Pilgrim's Path Daily

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... "The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Ps 27:1

DAILY THANKSGIVING

NATURE:
Lord thank you for Inventing diversity - and then putting it on such awsome display throughout your entire Creation. You Made man complete with a wonderful imagination and a winsome curiosity, and then provided a garden of delightful experimentation for us to enjoy. Your Handiwork is marvelous - Your Craftsmanship amazing! And that You have endowed each and every creature with your own Fingerprints is Proof of Your Ownership. Thank you for Your Creation!

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

A recent excavation in North China uncovers evidence that early humans migrated from Africa to East Asia much earlier than was thought. CLICK HERE

For the archive page, CLICK HERE

NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

Skilled climbers are often compared to mountain goats. But have you ever heard anyone say, 'She's as sure-footed as a mountain sheep'? CLICK HERE

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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

Applying The Scriptures requires fearlessness! (spiritual 'guts')
It's one thing to talk a good talk, and quite another to DO as you SAY. But the application of knowledge is the only blessing there is in it. Indeed, Solomon specifically warns against accumulating too much knowledge! In Ecc 7:15,16 he says, "In my vain life I have seen everything; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evil-doing. Be not righteous overmuch, and do not make yourself overwise; why should you destroy yourself?". And again in Ecc 8:16,17 "When I applied my mind to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how neither day nor night one's eyes see sleep; then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out; even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.". And finally, in Ecc 12:12, "My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.". In what I call Jesus' 'Golden Beatitude', He Admonishes: "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." (Jn13:17) And in Dt 27:26 it is Written, "Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.". Further, Paul says in Ro2:13, "For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.". It takes courage to DO as Jesus SAYS. He told us this would be impossible for man - but not WITH God. But when we actually do apply The Word of God as He Said, Means and Intends it ('rightly-dividing' it) - there is always an impact! Usually, this is within us. That is, to apply much of what God Gives us is obedience. And when we obey His Word-Will, it Changes us - Radically, from the inside. Occasionally, we even get to witness His Word actually Changing others as well! But when this occurs - there is just as often a backlash. It costs to obey God - but it also PAYS! Guts! It requires spiritual guts to follow and obey God. But we have this Confidence in The Person Jesus Christ as our Lord. And so, we apply as Led - and grow as planted - in Christ!

FOTO TOTO?

Just a puppet on a string?

Ever feel as though you are being pulled and tugged from every side? Tossed and blown about by this opinion, or that interpretation - or by some doctrine or teaching that has you at-odds with yourself, inside?

This is not of God - but of man. God does not coerce or force Himself or His Love on anyone. He made us with a will - volition - to choose. He wants only that Honor and Service that is given freely, and has been chosen deliberately.

Jesus refers to 'a house-divided against itself'. This condition is incremental, spiritual suicide. Dying by inches - from the inside out. And if you have heard of people being 'torn apart' by controversies and religious issues, you have heard correctly! This has become commonplace today.

Christ Died to Make us Whole - One with God our Father - even as He Was (Is). This must be Chosen by a soul - not once, but daily. We either Follow one Step at a time, or we do not Follow at all. God never outlines in-advance the Pilgrim's Path. And nobody ever obeys 'all-at-once', or 'once-for-all'. We Walk by Faith - or not with God!

You were not Intended by God (when He Made you) to be divided-assunder (shattered in pieces). But you were Made FOR God. In Christ we Choose God - and come ALIVE!

God has Strings - it is true! - and He sometimes yanks them, too! But never against our will. And never for our evil. When God Corrects or Rebukes or even Punishes - (yes, God's Discipline is often Punitive - don't let any creature lie to you!) - He does so with Love FOR Love. And the END of Love is WITH GOD!

So next time you get to feeling 'pushed', as they say - or as though you are being pulled apart, please resort unto your LORD! And LET Him Comfort, Convict, Correct and re-Cover you - in His Image!

CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

"SOUL FOOD"
A Book By G. D. Watson [A 19th Century Deeper-Life Author]
CHAPTER 18: "INTO THE DEEP"

To HEAR this chapter, CLICK HERE
(To HEAR the PREVIOUS Chapter, CLICK HERE)

In the 5th chapter of Luke, from the 1st to the 7th verses, we have an account of Jesus teaching on lake Gennesaret, and afterwards of the disciples launching out and letting down their nets for a draught of fishes, which is full of suggestive thoughts.

