Monday, May 6, 2013

Promises Day 5 & 6

Day 5
He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.  Psalm 72:12
Why is it that we don't call on God for the little things that occur as we walk through our lives each day.  Is that we have decided that we'll take care of the little things and will only give God the bigger things?  Is it because we want everyone we come in contact with to think that we have our lives in control and only need God for the bigger issues?  Boy are we fooling ourselves and our relationship with Christ suffers as a result of our stubbornness.  Do we trust what God says in His Word and petition Him to meet our needs?  Our lives get so busy that we forget to take the time to pray and thank Him for the promises He gives to us.  Today take time to pray, thanking God for all He has done and for what He promises to send your way.
Day 6
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9
Each morning we need to bring our needs, our failures, our shame and lay it at the foot of the cross.  When we do this we receive a sure and certain hope that melts our shame and raises us from the dust.  Daily we need to open our hearts and rely on God's promises to heal and help us. 
Take Time To Be Holy
by William D. Longstaff, 1822-1894
Take time to be holy,
speak oft with thy Lord;
abide in him always,
and feed on his word.
Make friends of God's children,
help those who are weak,
forgetting in nothing
his blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy,
the world rushes on;
spend much time in secret
with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus,
like him thou shalt be;
thy friends in thy conduct
his likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy,
let him be thy guide,
and run not before him,
whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow,
still follow the Lord,
and, looking to Jesus,
still trust in his word.

Take time to be holy,
be calm in thy soul,
each thought and each motive
beneath his control.
Thus led by his spirit
to fountains of love,
thou soon shalt be fitted
for service above.

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