Love of God; Mercy & Voice of Cross
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CO-OPERATION IN CHRISTIAN
"They beckoned unto their partners in the other boat, that they should
come and help them. And they came, and filled both the boats."-- Luk_5:7
WE ALL want to fill our nets and boats with the fish that we have caught
for Christ. How shall we do it? There are certain conditions for
successful Christian service which must be observed. Our nets must be
clean. They were "washing their nets." It was a good thing that this
necessary work had been performed; otherwise they would have been unable
to sail at a moment's notice, and to let down their nets at the Master's
command (Luk_5:4). "If a man shall cleanse himself.., he shall be a
vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use." Let us
see to it that we are always ready to respond at Christ's call.
We must be prepared to obey Christ in little things. Our Lord first
asked Peter to put out his boat a little from the land. He knew what He
was going to do afterwards in making great demands on Peter's obedience
and faith; but first, He made this slight request. With alacrity the
Master's wishes were complied with, and the floating pulpit, rising and
falling with the ripple of the water, was at the Lord's service as He
sat down and taught the people. Remember that whenever you lend your
empty boat to Jesus, He will pay for it by giving it back to you filled
Christ's will must be obeyed even against our own judgment. Peter had
spent the whole of his life apprenticed to the lake, and knew everything
of the art of fishing. When our Lord bade him: "launch out into the
deep, and let down your nets," it was against all his knowledge and
practical experience to let down his nets in the daytime, especially as
he had toiled all night in vain! Happily for him, he said: "At Thy word
I will let down the nets!"
We must be willing to share with others. He might have kept the haul for
himself, but he longed that the others should share in the Master's
bounty, "and they came and filled both the boats."
O God, Thou hast committed our work to us, and we would commit our cares
to Thee. May we feel that we are not our own, and that Thou wilt heed
our wants while we are intent upon Thy will. AMEN.
Tablets of Stone versus Human
You are manifestly an epistle of Christ . . . written . . . not on tablets of
stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. (2Co_3:3)
The old covenant of law was written upon "tablets of stone." The new covenant
of grace is written upon "tablets . . . of the heart." This is another vital
contrast between the old and new covenants. This difference again decides
whether we draw upon man's sufficiency or upon God's.
The old covenant message of God's law was written on stones. It called man to
holiness, as measured by the character of God. "You shall be holy, for I the
LORD your God am holy" (Lev_19:2). The message is magnificent. However, its
impact would be limited (by design), since it was written on "tablets of
stone." It was inscribed upon an inanimate object that was external to human
lives. Consequently, it could not bring life or any provision for transforming
lives. The law would function as a perfect standard, revealing our unholiness
and convicting us that we needed the help that only Jesus Christ could offer.
We needed some means to get the perfect message of the law (holiness) into our
innermost being. This is what the new covenant of grace accomplishes.
The new covenant message of God's grace is written on human hearts: "on
tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart." Grace not only forgives our failure
before the law, but it goes to work to develop personal holiness at the very
core of our being. This was the promise God gave through His prophets of old,
that He would put His holy law into peoples' hearts. The book of Hebrews
applies this promise to all believers in Jesus Christ. "This is the covenant
that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws
into their hearts" (Heb_10:16).
What hope we have through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ! Now, God brings
His holiness from an outside standard to an internal resource. Now, the Lord
is making His holy demands an internal part of our being. God is stirring holy
desires in us. God is developing holy priorities within us and providing
spiritual strength within us to walk in more and more godliness. "It is God
who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure" (Phi_2:13).
O Holy Father, I would be hopeless, if Your perfect standard remained outside
of me, demanding holiness by my performance. Thank You for bringing Your holy
will inside of my life, providing internal resource for living and growing in
godliness. Lord, I look to You to transform me from the inside out, in Jesus
The Two Boxes
I have in my hands two boxes which God gave me to hold. He said,
"Put all your sorrows in the black box, And all your joys in the gold."
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes Both my joys and sorrows I stored.
But though the gold became heavier each day The black was as light as before.
With curiosity, I opened the black, I wanted to find out why, And I saw, in the base of
the box, a hole Which my sorrows had fallen out by.
I showed the hole to God, and mused, "I wonder where my sorrows could be." He smiled a
gentle smile and said, "My child, they're all here with me."
I asked God, why He gave me the boxes, Why the gold, and the black with the hole? "My
child, the gold is for you to count your blessings, The black is for you to let it go.
The Miracle of the Exodus!!!
This is almost overwhelming
when you think about it. You MUST read to the end: (smile)
Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he
going to do with them?
They had to be fed, and feeding 2 or 3 million people
requires a lot of food.
