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Friday, June 29th, 2007

Subject:Prayer request
Posted by:el_staplador.
Time:1:11 pm.
Dear all,

I would be very grateful if you could pray for my friend Felicity. She is going through a severe crisis of faith, and having grave doubts about her forthcoming wedding. Could you pray that she might receive comfort, guidance and discernment in the coming weeks.

Many thanks

K
Comments: Pray

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Subject:Prayer request
Posted by:el_staplador.
Time:9:15 am.
Hello there!

I'd appreciate it if people could pray for my friends Karen and Nicholas, who are getting married on Saturday.
Comments: Pray

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Subject:Smoking
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:25 am.
I am going to try to quit smoking again today. I am going to purchase some nicotine gum just in case I can't handle it. But mainly I am going to try praying the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Please pray that I will be able to do it this time. I've tried many times before and failed.
Comments: Pray

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Posted by:el_staplador.
Time:4:53 pm.
Name- Kathleen
Living Arrangement- I'm a student, in my final year of English Literature at the University of Exeter (UK), and live with five other students.
Do you attend Church regularly?- Yes - I'm happily settled in the Church of England, and attend the University Chapel. I'm one of the Chaplain's admin assistants - at least, I am when I'm not so snowed under with work! I've been rambling a lot about my spiritual journey in my LJ recently, so feel free to have a look (el_staplador.
What are your prayer needs (be as general or specific as you like)?- At the moment I'm trying to work out what God wants of me for the rest of my life, and specifically, whether this involves a vocation to ordained ministry. I'm looking for jobs in university Chaplaincies to get the experience I feel I need before taking any further steps in this... I'd appreciate prayers for guidance and discernment in this process.
What would you like to see here at prayerzone?- I don't know, really - I'm still getting to know the comm!
Comments: 3 Prayed - Pray

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Subject:(Ex) Mod Post
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:9:57 pm.
I have decided to discontinue the daily devotional post from Oswald Chamber's My Utmost For His Highest. I have too much going on, and I do plan on going back to school before long. shareul has volunteered to take over as Maintainer of this community, and I will be stepping down to leave it in her capable hands.

God bless!

--Sly
Comments: 2 Prayed - Pray

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 13th
The habit of a good conscience

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A conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Acts 24:16.

***

God's commands are given to the life of His Son in us, consequently to the human nature in which His Son has been formed, His commands are difficult, but immediately we obey they become divinely easy.

Conscience is that faculty in me which attaches itself to the highest that I know, and tells me what the highest I know demands that I do. It is the eye of the soul which looks out either towards God or towards what it regards as the highest, and therefore conscience records differently in different people. If I am in the habit of steadily facing myself with God, my conscience will always introduce God's perfect law and indicate what I should do. The point is, will I obey? I have to make an effort to keep my conscience so sensitive that I walk without offence. I should be living in such perfect sympathy with God's Son, that in every circumstance the spirit of my mind is renewed, and I 'make out' at once "what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God."

God always educates us down to the scruple. Is my ear so keen to hear the tiniest whisper of the Spirit that I know what I should do? "Grieve not the Holy Spirit." He does not come with a voice like thunder; His voice is so gentle that it is easy to ignore it. The one thing that keeps the conscience sensitive to Him is the continual habit of being open to God on the inside. When there is any debate, quit. 'Why shouldn't I do this?' You are on the wrong track. There is no debate possible when conscience speaks. At your peril, you allow one thing to obscure your inner communion with God. Drop it, whatever it is, and see that you keep your inner vision clear.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 12th
Make a habit of having no habits

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For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful.

2 Peter 1:8 (R.V.).

***

When we begin to form a habit we are conscious of it. There are times when we are conscious of becoming virtuous and patient and godly, but it is only a stage; if we stop there we shall get the strut of the spiritual prig. The right thing to do with habits is to lose them in the life of the Lord, until every habit is so practised that there is no conscious habit at all. Our spiritual life continually resolves into introspection because there are some qualities we have not added as yet. Ultimately the relationship is to be a completely simple one.

Your god may be your little Christian habit, the habit of prayer at stated times, or the habit of Bible reading. Watch how your Father will upset those times if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes--'I can't do that just now, I am praying; it is my hour with God.' No, it is your hour with your habit. There is a quality that is lacking in you. Recognize the defect, and then look for the opportunity of exercising yourself along the line of the quality to be added.

Love means that there is no habit visible, you have come to the place where the habit is lost, and by practice you do the thing unconsciously. If you are consciously holy, there are certain things you imagine you cannot do, certain relationships in which you are far from simple; that means there is something to be added. The only supernatural life is the life the Lord Jesus lived, and He was at home with God anywhere. Is there anywhere where you are not at home with God? Let God press through in that particular circumstance until you gain Him, and life becomes the simple life of a child.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 11th
You won't reach it on tiptoe

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Add to your brotherliness ... love.

2 Peter 1:7.

***

Love is indefinite to most of us, we do not know what we mean when we talk about love. Love is the sovereign preference of one person for another, and spiritually Jesus demands that that preference be for Himself (cf. Luke 14:26 ). When the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ is easily first; then we must practise the working out of these things mentioned by Peter.

The first thing God does is to knock pretence and the pious pose right out of me. The Holy Spirit reveals that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. 'Now,' He says to me, 'show the same love to others'--"Love as I have loved you." 'I will bring any number of people about you whom you cannot respect, and you must exhibit My love to them as I have exhibited it to you.' You won't reach it on tiptoe. Some of us have tried to, but we were soon tired.

