Verse of the day — 2 Peter 3:14

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,

2 Peter 3:14(NASB)
Open Windows by T. Austin-Sparks

The Cost of Service

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV)

Mental activity, emotional life and the will is exactly that which the New Testament calls the natural man, who as a oulish/i> man is incapable of accepting what comes from the Spirit of God. Nearly all so-called revivals have happened on this basis. They were mighty movements for the shaking of emotions: mighty persuasions and argumentations were used to influence the understanding and will. What was the result? The natural man has been maneuvered into Christianity and been made a Christian. We cannot, however, recognize the thoughts of God in this and it has nothing to do with being born again. It may be that ebirthshave occurred in the revivals mentioned above. But there is a difference between, let us say, a psychological rebirth and a rebirth in the Spirit. The one might temporarily carry all the characteristic features of a real rebirth. And yet all of that does not necessarily have anything to do with the Spirit, and in innumerable cases it has had nothing to do with the Spirit. It is a work of man... Christianity has become a system of human interpretation of the thoughts of God. Spiritual death hovers over it. It is no living testimony for God. God has given us a burden in our hearts concerning His thoughts. We do not speak to criticize. We speak because we have to....

People that stand without reserve for the rights of God will always be considered as enemies by those who reject the thoughts of God.... Wherever a religious system has come to reign, it will always be held against them that it is they who bring the people of God into confusion. This is what makes the ministry so difficult. This is what makes the ministry so costly. Israel was so deceived that it thought it was doing right in its idolatry. This is the highest level of deception, not seeing that everything one does, also that which is sincerely intended, actually serves the devil. The prophet disagreement is not in the first place with Israel. His battle is with the whole spiritual system into which Israel is entangled. eligiouspeople would not even rebel against the ministry of the prophet, if the enemy did not instigate them. So they become instruments of the devil. But the prophet is ready to encounter this. He is misunderstood, he is slandered and seen as an enemy; he is marked as the one who troubles Israel. But he has a vision. He does not serve himself. He knows that his standpoint leaves no room for personal ambition. But he has seen God. He is connected to God. And in the special standing which he has with God, the difference between the godly and the human has been revealed to him. With this vision he has become prepared to carry the cost that the service of God demands.

Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 2:14
Morning Daily Light by Samuel Bagster

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.

The love of Christ … passes knowledge. § Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. § You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. § Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. § Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. § [Bear] with one another, and [forgive] one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you. § For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. § Christ … suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.

You also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. § We also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 John 3:16;  Eph. 3:19;  John 15:13;  2 Cor. 8:9;  1 John 4:11;  Eph. 4:32;  Col. 3:13;  Mark 10:45;  1 Peter 2:21;  John 13:14,15;  1 John 3:16
Bible verses: 1 John 3:16
Topics:Life Love
Evening Daily Light by Samuel Bagster

The Son can do nothing of Himself,but what He sees the Father do; forwhatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. § I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. § My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

Those who are called, sanctified by God the Father. § Both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.

“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. § The fullness of Him who fills all in all. § I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. § This is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world. § Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

John 5:19;  Prov. 2:6;  Luke 21:15;  Ps. 27:14;  2 Cor. 12:9;  Jude 1:1;  Heb. 2:11;  Jer. 23:24;  Eph. 1:23;  Isa. 43:11;  John 4:42;  Titus 1:4
Bible verses: John 5:19
None but the Hungry Heart by Miles Stanford

The Excellent Glory

We all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord. . . " (2 Cor. 3:18a).

