Hour of Temptation

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth–Rev. 3: 10.
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This is the special reward of those who are running the race with patient endurance in the present time, in the Laodicean period. While it was not our privilege to escape the hour of temptation, it is our privilege to have a counter-balancing special blessing as a result of living in the time of our Lord’s parousia (presence). We may have His fellowship, His instruction, His dispensing of spiritual food which is now “meat in due season,” in a manner and to a degree in which none of the faithful of past periods enjoyed these. But as we might expect, this greatest favor is correspondingly offset by the subtlety and severity of the trials of this hour of temptation coming upon the whole world. If ever patient endurance was necessary it is necessary now.

Daily Heavenly Manna

God’s Greatness

 

God is beauty and splendour,
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He’s fill of awesome wonder
And is wholly omnipotent

 

But despite God’s greatness,
He always has time for us,
Nothing is too great or small
That He won’t want to touch

 

So praise Him for His greatness
And everything He is,
But also for the little things
That we so often miss.

M.S. Lowndes

Purpose In Life

“…Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand….”
Proverbs 19: 21 (AMP)imagesQEU3L3B1

 

We are all born for a purpose. We are not here by accident, but to fulfil a God-given destiny. We may have many plans for our lives, but as this verse says, “it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.” Sometimes God can change the direction we are going in. Sometimes it can be a radical change, or sometimes just a slight adjustment.

We need to ask God to show us His purpose for our lives – what He wants us to do. He will show us and help us to take steps towards fulfilling it. God has a purpose and a destiny
That will last throughout eternity.

 

M.S. Lowndes

Lamb of God

Behold the Lamb of God–John 1: 36.

All of the Lord’s servants should call attention to the Lord and not to themselves. Let us each bend our energies to pointing men to the Lamb of God, and not to self-seeking. Modesty is a gem, wherever found, one of the graces of the Spirit, which all of the Lord’s consecrated ones should seek to have largely developed and well polished. And let us remember that following Jesus, in the best sense, means that we walk in His paths, strive to do as nearly as we are able what He would do today, taking our lessons from what He did and said personally, and from the instructions which He has left for us, through the Apostles, respecting the path of fellowship in His sufferings, the path to glory and reward in His Kingdom.  untitled

Christ is the Lamb of God, because as an unblemished One He was chosen on the tenth of Nisan, and put to death on the fourteenth as the Passover for God’s people. Lamblike He submitted to death; and His blood sprinkling the lintels and doorposts of God’s House, stays the hand of the Second Death from injuring us. Of His roasted flesh it is our privilege to partake with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth and with the bitter herbs of persecution, etc., while we stand girded, shod, with staff in hand for our journey to antitypical Canaan.

Parallel passages: Isa. 45: 22; 65: 1, 2; Heb. 12: 2; Gen. 22: 7, 8; Ex. 12: 3; Isa. 53: 7; John 1: 29; Acts 8: 32; 1 Pet. 1: 19; Rev. 5: 6-14; 14: 1, 4; 19: 7-9; 21: 14, 22, 23; 22: 1, 3.

Questions: Have I this week beheld the Lamb of God? How? With what results?

Daily Heavenly Manna

A PRESENT HELP

THERE is never a day so dreary,
But God can make it bright;
And unto the soul that trusts Him,
He giveth songs in the night.

There is never a path so hidden,
But God will show us the way,
If we seek for the Spirit’s guidance,
And patiently wait and pray.

There is never a cross so heavy,
But the loving hands are there,
Outstretched in tender compassion,
The burden to help us bear.

There is never a heart that is broken,
But the loving Christ can heal;
For the heart that was pierced on Calvary,
Doth still for His people feel.

There is never a life so darkened,
So hopeless and so unblest,
But may be filled with the light of God,
And enter His promised rest.

There is never a sin nor a sorrow,
There is never a care nor a loss,
But that we may carry to Jesus,
And leave at the foot of the cross.

What more can we ask than He’s promised?
(And we know that His Word cannot fail,)
Our refuge when storms are impending,
Our help when temptations assail.

Our Savior, our Friend and Redeemer,
Our portion on earth and in Heaven;
For He who withheld not His own Son,
Hath with Him all things freely given.

Your Father Knoweth…

“YOUR FATHER KNOWETH WHAT THINGS YE HAVE NEED OF”
MATT. 6: 8.

OUR Father knows what things we need
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His eye of love doth never sleep,–
He watches night and day.