"The Lord suffereth long...." Let me look within and see; His dealings with me. The knowledge that God has loved me to the uttermost, to the end of all my sin and meanness and selfishness and wrong, will send me forth into the world to love in the same way. God's love to me is inexhaustible, and I must love others from the bedrock of God's love to me. Growth in grace stops the moment I get huffed. I get huffed because I have a peculiar person to live with. Just think how disagreeable I have been to God! Am I prepared to be so identified with the Lord Jesus that His life and His sweetness are being poured out all the time? Neither natural love nor Divine love will remain unless it is cultivated. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained by discipline.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 10th
Take the initiative

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Add to your faith virtue.... ("Furnish your faith with resolution.") (Moffatt)

2 Peter 1:5.

***

"Add" means there is something we have to do. We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God does that; but God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do all that ourselves, we have to work out the salvation God has worked in. "Add" means to get into the habit of doing things, and in the initial stages it is difficult. To take the initiative is to make a beginning, to instruct yourself in the way you have to go.

Beware of the tendency of asking the way when you know it perfectly well. Take the initiative, stop hesitating, and take the first step. Be resolute when God speaks, act in faith immediately on what He says, and never revise your decisions. If you hesitate when God tells you to do a thing, you endanger your standing in grace. Take the initiative, take it yourself, take the step with your will now, make it impossible to go back. Burn your bridges behind you--'I will write that letter'; 'I will pay that debt.' Make the thing inevitable.

We have to get into the habit of hearkening to God about everything, to form the habit of finding out what God says. If, when a crisis comes, we instinctively turn to God, we know that the habit has been formed. We have to take the initiative where we are, not where we are not.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 9th
Grasp without reach

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Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint.

Proverbs 29:18 (R.V.).

***

There is a difference between an ideal and a vision. An ideal has no moral inspiration; a vision has. The people who give themselves over to ideals rarely do anything. A man's conception of Deity may be used to justify his deliberate neglect of his duty. Jonah argued that because God was a God of justice and of mercy, therefore everything would be all right. I may have a right conception of God, and that may be the very reason why I do not do my duty. But wherever there is vision, there is also a life of rectitude because the vision imparts moral incentive.

Ideals may lull to ruin. Take stock of yourself spiritually and see whether you have ideals only or if you have vision.

***

'Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,

Or what's a heaven for?'

***

"Where there is no vision...." When once we lose sight of God, we begin to be reckless, we cast off certain restraints, we cast off praying, we cast off the vision of God in little things, and begin to act on our own initiative. If we are eating what we have out of our own hand, doing things on our own initiative without expecting God to come in, we are on the downward path, we have lost the vision. Is our attitude to-day an attitude that springs from our vision of God? Are we expecting God to do greater things than He has ever done? Is there a freshness and vigour in our spiritual outlook.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 8th
The patience of faith

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Because thou hast kept the word of My patience.

Rev. 3:10.

***

Patience is more than endurance. A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says--'I cannot stand any more. God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God's hands. For what have you need of patience just now? Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. "Though He slay me, yet will I wait for Him."

Faith is not a pathetic sentiment, but robust vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. You cannot see Him just now, you cannot understand what He is doing, but you know Him. Shipwreck occurs where there is not that mental poise which comes from being established on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the heroic effort of your life, you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God.

God has ventured all in Jesus Christ to save us, now He wants us to venture our all in abandoned confidence in Him. There are spots where that faith has not worked in us as yet, places untouched by the life of God. There were none of those spots in Jesus Christ's life, and there are to be none in ours. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee." The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we take this view, life becomes one great romance, a glorious opportunity for seeing marvellous things all the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 6th
Liberty on the abyss of the gospel

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Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.

Gal. 5:1.

***

A spiritually minded man will never come to you with the demand--'Believe this and that'; but with the demand that you square your life with the standards of Jesus. We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the One Whom the Bible reveals (cf. John 5:39-40 ). We are called to present liberty of conscience, not liberty of view. If we are free with the liberty of Christ, others will be brought into that same liberty--the liberty of realizing the dominance of Jesus Christ.

Always keep your life measured by the standards of Jesus. Bow your neck to His yoke alone, and to no other yoke whatever; and be careful to see that you never bind a yoke on others that is not placed by Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us out of the way of thinking that unless everyone sees as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God's view. There is only one liberty, the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right.

Don't get impatient, remember how God dealt with you--with patience and with gentleness; but never water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, 'Go and make disciples,' not--make converts to your opinions.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 5th
Judgment on the abyss of love

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For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.

1 Peter 4:17.

***

The Christian worker must never forget that salvation is God's thought, not man's; therefore it is an unfathomable abyss. Salvation is the great thought of God, not an experience. Experience is only a gateway by which salvation comes into our conscious life. Never preach the experience; preach the great thought of God behind. When we preach we are not proclaiming how man can be saved from hell and be made moral and pure; we are conveying good news about God.

In the teachings of Jesus Christ the element of judgment is always brought out, it is the sign of God's love. Never sympathize with a soul who finds it difficult to get to God; God is not to blame. It is not for us to find out the reason why it is difficult, but so to present the truth of God that the Spirit of God will show what is wrong. The great sterling test in preaching is that it brings everyone to judgment. The Spirit of God locates each one to himself.

If Jesus ever gave us a command He could not enable us to fulfil, He would be a liar; and if we make our inability a barrier to obedience, it means we are telling God there is something He has not taken into account. Every element of self-reliance must be slain by the power of God. Complete weakness and dependence will always be the occasion for the Spirit of God to manifest His power.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 4th
Vicarious intercession

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Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.

Hebrews 10:19.

***

Beware of imagining that intercession means bringing our personal sympathies into the presence of God and demanding that He does what we ask. Our approach to God is due entirely to the vicarious identification of our Lord with sin. We have "boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus."

