Under Thy Wise Control

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Psalm 25:10.
All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth
unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.

Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth,
Speak peace to my anxious soul,
And help me to feel that all my ways
Are under Thy wise control;
That He who cares for the lily,
And heeds the sparrows’ fall,
Shall tenderly lead His loving child:
For He made and loveth all.
ANON.

“Speak, Lord, in the stillness,
While I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen
In expectancy.

“Speak, O blessed Master,
In this quiet hour;
Let me see Thy face, Lord,
Feel Thy touch of power.

“For the words Thou speakest,
‘They are life,’ indeed;
Living bread from Heaven,
Now my spirit feed!

“Speak, Thy servant heareth!
Be not silent, Lord;
Waits my soul upon Thee
For the quickening word!”

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We Can Only Choose

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Pray for us unto the Lord thy God…
that the Lord thy God may show us the way wherein we may walk,
and the thing that we may do.
Jeremiah 42: 2, 3.

“We can’t choose happiness either for ourselves or for another;
we can’t tell where that will lie.
We can only choose whether we will indulge ourselves
in the present moment, or whether we will renounce that,
for the sake of obeying the Divine voice within us,
–for the sake of being true to all the motives that sanctify our lives.
I know this belief is hard;
it has slipped away from me again and again;
but I have felt that if I let it go forever,
I should have no light through the darkness of this life.”
GEORGE ELIOT.

That which I see not, teach Thou me.–Job 34:32

Jeremiah 42:2-3
And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee,
our supplication be accepted before thee,
and pray for us unto the LORD thy God,
even for all this remnant;
(for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)
That the LORD thy God may shew us the way
wherein we may walk,
and the thing that we may do.

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See God in Everything

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1 Samuel 3:18
It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good

“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

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We Shall Not Be Overcome

shieldTake the Shield of Faith

I do not fight with merely human weapons.
No, the weapons with which I war
are not weapons of mere flesh and blood,
but in the strength of the Lord,
they arre mighty enough
to raze all stongholds of our foes.
I can batter down bulwarks of human reason;
I can scale every crag-fortress that towers up
bidding defiance to the true knowledge of God.
I can make each rebel purpose my prisoner of war
and bow it into susbmission to Messiah.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 Way’s translation

Tempested on the sea of life;
Travailed sore, amid earth’s strife;
Afflicted often, and sore dismayed;
Look, faint heart be not afraid,
Thou shalt not be overcome!

God’s ways are far beyond our ken;
His thoughts are not the thoughts of men;
And He knoweth what is best for you.
Hope on, my friend, He will bear you through.
Thou shalt not be overcome!

Though “The reason why” we cannot see,
Our Father knows–’tis enough that we
But trust His love, when our eyes are dim.
Look up! Hold fast! though the fight is grim.
We shall not be overcome!
Mary E. Thompson

2Corinthians 10:4-5
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations,
and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ;

“What Else Could I Do?”

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Philippians 3:7-9
But what things were gain to me,
those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him,
not having mine own righteousness,
which is of the law,
but that which is through the faith of Christ,
the righteousness which is of God by faith:

The Swedish Nightingale, Jennie Lind,
won great success as an operatic singer,
and money poured into her purse.
Yet she left the stage
while she was singing her best,
and never returned to it.
She must have missed the money,
the fame, and the applause of thousands,
but she was content to live in privacy.
Once and English friend found her sitting
on the steps of a bathing machine
on the sea sands with a Bible on her knee,
looking out into the glory of a sunset.
“Oh, Madame Goldschmidt,
how is it that you came to abandon the stage
at the very height of our success?”
“When every day,” was the quiet answer,
“it made me think less of this
(laying a finger on the Bible)
and nothing at all of that (pointing to the sunset),
what else could I do?”

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Our Lord’s Foresight

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Psalm 139:17-18
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them,
they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.

Nothing is more beautiful than our Lord’s foresight!

There never was anyone so faithful or considerate
or farseeing as Jesus.
He had great commendation to give a woman,
because she came “beforehand” with her ministry. (John 12:1-8)
It was His own manner to anticipate events.
He was always thinking ahead of the disciples.
When He sent His disciples to prepare the Passover,
there was found an upper room furished and prepared.
He had thought it all out.
His plans were not made only for that day.
He was always in advance of time.
When the disciples cam back from fishing,
Jesus was on the seashore with a fire of coals and fish laid thereon.
He thinks of the morning duties before you are astir;
He is there beore you.
He is waiting long befoe you are awake.
His anticipations are all along the way of life before you.

