Pilgrim's Path Daily

Sunday, December 18, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isa 41:10

DAILY THANKSGIVING

HOPE! Paul tells us we are "Saved by Hope!" in Rom 8:24.

Hope is our Salvation. That is, Hope Is The Light of this very dark world. Without it, we are all lost indeed! Thank you, Lord - for The Hope of our Salvation. And Lord, please help us to let your Light of Salvation-Hope shine ever brighter by the Joy of this Thanksgiving.

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

Scientists working on the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment are looking for habitable planets. CLICK HERE

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NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

Full of stone spires, pinnacles, and other forms shaped by years of erosion, Bryce Canyon takes on a new dimension in the winter. CLICK HERE

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FOTO TOTO?

BRACE for it!!

HERE IT COMES! LOOKOUT!

Life's like that. Sooner or later, life's gonna surprise you - throw you a curve. After all, none of us gets out of this life - alive! - you know?! And in the meantime ....

But is this the way we should live? Hunkered down, prepared for an onslaught? Set against whatever jolt might come at us? Is that it?

Actually, if we Know and Trust God, He tells us not to be afraid of sudden fear (Pr 3:25). But what, then? How should we live each day - one step at a time - walking by faith? As Overcomers in-Christ!

If this subject interests you, please listen to the audio devotional on 'Overcoming' today.
We are to either Walk on that water (life's circumstances), or Surf on it (Overcome by it).

God wants us to Walk by Faith - not cringing. By 'earnest expectation', Paul says - not by dread and worry. But can we really Trust God like that - JUST like that? We can, if we will!

To KNOW
God, is to TRUST Him!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Are we - ON The-Way, OF The-Truth, and IN The-Life - (Jesus Christ)?
Rom13:11.12 "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." Casting off darkness is a matter of putting on Light! Our Hope and our Joy IN that Hope is our Light. Notice what Jesus says in Mt 13:44, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field." Did you catch it? - 'for the JOY thereof!'. EUREKA! That means, HOORAY!, I HAVE FOUND IT!! When a soul has found Eternal Life (Which Jesus describes as Knowing Him and The Father), that soul is filled with both Joy and Earnest Expectation (as Paul puts it). HOPE! From that point on, that Pilgrim puts OFF the works of darkness, and puts ON The Armour of Light. And this is an easy thing to do, as ALL true Pilgrims are on a Journey towards an END. Once 'ON The-Way', the Pilgrim must Walk (as-Led) 'IN The-Truth' - to remain (Abide) 'IN The-Life'. The 'Narrow Way' of Discipline (strewn with difficulties & obstacles to Overcome) is Governed and Guarded by The 'Straight Gate' (The daily Cross). And the Justified Live and Walk by Faith in their Shepherd - as Led by The Holy Spirit. The spiritual Armour of Light Paul speaks of is The Light of The Living Word-Will of God - the Bible - as Spoken by The Voice of the Lord - daily, as Written! In Jn 5:25, Jesus says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live." As Isaiah said long before (Isa30:21), "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." So Jesus DEFINES His Own in Jn10:27, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" So in Hebrew 3:7&15 we read, "Wherefore - as the Holy Spirit saith -, To day if ye will hear his voice ... While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." (Please note the "if" in these Texts!) Are we - ON The-Way, OF The-Truth, and IN The-Life - (Jesus Christ)?

CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"
A Book By G. D. Watson [A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author]
CHAPTER 16: "THE DOMINANT SOUL QUALITY"

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Every human soul has been organized as to possess some one dominant trait, or some combination of traits, or some quality in a certain degree which is not duplicated in exactly the same proportion, perhaps, as in any other soul in creation. God is forever manifesting His exhaustless wisdom and power in producing creatures through all the ages which are unique and different in some respects from all the other myriads, that each soul may be a chosen vessel to show forth His gifts and glory and beauty and wisdom in a peculiar and individual manifestation. In our present condition, with our nature fallen and ignorant, and often, even in the highest state of grace, so hedged about with ignorance and short- sightedness and infirmities, we cannot begin to see the existing beauty and holy dignity and glory that God designs for each one of His loving and obedient children.

There are seven colors in the rainbow. Each of these colors can have ten thousand different shades, and each of these shades can be blended with the other colors and shades of color in untold millions of colors and shades of colors. So out of the element of spirit, soul, and body, which enters into the formation of man, and from the five senses of the soul add the intellectual faculties, and the grace of the Spirit operating in the heart, the Holy Spirit can combine these mental and spiritual qualities in an infinite number of forms and degrees, so that each saint shall possess some signal mark of divine favor, or some exhibition of divine beauty, or some form of love, which will distinguish him from all other creatures in the universe. This will make each one of the countless millions of heaven to have a special sacredness to God, and a special attraction for us. This truth is set forth in the different gems and precious stones which compose the twelve foundations of the city of God, as described in the twenty first chapter of Revelation. We shall find that each of these twelve precious stones, mentioned in that chapter, have a special virtue and quality of chemistry and beauty of its own, and when we learn the deep interior individuality of the twelve apostles, we shall find that each of those apostles had a unique quality --- some dominant trait of moral character --- which corresponds precisely with the quality of the various precious stones in the twelve foundations.