Spiritual stubbornness is the most effectual hindrance to intercession, because it is based on sympathy with that in ourselves and in others that we do not think needs atoning for. We have the notion that there are certain right and virtuous things in us which do not need to be based on the Atonement, and just in the domain of 'stodge' that is produced by this idea we cannot intercede. We do not identify ourselves with God's interests in others, we get petulant with God; we are always ready with our own ideas, and intercession becomes the glorification of our own natural sympathies. We have to realize that the identification of Jesus with sin means the radical alteration of all our sympathies. Vicarious intercession means that we deliberately substitute God's interests in others for our natural sympathy with them.

Am I stubborn or substituted? Petted or perfect in my relationship to God? Sulky or spiritual? Determined to have my own way or determined to be identified with Him?

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Subject:the future???
Posted by:yousavedmelord.
Time:8:07 pm.
Shadows lengthen, as the evening closes.
The past, slowly fading away, 2000 years on this road into freedom:
to the glory day.
We can believe in a brighter tomorrow.
The future is clearly in view, and there's
love in the hearts of a new generation.

Can you feel it too?


*Words taken from the song "First Light" Copyright 2000 CJM Music*


x-posted! - so sorry if you see it twice
Comments: Pray

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 3rd
Vital intercession

***

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.

Eph. 6:18.

***

As we go on in intercession we may find that our obedience to God is going to cost other people more than we thought. The danger then is to begin to intercede in sympathy with those whom God was gradually lifting to a totally different sphere in answer to our prayers. Whenever we step back from identification with God's interest in others into sympathy with them, the vital connection with God has gone; we have put our sympathy, our consideration for them, in the way, and this is a deliberate rebuke to God.

It is impossible to intercede vitally unless we are perfectly sure of God, and the greatest dissipator of our relationship to God is personal sympathy and personal prejudice. Identification is the key to intercession, and whenever we stop being identified with God, it is by sympathy, not by sin. It is not likely that sin will interfere with our relationship to God, but sympathy will, sympathy with ourselves or with others which makes us say--'I will not allow that thing to happen.' Instantly we are out of vital connection with God.

Intercession leaves you neither time nor inclination to pray for your own 'sad sweet self.' The thought of yourself is not kept out, because it is not there to keep out; you are completely and entirely identified with God's interests in other lives.

Discernment is God's call to intercession, never to fault finding.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 2nd
The passion of patience

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Though it tarry, wait for it.

Hab. 2:3.

***

Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts. The vision of God is the source of patience, because it imparts a moral inspiration. Moses endured, not because he had an ideal of right and duty, but because he had a vision of God. He "endured, as seeing Him Who is invisible." A man with the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue; he is devoted to God Himself. You always know when the vision is of God because of the inspiration that comes with it; things come with largeness and tonic to the life because everything is energized by God. If God gives you a time spiritually, as He gave His Son actually, of temptation in the wilderness, with no word from Himself at all, endure; and the power to endure is there because you see God.

"Though it tarry, wait for it." The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have grasped. It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually. "What shall I render unto the Lord?" said the Psalmist, "I will take the cup of salvation." We are apt to look for satisfaction in ourselves--'Now I have got the thing; now I am entirely sanctified; now I can endure.' Instantly we are on the road to ruin. Our reach must exceed our grasp. "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect." If we have only what we have experienced, we have nothing; if we have the inspiration of the vision of God, we have more than we can experience. Beware of the danger of relaxation spiritually.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Monday, May 1st, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
May 1st
Insight not emotion

***

I have to lead my life in faith, without seeing Him.

2 Cor. 5:7. (Moffatt)

***

For a time we are conscious of God's attentions, then, when God begins to use us in His enterprises, we take on a pathetic look and talk of the trials and the difficulties, and all the time God is trying to make us do our duty as obscure people. None of us would be obscure spiritually if we could help it. Can we do our duty when God has shut up heaven? Some of us always want to be illuminated saints with golden haloes and the flush of inspiration, and to have the saints of God dealing with us all the time. A gilt-edged saint is no good, he is abnormal, unfit for daily life, and altogether unlike God. We are here as men and women, not as half-fledged angels, to do the work of the world, and to do it with an infinitely greater power to stand the turmoil because we have been born from above.

If we try to re-introduce the rare moments of inspiration, it is a sign that it is not God we want. We are making a fetish of the moments when God did come and speak, and insisting that He must do it again; whereas what God wants us to do is to walk by faith. How many of us have laid ourselves by, as it were, and said--'I cannot do any more until God appears to me.' He never will, and without any inspiration, without any sudden touch of God, we will have to get up. Then comes the surprise--'Why, He was there all the time, and I never knew it!' Never live for the rare moments, they are surprises. God will give us touches of inspiration when He sees we are not in danger of being led away by them. We must never make our moments of inspiration our standard; our standard is our duty.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 30th
The spontaneity of love

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Love suffereth long, and is kind ...

1 Cor. 13:4-8.

***

Love is not premeditated, it is spontaneous, that is, it bursts up in extraordinary ways. There is nothing of mathematical certainty in Paul's category of love. We cannot say--'Now I am going to think no evil; I am going to believe all things.' The characteristic of love is spontaneity. We do not settle statements of Jesus in front of us as a standard; but when His Spirit is having His way with us, we live according to His standard without knowing it, and on looking back we are amazed at the disinterestedness of a particular emotion, which is the evidence that the spontaneity of real love was there. In everything to do with the life of God in us, its nature is only discerned when it is past.

The springs of love are in God, not in us. It is absurd to look for the love of God in our hearts naturally, it is only there when it has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

If we try to prove to God how much we love Him, it is a sure sign that we do not love Him. The evidence of our love for Him is the absolute spontaneity of our love, it comes naturally. In looking back we cannot tell why we did certain things, we did them according to the spontaneous nature of His love in us. The life of God manifests itself in this spontaneous way because the springs of love are in the Holy Ghost. ( Romans 5:5.)


[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Posted by:napoleonofnerds.
Time:7:18 pm.
I'm in the process of researching and compiling uncommon prayers, meditations, passages from saints and such similar things which can be used for private meditation and devotion by Catholics.