He knows sometimes, like ripening grain,
We need the sunshine bright,
Again He sends the peace that comes
With shadows of the night.

Sometimes our pride would fain unfurl
Ambition’s flaunting sail,–
Ah! then He knows we need to walk
Humiliation’s vale.

Sometimes He takes our eager hands
And folds them on our breast,
He gently lays our work aside,–
He knows we need to rest.

Sometimes we need companionship,
Sometimes, “the wilderness,”–
How sweet to feel He’ll know and give
The state that most will bless!

Then let us leave it all with Him.
Assured that, come what may,
Our father knows just what we need.
Upon our pilgrim-way.

Daily Heavenly Manna

Thank You Lord

I thank you for your strength Lord to make it through hard days
For the courage to move forward when skies are dark and gray
I thank you for the comfort found in your loving arms
And your leading Spirit that moves to keep me from all harmholding Jesus

I thank you for the love that your so freely give
And for your encouragement all through this life we live
I thank you for this world you created for all mankind
And thank you for our relationships; our precious ties to bind

I thank you for the good and for the bad that teaches me the lessons of life
Those circumstances that teach me how to move through the struggles and the strife
I thank you for the peace you give that surpasses all we know
And for the forgiveness to us that you are able to show

Most of all I thank you for Jesus Christ your Son
And pray that in His name your blessed will to be done!

Donna Hendrix

Bless the Lord

“Bless the Lord, O, my soul” (Ps. ciii. 1).

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me be stirred up to magnify His holy name.images64g41lm8

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Who so well can sing this thanksgiving song as we, rejoicing as most of us do, we trust, in this full salvation, and praising God for the glorious health of a risen Lord and a continual youth?

This psalm and its opening verses is in the very center of the Scriptures by an exact count of letters and verses. So let it stand in our lives, as we look backward and forward and upward in grateful thanksgiving as we sing in its closing strains, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Lord, center my heart in Thee and in the spirit of love and praise.

 

A.B. Simpson

My Prayer

Please be there to help me,
For I cannot stand alone.
Please be there to guide me,
I can’t make it on my own.
Please be there to lift me,images0PYL9VFN
If I should fall by the way.
Please be there to give me
The right words to speak today.

Let me care for my brothers,
The ones who are down and out,
Putting love into action
Daring to be talked about.
Lifting someone’s burden,
Telling them ‘Jesus cares’
Give me strength and help me
To dry somebody’s tears.

Someone was there for me,
When my life was in a mess,
Someone said, Jesus loved me,
And wanted me to find rest.
Now may I pass the message
To someone else in need,
Obeying His commandment,
By my words and my deeds.

 

Gertrude Jefferies

 

 

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17 NLT

Brownies with a Difference

Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music, movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring into the home or to listen to or see. One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute.

The father listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG-13 because of the suggestion of sex–they never really showed it. The language was pretty good–the Lord’s name was only used in vain three times in the whole movie. The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and a bunch of people were blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn’t too bad. And, even if there were a few minor things, the special effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed. However, even with all the justifications the teens made for the 13′ rating, the father still wouldn’t give in. He didn’t even give his children a satisfactory explanation for saying, “No.” He just said, “No!”reeses-brownie-2.jpg

A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they would like some brownies he had baked. He explained that he’d taken the family’s favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children asked what it was. The father calmly replied that he had added dog poop. However, he quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All other ingredients were gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be superb. Even with their father’s promise that the brownies were of almost perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted surprised. After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be so stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it. Still the teens held firm and would not try the brownies. The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was just like the brownies.

Our minds trick us into believing that just a little bit of evil won’t matter. But, the truth is even a little bit of poop makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting and totally unacceptable. The father went on to explain that even though the movie industry would have us believe that most of today’s movies are acceptable fare for adults and youth, they are not. Now, when this father’s children want to see something that is of questionable material, the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special dog poop brownies. That closes the subject.

Tracy Finn

 

Rhubarb

drPut some dung upon your rhubarb
Watch it shoot into the sky
Fertilize your prize tomatoes
See the trusses hanging high
Compost is a fine addition
When your soil is lacking clout
Helps the seeds turn into plantlets
Growth is healthy there’s no doubt.

It’s the same when we are Christians
Need some substance in our food
Daily meetings with The Father
Help to get us in the mood
Meditating on the Bible
Shows us where we need to go
Be connected to the vine tree
Awesome fruit will surely grow.

 

Mike Bullock