July 31 – Gratitude
Give Me the gift of a brave and thankful heart.
Man proves his greatness by his power to see causes for thankfulness in his life.
When life seems hard, and troubles crowd, then very definitely look for causes for thankfulness.
The sacrifice, the offering of thanksgiving, is indeed a sweet incense going up to Me through the busy day. Seek diligently for the something to be glad and thankful about in every happening, and soon no search will be required.
The causes for joy and gratitude will spring to greet your loving hearts.
As the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound
to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord. 2 Chronicles 5:13
July 30 – Faith Rewarded
Think much of My servants of old. How Abraham believed in the promise (when as yet he had no child) that in his seed all the nations of the earth should be blessed.
How Moses led the Children of Israel through the desert, sure that, at last, they would gain the Promised Land.
Down through the ages there have always been those who obeyed, not seeing but believing, and their Faith was rewarded. So shall it be even with you.
For what saith the scriptures? Abraham believed God
and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3
July 29 – Sunlit Glades
Lord, bless us and this evening hour, and in Thy Mercy heal us all.
Do not think that suffering is the only path into My Kingdom. There are sunlit glades, and ways amid the loveliest flowers, along which the steps and hearts of men are drawn to Me. There are birds and laughter and butterflies, and warm, life-giving summer air, and with these as tender companions and friends, the Joy-Way into the Kingdom can be taken.
Bleak, cold, and desolate, brier-beset and stony, are not all the ways. Leave all to Me. The choice of ways, the guidance in the Way. But when the sunlight calls accept it gladly.
Even in the Spirit-World appreciation results from contrary experience. Can the fireside of home be more dear than to the traveler who has forced his way over bleak moor and through blinding storm? Take to your hearts this word of cheer. “He will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able but will, with the temptation, also find a way of escape that ye may be able to bear it.”
The world is not the Kingdom. In the world ye shall have tribulation but “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Live with Me, the Conquering Christ, and the Joy and Peace of conquest shall be yours too.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,
and God in him. 1 John 4:16
July 28 – Mistakes
I am your Shield. No buffets of the world can harm you. Feel that between you and all scorn and indignity is a strong shield. Practice feeling this until nothing has the power to spoil the inward peace. Then indeed a marvelous victory shall be won.
You wonder sometimes why you are permitted to make mistakes in your choice when you sought so truly to do My Will in the matter.
To that I say it was no mistake…. All your lessons cannot be learned without difficulty, and this was needed to teach you a lesson. Not to him who walks on, with no obstacles in his way, but to him that overcometh is the promise given.
So to attain peace quickly in your surroundings, as well as in your hearts, learn your lesson quickly. And the overcoming is never the overcoming of the one who troubled you, but the overcoming of the weaknesses and wrong in your own nature, aroused by such a one.
No lower standard than My Standard shall be yours. “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.”
After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram
in a vision, saying: Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield
and thy exceeding great reward.
Be Perfect – But How? by Derek Prince
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July 27 – My Consolation
Oh Jesus, come and walk with us and let us feel Thy very nearness.
I walk with you. Oh! think, My children, not only to guide and comfort you and strengthen and uphold, but for solace and comfort for Myself.
When a loving child is by you, is the nearness only that you may provide protection and help for that little one?
Rather, too, that in that little child you may find joy and cheer and comfort in its simplicity, its Love, its trust.
So, too, is it in your power to comfort and bring joy to My Heart.
And I will walk among you, and will be your God,
and ye shall be my people.
July 26 – Forget — Forgive
Our Lord, we thank Thee for so much. We bless Thee and praise Thy Glorious Name.
Fill your world with Love and laughter. Never mind what anguish lies behind you.
Forget, forgive, love, and laugh.
Treat all as you would treat Me, with Love and consideration.
Let nothing that others do to you alter your treatment of them.
Forbearing one another; and forgiving one another,
if any man have a quarrel against any, even
as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
July 25 – Wonderful Life
I am your Lord. Lord of your lives, Controller of your days, your present and your future. Leave all plans to Me. Only act as I bid you.
You have entered now, both of you, upon the God-guided life. Think what that means. God-taught, God-guided.
Is anything too wonderful for such a life? Do you begin to see how wonderful life with Me can be?
Do you see that no evil can befall you?
A man’s heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9
July 24 – Keep Close
Our Lord, guide us. Show us Thy Will and Way in everything.
Keep close to Me and you shall know The Way because, as I said to My disciples, I am The Way. That is the solution to all earth’s problems.
Keep close, very close to Me. Think, act, and live in My Presence.
How dare any foe touch you, protected by Me! That is the secret of all Power, all Peace, all Purity, all influence, the keeping very near to Me.
Abide in Me. Live in My Presence. Rejoice in My Love. Thank and Praise all the time. Wonders are unfolding.
And He said, My presence shall go with thee,
and I will give thee rest. Exodus 33:14
July 23 – Stop All Work Until —
Our Lord, grant us that wonderful inward Peace.
My children that Peace does truly pass all understanding. That Peace no man taketh from you. No man has the power to disturb that Peace, but you yourselves can let the world and its worries and distractions in.
You can give the entrance to fears and despondency. You can open the door to the robber who breaks in upon, and destroys, your peace.
Set yourselves this task to allow nothing to disturb your peace, your heart calm with Me. Stop all work, stop all intercourse with others — until this is restored. Do not let those about you spoil your peace of heart and mind. Do not let anyone without, any trouble, any irritation, any adversity, disturb it for one moment.
Look on each difficulty as training to enable you to acquire this peace. Every work, every interruption — set yourself to see that none of it touches the harmony of the real you, that is hid with Me in the Secret Place of the Father.
Great peace have they which love thy law:
and nothing shall offend them.
July 22 – Miracle of The Ages
Abide in Me. “The works that I do shall ye do also and greater works than these shall ye do because I go to My Father.”
“Greater Works!” The blind received their sight, the lame walked, the lepers were cleansed, the poor had the Gospel preached to them. “And greater works than these shall ye do because I go unto My Father.”
Wonder of the World! Miracle of the Ages! God’s Power manifest in believing man! God’s Power going out to bless, through the agency of the man actuated by the Holy Spirit. Arise from the grave of sickness, poverty, doubt, despondency, limitation. “Arise, shine for the Light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.”
A wonderful future is before you both. A future of unlimited power to bless others. Just be channels. Be used. Ask. Ask. “Ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you,” and unto those for whom you pray.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit
of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can
ye except ye abide in me. John 15:4