So, what are your favorite prayers that aren't the traditional ones?

What do you use for meditation?

What's you're favorite quote from a Saint or other major religious figure?

Anything else non-traditional you'd like to share?

Thanks,
-Ej

x-posted Hither, Thither, and Yon.
Comments: Pray

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 29th
The graciousness of uncertainty

***

It doth not yet appear what we shall be.

1 John 3:2.

***

Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says--'Well, supposing I were in that condition....' We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in.

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said "Except ye ... become as little children." Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.

"Believe also in Me, " said Jesus, not--'Believe certain things about Me.' Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 28th
What you will get

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Thy life will I give thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

Jeremiah 45:5.

***

This is the unshakable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him --'I will give thee thy life.' What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. 'Thy life for a prey' means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life, nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in the shows of things, not in the way of property and possessions, but of blessings. All these have to go; but there is something grander that never can go--the life that is "hid with Christ in God."

Are you prepared to let God take you into union with Himself, and pay no more attention to what you call the 'great things'? Are you prepared to abandon entirely and let go? The test of abandonment is in refusing to say--'Well, what about this?' Beware of suppositions. Immediately you allow--'What about this?' it means you have not abandoned, you do not really trust God. Immediately you do abandon, you think no more about what God is going to do. Abandon means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions. If you abandon entirely to God, He says at once, "Thy life will I give thee for a prey." The reason people are tired of life is because God has not given them anything, they have not got their life as a prey. The way to get out of that state is to abandon to God. When you do get through to abandonment to God, you will be the most surprised and delighted creature on earth; God has got you absolutely and has given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience or a refusal to be simple enough.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 27th
What do you want?

***

Seekest thou great things for thyself?

Jeremiah 45:5.

***

Are you seeking great things for yourself? Not seeking to be a great one, but seeking great things from God for yourself. God wants you in a closer relationship to Himself than receiving His gifts, He wants you to get to know Him. A great thing is accidental, it comes and goes. God never gives us anything accidental. Nothing is easier than getting into a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want but only what He gives.

If you have only come the length of asking God for things, you have never come to the first strand of abandonment, you have become a Christian from a standpoint of your own. 'I did ask God for the Holy Spirit, but He did not give me the rest and the peace I expected.' Instantly God puts His finger on the reason--you are not seeking the Lord at all, you are seeking something for yourself. Jesus says--"Ask, and it shall be given you." Ask God for what you want, and you cannot ask if you are not asking for a right thing. When you draw near to God, you cease from asking for things. "Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him." Then why ask? That you may get to know Him.

Are you seeking great things for yourself--'O Lord, baptize me with the Holy Ghost'? If God does not, it is because you are not abandoned enough to Him, there is something you will not do. Are you prepared to ask yourself what it is you want from God, and why you want it? God always ignores the present perfection for the ultimate perfection. He is not concerned about making you blessed and happy just now; He is working out His ultimate perfection all the time--"that they may be one even as We are."

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 26th
The supreme climb

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Take now thy son, ... and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Genesis 22:2.

***

Character determines how a man interprets God's will (cf. Psalm 18:25-26 ). Abraham interpreted God's command to mean that he had to kill his son, and he could only leave this tradition behind by the pain of a tremendous ordeal. God could purify his faith in no other way. If we obey what God says according to our sincere belief, God will break us from those traditions that misrepresent Him. There are many such beliefs to be got rid of, e.g., that God removes a child because the mother loves him too much--a devil's lie! and a travesty of the true nature of God. If the devil can hinder us from taking the supreme climb and getting rid of wrong traditions about God, he will do so; but if we keep true to God, God will take us through an ordeal which will bring us out into a better knowledge of Himself.

The great point of Abraham's faith in God was that he was prepared to do anything for God. He was there to obey God, no matter to what belief he went contrary. Abraham was not a devotee of his convictions, or he would have slain Isaac and said that the voice of the angel was the voice of the devil. That is the attitude of a fanatic. If you will remain true to God, God will lead you straight through every barrier into the inner chamber of the knowledge of Himself; but there is always this point of giving up convictions and traditional beliefs. Don't ask God to test you. Never declare as Peter did--'I will do anything, I will go to death with Thee.' Abraham did not make any such declaration, he remained true to God, and God purified his faith.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 25th
Instant in season

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Be instant in season, out of season.

2 Tim. 4:2.

***

Many of us suffer from the morbid tendency to be instant "out of season." The season does not refer to time, but to us. "Be instant in season, out of season, " whether we feel like it or not. If we do only what we feel inclined to do, some of us would do nothing for ever and ever. There are unemployables in the spiritual domain, spiritually decrepit people, who refuse to do anything unless they are supernaturally inspired. The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not.

One of the great snares of the Christian worker is to make a fetish of his rare moments. When the spirit of God gives you a time of inspiration and insight, you say--'Now I will always be like this for God.' No, you will not, God will take care you are not. Those times are the gift of God entirely. You cannot give them to yourself when you choose. If you say you will only be at your best, you become an intolerable drag on God; you will never do anything unless God keeps you consciously inspired. If you make a god of your best moments, you will find that God will fade out of your life and never come back until you do the duty that lies nearest, and have learned not to make a fetish of your rare moments.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 24th
The warning against wantoning

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Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you.

Luke 10:20.

***

As Christian workers, worldliness is not our snare, sin is not our snare, but spiritual wantoning is, viz.: taking the pattern and print of the religious age we live in, making eyes at spiritual success. Never court anything other than the approval of God, go "without the camp, bearing His reproach." Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have the commercial view--so many souls saved and sanctified, thank God, now it is all right. Our work begins where God's grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God's sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and that will be God's witness to us as workers. God brings us to a standard of life by His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that standard in others.

