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2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.

The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”

The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”

7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

-Acts 10:1-8

JOY IN THE PRESENT  -  

BY MARY WILDER TILESTON

In Joy and Strength

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The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

--PSALMS 37:11


Joy is Thy gift, O Father!

Thou wouldst not have us pine; 

In darkest hours Thy comfort

Doth aye most brightly shine; 

Ah, then how oft Thy voice

Hath shed its sweetness o'er me,

And opened heaven before me, 

And bid my heart rejoice!

--PAUL GERHARDT


TO be with God, in whatever stage of being, under whatever conditions of existence, is to be in heaven.

--DORA GREENWELL


I perceive we postpone all our joys of Christ, till He and we be in our own house above, thinking that there is nothing of it here to be sought or found, but only hope and fair promises; and that Christ will give us nothing here but tears, sadness, crosses; and that we shall never feel the smell of the flowers of that high garden of paradise above, till we come there. Nay, but I find it possible to find young glory, and a young green paradise of joy even here. We dream of hunger in Christ's house, while we are here, although He alloweth feasts to all the bairns within God's household.

--SAMUEL RUTHERFORD


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DYING TO LIVE -  

BY THEODORE EPP

In Strength for the Journey

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Galatians 2:11-21


The new life is life "in Christ." The word "in" does not in this connection speak of location, such as "in an automobile," but carries the idea of union.

We are in union with Christ. Through Him we are dead to the Law, having been identified with Him in His death and resurrection.

On the resurrection side of this experience we have His life. He has come to live in us. It is this that marks the real difference between the old life prior to our salvation and the new life now that we are saved.

It is necessary before the believer can enjoy victory in Christ for the power of the old life to be broken. This is accomplished through union with Christ in His crucifixion. This is not an experience that we must struggle to enter into now. It was accomplished for us in the past.

The King James Version is not clear on this point. The American Standard Version of 1901 will help us here. The expression "I am crucified with Christ" is translated in the ASV: "I have been crucified with Christ."

God got rid of the old self-life by crucifying it. We were separated from the old self-life when we died with Christ.

That this is a past transaction is clearly demonstrated from Romans 6. In verse 2 Paul says, "We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein?" (ASV).

In the third verse the apostle says, "Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"(KJV) Here the verbs are clearly in the past tense and describe the finished transaction.

"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Gal. 5:24).

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One Day at a Time -  

This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. —Matthew 6:34

It has been said that there are two days that people worry most about but should actually worry least about: Yesterday and Tomorrow. We worry about yesterday – the mistakes we’ve made and what we would have done differently. Yet, there is nothing we can do to change yesterday. Our worries are wasted.  We also worry about tomorrow – the problems it may bring and the challenges we may face. Yet, we cannot control tomorrow. It is out of our grasp. So again, our worries are wasted.

When we do not waste our worries on yesterday or tomorrow, it frees us to live in the present – today. Today, we are able to make decisions about our life. Today, we can set our course, set off in a direction or alter our course, if necessary. Sure, we will still make our share of mistakes. And, we will still have worries. Each day brings enough to be concerned about. Still, seldom are life’s concerns unbearable today. Our worries become unbearable when we add the wasted worries of yesterday and tomorrow.

Jesus instructs us to live one day at a time. He knew that so much of what we worry about is out of our control. He wanted us to understand that God gives us today. And, as we live our lives seeking Him, we are in a safe place. Jesus promises that our heavenly Father will provide us with everything we need.

When I’m tempted to worry about any of life’s concerns, I find that it helps to remind myself of the many times I’ve given in to worry – and how things never came to pass as I had feared – which is actually the vast majority of the time!

Do your best to live today – just one day at a time! And, when you find yourself tempted to worry, remind yourself of Jesus’ words, “Your heavenly Father knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” (Matthew 6:32-33, NLT)

 

GOING DEEPER

1. What do you find yourself worrying about more, yesterday or tomorrow?

2. How can Jesus’ words about living a life of seeking God and living one day at a time help you in your struggle about worry?

 

READING FURTHER

Psalm 118:24; Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6

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GOD IN EVERYTHING -  

BY MRS. CHARLES COWMAN

"It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good". -1 Sam. 3:18


See God in everything, and God will calm and color all that thou dost see!" It may be that the circumstances of our sorrows will not be removed, their condition will remain unchanged; but if Christ, as Lord and Master of our life, is brought into our grief and gloom, "HE will compass us about with songs of deliverance." To see HIM, and to be sure that His wisdom cannot err, His power cannot fail, His love can never change; to know that even His direst dealings with us are for our deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say, in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain, and loss, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath, taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." 

Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us. They will be to us then only instruments for accomplishing His tender and wise purposes toward us, and we shall even find ourselves at last inwardly thanking them for the blessings they bring us. Nothing else will completely put an end to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts.--H. W. Smith. 


"Give me a new idea," I said, 

While musing on a sleepless bed; 

"A new idea that'll bring to earth 

A balm for souls of priceless worth; 

That'll give men thoughts of things above, 

And teach them how to serve and love, 

That'll banish every selfish thought, 

And rid men of the sins they've fought." 


The new thought came, just how, I'll tell: 

'Twas when on bended knee I fell, 

And sought from HIM who knows full well 

The way our sorrow to expel. 

SEE GOD IN ALL THINGS, great and small, 

And give HIM praise whate'er befall, 

In life or death, in pain or woe, 

See God, and overcome thy foe. 


I saw HIM in the morning light, 

HE made the day shine clear and bright; 

I saw HIM in the noontide hour, 

And gained from HIM refreshing shower. 

At eventide, when worn and sad, 

HE gave me help, and made me glad. 

At midnight, when on tossing bed 

My weary soul to sleep HE led. 


I saw HIM when great losses came, 

And found HE loved me just the same. 

When heavy loads I had to bear, 

I found HE lightened every care. 

By sickness, sorrow, sore distress, 

HE calmed my mind and gave me rest. 

HE'S filled my heart with gladsome praise 

Since I gave HIM the upward gaze. 


'Twas new to me, yet old to some, 

This thought that to me has become 

A revelation of the way 

We all should live throughout the day; 

For as each day unfolds its light, 

We'll walk by faith and not by sight. 

Life will, indeed, a blessing bring, 

If we SEE GOD IN EVERYTHING." 

--A. E. Finn


The public domain version of this classic devotional is the unabridged edition of Streams in the Desert.

Devotions.org, a division of Back to Bible has a daily source of devotions to keep you in touch with God and His word, written by some of today's top authors and Bible teachers. Browse the variety of resources completely on their website. 

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