Jul 292017
 

“The Evening and the Morning were the First Day” (Genesis 1:5). 

How different is God’s method from man’s!

The creature works from day to night!

His best is first.

The Creator’s days begin with the preceding eve.

To Him-

Evening first!

Then morning!!

Are you disappointed in Christian life/work?

Remember that God wrought on through long dark ages-

– before His plans were evolved in order and beauty!

The foundation-stone of redemption was laid amid the gloom of Calvary!!

Are you passing through the bitterness?

For weeks there has been no ray of comfort, no sign of deliverance.

Yet every dark hour is hastening toward the dawn.

You shall see your Beloved walking toward you in the morning light.

Are you in despair?

The times are dark, and threaten to get darker.

But if the first creation began in the dark,

Can it be wondered at that the second must begin there to?

But as the one emerged in daylight, so shall the other.

The morning comes!

See the star of day standing sentry!

“For…weeping may remain for a night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning!” Psalm 30:5.

(PA)

Jul 142017
 

“Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)

I read some research by William Morriston, a psychologist, who reported that 94% of the 3,000 persons he surveyed were enduring today in order to get to tomorrow.

Do you know anyone like that?
Perhaps you are one of those.

Tomorrow, you’re going on vacation.
Tomorrow, you’re going to get the house cleaned.
Tomorrow, you’re going to start your diet.
Tomorrow, you’re going to balance your checkbook.

Tomorrow… tomorrow… tomorrow…

The only problem is tomorrow never arrives!
When it gets here, it is today.

And today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
It is always today.

What are you worrying about?
It’s time to ask His forgiveness and give Him your concern.

He is more than able to handle it.
Worry is pulling tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine.

Worry about nothing!
Pray about every thing!!

Worried about what tomorrow will bring?

God-
– knows your future!
– holds your future!!
– and is your future!!!

Enter each new day with Him!
Goodness and mercy shall follow you!!

(PA)

May 022017
 

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.” Philippians 3:14, 17.  

The 16th-century Venetian artist Titian portrayed Prudence as a man with three heads in his painting-
An Allegory of Prudence!

One head featured a youth facing the future-
another represented a mature man eyeing the present,
and the last head portrayed a wise old man gazing back at the past.

Over their heads, Titian wrote a Latin phrase that translates:
“From the example of the past, the man of the present acts prudently so as not to imperil the future.”

Oftentimes, our past failures and fear of repeating them again torment us.

But we need to remember the kind of wisdom Titian displayed in his painting-
so we can avoid the kind of anxiety that keeps us from enjoying life to the fullest right now.

The apostle Paul was able to forget his past and look forward to his future.
He said, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14.

While his memory wasn’t completely erased of past faults-
he knew that God had forgiven him and he was free from any guilt or pride that had been bottled up inside.

As you live in daily fellowship with the Lord, trials only make you more like the Saviour.

Don’t let your past cloud your present and future.

Determine this year to have one driving passion-
to know Christ more intimately than ever before.

Pray and rededicate your life to Christ following Paul’s example.

Ask Jesus to enable you to live fully in the present-
gain wisdom from the past,
and face the future with courage.

(PA)

Apr 222017
 

“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13). 

These words contain God’s command to the believer-

– when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties.

He cannot retreat;

He cannot go forward;

He is shut upon the right hand and on the left.

What is he now to do?

God’s Word to him is “stand still.”

It will be well for him if, at such times, he listens only to his Lord’s Word-

– for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions.

Pessimism whispers, “Lie down and give up.”

But God would have us put on a cheerful courage.

And even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.

Phobia says, “Retreat; go back to Egypt; it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.”

But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you-

– you cannot follow him, if you are a child of God.

What if for a while you are called to stand still; yet this is but to renew your strength for some greater advance in due time.

Precipitancy cries, “Do something; stir yourself; and waiting is sheer idleness.”

We must be doing something at once–we must do it, so we think–instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something, but will do everything.

Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it, and expect a miracle.”

But faith hears God say:

“Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands.

“Stand still!”

Keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice!

God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward!’

In times of uncertainty, wait.

Always, if you have any doubt, wait.

Do not force yourself to any action.

If you have a restraint in your spirit-

– wait until all is clear,

– and do not go against it.

Wait for His Word!

You shall go forward!!

(PR)

Apr 212017
 

“The Evening and the Morning were the First Day” (Genesis 1:5). 

How different is God’s method from man’s!

The creature works from day to night!

His best is first.

The Creator’s days begin with the preceding eve.

To Him-

Evening first!

Then morning!!

Are you disappointed in Christian life/work?

Remember that God wrought on through long dark ages-

– before His plans were evolved in order and beauty!

The foundation-stone of redemption was laid amid the gloom of Calvary!!

Are you passing through the bitterness?

For weeks there has been no ray of comfort, no sign of deliverance.

Yet every dark hour is hastening toward the dawn.

You shall see your Beloved walking toward you in the morning light.

Are you in despair?

The times are dark, and threaten to get darker.

But if the first creation began in the dark,

Can it be wondered at that the second must begin there to?

But as the one emerged in daylight, so shall the other.

The morning comes!

See the star of day standing sentry!

“For…weeping may remain for a night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning!” Psalm 30:5.

(PA)