Unless the worker lives a life hidden with Christ in God, he is apt to become an irritating dictator instead of an indwelling disciple. Many of us are dictators, we dictate to people and to meetings. Jesus never dictates to us in that way. Whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He always prefaced it with an 'IF,' never with an emphatic assertion--'You must.' Discipleship carries an option with it.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 22nd
The light that fails

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We all with open face beholding ... the glory of the Lord.

2 Cor. 3:18.

***

A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone. In the first phases of Christian life disheartenments come, people who used to be lights flicker out, and those who used to stand with us pass away. We have to get so used to it that we never know we are standing alone. "All men forsook me: ... notwithstanding the Lord stood with me" ( 2 Tim. 4:16-17 ). We must build our faith, not on the fading light, but on the light that never fails. When 'big' men go we are sad, until we see that they are meant to go; the one thing that remains is looking in the face of God for ourselves.

Allow nothing to keep you from looking God sternly in the face about yourself and about your doctrine, and every time you preach see that you look God in the face about things first, then the glory will remain all through. A Christian worker is one who perpetually looks in the face of God and then goes forth to talk to the people. The characteristic of the ministry of Christ is that of unconscious glory that abides. "Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while He talked with him."

We are never called on to parade our doubts or to express the hidden ecstasies of our life with God. The secret of the worker's life is that he keeps in tune with God all the time.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 21st
Now don't hurt the Lord!

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Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip?

John 14:9.

***

Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us--astounded at how un-simple we are. It is opinions of our own which make us stupid; when we are simple we are never stupid, we discern all the time. Philip expected the revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in the One Whom he knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be, it is now; we look for it presently, in some cataclysmic event. We have no reluctance in obeying Jesus, but it is probable that we are hurting Him by the questions we ask. "Lord, show us the Father." His answer comes straight back--'There He is, always here or nowhere.' We look for God to manifest Himself to His children: God only manifests Himself in His children. Other people see the manifestation, the child of God does not. We want to be conscious of God; we cannot be conscious of our consciousness and remain sane. If we are asking God to give us experiences, or if conscious experience is in the road, we hurt the Lord. The very questions we ask hurt Jesus because they are not the questions of a child.

"Let not your heart be troubled"--then am I hurting Jesus by allowing my heart to be troubled? If I believe the character of Jesus, am I living up to my belief? Am I allowing anything to perturb my heart, any morbid questions to come in? I have to get to the implicit relationship that takes everything as it comes from Him. God never guides presently, but always now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the emancipation is immediate.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 20th
Can a saint slander God?

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For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen.

2 Cor. 1:20.

***

Jesus told the parable of the talents recorded in Matthew 25 as a warning that it is possible for us to misjudge our capacity. This parable has not to do with natural gifts, but with the Pentecostal gift of the Holy Ghost. We must not measure our spiritual capacity by education or by intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured by the promises of God. If we get less than God wants us to have, before long we will slander Him as the servant slandered his master: 'You expect more than You give me power to do; You demand too much of me, I cannot stand true to You where I am placed.' When it is a question of God's Almighty Spirit, never say 'I can't.' Never let the limitation of natural ability come in. If we have received the Holy Spirit, God expects the work of the Holy Spirit to be manifested in us.

The servant justified himself in everything he did and condemned his lord on every point--'Your demand is out of all proportion to what you give.' Have we been slandering God by daring to worry when He has said: "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you"? Worrying means exactly what this servant implied--'I know You mean to leave me in the lurch.' The person who is lazy naturally is always captious--'I haven't had a decent chance,' and the one who is lazy spiritually is captious with God. Lazy people always strike out on an independent line.

Never forget that our capacity in spiritual matters is measured by the promises of God. Is God able to fulfil His promises? Our answer depends on whether we have received the Holy Spirit.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 19th
Is it not in the least likely

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For Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom.

1 Kings 2:28.

***

Joab stood the big test, he remained absolutely loyal and true to David and did not turn after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom, but yet towards the end of his life he turned after the craven Adonijah. Always remain alert to the fact that where one man has gone back is exactly where any one may go back (see 1 Cor. 10:13 ). You have gone through the big crisis, now be alert over the least things; take into calculation the 'retired sphere of the leasts.'

We are apt to say--'It is not in the least likely that having been through the supreme crisis, I shall turn now to the things of the world.' Do not forecast where the temptation will come; it is the least likely thing that is the peril. In the aftermath of a great spiritual transaction the 'retired sphere of the leasts' begins to tell; it is not dominant, but remember it is there, and if you are not warned, it will trip you up. You have remained true to God under great and intense trials, now beware of the undercurrent. Do not be morbidly introspective, looking forward with dread, but keep alert; keep your memory bright before God. Unguarded strength is double weakness, because that is where the 'retired sphere of the leasts' saps. The Bible characters fell on their strong points, never on their weak ones.

"Kept by the power of God"--that is the only safety.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 18th
Readiness

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God called unto him ... and he said, Here am I.

Exodus 3:4.

***

When God speaks, many of us are like men in a fog, we give no answer. Moses' reply revealed that he was somewhere. Readiness means a right relationship to God and a knowledge of where we are at present. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. The man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who carries off the prize when the summons comes. We wait with the idea of some great opportunity, something sensational, and when it comes we are quick to cry--"Here am I." Whenever Jesus Christ is in the ascendant, we are there; but we are not ready for an obscure duty.

Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference. We have no choice in what we want to do; whatever God's programme may be we are there, ready. When any duty presents itself we hear God's voice as Our Lord heard His Father's voice, and we are ready for it with all the alertness of our love for Him. Jesus Christ expects to do with us as His Father did with Him. He can put us where He likes, in pleasant duties or in mean duties, because the union is that of the Father and Himself. "That they may be one, even as We are one."

Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready when God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the ready soul, it is ablaze with the presence of God.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 17th
Neck or nothing

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Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him ..., and did cast himself into the sea.

John 21:7.

***

Have you ever had a crisis in which you deliberately and emphatically and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of will. You may come up to it many times externally, but it amounts to nothing. The real deep crisis of abandonment is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of external things may be an indication of being in total bondage.

Have you deliberately committed your will to Jesus Christ? It is a transaction of will, not of emotion; the emotion is simply the giltedge of the transaction. If you allow emotion first, you will never make the transaction. Do not ask God what the transaction is to be, but make it in regard to the thing you do see, either in the shallow or the profound place.

If you have heard Jesus Christ's voice on the billows, let your convictions go to the winds, let your consistency go to the winds, but maintain your relationship to Him.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 16th
Can you come down?

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While ye have light, believe in the light.

John 12:36.

***

We all have moments when we feel better than our best, and we say--'I feel fit for anything; if only I could be like this always!' We are not meant to be. Those moments are moments of insight which we have to live up to when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for this workaday world when there is no high hour. We must bring our commonplace life up to the standard revealed in the high hour.

Never allow a feeling which was stirred in you in the high hour to evaporate. Don't put your mental feet on the mantelpiece and say--'What a marvellous state of mind to be in!' Act immediately, do something, if only because you would rather not do it. If in a prayer meeting God has shown you something to do, don't say--'I'll do it'; do it! Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and shake off your incarnate laziness. Laziness is always seen in cravings for the high hour; we talk about working up to a time on the mount. We have to learn to live in the grey day according to what we saw on the mount.

Don't cave in because you have been baffled once, get at it again. Burn your bridges behind you, and stand committed to God by your own act. Never revise your decisions, but see that you make your decisions in the light of the high hour.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 15th
The relapse of concentration

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But the high places were not taken away out of Israel; nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

2 Chron. 15:17.

***

Asa was incomplete in his external obedience, he was right in the main but not entirely right. Beware of the thing of which you say--'Oh, that does not matter much.' The fact that it does not matter much to you may mean that it matters a very great deal to God. Nothing is a light matter with a child of God. How much longer are some of us going to keep God trying to teach us one thing? He never loses patience. You say--'I know I am right with God'; but still the "high places" remain, there is something over which you have not obeyed. Are you protesting that your heart is right with God, and yet is there something in your life about which He has caused you to doubt? Whenever there is doubt, quit immediately, no matter what it is. Nothing is a mere detail.

Are there some things in connection with your bodily life, your intellectual life, upon which you are not concentrating at all? You are all right in the main, but you are slipshod; there is a relapse on the line of concentration. You no more need a holiday from spiritual concentration than your heart needs a holiday from beating. You cannot have a moral holiday and remain moral, nor can you have a spiritual holiday and remain spiritual. God wants you to be entirely his, and this means that you have to watch to keep yourself fit. lt takes a tremendous amount of time. Some of us expect to "clear the numberless ascensions" in about two minutes.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 14th
Inspired invincibility

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Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me.

Matthew 11:29.

***

"Whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth." How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us into the place where we can have communion with Him, and we groan and say--'Oh Lord, let me be like other people!' Jesus is asking us to take one end of the yoke--'My yoke is easy, get alongside Me and we will pull together.' Are you identified with the Lord Jesus like that? If so, you will thank God for the pressure of His hand.

"To them that have no might He increaseth strength." God comes and takes us out of our sentimentality, and our complaining turns into a psalm of praise. The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and learn of Him.

"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Where do the saints get their joy from? If we did not know some saints, we would say--'Oh, he, or she, has nothing to bear.' Lift the veil. The fact that the peace and the light and the joy of God are there is proof that the burden is there too. The burden God places squeezes the grapes and out comes the wine; most of us see the wine only. No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God in a human spirit, it is an inner unconquerableness.

If you have the whine in you, kick it out ruthlessly. It is a positive crime to be weak in God's strength.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 13th
What to do under the conditions

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Cast thy burden upon the Lord.

Psalm 55:22.

***

We must distinguish between the burden-bearing that is right and the burden-bearing that is wrong. We ought never to bear the burden of sin or of doubt, but there are burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off, He wants us to roll them back on Him. "Cast that He hath given thee upon the Lord." (R.V. marg.) If we undertake work for God and get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility will be overwhelmingly crushing; but if we roll back on God that which He has put upon us, He takes away the sense of responsibility by bringing in the realization of Himself.

Many workers have gone out with high courage and fine impulses, but with no intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, and before long they are crushed. They do not know what to do with the burden, it produces weariness, and people say--'What an embittered end to such a beginning!'

"Roll thy burden upon the Lord"--you have been bearing it all; deliberately put one end on the shoulders of God. "The government shall be upon His shoulder." Commit to God "that He hath given thee"; not fling it off, but put it over on to Him and yourself with it, and the burden is lightened by the sense of companionship. Never dissociate yourself from the burden.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Subject:Quote
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:10:24 pm.
"God has instituted prayer so as to confer upon his creatures the dignity of being causes." -- Blaise Pascal.
Comments: Pray

Subject:Prayer Request
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:6:39 pm.
His Name Is Jack Brown

Jack's Story

Jack needs prayers. He has neuroblastoma, a rare cancer. Please pray for him.


Jack

http://www.jackbrownappeal.org
Comments: Pray

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 12th
Moral dominion

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Death hath no more dominion over Him ... in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God.

Romans 6:9-11.

***

Co-Eternal Life. Eternal life was the life which Jesus Christ exhibited on the human plane, and it is the same life, not a copy of it, which is manifested in our mortal flesh when we are born of God. Eternal life is not a gift from God, eternal life is the gift of God. The energy and the power which were manifested in Jesus will be manifested in us by the sheer sovereign grace of God when once we have made the moral decision about sin.

