Hope

Hope

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Light of My Presence...

Let Me infuse My Peace into your innermost being. As you sit quietly in the Light of My Presence, you can sense Peace growing within you. This is not something that you accomplish through self-discipline and willpower; it is opening yourself to receive My blessing.



In this age of independence, people find it hard to acknowledge their neediness. However, I have taken you along a path that has highlighted your need for Me: placing you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaringly evident. Through the aridity of those desert marches, I have drawn you closer and closer to Myself. You have discovered flowers of Peace blossoming in the most desolate places.You have learned to thank Me for hard times and difficult journeys, trusting that through them I accomplish My best work. You have realized that needing Me is the key to knowing Me intimately, which is the gift above all gifts.


The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

—Isaiah 58:11

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

—Isaiah 40:11

Taken from Jesus Calling

Monday, October 1, 2012

Crowned with Glory and Honor...


I am currently doing a study on Genesis and also preparing to write my thesis on what it means to be created in the image of God. As I was studying and reading these two verses the lines highlighted really stood out to me. Being created in the image of God is a bigger deal than we often believe. God created us lower than the angels, but crowned us with glory and honor. He said the same of Christ when he descended on earth. Soak that up and think on that. Often we take for granted the beauty of how we were created and the power we have in God through Christ. There was no other way to be justified but through a perfect human sacrafice for our sake. We often make excuses like those in Exodus 32 for the way we behave, but in reality God's glory is in front of us and he has even crowned us with his glory and honor. We must not lose sight of the awesome and holy God we serve. We must fight to know WHO WE ARE and WHO WE SERVE! We must look to the Lord to grow us in understanding of what it means to be created in His image!

Psalm 8:4-9
which you have set in place,

4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Hebrews 2:6-9

6 But there is a place where someone has testified:
“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
7 You made them a little lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honor
8 and put everything under their feet.”
In putting everything under them,God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Friday, July 13, 2012

God is for me...

Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me.
Psalm 56:9

It is impossible for any human speech to express the full meaning of this delightful phrase, "God is for me." He was for us before the worlds were made. He was for us or He would not have given His well-beloved Son; He was for us when He smote the Only-begotten and laid the full weight of His wrath upon Him—He was for us, though He was against Him. He was "for us" when we were ruined in the Fall—He loved us notwithstanding all. He was for us when we were rebels against Him and with a high hand were bidding Him defiance. He was for us or He would not have brought us humbly to seek His face. He has been for us in many struggles; we have been summoned to encounter hosts of dangers; we have been assailed by temptations from without and within—how could we have remained unharmed to this hour if He had not been for us?

He is for us with all the infinity of His being, with all the omnipotence of His love, with all the infallibility of His wisdom. Arrayed in all His divine attributes, He is for us—eternally and immutably for us; for us when the heavens shall be rolled up like a worn-out robe; for us throughout eternity. And because He is for us, the voice of prayer will always ensure His help. "Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call." This is no uncertain hope, but a well-grounded assurance—"this I know."

I will direct my prayer unto You and will look up for the answer, assured that it will come and that my enemies shall be defeated, for "God is for me." O believer, how happy you are with the King of kings on your side! How safe with such a Protector! How sure your cause pleaded by such an Advocate! If God be for you, who can be against you?

Devotional material is taken from "Morning and Evening," written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.






Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Christ Loved Me




. . . Anyone who does not love does not know God.

1 John 4:8

The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in Christ's love for him and in the offering of his love to Christ. First, faith sets her seal upon the man by enabling the soul to say with the apostle, "Christ loved me and gave himself for me."1 Then love gives the countersign and stamps upon the heart gratitude and love to Jesus in return. "We love because he first loved us."2

In those grand old ages, which are the heroic period of the Christian religion, this double mark was clearly seen in all believers in Jesus; they were men who knew the love of Christ and rested upon it as a man leans upon a staff whose trustiness he has proved. The love that they felt toward the Lord was not a quiet emotion that they hid within themselves in the secret place of their souls and that they only spoke about in private or when they met on the first day of the week and sang hymns in honor of Christ Jesus the crucified; it was a passion with them of such a vehement and all-consuming energy that it was visible in all their actions, evident in their conversation, and seen in their eyes, even in their casual glances. Love for Jesus was a flame that fed upon the core and heart of their being and therefore by its own force burned its way into their demeanor and shone there. Zeal for the glory of King Jesus was the seal and mark of all genuine Christians.

