Pilgrim's Path Daily

Friday, April 14, 2006

DAILY BIBLE PROMISE

** God put His Cross where His Mouth Was - all along! ** Today's Bible Promise is ... 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."

DAILY THANKSGIVING

SAINTS:
Lord your Body of Living (Quickened) Saints - (alive Now, and Departed from earth).

The astonishing legacy of Inspired information, Prayers, Hymns, Poems and Observations by these gifted lives enriches us more than we can discover in a lifetime of trying!

Father, thank you for your House - and for Your Doorkeepers!

IMAGINE THAT! - 90 seconds on NEW scientific discoveries

On the Fast Track to Construction -
Rome wasn't built in a day, but your next home might be. A new invention could mean fast and furious changes in construction. (RealAudio) - CLICK HERE


NOTE: for more information on this amazing process (including animated illustrations, etc) CLICK HERE:

For the archive page, -- CLICK HERE

'MY LAST WORDS WERE ... '

(To God, when in distress:) 'But WHY?!?' "

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."

NATURE WATCH - 90 seconds on natural wonders

Syrinx -
The human voice is produced with two pairs of connective tissue called vocal cords; Birds sing and call courtesy of a similar organ. CLICK HERE


For the archive page, -- CLICK HERE

FOTO TOTO?

Mountain View!

Now normally, one would assume that meant some distant vista of majestic peaks - faraway. In this case, it seems the mountain has a view of the house! And not just ANY view, mind you - but it's staring down the very throat of this poor, domestic domicile. Sheesh!

Remember the story Jesus told of the two houses - built on different foundations? One on the shifting sand, the other on The Rock? What I think many today miss in this story is the purpose of such a sturdy foundation - ENDURANCE!

Many souls have been deceived into thinking that the purpose of Christianity is escape-ism. That if faced with any real danger, stress or strife - because they are Christians - God will prevent all such trials, vexations or tribulations. Oops - there, I said that "T" word! Most have been taught they will escape "the Tribulation" - rather than be Expected by God to USE the faith He Provides (and Grace) to ENDURE it - and Overcome it!

Paul refers to "THE FOUNDATION OF GOD". And makes it clear that this TWO-PART "Rock" is "SURE". 1-God KNOWS His Own!; & 2-Those that ARE His Own - stop sinning! 2 Tim 2:19 "But God's firm foundation stands (is SURE), bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity (stop rebelling & sinning)." Notice that there is a "Seal" on the Foundation of God. This Seal Validates the Reality and the Verity of the Foundation. Without this "Seal", that foundation which would presume to be "sure" - will not (cannot) "STAND".

So many souls are so anxious to convince other creatures that they know Jesus Christ - they would be undone if asked, 'Does Jesus Know YOU?'. In the END, it will be Christ Who Verifies ALL Foundations. With so many, He will simply say, "I Know you NOT - and never did!"

DAILY HYMN (LYRICS & MUSIC)



UPON THE CROSS EXTENDED

Upon the cross extended,
See, world, thy Lord suspended.
Thy Savior yields His breath.
The Prince of Life from Heaven
Himself hath freely given
To shame and blows and bitter death.

Come hither now and ponder,
’Twill fill thy soul with wonder,
Blood streams from every pore.
Through grief whose depth none knoweth,
From His great heart there floweth
Sigh after sigh of anguish o’er.

Who is it that hath bruised Thee?
Who hath so sore abused Thee
And caused Thee all Thy woe?
While we must make confession
Of sin and dire transgression,
Thou deeds of evil dost not know.

I caused Thy grief and sighing
By evils multiplying
As countless as the sands.
I caused the woes unnumbered
With which Thy soul is cumbered,
Thy sorrows raised by wicked hands.

’Tis I who should be smitten,
My doom should here be written;
Bound hand and foot in hell.
The fetters and the scourging,
The floods around Thee surging,
’Tis I who have deserved them well.