"Ye shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost"--not power as a gift from the Holy Ghost; the power is the Holy Ghost, not something which He imparts. The life that was in Jesus is made ours by means of his Cross when once we make the decision to be identified with Him. If it is difficult to get right with God, it is because we will not decide definitely about sin. Immediately we do decide, the full life of God comes in. Jesus came to give us endless supplies of life: "that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." Eternal Life has nothing to do with Time, it is the life which Jesus lived when He was down here. The only source of Life is the Lord Jesus Christ.

The weakest saint can experience the power of the Deity of the Son of God if once he is willing to 'let go.' Any strand of our own energy in ourselves will blur the life of Jesus. We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 11th
Moral divinity

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For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.

Romans 6:5.

***

Co-Resurrection. The proof that I have been through crucifixion with Jesus is that I have a decided likeness to Him. The incoming of the Spirit of Jesus into me readjusts my personal life to God. The resurrection of Jesus has given Him authority to impart the life of God to me, and my experimental life must be constructed on the basis of His life. I can have the resurrection life of Jesus now, and it will show itself in holiness.

The idea all through the Apostle Paul's writings is that after the moral decision to be identified with Jesus in His death has been made, the resurrection life of Jesus invades every bit of my human nature. It takes omnipotence to live the life of the Son of God in mortal flesh. The Holy Spirit cannot be located as a Guest in a house, He invades everything. When once I decide that my "old man" (i.e., the heredity of sin) should be identified with the death of Jesus, then the Holy Spirit invades me. He takes charge of everything, my part is to walk in the light and to obey all that He reveals. When I have made the moral decision about sin, it is easy to reckon actually that I am dead unto sin, because I find the life of Jesus there all the time. Just as there is only one stamp of humanity, so there is only one stamp of holiness, the holiness of Jesus, and it is His holiness that is gifted to me. God puts the holiness of His Son into me, and I belong to a new order spiritually.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 10th
Moral decision about sin

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Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Romans 6:6.

***

Co-Crucifixion. Have I made this decision about sin--that it must be killed right out in me? It takes a long time to come to a moral decision about sin, but it is the great moment in my life when I do decide that just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, so sin must die out in me, not be curbed or suppressed or counteracted, but crucified. No one can bring any one else to this decision. We may be earnestly convinced, and religiously convinced, but what we need to do is to come to the decision which Paul forces here.

Haul yourself up, take a time alone with God, make the moral decision and say--'Lord, identify me with Thy death until I know that sin is dead in me.' Make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to death.

It was not a divine anticipation on the part of Paul, but a very radical and definite experience. Am I prepared to let the Spirit of God search me until I know what the disposition of sin is--the thing that lusts against the Spirit of God in me? Then if so, will I agree with God's verdict on that disposition of sin--that it should be identified with the death of Jesus? I cannot reckon myself "dead indeed unto sin" unless I have been through this radical issue of will before God.

Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and blood? "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me."

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Posted by:shareul.
Time:1:09 pm.
I want to thank everyone who has been praying for my son Jamie--he seems to be improving. Everyone was well enough to go to Church for Palm Sunday, today, and I have something from the service to post here, and share with you all.

Dear Friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord's paschal mystery. On this day, our Lord Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph. The people welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise, but the path before him led to self-giving, suffering, and death. Today we greet him as our King, although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross. We follow him the week from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by way of the dark road of suffering and death. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life. Let us pray.

Assist us mercifully with your help, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy into the celebration of those mighty acts whereby you give us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Palm Sunday Gospel John 12: 12-16

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord--the King of Israel!" Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 'Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!' His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him.

The Gospel of Christ
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

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Comments: Pray

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 9th
Have I seen Him?

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After that He appeared in another form unto two of them.

Mark 16:12.

***

Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many are partakers of God's grace who have never seen Jesus. When once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same, other things do not appeal as they used to do:

Always distinguish between what you see Jesus to be, and what He has done for you. If you only know what He has done for you, you have not a big enough God; but if you have had a vision of Jesus as He is, experiences can come and go, you will endure, "as seeing Him Who is invisible." The man blind from his birth did not know Who Jesus was until He appeared and revealed Himself to him. Jesus appears to those for whom he has done something; but we cannot dictate when He will come. Suddenly at any turn He may come--'Now I see Him!'

Jesus must appear to your friend as well as to you; no one can see Jesus with your eyes. Severance takes place where one and not the other has seen Jesus. You cannot bring your friend unless God brings him. Have you seen Jesus? Then you will want others to see Him too. "And they went and told it unto the residue, neither believed they them." You must tell, although they do not believe.

***

'O could I tell, ye surely would believe it!
O could I only say what I have seen!
How should I tell or how can ye receive it,
How, till He bringeth you where I have been?'

***

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 8th
His resurrection destiny

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Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?

Luke 24:26.

***

Our Lord's Cross is the gateway into His life: His Resurrection means that He has power now to convey His life to me. When I am born again from above, I receive from the risen Lord His very life.

Our Lord's Resurrection destiny is to bring "many sons unto glory." The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We are never in the relationship to God that the Son of God is in; but we are brought by the Son into the relation of sonship. When Our Lord rose from the dead, He rose to an absolutely new life, to a life He did not live before He was incarnate. He rose to a life that had never been before; and His resurrection means for us that we are raised to His risen life, not to our old life. One day we shall have a body like unto His glorious body, but we can know now the efficacy of His resurrection and walk in newness of life. "I would know Him in the power of His resurrection."

"As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him." "Holy Spirit" is the experimental name for Eternal Life working in human beings here and now. The Holy Spirit is the Deity in proceeding power Who applies the Atonement to our experience. Thank God it is gloriously and majestically true that the Holy Ghost can work in us the very nature of Jesus if we will obey Him.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
Comments: Pray

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 7th
Why are we not told plainly?

