Pilgrim's Path Daily

Saturday, December 17, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower." Ps 18:2

DAILY THANKSGIVING

Ezra 3:11 "And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid."

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

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NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

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FOTO TOTO?


Isn't she LOVELY??

Feminine pulchritude at its finest - arrayed in all her Arabian regalia?! Well, I guess pretty is, as pretty does - right?

Dressing up is fun. Everybody gets a kick out of pretending - now and then - to be something or someone they aren't. Every kid goes through that phase. No harm in that, right? Right!

But pretense is deceit. And deceit is dishonest. And dishonest is doomed - so God says. So when its all just for play (not serious), we call it 'make-believe', or 'acting'.

Dressing up a very ugly camel is cute because we all agree they are simply hideous - in a cute sort of way. And making fun of their natural grotesqueness is a harmless spoof.

But as there is a time an place for most appropriate behavior - almost any behavior can be taken too far, or be way out of line in certain circumstances. We all know this. We learned all this when we were just sprouts, right?

Hypocrisy is a word which literally means 'play-acting', or 'mask-acting'. And we all know what Jesus thought and said about hypocrites - ehwhat?

In our attempts to get honest (real, genuine), let's start with God. God KNOWS our true 'frame' - what we're made of - how much we can 'take', etc. He made us - and kept the Schematic or Blueprint! We cannot fool God.

So if we are serious about getting serious - about God, then let's start there - WITH God. When God Validates the legitimacy of a soul, genuine integrity (honesty) ignites! And with that Spark of Divinity in a soul, God's Truth can engulf the heart and purify that soul.

Charades? My!, what fun - for a season. But DO let's get on with the Project of Abiding AS-PLANTED - in honest, forthright, genuine, sincere and diligent 'Pressing ON'?!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


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PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Religion is often one of Hell's finest justifications!
Because we choose what we will or will not believe, folks can and do believe all sorts of things. One can be said to have 'great faith' in an out-&-out deception - a lie - a hoax. But this is not the Faith of God - that Which is Revealed in the Bible. Even so, souls derive great power from their 'beliefs' - not to mention justification! A rationalization does not need to be logical, factual nor even ethical - let alone Moral. When we want to do a thing badly enough, we can fabricate all manner of reasons for that action. (Example: common denial) The same applies to the choice of any deceitful heart. God shows us that our carnal heart (chooser) is wicked and evil (rebellious, perverted) in Jer 17:9. In Mt 6:22-23 Jesus Says, "The light of the body is the eye (the eye is the lamp of the body): if therefore thine eye be single (sound, whole, Right-with-God), thy whole body shall be full of light, But if thine eye be evil (as that wicked heart in Jer 17:9), thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" What sort of fruit might we expect from such "light, as great darkness"? COUNTERFEIT. Religion often counterfeits spirituality. And what result might we expect from this darkness? Hatred, confusion, division - WAR! Houses-divided against themselves - crumbling under their own wretched debauchery. God is not in religion. Jesus Died & Rose for Relationship - not religion. Any wonder such bitter hatred and spiritual war is manifest in, and justified by, man's religions? Hell is engorged and enriched by such salacious sorceries! Fornication with worldliness often produces the abominable twin abortions of envy and contempt. And such things are now our daily diet on the national news. There is nowhere left on earth where a society can continue to avoid such worldwide pandemics - the spiritual infections, and carnal leprosy of man's religion - 'society'. The only Hope left to man is genuine, true, Repentance.

CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"
A Book By G. D. Watson [A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author]
CHAPTER 15: "THE DAILY CROSS"

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It is only after we have been crucified to the carnal nature that we can bear our daily cross in the true spirit of our Master. It is by the denial or death of sinful self that we enter the state of perfect obedience in which the daily trials and crosses can be borne in deep fellowship with Jesus. The very order of the words of our Savior seems to indicate the steps of experience. "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me." Here we have, first, crucifixion of the natural self-life; then the purified soul bearing its daily sufferings and hindrances, which brings it into constant walking and fellowship with Christ. It is this daily cross which leads the sanctified soul into a deeper death to self, according to its love and fervor of obedience. What is our daily cross? It is that one or more things which are unavoidable in our lives, and which produce suffering of body or mind or heart. It is that thing which in our poor judgment seems to hinder the easy flow of our religious life. Sometimes our cross may be composed of a combination of things, but as a general rule, it is some one instrument or cause of suffering to the soul. Were there no suffering of some kind involved, then there could be no cross at all, for the only thing in a cross is its pain. The outward form of the daily cross may change with years, or the same cross may continue till death; but in some form it abides. It is as impossible for the true saint not to have some cross as it is to walk in the sunshine without having shadow. The Holy Ghost gives us to understand plainly that the multitudes of jolly, ease-loving, and easy-going religionists, who bear no daily suffering with Jesus, are only sectarian-born religious bastards, and not really Kingdom-born souls. (see Heb 12:8) It is your daily cross that makes you weep more than any other thing; that sends you to frequent prayer; that leads you to ransack the promises; that makes you cry out, like Jesus, "Father why is this?"; that causes you to put both arms around the neck of your Savior in yearning love; that makes you sick of earth and self; that gives you wistful longings for heaven. Oh, precious old homely, daily cross, what deep, tender, far-reaching effects thou has wrought through all these prayer-paved years!

