Pilgrim's Path Daily

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

DAILY THANKSGIVING

Neh 12:46
"For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God."

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'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

(When caught in an obvious exaggeration:) Well, you know what I mean ... !"

Mt 12: 36, 37
"But I say unto you, That every idle (careless) word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."

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Dark-Eyed Junco -
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FOTO TOTO?

Greedy?

Squirrels hoard their food. Good thing, too, cause there are seasons for gathering and seasons when you cannot. This is natural for them. (Cute lil duffer, donchathink?!)

Ever hear the story, 'How to catch a monkey!'? Here it is: Take a coconut, cut a hole in the top of it just large enough for a monkey's OPENED hand. Then tie it to a tree & fill it with all sorts of sparkling trinkets - even some shiney silver bells, maybe. When the monkey reaches inside and grabs the goodies inside, he makes a fist. Because the fist is larger than the hole, he cannot escape - and is trapped. No monkey will turn loose of their 'booty' once they have taken hold of it! VOILA! You have just caught yourself a monkey!

The meaning for the name "Cain" is (technically) 'possessor' - or 'grabber', or 'grasper', or 'clinger' (seizing in an attempt to CONTROL). All mortal humans have a bit of the 'Cain-Nature' in them. We all want our own way. We are all selfish - naturally. And this is a spiritual trap few escape. Indeed, there IS but One Escape,and One ONLY - death! The Cross.

Turning loose (letting go), or taking our hands off, is the KEY to spiritual growth, health and development. Until a soul learns to TRUST, it CANNOT Obey - and is lost, indeed! God cannot Touch (Heal) what we will not let GO of (give up). To LET God, LET GO! And, like the monkey, any soul that will not DIE to SELF and this mortal world (lay down his life) CANNOT swap with God in-Christ (take up His Eternal Life). We must LAY DOWN to TAKE UP. (Deny SELF, to receive CHRIST)

But this is just as true in our day-to-day life as well - our "daily cross" (Lk9:23). The Holy Spirit CANNOT Lead where we will not Follow. And AS we hear The Voice of The Lord ("today" means everyday!), we have the choice of hardening our hearts against God, preferring our own carnal way of darkness, clinging to our selfish desire -OR- denying self, dying to our own will, and Obeying-as-Led by Trusting&Obeying - specifically! (No one ever obeys a generality - ALL obedience is SPECIFIC!)

Jesus castigated the 'rich man' in one of his Parables - you remember - the one who had such bounty and barns that he thought to make a show of it by tearing down his existing barns to build even larger ones. Jesus calls this man, "FOOL!". Woah, AND WOE! Yet we all do this - most every day! We grasp & cling & clutch & hoard - and all for WHAT? For insurance?

God looks poorly on those who will not actually TRUST Him - even though Jesus Christ's Claims require Miracles (Living Faith)! ('Take NO thought for clothing, food or shelter!' - 'OR TOMORROW!) Ever TRY this? Just TRY to actually take God AT HIS WORD and TRUST HIM for it - and you will know what Real Spiritual Battle truly IS! And it won't be some religious squabble, 'over there - with them' ... but it will have 'come home to roost' right inside your heart & soul!

Do we really BELIEVE God - or not? Let's get HONEST2GOD! This is one area we need to 'square-away' with God. And by the looks of the world events lately - SOONER THAN LATER, PILGRIM??

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



GETHSEMANE

My Jesus, I would ne’er forget,
That hour I spent with Thee;
When there I saw Thy bloody sweat
In dark Gethsemane.

Refrain

I’ll ne’er forget, I’ll ne’er forget,
I’ll ne’er forgetful be,
When there I saw Thy bloody sweat
In dark Gethsemane.

’Twas in that olive grove I felt
That Thou hadst died for me;
Alas, how great I saw my guilt
While in Gethsemane.

Refrain

I thought of how Thy heart did throb,
While “all” Thine own did flee,
And left Thee with the cruel mob,
In sad Gethsemane.

Refrain

’Twas there I felt my grief and shame
In oft forsaking Thee,
How precious was Thy very Name
In dear Gethsemane.

Refrain

Should e’er our love to Thee grow cold,
And we forgetful be,
We’ll call to mind Thy love untold
While in Gethsemane.

Refrain


Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

Placing carnal bandaids on spiritual leprosy!
Jer 6:14 "They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace."
Jer 8:11 "They have healed the wound of my people lightly,
saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace."

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'SOUL FOOD' - an audio-book by G.D. Watson - Ch. 4 of 32

Chapter 4 - "PERSONAL LOVE OF JESUS"
-- G.D. Watson lived in England, in the early part of the 1900's --





We have a revelation of God's personal feelings in the very nature of the first great commandment, that we are to love Him with all our heart.

The complaint that Jesus had against the church at Ephesus was their lack of fervent, personal love for Him; they had "works" and "labor" and "patience", and great zeal in searching out heretics, and in bearing persecution and the scorn of their neighbors, and had not fainted under hardships.

