Pilgrim's Path Daily

Monday, December 19, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;" Heb 8:1

DAILY THANKSGIVING

Neh 12:24 "And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward (watch) over against ward (watch)."

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

Using carbon nanotube technology, researchers have developed a small portable carbon dioxide sensor to take on the road. CLICK HERE

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NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

Wetlands form intricate ecosystems that are home to a large diversity of plant and animal life. CLICK HERE

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FOTO TOTO?

Fan - CY!!

Some folks live in beautiful houses - others don't. Some live in beautiful bodies - the rest of us don't.

Envy - let's talk about envy a bit.

Beauty is a lure as much as a joy. There are all sorts of things that are beautiful that don't necessarily elicit envy in us - but they could!

Looking on others, or on the things of others - and the dangers attached thereto - are the specific subjects of two of the ten Commandments. Envy and coveting are the only sins mentioned twice - for emphasis - by God.

It is a rare, homely heart which can view the beauty of another and not be tempted to envy or coveting. We want what we see in others - or that others have, and we don't.

I doubt this fish knows it is beautiful - or that it's 'house' is, either. Nor do I think it's little head would be 'turned', if it did! Fish aren't like that. But man is. And, apparently, so are Angels!

It was this sin for which there was WAR IN HEAVEN! And for which about one third of the Angels were Damned.

This time of year, we are bombarded with materialism, and the capitalistic hedonism of consumerism. It is a time for envy and coveting - like no other time of the year.

Pilgrim - please guard your heart during this time of carnal testing. Focus on CHRIST!

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

Man resents a God Who would CONSIGN him to a mortal life of death.
This is the ENMITY between the flesh (man) and the Spirit (God). It was just this spiritual Contention (Warfare) Jesus Came to Reconcile by His Death/Resurrection. It is Written in Eph 2:14, "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;", and in Col 1:20, "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." That we are indeed 'Consigned by God' to this 'vale of tears' is also Written in Ro 11:32, "For God hath concluded (consigned) them all in (to) unbelief (disobedience), that he might have mercy upon all." - and in Gal 3:22, "But the scripture hath concluded (consigned) all under (to) sin, that the promise by (to) faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." - and in Ro 8:20, "For the creature was made subject to vanity (futility), not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope (by God)," It was this very hostile hatred in the flesh to this death-Consignment that cried out on His Cross, "My God!, My God!, WHY?!?!". Jesus Christ was real, genuine, mortal man - just as He Was Also Very God Incarnate. Christ's Own Flesh-mortality was Cursed and Abandoned to the same fate ALL carnal flesh is - Damned by sin to death. The Spiritual Resurrection BEYOND this mortal death is FAITH. Please notice Paul's words, "The Promise TO Faith" was Jesus Christ's Death/Resurrection. This is why it was FOR this Cause He came (Jn12:27&18:37). And it was BY Death (of His Own mortality) He destroyed the works of the Devil (1Jn3:8) - namely, death! So, Resurrection REIGNS - but only in the Faithful heart (the honest heart - where Truth Rules).

CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"
A Book By G. D. Watson [A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author]
CHAPTER 17: "ALONE WITH GOD"

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Over and over, deeper and deeper, do we have to learn the meaning of God's Words, until the faint perceptions we first had of them seem as dewdrops compared with the fathomless ocean we find in them at the last. "And he was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him till the break of day." All elect souls pass many times this station of aloneness with God, and they find that the wrestling always lasts till the breaking of day.

We have to be alone with God in finding personal salvation. Others may be used as instruments in bringing conviction, light, help in various ways; but there comes a crisis, both in the work of regeneration and of sanctification, in which the soul must be detached from others, and deal only with God. How utterly impertinent are human words in such a crisis! We must meet our Jesus singly; we must apprehend Him for ourself; He must speak to us with His own voice. In such an hour we gaze on the salvation promises, such as, "Thy sins will be forgiven thee," or, "I will, be thou clean;" but the words on paper need to be imparted into our consciousness, and to effect this, they must be respoken into us by the Holy Ghost. No true soul will be satisfied with an inference of salvation, or a dead legal imputation of holiness, or the opinions of others as to our state; nothing less than God alone pouring His assurance into our spirits will answer.

