Our Daily Walk e-Sword

February 22
THE LADDER TO HEAVEN
“Behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven; and, behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” — Gen_28:12.
“Hereafter ye shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. — Joh_1:51.
BETHEL WAS a bleak moorland in the heart of Canaan. The hill-sides and level downs were strewn with huge boulders. As he fled north wards, Jacob suddenly found himself overtaken by the swift eastern night while he was traversing this desolate moor. There was nothing for it but to lie down on the hard ground, taking one of the big stones as a pillow for his head. As he slept, he dreamed; and in his dream his mind wove together his last waking thoughts in fantastic medley. It seemed as if the big slabs of limestone came together, and built themselves into a gigantic staircase, reaching from where he lay to the starry heights above him; and on that staircase angels came and went, peopling by their multitudes that most desolate region, and evidently interested in the sleeper who lay beneath.
Let us think of that mystic ladder which is Jesus Christ our Lord, by which He descended to our humanity and ascended to the Throne of God. He is “the Way” by which “the sons of ignorance and night” can pass upward to the eternal Light and Love. Where are you? It may be on a moorland waste, in a ship’s cabin, a settler’s hut, in a humble cottage, in the crowded city, lying on a bed of pain in the hospital ward! Wherever you are, Jesus finds you out and comes just where you are. The one pole of the ladder is the gold of His Deity, the other the silver of His Manhood, which is placed against your life. Transmit to Him your burdens of sin and care and fear. “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not.” “We have a Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus.” None of us is outside God’s loving thought and care. There is always a linking ladder between ourselves and Heaven, and God’s angels still pass to and fro, sent forth to minister to the heirs of salvation. Let us see to it that we wait at the foot of the ladder to claim our share in the blessings which they bring to earth.
PRAYER
We thank Thee, O Father, that from whatever place Thy children seek Thee, there is a ladder reaching up beyond the stars to Heaven; that Jesus is the Way to Thyself, and we may come to Thee in Him; nay, Thou dost come to us, and dost send Thine angels to minister to our need, that Heaven is near to earth, with sympathy, help, and succour. AMEN.

Day By Day By Grace February 22

The Holy Spirit Giving Life
It is the Spirit who gives life . . . [God] also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (Joh_6:63 and 2Co_3:6)
The Lord’s new covenant of grace is a covenant of the Spirit: ” [God] also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant . . . of the Spirit.” Any approach to God other than by the Spirit results in spiritual deadness.
People need life, initially and continually. We need it initially, because all of us began spiritually dead due to our sin and guilt. “And you . . . were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh . . . and were by nature children of wrath” (Eph_2:1-3). The only remedy for such spiritual death is spiritual life. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Eph_2:4-5).
People also need life continually, “for the letter kills.” If we were left to our best efforts after we were given new life in Christ, we would be struggling under a human performance bondage of rules and regulations. That is spiritually deadening.
Jesus came to earth to offer people fullness of life. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (Joh_10:10). Jesus taught that if we looked to Him for our spiritual nutrition, we would find ongoing life. “And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life'” (Joh_6:35). Jesus did not refer to Himself as a leader establishing a new religion. Rather, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’ ” (Joh_14:6). When the early disciples were freed from prison, they were not told to recruit members to a movement. Instead, they were instructed to “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life” (Act_5:20).
The life Jesus came to provide is His life expressed in and through us: “Christ who is our life” (Col_3:4). That life produces a lifestyle marked by His love, His joy, His peace, His wisdom, His courage – – and whatever else is of His holy character. The new covenant of His grace holds forth this life, and the Holy Spirit delivers that life into humble, trusting hearts. “It is the Spirit who gives life.”
Lord Jesus,You are my life. I have no other hope or source for finding true life. I praise You for Your patience with me when I try to produce a Christlike life by rules and regulations. Lord, just as You gave me life initially, please flood me now with new measures of Your life, as I humbly rely upon Your Spirit, Amen.

From “The Pearl” Christian Site

In Acceptance Lieth Peace

Peace comes in accepting His will – Beautiful Poem

by Emmanuel Higgins

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In acceptance lieth peace,
O my heart be still;
Let thy restless worries cease
And accept His will.
Though this test be not thy choice,
It is His — therefore rejoice.

 

In His plan, there cannot be
Aught to make thee sad:
If this is His choice for thee,
Take it and be glad.
Make from it some lovely thing
To the glory of thy King.

 

Cease from sighs and murmuring,
Sing His loving grace,
This thing means thy furthering
To a wealthy place.
From thy fears, He’ll give release,
In acceptance lieth peace.

 

— Hannah Hurnard