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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year!! This is my prayer too…God’s will be done, His way and time—yes and amen.

Source:  Days of Praise <December 2009 | January | February 2010

Thursday, December 31

A Prayer for Good Works

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

            The great paradox of God’s sovereignty over our lives and His expectation of our willful obedience and joyful labor in His Kingdom has often confused the saints.  I know that God will be with me always (Matthew 28:20), but I also know that He expects me to “work out” my own salvation (Philippians 2:12).

            I’ve prayed this prayer many times before.  Will you join with me today?

            O Lord, God.  We cannot know the end of a thing.  We do not have certainty about the plans of our days.  Forgive us when we try consulting You.  Forgive our blundering efforts to make something happen.  We do love You, and we want to please You, but our lives are so caught up in the things of this world.  Help us, Lord.  Help us to know how much we need You.  Help us to see the real values of eternal things.  Give us a greater awareness of Your Holy Spirit.  Give us a holy awe of Your Word.  Drive us to our knees more often, Lord.  Keep us close.

            Oh, our Father.  Purge us from the ungodly.  Separate us from the sins that hinder and blind.  Meet us in the halls of our heart, and sanctify us there.  Protect us from the secret and presumptuous sins and renew a right spirit within us.

            And then, Lord Jesus, embolden us for the work ahead.  Provide our daily bread.  Cleanse our sins and enrich our fellowship with the saints.  Clothe us in the armor of God and place us where we must stand.  Enable us to resist the enemy in the faith, see his strongholds crumble and his minions flee.  Grant us a fruitful harvest and an effective ministry.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  HMM III

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I was blessed by this below reading as I work on finals which appears overwhelming but not beyond God’s enabling.  God never fails and continues to assure me that He is ever in control.  He married me giving me the color of sapphire, 22nd Sep, as a wedding band.  I am blessed because He is faithful and nothing is wasted with Him.  No matter the circumstance, He carries me and continues to be strong enough for me to lean on.  As His tapestry, He is ever weaving and even chiseling me—no matter the pain–I know that if He was not the center of my life, the life He’s given me, I would be nought.  *I have hope* Thank you for coming to my rescue Jesus.  I love you and thank You for loving me first and most! Psalm 121

Source:  http://www.blueletterbible.org/devotionals/me/view.cfm?Date=12/15&Time=pm

Author:  Charles Haddon Spurgeon, December 15th Evening Reading

“And lay thy foundations with sapphires.” — Isaiah 54:11

Not only that which is seen of the church of God, but that which is unseen, is fair and precious. Foundations are out of sight, and so long as they are firm it is not expected that they should be valuable; but in Jehovah’s work everything is of a piece, nothing slurred, nothing mean. The deep foundations of the work of grace are as sapphires for preciousness, no human mind is able to measure their glory. We build upon the covenant of grace, which is firmer than adamant, and as enduring as jewels upon which age spends itself in vain. Sapphire foundations are eternal, and the covenant abides throughout the lifetime of the Almighty. Another foundation is the person of the Lord Jesus, which is clear and spotless, everlasting and beautiful as the sapphire; blending in one the deep blue of earth’s ever rolling ocean and the azure of its all embracing sky. Once might our Lord have been likened to the ruby as He stood covered with His own blood, but now we see Him radiant with the soft blue of love, love abounding, deep, eternal. Our eternal hopes are built upon the justice and the faithfulness of God, which are clear and cloudless as the sapphire. We are not saved by a compromise, by mercy defeating justice, or law suspending its operations; no, we defy the eagle’s eye to detect a flaw in the groundwork of our confidence—our foundation is of sapphire, and will endure the fire.

The Lord Himself has laid the foundation of His people’s hopes. It is matter for grave enquiry whether our hopes are built upon such a basis. Good works and ceremonies are not a foundation of sapphires, but of wood, hay, and stubble; neither are they laid by God, but by our own conceit. Foundations will all be tried ere long: woe unto him whose lofty tower shall come down with a crash, because based on a quicksand. He who is built on sapphires may await storm or fire with equanimity, for he shall abide the test.