"When we come to the Lord in His word, He causes us to rejoice; we can find His word and eat His word, and they will become in us the gladness of our heart (Neh. 8:8, 10; Jer. 15:16). It is God’s lovingkindness that we are not consumed, for His compassions do not fail; they are new every morning; great is His faithfulness (Lam. 3:21-24). God is our portion, and we hope in Him.
Even when we are in the lowest pit, we can call on the name of the Lord, and He hears our voice – He is not hiding our ear at our breathing, at our cry (Lam. 3:55-56).
May we learn to day-by-day maintain our joy in the Lord by enjoying Him in His word, by calling on His name, by being in His house, and by hoping in Him and in nothing else. Don’t drink the wine of the world: drink Christ as the new wine, and you will be happy indeed!”
Lord, I love You, Lord, I need You,
You’re the One, the One I need,
To live this life, Lord, I need You always;
By Your presence, Lord, take lead.
Lord, look into me,
And infuse me
To walk by the strength of Your eyes.
Lord embrace me,
Bear me in You,
Deep in Your love I hide.
And when I’m weak, Lord, and can’t go on more,
Lift my eyes to gaze on You;
Speak softly to me, Come in, subdue me;
In Your strength, Lord, take me through.
Recently, I made a mistake of using much of my own effort to get a person saved. Even though it was a “good effort”, I could tell it wasn’t of the Lord because I didn’t feel peace at all. I felt worn out and frustrated when things did not go the way I expected it to. It was so selfish. I was producing Ishmael instead of Isaac. However, when I turned to the Lord, I just could not hold on to my efforts anymore. I could only deny myself, put everything down and say “Lord, I am nothing.”. I really thank the Lord for showing me that nothing is about good and bad. It’s all about whether we do things in the spirit or not. Oh, without the spirit, there would be no church life; there would be no reality. How much we need to exercise our spirit, and be in the spirit all the time!