Verse of the day — Ephesians 1:6

to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:6(NASB)
Open Windows by T. Austin-Sparks

Resurrection Power

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. (Philippians 3:10 NIV)

Resurrection always means that we are outside of the world. After His resurrection the Lord Jesus never again appeared to the world. He never manifested Himself personally to the world after His resurrection. The resurrection means that He had passed, in that sense, out from the world and stood apart, and His power over the world was His apartness from it. His ability to deal with the situation is because He is no longer involved in the situation. Resurrection Life means that we are outside of the world spiritually, and in a superior position....

We have to learn how to live by the power of Christ's resurrection, so that the death around us is not able so to impinge upon us as to bring us into its grip. Resurrection union with the Lord Jesus means that we are not involved in the death that is all around us. We can move in scenes of death and not be touched by death. This is a very important lesson to learn, how to be in Life in the midst of death.... In the resurrection of the Lord Jesus we are delivered from the curse that is, from the death which works vanity and we have been brought into the place where we can go right through to the Divine end, the full realization that vanity no longer rests upon us. We are no longer held up; no longer in the position that we live and come to a point and that is the end, and we can go no further. We can go right on now! The fruit of Life can come to perfection because the power of death in the curse has been canceled in the power of His resurrection. The condemnation has been removed.

Bible verses: Philippians 3:10
Topics: Resurrection
Morning Daily Light by Samuel Bagster

He led them forth by the right way.

In the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled [Jacob], He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led him. § Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. § For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death. § Who teaches like Him?

Ps. 107:7;  Deut. 32:10–12;  Isa. 46:4;  Ps. 23:3,4; Isa. 58:11;  Ps. 48:14;  Job 36:22
Bible verses: Psalm 107:7
Evening Daily Light by Samuel Bagster

“What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. § But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. § Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory … give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Luke 18:41;  Ps. 119:18;  Luke 24:45;  John 14:26;  James 1:17;  Eph. 1:17;  Eph. 1:18;  Eph. 1:19
Bible verses: Luke 18:41
None but the Hungry Heart by Miles Stanford

Relentless Purpose

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him" (2 Chron. 16:9).

All of God's thoughts concerning us are centered in His Son, where He has placed us. Hence they are "thoughts of peace, and not of evil" (Jer. 29:11). Others may do evil against us, but our Father turns it into our good, for Jesus' sake.

"The purpose of God is that through the conditions and sufferings of my life should develop in me the features of His Son. On the one hand, the features of the old creation may be seen to be more and more terrible and horrible, as I recognize them in myself; but over against that God is doing something which is other than my old self. He is bringing into being Another, altogether other, and that is His Son, my new life. Slowly, seemingly all too slowly; nevertheless something is developing. The sonship is not very much in evidence yet, but it is going to be manifested. What God has been doing will come out into the light eventually - conformity to the image of His Son." -T. A-S.

"Afflictions are in the hands of the Holy Spirit to effect the softening of the heart in order to receive heavenly impression. Job said, 'God maketh my heart soft' (Job 23:16). As the wax in its natural hard state cannot take the impress of the signet, and needs to be melted to render it susceptible, so the believer is by trials prepared to receive, and made to bear, the divine likeness."

"Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving'' (Col. 2:7).

Devotional Studies by Elizabeth Haworth

The Precious Pardon (Easter Reflections - (3)

Easter Reflections - STUDY
1st word from the cross


Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34

forgive them,
for they know not what they do.

Forgiveness – God First Act

These were the first words spoken by the Lord Jesus on the Cross. Forgiveness was the first thought on the mind of the crucified Saviour. Forgiveness was the first response of God to sins committed in the Eden. Forgiveness is an unfathomable grace that is deep in the heart of God.

Forgiveness – Christ First Thought

These sublime words were uttered at the very act of His crucifixion on the cross.. as the cruel nails, were driven into His hands and feet – piercing His sinless flesh. And He uttered ‘forgive’ at a moment of excruciating and inconceivable anguish. He emitted no cry of pain, nor any foul offensive execration upon His persecutors. He begged no release from His suffering. There was no bitter curse on His accusers. Father forgive; Forgive; FORGIVE. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.

forgive them,
for they know not what they do.

The Eternal Substitute

He prayed for His pitiless murderers. He prayed for His aggressive accusers. He prayed 'forgive'– and for every man born of woman and every woman begotten of man He prayed 'forgive'. He may as well have called out your very name and mine, in that mighty list of absolution, for His prayer traversed the centuries. His absolution touched every child of Adam. This eternal substitute was made sin for us – for you and for me.  And He went to the cross alone.

The Eternal Gift

This God-Man paid the price for our every sin and He suffered. He paid the penalty that we should pay. He took the punishment we should receive – for the wages of our sin is death. Death!  DEATH!  But the gift, in the person of a slain Messiah.. the gift of God is eternal life. And we who believe are both reconciled and accepted in the Beloved Son, forever.

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Bible verses: Luke 23:34John 13:34
Knowing Jesus Devotional by Elizabeth Haworth

Totally Consecrated to HIM

Be holy, for I am holy.    1 Peter 1:6

Mary …… anointed the feet of Jesus.  John 12:3

Holy God

Angels shroud their very being from the awesome presence... of the image.. of the reflection, of the glory, of His holiness, as they whisper in harmonious unison - Holy, Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

Set Apart

Holiness unto the Lord. Holiness – the very essence of the nature of God. But why are we – we who are formed in His image… why are we encouraged and commanded in the written Word to be holy? And why are we instructed by the sweet and quiet yearnings of the Holy Spirit.. deep in our hearts to be holy – to be set apart and consecrated to Him?

because HE first loved us.

because He FIRST  loved us.

because He first LOVED us.

because He first loved US.

A Life Process

What an act of devotion and total consecration to sit and to worship and to anoint His feet, as did Mary of Bethany. The gracious Spirit of holiness gently leads the seeking, consecrated soul through the gentle, yet agonising process, of being conformed into the very image of the Son of Righteousness. A life process that leads to a bitter-sweet isolation. A life that leads to a total immersion in the heart of the Beloved.

A Life Separated

This increasingly blessed state not only demands separation; separation from the clamours of the world; separation from the taunting enticement of fleshly lusts.. but also a life dedicated to Him; a life submitted completely to Him and His will; a life of total consecration to Him; a life that produces purity of heart and holiness of life; a life, utterly in love with the Son of His love; a life that kneels at His feet in brokenness of spirit; a life that washes His feet in humility of heart – a life that can say without reservation:

Take My Life

Take my

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Bible verses: 1 Peter 1:6John 12:3