Take Time To Be Holy

TAKE time to be holy! Speak oft with the Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word;
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy! The world rushes on;
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By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy! Let Him be thy guide,
And run not before Him, whatever betide;
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His word!

Take time to be holy! Be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control;
Thus led by His spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

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Service To God

I ASKED the Lord to let me dohy
Some mighty work for Him;
To fight amid His battle hosts,
Then sing the victor’s hymn.
I longed my ardent love to show,
But Jesus would not have it so.

He placed me in a quiet home
Whose life was calm and still,
And gave me little things to do,
My daily round to fill;
I could not think it good to be
Just put aside so silently.

Small duties gathered round my way,
They seemed of earth alone;
I, who had longed for conquests bright
To lay before His throne,
Had common things to do and bear,
To watch and strive with daily care.

So then I thought my prayer unheard,
And asked the Lord once more
That He would give me work for Him
And open wide the door–
Forgetting that my Master knew
Just what was best for me to do.

Then quietly the answer came:
“My child, I hear thy cry;
Think not that mighty deeds alone
Will bring thee victory.
The battle has been planned by Me,
Let daily life thy conquests see.”

Daily Heavenly Manna

 

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

Colossians 3:23

Days Of Heaven Upon Earth

“If ye then be risen” (Col. iii. 1).

God is waiting this morning to mark the opening hours for every ready and willing heart with a touch of life and power that will lift our lives to higher pleasures and offer to our vision grander horizons of hope and holy service.google

We shall not need to seek far to discover our risen Lord. He was in advance even of the earliest seeker that Easter morning, and He will be waiting for us before the break of day with His glad “All Hail,” if we have only eyes to see and hearts to welcome and obey Him.

What is His message to us this spring time? “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

It is not risen with Christ, but resurrected. It is not rising a little higher in the old life, but it is rising from the dead. The resurrection will mean no more than the death has meant. Only so far as we are really dead shall we live with Him.

A.B. Simpson

Unto Thee

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Since I’ve no time to be a saint by doing lovely things,

Or watching late with Thee, Or dreaming in the dawn light,

Or storming heaven’s gates, Make me a saint by getting meals,

And washing up the plates.

Although I have Martha’s hands, I have Mary’s mind;

And when I black the boots and shoes, Thy sandals Lord, I find.

I think of how they trod the earth, Each time I scrub the floor.

Accept this meditation, Lord, I haven’t time for more.

Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, And light it with Thy peace;

Forgive me all my worrying, And make all grumbling cease.

Thou who didst love to give men food, In a room or by the sea,

Accept this service that I do….I do it unto Thee.

 

“The more lovely your service to others, the greater you are. To be the greatest, be a servant.” Matthew 23:11 TLB

 

Reaching Out To Others

imagesE5C4NI61.jpgWhatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Colossians 3:23

Ministry is for every person. It’s not just a “calling” for pastors, missionaries, and evangelists.

Many years ago, God chose a woman named Miriam to be a prophetess and worship leader, helping her brothers Moses and Aaron in bringing the people of Israel out of their slavery in Egypt.  God allowed the people to miraculously walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, and then caused the waters to wash away the pursuing Egyptian army. (Exodus 14-15)

After the crossing, Miriam led worship. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.” (Exodus 15: 20-21) And all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.

Whether God uses us for His service in the church, Christian organization, mission field, or on our job, our ministry needs to be and should always be covered in prayer. As we reach up to God, He fills us so we can reach out and pour His love and blessing into others.

Effective ministry isn’t based on our abilities.  We can’t simply make it happen ourselves.  We partner with God through prayer, and He provides the power. As we ask in faith, and go about our Father’s business, Holy Spirit brings deliverance and acts according to God’s will for our lives.

When we pray for our individual ministries, we can ask God to give us the willingness and compassion to serve others.   If you aren’t sure what your ministry is in the body of Christ, ask God to help identify your spiritual gift(s) and to use them effectively.

For those who may have grown weary, whatever the reason, ask Holy Spirit for energy and refreshment, along with discernment to balance your life with ministry opportunities.

We can also ask God to help our ministries to grow, and provide the resources (financial or otherwise) to incorporate fresh ideas.  Yet, always mindful that praising God pleases Him, too.

Because God is the One after all who empowers us to serve faithfully and be effective, whatever the ministry.

