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The First Commandment

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The Lord your God will cleanse your heart…. so that you will love Him with all your heart and soul.” Deuteronomy 30:6

God greatly desires our love.  It is the nature of all love to want to be acceptable and to be accepted.  God longs to have the love of our whole heart.

How can we love God with all our heart and soul?  In the same way that we receive salvation – through faith alone.  Paul says, “I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).  When we take time to wait upon God and remember how God sought to win our love through the gift of His Son, we shall realize that God has a strong longing for our love.

Our hearts are blind.  It is easy to forget that God longs for the love of His child.  Once we believe it, we will feel constrained to wait before God and ask Him to let His light shine into our hearts.  As the sun gives us its light, God is a thousand times more willing to give us the light of His love.

As we wait silently before God, we become strong in the assurance of faith.  God, who longs for our love, is almighty and will fill us with His love by the Holy Spirit.

Take time each day to love God and believe Him with firmer faith.  God will work within us, granting the desire to love Him with our whole heart.  He will enable us to prove our love by keeping His commandments.

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The Thoughts of God

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For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My thoughts higher than your thoughts.Isaiah 55:9

God reminds us that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high His thoughts are above ours.  They are altogether beyond the power of our comprehension.  When God laid out all His promises to Abraham, they were indeed thoughts higher than the heavens.

God tells us that we are made in His image.  By grace we are actually renewed again into that image.  As we gaze upon God’s glory in Christ, we are changed into the same image by His Spirit.  These, too, are thoughts beyond our comprehension – our minds cannot take them in.

God, by His Holy Spirit, convey to our hearts the life and the light that can make us feel at home with these thoughts dwelling in us.  But we need daily, prayerful fellowship with God if we are to enter into His mind and to have His thoughts make their home in us.  It is by faith that God will not only reveal the beauty and the glory of these thoughts but will actually work in us their divine reality.

Just think of what Paul writes: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).  But as we pray God will reveal them through His Spirit.

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Silent Adoration

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I wait quietly before God …. I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.’ 
Psalm 62:1, 5

When we in our littleness and God in His glory meet, we all understand that what God says has infinitely more worth than what a person says.  And yet our prayer so often consists of what we need that we give God no time to speak to us.

It’s a great lesson to learn that to be silent before God is the secret of true adoration. It is only as the soul bows itself before Him in honor and reverence that the heart will be opened to receive the divine impression of the nearness of God and of the working of His power.

Such worship of God is the surest way to give Him the glory that is due Him. It will lead to a blessedness that can only be found in quiet prayer.  Do not think that it is time lost.  Do not abandon it if at first it appears difficult or fruitless. Be assured that it brings you into the right relationship with God.  It opens the way to fellowship with Him.  It leads to the blessed assurance that He is looking on you in tender love and working in you with a divine power.  As you become more accustomed to it, you will experience His presence abiding with you all day long, and people will begin to sense that you have been with God.

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The Despair of Self

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If we love our Christian brothers and sisters it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life.” 1 John 3:14

When the truth of God touches our hearts, we know we cannot overcome the hardness of heart and pride just by the force of our
own reason.  It is only through death to ourselves that we can pass into life.  There is no real conversion from the life of sin
until we realize that our whole nature must be parted with, but we discover that in ourselves we cannot do it.

Through this despair we lose all our life to find a new one in God.  Here faith, hope and true seeking for God are born.  But  up to this point, faith and hope and turning to God in prayer have been practiced only by obligation and method.  They are
not living qualities of a new birth until we have stopped feeling any confidence in ourselves.

We must feel within the reach of divine love.  We must feel that God created us to be a habitation of His own life and Holy Spirit.  In dealing with us, LOVE is God’s bait.  It will put its hook into the heart and make us realize that nothing is so strong, so irresistible, as divine love.

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Alone with God

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#DailyDevotional ALONE WITH GODOne day as Jesus was alone, praying….” Luke 9:18

He went higher into the hills alone.”  John 6:15

Human beings need to be alone with God.  Our fall consisted in our being brought, through the lust of the flesh and the world, under the power of things visible and temporal.  Our restoration through salvation is meant to bring us back to the Father’s love and fellowship.

We need to be alone with God, to yield ourselves to the presence and the power of His Holiness. Christ on earth needed it.  He could not live the life of a Son here in the flesh without at times separating Himself entirely from His surroundings and being alone with God.  How much more must this be indispensable to us!

Alone with God — that is the secret of true power in prayer.  There is no true holiness, no clothing with the Holy Spirit and with power, without being alone daily with God.

When our Lord Jesus gave us the command to pray to our Father in secret, He gave us the promise that the Father would hear such prayers and mightily answer them in our life before others.  What a privilege it is to begin every morning with intimate prayer.  Let it be the one thing our hearts are set on — seeing, finding, and meeting God alone.  The time will come when you will be amazed at the thought that one could suggest five minutes were enough.