1- Before they launched out they were to hear the Word of God (vs 1). This is the first preliminary to all of life or service. The first thing we need to hear is God's Living Word. Before we can repent, or believe, or move out on life's duty, we need to receive in our innermost being the Living Word of God. As the earth is dead until until shined upon by the sun, so there is no capability of life or service in us until we hear the Living Word. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word." It is the Living Word touching our faculties, piercing our conscience, melting our hearts, moving our will, vitalizing our motives, which prepares us for obedience. In proportion as God's Word enters into us, in that proportion are we qualified for our mission.

2- "Launch". When He had left speaking, He said to Peter, "Launch out". So it is when we have heard His Living Word Spoken to us, by the Living Spirit, we are then prepared for the Command to launch out. This word implies the act of the will, which has been vitalized by the hearing of the Living Word. Previous to hearing the Word, the will is sluggish and rebellious; it has no motives or energy along lines of righteousness; but the imparted Word opens up motives, imparts strength, and arouses in the will the principal of choice and determination, which constitutes the taproot of moral character. There must be a fixed choice against all evil, or for all good. It is this fixed choice of the will which makes the central element of character. (see Isa 26:3) God watches the determination of the heart. This word "launch" implies throwing ourselves in utter dependence upon the Lord --- a co-operation with the Spirit, a giving up of our will to His Guidance.

In seeking pardon, or sanctification, or healing, or entering some special service, in various ways there come times in our lives where, after hearing the truth, we are to boldly, with all our will-power, "launch out".

3- "From the shore". To launch out implies launching from the shore. Going from the shore was to leave the multitude, the sights and sounds of terra firma; to leave home, and friends, and all that was on the land. How much this implies to us who will hear all the Living Word, and launch from the shore! It implies launching out from nature, with its laws, sciences, philosophies, from its materialism. It implies launching from the natural mind, with its carnal reasoning, opinions, taste, its prudence and whims, and fashions. It implies launching from all our past --- past failures and successes, all our past sins, and all our past righteousness as well. The cutting of the shore line that ties us to anything behind; the letting of all things go, that, like a receding shore to a sailor, it may fade from our vision. (It means saying "goodbye".)

4- "Into the deep". How deep He does not say. The depth into which we launch will depend upon how perfectly we have given up the shore and the greatness of our need, and the apprehension of our possibilities. The fish were to be found in the deep, not in the shallow water. So with us; our needs are to be met in the deep things of God.

We are to launch into the deep of God's Word, which the Spirit can open up to us in such crystal, fathomless meaning that the same words we have accepted in times past will have an ocean of meaning to them, which renders their first meaning to us very shallow. Into the deep of atonement, until Christ's precious Blood is so illuminated by the Spirit that it becomes an Omnipotent balm, and food and deep medicine for the soul and body. Into the deep of the Father's Will, until we apprehend it in its infinite minuteness and goodness, and its far-sweeping provision and care for us. Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, dazzling, sweet, fathomless summer sea, in which we bathe and bask and breathe, and lose ourselves and our sorrows in the calmness and peace of His everlasting presence. Into the deep of God's providences, where we find the most marvelous answers to prayer, the most tender and careful guidance, the most thoughtful anticipation of our needs, the most accurate and supernatural shaping of events. Into the deep of purposes and coming Kingdom, until the Lord's coming and His millennial Reign are opened up to us; and beyond these the bright entrancing ages on ages unfold themselves, until the mental eye is dazed with light, and the heart flutters with inexpressible anticipations of its joy with Jesus and the glory to be revealed. Into all these things Jesus bids us launch. He made us, and He made the deep, and to its fathomless depths He has fitted our longings and capabilities.

5- "Down your nets". Their nets were the instruments for making their living. To us it signifies letting down our gifts, talents, occupations, into the will of God. Whatever we can utilize of money or business, or voice or pen, or thoughts or labor, or personal magnetism, yielding it utterly to the sway of the Spirit, sinking it all in the sea of His Will beyond our vision, trusting all results with Him.