Because of their dependence upon Christ's love they dared much, and because of their love for Christ they did much, and it is the same now. The children of God are ruled in their inmost powers by love. The love of Christ constrains them; they rejoice that divine love is set upon them, they feel it shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Spirit, who is given to them, and then by force of gratitude they love the Savior with a pure and fervent heart.

My reader, do you love Him? Before you sleep, give an honest answer to this weighty question!

Galatians 2:20 1 John 4:19

Devotional material is taken from "Morning and Evening," written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dear God...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Kaleidoscope...


Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved.

Song of Songs 1:16

From every angle our Well-beloved is most fair. Our various experiences are meant by our heavenly Father to provide new vantage points from which we may view the loveliness of Jesus. How friendly are our trials when they allow us a clearer view of Jesus than ordinary life could afford us! We have seen Him from the mountain peaks, and He has shone upon us as the sun in His strength; but we have seen Him also from the lions' dens, and even there He has lost none of His loveliness. In the experience of suffering and pain, from the borders of the grave, we have turned our eyes to our soul's spouse, and He has never been other than "beautiful."

Many of His saints looked upon Him from the gloom of dungeons and from the martyr's flames; yet they never uttered an ill word of Him, but died extolling His surpassing charms. To keep our gaze on the Lord Jesus is noble and pleasant employment. Is it not unspeakably delightful to view the Savior in all His works and to perceive Him matchless in each? To shift the kaleidoscope, as it were, and to find fresh combinations of matchless grace? In the manger and in eternity, on the cross and on His throne, in the garden and in His kingdom, among thieves or in the midst of cherubim, He is everywhere glorious in His beauty.

Examine carefully every little act of His life and every trait of His character, and He is as lovely in the minute as in the majestic. Judge Him as you will, you cannot censure; weigh Him as you please, and He will not be found wanting. Eternity shall not discover the shadow of a spot in our Beloved, but rather as ages revolve, His hidden glories will shine with even more inconceivable splendor, and His unutterable loveliness will continually ravish all celestial minds.

Devotional material is taken from "Morning and Evening," written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.





Thursday, May 17, 2012

God's Chosen Servants




You are my servant, I have chosen you.

Isaiah 41:9

If we have received the grace of God in our hearts, its practical effect has been to make us God's servants. We may be unfaithful servants, we certainly are unprofitable ones, but yet, blessed be His name, we are His servants, wearing His uniform, eating at His table, and obeying His commands. We were once the servants of sin, but He who made us free has now taken us into His family and taught us obedience to His will. We do not serve our Master perfectly, but we would if we could. As we hear God's voice saying unto us, "You are My servant," we can answer with David, "I am your servant. . . . You have loosed my bonds."1

But the Lord calls us not only His servants, but His chosen ones—"I have chosen you." We have not chosen Him first, but He has chosen us. If we are now God's servants, it wasn't always so; the change must be ascribed to sovereign grace. The eye of sovereignty singled us out, and the voice of unchanging grace declared, "I have loved you with an everlasting love."2 Long before time began or space was created, God had written upon His heart the names of His elect people, had predestinated them to be conformed unto the image of His Son, and ordained them heirs of all the fullness of His love, His grace, and His glory.

What comfort is here! Having loved us for so long, will the Lord then reject us? He knew how stiff-necked we would be, He understood that our hearts were evil, and yet He made the choice. Our Savior is no fickle lover. He does not feel enchanted for a while with some gleams of beauty from His church's eye and then afterwards reject her because of her unfaithfulness. No, He married her in old eternity; and He hates divorce! The eternal choice is a bond upon our gratitude and upon His faithfulness, which neither can disown.

