VIDEO Eternal Love

Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24

As Jesus walked toward Gethsemane, He paused at some point to offer the most phosphorescent prayer in the Bible—John 17. Every word glowed in the night. He prayed for Himself and for His disciples, and He spoke of the love He shared with the Heavenly Father from eternity past.

The deepest truth in Christianity involves the Trinity—there is one God who eternally exists in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The reason we need to give and receive love today is because we’re made in the image of God, and God is not solitary. He is plurality. In His essence as the Trinity, He is a God of community, communion, and communication. 

Think of what that means! When we love others, we reflect the work of the Trinity, and we are engaged in everlasting relationships. So stop quarreling and start loving!

I have often used John 17:24 as a text for funeral meditations. How do we know that Christians go to heaven? Because of the price that Jesus paid and the promise that Jesus made, and the prayer that Jesus prayed. Warren W. Wiersbe


The 6 Prayer Requests of Jesus | David Jeremiah | John 17

One of the ways Jesus chooses to care for us is through prayer. As revealed in His great prayer for us in John 17, He advocates for us, intercedes for us, and prays for us.

Extending Mercy

If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Luke 17:3

Reflecting on how she forgave Manasseh, the man who killed her husband and some of her children in the Rwandan genocide, Beata said, “My forgiving is based on what Jesus did. He took the punishment for every evil act throughout all time. His cross is the place we find victory—the only place!” Manasseh had written to Beata from prison more than once, begging her—and God—for forgiveness as he detailed the regular nightmares that plagued him. At first she could extend no mercy, saying she hated him for killing her family. But then “Jesus intruded into her thoughts,” and with God’s help, some two years later, she forgave him.

In this, Beata followed Jesus’ instruction to His disciples to forgive those who repent. He said that even if they “sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them” (Luke 17:4). But to forgive can be extremely difficult, as we see by the disciples’ reaction: “Increase our faith!” (v. 5).

Beata’s faith increased as she wrestled in prayer over her inability to forgive. If, like her, we’re struggling to forgive, we can ask God through His Holy Spirit to help us to do so. As our faith increases, He helps us to forgive.

By:  Amy Boucher Pye

Reflect & Pray

If someone who wronged you later repented, how did you react? How could God help you to forgive in these situations?

Jesus, thank You for releasing me from the consequences of my sin through Your death on the cross. I give You the glory!

Read The Risk of Forgiveness at DiscoverySeries.org/HP071

Rekindling the Flame

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Burnout is a term heard frequently today—it describes a lack of motivation that results when something produces frustration or exhaustion instead of inspiration. This often happens in high-stress jobs, long-term relationships like marriage, and even in the church. Every year there are pastors who walk away from their work because the joys of ministry are overshadowed by the difficulties. This type of weariness is something most Christians struggle with at some point in life.

Timothy was experiencing burnout—as the pastor of the church in Ephesus, he was being worn down by the constant battle for the truth that was under attack by false teachers. For this reason, Paul wrote to him with encouragement to “kindle afresh” his spiritual gift (2 Timothy 1:6).

In the same way, sometimes the pressures of daily life, hardships, physical ailments, or relational conflicts can make us feel spiritually dry and empty of zeal. Although an ebb and flow of emotions is normal, a persistently dry spiritual life is a reason for concern. To rekindle the fire, we need the fuel of God’s Word and His Spirit. Pray with the psalmist, “Revive me according to Your word” (Psalm 119:25).

The Trumpet of God

“And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.” (Exodus 19:19)

This is the first reference to trumpets in the Bible, and it is significant that the “voice” of the trumpet was coming not from man but from God. The setting was the awesome scene at Mount Sinai, when the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments for His people.

The last reference in the Old Testament to trumpets again refers to God’s trumpet. “And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south” (Zechariah 9:14).

The trumpet as used in Israel (Hebrew shofar) was made of rams’ horns and was used on many important occasions. One of the most notable was when the Israelites finally entered the Promised Land at Jericho. “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and…the wall fell down flat,…and they took the city” (Joshua 6:20). These were human trumpets, of course, but they were sounded with the authority of God, and God gave the victory.

We also today can speak with the authority of God if we speak His Word plainly and clearly. But “if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8).

We ourselves may soon hear the trumpet of God, for the return of Christ is drawing near. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven…with the trump of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). As we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, we (like John long ago) will hear a voice “as it were of a trumpet,” saying, “Come up hither” (Revelation 4:1), and then “shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). HMM

A Closed Mouth and Silent Heart

My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue. —Psalm 39:3

Prayer among evangelical Christians is always in danger of degenerating into a glorified gold rush. Almost every book on prayer deals with the “get” element mainly. How to get things we want from God occupies most of the space. Now, we gladly admit that we may ask for and receive specific gifts and benefits in answer to prayer, but we must never forget that the highest kind of prayer is never the making of requests. Prayer at its holiest moment is the entering into God to a place of such blessed union as makes miracles seem tame and remarkable answers to prayer appear something very far short of wonderful by comparison.

Holy men of soberer and quieter times than ours knew well the power of silence. David said, “I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue” (Psalm 39:2-3). There is a tip here for God’s modern prophets. The heart seldom gets hot while the mouth is open. A closed mouth before God and a silent heart are indispensable for the reception of certain kinds of truth. No man is qualified to speak who has not first listened.   SOS014-015

Lord, teach me to close my mouth. Help me to sit in silence before You, with my mouth closed. Amen.

Tozer on Christian Leadership

It’s Time to Stand Up!

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? —Matthew 5:13

Many Christians spend a lot of time and energy in making excuses, because they have never broken through into a real offensive for God by the unlimited power of the Holy Spirit!

The world has nothing that we want—for we are believers in a faith that is as well authenticated as any solid fact of life. The truths we believe and the links in the chain of evidence are clear and rational.

I contend that the church has a right to rejoice and that this is no time in the world’s history for Christian believers to settle for a defensive holding action! ICH030

We Christians must stop apologizing for our moral position and start making our voices heard, exposing sin as the enemy of the human race and setting forth righteousness and true holiness as the only worthy pursuits for moral beings.

I have no doubt that historians will conclude that we of the twentieth century had intelligence enough to create a great civilization but not the moral wisdom to preserve it. TTPI, Book 1/113

Tozer on the Holy Spirit.

Send Out Thy Light

Psalm 43:3

Send out Thy light and Thy truth, Lord,

Into my heart let them shine;

Here while I’m waiting in faith, Lord,

Hark to this pleading of mine.

Search now my heart, do not spare it,

Pour in Thy Spirit’s pure light;

Tell me the truth I will bear it,

Hide not the worst from my sight.

Savior, my all I will bring;

How can I offer Thee less?

Widely the doors now I fling,

Come and Thy temple possess.

Send out Thy light, let it lead me,

Bring me to Thy holy hill;

When from all sin thou hast freed me,

I shall delight in Thy will.

Jesus, Thy wounding is tender,

Kind is the light that reveals,

Waiting until I surrender,

Pouring the balm then that heals.

Fullness of joy in Thy presence,

Bliss at Thy side evermore,

This is the life that I enter,

Now that my struggles are o’er. When with Thy Spirit’s rich treasure

My earthen vessel is stored,

Mine is the service of pleasure,

Thine all the glory, dear Lord.

Ruth Tracy, The Salvation Army Song Book