“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.”Proverbs 3:13

Bow our Hearts

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” 1 Pet. 1:3,4

Can mortal man conceive so marvelous a glory? The very thought of such a Calling should cause us to bow our hearts in the dust before our God, realizing our great unworthiness of such stupendous grace–of bliss so transcendent! What can we render unto the Lord that can fittingly demonstrate our gratitude, our thankfulness, for so unspeakable a favor? Surely, the most faithful service we can give is but a very feeble return to Him who has so loved us, so blessed us, so honored us! R5855,c1,p2

Daily Heavenly Manna

Seed-Time And Harvest

As o’er his furrowed fields which lie
Beneath a coldly-dropping sky,
Yet chill with winter’s melted snow,
The husbandman goes forth to sow,

Thus, Freedom, on the bitter blast
The ventures of thy seed we cast,
And trust to warmer sun and rain
To swell the germ, and fill the grain.

Who calls thy glorious service hard?
Who deems it not its own reward?
Who, for its trials, counts it less
A cause of praise and thankfulness?

It may not be our lot to wield
The sickle in the ripened field;
Nor ours to hear, on summer eves,
The reaper’s song among the sheaves.

Yet where our duty’s task is wrought
In unison with God’s great thought,
The near and future blend in one,
And whatsoe’er is willed, is done!

And ours the grateful service whence
Comes, day by day, the recompense;
The hope, the trust, the purpose stayed,
The fountain and the noonday shade.

And were this life the utmost span,
The only end and aim of man,
Better the toil of fields like these
Than waking dream and slothful ease.

But life, though falling like our grain,
Like that revives and springs again;
And, early called, how blest are they
Who wait in heaven their harvest-day!       – John Greenleaf Whittier

Process of Life

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As my strength was then, even so is my strength now. Joshua 14:11

We sometimes lose heart as we grow old. We say: My intellect will become impaired, my physical strength will abate, my power for service will wane. Yes: but if the outward man decays, the inward man shall be renewed day by day.

Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength: whether to war, to go out for service, or to come in for fellowship and rest. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart. He shall satisfy thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth shall be renewed as the eagle’s. God’s angels are always young. The drain of the years is amply met by the inflow of His all-sufficient grace. There is no reason why we should decline in usefulness and fruit-bearing with the increase of years; but the reverse. The last sheaves that fall beneath thy sickle shall be the heaviest; and the width of thy swathe shall be greatest as the angel of death touches thee and bids thee home. The secret lies in wholly following the Lord.

But Caleb did not rely on his strength to win Hebron. Very modestly and humbly he said, “It may be that the Lord will be with me.” Not that he for a moment doubted it. Could it be for one moment supposed that the God whom he had wholly followed for eighty years would desert him in the supreme crisis of his life? But he put it thus in the sweet lowliness of his soul, because he counted not himself worthy. The strongest men are they who count that they are helpless as worms; and who put their weakness at the disposal of God’s might. To each of us comes the promise of God: “My grace is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Joy In Serving Jesus

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There’s a joy in serving Jesus 
Everyday every hour is filled with wondrous power Seek his face,
touch His hands He is the Rose of Sharon. 
What a glorious garden
He has sown for us. 
Smell the sweet fragrance of Jesus. 
As I walk as I work, I’m never alone, 
Always, yes, always sending answers from the throne. 
My first love is Jesus, my saving faith in Him 
Always remembering He died for my sins. 
He died on the cross head hanging down, eyes streaming tears, 
“Father, I’m coming home.” 
The tears are mine now, tears of joy, serving my Jesus 
He’s my melody my song, teaching your word, all the day long. 
My spirit renewed fresh oil every day. 
My glorious God, you will have your way 
You will not have to come after me, I’m here to stay 
A bond servant for you, till that glorious day! 
The old me is gone! Yesterday is no more. 
Do you remember me, Father? Praise God there is no score. 
Thrown into the sea of forgetfulness, every sin no remembrance 
A born again child of God. A new creation. 
I will press on for tomorrow, and with it hope and joy 
For the love of my Jesus, my Jesus my joy!

by Peg Horan

Service We Render

We are His workmanship” (Eph. ii. 10).
      
      Christ sends us to serve Him, not in our own strength, but in His resources and might. “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath prepared that we should walk in them.” We do not have to prepare them; but to wear them as garments, made to order for every occasion of our life.
      
      We must receive them by faith and go forth in His work, believing that He is with us, and in us, as our all sufficiency for wisdom, faith, love, prayer, power, and every grace and gift that our work requires. In this work of faith we shall have to feel weak and helpless, and even have little consciousness of power. But if we believe and go forward, He will be the power and send the fruits.
      
      The most useful services we render are those which, like the sweet fruits of the wilderness, spring from hours of barrenness. “I will bring her into the wilderness and I will give her vineyards from thence.” Let us learn to work by faith as well as walk by faith, then we shall receive even the end of our faith, the salvation of precious souls, and our lives will bear fruit which shall be manifest throughout all eternity.

-A.B. Simpson