Pilgrim's Path Daily

Friday, December 02, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet." Pr 3:24

DAILY THANKSGIVING

I just want to take a moment to thank God for all my Brothers and Sisters in-Christ - all over the world! The Lord has made it clear to me on many different occasions that (possibly) our very BEST Gift from God (other than His Own Self and Son), is each other.

None of us can SEE or DO what another might. And God loves diversity. After all, He invented it! And He celebrates it throughout His Creation (i.e., snowflakes).

So each one has a gift or talent or perspective to bring to all the rest of us - and we do too.

So, Thanks Lord, for how you Love us ALL - each and every one of us!

FOTO TOTO?

That time of year again. And it looks like they all know it!

Funny looking creatures - raindeer. Specially from the rear. But then, I guess that could be said of most of us - huh?!

Busy busy - hurry scurry - hustle bustle. My my, how the holidays do cause clamor and excitement. Folks either love it or hate it.

Actually, many folks get more lonesome and anxious at this time of year than at any other. All that emphasis on family, friends and comradery, etc. We're SUPPOSED to be having fun-fun-PHUNN just now. If we aren't, there must be something wrong with us! BALDERDASH! BAH, HUMBUG! NOT A BIT OF IT!

Having a bad hair day is just that - we ALL have them. And God seems to go on loving us - anyway. Who knew? I mean why me? After all, WE don't even like us - so how could He??

O dear - sidetracked again! There they go - they're OFF! They seem to know just where they're heading.

I love animals. And seasons. And snow. And occasions. I guess most of us do.

THIS year, let's all try to be just a bit sweeter to each other - and then make a special effort to treat or Lord as if we really do Love Him. After all - we only have ONE Lord, you know? Better treat Him RIGHT!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Perfect Love does NOT cast out The Fear of God!
I can't remember all the times it has been said to me, when I even mention any Text which refers to the "Fear of God" (etc) - "Well, you know - true love casts OUT all fear!". So much for Godly Fear! (Sorry, Lord - you must be WRONG about the Fear of God, because it says right here ...!) Woah! Anytime anyone uses one Scripture Text to REFUTE, DISMISS, CONTRADICT or in any other way DEFY any other Scripture - there is evil afoot!! For any dolt to assume that the fear cast out by 'Perfect Love' includes the Fear of God is, well, lets just say, it's stupid - that is, it is a statement of stupor! Such drunkenness (physical, emotional or spiritual) is of the carnal flesh - the confusion of Babylon. It is part of what Jesus reminds us to Watch out for (lest we be tempted & deceived) as the "Abomination of desolation" (Dan8:13 Mt24:15 Mk13:14 Lk21:20). In the Text Jesus Quotes, Daniel refers to the abuse and perversion of the "daily sacrifice" as this "transgression of desolation". It is in this Light Jesus Addresses His Definition of "Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth (Reality)" as following Him by self-denial-crucifixion - "daily" - and which is found Recorded in only ONE place - Lk9:23. That this and its Holy Significance has escaped the notice of ANY so-called 'theologian' of my generation, speaks for itself. That "love" now being preached as "Gospel" form most all pulpits today has, indeed, managed to 'cast out' even the Very Fear of God Jesus Taught (Lk12:5) and Obeyed Himself (Heb5:7). If The Son of Man Feared His Heavenly Father - as it is Written of Him - then it could be argued that THE TRUE and PERFECT LOVE of God which casts out all fear of man - Fears God with a HOLY FEAR - Which Is AGAPE LOVE!


Smooth words & hard sayings.
The Bible refers to 'smooth words' as easy words, or flattery - as in Isa30:10 "Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:". The people were tired of obeying God. They were determined to rebel - to become outlaws. They wanted their own way - until God GAVE it to them. Listen to these Texts: Jn 6:60 "Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" And Heb 5:11 "Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing." And in 2 Pet 3:16; "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." And in Ps 60:3 "Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment." Ezekiel calls this the cup of astonishment in Ezk23:33 "Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment ('horror'-RSV) and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria." God's Word is hard. He Loves by Rebuke and Chastisement - or Discipline. The punishment for our wanting or preferring our own way to that Way of Life God has Chosen and Given us (Christ/Salvation), is to be abandoned to the consequences of our own rebellion. An outlaw must live WITHOUT THE LAW (on the run from God). To Hear God is to Obey Him - even when it is hard. Smooth?, or Hard? - its our Choice that God Ratifies in the End! (NOW consider what The Fear of God truly is!)