The load Thou takest on Thee,
That pressed so sorely on me,
It crushed me to the ground.
The cross for me enduring,
The crown for me securing,
My healing in Thy wounds is found.

A crown of thorns Thou wearest,
My shame and scorn Thou bearest,
That I might ransomed be.
My Bondsman, ever willing,
My place with patience filling,
From sin and guilt hast made me free.

Thy cords of love, my Savior,
Bind me to Thee forever,
I am no longer mine.
To Thee I gladly tender
All that my life can render
And all I have to Thee resign.

Thy cross I’ll place before me,
Its saving power be o’er me,
Wherever I may be;
Thine innocence revealing,
Thy love and mercy sealing,
The pledge of truth and constancy.

How God at our transgression
To anger gives expression,
How loud His thunders roll,
How fearfully He smiteth,
How sorely He requiteth—
All this Thy sufferings teach my soul.

When evil men revile me,
With wicked tongues defile me,
I’ll curb my vengeful heart.
The unjust wrong I’ll suffer,
Unto my neighbor offer
Forgiveness of each bitter smart.

Thy groaning and Thy sighing,
Thy bitter tears and dying,
With which Thou was opprest—
They shall, when life is ending,
Be guiding and attending
My way to Thine eternal rest.





Thanks to the Cyber Hymnal for this wonderful online service!

'SOUL FOOD' - an audio-book by G.D. Watson - Ch. 7 of 32

Chapter 7 - "THE BENEFIT OF DEEP CRUCIFIXION"
-- G.D. Watson lived in England, in the early part of the 1900's --





The word crucifixion, as it applies to us in a Christian sense, may be defined as any pain or suffering which renders us dead to sin or to self, or to the things of time and sense. There may be many kinds of sorrow and suffering which do not serve the purpose of true crucifixion.

In order that suffering may be a thorough mortification to us, it must be put in the Will of God, and yielded to the operation of the Holy Spirit. When we yield ourselves absolutely up to God, and trust Him to take charge of every particle of our being and life and circumstances, it is then that His Omnipotence takes gentle and firm possession of all our trials and sufferings, and makes them work a true crucifixion in us.

It does not matter what the occasion of the suffering may be. It may come from our own sins, or poverty, or ill-health, or loss of friends, or separations, or terrible and protracted temptations, or assaults of evil spirits, or the hatred of others, or great disappointment, or divine-chastisements; it may come from many of these sources; but let it come from any cause in the universe, if we give it over entirely into the hands of God, and sink ourselves into His Will, with a perfect desire for Him to Work His best Will in us, He will make every pain, every groan, every tear, every particle of our suffering, work in us a death to sin and to self, and to all things on earth which will be for our highest perfection and for His Glory.

The depth and the power of the spiritual life in every person depends exactly upon the degree of their crucifixion. There is a divine mystery in suffering, a strange and supernatural power in it, which has never been fathomed by the human reason. There never has been a great saintliness of soul which did not pass through great suffering. There is such a thing as suffering reaching a state of perfection. When we suffer so sever and so long that we become dead to it, and divinely indifferent as to how much we suffer or how long it will continue; when the suffering soul reaches a calm, sweet carelessness, when it can inwardly smile at its own suffering, and does not even ask God to deliver it from the suffering, then it has wrought its blessed ministry; then patience has its perfect work; then the crucifixion begins to weave itself into a crown.