6- "All night, and nothing". At that same place they had toiled all night and taken nothing. What failures they had experienced! How weary and discouraged they were! But God loves to take the most forlorn failures and turn them into successes. God loves to work in such a way as to outwit all the wise. By His gentle Omnipotence, He takes disappointment, failure, trouble, desolation, and all sorts of losses, and out of them coins the gold victory of success. Faber sings:

"God's glory is a wondrous thing,
...Most strange in all its ways,
And of all things on earth least like
...What men agree to praise.
For He can endless glory weave,
...From what men reckon shame;
In His own world He is content
...To play a losing game."

7- "At Thy Word..." The pivot on which Peter's faith swung was the Word "nevertheless". Notwithstanding our failure all night, "at Thy Word we will let down the net". This was simple faith embodied in obedience. Obedience is the body in which the soul of faith lives and moves. We are to believe and obey at His Word, notwithstanding the awful failures of the past; right on the spot of defeat, over the same waters, with the same net, in the same boat, without any visible signs of success, we are to drop ourselves into His Will. Simply obey, and leave it with Him, whether we take any fish or not. The more perfectly we see our failure, the more perfectly we can enter into the meaning of this "nevertheless, at Thy Word..."

8- "Their net brake". "The lame have taken the prey". The draught of fishes was more than they asked or thought; it was larger than the measure of their nets, or the size of their boat, or the thinking of their minds.

This same Jesus stands on our sea of life, waiting for us to yield in utter obedience, and willing to do in us and for us "exceeding abundantly above our asking or thinking", on lines of experience and usefulness.

WORSHIP AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 5:1,2 "My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard (keep) discretion, and that thy lips may keep (guard) knowledge."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

  • ON 'ALONE-NESS' - (5:58 minutes)
  • ON 'EVIL SYMPATHY' - (9:47 minutes)
  • ON 'HONOR GOD' - (4:13 minutes)

    For a complete listing (by topic) of ALL the Deeper-Life audio-devotionals available at Pilgrim's Path's Website (over 2000 audios) CLICK HERE

DAILY POEM

(A STORY ABOUT DEATH)

"I had dropped in upon an old friend of my boyhood days. She was one of God's own saints. Rich in experience, she was ripe for the coming glory. She had gone so far in life's pilgrimage that her mind was slightly beclouded, and her memory affected.

As I rose to go home she arose also and said, "I want to go home."

"But mother," said her daughter, "you are home now." At that she looked a bit dazed. Then looking at me with a tender smile she said with a profound touch of pathos in her voice, "I want to go home before its dark."

"I opened the door and started homeward. The twilight sky was still aglow with the vanishing glory of the sunset. Beyond it lay the glory of the Father's House.

My soul was tingling with the spiritual message my dear friend's words had brought me. What an unspeakable blessing for God's children to reach Home before it gets dark!

Before the darkness of broken body and failing health; of dimmed senses and clouded faculties; of physical sufferings and infirmaties; of vanished faces, voices, and fellowships -- before all these come, how blessed it is to reach Home before it gets dark.

"Sometimes we deplore the passing of those of God's own who die young. The young girl in the bloom of her sweet maidenhood; the lad in the flush of his strong youth;

...how premature it seems, and what a grievous mistake. But, is it not we who are mistaken in this? They have only reached Home before it got dark.

They have entered the Homeland; they have found "a place to stay;" they are "forever with the Lord;" they see His face and walk in the unfailing splendor of His glory.

It is only because we look through tear-blinded eyes, "see through a glass darkly," and so fail to measure eternal values as God measures them, that we ever lament as premature the passing of the young into the Homeland.

The Father's House is thronged with children.

And we may be sure He made no mistake in taking them there. After all, when we enter into a Homeland whose time-units are centuries and ages, instead of seconds and minutes, then the mere human distinctions of age and years shall count as nought."

-- James McConkey

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

God CANNOT Give what we WILL NOT Receive!

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Jesus Christ is a source of deep offense to the educated mind of today!"
--Oswald Chambers

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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