After the Resurrection,
the disciples were bewildered,
and the way looked black.
But the angel said,
“Behold, he goeth before you into Galilee.”
He is always ahead,
thinking ahead,
preparing ahead.
Take this text with you into the future,
take it into today’s experience:
“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. . .
I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1-2)
He is out in the world doing it.
He will be there before you.
He will bring you to your appointed place,
and you will find your appointed resources.
You will discover His insight, His oversight, and His forsesight.
You may not always see Him,
but you can walk by faith in the dark
if you know that He sees you,
and you can sing as you journey,
even through the night.
John MacBeath

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Waters to Swim In

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Apollinaire said,
‘Come to the edge’
‘It is too high’
‘Come to the edge’
‘We might fall’
‘Come to the edge’
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
Anonoymous

Ezekiel 47:3-5
And when the man that had the line in his hand
went forth eastward,
he measured a thousand cubits,
and he brought me through the waters;
the waters were to the ankles.
Again he measured a thousand,
and brought me through the waters;
the waters were to the knees.
Again he measured a thousand,
and brought me through;
the waters were to the loins.
Afterward he measured a thousand;
and it was a river that I could not pass over:
for the waters were risen,
waters to swim in,
a river that could not be passed over.

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“Disappointment. HIS appointment

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“Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
but a sudden good break can turn life around.”
Proverbs 13:12, The Message

A friend in the promotion business says,
“Every time someone tells me “NO!” I get happier —
because I’m one step closer to that person who will say “YES!”

Some people cannot bear to be told “NO” even once;
let alone repeatedly.
And then there are others who stop just one person too soon.
All they needed was to ask one more time.
But they didn’t.
Disappointment can do that to you if you let it.
Especially if it seems to be unrelenting —
one blow after the next.

Years ago I discovered a splendid little poem
that has anchored my life in those times
when everything seems to be going wrong —
times when your hopes are dashed,
your dreams have faded,
your deepest desires thwarted,
and when so many great expectations
become inexplicably disappointed.
Maybe you will find it helpful, too.

“Disappointment. HIS appointment.one letter,
then I seethe thwarting of my purposeGod’s better choice for me!”

is true, as the proverb says,
that unrelenting disappointment can leave you heartsick.
But the rest of the proverb is also true —
“a sudden good break can turn life around.”
One doesn’t come without the other.
yet another breath, my fellow traveler;
though you have paused alongside the road —
you have not stopped.
Your journey is not finished.
There’s a bend in the road up ahead.
And the bend in the road is not the end of the road —
unless you fail to make the turn.

Tip your hat respectfully to old man Disappointment,
and then be on your way;
for God has something better in mind for you.
And though you have heard “NO” perhaps a thousand times —
you are actually one step closer to a “YES!”

And that single “Yes” can turn your life around!
Rylie

Proverbs 13:12 KJV
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:
but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

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The 23rd Psalm

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my Shepherd
[to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not lack.
He makes me lie down in (fresh, tender) green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
He refreshes and restores my life (my self);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
[uprightness and right standing with Him–
not for my earning it, but]
for His name’s sake.
Yes, though I walk through
the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide],
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil*;
My [brimming] cup runs over
Surely or only goodness, mercy and unfailing love
shall follow me all the days of my life,
and through the length of my days the house 0f the Lord
[and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

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*footnote
It is difficult for those living in a temperate climate to appreciate,
but it was customary in hot climates to anoint the body with oil
to portect it frome xcessive perspiration.
When mixed with perfume, the oil imparted
a delightfully refreshing and invigorationg sensation.
Athletes anointed their bodies
as a matter of course before running a race.
As the body, therefore, anointed with oil was refreshed,
invigorated, and better fitted for action,
so the Lord would anoint His “sheep” with the Holy Spirit.
Whom oil symbolizies,
to fit them to engage more freely in His service
and run the the way He directs–in heavenly fellowship with Him.

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A Sower Went Out . . .

sower “A sower went out to sow his seed:”

And that which fell among thorns are they,
which, when they have heard, go orth,
and are choked with cares,
and riches and pleasures of this life,
and bring no fruit to perfection.
LUKE 8:14

Anything allowed in the heart which is contrary to the will of God,
let it seem ever so insignificant,
or be ever so deeply hidden,
will cause us to fall before our enemies.
Any root of bitterness cherished towards another,
any self-seeking, any harsh judgments indulged in,
any slackness in obeying the voice of the Lord,
any doubtful habits or surroundings,
any one of these things will effectually cripple and paralyze our spiritual life.
I believe our blessed Guide,
the indwelling Holy Spirit,
is always secretly discovering these things to us
by continual little twinges and pangs of conscience,
so that we are left without excuse.
H. W. SMITH.