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Absolute Dependence

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Yes, I am the vine, you are the branches… For apart from me you can do nothing.John 15:5

The Christian Life is a life of Absolute dependence.  At Hampton Court there was a vine that sometimes bore a couple thousand cluster of grapes.  People were amazed at its productivity.  Later the secret was discovered.  Not too far from Hampton Court flows the River Thames. The vine had stretched its roots hundreds of yards under the ground until it came to the riverbed.  There, in all the nutrients of the river bottom, it found rich nourishment and moisture.  The roots drew the sap all the distance to the branches.

The vine had the work to do.  The branches simply had to depend upon the vine and receive what it gave.

That is exactly what Christ desires you to understand.  Christ desires that in all your work, the very foundation should be the simple acceptance that Christ must care for all.

As you depend on Him He supplies your needs by sending down the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants you to be dependent as you serve Him.  Day by day, hour by hour, in everything you do, simply abide before Him.  Live in the total helplessness of one who can do nothing.

Absolute dependence upon God is the secret of power at work.  You and I have nothing unless we receive it from Jesus.

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Exceedingly Abundantly

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By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than We would ever dare to ask or hope.Ephesians 3:20

In the great prayer which Paul had just written, he had apparently reached the highest
expression possible of the life to which God’s mighty power could bring the believer.  But
Paul is not content.  In this doxology he rises still higher and lifts us up to give glory to God
as “able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.”  Pause for
a moment to consider what ‘infinitely more’ means.

Think of the words, “he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises
(2 Peter 1:4). Think of “the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him.”  This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead: (Ephesians 1:19-20).  With these words Paul hopes to lift our hearts to believe that God is able to do ‘infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.’  The power of God that works in us is nothing less than the exceeding power that raised Christ from the dead.  This should cause us to think that there is something that God will do in us that is beyond all our imagination.

As we worship Him in prayer, let us believe that the Almighty God, who is working in our hearts, is able and willing to fulfill every one of His exceeding great and precious promises.

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Bearing Fruit

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The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” James 5:16

A branch is a growth of the vine, produced to bear fruit. It has only one purpose: that through it the vine may bear and ripen its fruit.  As the vine lives to produce the sap that makes the grape, so the branch receives that sap and bears the grape.  Its work is to serve the vine so that, through the branch, the vine may do
its work.

The believer, the branch of Christ the heavenly Vine, is to live exclusively so Christ may bear fruit through him.  A true Christian is to be devoted to the work of bearing fruit to the glory of God.

With our life abiding in Him, and His words abiding and ruling in our heart, there will be grace to pray as we should and faith to receive whatever we ask.

The promises of our Lord’s farewell discourse appear to us too large to be taken literally.  We rationalize them to meet our human ideas of what we think they ought to be.  We separate them from the life of devotion to Christ’s service for which they were given.

God’s covenant is: give all and take all. One who is willing to be nothing but a branch of Christ, the Vine, will receive liberty to claim Christ’s riches in all their fullness and the wisdom and humility to use them properly.

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The God of All Grace

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“After you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support and
strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” 1 Peter 5:10

Peter picks up the theme of our being perfectly equipped in Christ with these words:  “He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”  God Himself must be the one object of our hope and trust in our work, our needs, and our desires.

Just as God is the center of the universe, the one guide that orders and controls its movements, so God must have the same place in the life of the believer.  With every new day our first thought should be: Only God can enable me this day to live as He would have me to live.

What should be our attitude towards this God?  Shouldn’t we humbly place ourselves in His hands and confess our absolute helplessness?  We must yield ourselves in childlike surrender to receive from Him the fulfillment of His promise: “The God of peace equip you with all you need for doing His will.” Hebrews 13:20.

Some of us have learned how absolutely indispensable it is to meet with God every morning in prayer and to allow Him to take charge of our life for the day.  This is exactly the point Peter is trying to get across.  In light of what this day might hold for us, our heart must rest on God and His Word to restore, support, and strengthen us.

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The Exceeding Greatness of His Power

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I pray for you constantly, asking God …. to give you spiritual wisdom … I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power.Ephesians 1:16-17, 19

This is one of the great texts that will make our faith strong and bold.  Paul was writing to believers who had been sealed with the Holy Spirit.  Yet he felt the need to pray for them for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit.  They needed to know that it was the mighty power of God that was working in them.  It was the very same power by which God raised Christ from the dead.

When Christ died on the cross, He died under the weight of the sin of the world and its curse.  When He descended into the grave, it was under the weight of all that sin that He was buried.  The power of death had apparently conquered Him.  But the mighty power of God raised Christ from the dead to a place of honor at God’s right hand.

It is that very same power that is working in us every day of our lives.  The God Who said to Abraham, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14),  pledges to work His power in us, too, if we will learn to trust Him.

Pray in faith to God and trust His Holy Spirit to enable us to claim nothing less that the exceeding greatness of this Resurrection power working in us.

