New Leaves

Selah for: Jun 22, 2018

Edward B. Pusey

True peace is when the soul revolves around its center, Almighty God, craving for nothing but what God continually supplies. Since the soul is large enough to contain the infinite God, nothing less than Himself can satisfy or fill it.

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Selah for: Jun 21, 2018

Unknown

A traditional prayer is quoted thusly: 'Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee more faithfully; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do Thy will, O Lord our God.'

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Selah for: Jun 20, 2018

Arthur Joyce

Romans 15:7 says, 'Wherefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God' (NASB). Sometimes we Christians have a hard time accepting one another! We tend to put at arms length those who don't quite fit our standards and who may look and act a little differently than we do. This is not, however, the way Christians should conduct their interpersonal relationships. If Christ accepts us just like we are then can we not also accept others in that same way? Romans 14:1 gives some more clarification on this business of accepting others. It says, "Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions" (NASB). Kvell in God's acceptance of you and extend that to those around you today! (you may need to look up "kvell" but what a delightful opportunity to rejoice in learning a new word!)

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Selah for: Jun 19, 2018

Charles Premkumar

Unattractive, inappropriate, embarrassing, and difficult as we are, God seems to see something in us and chooses to love us in spite of ourselves. What is it that God sees in us? God sees us as his own.

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Selah for: Jun 18, 2018

William Ward

Discouragement is dissatisfaction with the past, distaste for the present, and distrust of the future. It is ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, indifference to the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellowman, and unbelief in the promises of old. It is impatience with time, immaturity of thought, and impoliteness to God.

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Selah for: Jun 15, 2018

A.W. Tozer

Such words as amen, hallelujah, glory and others of like sacred association are repeated endlessly and meaninglessly in the apparent belief that they have in them some strange power for good! This can be no more than high-grade magic! It will pay us to search our own hearts thoroughly to discover just why we use these words!

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Selah for: Jun 14, 2018

Catherine Marshall

I came across this prayer by Catherine Marshall that has much merit (by the way: Catherine Marshall was born in Johnson City, TN):
Father, for such a long time I have pleaded before You regarding this, the deep desire of my heart: ________. Yet the more I've clamored for Your help, the more remote You have seemed.

I confess my demanding spirit. I've suggested to You ways my prayer could be answered. To my shame, I've even bargained with You. Yet I know that trying to manipulate the Lord of the universe is utter foolishness. No wonder my spirit is so sore and weary!

I want to trust You, Father. My spirit knows that these verities are forever trustworthy even when I feel nothing:
- that You are there (You said, "Lo, I am with you always.")
- that You love me (You said, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love.")
- that You alone know what is best for me (For in You, Lord, "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.")

Perhaps all along, You have been waiting for me to give up all self-effort. At last, I want You in my life even more than I want _________. So now, by an act of my will, I relinquish this desire to You. I will accept Your will, whatever that may be. Thank You for counting this act of my will as the decision of the real person even when my emotions protest. I ask You to hold me true to this decision. To You, Lord God, who alone are worthy, I bend the knee with thanksgiving, believing that this, too, will "work together for the good."

Amen.

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Selah for: Jun 13, 2018

Unknown

We don't need to fear death, trials, enticements of life, spiritual powers, this present day or tomorrow, or even the unknowns of space. None of that can put a barrier between us and the love of God. (cf. Romans 8:38-39)

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Selah for: Jun 12, 2018

Oswald Chambers

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.

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Selah for: Jun 11, 2018

A.B. Simpson

The mesquite, sometimes called the "mosquito tree," is a very slim and willowy looking shrub and would seem to be of little use for any industrial purposes; but it has extraordinary roots growing like great timbers underground and possessing such qualities of endurance in all situations that it was once valued as pavement material. It is said that the city of SanAntonio was once paved with these roots.
The mosquito tree reminds us of those Christians who make little show externally, but their growth is chiefly underground—out of sight in the depth of God. These are the men and women that God uses for the foundations of things, and for the pavements of that city of God which will stand when all earthly things have crumbled into ruin and dissolved into oblivion.

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Selah for: Jun 08, 2018

Arthur Joyce

Perhaps you've had the experience of seeing someone trying to get some warmth and a little suntan from spending some time on the beach. You may even understand the benefit of receiving vitamin D from the rays of the sun but then you hear, "Hey! You're blocking the sun!" and you realize that it's your shadow that has fallen on that person.

It's one of the saddest revelations when we realize that we are casting a shadow on someone that actually hinders them from receiving the light and warmth of God's love that they need. May God shine through my life so that others will see and experience Christ who lives in and through me.

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Selah for: Jun 07, 2018

Paul the Apostle

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

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Selah for: Jun 06, 2018

Richard Baxter

Remember the perfections of that God whom you worship, that he is a Spirit, and therefore to be worshipped in spirit and truth; and that he is most great and terrible, and therefore to be worshipped with seriousness and reverence, and not to be dallied with, or served with toys or lifeless lip-service; and that he is most holy, pure, and jealous, and therefore to be purely worshipped; and that he is still present with you, and all things are naked and open to him with whom we have to do. The knowledge of God, and the remembrance of his all-seeing presence, are the most powerful means against hypocrisy.

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Selah for: Jun 05, 2018

David Jeremiah

God doesn't need to make us into superstars to use us. Instead, He's looking for men and women who have hearts that say, "Lord, I'm a nobody. I'm nothing without you. Will you use me?" When God finds such a heart, something extraordinary happens—that nobody is promoted to the ranks of God's nobility.

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Selah for: Jun 04, 2018

Arthur Joyce

We need to make sure that the unchanging truth of the Word of God is communicated clearly to the constantly changing times in which we live and minister. Our methods can change but we must never compromise the truth of God! Yet, we must be careful that we are interpreting God's Word correctly before we emphatically declare what we say to be God's Truth!

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