According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is
reported that Moses would have to have had 1500 tons of
food each day.
Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two
freight trains, each at least a mile long, would be
Besides you must remember, they were out in the desert, so
they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the
food. This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more
freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day. And
just think, they were forty years in transit.
And Oh yes! They would have to have water. If they only
had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take
11,000,000 gallons each day and a freight train with tank
cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water!
And then another thing! They had to get across the Red Sea
at night. Now, if they went on a narrow path, double file,
the line Would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days
and nights to get through. So there had to be a space in
the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000
abreast to get over in one night.
But then, there is another problem... Each time they
camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the
size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total
of 750 square miles long... Think of it! This much space
Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left
Egypt? I think not! You see, Moses believed in God. God
took care of these things for him.
Now do you think God has any problem taking care of all
your needs? I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for
you today. To guide you and protect you as you go along
your way. His love is always with you, His promises are
true, And when we give Him all our cares, You know He will
see us through.
Our God is an Awesome God!! So when the road you're
traveling on seems difficult at best, just remember I'm
praying and God will do the rest.
NEW STRENGTH EACH DAY
"I can do all things through Him who
2 Chronicles 16:9, "For the eyes of the Lord run to and
fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in
the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him."
GOD GIVES STRENGTH FOR EACH NEW DAY
Deuteronomy 33:1,24,25. "This is the blessing wherewith
Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel....
Let Asher be blessed with children... and as thy days, so
shall thy strength be."
Donít worry about strength for tomorrow. Trust God for
strength for today. You only have to get through today!
Tomorrow God will come again and refresh you and renew you
with His strength.
Matthew 6:34TLB, "Donít be anxious about tomorrow. God
will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a
GOD GIVES STRENGTH FOR THE BATTLE
Maybe you are going through a battle in your life. Claim
Godís word. He has promised to arm you with strength for
the battle. He doesnít give you the strength before you
face the battle, but when you face it, He will be right
there with you!
Psalm 18:39, "Thou hast girded me with strength unto the
GOD GIVES STRENGTH IN TIME OF TROUBLE
Psalm 37:39, "The salvation of the righteous is of the
Lord: He is their strength in the time of trouble."
Nahum 1:7, "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of
trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him."
Dear mother, as you lean on Him each new day, God will be
Your Strong tower, Psalm 61:3
Your Strong habitation, Psalm 71:3
Your Strong refuge, Psalm 71:7
Your Strong rock, Psalm 31:2
Your Strong arm, Psalm 89:10, 21; Isaiah 33:2; Luke 1:51.
Your Strong hand, Psalm 89:13, 136:12; Isaiah 40:10;
Godís strength will be yours for today.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
"Oh, Lord, I thank you that I donít have to worry about
tomorrow. I trust you for today. I thank you for your
strength for all my needs today. I thank you that tomorrow
you will give me new strength for whatever need I have.
Lord, I thank you that whatever difficulty or pain I have
to endure, that I can endure it in your strength. Lord, I
thank you that you have promised to give me daily strength
Ė new strength each day Ė for nurture the children you
have given me and the children you plan to give me. Oh I
thank you in Jesusí name, Amen."
Dear mother, hereís Isaiah 41:10 for you. It has seven
promises in this one verse Ė one for each day of this
"Fear not on Sunday,
I am with you on Monday,
Be not dismayed on Tuesday,
I am your God on Wednesday,
I will strengthen you on Thursday,
Yes, I will help you on Friday.
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand on
"The road is too rough," I said,
"Dear Lord, there are stones that hurt me so."
And He said, "Dear child, I understand,
I walked it long ago."
"But there's a cool green path," I said;
"Let me walk there for a time."
"No child," He gently answered me,
"The green path does not climb."
"My burden," I said, "Is far too great,
How can I bear it so?"
"My child," He said, "I remember the weight;
I carried My cross, you know."
But I said, "I wish there were friends with me
Who would make my way their own."
"Oh, yes," He said, "Gethsemane
Was hard to bear alone."
And so I climb the stony path,
Content at last to know
That where my Master had not gone,
I would not need to go.
And strangely then I found new friends,
The burden grew less sore;
And I remember Ė long ago
He went that way before.
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Today's Bible Verse
23 Jesus replied: 'If anyone loves me he will cherish my word; my Father will love
him and we will come to him and make him our abode.
24 He that does not love me neglects my words. Yet the word you hear is not my own but
that of the Father who sent me.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to
make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do
what is right.
17 It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing
God wants us to do.
12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest
knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we
God's Word is alive! The more you expose yourself to it, the more it will expose
itself to you.
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