If such a list of graces were now found in one person, he would be esteemed a great saint; and yet the Infinite Searcher of hearts saw the lack of something for which all these massive virtues could not atone; and that was a warm, deep, incessant, cleaving, tender passion of soul for the person of the Lord Jesus.

Very few Christians reach such an intimacy with our dear Lord as to receive and appreciate His individual feelings. Jesus is an infinite lover, and nothing will satisfy Him but a pure, sacred, passionate, and personal love. He loves to be loved. He loves those most who have the most personal affection for Him. There are so many things that are eminently religious, and brave, and enterprising, and reformatory, which display great zeal and orthodoxy, but which do not satisfy the longings of our Savior's heart.

There are so few Christian that are positively affectionate with Jesus. Personal love of Jesus is marked by several characteristics:

(1) It is a unique and undefinable love for His Person as the God-man. When we are filled with the Spirit, there will be unfolded in our minds a fixed apprehension of each person in the Godhead; and there will be individual love for each person in the Godhead, and a sweet, peculiar adoration and affection and worship for the Father and for Christ, and for the Holy Spirit. And there is something in our love for each of the Divine persons which is peculiar to their personality. I such a state, our love for Jesus is the blending of love for the eternal Son and the sacred humanity, so this affection is composed of the most ardent attachments which a creature can have for his God, and the strongest attachment which one creature can have for another.

The human soul and sacred body of Jesus are the highest of all things in the creation of God. His suffering and death render Him the most precious creature in the universe, both to Father and to us; and when this is joined with the Eternal Logos, Who was our Creator, it puts Him in such relation to us that we can love Him with a kind of love as we cannot have toward another person. It is this compound love, this blending of affections, like the composition of the sweet spikenard, which Jesus wants us to pour forth on Him.

We can love Jesus with more different kinds of affection than any other person in the universe. Look at the number of tender relationships that He sustains toward a soul that is perfectly wedded to Him by the Holy Spirit. As our Creator, we adore Him; as our Redeemer, we boundlessly trust Him; as our King, we obey Him; as our Judge, we fear Him; as our Master, we submit to Him; as our Savior, we praise Him; as a little Infant, we feel a fatherly and motherly love toward Him; as a Brother, we feel a brotherly and sisterly love for Him; as our spiritual Bridegroom, our hearts are passionately devoted to Him.

Every relation that He sustains to us calls forth a new form of love. There is no kind of affection possible to the human soul which Jesus should not receive. See in how many ways Eve was related to Adam; being builded out of his rib, she was his own daughter, and at the same time his own sister, and at the same time his bride; and he being the lord of the human family, she was his servant, and all these relations entered into her affections for him.

Jesus is to us, in a similar way, all that Adam was to Eve, with a great deal more besides. Now do we love our precious Lord in all these relationships! Is our love for Him an ever- flowing stream, which is made up from all these several rivulets? There is no one in the universe, to a divinely-illuminated mind, so lovable as our blessed, Divine Jesus.

(2) Personal love for Jesus has in it the extremes of the most sacred fear and the most child- like familiarity. Some people think that those who have much sacred fear can not have much love; and, on the other hand, that those who have a fond familiarity of love can not have a reverential fear; but such people are greatly mistaken. Fear and love are the two equal wings to this soaring devotion. Those who have an awe which in the least hinders their love, have a slave's awe, and not that of a child. There is nothing more beautiful in the interior life than that sacred awe, that sweet and sacred dread, which the soul feels in the presence of its Lord. When we gaze at His beautiful and blazing majesty, when our whole soul feels a gentle trembling before Him, there is something in the very holy dread that draws us to a deeper and more tender love.

And, on the other hand, there is a spotless familiarity which the soul can take with Jesus - a boldness and liberty of thought and speech - which only serves to make our worship more true, so that, in reality, sacred fear and familiar love act and react on each other.

(3) Personal love of Jesus is indicated by an extreme sensitiveness for His honor. The soul feels an insult at every dishonor that is shown to its Divine Husband. When Jesus is wounded, His Name lightly used, His majesty disregarded, His precious Blood ignored - when He is treated irreverently, or when He is in any way dishonored as to His person or merits or claims - this hot personal love will feel a delicate, divine indignation.

The heart is as sensitive to the preciousness and the honor of Christ as the apple of the eye. The truly wedded soul is very touchy as to the glory of its husband. And, on the other hand, this kind of love is always elated and happy at every advancement of Christ's glory. It loves to see Him extended; it glories in the spread of His glory.

