Pilgrim's Path Daily

Thursday, December 08, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;" Heb 10:23

DAILY THANKSGIVING

1Chr16:41 "And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever;"

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

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NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

Many people compare the European hedgehog to the porcupine. After all—you don't see too many spiny mammals! CLICK HERE

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FOTO TOTO?

FOXEY LOXEY!

Beautiful coat, keen, shrewd eyes, and sharp teeth. Foxes are well-suited to their prey.

A fox in snow, hunting tiny critters under the snow is a marvel to watch. They give full meaning to the term, 'pounce'!

God likens foxes to worries, doubts and garden-variety unbelief (distrust of God). They may seem little, but they can 'spoil the Vine' - or plunder the Harvest.

Jesus goes way out of His way to point out the dangers of 'worldly cares' - how they can strangle the Life out of even the Engrafted Word in our hearts!

In this wicked, rebellious and strife-riddled world today - where only the salacious and outrageous makes the news (for the most part) - try hard not to let those 'issues' tear at your Peace and Assurance in-Christ.

Foxes have their place here too - but not in our hearts!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Stewards of God's Provisions (Conditions, Provisos, Terms). If Inheritors, then Executors of His Will.
The legal definition for the term 'QUID-QUO-PRO' is; - "Latin, 'what for what' or 'something for something.' The concept of getting something of value in return for giving something of value. For a contract to be binding, it usually must involve the exchange of something of value." ('value received') Please notice that a contract binds an exchange - this rendered for that. etc. In a will, it would seem that this was not the case - yet there are always stipulations by the which any contract is legal. For instance, the name of any beneficiary must be noted by the death-agreement in addition to whatever inheritance is granted by it. As Inheritors of God's Last Will and Testament, Ratified only by His Death - (see Heb9:16,17) and as Stipulated in His One-Way Blood-Oath with Abram - (see Gen15+), when our Name is found Written in That Will (Book of Life) - that is, when we are BornAgain (Abiding in-Christ), then the Obligations of Inheritance are Expected by God from us. Namely, as we have Inherited Faith (Gift from God), we are to Walk in it, Live by it, and Perform those Works of Faith Detailed by God for The Elect-in-Christ, Predestinated from (before) The Begining (As-Written - see Eph2:10) by God's Intention, Plan or Provision for Salvation. Further, as Citizens of God's Government, Peace (see Col3:15, 1Pt3:9 1Cor7:15) - we are Expected to PUBLISH That Peace and Salvation (see Isa52:7). Further, we are to Feed Christ's sheep His Body and His Blood (The Paschal Lamb of God) - and to Instruct them in His Words and Ways - not our manmade, denominational speculations and biased opinions. As we have been Nominated (Named) by God - His Inheritors in-Christ - we are to work out our own Salvation by Godly Fear and Humble Tremblings - and to make sure (confirm) both our Calling and Election - lest we fall! (see - Php2:12 & 2Pet1:10) Further, we are Indebted to Love others as we have BEEN Loved, and to Forgive as we have BEEN Forgiven, etc. And as Recipients of Grace (Power to Overcome), we are Expected by God to use it to Overcome in our circumstances, as Paul did in Overcoming his 'flesh-thorn'. Otherwise we are as Paul told the Galatians, "Severed from Christ". We have received Christ's Grace in vain (to no effect)! (Gal 5:4RSV) As we have Received, we are Expected to freely Give - and thus 'Execute' The Will (Obey The Word) of Christ. As Christ's Righteousness Enables our Obedience, so we are Expected by God thus to Obey. Jesus makes this clear in Jn15+. God is no fool. Nor can He be conned. What God GIVES, He Expects the Increase therefrom. What He Plants, He waits for The Harvest thereof. QUID-QUO-PRO. God put all this in Writing so there could be no dispute - no contention - no quibbling. God has never broken His Word - yet He BOUND Himself by an Oath - then formalized it in Writing - only to Ratify it with His Own Death (Blood). It is man which lies. And argues. And deceives. But if we are to be Co-Heirs with Jesus Christ - and even He had to OBEY to INHERIT (as Written) - then we are not above our Master! QUID-QUO-PRO. What was Mete (Meat, see Jn4:32-34) for the Master, is now Bible Meat for our Maturing. As God DID, so Now we must DO also! And in-Christ, we can DO ALL THINGS!

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CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"
A Book By G. D. Watson - A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author
CHAPTER 7: "THE BENEFIT OF DEEP CRUCIFIXION"

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The word crucifixion, as it applies to us in a Christian sense, may be defined as any pain or suffering which renders us dead to sin or to self, or to the things of time and sense. There may be many kinds of sorrow and suffering which do not serve the purpose of true crucifixion.

