No Stranger in Heaven December 31
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. (Psalm 73:24) From day to day and from year to year my faith believes in the wisdom and love of God, and I know that I shall not believe in vain. No good word of His has ever failed, and I am sure that none shall ever fall to the ground. I put myself into His hand for guidance. I know not the way that I should choose: the Lord shall choose mine inheritance for me. I need counsel and advice; for my duties are intricate, and my condition is involved… The counsel of the infallible God I seek in preference to my own judgment or the advice of friends… Soon the end will come: a few more years and I must depart out of this world unto the Father. My Lord will be near my bed. He will meet me at heaven’s gate: He will welcome me to the gloryland. I shall not be a stranger in heaven: my own God and Father will receive me to its endless bliss. Glory be to Him who Will guide me here, And receive me hereafter. Amen.
Some people never catch the thing God holds out to them, because they can’t let go of the thing they are holding onto.
Some people never think to hold their hands out to the smallest and seemingly insignificant things, that bring a little magic of Heaven, right down to their ordinary world.
Some people forget what hands are made for, offering. When held out, they give and receive no matter the intention. The only requirement? Let go and hold them out…in trust of the One who made them.
May you be inscribed for a good year and your name in the Book of Life!
May you be satisfied with the fullness of Adonai’s grace and the Light that shines upon it, with humility and a heart, that takes up its cross daily. Denying its sense of “rights” to have its own way, and may you find His Voice inside you, and your feet following the Shepherd through the valley of the shadow, fearing not, because He is with you.
Grace and peace in the Messiah Yeshua
Both now and forever more, to Him be the Glory!
“Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey ‘people.’ People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war… Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.” – C.S. Lewis
December 28 He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5) Several times in the Scriptures the Lord hath said this. He has often repeated it to make our assurance doubly sure. Let us never harbor a doubt about it. In itself the promise is specially emphatic. In the Greek it has five negatives, each one definitely shutting out the possibility of the Lord’s ever leaving one of His people so that he can justly feel forsaken of his God. This priceless Scripture does not promise us exemption from trouble, but it does secure us against desertion. We may be called to traverse strange ways, but we shall always have our Lord’s company, assistance, and provision. We need not covet money, for we shall always have our God, and God is better than gold; His favor is better than fortune. We ought surely to be content with such things as we have, for he who has God has more than all the world besides. What can we have beyond the Infinite? What more can we desire than almighty Goodness. Come, my heart; if God says He will never leave thee nor forsake thee, be thou much in prayer for grace that thou mayest never leave thy Lord, nor even for a moment forsake His ways.