It is in this state of perfection that the Holy Spirit Works many marvelous things in our souls. In such a condition, our whole being lies perfectly still under the hand of God; every faculty of the mind and will and heart are at last subdued; a quietness of eternity settles down into the whole being; the tongue grows still, and has but few words to say; it stops asking God questions; it stops crying, "Why hast Thou forsaken me?"; the imagination stops building air castles, or running off on foolish lines; the reason is tame and gentle; it stops debating and quits all dogmatism; the will ceases from its own activity; the bluster and zeal of self-action is taken out of it; the choices are annihilated; it has no choice in anything but the purpose of God. The affections are weaned from all creatures and things; it loves nothing but God and God's Will in any given thing; it has no private ends to serve; it has no motives except to please God; it is so dead that nothing can hurt it, nothing can offend it, nothing can hinder it, nothing can get in its way; for, let its circumstances be what they may, it seeks only for God and His Will, and it feels assured that God is making everything in the universe, good or bad, past or present, work together for its good. Oh, the blessedness of being absolutely conquered! of losing our own strength, and wisdom, and goodness, and plans, and desires, and being where every atom of our nature is like placid Galilee under the Omnipotent feet of our Jesus.

Among great blessings resulting from sanctified suffering, is that it gives a great wideness to the heart, and a universality of love. This uttermost crucifixion destroys the littleness and narrowness of mind; it gives an immensity to the sympathies, and an ocean-like divine love, which is beyond words. This is because creature-love is crucified, and divine love floods the whole being. It is as if every drop of blood had been drawn out of the body, and the Blood of a Divine Being had been poured into all the veins! [see also, "My Veins, His Blood!"; in the "Essays" section] The heart which has been perfectly crushed with suffering until it is dead to all its desires will be so inundated with divine charity that it will stretch itself out, and wrap the world around with fold on fold of boundless, spotless, impartial love for every creature that God has made. This immensity of heart loves all nations alike; it is absolutely free from all bigotry, or caste, or natural prejudice, or political partisanship, or sectarian feeling. It is emphatically a citizen of heaven; it takes as much interest in the Kingdom of God in one place as in another; it feels as much interest in souls being saved in one denomination or one country as another. This may seem strong meat, and many Christians will disagree with these words, but when they reach this condition, they will find the foregoing words perfectly true to their experience. When we reach the deepest death of self, we love all creatures with God's Love, and as God Loves them, up to our measure; it is not so much we that love others, as it is that God Loves them through us. We become the channels trough which the Holy Spirit flows; He pours His Thoughts through our minds, His Prayers and Loves through our hearts, His Choices through our wills. He breaks away all the banks and boundaries of our narrow education, or creed, or theology, or nationality, or race, and takes us into the boundlessness of His Own Life and Feelings.

Another great benefit of perfect suffering is, an inexpressible tenderness. It is the very tenderness of Jesus filling the thoughts, the feelings, the manners, the words, the tones of voice. The whole being is soaked in a sea of gentleness. Everything hard, bitter, severe, critical, flinty, has been crushed into powder. Great sufferers are noted for their quiet gentleness. As we approach them, it is like going to a tropical climate in mid-winter; the very air seems mellow; their slow, quiet words are like the gentle ripple of summer seas on the sand; their soft, pathetic eyes put a hush on our rudeness or loudness of voice. There are many souls who are earnest Christians --- nay, many who are sanctified! --- who have an indescribable something in them which needs the crushing and melting of some great crucifixion. Their tongues rattle so much, their spirit is dictatorial or harsh, they measure other people by themselves; there is something in their constitution which seems to need the grinding into fine flour. It is well worth the crushing of hearts with an overwhelming sorrow, if thereby God can bring us out into that beautiful tenderness and sweetness of spirit which is the very atmosphere of heaven. This kind of tenderness cannot be voluntarily put on; it cannot come from training; neither is it a transitory sweetness, which is like a spring day intruding itself into winter; but it is that fixed and all-pervading gentleness of spirit which is like the fixed climate of the torrid zone. It is the finest outgrowth of perfect suffering.