It is interesting and helpful to us to recognize this dominant soul quality in the Lord's people. Each person we meet makes a special impression upon our minds and sensibilities which no one else makes. The more thorough a person is saved and filled with the Spirit, and united with the divine Mind, the more perfectly will their deep inner personality be brought out and manifested by the Holy Spirit. Some of God's children impress us with love, others with illumination, others with great force, others with faith, others with conviction, others with sweetness of spirit, others with humility and resignation, others with authority and regnant power, others with quietness and retirement. Could our eyes be sufficiently open to see things in the full light of the Holy Spirit, and our keen spiritual sensibilities be perfectly open to the play of spirit-waves, or the detection of spiritual odors, we should find an unspeakable joy in the variety and fellowship of all God's saints. This will be one of the joys of heaven. The soul is larger than the body, and the spirit is larger than the soul. There is a spiritual atmosphere which surrounds us, as the air surrounds the world, and we can feel the touch of this soul-atmosphere.

This dominant quality of an immortal mind not only comes out in social contact, but even in books, the writer will put the dominant quality of his mind. In reading the writings of Wesley, I am always impressed with his will-power. Whatever I may read from his pen, in his journal, or sermons, I am always impressed with that firm, tireless, overmastering, persevering, conquering will-power which was in the man. This has always been the effect of his writing upon me, so much so that it tires me to read very much of his writings at a time. I believe Wesley had the strongest and purest will of any man in a thousand years.

When I read John Fletcher, I am impressed with an intense, burning eagerness for God, and of a consuming desire for the fullness of God, and tireless, incessant spirit of prayer for the heavenly filling. This is the dominant quality of his writings upon me.

When I read Madame Guyon, I feel the quality of utter self-abnegation, self-renunciation, and deep, fathomless abandonment to God. This quality pervades her poetry, her biography, her writings; in her domestic life, in prison, at all times, the reigning trait of her soul seems to be annihilation of self.

In reading Fenelon, I am impressed with great gentleness and sweetness of spirit, and a flexible, yielding, tender, compassionate thoughtfulness and heavenly sweetness. It seems to pervade, like a divine odor, everything he touches.

In reading Faber, I am aware of a great illumination and wonderful discernment unto God and the human spirit, and clearness, the white heat of devotion, the very poetry of light, the purity and gentle melody of sunbeams and stars and crystal fountains; such insights into God; such glowing visions of the Trinity; such cloudless perception of things in heaven. But it is the light of a hot sun flaming with devotion, and not the light of a winter moon.

The writings of George Muller predominately impressed me with patient prayer. He is known as a man of great faith, and yet the all-pervading quality in his writing to me is that of patient prayer --- the attitude of waiting on God and finding out His will before one step is taken. This is a very high type of faith, for there are thousands of different aspects and degrees of faith.

Dr. Cullis, with whom I had the pleasure of personal acquaintance, pre-eminently impressed me with a child-like, simple trust. I found it always easy to believe God in his presence. He seemed to carry an atmosphere of trust along with him. There was in Dr. Cullis a gentleness, sweet, child-like playfulness and infant-like trust which seemed to have nothing arduous in it.

Dr. Sheridan Baker had to me the dominant quality of well-poised accuracy and precision. His words, his behavior, his writings, his business transactions, his plans, his whole life and expression, seemed moulded in a beautiful, well-balanced precision; nothing redundant, or extravagant, or narrow, or little, or outlandish, or absurd. Everything in the man seemed as beautifully poised as the blue dome of heaven. Look at the way he managed his business; disbursed his money. Look at his writings; can you find one foolish, extravagant, or superfluous word? He was, in a very eminent degree, a man of wisdom and heavenly accuracy.

Inskip impressed me all the time as a warrior and leader, man of unbounded magnetism, a Bonaparte in the Holy Ghost. He could sway thousands of people as easily as a lion sways a cat. He could arouse a vast audience into a foaming sea of enthusiasm with waves of white-capped excitement breaking on the shore, and in a few moments could quell them to a placid lake, whose tiny ripples of low-breathed prayer were hardly audible on the beach.

I have met humble and saintly women, who spoke only a few words; but there was a faint quality of hid-away quietness in God which came out of them, and impressed me for days and months like the sweet minor strains of some delicate instrument in a great orchestra.

Every flower has its own perfume, every gem its own luster, every bird its own note, every eye its own peculiar luster, every heart its own regnant quality; and if we will give ourselves up utterly to the possession of the Holy Spirit, and seek constantly to be filled more and more with the Christ-life, God will make each one of us a chosen vessel of some precious gift or spiritual quality for the manifesting of His will to others. It is useless for any one to try to exert a good influence. All such is miserable machinery. It is our place to walk with God, live a continual prayer, be flooded with the gentle Spirit, seek to please God, and He will see to it that a subtle fire shall always proceed from us, which will burn itself indelibly into other souls in such a manner as to glorify God.

WORSHIP AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 4:25 "Let thine eyes look right on (directly forward), and let thine eyelids (gaze) look straight before thee."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

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DAILY POEM

"Speak thou to Him for he heareth, and Spirit with Spirit will meet!
Nearer is He than breathing, nearer than hands and feet."


--Maltbie D. Babcock

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Patience is our only "interface" with Grace! [Lk 21:19]

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

ON AFFLICTION:

"Suffering is essential to profound spiritual life!"
-A.B.Simpson

1Pet 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1Pet 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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