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...The clouds also dropped water.

------Judges 5:4c

HAVE you ever wondered how the sea birds get their drinking water? Sometimes they sail thousands of miles from shore. What are their springs amid those wastes of tossing brine? Not below, but above: in the clouds! When a storm comes up, if you are shipboard you may see the birds winging toward it from all directions. They have scented it from afar with their wonderful bird organs, and they haste to their descending spring. They wheel under the drops gleefully and gulp the water down in glad mouthfuls. Thus they find fresh water in mid ocean.

Brother and sisters featherless, when next you find yourselves in the desert places of life, when you can see nothing but liquid salt even to the encircling horizon, when your parched tongues and your aching souls cry out for the water of life, but look above!!! There in God's blue they gather, the soft caravans of bounty. Dark on the underside, you know that the heavenward portion is all aglow with God's smiles. Rest on the waves, and turn your faces to the sky. The windows of heaven will open and God will pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room to receive it.

------Amos R. Wells

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...I will trust and not be afraid...

------Iasiah 12:2

I DISTINCTLY remember, while a lad, being in my uncle's house one night during a tremendous tempest. The older folks were all afraid; but I had really trusted myself with the Lord Jesus and I did not dare to fear. The baby was upstairs, and nobody was brave enough to fetch it down, because of a big window on the stairs. I went up to the bedroom and brought the child to its mother; and then read Psalm and prayed with my relatives, who were trembling in terror. There was real danger, for a haystack was set on fire a short distance away, but I was as calm as in the sunshine of a summer's day, not because I was naturally courageous, but because I had unshaken confidence in my Lord."

This was told by C. H. Spurgeon in later life, when the praying lad had become the praying preacher, and had gathered together a great church pf praying people.

If I tremble, let me tremble braverly.

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Your faithfulness reaches unto the clouds.

------Psalms 36:5 Evidence Bible Translation

THE Psalmist gave the great assurance, "He that dwells in the secret places of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"(Psalms 91:1). That Scripture inspired Sidney Lainer to say, "I will build me a nest on the greatness of God." We ought not to worry. God will take care of us. It is important only that we are His and obey and do our best. His ways maybe "mysterious," but be sure that with wisdom and infinite goodness He plans for His own.

A dauntless faith in God brushes fear aside like the cobwebs in a giant's path.

Christ is the master; the Scriptures are only the servant.

------Martin Luther

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

------Psalm 139:14

What measurements do you use to define your self-worth? Do you define it based on your financial assets? Is it based on what you have achieved professionally? Perhaps you define your value based on the number of children you have.

There are many things we can use to define our self-worth. However, the scriptures tell us there is only one measure for our self-worth. Each of us has self-worth because we are made in the image of God. And because we are made in the image of God, we are valuable. Whenever you and I place a value in ourselves that is based on some other performance criteria, we have moved beyond God's view of our worth as human beings. You are never more valuable to God than you were the day you were born.

Many of us have sought to determine our self-worth based on the amount of money we have. This is a dangerous trap. Paul warns us against seeking to build wealth in order to gain greater value. Paul came to understand that the greatest riches could not compare with knowing Christ. In fact, he considered all other material things to be mere rubbish in comparison: "I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" (Philippians 3:7-8).

Basing our self-worth on how much money we have or our achievements is an easy trap. We are bombarded with messages that say we are defined by what we drive, where we live, how many toys we own, and the size of our investment account. The media message is designed to create dissatisfaction and lust for what we don't have.

Paul said the purpose for his existence was......"to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death" (Philippians 3:10).

In what terms do you define yourself? Is it based on knowing Christ alone?

------Defining Your Self-Worth
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message
Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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But now they desire a better country...

------Hebrews 11:16a

SHORTLY before his death, the Rev. Robert J. Burdette wrote a personal letter to the editor of a paper in which he said:

"I watch the sunset as I look out over the rim of the blue Pacific, and there is no mystery beyond the horizon line, because I know what there is over there. I have been there. I have journeyed in those lands. Over there where the sun is just sinking is Japan. That star is rising over China. In that direction lie the Philippines. I know all that.

"Well, there is another land that I look toward as I watch the sunset. I have never seen it. I have never seen anyone who has been there. But it has a more abiding reality than any of those lands which I do know.

"This land is beyond the sunset---this land of immortality, this fair and blessed country of the soul---why, this heaven of ours is the one thing in the world which I know with absolute, unshaken, unchangeable certainty. This I know with a knowledge that is never shadowed by a passing cloud of doubt. I may not always be certain about this world; my geographical locations may sometimes become confused, but the other world---that I know.

"And as the afternoon sun sinks lower, faith shines more clearly and hope, lifting her voice in a higher key, sings the songs of fruition. My work is about ended, I think. The best of it I have done poorly; any of it I might have done better, but I have done it.