During the first half of your Christian life you are concerned about your doing; in the second half you will be burdened about your being. "The more simply devoted you are to the Lord Jesus, who is worthy of all devotion, the more fragrance there will be in all your ways; for it will be manifested that you are not seeking yourself, not wincing because your rights are invaded, or that you are not as much cared for as you are entitled to be. Rather, there is only one governing thought of your life about everything, and that is, how you may distinguish Him who fills every need in your heart, and lights it up with unfading joy." -J.B.S. "Nothing can be so divinely beautiful on earth as a believer so transformed by the Spirit of God, that he is in heavenly manners here on earth; so that he does not in any of his ways deny the Lord Jesus Christ; but in the most trying hour of his history upon earth the Lord can say of him, thou hast a little power, and hast kept My Word, and hast not denied My Name.'" -J.B.S. "In creation God planted a man in the garden in innocence; in redemption He has planted a Man in heaven, in glory. There is a glory that excelleth. The glory in redemption leaves the glory that was once in creation as nothing." -J.G.B. "For every believer who actually crosses over into the Promised Land there are far too many who stand for awhile and look longingly across the river, and then turn sadly back to the comparative safety of the sandy wastes of the self-life."

". . . are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord " (2 Cor. 3:18b).

Bible verses: 2 Corinthians 3:18
Devotional Studies by Elizabeth Haworth

Believe It or Not

Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
John 3:18

Died for All

Christ died for the sin of the whole world which means that every man and woman who has ever lived has had their sins forgive! ALL they have to do is to believe. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. It’s ALL by grace through faith. The heavenly gate of grace is open wide to whosoever will trust in the name of the only begotten Son of God, for He is the Light of the world and grace has come thru Him.

Light of Christ

The light of Christ has been given to every single man who has entered the world. Not one member of the human race has ever been excluded from God’s gracious gift. Though now crowned with glory and great honour, Jesus tasted death for everyone. By God’s grace alone every man and woman has an opportunity to receive eternal life.

A Free-Will

God in His gracious kindness has endowed every person with volition – a free-will. All can accept God’s grace – but not all members of the human race choose to do so. Many do not wish to know Him, for men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil – and many of His own people do not want Jesus as their King.

Bridge of Faith

In a world, (or in a man), that does not know the Lord Jesus Christ – He cannot reign as king, nor can He impart righteousness to those who do not believe in His name. Condemnation is removed from ALL those that trust in the Lord Jesus Christ – BUT ALL who reject God’s free gift of grace are already condemned – because of unbelief. There is a great divide between the two which can only be bridged by faith.

Chasm of Unbelief

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Bible verses: John 3:18
Knowing Jesus Devotional by Elizabeth Haworth

Garden Of Delight

And the Lord planted a garden…”
Genesis 2:8

New World

What a simple and yet beautiful picture – a new world had just been created. The earth had become without form and void and covered in thick darkness, and then. God spoke the Word, and the Spirit hovered and... “Let There Be Light” – and there was.

Cascade of Creation

And then a wonderful cascade of creation began to flood into being, over 6 days, The firmament was made. Waters divided. Sea was formed. Dry land appeared. Vegetation overflowed. Herbs and trees grew. Fruit and seed and all manner of food was produced. A beautiful, colourful, glorious picture was being painted by the Master..  sculptured, by the Master-Craftsman.

Day and Night

And then.. The dazzling sun, burst into light and the radiant moon reflected its light, to govern the day and rule the night – for signs and seasons – for days and years. Twinkling stars were flung into the heavenly spaces and set as God commanded.

Sea and Sky

And then..  Water creatures streamed into the oceans and flying things soared into the skies. Fish and foul of every dimension and size; hue and colour; tone and tint and tinge. Be fruitful and fertile – multiply and proliferate and fill and flood the earth with beauty, Soar into the heights, plunge into the depth and glorify your Creator in heaven.

Multiplicity of Creatures

And then…  A multiplicity of creatures: cattle and living beasts charged onto life’s canvas. Butterflies and badgers; pigs and pandas; large and small; hairy and smooth; all designed to glorify God – all unique in their praise of their heavenly Creator.

Man in God’s Image

And then… God said… “Let US make man in our OWN image after OUR own likeness.” And man was made to rule and to reign. Man was created to have dominion over all in the earth. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God created He him; male and female He created them” Genesis 1:7 He made them to complement each other and to rule

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