Milk & Honey

“Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey…'”

~ Number 13:27 (NKJV)

The promised land of Canaan was truly an amazing place. Yet it was filled with a mighty and powerful people. It would not come to the Israelites easily, but it would come to them surely for the Lord God had determined it for the good of His people. Anywhere God sends us will be a place filled with milk and honey. God is good and faithful. And the manifestations of His love, grace and mercy are realized in the wonderful blessings His people receive from His kind hand. Though the Christian life may not always be easy, our trials are for our good and eventually lead us to our spiritual and eternal land flowing with God’s milk and honey.

~ apl

I Arise Today

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

~ A Prayer Commonly Attributed to St. Patrick of Ireland

Wallowing In Wickedness

“The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.”

Proverbs 12:7

The contrast between the wicked and the righteous found in this Proverb is obvious. On that great and awful Day, a final reckoning will occur when the Lord of heaven and earth lays down His final judgment and those who are found wallowing in wickedness will be overthrown and eternally condemned. While those who have taken their shelter in the household of Faith, in the covering of Christ, will stand with Him and enjoy His everlasting blessing forever more. Pray for God’s mercy upon your soul and the souls of others.

Why Is Man Lost?

Since the first fallen man got still long enough to think, fallen men have been asking these questions: “Whence came I? What am I? Why am I here? and Where am I going?” The noblest minds of the race have struggled with these questions to no avail. Did the answer lie somewhere hidden like a jewel it would surely have been uncovered, for the most penetrating minds of the race have searched for it everywhere in the region of human experience. Yet the answers remain as securely hidden as if they did not exist. Why is man lost philosophically? Because he is lost morally and spiritually. He cannot answer the questions life presents to his intellect because the light of God has gone out in his soul… Apart from the Scriptures we have no sure philosophy; apart from Jesus Christ we have no true knowledge of God; apart from the in living Spirit we have no ability to live lives morally pleasing to God!

~ A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)

Must You Not Be Different?

That which occasions the honest Christian the most difficulty and distress as he seeks to ascertain whether a miracle of grace has been wrought within him is the discovery that so much remains what it always was, yea, often his case appears to be much worse than formerly – more risings of opposition to God, more surgings of pride, more hardness of heart, more foul imaginations. Yet that very consciousness of and grief over indwelling corruptions is, itself, both an effect and an evidence of the great change. It is proof that such a person has his eyes open to see and a heart to feel evils which previously he was blind unto and insensible of. An unregenerate person is not troubled about the weakness of his the coldness of his affections, the stirrings of self within. You were not yourself while you were dead Godwards! But if such things now exercise you deeply, if your eyes be open to and you mourn over that within to which no fellow creature is privy, must you not be very different now from what you once were?

~ A. W. Pink

The Joy Of The Angels

“If two angels were to receive at the same moment a commission from God, one to go down and rule earth’s grandest empire, the other to go and sweep the streets of its meanest village, it would be a matter of entire indifference to each which service fell to his lot, the post of ruler or the post of scavenger; for the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God’s will.”

~ E.M. Bounds (1835-1913)

Priests of the Lord

Ye shall be named the priests of the LORD.

~ Isaiah 61:6 (KJV)

“This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers. If we live up to our privileges, we shall live unto God so clearly and distinctly that men shall see that we are set apart for holy service and shall name us the priests of the LORD. We may work or trade as others do, and yet we may be solely and wholly the ministering servants of God. Our one occupation shall be to present the perpetual sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and testimony, and self-consecration to the living God by Jesus Christ.”

~ Charles Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

Your Morning Incense

“Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning…”

~ Exodus 30:7 (NKJV)

Under the Old Covenant, the Lord anticipated the sweet incense of the morning offering and worship of His people. He desired them to come before Him early and often. And their worship every morning was a blessing to Him. God anticipates your morning incense as well. He looks forward to each new day with His beloved people. May you not disappoint. Every morning with the rise of the sun, may the Lord find the sweet incense of your worship, prayers and praise. May we, like Aaron, come early and often before the Lord.

~ apl