Goodnight

My dear Blogger friends, first I want to thank all my new followers. I am grateful that God IS using my Blog to reach people and encourage as it worships YOU Jesus our Lord.

Had a good day but unfortunately, we must downsize and we must rent a home because this one is too much, too expensive for us to buy.

I trust in the Lord that we will find something adequate.

I am a little sad about losing our yard for the dog and the pool for me.

I enjoyed as long as we were here, less than 3 years.

Oh well as long as I have Jesus and my husband I am OK wherever we will live.

My husband needs to be closer to his job site so, I trust the Lord will give us the perfect place.

Goodnight, day, to you all and a big hug,

Later,

Pat.

Day By Day By Grace

August 1
More on God’s Promises and God’s Law
What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions . . . Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Gal_3:19, Gal_3:21-22)
In our previous meditation, we saw that God implements His plan of salvation by making and fulfilling promises. His plan is not contingent upon man’s ability to perform acceptably before His holy law. To put it another way, the law of God (given hundreds of years after the promises to Abraham) does not replace those promises.
This raises a very important question: “What purpose then does the law serve? ” If God’s law did not cancel or rearrange His promises to Abraham, then, why was it added? “It was added because of transgressions.” God wanted people to know that they had a major problem: sin. Man’s sin needed to be clearly defined. “For by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom_3:20). The extent of sin would never be fully known apart from the law. “I would not have known sin except through the law” (Rom_7:7). Also, God wanted everyone in this world to know that they were accountable to Him for their transgressions. Thus, the law convicts the sinfulness of man, that “all the world may become guilty before God” (Rom_3:19).
This raises another important question. “Is the law then against the promises of God? ” The law does not replace God’s promises, but does it work against His promises? “Certainly not! ” The law of God and the promises of God simply have different purposes (just as it is with law and grace). The law of God reveals the holiness that is inherent to the very character of God. At the same time, it describes the holy life that God wants His people to live. “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy” (Lev_19:2). The promises of God become the means by which man deals with his unholiness and accesses God’s holiness. This is what true spiritual life is about: forgiveness of sin and a life of righteousness in Christ. This cannot come by law performance. “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.” Rather, the promise of life is entered into only by faith. “But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”
O Holy Lord, I confess that in my own natural resources there is no innate holiness. I can find forgiveness of sin and true righteousness from You alone. Help me to understand the difference between Your law which convicts and Your promises which bring life, through Christ my Lord, Amen.

Our Daily Walk

From e-Sword Study Bible

August 1
THE WISE USE OF TIME
“Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” — Eph_5:15-16 (R.V.).
GOD DESIRES to give each life its full development. Of course, there are exceptions; for instance, in some cases the lessons and discipline of life are crowded into a very brief space of time, and the soul is summoned to the Presence-chamber of eternity. But, on the whole, each human life is intended to touch all the notes of life’s organ. There is an appointed time when it shall be born or die, shall weep or laugh, shall get or lose, shall have halcyon peace or storm cast skies. These times have been fixed for you in God’s plan; do not try and anticipate them, or force the pace, but wait thou the Lord’s leisure. In due time all will work out for thy good and for His glory. Say to Him” “All my times are in Thy hand.”
Times and seasons succeed one another very quickly. Milton, in his glorious sonnet on the Flight of Time, bids her call on the leaden-stepping hours, referring to the swing of the pendulum; and, indeed, as we look back on our past life it will seem as though each experience was only for a moment, and then had vanished, never to return. We are reminded of the cobbler, who, as he sat in his kitchen, thought that the pendulum of his clock, when it swing to the left, said For ever; and to the right, Where? For ever—where? For ever—where? He got up and stopped it, but found that, although he had stopped the questioner, he had not answered the question. Nor could he find rest until, on his knees, he had been able to face the question of the Eternal, and reply to it.
We must be on the alert to meet the demand of every hour. “Mine hour is not yet come,” said our Lord. He waited patiently until He heard the hours strike in heaven, and then drawing the strength appropriate to its demand, He went forth to meet it. Each time and season is kept by the Father in His own hand. He opens and none shuts; He shuts and none opens. But in that same hand are the needed supplies of wisdom, grace, and power. As the time, so is the strength. No time of sighing, trial, temptation, or bereavement is without its special and adapted supplies. Take what is needed from His hand, and go forth to play the part for which the hour calls.
PRAYER
Oh, that Thou wouldst bless us indeed and enlarge our coasts of useful service. Let Thine hand be with us, and keep us from all evil that would grieve Thee. AMEN.