Psalm 116:16; Jeremiah 31:3

Devotional material is taken from "Morning and Evening," written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.





Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Spurgeon...

I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon
C. H. Spurgeon

Friday, March 9, 2012

Abide in Me...

Abide in Me John 15:4 Communion with Christ is a certain cure for every ill. Whether it be the woodworm of sadness or the smothering impact of earthly treasure, close fellowship with the Lord Jesus will take bitterness from the one and excess from the other. Live near to Jesus, Christian, and it is a matter of secondary importance whether you live on the mountain of honor or in the valley of humiliation. Living near to Jesus, you are covered with the wings of God, and underneath you are the everlasting arms. Let nothing keep you from that hallowed communion that is the unique privilege of a life hidden in Christ. Do not be content with the occasional meeting, but always seek to retain His company, for only in His presence will you find either comfort or safety. Jesus should not be for us a friend who calls us now and then, but one with whom we are in constant touch. You have a difficult road before you: Make sure, pilgrim, that you do not go without your guide. You have to pass through the fiery furnace; do not enter unless, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you have the Son of God to be your companion. You have to storm the walls of your corrupt heart: Do not attempt it until, like Joshua, you have seen the Captain of the Lord's host, with His sword drawn in His hand. When you meet with many temptations, do not rest upon the arm of flesh. In every case, in every condition, you will need Jesus, but most of all when the iron gates of death shall open to you. Keep close to the Captain of your salvation, lean upon His strength, ask Him to refresh you by His Spirit, and you will stand before Him at the end, without spot or blemish and at peace. Seeing you have lived with Him, and lived in Him here, you will abide with Him forever. Family Bible reading plan Job 38 2 Corinthians 8 -taken from Truth For Living

Monday, March 5, 2012

I am Yours and You are Mine



Say to my soul, 'I am your salvation!'
Psalms 35:3

What does this sweet prayer teach me? It shall be my evening's petition; but first let it grant me an instructive meditation.

The text informs me first of all that David had his doubts; for why should he pray, "Say to my soul, 'I am your salvation'" if he were not sometimes exercised with doubts and fears? Let me, then, be encouraged that I am not the only saint who has to face such faltering faith. If David doubted, I need not conclude that I am not a Christian because I have doubts.

The text reminds me that David was not content while he had doubts and fears, but he proceeded directly to the mercy-seat to pray for assurance, for he valued it as much as gold. I too must work to foster a continual sense of being accepted in the Beloved and must have no joy when His love is not shed abroad in my soul. When my Bridegroom is gone, my soul must long for Him.

I learn also that David knew where to obtain full assurance. He went to his God in prayer, crying, "Say to my soul, 'I am your salvation.'" I need to be often alone with God if I am to enjoy a clear sense of Jesus' love. When my prayers cease, my eye of faith will grow dim. Much in prayer, much in heaven; slow in prayer, slow in progress.

I notice that David would not be satisfied unless his assurance had a divine source. "Say to my soul . . ." Lord, speak to me! Nothing less than a divine testimony in the soul will ever content the true Christian.

Moreover, David could not rest unless his assurance had a vivid personality about it. "Say to my soul, 'I am your salvation.'" Lord, if You said this to all the saints, it means little unless You should say it to me. Lord, I have sinned; I do not deserve Your smile; I scarcely dare to ask for it. But oh, say to my soul, even to my soul, "I am your salvation." Let me have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am Yours and that You are mine.