In order that suffering may be a thorough mortification to us, it must be put in the Will of God, and yielded to the operation of the Holy Spirit. When we yield ourselves absolutely up to God, and trust Him to take charge of every particle of our being and life and circumstances, it is then that His Omnipotence takes gentle and firm possession of all our trials and sufferings, and makes them work a true crucifixion in us.

It does not matter what the occasion of the suffering may be. It may come from our own sins, or poverty, or ill-health, or loss of friends, or separations, or terrible and protracted temptations, or assaults of evil spirits, or the hatred of others, or great disappointment, or divine-chastisements; it may come from many of these sources; but let it come from any cause in the universe, if we give it over entirely into the hands of God, and sink ourselves into His Will, with a perfect desire for Him to Work His best Will in us, He will make every pain, every groan, every tear, every particle of our suffering, work in us a death to sin and to self, and to all things on earth which will be for our highest perfection and for His Glory.

The depth and the power of the spiritual life in every person depends exactly upon the degree of their crucifixion. There is a divine mystery in suffering, a strange and supernatural power in it, which has never been fathomed by the human reason. There never has been a great saintliness of soul which did not pass through great suffering. There is such a thing as suffering reaching a state of perfection. When we suffer so sever and so long that we become dead to it, and divinely indifferent as to how much we suffer or how long it will continue; when the suffering soul reaches a calm, sweet carelessness, when it can inwardly smile at its own suffering, and does not even ask God to deliver it from the suffering, then it has wrought its blessed ministry; then patience has its perfect work; then the crucifixion begins to weave itself into a crown.

It is in this state of perfection that the Holy Spirit Works many marvelous things in our souls. In such a condition, our whole being lies perfectly still under the hand of God; every faculty of the mind and will and heart are at last subdued; a quietness of eternity settles down into the whole being; the tongue grows still, and has but few words to say; it stops asking God questions; it stops crying, "Why hast Thou forsaken me?"; the imagination stops building air castles, or running off on foolish lines; the reason is tame and gentle; it stops debating and quits all dogmatism; the will ceases from its own activity; the bluster and zeal of self-action is taken out of it; the choices are annihilated; it has no choice in anything but the purpose of God. The affections are weaned from all creatures and things; it loves nothing but God and God's Will in any given thing; it has no private ends to serve; it has no motives except to please God; it is so dead that nothing can hurt it, nothing can offend it, nothing can hinder it, nothing can get in its way; for, let its circumstances be what they may, it seeks only for God and His Will, and it feels assured that God is making everything in the universe, good or bad, past or present, work together for its good. Oh, the blessedness of being absolutely conquered! of losing our own strength, and wisdom, and goodness, and plans, and desires, and being where every atom of our nature is like placid Galilee under the Omnipotent feet of our Jesus.

Among great blessings resulting from sanctified suffering, is that it gives a great wideness to the heart, and a universality of love. This uttermost crucifixion destroys the littleness and narrowness of mind; it gives an immensity to the sympathies, and an ocean-like divine love, which is beyond words. This is because creature-love is crucified, and divine love floods the whole being. It is as if every drop of blood had been drawn out of the body, and the Blood of a Divine Being had been poured into all the veins! [see also, "My Veins, His Blood!"; in the "Essays" section] The heart which has been perfectly crushed with suffering until it is dead to all its desires will be so inundated with divine charity that it will stretch itself out, and wrap the world around with fold on fold of boundless, spotless, impartial love for every creature that God has made. This immensity of heart loves all nations alike; it is absolutely free from all bigotry, or caste, or natural prejudice, or political partisanship, or sectarian feeling. It is emphatically a citizen of heaven; it takes as much interest in the Kingdom of God in one place as in another; it feels as much interest in souls being saved in one denomination or one country as another. This may seem strong meat, and many Christians will disagree with these words, but when they reach this condition, they will find the foregoing words perfectly true to their experience. When we reach the deepest death of self, we love all creatures with God's Love, and as God Loves them, up to our measure; it is not so much we that love others, as it is that God Loves them through us. We become the channels trough which the Holy Spirit flows; He pours His Thoughts through our minds, His Prayers and Loves through our hearts, His Choices through our wills. He breaks away all the banks and boundaries of our narrow education, or creed, or theology, or nationality, or race, and takes us into the boundlessness of His Own Life and Feelings.