Devotional Sermons

August 1
Finding Him on the Other Side
When they had found him on the other side of the sea — Joh_6:25
Men Sought after Christ
When our Lord had fed the multitude He constrained His disciples to depart. He wanted a season of solitary prayer. The sun set and the night grew dark, and He was alone with His Father in the hills; and then we read that in the glimmering dawn He came to His own, walking on the sea. Eager to know more of this great wonder-worker, many had lingered by the scene of miracle. They waited for daybreak and then searched for Him, but nowhere could they find Him. And then, says John, boarding the little craft that happened to ride at anchor in the bay, they crossed the lake, still searching for Him, and found Him on the other side. To a deep mystic like St. John, that simple fact was full of meaning. I think St. John laid his pen down then and thought how often it is true of human life that we find Christ on the other side.
On the Other Side of Political Liberation
Think, for instance, of the scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day. They were all “looking for a king, to slay their foes and lift them high.” Their great hope was the Messianic hope. They were watching and waiting for Messiah. They were eagerly praying for that Coming One who was to right the wrong and set them free at last. And the singular thing is that when Jesus came, the promised Messiah of the race, they found Him—on the other side. He was over against them, antagonistic to them, pouring on them the vials of His “woe.” He was on the side of the “people of the land,” whom the Pharisees and scribes despised (Joh_9:34). I wonder if John was thinking of all that when he took up his pen and wrote that day—they found Him on the other side.
On the Side of Needed Blessing
Or think again of the disciples when the mothers of Salem brought their babes to Jesus. A mother’s heart is a very wonderful thing, and it always wants a blessing for the children. I do not doubt the disciples meant well when they tried to head these mothers home again. What! Had their Master not enough to do that He was to be plagued with crying infants? And I question if they ever would forget, though they lived until their hair was Grey, how they found Him that day upon the other side—on the side of the feeble little children; on the side of the tender, loving mothers; on the side of the helpless and the frail; on the side of all who coveted His blessing. I wonder if John was thinking of that day, never to be effaced from memory, when he took up his pen and wrote—they found Him on the other side.
On the Side of Assurance
Or think again, changing the figure a little, of those who are tossing in a sea of doubt. Dwell, for example, on St. Thomas. There are those who doubt because they want to doubt; it affords a certain latitude and license. Sometimes it is easier to doubt than to take up the cross and bear the yoke of Christ. But if ever there was a genuine doubter who would have given worlds to have his doubts removed, it was St. Thomas in the resurrection days. For him doubt was an interior agony; it was the dark night of the soul. It clouded the heavens, blotted out the stars, silenced all the singing of the birds. And the beautiful and encouraging thing is this, that when this poor soul had crossed the sea of doubt, he found Christ upon the other side. He found Him to be far more wonderful than he had ever dreamed in the old days of Galilee. He was no longer “Rabbi”—that is, “Teacher.” He was “My Lord and my God.” I wonder if John had a thought to spare for Thomas when, long afterwards, he took his pen and wrote—they found Him upon the other side.
On the Side of Resurrection
And is not that, when you come to think of it, the spiritual import of His resurrection? One turns, for instance, to Mary in the garden. In that garden Mary was brokenhearted. She thought her Lord was lost, and lost forever. Then she heard a footfall on the grass, and the old familiar voice was saying, “Mary.” And what thrilled Mary and changed her night to morning and brought new hope flooding to her heart, was that she had found Him on the other side. We speak much about the cross, and we never can speak too much about the cross. The cross is the spiritual center of the universe. The cross upholds, when everything else fails. But the cross is of little use to me, whether to my soul or my intelligence, except I find Him on the other side. Only then am I sure that God has conquered. Only then am I sure I have a living Savior. Only then am I sure that Christ is justified (1Ti_3:16) in the magnificent adventure of His love. That is the triumphing note of the New Testament, not only that the disciples found Him here, but that they found Him on the other side.
One Can Find Him on the Other Side—Heaven
That, too, sums up our hope of heaven. It is all concluded and embraced in that. The rest and joy and liberty of heaven is just “to be with Christ, which is far better.” What heaven may be like, I do not know. Perhaps it is better that I do not know. Eye hath not seen and ear hath never heard the things that God hath prepared for them that love Him. But I cherish the abiding hope in grace, that when I have captained my liner across the sea of time, I shall immediately “see my Pilot face to face.” Here He is very hard to find sometimes. Often we suppose He is the gardener. We catch the goings of His insistent feet, but Himself He very often hides (Isa_45:15). But the great hope of the trusting heart is this, that when death comes and brings unclouded vision—we shall find Him on the other side.