Devotional material is taken from "Morning and Evening," written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

130 Things I Learned from "Attitudes of a Transformed Heart"

“Attitudes of a Transformed Heart” by: Martha Peace


Chapter 1:
• God wants us to have a high and proper view of Him and to bow before Him in complete allegiance. Daniel 1:8
• What matters is that God must give you a new heart and thus the capacity, as well as the desire, to bow before Him. John 14:6
• Through Daniel’s story we see that Daniel was much more concerned about promoting God’s glory than he was in protecting himself. Daniel 2:20-23
• Daniel turned to God for help. Daniel 2:21
• Daniel gave thanks and credit to God whom he called the God the God of my fathers. Daniel 2:45
• Their faith in God was unshakable in spite of the extreme danger. Daniel 3:17
• Even in the midst of fear you defend the Lord and make His name known. Daniel 4:17
• The things of this world will eventually end, but God’s kingdom would endure forever. Daniel 2:44
• Daniel thanked his high and holy God. Daniel 2:23
• Man perverts his concept of God by inventing a god in his mind who is comfortable for him. Daniel 2:31-35
• God of the Bible is like no other. Daniel 2:47

Chapter 2:
• Instead of being enamored with your own ability to impress God, you love God and are faithfully devoted to Him. James 1:27
• “Man Most High” is an unbiblical view of mankind that is man-centered and man-esteeming instead of God-centered and God-esteeming. Romans 1:23
• “Man Most High” has been influenced by the world’s wisdom and logic; God’s ways are higher than ours. 1 Corinthians 3:19-20
• The world’s craftiness and reasoning’s are not only useless, but also potentially deadly. Proverbs 14:12
• Because God is holy and we sin, we could never work hard enough or be good enough to go to heaven. Romans 6:23
• It is the Word of God, which is living, and active from which we should formulate our beliefs, not from a deceitful heart. Hebrews 4:12
• Man is responsible to God to repent and believe and therefore is in desperate need of Christ. Acts 7:30-31
• Unless God draws him, convicts him of his sin, and grants him repentance, he will not believe God, however religious he becomes. Ephesians 2:8-9
• Man loves himself whether he is thinking how wonderful he is or he is putting himself down in the grip of self-pity. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
• Man is enticed to sin by his own lusts. James 1:13-16

Chapter 3:
• Only God can accurately search our hearts. Jeremiah 17:9-10
• There are God-honoring ways to deal with reality even if it is or was traumatic. Philippians 4:8
• You cannot delve any deeper inside a person than the thoughts and intents of their heart by way of the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12
• And we know that God will never lead believers into situations that we cannot handle without sinning. 1 Corinthians 10:13
• Christian psychologists belief about general revelation, however, is not accurate since general revelation has only one overall purpose – to reveal God to us. Romans 1:18-21
• We do not fit God into where we can; we are not to steal God of His glory. 2 Peter 1:3
• Our attitude should be one of mourning over sin, not I’m special. I’m valuable. God saved me and gave me worth. Matthew 5:3-4
• We are not to use God for how He can make us feel, we are to repent and love other whether we feel like it or not. Matthew 22:39
• I am in Christ for the purpose of proclaiming His excellencies. 1 Peter 2:9
• The only way we can be freed of our sinful self is to know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Chapter 4:
• God of Heaven is the King and Ruler over His creation. Psalm 115:3
• God makes choices and we have no right to criticize Him. Isaiah 45:5-9
• God also chooses those for salvation whom He pleases and His choice is based on no merit of our own. Romans 9:18
• God delights in working in His creation through exercising His loving-kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth. Jeremiah 9:23-24
• God uses circumstances in our life to work for our good. Romans 8:28
• As children of God, we are to be holy as He is holy. 1 Peter 1:14-16
• God is faithful to keep His Word. Numbers 23:19
• God is faithful in calling His people. 1 Corinthians 1:9
• God is faithful to not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13
• God is faithful and we should entrust our souls to Him even amid suffering. 1 Peter 4:19

Chapter 5:
• Aim your life exclusively at God’s glory. Romans 14:7-8
• Worship the God of glory. 2 Chronicles 5:11-14
• Sincerely confess your sins. 1 John 1:9
• Believe in Him for salvation and throughout your life. 1 John 5:10-11
• Give God glory by bearing fruit for Him. Matthew 5:16
• Cultivate grateful contentment wherever God has placed you. Philippians 4:11
• Grow spiritually. 2 Peter 3:17-18
• Stand up for God’s truth. Jude 3
• Cultivate zeal for His name. John 2:14-17
• Witness to the lost. Matthew 28:19-20

