Monday - April 21, 2014
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Wilderness (February 27)


“Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him” (Mark 1:12,13). STRANGE AS IT SEEMS, SOME THINGS GROW BEST IN BARREN PLACES. Faith and spiritual maturity are two such things. These qualities can flourish in a “wilderness” ... Read More »

Usefulness (February 26)


“A useless life is early death” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe). WANTING TO BE USEFUL IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR NATURE. We may be easily distracted from that desire — and some folks seem to have suppressed the urge altogether! — but still it’s true, we want to feel that we’re of use to somebody. Times of enforced idleness, such ... Read More »

Love Lets Us Be Free (February 26)


“Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). LOVE LIBERATES US FROM THE MAIN THING WE NEED TO BE LIBERATED FROM: ABSORPTION WITH OURSELVES. Sin turns us entirely inward; it twists our thinking into a selfish shape. And if we’ve been sinning long enough that it’s become a ... Read More »

The Cult of Self-Flagellation (February 26)


“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think” (Romans 12:3). THERE IS A SUBTLE DANGER IN CONFESSING OUR BROKENNESS. As we learn to acknowledge the seriousness of our failures and the depth of our sorrows, various forms of self-righteousness can creep ... Read More »

Love Transforms Suffering (February 25)


“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13). CONCERNING SUFFERING IN THIS LIFE, THE QUESTION IS NOT ... Read More »

Favor (February 25)


“A favour well bestowed is almost as great an honor to him who confers it as to him who receives it” (Richard Steele). FAVOR IS ONE OF THE MOST GRATIFYING THINGS IN LIFE. Whether we think of it as an ATTITUDE or an ACT, it’s always a delightful thing. As an attitude, it’s a gracious, kind, and friendly way of ... Read More »

Mammon Is Our Major Obstacle (February 24)


“You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). THOSE WHO ARE SERIOUSLY REACHING FORWARD IN LIFE WILL RUN INTO NO BIGGER OBSTACLE THAN “MAMMON.” Money and material possessions, while not wrong in themselves, tend to draw our hearts and our hopes away from God, and their temptation is so powerful that none of us can say we’ve mastered the difficulty. ... Read More »