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"

A Book By G. D. Watson - A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author


CHAPTER 2: "A DEEPER DEATH TO SELF"


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There is not only a death to sin, but in a great may things there is a deeper death to self - a crucifixion in detail, and in the minutia of life - after the soul has been sanctified. This deeper crucifixion to self is the unfolding and application of all the principals of self- renunciation which the soul agreed to in its full consecration. Job was a perfect man, and dead to all sin; but in his great sufferings, he died to his own religious life; died to his domestic affections; died to his theology; all his views of God's Providence; he died to a great many things which in themselves were not sin, but which hindered his largest union with God. Peter, after being sanctified and filled with the Spirit, needed a special vision from heaven to kill him to his traditional theology and Jewish high church-ism. The very largest degrees of self-renunciation, crucifixion, and abandonment to God, take place after the work of heart-purity. There are a multitude of things which are not sinful; nevertheless, our attachment to them prevents our greatest fullness of the Holy Spirit and our amplest co- operation with God. Infinite wisdom takes us in hand, and arranges to lead us through deep, interior crucifixion to our fine parts, our lofty reason, our brightest hopes, our cherished affections, our religious views, our dearest friendships, our pious zeal, our spiritual impetuosity, our narrow culture, our creeds and churchisms, our success, our religious experiences, our spiritual comforts; the crucifixion goes on till we are dead and detached from all creatures, all saints, all thoughts, all hopes, all plans, all tender-heart yearnings, all preferences; dead to all troubles, all sorrows, all disappointments; equally dead to all praise or blame, success or failure, comforts or annoyances; dead to all climates and nationalities; dead to all desire but for Himself. There are innumerable degrees of interior crucifixion on these various lines. Perhaps not one sanctified person in ten- thousand ever reaches that degree of death to self that Paul and Madame Guyon, and similar saints, have reached.

In contradistinction from heart-cleansing, this finer crucifixion of self is gradual; it extends through months or years: the interior spirit is mortified over and over on the same points, till it reaches a state of divine indifference to it. A great host of believers have obtained heart- purity, and yet, for a long time, have gone through all sorts of "dying daily" to self, before they found that calm, fixed union with the Holy Ghost which is the deep longing of the child of God. Again, in contradistinction from heart-cleansing, which is by faith, this deeper death to self is by suffering. This is abundantly taught in Scripture, and confirmed by the furnace experience of thousands. Joseph was a sanctified man before being cast into prison; but there the iron entered into his soul (see Ps 105:18 margin), and by suffering he reached the highest death of self. There are literally scores of Scripture passages, like Ps 71:19-21, teaching that the upper ranges in the sanctified state are wrought out through suffering. Perhaps the most remarkable passage of the Word on this subject is in Romans 5th Chapter; The first verse teaches full salvation by faith, the second verse teaches full salvation by faith, and verses 3-5 teach a deeper death and fuller Holy Ghost life of tribulation. When the soul undergoes this deeper death to self, it enters into a great wideness of spiritual comprehension and love; a state of almost uninterrupted prayer; of boundless charity for all people; of unutterable tenderness and broadness of sympathy; of deep, quiet thoughtfulness; of extreme simplicity of life and manners; and of deep visions into God and the coming ages. In this state of utter death to self, suffering, sorrows, pains, and mortifications of all kind are looked upon with a calm, sweet indifference. Such a soul looks back over its heart-breaking trials, its scalding tears, its mysterious tribulations, with gentle subduedness, without regret, for it now sees God in every step of the way. Into such a soul the Holy Spirit pours the ocean currents of His Own Life; Its great work henceforth is to watch the monitions and movements of the Spirit within it, and yield prompt, loving, unquestioning co-operation with Him. Such a soul has at last, in deed and in truth, reached the place where there is "none of self and all of Christ!"

WORSHIP AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 2:1-5 "My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

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DAILY POEM

ON COURAGE:

"God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this! Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain, shining and lovely again.


"God, make me brave for life: much braver than this! As the blown glass lifts, let me rise from sorrow with quiet eyes, knowing Thy way is wise.


"God make me brave - life brings such blinding things. Help me to keep my sight; help me to see aright, that out of dark comes light!"


--Anonymous

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Jesus TEACHES Fear! Lk12:4,5 - The One *HE* Feared! He5:7

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

ON 'FREEDOM': "WORK WILL MAKE YOU FREE!" ...A Sign atop the entry-gate at Auschwitz; a Nazi DEATH camp!

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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