August 2 – Harvest
My Lord, we seek Thy Blessing.
I love to pour My blessings down in rich, in choicest measure. But like the seed-sowing — the ground must be prepared before the seed is dropped in.
Yours to prepare the soil — Mine to drop the seed-blessing into the prepared soil.
Together we share in, and joy in, the harvest.
Spend more time in soil-preparing. Prayer fertilizes soil. There is much to do in preparation.
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. Job 42:12
August 1 – Joy of Harvest
He that reapeth receiveth wages and gathereth fruit unto life everlasting, that both he that reapeth and he that soweth may rejoice together.
Do you not see that if you are careless about the reaping you have prevented the harvest-joy of the sower?
If by your life and character you do not reap to the full that which they have sown, you are robbing them of the well-earned fruit of their labors.
Further learn this lesson. There are many of My workers and servants in different spheres of the activity to whom you owe the seed of word or example or loving help that has influenced you.
It is a sacred trust. Use it fully.
August 1 – Blessed Bond
Jesus, let Thy Beautiful Presence be always with us.
“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
There is no bond of union on earth to compare with the union between a soul that loves Me — and Me.
Priceless beyond all earth’s imaginings is that Friendship.
In the merging of heart and mind and will a oneness results that only those who experience it can even dimly realize.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken
down the middle wall of partition between us. Ephesians 2:14
July 31 – All in Order
He ordered my goings.
Guidance first, but more than that, Divine order in your life, your home, all your affairs.
Order in all. Attain spiritual order first. The perfect calm which can be realized only by a soul that abides in My Secret Place.
Then the mental order of a mind which is stayed on Me and has the sanity and poise of a mind so stayed.
Then truly must order manifest itself in your surroundings.
Each task will be entered upon with prayer, as a Divine Commission, and carried through without haste, in the utter contentment.
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 – Real Influence
Do not let one single link of influence go.
Cords of true love and interest must never be broken. They must always be used for ME. Pray for those to whom you are bound by particular ties, then you will be ready, should I desire your special help for them.
You must withstand as a sinner with a sinner before you can save him. Even I had to hang between two thieves to save My world.
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 – See the Lovable
Do not try to force yourself to love others. Come to Me. Learn to love Me more and more, to know Me more, and little by little you will see your fellowman as I see him. Then you, too, will love him.
Not only with the Love of Me, which makes you desire to serve him, but you will see the lovable in him, and love that.
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 – Stupendous Truth
The world can be overcome only by belief in Me, and in the knowledge that I am the Son of God. This is a stupendous Truth.
Use that as your lever for removing every mountain of difficulty and evil. Be cautious in all things and await My Guidance. Commune much with Me.
The truth of My God-head, of My All-Power, creative, redemptive, erosive of evil, must permeate your whole consciousness, and affect your attitude in every situation, toward every problem.