Another benefit of complete crucifixion is the detachment from all earthly things which it produces. [see also, "Let, And Let GO! - ("Bind And Loose")"; in the "Essays" section] The mind has a thousand-fold attachment to the things in this world, which it is not aware of till they are ground to pieces by suffering. Did you ever notice how your soul stretches itself out into ten-thousand things of earth and time, and how the fingers of your thoughts grasp thousands of things?! Just look at your mind; for every friend you have on earth, there is a distinct attachment; for every piece of property you own on earth, there is a distinct attachment; for the ten-thousand recollections of your by- gone life, there is a particular sentiment or attachment; for all the scenes of earth and associations of time, there is an attachment; and besides all these outward things, look at that vast, invisible world inside your own self --- your own desire, and hopes, and dreams, and prospects, and gratifications for your self, your family, your church, your nation, your particular party; see how you have become attached to your own thoughts [let alone opinions! --- see also, "Just Whom Were You Expecting?"; in in the "Essays" section], until your heart seems to have a million springs to it which flow round and round countless objects in this world!

I am not speaking of things positively wicked; I am not speaking of things which are stigmatized as sinful; but of those things which Christian people recognize as innocent, and yet, in a thousand ways, they fetter the heart and bind it to earth. Perfect suffering will untie the heart, and gently loosen every cord that binds us to our foes or friends --- to all our possessions; to all the things of the past; to all attractive sights and sounds --- and give us such perfect inward liberty from everything on earth that the things of heaven can flow down into us, until we feel we are Citizens of the New Jerusalem a hundred times more powerfully than that we are the citizens of an earthly city or country. We feel deep in our hearts that, like St. Paul, we have already "come to an innumerable company of angels, and the Church of the First-Born, and the spirits of just men made perfect." The coming of the Lord is so real to us, our whole being is pervaded with the sweet, attractive powers of the world to come. Like the detached balloon, we float toward the supernatural. The heavenly world comes into us exactly in proportion as all the affairs of earth are emptied out of us, and nothing so perfectly empties us and detaches us as perfect suffering. It is in this way God makes our perfect crucifixion our crown of unfading joy.

Luke 14:26 If any [man] come to me, and *hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and [hate not] his own life also, he *cannot* be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, *cannot be* my disciple.

Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he *cannot* be my disciple.

WORSHIP & DEVOTIONAL MUSIC


NOTE: Music files are kept on the server for 30 days, then deleted.

DAILY BIBLE PROVERB

Pr 11:15
"He who gives surety (posts bond) for a stranger will smart for it,
but he who hates suretyship (security) is secure."

PODCAST - DAILY AUDIO DEVOTIONALS

DAILY POEM

"There's a wideness in God's Mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There's a kindness in His Justice
Which is more than Liberty!

There is no place where earth's sorrows
Are more felt than up in Heaven;
There is no place where earth's failings
Have such kindly judgments given.

For the Love of God is broader
Than the measure of man's mind;
And the heart of The Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

Pining souls, come nearer Jesus,
And, oh, come not doubting thus;
But with faith that trusts more bravely
His huge tenderness for us."

--GDWatson

DAILY PERSONAL PROVERB (--Dennis Rideout)

Don't pull up your 'roots' to check your growth!
(stop fretting about your spiritual development, & simply obey God!)

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

Today's 'Art Media SELECTION' is: a WEBSITE, devoted to the massive SAND STORM in Iraq: April 26, 2005 ('phantastick photos!')

--- CHECK IT OUT! - CLICK HERE:

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Simply post a COMMENT on this article.

NOTABLE QUOTES (Various Authors)

"Presumption is the sin that made the Devil,
and one that Satan presents in a thousand varied forms to decoy the child of God!"

--GDWatson

MUSIC APPRECIATION FOR TODAY


NOTE: Music files are kept on the server for 30 days, then deleted.

EARTHWATCH RADIO - a 2-minute audio podcast on earth-science world news

The Worst Hard Time -
A new book recounts the worst environmental catastrophe ever to occur on American soil. CLICK HERE


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AUDIO-BLOGER IS DOWN - AGAIN!

Sorry folks!!

'NOW I LAY ME DOWN ... '

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

Forgive me, Lord, for any self-pity, excusing myself or whining I may have indulged today.
Help me be more willing to Surrender myself in self-denial at my daily cross - as you Lead me!