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The Earth Filled with His Glory

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Bless His glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and AmenPsalm 72:19

What a prospect – this earth, now under the power of the evil one, renewed and filled with the glory of God.  Though it is hard to believe, it surely will come to pass; God’s Word is the pledge of it.  God’s Son, by His blood and death, conquered the power of sin.  The power of God is working out His purpose and the whole earth will be filled with His glory!

But it is a difficult work.  It is two thousand years since Christ ascended the throne, and yet hundreds of millions have never learned the name of Jesus. Of the rest, there are millions have never learned the name of Jesus.  Of the rest, there are millions called by His name, yet they don’t even know Him.  This work of bringing the knowledge of Christ to every creature has been entrusted to the Church that thinks little of its responsibility and of the consequence of its neglect.  Will the work ever be done?  God’s power and faithfulness are pledges that one day we shall see it – the whole earth filled with the glory of God.

What a wonderful prayer!  For it is a prayer: “Let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen!”  Every believer is called to this prayer.  How wonderful to now that true prayer will indeed be answered!  What a joy to seek Gods’ face and, with confidence, pray with perseverance until the earth is full of His Glory!

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The Desire for God

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All night long I search for You.Isaiah 26:9

What is the best and most glorious thing that a man needs every day and can do every day?  Nothing less than to seek, to know, to love, and to praise God Himself.  As glorious as God is, so is the glory which begins to work in the hearts and lives of people
who give themselves to live for God.

Have you learned to seek this God, to meet Him, to worship
Him, to live for Him and for His glory?  It is a great step forward
in the life of a Christian when we truly see this and consider
fellowship with God every day as the chief end of our lives.

Take the time to ask yourself whether knowing your God
and loving Him with your whole heart is the utmost desire of
your heart.  You can be certain that God greatly desires that you
should live in this intimate fellowship with Him.  He will, in
answer to your prayer, enable you to do so.

Begin today by speaking these words to God in the stillness
of your soul:  “O God, You are my God; I earnestly search for
You.  My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You …
I follow close behind You” (Psalm 63:1 & 8).  “(I) search for Him
with all (my) heart” (Psalm 119:2).

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The Christlike Life

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Your attitude should be the same that Chris Jesus had.
Philippians 2:5

What was the attitude that was in Christ Jesus?  “Though He was
God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God. He made
Himself nothing; He took the humble position of a slave and
appeared in human form.  And in human form He obediently
humbled Himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.

(Philippians 2:6-8).  Self-emptying and self-sacrifice, obedience to
God’s will, and love to men, even unto death of the Cross –
this was the character of Christ for which God so highly exalted
Him.  It is the character of Christ that we are to imitate.  He was
made in the likeness of men, so we could be conformed into the
likeness of God.

Self-effacement and self-sacrifice that God’s will might be
done and that man might be saved – this was the attitude of
Christ.  He lived only to please God and to bless men.

Don’t say that this is an impossibility.  What is impossible
with men is possible with God.  We are called to work out this
salvation of a Christlike character with fear and trembling; for
God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and
the power to do what pleases Him” (Philippians 2:13)  As we
pray, let this be our one aim:  to have the attitude that was in
Christ Jesus.

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Christ in Me

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Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine.” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Christ is in me. What a difference it would make if we could take time every morning to focus on the thought.  Christ is in me.

Christ made it clear to His disciples.  The Spirit would teach them; “When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:20). Through the power of God we who believe were crucified with Christ and raised again with Him.  As a result Christ is in us! Through faith in God’s Word, the Christian accepts it.

Paul expresses this thought in the prayer of (Ephesians 3:16); “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit.”  Notice that it is not the ordinary gift of grace, but a special revelation of the riches of His love that Christ may dwell in your heart by faith.  Have you been able to grasp that?

Paul said: “I fall to my knees and pray to the Father” (Ephesians 3:14).  That is the only way to obtain the blessing.  Take time in prayer in His presence to realize: ‘Christ dwells in me.”  Even in the midst of your daily schedule, look upon your heart as the dwelling place of the Son of God.  Then Christ’s words: “Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.” (John 15:5) will become your daily experience.

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A Song of Love

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There are three things that endure – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:13

Today is wholly devoted to the praise of love. The first three verses of 1 Corinthians 13 speak of the absolute necessity of love as the chief thing in our religion.  “If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth. . . if I had the gift of prophesy . . . if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move . . . if I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body . . . but if I didn’t love others” then, three times repeated, “I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal . . . what good would I be? . . . I would be of no value whatsoever.”  If I have not love, I am of no value.

There are fifteen things said about love, but one sentence sums up its whole nature: “It does not demand its own way” (verse 5). And again: ‘Love will last forever” (verse 8). Prophesies, unknown languages, and knowledge shall vanish away.  Even faith and hope shall be changed into sight.  But love lasts forever.

Love does not demand its own way.” Think and pray about this. “Love will last forever” Consider all that means. “The greatest of these is love.” Let this love rule in your life.

God is love. ‘God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them:
(1 John 4:16).  Let your heart be filled with love so that, by God’s almighty power, you may be a witness to the transforming power of love.  Then you will be a blessing to all around you.

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