Daily Bible Study
SUBLIME HEIGHTS - 'Our Lord, we know that Thou art great and able to deliver us.' "I am your Deliverer. Trust in Me absolutely. Know that I will do the very best for you. Be ready and willing for My Will to be done. Know that with Me all things are possible. Cling joyfully to that truth. Say many times, 'All things are possible with my Master, my Lord, my Friend.' This truth, accepted and firmly believed in, is the ladder up which a soul can climb from the lowest of pits to the sublimest of heights."
Jesus is speaking with a Samaritan woman at the well, on his journey to Jerusalem, when he states in John 4:24: "God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." God is not limited by time and space. When people are born of the Spirit, they can commune with God anywhere. Spirit is the opposite of what is material and earthly. Christ makes worship a matter of the heart. Truth is what is in harmony with the nature and will of God. It is the opposite of all that is false. Here the truth is specifically the worship of God through Jesus Christ. The issue is not "where" a person worships, but "how" and "whom". For our best results we should have a place set aside for prayer, where there can be no distractions. That way our full attention is on the prayers and meditations between us and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
NATURE LAUGHS - "I come, I come. You need Me. Live much out here. My sunshine, My glorious air, My Presence, My teaching. Would they not make holiday anywhere for you. Sunshine helps to make glad the heart of man. It is the laughter of Nature. Live much outside. My medicines are sun and air, trust and faith. Trust is the spirit sun, your being enwrapped by the Divine Spirit. Faith is the soul's breathing in of the Divine Spirit. Mind, soul, and body need helping. Welcome My treatment for you both. Draw near to Me. Nature is often My nurse for tired souls and weary bodies. Let her have her way with you both." Don't know about you - but Caroline and I plan to get some sun and have fun in the outdoors this weekend! It really is healing.
Ecclesiastes 3:12,13: "I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor - it is the gift of God." The advice of the Preacher is to seize the day in the joy of God. "rejoice..enjoy" - Biblical faith is a call for joy, even when we live in a wicked world and under terrible stress; this is because we find true joy in the living God.
THE SUMMIT - "See not the small trials and vexations of each hour of the day. See the one purpose and plan to which all are leading. If in climbing a mountain you keep your eyes on each stony or difficult place, as you ascend, seeing only that, how weary and profitless your climb! But if you think of each step as leading to the summit of achievement, from which glories and beauties will open out before you, then your climb will be so different."