. . . let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:1

Liberty and the Standards of Jesus

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Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free… —Galatians 5:1

A spiritually-minded person will never come to you with the demand— “Believe this and that”; a spiritually-minded person will demand that you align your life with the standards of Jesus. We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the One whom the Bible reveals (see John 5:39-40). We are called to present liberty for the conscience of others, not to bring them liberty for their thoughts and opinions. And if we ourselves are free with the liberty of Christ, others will be brought into that same liberty— the liberty that comes from realizing the absolute control and authority of Jesus Christ.

Always measure your life solely by the standards of Jesus. Submit yourself to His yoke, and His alone; and always be careful never to place a yoke on others that is not of Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us to stop thinking that unless everyone sees things exactly as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God’s view. There is only one true liberty— the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right.

Don’t get impatient with others. Remember how God dealt with you— with patience and with gentleness. But never water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, “Go…and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:19), not, “Make converts to your own thoughts and opinions.”

from: May 6 – My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers

God’s Way is Best

hill How comforting to know God’s path for me always leads to Him.

Psalms 18:19
He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me;
because he delighted in me

Fearing to launch on “full surrender’s” tide,
I asked the Lord where would its waters glide
My little bark, “To troubled seas I dread?”
“Unto Myself,” He said.

Weeping beside an open grave I stood,
In bitterness of soul I cried to God:
“Where leads this path of sorrow that I tread?”
“Unto Myself,” He said.

Striving for souls, I loved the work too well;
Then disappointments came; I could not tell
The reason, till He said, “I am thine all;
Unto Myself I call.”

Watching my heroes–those I loved the best–
I saw them fail; they could not stand the test,
Even by this the Lord, through tears not few,
Unto Himself me drew.

Unto Himself! No earthly tongue can tell
The bliss I find, since in His heart I dwell;
The things that charmed me once seem all as naught;
Unto Himself I’m brought.
–selected

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Too Busy to Sit at Jesus’ Feet?

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Psalm 119:16
I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

What ever happpens let us not be too busy to sit at Jesus’ feet.
We shall not really lose time by enjoying this:
nay, we shall redeem the time;
for there is usually much more time and strength
forteited by friction than by toil,
and we shall gain in blessedness and enjoyment of our work
and gain in the quality of our work;
and above all,
we shall gain in that we shall give Him pleasue
where other wise we might only grieve Him.
And this is indeed the crown of all our endeavors.
He who pleases Him does not live in vain.
Wm. Hay M. H. Aitken

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Ambassadors for Christ

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2Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God did beseech you by us:
we pray you in Christ’s stead,
be ye reconciled to God.

“What unparalleled condescension
and divinely tender mercies are displayed in this verse!
Did the judge ever beseech
a condemned criminal to accept of pardon?
Does the creditor ever beseech
a ruined debtor to receive an acquittance in full?
Yet our almighty Lord, and our eternal Judge,
not only vouchsafes to offer these blessings,
but invites us,
entreats us,
and with the most tender importunity solicits us
not to reject them.”
Rev. J. Wesley

Rev. Charles Wesley’s poem:

“God, the offended God most high,
Ambassadors to rebels sends;
His messengers his place supply,
And Jesus begs us to be friends.
Us, in the stead of Christ, they pray,
Us, in the stead of Christ, entreat,
To cast our arms, our sins, away,
And find forgiveness at his feet.
Our God, in Christ, thine embassy
And proffer’d mercy we embrace;
And, gladly reconciled to thee,
Thy condescending mercy praise.
Poor debtors, by our Lord’s request
A full acquittance we receive;
And criminals, with pardon blest,
We, at our Judge’s instance, live.”

God at Work

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Philippians 2:13
For it is God which worketh in you
both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

A father and his young son returned home after a trip to the grocery store. The son loved being with his dad and wanted to hlep him finish the chore. In fact, he wanted to carry the largest bag–which was much too heavy for him–inside. The father had a simple solution. He put the bag in his sons’s arms and them picked him up and carried both inside.

What a lovely picture of how our Heavenly Father works with us. He loves our willingness to take on any assignment. But He knows what we can and cannot do in our strength. When the load is too heavy, the assignment too big. He honors our willing spirit by lifting us up and allowing us to do His work. He empowers us to accomplish more than we can in our own strength.

Do all you can — but realize it is God’s ower working through you that makes the difference.

The Lord doesn’t promise to give us something
to take so we can handle our weary moments.
He promises us himself.
That is all.
That is enough.
Charles Swindoll