Pilgrim's Path Daily

Friday, December 30, 2005

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ...

"But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine. When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isa 43:1-2

DAILY THANKSGIVING

MUSIC:

Lord thank your for the art of music. There are few things we humans have which are so special, as our love for and musical abilities. Even so, Lord please give us a healthy appreciation for music - and do not allow us to misuse this treasure.

IMAGINE THAT! - New scientific discoveries

Researchers have discovered that there is tons of ancient carbon locked up in the Arctic ice. With Arctic temps warming, will the frozen carbon melt and contribute to global warming? CLICK HERE

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NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

Each spring, as warblers pass through much of the U.S. on their way north, naturalists enjoy catching the "warbler wave". CLICK HERE

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FOTO TOTO?

Time to snooze!

Someone said that when the physical body is tired and worn out, we need rest. But when we are exhausted spiritually, what we need is Stimulation - Inspiration - even Respiration! I like that! God is never tired nor exhausted - and if we are drawing from His Grace - neither should we be - spiritually!

But there is nothing wrong in rest and relaxation. Providing it is the pause between diligent productivity. But when God speaks of a 'sluggard', he is speaking of one who is spiritually lazy. Let's talk about that for just a minute.

There's physical effort, and then there is spiritual endeavor. It's like the difference between the works of the Law (outward, of the flesh) - and the Works of Faith (inward, and Spiritual). Physical work is good - and brings mortal rewards. But Spiritual Work (Faith) is far better, as it brings Eternal Inheritance.

When we Work our Faith, we do so by studying and applying His Words of Life (The Bible), and by CHOOSING to Believe God in Christ. (see Jn 6:28,29, Phil 2:12, Jas 2:17, Eph 2:10, Jn 14:12) That means when we 'HEAR HIS VOICE TODAY' we follow and obey AS LED. This is the Work of Faith in submitting (in) our bodies (circumstances) our souls (lives) to Christ - by laying them down so as to take up OUR (daily) CROSS - even as Jesus Commands of ALL - in Lk 9:23.

When we get 'tired', spiritually - we can be Refreshed by The Word. God Re-Invigorates His Saints as they Walk with Him by Breathing His Life in their 'dust' (mortality). Thank you Lord for this Vigorous, Lively, Active, Resurrection Life - even of that Newness of Christ!

As for the polar bear.... SMOOCHIES!!

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

PODCAST - DAILY DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

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CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES

SOUL FOOD CHAPTER #27

"THE DIVINE PULL"

-by- G. D. Watson


Oftentimes, when I have been traveling on the cars, Going at the rate of thirty or forty miles per hour, I have felt the train give a sudden pull, because the engineer had turned on more steam to increase the speed to fifty miles per hour. To one who travels a good deal, and has a keen sense of motion, every movement of the train can be readily detected. I can detect when the train turns in the least to the right or left, or the slightest pressure of the air-brake on the wheels, or the least increase of speed.

This sensitiveness to the motion of a train should be realized in the spiritual life. If we keep in a very humble and crucified state of mind, and in unbroken fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the interior sensibilities of the soul will be just as keen as those of the body. We can detect the least slackening of speed, or the least veering to the right or left; and, blessed be God, we can be conscious when the heavenly Engineer turns on more spiritual pressure.

It will often happen in secret prayer, when all the faculties of the soul are open to the sway of the Spirit, that we can feel a Divine pull upon our hearts, a sudden yearning of the soul after God stronger than hitherto; a deep, sweet passion for Christ takes hold upon the fountains of desire; a longing, an intense craving to be just like Jesus pervades the whole mind.

At such moments we feel magnetized; we are conscious that an infinite load-stone is drawing our desires, affections, choices, and imaginations up into the brightness and sweetness of God.

Such moments are worth more than we can conjecture. We should make everything of them. When the Spirit gives us such gentle pulls to Himself, we should open the throttle-valve of the heart to its uttermost; let the tears flow; let hours, if need be, glide away unheeded, even if it is midnight; let the Divine nature open its great, sweet splendors to our mind; let us push our way at such times into the very bosom of Jesus; let us take the hint of His drawing, and make deep and passionate love with Him. At such times, let us spread before Him all our unselfish longings for the salvation of souls, special petitions for relatives and friends and foes, for great Revivals, for mission-fields. While these sweet seraphic winds blow down upon us, let us stretch every sail, and oil the bottom of our ships, and make all the speed possible. Many a season of prayer is without fruit because the "Amen" is said just about the time the blessed Spirit is getting His fingers on the heart-string for a heavenly pull.

In the past few months, more than ever in my past life, I am learning to detect the gentle movements of the Holy Spirit in my soul in prayer. Sometimes I begin praying with a weary, dull feeling; my thoughts seem dry, my affections seem becalmed, and this dryness lingers for ten or twenty minutes, but by fixing my thoughts on God and asking Him to breathe in me the very prayer which will most please the Father, and then by patiently waiting and pleading the infinite merit of my elder Brother, by and by the brightness begins to come; the heart is melted; tears of love and thanksgiving flow; an inexpressible sweetness settles into all my being. Then all difficulties, all sorrows, all hardships, all burdens, all loneliness, all anxiety of every sort and degree, sink away below the horizon, and I find myself in a vast prairie of blooming flowers, and magnificent vistas, and clear skies, and singing birds, and gently flowing streams, and my whole being seems dissolved into great drops of love.

I find it pays immensely to watch the movements of the Spirit, and to abandon all the activities of my mind in co-operation with His work. Oh, that we may get so intimate with the Holy Spirit as to take His slightest hint, and feel His gentlest pull, and always yield a loving response to His wishes! What an infinite compliment that our heavenly Father should be willing to indicate His thoughts and His desires toward us through the emotions of His Spirit! Let us appreciate the least token we have from God. If we respond to His gentle pulls in prayer, it will enable us to more readily detect any warning or premonition which He may give us of approaching danger or of the blessedness of some golden opportunity.

WORSHIP AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 6:16-19
"These six things doth the LORD hate:
yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

  • (1) A proud look (haughty eyes),
  • (2) a lying tongue,
  • (3) and hands that shed innocent blood,
  • (4) an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations (plans),
  • (5) feet that be swift in running to mischief (evil),
  • (6) a false witness that speaketh lies,
  • (7) and he that soweth discord among brethren."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

  • ON 'TRUST' - (4:24 minutes)
  • ON 'WITH-NESS' - (4:56 minutes)
  • ON 'THE CRUCIFIED LIFE' - (8:36 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

ON FAITH:

"I cannot know why suddenly, the storm should rage so fiercely round me in its wrath; but this I know - God watches all my path... and I can trust!

I may not draw aside the mystic veil, that hides the unknown future from my sight, nor know if for me waits the dark or light... but I can trust!

I have no power to look across the tide, to see while here the land beyond the river; but this I know - I shall be God's forever... so I can trust!"
--Anonymous

DAILY AUDIO PODCAST

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Choice 'pivots' on ->'IF'<- !
... Mt10:22, Lk9:23,14:27

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"There is no fit search after Truth which does not, first of all, begin to live the Truth which it Knows!"
...Bushnell, Horace [1802-1876], An American Clergy (see Christ's 'Beatitude of ALL Beatitudes', in Jn 13:17)

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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