And in the fairer land with finer materials and a better working light, I will do better work and serve my LORD.

------Mrs. Charles Cowman, Steams In The Desert

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

------1 John 1:9

THE murderer was condemned to life in prison. Then one day something amazing happened. The guard came and opened the jail cell. "You are free to go. Someone else is taking your place," said the guard. "How can this be? I am still guilty!" said the prisoner. "Your debt has been paid. You are free to leave," said the guard once more. The prisoner decided not to leave. "I cannot allow another to pay my debt," said the prisoner. Because of his pride he chose to remain in bondage.

Imagine the guilt Peter must have felt when he betrayed the Son of God three times by saying he never knew him. Imagine what he must have felt the moment he reunited with Him after the resurrection.

The hardest person to forgive sometimes is ourselves. It is especially hard for high achievers to forgive themselves. We think we are above such failure. However, the Bible says we all sin and it is impossible to remedy that sin by ourselves.

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives?" (1 John 1:8,10). The question is not whether we will sin, the question is what we will do when we do sin.

There is only one thing for us to do. Go to the cross. Jesus paid for that sin by dying on the cross. Picture yourself writing your sin on a white piece of paper, then pinning it to the cross. Now, leave it there. The cross is for sinners. When Jesus looks at you, He no longer sees your sin. He cannot see the sin because He can only see the cross.

When you come to Jesus with your sin, there is nothing more you can do besides confessing and renouncing your sin. Sometimes it may require restitution with others. However, once you confess your sin and ask forgiveness, it is no longer on the ledger of debts.

Why not choose to walk free. The cell has been opened.

------Forgiving Ourselves, Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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If any man will come after men, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

------Luke 9:23

The crosses which we make for ourselves by over-anxiety as to the future are not Heaven-sent crosses. We tempt God by our false wisdom, seeking to forestall His arrangements, and struggling to supplement His Providence by our own provisions. The future is not ours. Let us shut our eyes to that which God hides from us in the hidden depth of His Wisdom. Let us worship without seeing.

The crosses actually laid upon us always bring their own special grace and consequent comfort with them; we see the hand of God when it is laid upon us. But the crosses wrought by anxious foreboding are altogether beyond God's dispensations; we meet them without the special grace adapted to the need----nay, rather in a faithless spirit, which precludes grace. So everything seems hard and unendurable; all seems dark, helpless and the soul finds nought save hopeless rebellion and death within. All this comes of not trusting to God and prying into His hidden ways. "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof," our Lord said, and the evil of each day becomes good if we leave it to God.

------F. F.

I do not ask my cross to understand,
My way to see;
Better in the darkness just to feel Thy hand
And follow Thee.

------Adelaide Procter

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The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

------Psalms 115:14

You stand on the threshold
of days which are unknown,
You stand at the gateway of
paths unmapped, unshown;
But God himself is with You;
your Savior, Keeper, Friend;
And He will not forsake you nor
leave you to life's end.
You stand and ask:
"What have the days in store?"
He answers you: "Blessing!
Yea, blessing more and more."
What form that blessing takes,
you may not yet know;
But blessing upon blessing He
waits to bestow.

We never have to make provision for the whole journey, but merely for one step at a time.

------Mrs. Charles Cowman, Traveling Toward Sunrise

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...My age is as nothing before you...

------Psalms 39:5b

IS IT not sad to grow old? Say rather it is a very difficult art , and one which few men/women have ever acquired....To grow old is sad indeed if what you want is to hold back the receding years, to keep hair from growing white, your eyes from becoming dim, and the wrinkles from chiseling their way across your brow.

One of the most beautiful things in the world is an old person, who, made better by experience, more indulgent, more charitable, loves mankind in spite of its wretchedness and adores youth without the slightest tendency to mimic it. Such a person is like an old Stradivarius whose tone becomes so sweet that its value is increased a hundredfold, and it seems almost to have a soul.

------Charles Wagner

God give me sympathy and sense
And help me keep my courage high;
God give me calm and confidence,
And --please-- a twinkle in my eye.

------Margaret Bailey

Thank God for the smilers in the world!!

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...This is the victory that overcomes the world: even our faith.

------1 John 5:4b

O LORD, as old age overtakes me, save me from two evils, on the one hand the querulous, critical, fault-finding habits into which so many seniors fall; and on the other hand, the soft, gullible spirit. Keep my eyes wide open to this weakness, foolishness, guilefulness and sin of men; yet keep my heart tender, sympathetic and hopeful.

Help me to be firm and steadfast in my loyalty to truth and always clear as to what the truth is. Don't let me be deceived. Don't let me go astray the very least in my old age.

Don't permit me to fall even into a little folly, which the fly in the pot of ointment, will spoil the influence of life devoted to You.

------Samuel Brengle

At evening time there shall be light---not an unusually bright twilight, but a fresh sunrise!

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