When you pray, are you confident God is going to answer? Or do you wonder if He even hears you? Is your prayer life fruitful and satisfying? Or are your times with the Lord somewhat disappointing, filled with petitions about unmet needs and desires? If you’ve been struggling during your personal devotions, it may mean something is amiss in the way you’ve been communicating with God.
Our Daily Bread
What is the vision you have for your life? Do you see yourself increasing and growing in the blessing of God?If we are going to live the abundant, overflowing life that God has promised us, we have to have a vision for it.
Jesus Said, “Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing”.
It may seem strange that the first world of Jesus on the cross was one of forgiveness. It is easily understandable by those who are acquainted with the record of his public ministry. Jesus left no doubt in the minds of his hearers that a spirit of forgiveness is necessary if faith is to be real.
“Wist, ye not that I must be in My Father’s house?” (Luke 2: 49).
Our Lord’s childhood was not immature manhood; our Lord’s childhood is an eternal fact. Am I a holy innocent child of God by identification with my Lord and savior? Do I look upon life as being in my Father’s house? Is the Son of God living in His Father’s house in me? He abiding Reality is God, and His order comes through the moments. Am I always in contact with Reality, or do I only pray when things have gone wrong, when there is a disturbance in the moments of my life? I have to learn to identify myself with my Lord in Holy Communion in ways some of us have not begun to learn as yet.
In verse 3 of today’s passage, the apostle Paul raises a probing question for all who have believed in Jesus Christ for salvation. He says, “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” The subtle shift from confidence in Jesus to confidence in the flesh (or self) can all too easily go unnoticed.
What is your response when you read that David was a man after God’s own heart? (See 1 Samuel 13:14.) Many of us look up to him as a spiritual giant and think to ourselves, I could never be like that.
But the Lord hasn’t reserved this title for just one man. He wants all of us to seek Him as David did. One of our problems is the tendency to focus on just part of his story. We tend to forget that the scriptural account gives a record of David’s lifetime. He had to begin pursuing the Lord the same way we do—one step at a time.
“If, therefore, the light that is in thee, be darkness, how great is that darkness.” (Mathew 6:23)
Well if I just write it like this, “If, therefore, the darkness that is in thee, be light, how great is that light.” Life of man normally is a mixture of light and darkness. Still the life of a number of persons is totally dark; but the life of a few persons is all light. Jesus warns man against darkness (Luke 11: 35). Man considers his light as the real light of life, but his supposed light is actually all darkness, and if all his supposed light is not light but only darkness, then all his life is full of total darkness.
Your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col. 3: 3).
The spirit of God witnesses to the simple almighty security of the life hid with Christ in God and this is continually brought out in the Epistles. We talk as if it were the most precarious thing to live the sanctified life; it is the most secure thing, because it has Almighty God in and behind it. The most precarious thing is to try and live without God. If we are born again it is the easiest thing to live in right relationship to God and the most difficult thing to go wrong, if only we will heed God’s warnings and keep in the light.
“Your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col. 3: 3).