Pilgrim's Path Daily

Friday, December 16, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee." Ps 31:21-22

DAILY THANKSGIVING

CLEAN AIR! Today I want to thank God for clean air, and the healthy lungs with which to breathe it. As a former smoker, I appreciate a good, deep breath of fresh air. Lord, please help those with unhealthy lungs.

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

Researchers are using GPS systems, sensors, and observatories all over North America to better understand the continent’s structure and evolution. CLICK HERE

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NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

TERMITES! Just the name can make us anxious, since termites can eat away our houses and homes. But termites have some very unusual characteristics. CLICK HERE

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FOTO TOTO?

She LOVES me - she loves me NOT ....

(Actually, I think these lil critters are eating those flower petals ...)

There is a social need - an animal need - to belong - to be a part of - to be welcomed and accepted as part of 'others' (the group).

On the face of it, this is simply natural. However, when we Meet Jesus Christ, and give our soul and its Eternal Outcome to Him - we agree to die to self - that is, to lay down this mortal life - for HIS LIFE.

Christ's Life is 'Agape' - that is, Selflessness. Quite the opposite of our natural, mortal life - which revolves around self only. All Saints must Learn the Discipline of this - to become Christ's Disciples.

Seeking to belong - socially - that is, for creature fellowship - can be the most difficult thing to lay down (give up - turn lose of - die to). Self-love is entrenched in the deepest taproot of our carnal nature.

We can have Fellowship with GOD. It was for this Jesus Died and Shed His Blood (laid down His Life). Unfortunately, very few VALUE His Life as worth laying their own down!

God Is Jealous! His Love is a Fearful thing. Does God LOVE us? - Only as we LET Him.

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

The King's Flag.
In the days of princes, knights, castles and Kings there were established many things that have come down to us today - the origins of which have long since been lost in translation. Take for instance the word "court". We think of a court as the place where a judge sits at the bar of law and where justice (hopefully) is to be found. But the word was originated as the court of a king or monarch. And his/her court was made up of courtiers - or those who were 'in-attendance' (advisors & councilors, etc) to that sovereign. As for castles, most rulers had more than one. And the royal flag was designed as a signet or sign that the ruler was present. So the flag was flown only while that domicile housed the king or queen. There is a Greek word which speaks to all of this - 'perousia', I beleive it is. It means in the presence of the Lord. God's Court is in His Presence. It is from His Presence His Law goes forth. And it is in His Court where Joy and Rest are Manifest. Though no creature could presume to advise or council God, even so, it is the Privilege of being part of His retinue - His 'Elect', or Family - and of participating in His Royal Residency, which delights us. We are to Abide with Him and IN Him. This Abiding is also His Court in us. That is, as we Abide in Him, He also Abides in us. And we BECOME His Royal Court - His Majesty's Mansion - God's Holy Habitation. When God Is Present - that is, In-Residence - His Royal Flag or Banner is flown above our head. That Emblem is Peace! When His Government is Established in our heart and is 'going forth' - out of our mouths, and is evident in every choice, decision and act we perform - then is Christ FORMED IN US. It is to this End we all aspire. And it was FOR this End Christ Died and Rose - and even now Intercedes. The King's Flag - let it be unfurled in us THIS day! Amen?

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 14: "BENEFITS OF TEMPTATION"

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Grace has to work a great many miracles in us before we get far enough along to heartily sanction the words of St. James, to "count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations." But there is a place of such victory and union with Christ that the soul can really find a source of joy from every trial and temptation through which it has gone. It is almost impossible for us to see any benefits of being tempted while we are passing through them; the sensibilities are so pierced by fiery darts, the mind is so distracted by evil suggestions, the will is so beset with opposite motives, the rattle of spiritual musketry and smoke of battle obscures the vision from seeing any blessing likely to come out of it. Nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness to them who are properly exercised thereby. Among the benefits of being tried by temptation, we may mention the following:

1..... Resisting any given evil to which the soul is tempted will induce an increased hatred of that sin. The very habit of fighting any particular sin will form a habit of loathing for that sin. It is watched as an old and bitter foe. In long and bitter feuds between families there is not only hatred for the principal agents, but hatred for their children, their relatives, their property. So the persistent fight against some old ruling passion, some old besetting sin, arouses in the soul a universal revenge, not only against the old sin itself, but against all its family relatives, and a jealous hatred to all the insidious steps that lead to that sin. The holiest saints in all ages have been those who were the most sorely tempted. Surely it is a great blessing to loath sin, and a still greater blessing to loath that particular sin that has done us the most damage. It is God's design that we shall have the most perfect victory on the very points where we have been the weakest. This requires a limitless crucifixion of self and a complete possession by the Holy Ghost. But it can be done, and has been done, in thousands of cases. And such victory has been brought about by awful temptations to some sin which developed a boundless, unrelenting hatred for that sin.

2..... Temptation drives us to a deep, serious study of ourselves; it makes us take ourselves all to pieces, to analyze our affections, our wills, our motives, our propensities; it makes us search the quality of our actions, thoughts, words; it makes us scrutinize our real chances for heaven or hell; it makes us dig in solitude to the very secret foundation of our character. Temptation compels us to study the awful nature of sin; it makes us trace the danger of wrong-affections, of evil thoughts, of improper words; it opens our eyes to see the hell-fire that stealthily sleeps in so-called "little sins". To be thoroughly tempted is the pathway to a thorough knowledge of ourselves and of the malignity of sin.

3..... Temptation makes us see our true nothingness and weakness. It withers our cleverness, cauterizes our smartness, teaches us true humiliation and self-abasement. It clips the rattling talkativeness from our tongues, gives us a real, healthy hatred of ourselves, and shows us our demerit in a strong light. It leads us to patient endurance. When we are first tempted, we chafe and fret; when it comes back still stronger, we whimper and whine; the next time, we try to fight the devil with our fist, we bluster with our will-power against being so assaulted; at the next time, we break down and cry like a child whose Sunday clothes have been bespattered by a bad boy; then we wonder what we shall do; then we half despair of getting complete victory; at last we quiver long-sufferingly in the hand of God, and patiently look to Jesus as an afflicted child looks to its mother's face while its wound is being dressed. But for these sever temptations, the soul would go skipping along, gloating over its own pretty piety, full of self- admiration. As a sever case of small-pox will prevent a pretty face from standing before a mirror, so terrible temptations prevent holy souls from admiring their own graces.

4..... Temptation leads us into real heart-felt sympathy and compassion for others. It takes deep trials to soften and widen the sympathies. Every tree has it special parasites to attack it, and it does seem that severity is the special parasite that fastens itself onto religion in a human soul. If a cold, condemnatory saint is put through an unexplainable conflict of soul that makes him roll on the floor in agony for hours at a time, while his body is wet with perspiration, when he comes out of that sulphur bath, if he comes out on the Christian side, there will be a tenderness in his judgment and a broadness in his compassion which no camp-meeting hallelujahs could ever impart.

Blessed are they that endure temptation till not only sinful self is purged out, but till the last form of righteous self is gone, and the soul is taken out of it furnaces into a SuperNatural embrace of the Holy Spirit.

WORSHIP AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

pr 4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues (springs) of life."

DAILY POEM

"One Monarch to obey, one Creed to own; that Monarch God; that Creed His word alone!"

("If there is any one fact or doctrine, or command, or promise in the Bible which has produced no practical effect on your temper, or heart, or conduct, be assured you do not truly believe it!")

--Payson

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

When does 'seed sowing' become 'pearl casting'?

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"The average modern Christian is not Christlike! Most Christians today live such sub-Christian lives that their Christianity is so watered-down and weak that, if it were poison, it would not hurt anyone, and, if it were medicine, it would not cure anyone!"

-A.W.Tozer

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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