Chapter 6:
• Scripture is one of the primary meant that God uses to renew our minds. Romans 15:4
• We have to consider the whole counsel of God, which is His Word, and rightly interpret it in the context which it was written. 2 Timothy 3:16
• You must also study what is written in the Scriptures so that you can be personally pure. Psalm 119:9
• This truth is why it is so critically important to place yourself in the church that takes study of the Scriptures seriously. 2 Peter 3:18
• We are to be mature in our understanding of Bible doctrine so that we are not to be deceived. Ephesians 4:14
• We must be increasing in Bible knowledge if we are never to stumble. 2 Peter 1:5-10
• Understanding and living Bible doctrine is the command of God. Matthew 4:4
• Bible doctrine leads to gratitude to the Lord. Colossians 3:16
• Bible doctrine is more valuable than daily food. Job 23:12
• Bible doctrine is the only way to true freedom. John 8:31-32

Chapter 7:
• The will of God is affirmed in our lives as good and acceptable and perfect to the degree that we have been transformed by the renewing of our mind. Romans 12:2
• God guides you; you must go to the Scriptures to find answers. Psalm 19:7-8
• We can know for sure how God guides us is His will for us as it is revealed in Scripture. Exodus 20:3, 13-15
• Spirit filled life means you must be saturated with the things of Christ and His Word. Colossians 3:16
• Christians must remember that they have been bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20
• It is God’s will that you be submissive. 1 Peter 2:13-15
• How God is providentially working in and guiding His creation is a mystery that we cannot fully comprehend. Proverbs 16:9
• Let your conscience be your guide. 2 Timothy 1:3
• The Scriptures teach us to enjoy the freedom we have in Christ, but to not use this freedom as an excuse for sin or license to sin. Romans 6:15-18
• If we are renewed in our thinking and attitudes then it follows that we must not be foolish. Ephesians 5:17

Chapter 8:
• We either glorify God or we do not. Hebrews 10:25
• The only way to know if our worships is genuine and pleasing to God instead of merely outward religious show is to search the Scriptures and see if it is true to the Word of God. Revelation 4:2-11
• We are to worship the one true God only. Matthew 4:8-10
• True worshippers worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24
• Some religious people are worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ in vain. Matthew 15:7-9
• We are to worship God and sing His praises for His awesome works. Psalm 66:1-5
• Look what God has done and given us to enjoy. Psalm 66:7,9-10
• We are to worship the Lord with reverence. Psalm 2:11
• We have an obligation to worship God through living totally devoted to Him. Romans 12:1
• A whole heart’s desire to serve and please God and to be used by Him for His purposes however He chooses. Romans 12:1

Chapter 9:
• In order to have right thoughts, you must first be placed in a position by God to give Him glory. Ephesians 2:8-9
• To have right thinking you must have right presuppositions about God. Psalm 83:18
• To have right thinking you must have a proper regard for God’s Word. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
• The Scriptures, however, are perfectly God-inspired. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
• As our thinking changes, we will develop a biblical perspective on life and the world. Colossians 3:16-17
• To have right thinking your mind must be renewed. Romans 12:2
• Transforming your thinking is also a command to all believers. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
• Develop a renewed mind is by preparing ahead of time what we are going to think during a difficult situation. 1 Peter 1:13
• To have right thinking you must put off wrong thoughts and put on godly thoughts. Ephesians 4:22-24
• Wrong sinful thoughts do not descend upon us out of the blue. They begin with our sinful heart. Matthew 12:34-35

Chapter 10:
• We are not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. Romans 12:3
• God gave us our gifts and abilities. 1 Corinthians 15:10
• We are to give preference to others. Romans 12:10
• The humble person is capable of learning God’s ways. Psalm 25:9
• We are to put on a heart of humility. Colossians 3:12
• The more humble we are, the more we please God and will be rewarded by Him. 1 Peter 5:5-7
• God dwells with the humble. Isaiah 57:15
• God gives grace to the humble. James 4:6
• You are aware of your need for God’s grace and ask Him for humility. Hebrews 4:14-16
• You think first of others’ feelings and needs, not “What about me?” Philippians 2:3-4

