Friday, November 10, 2017

A Quiet Life



by L.B.E. Cowman, Springs in the Valley

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life. — 1 Thessalonians 4:11


Beloved! This is our spirit’s deepest need.
It is thus that we can learn to know God.
It is thus that we receive spiritual refreshment and nutriment.
It is thus that we are nourished and fed.
It is thus that we receive the Living Bread.

It is thus that our very bodies are healed, and our spirits drink in the life of our risen Lord, and we go forth to life’s conflicts and duties like the flower that has drunk in, through the shades of the night, the cool and crystal drops of dew.

But the dew never falls on a stormy night, so the dews of His Grace never come to the restless soul.

We cannot go through life strong and fresh on constant express trains with ten minutes for lunch.

We must have quiet hours,
secret places of the Most High,
times of waiting upon the Lord,
when we renew our strength
and learn to mount up on wings as eagles,
and then come back to run
and not be weary,
and to walk and not faint.

The best thing about this stillness is that it gives God a chance to work.
Anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His.
— Hebrews 4:10

and when we cease from our thoughts,
God’s thoughts come into us;
when we get still from our restless activity,
God... works in [us]
to will and to act
in order to fulfill His good purpose.
— Philippians 2:13

and we have but to work it out.

Beloved! Let us take His stillness! ~ A. B. Simpson

 
Jesus, Deliverer, come Thou to me;
Soothe Thou my voyaging,
Over life’s sea!

Excerpted with permission from Springs in the Valley by L. B. Cowman, copyright L.B. Cowman. Published by Zondervan.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Greater than Moses



The crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed
and ran up to him and greeted him.
Mark 9:15

How great the difference between Moses and Jesus!
When Moses had been forty days upon the mountain, he underwent a kind of transfiguration, so that his face shone with exceeding brightness, and he put a veil over it because the people were not able to look upon his glory.
Not so our Savior.
He had been transfigured with a greater glory than that of Moses,
and yet we do not read that the people were blinded
by the blaze of His countenance,
but rather
they were amazed and ran to Him and greeted Him.

The glory of the law repels,
but the greater glory of Jesus attracts.

Though Jesus is holy and just, yet blended with His purity there is so much truth and grace that sinners run to Him amazed at His goodness, fascinated by His love; they greet Him, become His disciples, and take Him to be their Lord and Master.

Reader, it may be that just now you are blinded
by the dazzling brightness of the law of God.
You feel its claims on your conscience,
but you cannot keep it in your life.
Not that you find fault with the law; on the contrary,
it commands your profoundest esteem.

Still you are not drawn by it to God;
you are rather hardened in heart
and tending toward desperation.

So turn your eye from Moses with all his repelling splendor,
and look to Jesus, resplendent with milder glories.
Look upon His flowing wounds and thorn-crowned head!
He is the Son of God and greater than Moses,
but He is the Lord of love and more tender than the lawgiver.

He bore the wrath of God and in His death
revealed more of God's justice than Sinai displayed,
but that justice is now vindicated,
and it is the guardian of believers in Jesus.

Look, sinner, to the bleeding Savior,
and as you feel the attraction of His love,
run to His arms, and you will be saved.

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Daily Devotional August 26, 2016



Truth For Life

Alistair Begg


 


Monday, November 6, 2017

Making Right Decisions




Who is the man that fears the Lord?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.
~ Psalm 25:12

How can you be sure you’re making the right decision? Sometimes it may feel as if God plays hide and seek when you’re trying to know His will, but that’s not the way He operates. The heavenly Father wants to give His children clear direction. The real question is, “What do you need to do to hear His voice?”

The real question is, What do you need to do to hear His voice?

Clear the pathway. 
We have two main obstacles that hinder our discernment: sin in our life and our strong desires about the situation. To receive the Lord’s guidance, we must repent of all known sin and make our desires secondary to His.

Exercise patience. 
Sometimes it takes a great deal of strength to stand still when everything within you is shouting, “Hurry! Time is running out!” But if you rush ahead of God, you may miss His will.

Persist in prayer. 
The Bible clearly instructs us to keep coming to the Lord with our concerns. As we continue to pray, He will gradually weed out anything confusing until we come to His conclusion about the matter.

Search the Scriptures. 
The Word of God has an answer for every need, and the Holy Spirit knows just how to point us in the right direction. I remember times while I was reading the Bible that a verse jumped off the page and supplied the exact answer I needed to make an important decision.
So often when we’re faced with a critical choice, 
all we want from the Lord is a quick answer. 

But He delights to meet with us in order to deepen our relationship with Him. 

Don’t let the urgency of your need keep you from enjoying the intimacy of God’s presence as you seek His will.

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