Thought for Today
The Way of Grace
“The highway of the upright is to depart from evil:
he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul”
The way of grace is the way of righteousness. It is the path of all who follow their loving Shepherd. Psalm 23 declares that “he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness”. Those who follow Him know deep within their being that the “way of the Lord” leads us to “righteousness, peace and joy”. It is in the “keeping of His way” that we in fact “preserve our souls”.
Grace is ever given to hold us, keep us and sustain us in the “way of holiness”. The way of holiness is the only path to the seeing of Him and the knowing of Him (Hebrews 12:14). Grace is the power to walk, live and abide within the pavilion of His Kingdom. Grace to arise when we fall, Grace to endure temptations and Grace to know the joy of His salvation within our lives.
“through whom we have received grace and apostleship
to bring about the obedience of faith
among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,”
Romans 1:5 (NASB)
The Way of Grace ever causes us to depart from evil and to cling to that which is good and right. It is by “grace” where we are saved through the wonder of faith. It is a grace which saves us from our sins and gives us the power to live godly in Christ Jesus.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith…”
Quote for Today
“For it is not so much speaking true things that doth good, as speaking them from the pure, and conveying them to the pure: for the life runs along from the vessel of life in one, into the vessel of life in another; and the words (though ever so true) cannot convey life to another, but as the living vessel opens in the one, and is opened in the other.”
– Isaac Pennington
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another…” John 1:7
Thought for Today –
“If it were not for hopes, the heart would break”
– Thomas Fuller
Jesus is the hope of every life. He is the stronghold of all who put their trust in Him. Hope gives strength in the night, it is the anchor in every storm and it is the pillar that hold’s His own in every night season.
A living hope beats with the evidentiary expression of Faith. A living hope is always ratified by a living faith. It is faith which assures hope of its validity.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for…”
Faith and Hope are the kindred graces which inevitably brings the soul into the very Love of God.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love”
1 Corinthians 13:13
Quote for Today
“The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves”
Quote for Today
“Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.”
– Oswald Chambers
Thought for Today
Breaking the Yoke
“the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”
Salvation expresses freedom from the tyranny of sin. It is first seen (in type) when all of Israel came out of Egypt after 400 years of bondage and slavery; when the oppressed were radically freed from the cruelty of Pharaoh’s dominion. Salvation gives to every believer the breaking of the yoke and the setting free of captives by a living faith in Christ.
The joyous release of Israel from Egypt was only the beginning of God’s work of salvation. In the wilderness it became evident that, while being freed from Egypt externally, they carried within another Pharaoh who was just as much a tyrant as the one they had left behind. This Pharaoh could not be known until the first was out of the way. The new Pharaoh was that of the fallen Adam; the “old” man of sin who was selfish, rebellious and unable to keep or follow God’s law. All along their journey we see the shortcomings and inability of most to fully yield themselves to God. The Law was given to men in order that they might know the need for a Saviour; One who would come “in the fullness of time” to bring all who by faith would come unto the living Christ (the Anointed One).
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ,
that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come,
we are no longer under a schoolmaster”
The Law can set no one free; its sole purpose is to bring all unto Christ! For in Him we live, we move and become free from the tyranny of sin and bondage. God has an answer to every yoke of bondage and His Name is Jesus Christ the Lord. In following Him, yielding to Him and abiding in His wonder we are made free by the living truth of His life in us.
“O the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out!”
Quote for Today
“That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour”
2 Peter 3:2
“Sound doctrine and holy living are the marks of true prophets”
– J. C. Ryle
Quote for Today
PREPARATION for Eternity
“And as it is appointed to men once to die,
but after this the judgment:…”
“Prepare to die whilst you are in health. It is an ill time to calk the ship when at sea, tumbling up and down in a storm: this should have been looked to when she was in port. And as bad is it to begin and trim a soul for heaven when tossing on a sick bed. Things that are done in a hurry are seldom done well. Those poor creatures, I fear, go in an ill dress into another world who begin to provide for it when they are dying but alas, they must go, though they have not time to put on proper clothes”
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” Luke 6:26
“If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.”
– Vance Havner
Prayer the Privilege of Relationship
“After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven”
The true foundation of prayer is relationship. While many religious people may use rote prayers and vain repetitions, relationship is the determining element of the power and efficacy of prayer (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). True prayer has as much to do with listening as speaking. Prayer is the fragrance of relationship, the very atmosphere in which our hearts touch the Holy presence of God Himself. We see in the opening line of Jesus’ prayer that he presents the Fatherhood of God as the first key to prayer. For prayer is to be the conversing of His child with their heavenly Father in the bonds of love.
“Hallowed be thy name”
Matthew 6:9 KJV
“Your name be honored as holy”
The entrance into this Holy place of communion will be most felt within the hearts of those who know of His Holiness. The heart that spends time in prayer with Him will have a desire to keep His Name Holy in their thoughts, desires, intentions and deeds. One does not come brazenly or carelessly into this place for “the fear of the Lord is the beginning (principle part) of knowledge”. There is a beauty and a fire associated with the true prayer of relationship where the intimacy of connection grows as the years pass and becomes as natural as breathing. The intensity of the soul to cultivate an audience with Him becomes the chief purpose and desire of life itself.
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple”
It becomes the one thing. It is not something to be scheduled into specific meetings and times of prayer for in reality it becomes the very posture of our hearts in everyday living. How privileged we are to have such access to God Almighty. The true wonder of prayer is to be held within the miracle of relationship! Relationship with the Father has no end or limit other than the condition of our own hearts! The Eternal Mystery of God in Christ is infinite in nature and scope; so is our knowing of Him.
“For prayer is nothing else
than being on terms of friendship with God”
Saint Teresa of Avila