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He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.

Mark 9:9.

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Say nothing until the Son of man is risen in you--until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you understand what the historic Christ taught. When you get to the right state on the inside, the word which Jesus has spoken is so plain that you are amazed you did not see it before. You could not understand it before, you were not in the place in disposition where it could be borne.

Our Lord does not hide these things; they are unbearable until we get into a fit condition of spiritual life. "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." There must be communion with His risen life before a particular word can be borne by us. Do we know anything about the impartation of the risen life of Jesus? The evidence that we do is that His word is becoming interpretable to us. God cannot reveal anything to us if we have not His Spirit. An obstinate outlook will effectually hinder God from revealing anything to us. If we have made up our minds about a doctrine, the light of God will come no more to us on that line, we cannot get it. This obtuse stage will end immediately His resurrection life has its way with us.

"Tell no man ..."--so many do tell what they saw on the mount of transfiguration. They have had the vision and they testify to it, but the life does not tally with it, the Son of man is not yet risen in them. I wonder when He is going to be formed in you and in me?

[My Utmost For His Highest]
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Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Subject:Community Info
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:3:35 pm.
After discussing it with shareul we have decided that the prayerzone community will have unmoderated membership and posting for now. If the community begins to have any trolling issues, or posts that seem to legitimize sinful behavior it may go back to moderated. Community members are expected to treat God and fellow members of the community with respect.

God bless!
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Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 6th
The collision of God and sin

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Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.

1 Peter 2:24.

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The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God's judgment on sin. Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right relationship with God. He made Redemption the basis of human life, that is, He made a way for every son of man to get into communion with God.

The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. Beware of separating God manifest in the flesh from the Son becoming sin. The Incarnation was for the purpose of Redemption. God became incarnate for the purpose of putting away sin; not for the purpose of Self-realization. The Cross is the centre of Time and of Eternity, the answer to the enigmas of both.

The Cross is not the cross of a man but the Cross of God, and the Cross of God can never be realized in human experience. The Cross is the exhibition of the nature of God, the gateway whereby any individual of the human race can enter into union with God. When we get to the Cross, we do not go through it; we abide in the life to which the Cross is the gateway.

The centre of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much. The Cross is the point where God and sinful man merge with a crash and the way to life is opened--but the crash is on the heart of God.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 5th
His agony and our fellowship

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Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, ... tarry ye here, and watch with Me.

Matthew 26:36, 38.

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We can never fathom the agony in Gethsemane, but at least we need not misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and Man in one, face to face with sin. We know nothing about Gethsemane in personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary stand for something unique; they are the gateway into Life for us.

It was not the death on the cross that Jesus feared in Gethsemane; He stated most emphatically that He came on purpose to die. In Gethsemane He feared lest He might not get through as Son of Man. He would get through as Son of God--Satan could not touch Him there; but Satan's onslaught was that He would get through as an isolated Figure only; and that would mean that He could be no Saviour. Read the record of the agony in the light of the temptation: "Then the devil leaveth Him for a season." In Gethsemane Satan came back and was again overthrown. Satan's final onslaught against Our Lord as son of Man is in Gethsemane.

The agony in Gethsemane is the agony of the Son of God in fulfilling His destiny as the Saviour of the world. The veil is drawn aside to reveal all it cost Him to make it possible for us to become sons of God. His agony is the basis of the simplicity of our salvation. The Cross of Christ is a triumph for the son of Man. It was not only a sign that Our Lord had triumphed, but that He had triumphed to save the human race. Every human being can get through into the presence of God now because of what the Son of Man went through.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Posted by:shareul.
Time:4:32 pm.
I apologise for not having posted the Daily Offices lately...my oldest son has pneumonia for the second time in a month, and very likely has asthma. Needless to say, this is keeping me busy. I probably won't get around to posting the Office for the rest of this week.

What I will do is provide a link to the Daily Office, online. This, in my experience, is the best resource online for this. It can be found at http://www.allsaintsanglican.org/office.php. They use the 1928 American Version of the BCP; thanks to my friend jjostm for the link.

If you all would keep my son Jamie in your prayers, I would greatly appreciate it.

For the Recovery of a Sick Person

Almighty and immortal God, the giver of life and health: We beseech thee to hear our prayers for thy servant Jamie, for whom we implore thy mercy, that by thy blessing upon him and upon those who minister to him of they healing gifts, he may be restored, according to they gracious will, to health of body and mind, and give thanks to thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Subject:Daily Devotional
Posted by:slyfoot.
Time:5:00 am.
April 4th
Those borders of distrust

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Behold, the hour cometh, ... that ye shall be scattered.

John 16:32.

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Jesus is not rebuking the disciples, their faith was real, but it was disturbed; it was not at work in actual things. The disciples were scattered to their own interests, alive to interests that never were in Jesus Christ. After we have been perfectly related to God in sanctification, our faith has to be worked out in actualities. We shall be scattered, not into work, but into inner desolations and made to know what internal death to God's blessings means. Are we prepared for this? It is not that we choose it, but that God engineers our circumstances so that we are brought there. Until we have been through that experience, our faith is bolstered up by feelings and by blessings. When once we get there, no matter where God places us or what the inner desolations are, we can praise God that all is well. That is faith being worked out in actualities.

"... and shall leave Me alone." Have we left Jesus alone by the scattering of His providence? Because we do not see God in our circumstances? Darkness comes by the sovereignty of God. Are we prepared to let God do as He likes with us--prepared to be separated from conscious blessings? Until Jesus Christ is Lord, we all have ends of our own to serve; our faith is real, but it is not permanent yet. God is never in a hurry; if we wait, we shall see that God is pointing out that we have not been interested in Himself, but only in His blessings. The sense of God's blessing is elemental.

"Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Spiritual grit is what we need.

[My Utmost For His Highest]
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