Morning Devotional

 

“Abel was a keeper of sheep.” — Gen 4:2

As a shepherd Abel sanctified his work to the glory of God, and offered a sacrifice of blood upon his altar, and the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering. This early type of our Lord is exceedingly clear and distinct. Like the first streak of light which tinges the east at sunrise, it does not reveal everything, but it clearly manifests the great fact that the sun is coming. As we see Abel, a shepherd and yet a priest, offering a sacrifice of sweet smell unto God, we discern our Lord, who brings before his Father a sacrifice to which Jehovah ever hath respect. Abel was hated by his brother-hated without a cause; and even so was the Saviour: the natural and carnal man hated the accepted man in whom the Spirit of grace was found, and rested not until his blood had been shed. Abel fell, and sprinkled his altar and sacrifice with his own blood, and therein sets forth the Lord Jesus slain by the enmity of man while serving as a priest before the Lord. “The good Shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep.” Let us weep over him as we view him slain by the hatred of mankind, staining the horns of his altar with his own blood. Abel’s blood speaketh. “The Lord said unto Cain, ‘The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.'” The blood of Jesus hath a mighty tongue, and the import of its prevailing cry is not vengeance but mercy. It is precious beyond all preciousness to stand at the altar of our good Shepherd! to see him bleeding there as the slaughtered priest, and then to hear his blood speaking peace to all his flock, peace in our conscience, peace between Jew and Gentile, peace between man and his offended Maker, peace all down the ages of eternity for blood-washed men. Abel is the first shepherd in order of time, but our hearts shall ever place Jesus first in order of excellence. Thou great Keeper of the sheep, we the people of thy pasture bless thee with our whole hearts when we see thee slain for us.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Morning Prayer

ARMOR OF GOD

Ephesians 6:13-17

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

I pray that you will put on the full armor of God so that when temptation and trials come, you will be able to stand your ground. I pray that you will stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist; with the breastplate of righteousness in place; and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. May you take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I pray that you will take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. With the full armor of God, may you advance His kingdom wherever you go.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Light [Evening]

Each of us had strayed off on his own path. – Isa 53:6 NET

Noah … began to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of the wine, he got drunk.—[Abram] said to his wife Sarai, “… tell them you are my sister so that it may go well for me because of you.”—Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Are you really my son Esau?” “I am,” Jacob replied.—Moses … spoke rashly.—The men examined some of their provisions, but they failed to ask the Lord’s advice. Joshua made a peace treaty with them.—David had done what he approved and had not disregarded any of his commandments his entire lifetime, except for the incident involving Uriah the Hittite.

These all were commended for their faith.—They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.—The Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him.

“Understand that it is not for your sake I am about to act, declares the sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and embarrassed by your behavior.”

Gen 9:20-21, Gen 12:11, Gen 12:13, Gen 27:21, Gen 27:24, Ps 106:32-33, Josh 9:14-15, 1 Kgs 15:5, Heb 11:39, Rom 3:24, Isa 53:6, Ezek 36:32

 

Evening Devotional

 

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.” — Luk 24:45

He whom we viewed last evening as opening Scripture, we here perceive opening the understanding. In the first work he has many fellow-labourers, but in the second he stands alone; many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but the Lord alone can prepare the mind to receive the Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus differs from all other teachers; they reach the ear, but he instructs the heart; they deal with the outward letter, but he imparts an inward taste for the truth, by which we perceive its savour and spirit. The most unlearned of men become ripe scholars in the school of grace when the Lord Jesus by his Holy Spirit unfolds the mysteries of the kingdom to them, and grants the divine anointing by which they are enabled to behold the invisible. Happy are we if we have had our understandings cleared and strengthened by the Master! How many men of profound learning are ignorant of eternal things! They know the killing letter of revelation, but its killing spirit they cannot discern; they have a veil upon their hearts which the eyes of carnal reason cannot penetrate. Such was our case a little time ago; we who now see were once utterly blind; truth was to us as beauty in the dark, a thing unnoticed and neglected. Had it not been for the love of Jesus we should have remained to this moment in utter ignorance, for without his gracious opening of our understanding, we could no more have attained to spiritual knowledge than an infant can climb the Pyramids, or an ostrich fly up to the stars. Jesus’ College is the only one in which God’s truth can be really learned; other schools may teach us what is to be believed, but Christ’s alone can show us how to believe it. Let us sit at the feet of Jesus, and by earnest prayer call in his blessed aid that our dull wits may grow brighter, and our feeble understandings may receive heavenly things.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Jesus Calling

Seek My Face, and you will find more than you ever dreamed possible. Let Me displace worry at the center of your being. I am like a supersaturated cloud, showering Peace into the pool of your mind. My Nature is to bless. Your nature is to receive with thanksgiving. This is a true fit, designed before the foundation of the world. Glorify Me by receiving My blessings gratefully.

I am the goal of all your searching. When you seek Me, you find Me and are satisfied. When lesser goals capture your attention, I fade into the background of your life. I am still there, watching and waiting; but you function as if you were alone. Actually, My Light shines on every situation you will ever face. Live radiantly by expanding your focus to include Me in all your moments. Let nothing dampen your search for Me.

When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

—Psalm 27:8 nkjv

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

—Philippians 4:7 msg

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

—Jeremiah 29:13

~ Sarah Young ~

Daily Light [Morning]

“Serving the Lord with all humility.” – Acts 20:19 NET

“Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.—For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith.—”So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ’We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’”

For our reason for confidence is this: … that with pure motives and sincerity which are from God – not by human wisdom but by the grace of God – we conducted ourselves in the world.—But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

Matt 20:26-28, Gal 6:3, Rom 12:3, Luke 17:10, 2 Cor 1:12, 2 Cor 4:7