(4) This kind of love has an incessant yearning for all the dispositions manifested in the Life of Jesus. This personal love of Jesus has large, bright eyes, and from the New Testament records it can see marvelous things in the Christ-life. It has vast and penetrating visions into the depths of His Lowliness, the vastness of His Charity, the tenderness of His Spirit, the perpetual self-sacrifice of His Will, the absolute courage of His Obedience, the everlastingness of His Kindness. It sees His whole inner life, like a magnificent city, all lit up with unspeakable Attributes, and all bespangled with majesties and virtues and graces and sweetnesses, that charm and bewilder the soul, and make it leap with intensest desire to possess everything which it sees in its lovely Lord. No splendor in creation can compare with the dazzling charms which an ardently loving soul perceives in Jesus. It cries out, with St. Paul, "Oh, the depth of the riches!" It is this vision which makes the soul pine and pray, and weep loving tears, and dream over and over of the ineffable transformation of being made just like the heavenly Bridegroom.

(5) This form of love is strongly attached to the possessions of Christ. There is a peculiar attachment which always goes with the possession of a thing. It is the affection of ownership. As soon as anything becomes our property, we have a peculiar attachment, which never could exist previous to ownership. This is why Jesus Said, "Where your possessions are, there will your heart be." He does not say the possessions will go where the heart is, but the heart will go where the possessions are! Hence the soul in perfect, loving union with Jesus will find itself taking hold of all His personal kingdom and all His property, as a young queen finds the affections of her heart stretching out to all the subjects and enterprises of her king's dominion.

(6) I should not omit to say that this personal love for Jesus has in it a fond, caressing spirit for Him. It twines its thought s around Him. It folds Him round and round with the delicate embraces of the spirit. It often finds itself, like John, leaning on His breast; or, like Mary, sitting at His feet; or, like Magdalene, bathing His feet with tears; and whatever posture the body may be in, the soul is often on its face before Him in perfect, penitential tenderness.

(7) The love of Jesus would not be complete if it did not include a longing for His personal Appearing, and to see Him come in the Glory of His Kingdom. The Holy Spirit Loves Jesus with an Infinite Love, and He alone can flood our being with fervent Love for Christ; and the Holy Ghost has told us that we are to "Love Christ's Appearing." St. Paul speaks of a crown of righteousness for all those who love our Lord's Appearing. Any Love for Jesus which does not include an intense desire to see and be WITH Him is below the standard of affection which He requires of us. They please Him most who Love Him personally and ardently up to their capacity.

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


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DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 11:12
"He who belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
but a man of understanding remains silent."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner,"
Christian, with troubled brow?
Are you thinking of what is before you,
And all you are bearing now?

Does all the world seem against you,
And you in the battle alone?
Remember--at "Wit's End Corner"
Is just where God's power is shown.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner,"
Blinded with wearying pain,
Feeling you cannot endure it,
You cannot bear the strain,

Bruised through the constant suffering,
Dizzy, and dazed, and numb?
Remember--at "Wit's End Corner"
Is where Jesus loves to come.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner"?
Your work before you spread,
All lying begun, unfinished,
And pressing on heart and head,

Longing for strength to do it,
Stretching out trembling hands?
Remember--at. "Wit's End Corner"
The Burden-bearer stands.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner"?
Then you're just in the very spot
To learn the wondrous resources
Of Him who faileth not:

No doubt to a brighter pathway
Your footsteps will soon be moved,
But only at "Wit's End Corner"
Is the "God who is able" proved.

--Antoinette Wilson

Discerning between Tares and Gods Children!

Mal 3:16-18

"Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another; the LORD heeded and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and thought on his name. 'They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.'"

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DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

'Blessed' means 'JOY!', not 'happy'!

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HEADLINES:

On this date in:

1689 William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.

1814 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba.

1898 President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war against Spain.

1899 The treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.

1921 Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.

1945 American soldiers liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

1970 Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was cut short when an explosion crippled the spacecraft.

1979 Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.

1980 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.

1981 President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital, 12 days after he was wounded in an assassination attempt.

2001 Ending an 11-day standoff, China agreed to free the 24 crew members of an American spy plane that had collided with a Chinese fighter plane, killing its pilot.

2002 U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., D-Ohio, was convicted of taking bribes and kickbacks from businessmen and his own staff.

2003 American troops took the northern Iraqi city of Mosul without a fight.


CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

78 Ethel Kennedy Widow of Robert F. Kennedy
74 Joel Grey Actor (''Cabaret'')
67 Louise Lasser Actress (''Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'')
59 Meshach Taylor Actor (''Designing Women'')

HISTORICAL MEMORIAL TRANSITIONS:

78 Dean Acheson 4/11/1893 - 10/12/1971 American secretary of state (1949-1953)

ART MEDIA WORTH MENTION (Selected Clips - Audio, Visual, Graphics)

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NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Down deep inside every man is a fool trying to get out ...
and take that soul to hell!"
--A.B.Simpson

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


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Downsizing Ducks -
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'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

'And if I should die before I wake .... '

Lord, before I die - please Deal with any rebellious iniquities or unbelief in me.
Purify me, Lord and make me Wholly Thine!