"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: May 1

"... anyone who has attempted to live victoriously with no sense of the life of God within or with a distorted conception of His love, knows such an attempt is doomed to failure.  So in the months of March and April we have exposed ourselves to His love and to the power over temptation which comes only from a cultivated sense that He does live within us!

These "blue stones" placed beside the "red stones," then, are verses to increase our faith.  Hope verses. Promise verses. All directly contingent upon His love and His Presence within."

Now share my [Eugenia Price, the author's] "pleasant blue stones."

"And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God" ~ 1 Samuel 30:6

Faith and hope and love are essentials of every day. "Faith, hope, love, these three." But on some days, when we are "greatly distressed" and in danger of "stoning" of one kind or another, hope becomes an acute necessity! On those days, "we are saved by hope." On those days we can rejoice that we have been "begotten... again unto a lively hope ..."

The word "begotten" is the key word here. We have been "born again" unto living hope. The very life of God Himself has been put within us when we receive Christ as our Saviour. David, on the day he "was greatly distressed ... encouraged himself in the Lord his God." Not in a theory about Him.  We can do this too.

We have easier access to God now, in fact. He is within us. And the "stonings," instead of discouraging us, can, if we are willing, actually encourage us. How? By allowing them to remind us who it is who has come to live within us.

None of us is immune to being "greatly distressed." David was "greatly distressed." But he did exactly what we can do. "David encouraged himself in the Lord, his God." This implies a personal relationship. If you are His, then He is yours.

"... Christ in you, the hope of glory ..."

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