Chapter 11:
• An obedient person puts God’s desires ahead of their own desires. Matthew 26:39
• We are to behave in a godly manner. 1 Peter 1:14-16
• We are to obey God even if we must suffer for it. Acts 5:27-29
• To those who love the Lord, His commands are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3
• A person with an obedient heart lives their life based on the Word of God and not their feelings. Proverbs 3:5-6
• We can learn to be content no matter how tough things are because God will help us. Philippians 4:11-13
• Be content with what you have today. Focus on seeking God and pleasing Him. Matthew 6:35,33
• True contentment means we do not have to sin against God. Job 6:10
• God will reward those with a servant’s heart. Matthew 20:25-28
• The mark of a trust servant is his faithfulness. Matthew 24:45-46

Chapter 12:
• It is God’s will that we be pure. 1 Thessalonians 4:3,7
• We are to be in control of our bodies. 1 Thessalonians 4:4,5
• Your sexual desires are to be met by your spouse. 1 Corinthians 7:2
• Lustful sexual thoughts are sinful. Matthew 15:18-20
• God forgives any sexual sin at the moment of salvation. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
• Homosexuality is a form of perverted sexual lust. Romans 1:24-28
• Adultery violates the fact that marriage pictures Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:25-27
• Put off sexual sin by putting on the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:13-14
• Make no provision for the flesh. Romans 13:14
• Memorize Scripture and tell yourself that Scripture instead of the lustful scenarios in your mind. Psalm 119:11

Chapter 13:
• We are to love God wholly and our neighbors as ourselves. Matthew 22:35-40
• Love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22
• Obedience proves love. 1 John 5:3
• Our ability to love biblically comes from God and is an evidence of salvation. 1 John 4:7,8,19
• Jesus’ death on the cross is the supreme example of how love acts. 1 John 4:9-10
• Love is a mark of being a Christian and therefore we can have confidence in the Day of Judgment. 1 John 4:17-18
• Our love for God is seen in our love for others. 1 John 4:20-21
• We are to love and pray for those who are against us. Matthew 5:43-48
• We are to pursue love. 1 Corinthians 14:1
• If you love God, you put Him first. 1 Timothy 4:7

*I totally recommend getting this book and reading it! It is transforming and full of truth and Scripture!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Great Marvels of Our God

And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

Luke 2:18

We must not cease to wonder at the great marvels of our God. It would be very difficult to draw a line between holy wonder and real worship; for when the soul is overwhelmed with the majesty of God's glory, though it may not express itself in song or even utter its voice with bowed head in humble prayer, yet it silently adores.


Our incarnate God is to be worshiped as "the Wonderful." That God should consider His fallen creature, man, and instead of sweeping him away with the broom of destruction should Himself undertake to be man's Redeemer and to pay his ransom price is indeed marvelous!


But to each believer redemption is most marvelous as he views it in relation to himself. It is a miracle of grace indeed that Jesus should forsake the thrones and royalties above to suffer ignominiously below for you. Let your soul lose itself in wonder, for wonder is in this way a very practical emotion. Holy wonder will lead you to grateful worship and heartfelt thanksgiving.


It will cause within you godly watchfulness; you will be afraid to sin against such a love as this. Feeling the presence of the mighty God in the gift of His dear Son, you will put your shoes from off your feet, because the place whereon you stand is holy ground. You will be moved at the same time to glorious hope.


If Jesus has done such marvelous things on your behalf, you will feel that heaven itself is not too great for your expectation. Who can be astonished at anything when he has once been astonished at the manger and the cross? What is there wonderful left after one has seen the Savior? Dear reader, it may be that from the quietness and solitariness of your life you are scarcely able to imitate the shepherds of Bethlehem, who told what they had seen and heard, but you can at least fill up the circle of the worshipers before the throne by wondering at what God has done.

Devotional material is taken from "Morning and Evening," written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.