There is an hallucination about getting free from our daily cross which needs to be broken; it is a daydream worked up in our minds, a beautiful vision that hangs just ahead of us, that someday we will be rid of our cross, that we will have no painful annoyances, and that our feet can fly unimpeded toward heaven. Alas! that so many saints should get their eyes set on this will-o'-the-wisp dream. If you want deep union with Jesus, getting rid of your cross is the very thing to defeat it! There is a better victory than freedom from the daily instrument of pain, and that is to pass into the ocean-depth of the Christ-life where every trial can be borne in exactly the same spirit that Jesus bore. Boundless, tender love is the condition for triumphant bearing of our daily cross. When our cross has driven us so deep into the warm ocean-heart of Jesus that we are kept melted and flooded with quiet, lowly, tender, yearning love for God and His Kingdom, then the cross will have proved its own balsam, and then every trial will be fuel to the flame of love. To love the cross is understood by only a few Christians. People fancy it means loving the cross on which Christ died. No; it means loving that very cross in our lives that drives us into deep one- ness with Christ; it is to meekly, patiently, lovingly embrace to our inner heart the very principal of self-abnegation and self-nothingness. It is often the case that devout Romanists wear hair-cloth and iron or knotted cords next to their skin. All that is too superficial; it does not enter deep enough. Jesus did no such foolish thing. To bear our daily trial as Jesus did, we must take it into our very hearts love, and bear it meekly, quietly, lovingly, as unto God, and not to man.

How long it takes to accept our daily trial as a gift direct from the hands of our Lord! His eyes are on us; He notices our inner feelings, thoughts, and choices as to our cross. The spirit in which we bear our trials here will mark the grade of our standing in the world to come. It is persevering prayer that we get on the sunny side of every sorrow, and on the triumphant side of every trial.

It is the sharp grain of sand cutting its way into the oyster that is enveloped with the life- juices of the creature and turned into a pearl; so our daily cross, cutting its way into our life's core by being folded round and round with many tears and loving prayers, becomes in our souls the very pearl of Christ-likeness, and more valuable than all our chosen blessings. The Holy Ghost can reveal to us the very disposition in which Jesus bore His daily trials, and when we bear ours in the same spirit, then indeed do we have fellowship with Him!

If it does not please our Father to remove our trials, it is because He wants us to seek and receive an overflow of tender love that will bear us on over and through the trials and in spite of them. Pure, limitless love is the only true victory over trial. Intense love for Jesus is the only water that can make our thorny cross ripen its fruit; so do not cut down your cross, but water it with more love and prayer, and wait for its golden apples.

WORSHIP AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 4:24 "Put away from thee a froward mouth (crooked speech), and perverse lips (devious talk) put far from thee."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

  • ON 'MERCY' - (4:02 minutes)

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DAILY POEM

God be with you till we meet again; By His counsels guide, uphold you, With His sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Neath His wings protecting hide you; Daily manna still provide you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; With the oil of joy anoint you; Sacred ministries appoint you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; When life's perils thick confound you; Put His arms unfailing round you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Of His promises remind you; For life's upper garner bind you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Sicknesses and sorrows taking, Never leaving or forsaking; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Keep love's banner floating o'er you, Strike death's threatening wave before you; God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; Ended when for you earth's story, Israel's chariot sweep to glory; God be with you till we meet again.

--Jeremiah Eames Rankin, 1880

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

'Traffic' (worldly care) hardens (hearts) 'paths'!

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

ON HATE: "Malice can always find a mark to shoot at, and a pretence to fire!" ...Simmons, Charles [1798-1856], An American Clergy, Author

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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