen in a sanctuary. In a church auditorium you see the backs of heads. Around the table you see the expressions on faces. In the auditorium one person speaks; around the table everyone has a voice. Church services are on the clock. Around the table there is time to talk.

Hospitality opens the door to uncommon community.

It’s no accident that hospitality and hospital come from the same Latin word, for they both lead to the same result: healing. When you open your door to someone, you are sending this message: “You matter to me and to God.” You may think you are saying, “Come over for a visit.” But what your guest hears is, “I’m worth the effort.”

Do you know people who need this message? Singles who eat alone? Young couples who are far from home? Coworkers who’ve been transferred, teens who feel left out, and seniors who no longer drive? Some people pass an entire day with no meaningful contact with anyone else. Your hospitality can be their hospital. You can join the ranks of people such as . . . Abraham.

He fed not just angels, but the Lord of angels (Genesis 18).

Rahab, the harlot. She received and protected the spies. Thanks to her kindness, her kindred survived, and her name is remembered (Joshua 6:22–23; Matthew 1:5). Martha and Mary. They opened their home for Jesus. He, in turn, opened the grave of Lazarus for them (John 11:1–45; Luke 10:38–42).

OUTLIVE YOUR LIFE

Lord Jesus, as you gave of yourself so generously to others, may we also look for ways to serve others. Let us use our time and talents and resources to help the hurting. Open our eyes to see people who are lonely and need a healing touch. Even if it may not always be convenient, teach us to open our hearts and homes to those who long for someone to be kind to them. Let us put the needs of others above our own self-serving interests. Let us be gracious examples of your love for the needy, amen.

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

~ 1 JOHN 3:14

The LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.

~ ISAIAH 61:1

Iron Sharpens Iron

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

~ Proverbs 27:17 [NLT]

God created us to be relational, not isolated. For some of us, our stubbornness or hubris can hurt us by making decisions in our own little world. But receiving Godly advice from a mentor could change the course of your life. Who is your mentor? If you don’t know, actively take steps to seek someone out.