Friday, 22 February 2013

'Daily Prayer For Today.'

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NLT)

And so we keep on praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which He called you. And we pray that God, by His power, will fulfill all your good intentions and faithful deeds. Then everyone will give honor to the name of our Lord Jesus because of you, and you will be honoured along with Him. This is all made possible because of the underserved favour of our God and the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

'God Chose You'

1 Peter 1:2 (NLT)

God the Father chose you long ago, and the Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Jesus Christ and are cleansed by His blood.

May you have more and more of God’s special favour and wonderful peace.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

'Daily Prayer For Today'

Setting Goals for Fruitful Living


O Sovereign Lord, what is my family, that You have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in Your sight, O Sovereign Lord, You have also spoken about the future of the house of Your servant. Is this Your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign Lord? What more can I say to You? For You know Your servant, O Sovereign Lord. For the sake of Your Word and according to Your will, You have done this great thing and made it known to Your servant. How great You are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no-one like You, and there is no God but You, as I have heard with my own ears.
Lord Jesus, I listen intently for Your voice. I ask You to speak regarding my future and I am listening for Your answers. Please inspire me in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit and impact my choices as I communicate with You.
First, I come before the throne of the Almighty God, and repent from everything I have done which hasn’t honoured Your name. I come before with praise and thanksgiving, adoration and love. I ask You for the direction You want me to take in areas such as my spiritual life, career, and family. In silence, I wait patiently and attentively for You – as I read and meditate upon Your Word, You will speak. Most often, I experience Your guidance as a prodding or conviction within my heart. When this happens, I will be sure to write down what I’m “hearing” so I can review it later. In the glory of Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

'Daily Reading For Today.'

Morning By Morning – Charles H. Spurgeon

19 February 2013
“Thus saith the LORD God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them.” (Ezekiel 36:37)

Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarcely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication. You have found this true in your own personal experience; God has given you many an unsolicited favour, but still great prayer has always been the prelude of great mercy with you. When you first found peace through the blood of the cross, you had been praying much, and earnestly interceding with God that He would remove your doubts, and deliver you from your distresses. Your assurance was the result of prayer. When at any time you have had high and rapturous joys, you have been obliged to look upon them as answers to your prayers. When you have had great deliverances out of sore troubles, and mighty helps in great dangers, you have been able to say, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Prayer is always the preface to blessing. It goes before the blessing as the blessing’s shadow. When the sunlight of God’s mercies rises upon our necessities, it casts the shadow of payer far down upon the plain. Or, to use another illustration, when God piles up a hill of mercies, He Himself shines behind them, and He casts on our spirits the shadow of prayer, so that we may rest certain, if we were much in prayer, our pleadings are the shadows of mercy. Prayer is thus connected with the blessing to show us the value of it. If we had the blessings without asking for them, we should think them common things; but prayer makes our mercies more precious than diamonds. The things we ask for are precious, but we do not realize their preciousness until we have sought for them earnestly.

“Prayer makes the darken’d cloud withdraw;

Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;

Gives exercise to faith and love;

Brings every blessing from above.”

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Our Daily Bread - Reading

Our Daily Bread – Gifted To Serve
Read Romans 12:3-13

There are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
1 Corinthians 12:6

C.P. Hia writes: It occurred to me one day that my right foot does all the pedal work when I'm driving my automatic car. What happens if I decide that to be equitable, my left foot ought to replace my right foot half the time when I am driving? If you have never done so, please don't try it!
If we don't require such equality of the members of our own body, why is it that we somtimes expect it of people in the church? That seems to be an issue that the first century church at Rome faced. Some were thinking more highly of themselves than they ought (Rom. 12:3) just because they were doing some things others were not doing. But Paul reminds us that “all members do not have the same function” (v.4). We’ve been gifted according to God’s grace (v.6). He gave us those gifts to serve others, not ourselves (vv.6-13). Our service is to be marked by diligence and fervour, for we are serving the Lord, not man (v.11).
So, let’s not look over our shoulders to see what others are doing or not doing. Look at how God may be able to use you in His kingdom today. He has gifted you just as He has pleased (v.3). – C.P.Hia

Lord, lead me today as You see best. Use the gifts You have me to encourage others on their journey.
Help me not to compare myself with others but to be content with who You have made me to be.

We can’t all play the same part in God’s hand of service, but we should all play in harmony.