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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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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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God is Light
John 1:5

The LORD is my Light
Psalm 27:1


Every morning the sun rises, and we walk in its light and perform our daily duties.  Whether we think about it or not, the light of the sun shines on us all day.  Likewise, the light of God shines on His children every morning.  But in order to enjoy the light of God’s countenance, the soul must turn to God and trust Him to let His light shine in upon it.

Just as you need the light of the sun each hour, so, too, is the heavenly light of the Father’s countenance indispensable.  If we expect the sun to rise each day and receive its light, we can also confidently count on God to let His light shine on us.  Make sure that the light of God shines on you as you commune with Him in the morning.  Then expect His light to remain with you all day long.

Remember, it is the ardent longing of your heavenly Father that you should dwell and rejoice in His light.  So, do not rest until you know that the light of His countenance and His blessing is resting on you.  Then you will experience the truth of the words:

They will walk in the light of your  presence, LORD. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.”  Psalm 89:15-16.

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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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“See, my people will return from far away, from…. as far south as Egypt.”  Isaiah 49:12


Will the unreached come to Christ: Does God have such a plan?

Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metals; let Ethiopia bow in submission to God” (Psalm 68:31).

I, the Lord, will bring all to pass at the right time” (Isaiah 60:22).

Pray for those who are yet without the Word: China with her hundreds of millions without Christ; India with its millions; millions each year living in darkness.  If Christ gave His life for them, you can give yourself up to intercede for them.

If you have not started to intercede, begin now.  God’s Spirit will draw you on.  Persevere, however hesitant you are. Ask God to give you some country or people group to pray for.  Can anything be nobler than to do as Christ did – to give your life for the unreached?

Pray with confident expectation of an answer.

Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here” (Jeremiah 33:3).

This is what the Sovereign Lord says, I am ready to hear Israel’s prayers. . . and I am ready to grant them their requests” (Ezekiel 36:37).

Both texts refer to promises definitely made, but their fulfillment would depend upon prayer.

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“I am God Almighty.”  Genesis 17:1


When Abraham heard these words he fell on his face and God spoke to him.  God filled his heart with faith in what He would do for him.  O Christian, have you bowed in deep humility before God until you felt that you were in living contact with the Almighty?

Read in the Psalms how the saints of old gloried in God and in His strength.

The Lord protect me from danger” (Psalm 27:1)

God remains the strength of my heart.” (Psalm 73:26).

Take time to appropriate these words and to adore God as the Almighty One, your strength.

Christ taught us that salvation is the work of God and quite impossible to humans.  When the disciples asked:  “Then who in the world can be saved?” His answer was:

Humanly speaking, it is impossible.  But not with God.  Everything is possible with God.”  (Mark 10:26-27).

If we firmly believe this, we will have courage to believe that God is working in us all that is well-pleasing in His sight.

Think how Paul prays for the Ephesians, that through the enlightening of the Spirit, they might “begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him.” (Ephesians 1:19).  When we fully believe that the mighty power of God is working within us, we can joyfully say, ‘God is the strength of my life.”

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One 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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“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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“Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with Me even one hour?’  Matthew 26:40

Every minute spent in prayer is valuable.  If ten minutes is all the time you can give, see what you can do in that time.  Most people can spare more time.  If you will only persevere from day to day, time will come of its own accord.

Is it possible that Christians can say that they cannot afford to spend a quarter or half an hour alone with God and His Word? When a friend comes to see us or we have to attend an important meeting or there is anything to our advantage or pleasure, we find time easily enough.

But God has a right to us and longs for us to spend time with Him, and we find no time for fellowship with Him.  Even God’s own servants are so occupied with their own work that they find little time for that which is all-important – waiting on God to receive power from on high.

Dear child of God, let us never say, “I have no time for God.
Let the Holy Spirit teach us that the most important and profitable time of the whole day is the time we spend alone with God. Communion with God through His Word and prayer is as indispensable to us as the food we eat and the air we breathe.

Whatever else is left undone, God has the first and foremost right to our time.

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For the kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

A Christian man said to me shortly after his conversion:

I always thought that if I become religious, it would be impossible for me to do my worldly business.  The two things seemed so contrary.  I seemed to be a man trying to dig a vineyard with a bag of sand on his shoulders. But when I found the Lord I was so filled with joy that I could do my work cheerfully from morning till night.  The bag of sand was gone: the joy of the Lord was my strength.”

Many Christians do not understand that the joy of the Lord will keep them and enable them for their work.  Read the Scriptures and see how the kingdom of God is pure joy and peace through the Holy Spirit.  God will

keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him…. through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13).

Then try to realize that the Holy Spirit will give this joy and peace of Christ in your hearts.  It is wrong to think of the Holy Spirit as a matter of grief and self-reproach, of disappointments, of something too high and holy.  The great gift of the Father is meant to keep us in the joy and peace of Christ.

Listen attentively to the voice of the Spirit each day as He points you to Jesus Christ, who offers you His wonderful fruit: love, joy, peace.

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“Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own body.” Hebrews 13:3

We live in a world of suffering!  The persecuted believers in Islamic countries, the famine stricken millions, those in poverty and wretchedness, refugees from armed conflict  –  and so much more. In our smaller circles, in thousands of homes and hearts, there is great sorrow!  In our own neighborhood, how many need help or comfort?   Let us have a heart for the suffering.  Jesus sacrificed all and identified Himself with our suffering!  Let us in our measure do so too.  It will stir us to pray, to work to hope, to love more.  And in a way and time we do not understand, God will hear our prayers.

Pray always without giving up.

Jesus told His disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up” (Luke 18:1).

Have you begun to feel that prayer is really the help needed for this sinful world?  The very greatness of the task makes us despair!  What can our ten minutes of intercession accomplish?  It is okay that we feel this:  It may be the way in which God is calling and preparing us to give more of our time to prayer.  Give yourself wholly to God, pour out your heart to others in love, and look to God in dependence and expectation.  To a heart thus led by the Holy Spirit, it is possible to pray always and not give up.

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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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“I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him” Ephesians 3:17

The great privilege that separated Israel from other nations was this:  They had God dwelling in their midst.  He made His home in the tabernacle and the temple.  In the New Testament we see God dwelling in the heart of the believer.  Jesus said: “All those who love Me will do what I say.  My Father will love them, and we will come to them and live with them”  (John 14:23).  Or, as Paul says of himself, “Christ lives in me: (Galatians 2:20).

The gospel is the dispensation of the indwelling Christ.  In Ephesians 3:14-19 Paul teaches how we can experience this blessing of the Christian life.

1) I fall on my knees and pray to the Father.” The blessing must come from the Father to the praying believer.

2) “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources He will give you might inner strength through His Holy Spirit.”

3)I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him.”  It is in the very nature of Christ to desire to live in the heart of faith.

4)May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.”

Prayerfully meditate on what Christ, through the Holy Spirit, has chosen to do.  He has chosen to make His home in our hearts!

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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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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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