On a church marquee near my home, the sign reads: "Seven Days without prayer makes one weak." In all honesty, it does not take that long to make me weak, because, sooner than that I begin to fade, and can quickly develop a rotten attitude.
As good as it was to worship together at Dogwood yesterday, with the wonderful music, and Antony's sermon about heaven; I can't live long on that, anymore than I can live long on the buffet meal from Golden Corral, or Bev's Sunday dinner.
In the wilderness, the manna that God provided for the Israelites on one day, was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself. Let's begin each day by tarrying before God and letting Him touch us.
"Sing thy first song to God
Not the thy fellow man;
Not to the creatures of His hand
But to the Glorious One.
Take thy first meal with God,
He is thy heavenly food;
Feed with and on Him; He with thee
Will feast in brotherhood.
Take thy first walk with God;
Let Him go forth with thee;
By stream or sea, or mountain path,
Seek still His company.
Thy first transaction be
With God Himself above;
So shall thy business prosper well,
And all the day be Love."
May the good Lord bless you today, as you allow Him first place in all your life, and never forget that you are loved!!!
As Christians, it is so difficult for us to understand why the culture would be so opposed to this life with Jesus. To us it is peacefulness, contentment, and joy. Can I share with you a thought from A. W. Tozer this morning?
Are You Feeling the Wind? “God hath called you to Christ’s side,” wrote the saintly Rutherford, “and the wind is now in Christ’s face in this land; and seeing ye are with Him, ye cannot expect the leeside or the sunny side of the brae.” With that beautiful feeling for words that characterized Samuel Rutherford’s most casual utterance he here crystallizes for us one of the great radical facts of the Christian life. The wind is in Christ’s face, and because we go with Him we too shall have the wind in our face. We should not expect less. The yearning for the sunny side of the brae is natural enough, and for such sensitive creatures as we are it is, I suppose, quite excusable. No one enjoys walking into a cold wind. Yet the Church has had to march with the wind in her face through the long centuries.
"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
Are you feeling the wind this morning? Acknowledge Christ's presence, be blessed and remember that you are loved!!!
The people at Dogwood yesterday morning, were eager to pray. For a soon as Anthony appealed to the church to pray for our country, the leaders, and the moral health of our culture, the alter was lined with folks pouring out their their hearts desire to the Father.
Later in the service Paul brought us a wonderful message on what it means to be under the Lordship of Christ. We hope that you are still praying and meditating on these two matters today.
Jesus ask us: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:29-30 We are all yoked to something or someone, and we all have burdens. However, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Today crosses are placed on church steeples or made of gold and used as necklaces or lapel pins. The cross of which Jesus spoke is an instrument of death--ours!
We choose to obey Christ and by so doing choose to carry the cross. Carrying a cross means to be attached to the Person of Christ, committed to the Lordship of Christ and obedient to the commandments of Christ. The man who is so attached, so committed, so obedient, has found himself, and his rightful place.
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Have a Great Monday, and always remember that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!