October 9 – Overcome Desire
The listening ear —
Train the listening ear to hear Me.
The first step is to subdue earth’s desires and to want only My Will.
Desire as a control must be overcome.
Then follows the turning within to speak with Me.
Then the listening ear.
October 9 – Love Me More
Jesus, our Lord, we Thee adore. Oh, make us love Thee more and more.
Yes! I would draw you closer and closer to Me by bonds of Love. The Love of the sinner for the Savior, of the rescued for the Rescuer, of the sheep for the Loving Shepherd, of the child for its Father.
So many ties of Love there are to bind you to Me.
Each experience in your life of Joy, and sorrow, of difficulty or success, of hardship or ease, of danger or safety, each makes its own particular demand on Me. Each serves to answer the prayer: “Make me love Thee more and more.”
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now
ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with
joy unspeakable and full of glory. 1 Peter 1:8
October 8 – “Lord, Save Me”
I will, be thou clean.
Saved from all that tarnishes the purity of your soul.
Saved from harsh judgments.
Saved from disobedience to My Command.
Saved from all that offends My Justice, all that sins against My Love. I will, be thou clean.
October 8 – The Dark Places
Jesus, the very thought of Thee with Sweetness fills us.
Yes. Love Me until just to think of Me means Joy and rapture. Gladness at the thought of One very near and dear.
It is the balm for all sorrows, the thought of Me. Healing for all physical, mental, and spiritual ills you can always find in thinking of Me, and speaking to Me.
Are doubts and fears in your Hearts? Then think of Me, speak to Me. Instead of those fears and doubts there will flow into your hearts and beings such sweet Joy as is beyond any joy of earth.
This is unfailing. Never doubt it. Courage. Courage. Courage. Fear nothing. Rejoice even in the darkest places. Rejoice.
As he sat at meat, there came a woman having an
alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious;
and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
October 7 – The Upward Way
Only with Me, and in My Strength will you have Grace and Power to conquer the weakness, the evil, in yourself. Your character-garment is spoiled. Only by applying My Salvation can it to become a wedding garment, fit robe in which to meet the Bridegroom.
The foundation-cleansing of the garment is belief in Me as your Savior, your Redeemer. Thereafter to each fault and evil in your nature must be applied that evil-eradicating Power that can only come from relying on My Strength, and from living with Me, from loving Me, and loving to do My Will.
Mere general belief in Me as Redeemer and Savior is insufficient. Set yourself now to walk steadily the upward way, strong in Me and in the power of My Might.
October 7 – Rejoice at Weakness
Savior, breathe forgiveness o’er us. All our weakness thou dost know.
Yes! I know all. Every cry for mercy. Every eye of weariness. Every plea for help. Every sorrow over failure. Every weakness.
I am with you through all. My tender sympathy is yours. My strength is yours.
Rejoice at your weakness, My children. My strength is made perfect in weakness. When you are weak then I am strong. Strong to help, to cure, to protect.
Trust Me, My children. I know all. I am beside you. Strong, strong, strong to save. Lean on My Love, and know that all is well.
Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator
of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no
searching of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28
October 6 – Power-Seekers
How pitiful man’s striving after power when God’s Power, with all its mighty possibilities, is there for him did he but know how to obtain it.
To tell one such that this would only be possible for one who has entered My Kingdom of Heaven, might indeed arouse his curiosity.
But tell him the way into that Kingdom is one of self-effacement, obedience to and love of My Will, tell him that he must enter as a little child, that only by spiritual progress can he attain to a man’s true estate, and that the training might be long, the discipline hard — tell him this and he will turn empty away.
Yet in so doing he will renounce, all unknowing the victor’s prize, the life of peace, and power, and joy.
October 6 – A Child’s Hand
Dear Lord, we cling to Thee.
Yes, cling. Your faith shall be rewarded. Do you not know what it means to feel a little trusting hand in yours, to know a child’s confidence?
Does that not draw out your Love and desire to protect, to care? Think what My Heart feels, when in your helplessness you turn to Me, clinging, desiring My Love and Protection.
Would you fail that child, faulty and weak as you are? Could I fail you? Just know it is not possible. Know all is well. You must not doubt. You must be sure. There is no miracle I cannot perform, nothing I cannot do. No eleventh-hour rescue I cannot accomplish.
And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king
instead of David my father: and I am but a little child:
I know not how to go out or come in. 1 Kings 3:7
October 5 – One With Me
One with the God of Creation.
One with the Jesus of Calvary.
One with the Risen Christ.
One with His Spirit operating in every corner of the Universe, energizing, renewing, controlling, all-powerful.
Could man ask more? Could thought rise higher?
October 5 – No Chance Meetings
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. — Psalm 121:8.
All your movements, your goings and comings, controlled by Me. Every visit, all blessed by Me. Every walk arranged by Me. A blessing on all you do, on every interview.
Every meeting not a chance meeting, but planned by Me. All blessed.
Not only now, in the hour of your difficulty, but from this time forth and for evermore.
Led by the Spirit, a proof of Sonship. “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God,” and if children then heirs — heirs of God.
What a heritage! Heirs — no prospect of being disinherited. “Heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ: if so be that you suffer with Him that you may be also glorified together.”
So your suffering has its purpose. It is a proof of Sonship. It leads to perfection of character (the being glorified), and to Union with Me, God, too. Think of, and dwell upon, the rapture of this.
According as he hath chosen us in him before
the foundation of the world, that we should be
holy and without blame before him in love.