Another great benefit of perfect suffering is, an inexpressible tenderness. It is the very tenderness of Jesus filling the thoughts, the feelings, the manners, the words, the tones of voice. The whole being is soaked in a sea of gentleness. Everything hard, bitter, severe, critical, flinty, has been crushed into powder. Great sufferers are noted for their quiet gentleness. As we approach them, it is like going to a tropical climate in mid-winter; the very air seems mellow; their slow, quiet words are like the gentle ripple of summer seas on the sand; their soft, pathetic eyes put a hush on our rudeness or loudness of voice. There are many souls who are earnest Christians --- nay, many who are sanctified! --- who have an indescribable something in them which needs the crushing and melting of some great crucifixion. Their tongues rattle so much, their spirit is dictatorial or harsh, they measure other people by themselves; there is something in their constitution which seems to need the grinding into fine flour. It is well worth the crushing of hearts with an overwhelming sorrow, if thereby God can bring us out into that beautiful tenderness and sweetness of spirit which is the very atmosphere of heaven. This kind of tenderness cannot be voluntarily put on; it cannot come from training; neither is it a transitory sweetness, which is like a spring day intruding itself into winter; but it is that fixed and all-pervading gentleness of spirit which is like the fixed climate of the torrid zone. It is the finest outgrowth of perfect suffering.

Another benefit of complete crucifixion is the detachment from all earthly things which it produces. [see also, "Let, And Let GO! - ("Bind And Loose")"; in the "Essays" section] The mind has a thousand-fold attachment to the things in this world, which it is not aware of till they are ground to pieces by suffering. Did you ever notice how your soul stretches itself out into ten-thousand things of earth and time, and how the fingers of your thoughts grasp thousands of things?! Just look at your mind; for every friend you have on earth, there is a distinct attachment; for every piece of property you own on earth, there is a distinct attachment; for the ten-thousand recollections of your by- gone life, there is a particular sentiment or attachment; for all the scenes of earth and associations of time, there is an attachment; and besides all these outward things, look at that vast, invisible world inside your own self --- your own desire, and hopes, and dreams, and prospects, and gratifications for your self, your family, your church, your nation, your particular party; see how you have become attached to your own thoughts [let alone opinions! --- see also, "Just Whom Were You Expecting?"; in in the "Essays" section], until your heart seems to have a million springs to it which flow round and round countless objects in this world!

I am not speaking of things positively wicked; I am not speaking of things which are stigmatized as sinful; but of those things which Christian people recognize as innocent, and yet, in a thousand ways, they fetter the heart and bind it to earth. Perfect suffering will untie the heart, and gently loosen every cord that binds us to our foes or friends --- to all our possessions; to all the things of the past; to all attractive sights and sounds --- and give us such perfect inward liberty from everything on earth that the things of heaven can flow down into us, until we feel we are Citizens of the New Jerusalem a hundred times more powerfully than that we are the citizens of an earthly city or country. We feel deep in our hearts that, like St. Paul, we have already "come to an innumerable company of angels, and the Church of the First-Born, and the spirits of just men made perfect." The coming of the Lord is so real to us, our whole being is pervaded with the sweet, attractive powers of the world to come. Like the detached balloon, we float toward the supernatural. The heavenly world comes into us exactly in proportion as all the affairs of earth are emptied out of us, and nothing so perfectly empties us and detaches us as perfect suffering. It is in this way God makes our perfect crucifixion our crown of unfading joy.

Luke 14:26 If any [man] come to me, and *hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and [hate not] his own life also, he *cannot* be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, *cannot be* my disciple.

Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he *cannot* be my disciple.

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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 3:25,26 "Be not afraid of sudden fear (panic), neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken (caught)."

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DAILY POEM

"My peace I give in times of deepest grief, imparting calm and trust and My relief. My peace I give when prayer seems lost; know that my promises are ever in My Word.


"My peace I give when thou art left alone -- the nightingale at last has sweetest tone. My peace I give in time of utter loss, the way of glory leads right to the cross.


"My peace I give when enemies will blame. Thy fellowship is sweet through cruel shame. My peace I give in agony and sweat, for Mine own brow with Bloody drops was wet!


"My peace I give when nearest friend betrays -- peace that is merged in love, and for them prays. My peace I give when there's but death for thee -- the Gateway is the Cross to get to Me!"


--L.S.P

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

What? No Patience, yet Receiving Inexhaustible Grace?

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"It is a kind and wise arrangement of God that weaves our sorrows into the elements of character; and that all the disappointments, and conflicts, and afflictions of life may, if rightly used, become the means of improvement, and create in us the sinews of strength.

Trouble is a marvelous mortifier of pride, and an effectual restrainer of self-will. Difficulties string up the energies to loftier effort, and intensity is gained from repression. By sorrow the temper is mellowed and the feeling is refined. When suffering has broken up the soil, and made the furrows soft, there can be implanted the hardy virtues which out-brave the storm. In short, trial is God's glorious alchemy, by which the dross is left in the crucible, the baser metals are transmuted, and the character is enriched with gold!"

...W.M.Punshon

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