The dear Redeemer who loved us from eternity, and "formed us for Himself," will not leave the pining soul to the second-handed tinkering of others; He will closet us -WITH- Himself {"shut-up unto God!"}, and re-speak into us those living words out of His Book that have been spoken to seeking souls in every generation of the world. God longs to give each of us a perfect personal assurance of His perfect salvation. We must be alone with God in the matter of suffering. The One who loves us best fits the furnace to our frame, and never once duplicates the pattern for any other soul. There are innumerable degrees of suffering among God's chosen ones, yet in each case it is unique and personal. The ingredients of suffering are of infinite variety in kind and mixture, but the end to be accomplished is the same. God will not allow us to pick our crosses, or to exchange them with our neighbor. Oftentimes our chief cross is born with us into the world, and stays with us through all vicissitudes of life, and all the operations of grace, till we have washed it thousands of times with our tears, till at last, conquered and mellowed and sweetened into utter tenderness of spirit, we smile upon the rough old instrument, and praise God for all its painfulness to us. Some forms of suffering have the community feature in them, and can be shared by others; but our very choicest sufferings, those that accomplish God's individual purpose in us, those that most thoroughly test us and unite us to His will, these are private property, into which no other ever enters but our sympathizing Jesus. "I will lead the blind in a way they have not known." The Lord selects for each of us those crucifixions which will most perfectly mortify us, and reduce us to our lone nothingness. In the earlier stages of deep interior suffering we foolishly fly to some chosen creatures for sympathy and help; but in taking our soul-sorrows to earthly friends, we are apt to find one of three results --- either God permits them to be cold and uninterested in us, or we find them loaded with woes of their own, or else they do us more harm than good by superficial, or fanatical, or unheavenly words. Our sufferings should lead to four things --- to detach us from creature- comforts by driving us to bury our souls deep in the bosom of God; next, to take Jesus in as a partner of our pains, that "in all our afflictions He was afflicted;" next, recognize the presence of God in every step of our trials; and fourthly, that we be so thoroughly softened by our sufferings as to have an unlimited tenderness for all other sufferers of every kind. The very best and most fruitful of our mortifications are those in which God locks us in alone with Himself, and thereby saturates us with the Holy Spirit. In matters of divine guidance and spiritual understanding, God often hems us in alone with Himself, and deals with us and reveals His will to us in ways and things that our friends can have no comprehension of. When we are not in communion with God, He will lead us by secondary agents; but the closer we enter into union -WITH- Him, the more directly and exclusively He guides by His Spirit.

If we walk in constant fellowship -WITH- the Spirit, we will have illuminations into providence and duty for ourselves personally, which our best friends may not always see. "He knoweth the way that I take, and when I am tried I shall come forth as Gold." (Job 23:10) God always has some child passing through the experience of these words. How little other people understand of the real inner life we are living! Those who think they know us so well, and can give us volumes of advice, often know us very little. The best of saints misunderstand our faults, just as the ungodly misunderstand our graces. God will find a thousand ways to detach us from creatures and to wed us to Himself alone, for He is determined that no one else shall be our God! No human being on earth, even the best of saints, can be any real benefit to me in love or comfort or counsel, except as they are the channels of God to me; whatever they give me out of their own human nature will soon prove poison to my real well-being. There is not one atom of balm in the universe except from Jesus. When God truly leads along any given path, the outcome will evidence it to be of Him, however queer or wrong it may seem to many who are wise and prudent. As Faber sings:

"Ill that He blesses is most good,
And unblest good is ill,
And all is right that seems most wrong,
If it be His sweet Will."

WORSHIP AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 4:26,27 "Ponder (take heed to) the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established (will be sure). Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

  • ON 'DILIGENCE/OBLIGATION' - (3:50 minutes)

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DAILY POEM

"The Shepherd does not ask of thee, Faith in thy Faith, but only Faith in Him:
and this He meant in saying, 'Come unto me'.
In light or darkness seek to do His will, and leave the work of Faith to Jesus still."

--Anonymous

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

We learn by 'turning loose' just how things 'GRIP'!

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

ON ERROR:

"Throughout the whole world error and truth travel the same highways, work in the same fields and factories, attend the same churches, fly the same planes and shop the same stores. So skilled is error at imitating truth that the two are constantly being mistaken for each other. It takes a sharp eye these days to know which brother is Cain and which is Abel!"

-A.W.Tozer

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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